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Denver Digs Trees

Now is the time to plan for spring gardening, and The Park People have the perfect solution for homeowners in need of affordable trees. Applications for the nonprofit’s Denver Digs Trees program, which provides Denver residents with low-cost or free trees, are available now. The deadline to apply is Feb. 15th, and trees will be distributed on April 15th.

Street trees (planted in the public right-of-way) are all free. Yard trees (planted on private property) also are offered at a highly discounted price of $10 in targeted low tree-canopy neighborhoods, and $35 in all other Denver neighborhoods. This is a great deal, as these trees would typically retail for $100-125. People experiencing financial hardship may request assistance to receive their yard trees at no cost. Visit TheParkPeople.org to apply, or call 303-722-6262 to request an application.

Since the discovery of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in Colorado in 2013, planting trees to maintain and bolster Denver’s urban forest has become increasingly important. While the pest has still not been spotted in Denver, experts fear EAB may already be living in Denver’s tree canopy, which is comprised of 15 percent ash trees. The Park People aims to lessen the negative impact of tree loss caused by EAB by teaming up with Denver’s Be a Smart Ash campaign to help plant thousands of new trees in 2017. Denver residents can help by planting trees to protect the health and beauty of the urban forest.

This year’s target neighborhoods are Athmar Park, Auraria, Baker, Barnum, Barnum West, Chaffee Park, Clayton, Cole, College View/South Platte, East Colfax/East Montclair, Elyria-Swansea, Five Points, Globeville, Green Valley Ranch, Jefferson Park, Lincoln Park, Mar Lee, Montbello, Northeast Park Hill, Overland, Ruby Hill, Skyland, Sun Valley, Valverde, Villa Park, West Colfax, Westwood, and Whittier.