We offer expertise, training, tools, and advice so that we may empower our community to plant, protect, and learn about trees.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1) Is this program only available for parks and schools, or are there trees available for private property?

Yes, there are trees for private property.

If you are a SMUD customer living in Sacramento County, you are eligible to take part in our  Sacramento Shade program . If you’d like to work with your neighbors to create a fully-forested street (including fruit trees), our “NeighborWoods” initiative is for you. Your community creates its tree planting priorities, and we have the trees, tools, and expertise needed to ensure success.

2) Is NeighborWoods the same thing as the SMUD tree program?

The Sacramento Shade program in partnership with SMUD is a tool we use in the NeighborWoods process, allowing us to bring free shade trees to the residents of South Sacramento. Our hope is that the NeighborWoods initiative will support your neighborhood's desire to improve nearby streets, schools and parks through tree planting and care activities.

3) Who takes care of the trees after they are planted?

At a NeighborWoods planting, we’ll make sure that all the trees are planted correctly. After planting, we can support your NeighborWoods group through educational opportunities such as pruning clinics, drought workshops, fruit tree care workshops, and other tree care events.

Ultimately, the resident and neighborhood is responsible for caring for the trees in your community. We hope that through the neighborhood tree planting process and continuing education that everyone will help to grow a healthy, robust urban forest.

4) How much water will it take to keep my trees alive?

The amount of water a tree needs depends largely on species of tree and soil type. A good tip during the hot summer months is to water your young tree using a 5 gallon bucket 2-3 times per week for the first 3-5 years after planting. Learn more about how to properly water trees here:

5) What types of fruit trees are available? What if the tree I want isn't on the list?

We have many fruit tree varieties available. Please contact us to see what is in stock at the time of your request.

6) Can I still participate if I don't live in the grant area?

Yes, of course.

Our NeighborWoods initiative is open to all neighborhoods throughout the Sacramento region. There are long standing groups in Arden Park and River Park, and we have been working with several neighborhoods in the City of Rancho Cordova.

7) What's the process to start a NeighborWoods group?

We are excited that you are interested! Let’s start with a quick conversation with our NeighborWoods Coordinator, James Saetern. Feel free to give him a call at (916) 974 4322 or send an email to .

8) How many homes are needed for a NeighborWoods group?

We’d like to have at least three homes involved in a NeighborWoods planting.

9) How many trees can I get?

That depends on how much space you have. Our expert Community Forester will work with you to fully-forest your property while making sure the right tree goes in the right place for the right reason.