The city of Los Angeles is giving away trees for free – for parkways, yards, schools and businesses – to city residents as part of its efforts to plant 90,000 trees by the end of 2021.
Los Angeles residents can get together and request free trees for their street on the City Plants website. The city will give away up to seven free yard and/or street trees to qualifying residents. Those who qualify for yard trees must also sign a commitment to water them, given that the first five years of a tree’s life are the most important.
The City Plants website has more than two dozen species of trees listed on its site. With a range of small and large trees, most are drought-tolerant, suitable for the warm conditions that is prevalent in Los Angeles.
The tree planting programme is part of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s version of a Green New Deal for the city. He said: “These trees aren’t just about making our city look pretty– they’re a win for quality of life here in Los Angeles, lowering our energy use, benefiting our air quality, increasing our stormwater capture, and addressing the urban heat island effect head on.”
In September, the city’s first forest officer, Rachel Malarich, was appointed. The arborist, with more than a decade of experience in urban forestry, will “oversee the growth of Los Angeles’ urban forest”.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Rachel Malarich said: “A family can sit at their computer in their PJs, pick out a tree online and have it delivered to their yard. All the work is done for them up to the actual planting. But don’t worry. The trees come with stakes, ties and fertilizer pellets, along with easy-to-follow instructions on how to plant them.”
The city plans to achieve its goal by partnering with nonprofit groups to complete planting. The tree planting project will expand on what’s already the largest urban forest in the US.
Image Source: City Plants
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