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One of the many trees damaged after a tornado touched down in Arlington. (credit: om Pennington/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – There’s no question the tornadoes that tore across North Texas the first week of April left a path of destruction. Now, one North Texas city is lending a helping hand to residents that lost so much.

Any Arlington resident living in an area affected by last month’s tornadoes can now get free trees.

The Let’s Enhance Arlington’s Forest (L.E.A.F.) program is providing the trees to help reforest damaged/devastated neighborhoods.

The Arlington Tomorrow Foundation awarded the program a $40,000 grant. The amount is enough to provide 1,000 free trees to affected residents.

In a press release statement Arlington Tomorrow Foundation Board of Directors President Kathryn Wilemon said, “And, as residents get settled back into their homes, we want to help ensure they are moving back into true neighborhoods, complete with trees and greenery.”

The trees are not only being provided free, they will also be planted at no cost. The trees will be planted in November.

There are 10 trees approved and available for residents. They vary from Bur Oak and Cedar Elm to Desert Willow and Texas Redbud.

(Click here to see all the trees available through the L.E.A.F. program)

Each eligible household will be allowed to select four, 10-gallon trees.

Any property owner wanting free trees must complete an application for consideration. The deadline to submit an application is August 1.

Application can be faxed to (817) 801-5762 or click here to complete an application online.

Completed applications can also be mailed and should be sent to:

City of Arlington
Forestry and Beautification
717 West Main Street
Arlington, TX 76004

As for the trees damaged, broken and blown away — the City of Arlington chipped them down into mulch and is also giving that away for free.

Free mulch is available through May 13 and is available at Richard Simpson Park, next to Lake Arlington. There are no workers to load or bag the mulch, so residents should come prepared to do the work themselves.

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