The City of Littleton is celebrating Arbor Day by continuing its annual tree-planting program with 18 species of trees available for purchase. The goal is to increase the canopy area and diversity of the urban forest. On Saturday, April 17, city staff and volunteers will distribute 225 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.
All newly-planted trees require regular watering, applied in all seasons, for 3-4 years after planting. Most of the trees offered are considered low or low-moderate water-demand trees which require minimal supplemental watering once established. Trees requiring more water should be planted in areas with irrigation. Tree descriptions are available on the city website, www.littletongov.org. Consider mature heights and widths when choosing species for specific planting locations.
Four types of trees will be provided in bare root form. Bare root trees are light and easy to handle but require immediate planting. Fourteen types of trees are provided in #7 air-pruned pots, a patented container about the size of a five-gallon bucket, usually weighing 20-30 pounds. All 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 or on private property in the city, with an initial limit of six trees per single-family residential property. School parent teacher organizations (PTOs) and homeowner’s associations are encouraged to purchase larger quantities.
Participants must make arrangements to 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 17, 2021 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 19 deadline. After this deadline call to check on tree availability. Call 303-795-3766 for more information.