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 See also: Planting Your Tree and Caring For Your Tree

Tree planting is a serious endeavor because it involves changing the urban infrastructure for years to come. A healthy shade tree can live 30 or more years depending on the species. Therefore, planting a tree is a job that needs to be carefully planned and implemented.

Like many major metropolitan areas in the U.S., greater San José has a tree planting nonprofit that helps residents take the bureaucratic and technical hurdles out of planting trees and keeps the fun stuff in.

Our City Forest assists residents, neighborhood groups, City departments, schools, corporations and agencies in having a successful planting experience. Our tree planting services include:

 

Trees for All Program

Trees for your parkstrip or yard

 

Individual Plantings

The Trees for All program is for individual residents requesting trees for their parkstrip, front yard, and back yard.  Individuals who are able to plant their tree may attend a planting demonstration to learn how to plant and then pick up their tree.  These planting demonstrations are every Saturday morning (except in summer). Senior and disabled residents may request to have their trees delivered and planted for them.


Neighborhood Plantings

Neighborhood plantings are tree plantings of 10 or more trees within approximately a 5 block radius. These plantings differ from the Trees for All program in that OCF is able to provide more services such as delivery of trees to the site, community volunteers to help plant trees, and in some cases free concrete removal. If you would like help coordinating a planting in your neighborhood, please call (408) 998-7337.


School Plantings

Our City Forest is delighted to have worked with over 200 schools in San Jose. School plantings typically allow for a much larger number of trees than would a neighborhood or park planting. Additionally, we offer our Planet Tree educational program in conjunction with these services, allowing students to learn while also getting a hands-on opportunity. See our list of "Cool Schools."


Park Plantings

To plant trees in parks, OCF gets approval from the Parks&Rec department of the City of San Jose. Park plantings provide an opportunity to plant tree species that may require more space than is available on a residential parking strip, and are another great way to build community.

 

 

Note: Our Tree Amigo and Volunteer programs are a huge part of our ongoing effort to offer these services free of charge. Help your neighbors, help your community, come plant some trees with us!

 

 

small coe ave plantingTo All Plantings:

• Trees for public and private properties
• Obtain clearances & planting permits
• Species selection and consultation
• Administer Tree Stewardship Reports for 1st 3 years
• Provide technical expertise
• Provide stakes and mulch
• Provide watering & tree care instructions
• Provide ongoing technical support.
• Track planting and maintenance.

 

 

Additional services for Trees For All plantings:

 Street Trees

     Senior / Persons with Disabilities

• Trees delivered & planted by OCF volunteers
• Mark for trees and contact Underground Service Alert
• Ensure that all trees are planted to OCF specs.

     Persons able to plant

• Provide tree planting demonstration
• Perform Installation Assessments after planting

 Yard Trees

     Senior / Persons with Disabilities

• Trees delivered & planted by OCF volunteers
• Arborist consultation available for small fee.
• Ensure that all trees are planted to OCF specs.

     Persons able to plant

• Provide tree planting demonstration

 

Additional services for Neighborhood plantings:

• Provide outreach assistance
• Provide concrete removal, if funds available
• Deliver trees (both street and yard trees)
• Provide tools for volunteers
• Mark for and contact Underground Service Alert
• Recruit volunteer service clubs and other community volunteers to plant tree(s).
• Provide Tree Amigos to help coach volunteers
• Facilitate planting
• Provide tree planting demonstration
• Ensure all trees are planted to OCF specs.
• Available to attend Neighborhood Association meetings
• Notify Councilmembers of events in their district.

 

Additional services for School & Park plantings:

• Provide outreach assistance (flyers...)
• Develop tree maintenance plans
• Get School District or Park Manager's approval
• Provide concrete removal, if funds available
• Deliver trees (both street and yard trees)
• Provide tools for volunteers
• Mark for and contact Underground Service Alert
• Recruit volunteer service clubs and other community volunteers to plant tree(s).
• Provide Tree Amigos to help coach volunteers
• Facilitate planting
• Provide tree planting demonstration
• Ensure all trees are planted to OCF specs.
• Available to attend Neighborhood Association meetings
• Notify Councilmembers of events in their district

Contact Us

(408) 998-7337
1590 Las Plumas Ave
San Jose, CA 95133
Nursery: 1000 Spring St.