DIY Tree Planting Event
Build your team
Many hands make for light work - identify active people and organizations that have a vested interest in your neighborhood.
Pick a place to plant
Will you plant at your local school, in your neighborhood park, along your street, at the local church, or all of the above? Keep in mind that concentrating on a small area may lead to more pronounced results, but choosing a large area may gather more support and resources.
Develop your plan
Consider all the things you can accomplish with strategically placed trees: shade homes, driveways, parks, and sidewalks, screen views, enclose spaces, add privacy, accent gateways, add visual interest, soften urban edges, create meeting places, and, add character.
Ask yourself these questions: How many trees will you plant? How many volunteeers will you need? What kind of materials will you need? How will you celebrate?
Identify who owns the property
You will need permission to plant from the property owner. Be sure to acquire this permission.
Secure necessary approvals
Remember to check for undergound utility conflicts by calling (800) 227-2600.
Get your neighbors involved/Recruit volunteers
Tree plantings bring people together to do good. Ask all your neighbors, business owners, and school children to get involved in your plan to grow a healthier, and more livable community.
Choose and site the trees
Use our Greenprint Tree Guide to learn about trees appropriate for planting in our climate. This guide provides details about where certain species should be planted, how the tree interacts with the envionment, and offers photos for you to review. Information about where to plant in relation to your home and other structures is also included.
We have trained volunteers and staff that can help!
Pick an event date
It's best to plant during the rainy season!
Order your trees (For groups plant more than 20 trees in one location, apply for our Discount Program)
Tell your local neighborhood paper about your event
Have fun getting dirty
Tell us about your planting event and/or ask for help!