Free Trees for Your Yard or Parkway

Larchmont Trees

The organization Million Trees LA is offering free street trees to Mid-City and Koreatown residents which will be delivered and planted by the Koreatown Youth & Community Center (KYCC). In addition to these shade trees installed on your home’s city parkway strip, KYCC will also make available up to seven more trees to be planted yourself on your own property (front or backyard). Contact Jerry Velasquez, Tree Planting Coordinator at (213) 743-8750 or 365-7400 X 5403 or by email for further information and to complete a Permission to Plant form.

A list of tree species is available too, including Japanese Privet, Photinia, Plum, Weeping Bottlebrush, Purple Orchid Tree, Peppermint Tree or Hawthorne, to cite just a few of the many varieties currently in stock. The KYCC Environmental Services Unit is committed to combatting graffiti and distributing trees – having planted over 6,000 trees in LA since 2007.

Tree plantingThe Mid-City Neighborhood Council Festival on Saturday March 29th will feature KYCC volunteers who will give away fruit trees to the first 50 sign-ups. The MINC Festival will be held at Marvin Elementary School at 2411 S. Marvin from 2-6 pm.

Residents are responsible for maintaining trees planted on their own property. Shade trees help lower water and utility bills and raise curb appeal. KYCC focuses on planting trees near schools or in areas that have few or no trees. They select the appropriate species for the right site allowing room for mature growth, with all planting performed in accordance with Los Angeles Urban Forestry Division policies. The five gallon trees provided by KYCC range from 3-8 feet tall.

The City of Los Angeles currently has a tree canopy cover of 21%. The national average for tree canopy cover is 27%. We can make Los Angeles greener by planting additional trees in yards and along parkways.

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About Renee Montgomery

Renee Montgomery began researching historic men's waistcoats at LACMA in 1979 as an intern, and is still at the museum as an Assistant Director in administration. She's written for various local media and museum publications, focusing on 'small town pockets' in urban L.A. She resides in Lafayette Square and has one daughter, a professional ballet dancer. Having never lost her zeal for her 'aggie' San Gabriel Valley/Riverside upbringing, Renee currently sells citrus and homegrown produce to support dog rescue efforts.

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