Denver is Giving Away Trees, Apply for Yours and Be A Smart Ash

Denver is Giving Away Trees, Apply for Yours and Be A Smart Ash

  • Megan Douglas
  • 10/22/19

Do You Have Room for a New Tree?

Submit Tree Request Here
Being a Smart Ash means that we plant new trees before losing established ones to the Emerald Ash Borer. In fact, Denver Parks and Recreation wants to help you plant a tree. If you have room in the public right-of-way next to your property, you may even be eligible to have a free tree planted for you!

Is There Room in Your Right-of-way for a Free Tree?

There must be adequate space in your right-of-way to request a free tree.
That space must be:
  • 30 feet from outside edge of intersecting curbs for sight triangle (see corresponding photo)
  • 35 feet from large shade trees
  • 25 feet from ornamental trees
  • 20 feet from street lights
  • 20 feet from stop signs
  • 10 feet from alleys, driveways, and fire hydrants
  • 7 feet behind attached sidewalks
  • 5 feet from water meters/pits
  • Centered within tree lawns/planters

Free Tree Application Process:

  • Submit your request here
  • Denver Parks and Recreation will process your request and let you know that they got it within a couple weeks
  • They have your underground utilities marked
  • The Arborist will stop by to check out the site, mark where a tree can be planted and make a recommendation for what non-ash tree will thrive in the spot
  • Your tree is delivered and planted
  • They will be in touch to give you advice on the short-term and long-term care of the new tree
At every step of the process, they will be in touch to let you know what is happening.



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