Program Details

Program Details

Program History

Puyallup NeighborWoods helps residents plant trees around their homes and their streets. Started in 2014 through grant funding provided by the Pierce Conservation District, Puyallup NeighborWoods helped residents plant a wide variety of trees in yards and along streets. These trees are working to clean our air and water, make our streets more walkable, and our neighborhoods healthier. Learn more about the benefits of neighborhood trees by visiting the Trees Are Good website.

Program Benefits

Participants receive:
  • Free trees (up to 3 per household). We offer a variety of small, medium and large deciduous shade trees, as well as large evergreen trees, appropriate for a variety of locations and situations. You may only obtain one (1) small tree per household; if you choose three (3) trees, the third selection must be an evergreen tree.
  • Compost to amend planting soils and wood chip mulch for each tree
  • Training on proper planting and care
  • Assistance applying for street tree planting permits
  • Ongoing care reminders and future pruning workshop opportunities

How it Works

  1. Take time to evaluate potential planting sites on your property.
    Read the following guidance (PDF) on "right tree, right place" before selecting trees:
    Be sure to assess your planting space and match it to an appropriate tree - if you have space for a medium, large, or large evergreen tree, please choose accordingly - small trees are offered, but are limited to one (1) per participant and are only offered with the intent of planting them in areas where space is at a premium or where overhead utilities limit the mature height of the tree.

  2. Apply for the trees through the online application.

  3. Attend a planting workshop to learn about proper planting and care and bring home your new trees. This year's workshops will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2016 and Sunday, March 6, 2016.

  4. Plant and mulch your new trees

  5. Stay connected with care reminders and pruning workshop opportunities to ensure you're giving your trees the love and care they need to thrive.

*On a case by case basis, we offer street planting assistance to participants who are physically unable to plant a tree themselves. To inquire about this service, please call 253-841-5418 or email us.