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Grit City Trees

TreeStreetNW Program Changed its Name to Grit City Trees

The former TreeStreetNW residential street tree program has now become Grit City Trees! The 2017 program was 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. 


Application Period Now Closed for Free Street Trees

This program was designed to help beautify neighborhoods through community building planting projects and increase Tacoma's canopy coverage. The one-month application period for free street trees is now closed. Check back in the Fall of 2018 for details about the next street tree giveaway program. Start talking to your neighbors now to get ready for next year's Grit City Trees residential street tree program!


Program Details

  • The Grit City Trees application form must be used; other forms not 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 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.
  • 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.