Dunwoody begins Front Yard Tree Planting Program

Dunwoody property owners can register with Trees Atlanta to have up to two shade trees planted in their front yards for free.


Dunwoody, GA – August 1, 2022 – The City of Dunwoody is joining the Trees Atlanta Front Yard Tree Planting Program with the goal of planting up to 40 shade trees in front yards across Dunwoody. Dunwoody property owners interested in being part of the program must submit an online application using this link: www.dunwoodyga.gov/frontyardtree. Trees will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis.


“This is a great program to further our goal of protecting and building Dunwoody’s tree canopy,” said Dunwoody Community Development Director Richard McLeod. “This will also give residents a greater sense of ownership in Dunwoody’s urban forest.”


Trees Atlanta, a nonprofit organization committed to the care and replenishment of metro Atlanta’s urban forest, will manage the processing of tree requests and coordinate with each homeowner for the selection, placement, and installation of up to two front yard trees per yard. Approved trees include white oak, overcup oak, willow oak, tulip poplar, bald cypress, sycamore, and American persimmon (limited quantity).


“Since starting the front yard tree program in 2017, we’ve placed more than 2,000 trees in front yards across metro Atlanta,” explained Judy Yi, director of marketing for Trees Atlanta. “We appreciate the City of Dunwoody for expanding its efforts to protect and plant trees through the Front Yard Tree program.”


In April, the Dunwoody City Council voted to commit $10,000 to the program, so there is no cost to property owners. Planting will begin in October 2022 and continue through March 2023, if necessary. The new trees must be planted on private property within 35 feet of a right-of-way. After planting, property owners will be responsible for watering and maintaining the new trees.


“Trees are good for the environment, help prevent erosion and beautify our community,” said Dunwoody Mayor Lynn Deutsch.  “I look forward to seeing the benefits of this partnership grow.”