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

Why Plant Trees?

Trees work for us non-stop. 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. 

If you are interested in learning more about how trees impact our community health and well-being or how you can get more involved in bringing the benefits of trees to your neighborhood, consider joining us at our annual Greenprint Summit.

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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

Summer Leaf Drop

In the fall and winter, deciduous trees drop their leaves and are dormant through the cold months. But, if your tree is losing its leaves during the summertime, it’s likely a sign of stress.

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Caring for Trees in our Mediterranean Climate

Greenprint Summit 2014

Trees and Drought

Sacramento urban forest makes Top 10 list

3 Easy Tips to Start the Watering Season Right

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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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Summer Tree Tips

Summer is the season to regular water your tree. Learning how to deep water your young tree is the most important thing you can do it ensure its survival. 

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Tree Tour of McKinley Park

Tuesday, July 22 6:30P - 8:00P

Join the Sacramento Tree Foundation and one of our certified arborists for a tree tour of Sacramento's beloved McKinley Park. Learn how to identify tree species, about the history of trees in our area, basic tree care and more. Bring your tablet or smart phone if you want to learn electronic mapping.

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Mulch Madness at McKinley Park

Monday, August 4 6:30P - 8:00P

Grab your wheelbarrow and join the after-work mulching party at McKinley Park. Volunteers are needed to help care for the park by applying mulch rings around the trees. Great for volunteers of all ages!

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