Adopt a Tree Program

Plant a Tree for FREE on your Boulevard!!

The City’s Program "Adopt a Tree” needs your help to find suitable locations for street trees. As the age of our Urban Forest is in the need of continual renewal, the City of Melville Would like to ensure that we have trees within our community for future generations. Street trees are available by request on a first come, first served basis. If your City-owned street frontage lacks a tree and you have the time and commitment to help care for one, please contact us.

  • There will be no charge to the homeowner for two trees. (The City will supply the trees; planting and care will be the responsibility of the home owner).
  • The program applies only to homes with street frontage; (the space between your property line and the roadway). This is the only location the tree can be planted. (usually 6 feet from curb, or between the sidewalk and curb)
  • The property owner must pledge to properly care for the tree (watering, weeding, and trimming) minimally for the first five years of the tree's life. Planting and care instructions will be provided.
  • Trees will be boulevard friendly to ensure that root intrusion on sewer lines is minimal.
  • Trees will be between 3’ – 5’ tall.
  • You can choose from a list of approved zone 3 trees, a list of trees can be found on the City’s website or at City Hall.
  • If the area you wish to have the tree planted has an overhead power line, you will be limited to a power line friendly tree.  
  • Limit of two free trees per single fronting household corner lots may apply for up to three trees.
  • The proposed location must meet the Melville’s Adopt a Tree program criteria.
Program criteria:   The following criteria will be used to assess potential planting sites:
  • Is there enough space? (other trees or obstacles must be a minimum of 7m away)
  • Are there overhead or underground utilities?
  • Does the soil quality appear to be acceptable for tree growth?
  • Are there any conflicting uses on the planting site?
  • Has the request been made by the homeowner or the person whose name is on the property tax account?
  • Is there an obvious conflict with traffic safety requirements or City maintenance (i.e. sight lines or snow removal operations)
  • Location of tree to be planted is subject to approval of the Public Works Manager.

Applications are due April 4th, 2017.  At that time, all applications will be reviewed and you will be notified if you were selected to receive your free trees! 

Should you require additional information, or if you would like to participate in the Adopt a Tree program, please contact 306-728-6840.