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Spring’s just around the corner - here’s how to get your hands on a free tree to plant in your yard.

Phil­adelphia’s De­part­ment of Parks & Re­cre­ation in part­ner­ship with the Fair­mount Park Con­servancy and Wells Fargo & Co. have trees for Phil­adelphia res­id­ents.

Re­gis­tra­tion for the spring 2013 Tree­P­hilly giveaway is now open. Through March 31, prop­erty own­ers can sub­mit re­quests for a free yard tree to plant on their private prop­erty.

Tree­P­hilly will give away 2,500 trees this spring. Phil­adelphia res­id­en­tial prop­erty own­ers can re­quest up to two trees, and com­munity groups that own large private prop­er­ties with com­munity ac­cess, such as faith-based in­sti­tu­tions and seni­or cen­ters, can re­gister for up to 10 trees.

Tree­P­hilly is of­fer­ing a couple nearby pick-up loc­a­tions in April. Par­ti­cipants who pre-re­gister for the yard tree giveaway will be able to se­lect their pick-up site and date. At each pick-up loc­a­tion, Tree­P­hilly will of­fer tree plant­ing and care demon­stra­tions. Those who par­ti­cip­ate in the demon­stra­tion will re­ceive free raffle tick­ets for a free tree wa­ter­ing bag.
Pick up trees:

— Sat­urday, April 6, from 2 to 4 p.m., Second Baptist Church of Frank­ford, 1801 Mead­ow St.

— Sunday, April 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the New Kens­ing­ton CDC Garden Cen­ter, 1825 Frank­ford Ave.

Res­id­ents with lim­ited mo­bil­ity can ap­ply for free tree de­liv­ery and plant­ing by a rep­res­ent­at­ive from Phil­adelphia Parks & Re­cre­ation.

Space for this ser­vice is lim­ited and res­id­ents are en­cour­aged to ap­ply early by con­tact­ing Erica Smith Fich­man at 215-683-0217 or by vis­it­ing www.tree­p­

There will be a “leftovers” day sched­ule in April (ex­act date to be de­term­ined), where ex­tra trees will be avail­able to res­id­ents on a first-come, first-served basis.

Re­port­er John Loftus can be reached at

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