Healthy Neighborhoods

How can trees be investments in healthy neighborhoods?

Some neighborhoods have few trees, as historically the lots were smaller, front yards were filled in to provide off-street parking, and street trees were not planted or not replaced if they died.  These (and all) neighborhoods need more healthy trees—in street rights-of-way, parks, parking lots, schoolyards, routes to school, places of workshop, businesses, backyards and front yards. Read more about tree benefits and climate action (other website tabs).

Kate Sessions Commitment has resources for community groups—we will walk you through the steps. Where can I plant a tree?  How can I get a tree?  How do I grow a healthy tree?   Inquire

Kate Sessions can help with promotion, education, and follow-up, starting with a key contact at your organization. We can work together to identify locations to plant and water trees.  From the city’s perspective, efficiency will come from residents or communities combining requests, generally ten trees or more, and by organizing tree watering for blocks, boulevards, and businesses.  More info about tree care.

Contact us for a learning session or a short briefing. Ask one of your community members to be your primary contact person, and we’ll coach her/him. Join Kate’s Tree Team and connect with others growing healthy trees.  


Watering is one of the greatest challenges in growing trees in San Diego. Many places to plant trees lack irrigation systems. Could tree watering be accomplished with neighborhood teams or contracts?  Could water be filled from faucets, transported in watering tanks pulled by bicycles or on golf carts, and delivered to “watering bags” at the base of tree? Could a “tree watering team” be established to water hundreds of street trees in these communities? Could this be jobs for youth or other workers in the areas they live? Inquire