COVID-19 Update: With the nature of our low-contact services, we are still fulfilling free tree requests as they’re approved. Our team takes safety precautions seriously and is in compliance with guidance from CDPHE and DDPHE to reduce the spread of COVID-19. If you do need to interact with a Denver Forestry team member directly while a free tree is being planted in your right-of-way, we will comply with recommended social distancing practices.
Do you have room for a new tree? Being a Smart Ash means that we plant new trees before losing established ones to the EAB. 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
- We process your request and let you know that we got it within a couple weeks
- We have your underground utilities marked
- Our 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
- We 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, we will be in touch to let you know what is happening.
These are typical right-of-way layouts in Denver
Frequently asked questions
How big are the trees?
The trees typically come in 15 gallon containers and stand about 8 feet tall when planted. They can be a little bigger or smaller depending what our nurseries have available.
Why do you have to mark the utilities? I don’t think there are any.
The law requires us to have the utilities marked. There is a lot of modernizations happening in Denver; fiber optic cables may have been installed in the right of way without you even noticing. Plus, we would hate to cut your cable right when you were planning to binge watch your favorite show.
What kind of trees are available?
We are not going to plant an ash, that’s for sure. We will take a look at the site and make a recommendation to you on what we have available and what will do well based on the surrounding conditions. We mostly recommend trees that will grow to be large and shade the street. Smaller trees will only be recommended at sites that have overhead lines and space constraints.
Can the tree be planted in my yard?
Nope. The trees are a public amenity and must be planted in the right-of-way.