The Community Tree Giveaway was a success! We love hearing your stories. If you had a good experience with tree giveaway or your own tradition, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to share your our story and a photo with your tree, or if you would like a photograph taken of you at the event. If you’re interested in volunteering, mark your calendar for the volunteer registration next September. And, of course, the next Community Tree Giveaway registration opens mid September 2018, so don’t miss it. Thank you Wesley Kirk from The Beautiful Vision and KDB intern Samantha Hardisty for the photography.
October 20th was the Pre-Event Workday that we have every year in preparation for the Community Tree Giveaway. With the help of some awesome volunteers, we tag each individual tree with a personalized identification tag and sort all of the trees by species and participant last name. This year, we had approximately 700 trees to sort and tag. Can you imagine how long that would take KDB’s tiny staff of three people? The Our volunteers were so amazing and kicked it into gear as soon as they arrived. What we had planned would take 4 hours, actually took 3! That’s how hard these individuals worked. We couldn’t do what we do without the help of our amazing volunteers!
This year we also piloted these custom-made tree boxes, made of old pallets taken to the landfill. The Solid Waste Dept. created these with the Tree Giveaway in mind, because the wind tends to blow our trees over before the event on Saturday. Since they on pallets, we were also able to move them with a fork lift! This was a major time-saver this year!
Did you purchase your tree(s) between September 1, 2016 and May 1, 2017?
Is your tree at least 5 gallons in size?
Did your tree cost $50 or more (including taxes)?
If you answered yes to ALL of the questions above, you could qualify for a Tree Rebate! If your application is accepted, a $50 credit per tree (up to five trees) will be applied directly to your Denton Municipal Utility bill. To learn more about this program and how to apply, visit www.dentontreerebates.com.
Meet the Trees of the Tree Rebate Program
Bald Cypress Taxodium distichum
Blackjack Oak Quercus marilandica
Burr Oak Quercus macrocarpa
Cedar Elm Ulmus crassifolia
Chinkapin Oak Quercus muhlenbergii
Lacebark Elm Ulmus parvifiolia
Live Oak Quercius virginiana
Pecan Carya illinoensis
Red Oak (Shumard) Quercus shumardii
Red Oak (Texas) Quercus buckleyi
Desert Willow Chilopsis linearis
Dogwood Cornus florida
Eve’s Necklace Sophora affinis
Mexican Buckeye Ungnadia speciosa
Mexican Plum Prunus Mexicana
Mexican White Oak Quercus polymorpha
Possum-haw Holly Ilex decidua
Redbud (Texas) Cercis canadensis
Soapberry Sapindus drummondii
TX Mountain Laurel Sophora secundiflora
Vitex Vitex agnus-castus
Wax Myrtle Myrica cerifera
Yaupon Holly Ilex vomitoria
So why these trees? Well, these species were hand-selected for many reasons. Firstly, all trees are native or adapted to our specific ecological regions, the Eastern Cross Timbers and Blackland Prairie. This means they will survive and thrive in the extremes of cold and hot weather here in North Texas. By planting these trees, you help propagate our native and adapted tree species for future generations, conserve precious water resources, provide food and habitats for native wildlife, and ensure that your trees live for years to come (with less maintenance and watering, which we all love!).
Where to Buy Trees
There are several locations to purchase trees that qualify for the Tree Rebate. Listed below are locations that currently carry one or more the qualifying tree species. These businesses are not endorsed by Keep Denton Beautiful, Inc. or City of Denton.
1601 Dallas Dr. Denton, TX 76205
Four Seasons Nursery
3333 E University Dr. Denton, TX 76208
1507 N Stemmons Fwy. Lewisville, TX 75057
Home Depot Denton
1900 Brinker Rd, Denton, TX
1255 S. Loop 288, Denton, TX
2612 Fort Worth Dr. Denton, TX 76205
2712 James St, Denton, TX 76205
The Tree Rebate Program is part of the Denton Tree Initiative. Help us to reach our goal of planting 12,000 trees by 2019! Read more about additional opportunities for tree planting and tree education through the Denton Tree Initiative at www.dentontreeinitiative.com.
Questions about the Tree Rebate Program? Contact KDB at (940) 349-8737 or email@example.com.