It's easy enough to plant a tree if you own your home, but for those in the city, it's hard to know where to even start. Instructables provides a step-by-step guide to getting a tree planted in your sidewalk (even if you rent) in the city of San Francisco...
Warning: This can be an involved process!
There are two options: Go through the city permitting process, planting and maintenance yourself or utilize the Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF), a SF non-profit that does most of the work for you.
This Instructables walks you through the more difficult of the two options, DIY!
- To live in San Francisco
- A phone or e-mail
- $165 (fee changes, but this is the current cost)
- Piece of chalk
- Food or drink to bring to the potluck
- A willingness to water your tree weekly
Here are the basic steps: (Visit Instructables for the details!)
- Call or e-mail Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF). To kick off the planting, you can call the FUF office at 415-561-6890, extension 101 to talk to a human.
- Fill out the form and coordinate with other tree-planters-to-be in your neighborhood. If you're a renter, you'll need to get the signature of your landlord on the forms.
- Attend your neighborhood pre-planting meeting to pick your tree and coordinate logistics. Six weeks before your planting day, FUF will arrange a neighborhood meeting with all of the people who are set to plant. Definitely go to this meeting.
- Prep your sidewalk. A few weeks before your planting date, you will be asked to mark your desired tree location on the sidewalk with chalk. They will then have the underground service company…
- It's the day you've been dreaming of: planting day. Dress for mess. You'll watch a FUF staff member demonstrate how to plant a tree and then you'll actually put the tree in.
- Once your tree is firmly in the ground, you should wash your hands and kick back with your neighbors.
- Maintain your tree: Now that you have a tree, you have to maintain it. Use FUF's Web site for tips.