Neighborwoods Tree Giveaway

Do you live within a mile radius of one of these future Cool School Neighborhood Parks?

If so, you qualify to receive 1-2 complimentary trees that will be dropped off to your house in the next two months. These trees need to be planted in the front of your house in the right-of-way or as close to the right-of-way as possible.  

Why are we planting trees in this area?

Using data from the Trust for Public Land’s Park Score Index, the Texas Trees Foundation identified elementary schools that fall into park-desert area, neighborhoods that do not have a park within a 20-minute walk. These school playgrounds will be converted into Cool School Neighborhood Parks, receiving new playground equipment, walking trails, benches, and 40-100 additional trees. 

Additionally, Texas Trees Foundation received a grant from the North Central Texas Council of Government to give trees to homeowners that live within this park desert. These trees will enhance the neighborhood in multiple ways such as providing shade, reducing heating/cooling costs, and beautifying the neighborhood.   

One mature tree can capture 323 gallons of water, helping to reduce flooding and improve water quality in Dallas. Trees also lower the temperature and remove air pollution from the local area. For more information on the benefits of planting trees, please visit our educational page        

Do you have space in the right-of-way?

The right-of-way is the area between the sidewalk and the road. If you do not have a sidewalk in front of your house, it is the first 4 to 6 feet of grassy area from the curb. If there is a sidewalk abutting the street, the tree can be placed in your front lawn, as close to the sidewalk as possible, still leaving room for the tree roots to grow. 

Are there power lines above the right-of-way?

If you have overhead power lines in the right-of-way, you will need to select a small tree to plant under them. Small trees include the Desert Willow, Vitex, Redbud and Mexican Plum. Planting smaller trees will help reduce conflicts between your new tree and the power lines.

If large trees are planted, there may be issues with the tree growing into the power line and your tree may eventually be pruned or removed by the power company in the future.

Are there power lines above the right-of-way?

If you have overhead power lines in the right-of-way, you will need to select a small tree to plant under them. Small trees include the Desert Willow, Vitex, Redbud and Mexican Plum. Planting smaller trees will help reduce conflicts between your new tree and the power lines.

If large trees are planted, there may be issues with the tree growing into the power line and your tree may eventually be pruned or removed by the power company in the future.

Right trees, right place, right way

When selecting a new tree, pay close attention to how large it will be at maturity, both height and width.

Will it fit in the space you want to plant? Look for things like overhead power lines that will limit how tall of a tree you can plant, as well as how close to sidewalks, driveways and homes your new tree will be planted.

Large trees, such as a Pecan or Cedar Elm, should be planted in right-of-ways that are at least 6-8 feet wide and 25-30 feet long . They will grow to be over 30 feet tall, with a spreading canopy that will provide large amounts of shade over the yard and curb space.

Medium sized trees, such as Chinese Pistache, Chinquapin Oak, Shumard Red Oak, Bald Cypress, Mexican White Oak, Eastern Red Cedar, or Red Maple, should be planted in right-of-ways that are at least 4-6 feet wide and 20-25 feet long. They will typically grow to be 20-30 feet tall with canopies of similar width. Medium trees will provide moderate shade over the yard and curb area, while also providing a habitat for birds and neighborhood critters.

Small trees, such as Desert Willow, Vitex, Oklahoma Redbud, or Mexican Plum, should be planted in right-of-ways that are at least 4-6 feet wide and 15-20 feet long. Small trees will typically not grow more than 15 feet in height. They can typically be placed near power lines safely with little concern that they will grow tall enough to become a problem. These species will flower for a portion of the year, adding color to your yard while providing much needed food for pollinators.

What will we do?

Once you sign up, you will be contacted as to when our team will come and deliver your tree(s). We will call the 811 line and check to be sure that there are no electric, sewer or gas lines in the proposed tree site. We will mark the recommended locations and provide information about the appropriate size tree for your location. You will be able to choose from a list of species of large, medium, and small trees.

Upon receiving your tree(s), you will also be given detailed information as to how to plant, water, and maintain your tree. If you have any questions or concerns after delivery, please contact us.

What will you need to do?

Once your tree(s) are delivered, please plant your tree(s) in the marked locations and follow the provided tree planting instructions. During the summer, we will come back around to take photos of your tree(s) and add each tree to our tree plotter.     

Sign up for your new, complimentary tree!

Please click the campus that is closest to your home and fill out the tree registration form: