To be eligible for TreePhilly’s yard tree program (street trees are different), you must be a Philadelphia resident and property owner, and agree to plant your tree (within 15 days of receipt) in the ground in your front, back, or side yard within the city limits. You also have to agree to care for your tree by watering it well (20 gallons weekly).
If you think you’re up to the task of caring for a yard tree, you can register online for up to two trees that can be picked up at giveaways from April 6-20 across the city. Tree experts will be on hand to help you select the right tree for your yard, and offer advice about how to plant and care for your new tree once you get it home.
TreePhilly, a program of the Department of Parks and Recreation in partnership with the Fairmount Park Conservancy and Wells Fargo, aims to engage the general public in helping to restore the city’s tree canopy to 30%. The Nutter administration’s goal is to add 300,000 trees to the city by 2015 to help absorb stormwater, improve air quality, and reduce the urban heat-island effect.