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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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How to Plant a Tree

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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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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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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Interview: New Head Of Sacramento Tree Foundation On Creating Equity, Fighting Climate Change

The Sacramento Tree Foundation played a critical role helping the capital city earn the City of Trees moniker. Filling the shoes of longtime executive director Ray Tretheway is Jessica Sanders. Sanders will soon be moving to Sacramento from Washington, D.C., where she served as Director of Science and Policy at Casey Trees. She recently spoke with CapRadio about what she hopes to achieve in her new role, including addressing issues of equity and climate change.

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Urban lumber offers sustainable job creation

Help shape the Rancho Cordova Urban Forest Master Plan

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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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Young Tree Pruning Webinar

Online

Thursday, February 4 12:00P - 1:00P

We've teamed up with Regional Water Authority to bring you a free webinar on how to prune young shade trees for strong and attractive structure led by our certified arborist and Education Programs Manager Pamela Sanchez. Quick, simple steps you can take now to help your young shade trees grow healthy and beautiful will save you time and money in the future. We’ll teach you how and where to make good cuts and which tools to use. This class does not cover fruit tree pruning and care.

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