Learn to plant and maintain strong, healthy trees that will thrive for generations.
Trees work for us non-stop. They are a part of our community infrastructure and vital to our personal and environmental health. They are a legacy we plant and leave for many generations – impacting our city with better quality of life, business climate, and sense of place. Trees clean our air and water, save energy, provide habitat for wildlife, reduce water runoff and erosion, and increase property values. There are just so many reasons to plant trees!
Selecting the right tree for the right spot is the first step when thinking about planting your new tree. Before you plant watch our Right Tree in the Right Place video, use our Greenprint Tree Guide (.pdf) to select the best tree for your home, and learn how to choose the best quality tree from a nursery.
Yes, there are right and wrong ways to plant a tree. By following our best planting practices, your tree will get the best start for a long and healthy life. Watch our planting video to see best planting practices in action.
It takes most newly planted trees three years to establish a solid root system and strong trunk. Your watchful care during this time will grow a stronger, more healthy tree. Attend one of our free young tree pruning clinics to learn how to shape your tree and sign up for to receive our seasonal tree tips by email.
Seed to Seedling is an award-winning California native oak curriculum for 3rd and 4th graders that meets California content standards. Kids learn about natural and cultural history of California's native oaks and the incredible benefits of trees. Educators will find the curriculum flexible, easy to use, and fun! Educators in the Sacramento region can participate in our seedling growing program and have their students plant acorns and grow seedlings on their classroom windowsill.
Planting 5 million more trees will require help from everyone in our community. Get involved in the
Greenprint intiative, our bold vision to enhance the quality of life in our region by expanding the urban forest and maximizing the benefits of trees.
Our community would look barren if not for mature trees. Canopies that create shade and cool the air help humans to withstand summers in Sacramento’s hot Mediterranean climate.
On January 31, we held our 3rd annual Greenprint Summit titled: Bridging Public Health and the Urban Forest. See who atttended and learn more about our recommendations for action.
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October and November are the best months to plant trees. Roots get a great start in cooler soil. Watch our tree planting video to see best planting practices in action!
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