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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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Shady Eighty NOW ONLINE!

We compiled a list of the best 80+ trees for our region! Find ideal trees for your space by searching our Shady Eighty tool for tree characteristics you’re most interested in!

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Chronicles of the Sacramento Elms: Part 2

Easy Tips to Start the Watering Season Right

Folks for Oaks

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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 Trees During Drought

Learn how you can conserve water and keep your trees healthy at the same time. Watch our webinar for more information on caring for your young and mature trees and download our Tips for Tree Care During Drought handout.

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Events See all

Save The Elms Program (STEP) Citizen Scientist Training

Sacramento

Tuesday, May 31 6:00P - 7:30P

Help the Sacramento Tree Foundation and the City of Sacramento monitoring our remaining public elm trees for the problematic Dutch elm disease (DED). This training event will give you the tools and skills necessary to identify and monitor elms for DED symptoms. This is a training opportunity; monitoring elm trees is a volunteer activity that can be done on your own schedule! We ask that STEP Citizen Scientists commit to monitor selected elm trees three times between May and October.

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STEP Citizen Scientist Training

Coloma Community Center

Saturday, June 11

Help us monitor our remaining public elm trees for the problematic Dutch elm disease (DED). This training event will give you the tools and skills necessary to identify and monitor elms for DED symptoms. This is a training opportunity; monitoring elm trees is a volunteer activity that can be done on your own schedule! We ask that STEP Citizen Scientists commit to monitor selected elm trees three times between May and October.

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