The City of Littleton is celebrating Arbor Day by continuing its annual tree planting program with 18 species of trees available this year. The goal is to increase the canopy area and diversity of Littleton’s urban forest. On Saturday, April 20, staff and volunteers will distribute 220 trees. Program participants will pay $40 for bare root trees and $60 for #7 container trees. These trees must be planted within the Littleton city limits.
Six types of trees will be provided in bare-root form. Bare-root trees are light and easy to handle but require immediate planting. Twelve types of trees are provided in #7 air-pruned pots, a patented container about the size of a 5-gallon bucket, usually weighing 20-30 pounds. All of the trees will initially be five to ten feet in height, with initial trunk calipers and mature sizes as indicated on the order form. They may be planted in the public right-of-way (tree lawns) or on private property in the city, with an initial limit of six trees per single-family residential property. School PTOs and homeowner’s associations are encouraged to purchase larger quantities.
Participants must pick up and plant their own trees and are responsible for all maintenance, pruning and watering. The trees must be picked up on Saturday, April 20, between 8 a.m. and noon at the Belleview Service Center at 1800 West Belleview Avenue. Planting instructions will be provided. Volunteers will plant trees for those who are physically unable.
Interested citizens should complete the Tree Order Form and return it with a check payable to the City of Littleton. The trees are available on a first-come, first-served basis with a March 18 application deadline. After this deadline call 303-795-3766 to check on tree availability or for more information.