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Grit City Trees

TreeStreetNW Program Changed its Name to Grit City Trees in the Fall of 2017

The former TreeStreetNW residential street tree program has now become Grit City Trees! The 2017 program is administered by Tacoma Needs Trees, a community organization working together to grow and protect our urban forest.


Interested in making Tacoma greener? Adopting a tree will provide shade for your house or street, increase property values, improve air quality, and help beautify your neighborhood. Gather your neighbors and apply for a free street tree through the Grit City Trees residential street tree program!


Get a Free Street Tree-Applications Due October 13, 2017

This program is designed to help beautify neighborhoods through community building planting projects and increase Tacoma's canopy coverage. Starting September 15, 2017, Tacoma residents can apply for a free street tree that they can plant in the right-of-way in front of their property. Signed and completed applications must be postmarked or received via email by Friday, October 13, 2017.


Program Details

  • The Grit City Trees application form must be used; other forms will not be accepted
  • Only applications submitted beginning Friday, September 15 and postmarked or received via email by October 13, 2017 will be considered.
  • TAGROTAGRO soil and mulch will be provided for each tree.
  • These trees are for the right-of-way only.
  • First come, first served while supplies last.
  • A minimum of ten trees and three participating property owners within a one-block distance per application must be ordered. No applications will be accepted with fewer than ten trees per delivery site.
  • Applications will be reviewed in the order received, so make sure to get your applications in early.
  • All deliveries will be coordinated with the designated applicant or community liaison during normal working days and hours, unless otherwise mutually agreed upon. If your neighborhood has arranged for a planting day for your area, deliveries will be arranged based on that event schedule for all participating residents.
  • Species are limited to availability at the time of applying. Review the tree list for the current availability. Make sure to indicate an alternative tree species in case your first choice is not available. If both the first choice and alternative species selected are not available, no tree(s) will be reserved for the applicant.
  • One of the goals of this program is to increase tree canopy coverage in Tacoma. Therefore to receive a tree through this program, in the planting strips without power lines overhead or for planting strips that are greater than six-feet wide, trees must have a mature height greater than 35 - 40 feet. This doesn't mean that those trees can't be planted; it means that they cannot be obtained through this program.
  • Tree Care Agreements must be signed by all participating property owners.

How to Participate

  1. Download the 2017 Grit City Trees Application
  2. Gather at least three participating property owners/properties within one block with the appropriate space available in the right-of-way to plant at least ten trees
  3. Each participant MUST call 811 for a utility locate (just dial 811-- it may affect how many trees you are able to order). This is required by law before you dig.
  4. Select your first and alternate choice of tree species from the available tree list (ensure that the tree is appropriate for your planting strip)
  5. Check with Tacoma Needs Trees to see if there is a local planting day arranged for your neighborhood. It could be a great opportunity to meet your neighbors and help each other beautify your community.
  6. Check out the website for helpful links on how to plant and grow your trees
  7. Submit the completed application by October 13, 2017 to tacomaneedstrees@gmail.com or mail it to:
Grit City Trees

Attn: Tacoma Needs Trees

1522 S. Pine Street

Tacoma, WA 98405


If you have any questions, contact Tacoma Needs Trees via email or by phone at (541) 908-3151 or (920) 915-6839.