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Neighborhood Foresters Yard Tree Sale & Planting for the neighborhoods of Dunbar/Spring, Barrio Anita, and Barrio Blue Moon

September 1 - September 30

Neighborhood Foresters
Native Yard Tree Sale
& and help planting the tree(s)

For the neighborhoods of Dunbar/Spring, Barrio Anita, and Barrio Blue Moon

Order forms and payment must be received in the month of September.
The sooner you get it in, the sooner you get your tree(s). Last day we take orders is September 30.

Order form available for download here

Grow shade, food, wildlife habitat, and beauty around your home with 5-gallon-sized native trees available for
$35 each if you help us plant the tree
$5o each if we plant your tree without your help.

We have a few trees available for free (thanks to donations to the Dunbar/Spring Neighborhood Foresters) for those that cannot afford to pay for the tree.
To apply for a donated tree, fill out the order form writing “Requesting donated tree” at the top of the form, and return the order form.

Make a donation here


Neighbor Glenn beside the desert ironwood tree we planted with him ten years ago when it was just one foot tall. Blue arrows denote stormwater flow, and show how we direct roof runoff to the tree basin to water it for free. Photo: Brad Lancaster

We can help you with plant selection and placement to maximize the benefits of the tree(s), while optimizing the passive harvest of on-site waters to help irrigate the tree for free—this is all part of the program.

Once we have your order, we will schedule planting time with you.

We only offer low-water-use Tucson Basin native trees through this program as they are the best adapted to our local climate, soils, and wildlife. While many non-native trees died in the neighborhood in the record drought that preceeded this summer’s rains, the natives survived! And we need to shade up and cool off the bare spots in our neighborhood to help passively cool us as temperatures rise.

Tucson is the third-fastest warming city in the U.S.

Once shade trees grow to maturity, if planted on the east or west side of your home they can help reduce summer temperatures by over 20˚ F! Grow your air conditioners!

For videos showing the cooling effect of native shade trees in Tucson see:

And by directing roof runoff and/or household greywater to the basins around the tree, you can irrigate the trees for free.

Direct questions to Brad at NeighborhoodForesters@gmail.com

Responsibilities of those getting trees
You will be responsible for the care of the tree. It will need to be watered three times a week for
the first month, then at least one good watering per week after that (especially when things heat
up again) until the tree is established . Establishment takes from one to three years.

If the tree is well-chosen and -placed with passive water harvesting you won’t need to water the tree after establishment.

Neighbors Marina and Dimitri beside the desert ironwood tree they just planted on the edge of Perry Ave alley. It will grow to shade this otherwise bare, sun-baked area. Ideally, the water-harvesting basin would be larger, but in this instance there was not enough room to make it larger. Marina and Dimitri will water the tree the first 1 to 3 years to get it established. Then it will make it on its own. Photo: Brad Lancaster

Plantings will occur throughout September as we schedule them with those ordering trees

Want to volunteer to help your neighbors plant their trees in water-harvesting basins?
Let Brad know at NeighborhoodForesters@gmail.com and he’ll get you on the supervised team. Be sure to provide him your email and phone number for easy contact.


Neighbor Shadrick watering his velvet mesquite trees right after Neighborhood Foresters helped him plant them.
Blue arrows denote rainwater and stormwater flow from roof and driveway that will help irrigate the trees for free.                                Note that the hardy, long-lived mesquite tree by Shadrick was planted to succeed the weak, short-lived volunteer Mexican palo verde (Parkinsonia aculeata) tree to its left.                                                                              Soil around newly-planted trees was mulched with free fertile leaf drop collected from beneath a mature native velvet mesquite tree on the property.
Photo: Brad Lancaster





September 1
September 30


Dunbar Spring Neighborhood Foresters