Friends of the Urban Forest has a “Replacement Tree” program to replant street trees in open cement squares.
Our replacement program is appropriate for you if:
- the tree basin adjacent to your property is empty
- your basin contains a stump
- you have a dead tree
If you have questions after reading the information below, please contact Kyle by phone at 415-268-0772 or by email with our contact form.
To get started and sign-up for a free site visit, please fill out these two forms:
- Friends of the Urban Forest Letter of Agreement (PDF file available here, 253 KB)
- Department of Public Works Tree Planting Application (PDF file available here, 147 KB) — be sure to select “Friends of the Urban Forest Planting”
Note: If you have a stump in your basin, you must remove it prior to planting — these vendors can do that for you.
Dead Trees in Basins
Sadly, trees sometimes die for various reasons. If you have a dead tree in your basin, you must remove the tree before we can plant. Follow these steps:
- Apply for a city permit to remove the tree (required for MOST trees – alive, dead or hazardous – before removal). Visit DPW’s site for more information.
- Fill out our eform for a “replacement tree.” Since you applied for a “Removal Permit” you DO NOT need to fill out another DPW Tree Application.
- Remove the tree when approved. See our list of recommended tree stump removers and grinders.
- Notify us that the tree is removed by calling Kyle at 415-268-0772 or by emailing him using this form.
Our Urban Tree Species Directory contains images and descriptions of the tree species we offer.
It’s best to explore a few you like, but we will make expert recommendations after viewing your site.
Our replacement program usually* has a copay of $135 per tree and includes:
- Species recommendations by our arborists
- The tree itself
- Minor basin adjustments
- Underground utility checks
- A volunteer planting crew (optionally including you)
- New tree owner’s manual
- 3 years of tree care services
*The copay for the following fast-growing tree species is $180, because they require more frequent care when young in order to prevent overgrowth or structural problems:
- all Acacia species
- Australian Tea Tree (Leptospermum laevigatum)
- Brisbane Box (Lophostemon confertus/Tristania conferta)
- Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia)
- all Eucalyptus species
- Locust tree (Robinia spp.)
- Peppermint willow (Agonis flexuosa)