Get Free Trees!
NeighborWoods is a partnership between TreeFolks and the City of Austin to lower summer temperatures and reduce energy consumption by investing in tree canopy cover for Austin area neighborhoods. NeighborWoods is proudly supported by the Community Tree Preservation Division in the Development Services Department at the City of Austin.
Planting trees around your home will lower your energy bills, make your home more comfortable and beautiful, and clean the air you breathe. Trees reduce water consumption in the landscape by providing shade to other plants and even help increase the region’s water supply by helping water soak into the aquifer. In other words, planting trees is a great way to help preserve Austin’s quality of life.
Sounds great. How does the program work?
We distribute free trees every year during the very best planting season for Central Texas, October 1st through March 31st.
Who can get free trees? You must have space for a tree and agree to water it for at least two years. You must get your electricity from Austin Energy or live in Austin’s Full Purpose Jurisdiction.
There are two easy ways to get trees through NeighborWoods:
What kind of trees are they, and how big?
Each year we chose a wide selection of native and well-adapted trees which are grown by local tree farmers. They come in a 5 gallon container, so the trees are about 3-5 ft tall, depending on the species.
Long term studies of tree growth have shown that planting small trees, like the ones we provide, results in larger and healthier trees after a few years of growth compared with planting larger trees, because smaller trees are more resilient and get established faster.
We also offer fruit trees, usually available at our giveaways, that are adapted to our unique climate and soils here in Austin. For more information on fruit trees, please see our Urban Orchards page.
The Fine Print
You agree to care for your new tree(s) for at least two (2) years, you have space for trees, and reside in an eligible area. That’s pretty much it. We won’t share your contact information with anyone or send you a bunch of unrelated emails. It really is totally free!
Have any questions?
We’d love to hear from you.
We offer trees in October through March. Click below to get on the waiting list and we will look at your yard to see if you qualify for free trees.
Also, please tell us what you think of the program using the form below.