Frequently Asked Questions

Applicant FAQ’s

What is the right-of-way?

It is a city owned strip of land from the edge of the street back anywhere from 3-10 ft. If you have a detached sidewalk it’s the strip of land between the edge of the road and your sidewalk.

Why only plant in the right-of-way?

Trees planted in the right-of-way offer more benefits for the entire community as well as the homeowner of the property. We also need public access to newly planted trees to perform periodic tree health checks. When we check your tree, we’ll leave you an information card with recommendations to keep your tree healthy.

Can I pick what kind of tree I get?

Yes, you will have a chance to pick from a variety of trees that we know grow well here in Cheyenne. If your property is clear of overhead power lines you must get a shade tree (i.e. Elm, Oak, Linden, Maple). If you have overhead power lines you must get an ornamental tree (i.e. crabapple, hawthorne)

Why can’t I plant a crabapple in my right-of-way if I don’t have overhead lines?

Crabapples or other ornamental trees have a wider growth habit than shade trees. They grow out not up, which is why we plant them under powerlines. Having a tree that grows outward is not ideal for a right-of-way because of the need to keep the street and sidewalks clear of branches. This would mean more pruning more often and put undue stress on the tree.

When do I pick and pay for my tree(s)?

When all site visits have been completed on every property receiving a tree, we will send out an email with a specific link for you to select and pay for your tree(s). Usually about 1 month before the planting day.

How often do you plant trees?

We have two planting days per year, the third Saturday in May and in September.

When can I apply for trees?

Spring applications open on March 1st and Fall applications open on July 1st. All trees are given on a first come first serve basis.

Volunteer FAQ’s

How do I volunteer to plant trees?
You can sign up on our website here.
How long do I need to volunteer for?

On planting day volunteers plant for 3-4 hours starting in the morning, moving to 4-5 different planting locations. We also have volunteering availabilities that do not require going out with the crews but stay at the shop and help behind-the-scenes on planting days. Volunteering events vary but usually last no longer than 4 hours. Tree Steward health checks depend on the availability of the Tree Steward. And committee meetings usually last about an hour.

What should I wear?

Weather appropriate clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty. We suggest dressing in layers as temperatures can fluctuate significantly. Close toed shoes, gloves, hat, and sunscreen are all highly recommended.

What should I bring?

We recommend brining a water bottle, gloves, hat, and sunscreen.

How do we get to the planting locations?

If your crew leader has room, you may ride with them. If not, you will have to provide your own transportation. We recommend car pooling with other volunteers in your group.

How many trees does each crew plant?

Each crew will plant 8-10 trees in various locations throughout the city.

Other FAQ’s

Will tree roots get into my water and sewer lines?

Water and sewer lines are typically buried a lot deeper than your tree roots will ever go. Tree roots only grow in about the top 1 ft. of soil. Water lines are pressurized and tree roots will not be able to enter them. Tree roots will however grow into your sewer lines if your trees are not watered properly. When a tree is thirsty the roots will do anything to get water, including getting into your sewer lines. If you keep your trees watered and taken care of that should never be a problem.

It's so expensive to take care of trees why should i get one?

Yes it may be pricey to have professionals prune or remove your trees (hopefully not for a long time) but the benefits that trees give you far outweigh the cost of caring for a tree over its lifetime. It may be hard to see that because some tree benefits are not tangible. Benefits like cleaning our air and water, reducing stress, reducing crime, and positively affecting our health are priceless. Trees are an investment. You put a little money in and receive a lifetime of benefits.

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