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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 Shady 80 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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About Trees

Learn about Sacramento's native trees, see how trees improve the quality of our lives, take a tree tour, or explore tools that can help you identify trees.

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Continuing our stewardship of the urban forest in the midst of COVID-19

Here at SacTree, we have made some adaptations to keep our community safe while also continuing our work stewarding our urban forest. We have cancelled all in-person events and appointments, while shifting many of our operations online.We will keep you updated when we have new virtual offerings and when we are fully up and running again.

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Legacy of racist ‘redlining’ lingers in Sacramento neighborhoods. How this costs the city

Money trees: U.S. cities find new ways of valuing urban forests

Why the California Energy Commission should approve SMUD’s controversial solar proposal

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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 Community Scientist Training

Online

Saturday, April 25 10:00A - 12:00P

Join us for a virtual training session to learn how you can help save our remaining public elm trees! Our Save the Elms Program's (STEP) Community Scientists will be trained to monitor local elm trees for symptoms of Dutch elm disease (DED) over the summer using a mobile app.

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Save the Elms Program Community Scientist Training

Online

Wednesday, April 29 6:00P - 8:00P

Join us for a virtual training session to learn how you can help save our remaining public elm trees! Our Save the Elms Program's (STEP) Community Scientists will be trained to monitor local elm trees for symptoms of Dutch elm disease (DED) over the summer using a mobile app. 

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