TREE GIVEAWAY - 2024 program will open in February
The City will confirm address and provide applicant with a voucher to be used at Hana Gardens in Seaside. All participants will receive one (1) tree and one (1) bag of fertilizer. Note: Types of trees available my vary at the time of pick-up. Vouchers will be good 1 year from the start of the program.
2024 TREE GIVEAWAY EVENT
The 2nd round of Tree Giveaway program will begin February of 2024 and end June 30th 2024.
The City of Seaside will be starting the 2nd year of its tree giveaway event - giving away one (1) tree and one (1) bag of fertilizer free of charge to all Seaside residents and businesses with suitable tree planting conditions. Through this effort, the City plans to raise awareness about the benefits trees provide and the giveaway event aimed to increase local tree canopy on private properties.
Please reach out to Dan Meewis, Recreation Director email@example.com or Dave Fortune, Maintenance & Utilities Superintendent firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.
How a Tree Works
How to Plant a Tree
How to Plant a Potted Tree
How to Stake & Tie a tree
How to Mulch
How to Water a Tree
Watering trees in the Summer & for establishment
How do I avoid damaging my tree's roots?
How do I check for tree pests?
How do I hire an Arborist?
How to prune a trees
The ABCs of Pruning
Why do I need to prune?
How to identify living & dead branches
Impact of Urban Development on Trees
Trees provide a myriad of environmental and community benefits because of the ecosystem services they provide – such as filtering air pollution including particulate matter, producing oxygen, sequestering carbon dioxide, providing shade, regulating temperatures (cooler ambient air), absorbing and retaining water runoff/stormwater runoff, improving water quality, reducing erosion, providing beauty, improving physical and mental human health, providing food and habitat for wildlife, and increasing nearby property values. Trees reduce heating and air conditioning (HVAC) loads which decreases energy consumption and reduces costs for building occupants. Additionally, the more tree species populating an area increases urban biodiversity and builds local resilience against tree-related pests and disease.
YOUNG TREE CARE BEST PRACTICES
All great trees start small! Below are educational videos to learn more about young tree care best practices. Typically a tree’s average lifespan can exceed 50 years with some remarkable species living long beyond 100 years. Much of a tree’s success and development is determined in its first five-years during a period referred to as young tree establishment. During this time, the tree is spreading critical roots and branches, adapting to environmental conditions (like water availability), and gaining stability from interactions with winds and storms/drought. Therefore, young tree care activities are essential – like supplemental watering, prune training, temporary staking, and mulching. Note: Many of these can taper to as-needed activities after it is established.
Tree Watering Guide (published by California Urban Forests Council): Drought conditions are extending the establishment period for young trees in California.
Tree Planting Guide (published by Texas A&M Forest Service): Comprehensive guide that reviews planning before you plant a tree, knowing what to avoid, and planting and maintenance activities.
Right Tree, Right Place (published by Arbor Day Foundation): A proper landscape plan takes each tree into consideration – height, mature canopy spread, species debris (deciduous/evergreen and fruit), form/shape, growth rate, growing requirements (soil, sun, and moisture), and hardiness zone.
WAIVER OF TREE LIABILITY
By submitting the application form, you will acknowledge and accept the following: the City of Seaside will not charge for the giveaway tree or bag of fertilizer; the City of Seaside will not plant the giveaway tree; the City of Seaside will not inspect the giveaway tree; and that all responsibilities and liabilities related to the giveaway tree are my own.