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Tree Planting and Care

How do you decide where to plant or care for trees? What type of trees do you plant?

Site Selection

We determine planting sites based on a few factors: requests from homeowners and community members, areas with low tree canopy cover, locations with planting space for more trees, and partnerships with community groups, organizations, and businesses.

As part of our planning process, we connect with the community members and local leadership for their feedback, support, and/or approval, as well as obtain approval from local municipalities or partners as needed.

We prioritize community requests; the bulk of our plantings are initiated by these.

 

Species Selection

Many factors affect the types of trees we plant: available growth space, condition of the site (e.g.,, the volume of traffic, structures around, and soil conditions, etc.), intended use of site (e.g., providing shade, flowering beauty, edible fruit, etc.), what is available at our nurseries, tracking what has survived or died in the past, and what the neighborhood wants — this is community forestry after all!

Our goal is to select the right tree for the right placeWherever possible, we plant native canopy trees when conditions allow it as well as mid-story/understory trees where space is an issue. We plant non-native tree species if and when their selection is the most approprite or feasible. Our planting palette is continuously reviewed and adjusted.

Can you plant a tree anytime?

Trees Atlanta plants trees from October through March. While one can “technically” plant a tree anytime of the year, to ensure the trees have a higher chance of surviving and adapting to their new environment, planting during these cooler months is preferred and recommended.

Planting trees during warmer/hot months requires additional and frequent watering and care, and trees may struggle to establish as heat and drought conditions can be stressful for newly planted trees.

From April through September, we switch our focus to tree care and maintenance. Our Forest Restoration work continues year-round.

I think there's something wrong with this tree, can you come look at it?

​How do I report a damaged or dead tree? A tree on the public right-of-way (ROW) needs to be pruned, who do I contact?

Dead Trees

Although ​Trees Atlanta leads tree planting and care projects​ throughout the metro Atlanta area, we do not own the property​ nor any tree​. The owner of the tree is the owner of the land in which the tree trunk is located. 

​Dead or downed trees should be reported to the land owner. ​

  • Public property. Is this tree on the margin between the street and sidewalk? The tree is probably on city property if it is. In the City of Atlanta, all trees in public/city property are managed by the Department of Parks & Recreation (Office of Parks). Call 404-546-6813 or email parkscustomerservice@atlantaga.gov
  • Private property. If the tree is/was growing in someone’s yard (or other private property), the owner of that property should be contacted. Issues regarding improper or illegal removal or damage to trees should be reported to the Arborist Division (Department of City Planning). Call 404-330-6874 or email arborist.dpcd@atlantaga.gov

Pruning Trees

New trees planted by Trees Atlanta are pruned in the first two years (and sometimes longer) to create a structural form that will help the best long-term growth. Pruning in urban areas are more than aesthetic as it must also accomodate for pedestrian and street traffic. To request tree care for young trees planted by Trees Atlanta, please complete this form on our website.

We don’t and cannot prune large trees. Older trees or limbs that are beyond reach with handsaws and pole pruners cannot be pruned by Trees Atlanta. Large trees that need care should be reported to the property owner (see above). If you choose to hire a tree care professional, check out these tips: How to Select an Arborist.

Where do you get your trees from?

It’s important for us to select native species whenever possible, so it naturally makes sense the nurseries we purchase from would also be within our growing region. We source our trees from local and regional nurseries (mainly in Georgia, but also Florida and Tennessee) that sell wholesale to us. 

Wholesalers typically do not sell directly to consumers.

In the Atlanta, there are several local merchants who carry good selections of native tree and plant species. When searching for local nurseries, include the keyword “native plant” or “native species”.

Volunteer

What types of volunteer opportunities do you offer?

We offer several types of volunteer opportunities to suit various levels of interest, skills, and abilities. Most of our volunteer projects require outdoor, physical work; however, there are many volunteer opportunties for those who can assist in office and administrative support, assist setting up or helping at events, and other creative ways including taking photos, welcoming guests, or other ways your unique talent can help us deliver our mission.

There are Volunteer Pathways to acquire advanced skills in a variety of functions, including becoming a Certified Volunteer. Learn more about our volunteer opportunities here.

How do I sign up to volunteer?

Start by completing the new volunteer form here. Once your application is submitted, you’ll be able to register for individual volunteer opportunities through our web calendar.

Can I get my community service hours verified?

Yes. View our Volunteer page for more information.

Events

Where do I find out about upcoming events with Trees Atlanta?

Upcoming events are posted to our website calendar here.

You can also stay up-to-date on upcoming events by following us on social media or signing up for our monthly email newsletters.

I need more information about an Education event I registered for. Who do I contact?

Please reach out to education@treesatlanta.org

Check your event registration confirmation email. A contact name and email will be included in the email.

Donations and Charitable Gifts

I want to get a tree planted in honor of someone. Do you offer this service?

Tribute Trees

Yes. We offer a variety of packages to plant a tree in someone’s honor. Learn more about Tribute Trees here.

 

Are my donations tax-deductible? What is Trees Atlanta's tax ID?

Trees Atlanta is recognized as a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to organizations with 501(c)(3) status may be tax deductible. Please consult your tax advisor to determine deductibility of your contribution. (

Tax ID/EIN: 58-1584758

Where do you get your funding from?

Our funding comes from a variety of sources including individual and corporate donations, grants, municipal contracts, and fundraisers, including our Native Plant Sale, Annual Tree Sale, and Root Ball.  View our Financial Documents and Reports.

Trees Atlanta’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned 4-star ratings (“Exceptional”) from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. View our rating.

How do I donate to Trees Atlanta?

To donate online, please select the option that best fits your gift: here.

To mail or drop off your donation, our office address, hours, and map are found here: mailing address

General

Will you take a small tree growing in my yard that I want to donate?

Thanks for considering this, but due to the specifications that most cities require of us, we cannot accept this tree donation. Trees Atlanta does not accept trees or seedlings as donations.

Although Trees Atlanta cannot take these trees, perhaps these tips can help.

  • Consider offering them to neighbors or friends. It’s nice to be able to visit your living gift for years to come!

  • Some community gardens or groups organize “plant swaps”. You may find these types of plant donations exactly what they are looking for!

  • Some new trees can grow as suckers from the base or root of trees. When removing these new trees, take care to minimize damage to the root of the host tree. Plant the suckers in pots until they establish, then replant. 
  • Wait until fall or winter to move your tree if you can. Moving trees while they are dormant can increase their chance of survival.
  • Before digging, research at what size and whether the particular species likes to be moved (some don’t, like most nut trees). Others have tap roots that greatly decrease the likelihood of a successful move. 
  • Do keep in mind that larger trees with established root systems can be very difficult (or impossible) to move without heavy machinery. Consult a tree company if you have a larger cherished tree that you wish to move and preserve.

Lastly, keep in mind that trees over a certain size typically cannot be removed (destroyed) without an approved permit from your local jurisdiction. For example, in the City of Atlanta, trees 6” diameter at breast height (DBH) and 12″ DBH for pines or larger require a tree removal permit prior to destruction.  

 

For additional questions, please email us at info@treesatlanta.org.