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Learn to plant and maintain strong, healthy trees that will thrive for generations.

Why Plant Trees?

Trees are constantly working for us. They clean our air and water, help us save energy, provide wildlife habitat, and increase our quality of life. They are a legacy we plant and leave for future generations. Learn more about how trees impact our community health and how you can bring the benefits of trees to your neighborhood.

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Before You Plant

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.

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How to Plant

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.

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Caring for your Tree

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 to receive our seasonal tree tips by email.

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Teach Kids about the Urban Forest

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.

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Be an Advocate for Trees

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

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News See all

Dutch elm disease (DED) Confirmed in Curtis Park

Sadly, Dutch elm disease (DED), a fungal disease with no known cure, claimed its first two casualties of the year in Curtis Park at the corner of 26th Street and Marshall Way in late April.

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Top 5 Trees for Spring Flowers

NEWS RELEASE: California Arbor Day Celebration

2017 California Arbor Week and National Arbor Day Celebrations!

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Choose the Best Tree for your Space!

Find ideal trees for your space by searching our Shady Eighty database for tree characteristics you’re most interested in! We created a list of the very best trees for our region and now you can easily search our online database for trees that meet your needs. Happy planting!

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Care for your Roots

Roots work hard to keep your tree healthy, strong, and anchored into the ground. Learn how to care for your roots so they can thrive underground.

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Save The Elms Program (STEP) Citizen Scientist Training

Sacramento Tree Foundation, Sacramento

Saturday, July 15 9:00A - 11:00A

Sacramento’s elm trees are disappearing! Join the Sacramento Tree Foundation and the City of Sacramento in monitoring our remaining public elms for the problematic Dutch elm disease (DED), a fungal disease with no known cure that has taken the lives of thousands of elms around Sacramento since the 1990s. DED-infected trees will be removed by the City to prevent the further spread of this unwelcome pest. This training will give you the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to monitor elms for DED symptoms using your mobile device. STEP Citizen Scientists commit to monitoring selected elm trees three times between May and October.

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Caring for Your Mature Tree Workshop

Fremont Presbyterian Church, Sacramento

Saturday, July 22 10:00A - 12:00P

Join the River Park Tree Canopy Project at a presentation by certified arborist and UCCE Master Gardener Fran Clarke, one of the preeminent arborists in this region, who has years of experience helping homeowners succeed in caring for their trees as Stewardship Manager at the Sacramento Tree Foundation. You will learn the best practices for keeping your beautiful mature trees healthy and structurally sound.

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