Once upon a time, not that long ago, evergreen forest blanketed our peninsula. Now, aside from green havens such as the West Duwamish Greenbelt, Schmitz Park, Lincoln Park, etc., it’s a tree here, a tree there. But if you have room for a conifer – or more than one – the city can match you up with trees looking for good homes. It’s part of the Trees for Neighborhoods program we mentioned recently; Katie Gibbons contacted WSB again today to say, “We’re down to two tree species and we’d love it if more West Seattle folks adopted some conifers. Currently, we have Austrian pine and Oriental spruce available. Both are large conifers reaching an approximate height of 40’ and a spread of 25’ at maturity. We recommend that these trees be planted in yards as they do get quite large and are usually not appropriate as street trees.” The two species they have are the Austrian Pine (left) and the Oriental Spruce. Interested? Free trees, watering bags, planting/maintenance training, and more are offered by Trees for Neighborhoods – go here to apply, and/or send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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