Planting and Maintenance

It all starts with trees

Of the many activities and services provided by Trees Atlanta, obviously the planting of trees is a major component! We have worked on projects in neighborhoods, schools, corporate centers, city streets, and parks. These plantings help protect and expand the all-important tree canopy, which helps beautify our community while also providing shade and offering important environmental benefits.

Founded in 1985 by Central Atlanta Progress, the Atlanta Commissioner of Parks and the Atlanta Junior League, one of the original tasks assigned to Trees Atlanta was replenishing the downtown tree canopy. In that first year, Trees Atlanta planted more than 40 shade trees in the downtown area. Since that modest start, the tree-planting program has blossomed to include neighborhoods and communities all across the city. Every year, Trees Atlanta volunteers grab their shovels and plant thousands of trees in dozens of Atlanta neighborhoods.

Some of the many Trees Atlanta planting programs include:


Started in 2001, NeighborWoods provides communities with necessary tools and resources to plant new trees, and develops educational programs for core groups of tree advocates. In just over a decade, NeighborWoods projects have planted thousands of trees in neighborhoods all across metro Atlanta.

Urban Trees

One of Trees Atlanta’s initiatives is to plant trees along major traffic corridors – North Avenue, Metropolitan Parkway, Boulevard, and others. Not only will these new trees beautify Atlanta roads and highways, but research has shown that street trees help decrease the speed of traffic, reduce the noise and air pollution from cars and trucks, and encourage pedestrians to walk along roadways.

Likewise, we are eager to work with corporate entities to beautify business centers, office complexes, and similar urban environments. The environmental benefits are equaled only by the considerable aesthetic benefits these plantings provide in these settings.

Through partnerships with entities such as the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, City of Parks Department, Department of Public Works, and a host of other clients and grants, Trees Atlanta is able to supplement its volunteer efforts with professional plantings by contractors who are equipped with heavy machinery such as concrete saws to cut tree wells in sidewalks and tree spades to lift and plant larger trees. The locations for these contractor plantings include (but are not limited to) sidewalks, parks, green-spaces, and public right-of-ways.

Forest Restoration

Getting rid of invasive species is a big part of the equation, but to truly reclaim our natural urban forest, we must continue with efforts to restore native plants. Hundreds of acres of green space are protected inside I-285, but there has been very little progress in actually bringing back healthy native plants to these areas.