The City of Tampa is giving away 1,000 trees next weekend. They are offering two free trees per household. On May 6, residents can pick up one of 6 varieties of trees, including Red Maple, Bald Cypress, Buttonwood, Red Cedar, Sweetbay Magnolia, and Southern Magnolia. To get your first choice, show up early because it’s first come first serve. The trees will be given out starting at 8AM at Sulphur Springs Park at 715 East Bird Street in Tampa.There are some things to remember. Trees need to be planted at least 10 feet from underground utilities like water and sewer lines. They also should be kept at least 30 feet away from electrical lines. The city recommends you call 811 before you dig a spot for your new tree.
You do need to live within the Tampa city limits to get your free trees. They’ll ask you to show some form of proof. Also keep in mind your tree will be up to 8 feet tall, so plan your drive accordingly. There will be staff members on hand to help you load your tree into your vehicle. You do need to register in advance for this.