By Donovan Arborists | February 10, 2019 0

Free Trees

Time’s Running Out for Free or Cheap Denver Trees

For the past 30 years Denver nonprofit The Park People has operated a program called Denver Digs Trees. Originally conceived as a way for nurseries to dispose of a few trees after the planting season, today The Park People negotiates with area wholesale nurseries to acquire over 1.000 trees for distribution in the city. To date, the program has placed more than 51,000 trees throughout the community.

This year, The Park People offers ten species of medium to large shade and smaller ornamental trees for free or at steeply discounted prices, depending on their use and location. But the deadline to apply is February 15, so get your request in ASAP.

Cost is Based on Use

Many of the older Siberian elm and ash trees formerly planted along city streets have died or been removed as nuisances, so a primary goal of the program is to repopulate the rights of way with healthy new species better suited to Denver’s environment. To encourage those plantings, Denver Digs Trees is offering young trees for street planting for free.

Saplings are offered for yard planting as well. New yard trees go for around $35, depending on the species, and if your neighborhood is one of several targeted for enhanced planting you may pay as little as $10. There are also hardship grants available that can offer yard trees for free.

Regardless of the cost, all of these trees are exceptional bargains since most would cost over $125 at retail. Details of the various programs are on the Denver Digs Trees FAQ page.

Selection, Planting and Care Advice is Included

The Park People want you to choose trees that are appropriate for your location, plant them properly, and keep them well cared for. The program includes information on all these subjects along with plenty of more about how trees are an important part of our urban environment. Visit the Denver Digs Trees web page for details.


If you need help choosing and planting the right trees and shrubs for your landscape, Donovan Arborists offers planting, pruning, and shearing services as well as a complete landscape maintenance package for property in the Denver area.

We’re always happy to give free estimates to homeowners and property managers for any services they may need.

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