Northeast Tarrant

Southlake residents can buy trees for half price

Residents can add trees in front of their homes at half price.

The city’s Street Tree Program, under which residents can buy trees with financial help from the city, is back until Dec. 31. Residents can choose from four types of trees that will be planted along the road fronting their homes along the right-of-way, and the city will foot half the bill.

“The trees are intended to provide shade, screening, wildlife, pollution control, reduction of water runoff, soil erosion control, increased property values, aesthetics and an increased sense of well being within the community,” said Jenni McClure, Community Services communications and marketing manager, citing the city’s website.

Residents can choose from trees including Chinese Pistache, Lacebark Elm, Live Oak and Shumard Oak. The trees costs homeowners $147.50, except the Lacebark Elm which costs $157.50. Trees are limited to one per household. McClure said the most popular tree changes year-to-year between the Chinese Pistache and the Shumard Oak.

The city works with the residents to choose a planting location and homeowners are expected to care for the tree. The city budgets $5,000 a year for the program.

McClure said since the program’s inception in 2009, the city has planted 103 trees.

Those interested can make a purchase online at www.SouthlakeParksandRec.com, in person at the Community Services Department at 1400 Main St., Suite 210, or by mail at Southlake Street Tree Program, City of Southlake 1400 Main St., Suite 210, Southlake, Texas 76092.

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