Sandy Springs OKs Trees Atlanta deal for 1,000 new trees

A continuation of the “NeighborWoods” project with Trees Atlanta will mean as many as 1,000 new trees for Sandy Springs over the next five years, the city announced.

Trees Atlanta planted 74 trees in Sandy Springs during the first, pilot year of the Front Yard Tree program, officials said. The City Council has approved continuing the initiative for five years, with up to 200 trees planted a year.

The city will allocate to the program up to $50,000 each year from its fee-supported Tree Fund. Trees will be planted in city rights of way, parks and on private parcels. Residents can request up to three front yard shade trees, planted within 35 feet of the right of way.

“Each tree is estimated to cost $250 for a 15-gallon tree, inclusive of one-on-one consultation with a Trees Atlanta staff member, planting, mulching, pruning and pest/fertilizer treatment, as necessary,” the city said.

There is no cost to homeowners to participate, but they will be responsible for tree maintenance, primarily watering. Information: