7 Places to Get Free Arbor Day Trees

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Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April and everyone is encouraged to plant a tree to celebrate. On this day or any other day, there are a few ways to get free Arbor Day trees or at least some very affordable ones.

Spring is a great time of year to plant a tree but also a wonderful time to get outside and enjoy all that nature has to offer. There are many unique ideas here on how to get your free trees including teaming up with organizations and scouring your neighborhood. However you get your free Arbor Day trees, you'll be making the planet a better place to live.

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    Join the Arbor Day Foundation

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    This option isn't completely free but it sure makes for some cheap trees while you're supporting the trees. If you join the Arbor Day Foundation (for just $10 for a 6-month membership) you get to choose 10 free trees to either be mailed to you or as a gift for someone else.

    You'll get to choose between trees that are available based on where you live. After you've chosen your trees, you can choose your donation amount.

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    Plan a Tree Planting Event

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    If you have a group that would like to plant some trees in your community, you can apply for free native tree seedlings through the National Wildlife Federation. Once you're approved you'll get the free trees and lots of resources on how to hold a successful tree planting event.

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    Check for Local Tree Planting Organizations

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    Call your city planning office and see if there are any programs in your local area that give out free trees. The L.A. based City Plants does just this by delivering yard trees to your home for you to plant or showing up to plant street trees for you. Other cities have similar programs so check to see if one is available in your area.

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    Look Around Your Yard

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    You may have free tree seedlings right out in your yard that you've never noticed before. You can transplant these seedlings to other parts of your yard where you'd like to have a new tree. It's also possible to grow a tree from a seed and you can collect seeds from the trees you already have to plant more trees.

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    Use a Seed Library or Exchange

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    A seed library is just what it sounds like, a library of seeds. For free, or sometimes a small fee, you can take seeds from the seed library and use them to plant trees in your yard. There are also seed exchanges, where you can trade seeds you don't want with others who have seeds that you do want.

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    Watch for Free Tree Promotions

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    Some hardware stores, nurseries, and even government offices will occasionally give out free trees for Arbor Day, Earth Day, or for other reasons. Subscribe to flyers, emails, and follow these places on social media so you'll know when tye are.

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    Ask Your Neighbors

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    The people in your local community can be great resources for getting all kinds of stuff, trees included. You can check with your neighbors, local Facebook neighborhood groups, and Freecycle to see if you can find some free tree saplings. You can also check with a local selling app to see if you can pick up some for a low cost. I've seen cheap and free plants and trees at garage sales before so don't rule those out either.