FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


CAN TREES BE PLANTED IN FRONT OF BUSINESSES AS WELL AS HOMES?

Yes! Trees can be planted along any public city street: in front of homes, businesses, churches, community spaces–as long as there is someone committed to watering/stewarding the tree.

 

IF THERE ISN’T AN OPENING OR TREE PIT IN MY SIDEWALK, CAN I STILL APPLY FOR A TREE?

Yes! When you receive trees through the Neighborhood Street Tree Award, we will cover the cost of sidewalk preparation which includes marking the underground utilities, determing the best spot for a tree, cutting the concrete or asphalt, removing the existing soil, and replacing it with fresh soil.

The minimum size for tree wells is 24 square feet to maximize the new trees’ ability to thrive in our urban conditions. Even if you have a tree pit in your sidewalk already, we may increase its size to meet this requirement. We are also required by the ADA to leave 3 feet of sidewalk for wheelchair access.

 

HOW MUCH DO TREES FROM PNPP COST?

The cost of planting these street trees (factoring in the price of the trees, sidewalk preparation, soil replacement, & tree-delivery) averages between $250-$350. If you and your neighbors are granted trees through a Neighborhood Street Tree Planting Award  all of the above costs are covered, and the trees are provided free of charge!

 

I (OR A NEIGHBOR) WOULD LIKE TO PLANT & STEWARD A TREE IN FRONT OF THEIR HOME/BUSINESS, BUT WE HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO REACH THE PROPERTY OWNER (ABSENT/OUT-OF-STATE/ETC.) TO GET THEIR APPROVAL–DOES THIS MEAN WE CAN’T PLANT A TREE HERE?!

Not necessarily. If this is the case for potential sites in your planting application, reach out to us and we may be able to find a solution!

 

WHEN I APPLY FOR A STREET TREE WITH MY NEIGHBORS, CAN WE CHOOSE THE TYPE OF TREE WE WOULD LIKE TO PLANT?

We will do our best to take preferences into consideration when selecting which tree will live at each site that will receive a tree. However, we can not guarantee that each preference will be honored because our primary priority is to ensure we select the best tree for each site.

PNPP and the City Forester order trees each season that offer resilience to tough street conditions as well as a diversity of species and sizes to match specific sites. A great deal of thought goes into selecting each tree for each site from the trees that are available each season. Sometimes we can meet a resident’s preference for tree species, but very often, this is not possible.

If you wish to select your own tree species, you are welcome to apply to plant your own tree through Providence’s Individual Street Tree Planting Program–either a Full-Cost or Match-Cost tree.

© Copyright Providence Neighborhood Planting Program