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Adopt-A-Tree Program





Leon County is proud to offer the Adopt-A-Tree Program. If you live inside Leon County, but outside of Tallahassee city limits, you may qualify to have a tree planted on your property for free.

If you agree to water the tree three times a week for one year, Leon County Public Works will plant the tree anywhere between your house and any publicly-maintained road or any privately maintained road with public access.

The 2020 planting season has begun. We are no longer accepting applications for 2020. The 2021 Adopt-A-Tree Program will begin November 1, 2020. Be the first to find out about the species choices and updates on the Adopt-A-Tree Program through Leon County’s social media pages. Follow us so that you know about all of the events and programs we host throughout the community.

If you would like to be reminded of the 2021 Adopt-A-Tree Program, please fill out the form below. 


Tree Care

The best way to give your tree a good start is to water it regularly.

For the first two weeks after transplanting, provide 3 gallons of water daily. Afterwards, water two to three times each week for the duration of the growing season. More may be required during periods of drought. As the tree grows, apply 2 to 3 gallons of water per inch of trunk diameter over the root ball. The soil should be moist but not waterlogged.

Maintain a layer of mulch around your tree at least 3’ in width. This reduces competition from turf roots and weeds, and protects your tree from damage by lawn mowers and trimmers. The mulch should be 2-3” in depth and 4” away from the trunk of the tree. You can make the mulch ring wider as the tree grows.

Do not use lawn/weed chemicals or herbicides around the tree. Fertilization is not required. Pruning is not recommended in the first three years, except in the case of broken, dead or diseased branches.

If you are having issues with the form above, please call Judith McMurtry at (850) 606-1400.