Around Your Home
Every home and business benefits from the strategic selection and placement of trees. Start with shade trees to keep your home cool and save energy in the summer months. Our Sacramento Shade Tree Program offers up to 10 free shade trees to SMUD customers. Plant more trees to screen your home and provide places for wildlife to live. Complete your canopy with any of the dozens of native or fruit- and nut-bearing trees that thrive in our region. Review our Greenprint Tree Guide (.pdf) to see a list of the best trees to plant in our region.
If you live outside of Sacramento County or don't have room to plant energy savings shade trees, we encourage you to visit a local retail nursery to purchase your tree(s).
Before you plant, learn about choosing the right tree for the right place and how to select a quality tree from a nursery.
Once you have your tree, it's imperative you plant it correctly. Watch this video to learn proper planting techniques.
After planting your tree, find and track it on GreenprintMaps. GreenprintMaps calculates the value of your tree and helps us monitor our urban forest as it grows. You can even ask questions and see how your neighborhood's tree canopy compares with others.
And don't forget, young trees require tender loving care especially in the first three years. We offer seasonal tree tips via email to keep you informed and lots of additional tree care information to help you grow healthy, long-living trees. We also offer free hands-on seasonal pruning classes and advice on how to hire a reliable tree care company.