Plant low-cost desert shade trees, improve home energy efficiency | Environment
Those interested in planting trees this spring, this is the program for you.
The Trees for Tucson program will now be accepting applications for low-cost trees for delivery in the popular spring planting period. Generally trees can be planted throughout the year in the Tucson area, these cold temperatures will soon make way for great tree planting weather throughout the spring.
To qualify for low-cost shade trees, residents must be in either the Tucson Electric Power Co. or Trico Electric Cooperative electric service area, and also agree to plant the trees within 15 feet of the west, south or east side of their home.
Tucson Electric Power customers may print an application online at www.treesfortucson.org or call (520) 791-3109 to receive a mailed or faxed form.
Trico Electric Cooperative members may request trees online at www.trico.coop or call (520) 744-2944, extension 1605 for assistance.
The request form lists a variety of native and desert adapted trees. The list includes: mesquite, palo verde, desert willow, catclaw acacia, and red push pistache. Applicants can select their preferred type and quantity.
New applicants are welcome. Residents who have received low-cost trees in the past are also eligible to participate once per calendar year, per address.
The trees are delivered within approximately 6-8 weeks, and will be at least 3-5 feet tall. Instructions for tree planting and care are provided at the time of delivery.