Trees are an important asset to the City of Tarpon Springs and its citizens. Through the Adopt-a-Tree Program, the City is able to form a valuable partnership with homeowners to help improve and replenish the overall tree canopy. The program is funded by the Tarpon Springs Tree Bank and emphasizes the use of native trees that do well in this area. Residents are eligible to receive two FREE, three-gallon trees per household at this drive-thru event. Proof of Tarpon Springs residency is required.
The City of Tarpon Springs will provide a variety of trees to homeowners to plant on their property. The homeowner must then plant the tree and care for it as to ensure survival. The homeowner must understand the Tarpon Springs Code of Ordinances protects such trees and provides the sole procedure for their removal by the homeowner, if necessary.
· Prior to planting, contact Sunshine 811 (www.sunshine811.com) to ensure that any excavation will not affect underground electric power lines, natural gas lines, communication lines and other utility services, if planted in the right-of-way. Also, homeowner will ensure the trees are not planted under overhead wires.
· At time of pickup, participants must present photo identification, i.e. a driver's license, with the residential property address indicated on the identification. Other forms of identification containing property address information, like a utility bill, are also accepted as long as a photo ID is also presented.
· Information on tree characteristics is available at http://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/pinellasco/files/2018/03/trees-for-pinellas.pdf
Staff will be on hand to provide planting advice during event.