City Fruit offers fruit-specific tree care at $89/hr (below market rate) with a one-hour minimum, or $79/hr for 5+ hours of work. This cost covers the time and expenses of our Fruit Tree Specialist — any additional funds go back to supporting our mission of harvesting and sharing quality fruit with the community. Questions? Email Julian at [email protected]!
Tree Care Assessment and Action Plan
We provide tree owners with a thorough understanding of the health of one’s trees, as well as which local factors may be influencing the productivity of the tree through an on-site consultation.
We prune and train your fruit tree in order to improve its health and productivity.
If you provide the mulch, we can help you prepare the mulch ring and lay the mulch for you. Please be sure you have enough mulch to cover a 3-6 foot radius around your tree, as well as some cardboard or burlap sacks to suppress weed growth most effectively. For more information, go to https://www.cityfruit.org/blog/springtime-mulching.
Netting & Bagging
We will cover your tree to protect the fruit from apple maggot and codling moth using a tree net (referred to as “bee” or “hail” netting).
We can advise on site placement and plant both bare root and potted fruit trees/vines.
*Services are limited to trees under 25 feet. Beyond this height, our specialist will have to make an assessment of whether the tree can be safely accessed with City Fruit’s equipment.
Fruit Tree Care Gift Card
Give the gift of tree care to the fruit tree enthusiast in your life! We offer gift cards starting at $100, which covers 1-hour of tree care services (tax included). Valid for 1-year from purchase date.
Please email [email protected] for more information!
Meet Your Fruit Tree Specialist
Where are you from?
I’m originally from San Antonio, Texas, but I spent 4 years in upstate New York for college, and 3 years in Panama during my Peace Corps service.
What’s your favorite fruit?
For sure figs! I enjoy them straight off the tree, dried, or in a jelly. The first time that I tried figs as a kid out at my grandparents’ house, I must have eaten 15 or 20 of them. My stomach wasn’t too happy then, but I still love them to this day.
What excites you most about joining City Fruit?
I am thrilled to be a part of a team that is doing everything that we can to better distribute healthy and often underutilized food to local communities. Our food system is such a complex network of resources, producers, and consumers, which makes distribution extremely challenging. I’m excited to help find effective solutions that will connect all people to the amazing fruit that grows all over Seattle.
What’s been your favorite part of the Tree Care Specialist job so far?
I have been happy as can be that I’m able to work outside and be up in trees all day long. I also really enjoy sharing my knowledge and experience with tree owners during my visits. I have always been an avid learner, so when people are interested in learning about their fruit trees, it makes me love my job even more.