NeighborWoods

Adopt & Plant a Free Tree!

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Reduce energy use, offset carbon, cool down the city, and grow something good to eat! TreeFolks’ NeighborWoods Program is providing 4,500 free 5-gallon trees for Austinites to adopt starting in October and will continue through March. If you want to join the movement to Keep Austin Rooted, planting trees is a great start.

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How Do I Qualify?

  1. Applications are open to residents, small businesses, and community spaces located in the City of Austin’s Full Purpose Jurisdiction and Austin Energy electricity customers.
  2. Since tree care is a long-term commitment, applicants must commit to nurturing the tree, especially through regular watering for at least the first two years of establishment.
  3. Applicants must have enough space for the tree to grow and flourish. We follow the “Right Tree, Right Place” principle.

Not an Austin Energy customer nor resident living in Austin’s Full Purpose Jurisdiction? Check out our Sapling Days. There are no qualifications necessary to adopt a sapling.

How Do I Care For My Tree?

Caring for your new tree is critical in the first two years after planting it. During that time, your tree is working hard to establish itself. Watering and mulching it will help your tree to grow strong for years to come! 

We conduct an annual survival study in which we randomly select trees to assess in vehicle inspections from the street. We won’t share your contact information with anyone or send you a bunch of unrelated emails. It really is totally free!

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How Do I Get A Tree? 

Apply for Home Delivery!

TreeFolks will be delivering trees again this season! Curbside adoption is also available on select days. Due to Covid-19, we have switched to fully contactless distribution so that you can still get a tree for your yard!

A few notes:

  • While we will make every attempt to serve every eligible customer, we are also working to address green equity issues throughout the City of Austin. As a result, we will be focusing our efforts to make sure all Austinites have equal access to the benefits urban trees provide.
  • Home delivery is free and contactless!
  • Using Google Maps data, we evaluate your property and offer trees based on available space.*
  • Approved applicants may choose from a list of available species.

Apply for your Community Space!

A few notes:

  • Community Spaces can include:
    • Schools
    • Churches
    • Community Gardens
    • HOA parks
  • Applicants must submit a planting and care plan.

Attend a Curbside Adoption Event!

The TreeFolks NeighborWoods Program hosts free tree adoption events each year throughout the Texas tree planting season from October through March. We distribute Texas native and adapted 5-gallon trees at community gatherings throughout Austin, so check out our events page for more information about where you can pick up your new tree. Thanks for helping us Keep Austin Rooted by contributing to our growing urban tree canopy!  

The Fine Print

To measure the success of the program, we conduct an annual survival study in which we randomly select trees to assess. In the event your tree(s) are selected we will follow up with you via email, phone call, and/or in vehicle inspections from the street.

We won’t share your contact information with anyone or send you a bunch of unrelated emails. It really is totally free!

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About NeighborWoods:

The TreeFolks program, NeighborWoods, partners with the City of Austin to reduce energy consumption and lower the city heat index by expanding the tree canopy cover of Austin. NeighborWoods is proudly supported by Austin Energy and the Community Tree Preservation Division in the Development Services Department. NeighborWoods has distributed over 70,000 free trees to date!

Have any questions?
We’d love to hear from you.
Phone: 512-443-5323
Email: shade@treefolks.org

NeighborWoods is Proudly Sponsored By:

H-E-B

City of Austin

Austin Energy