Neighborhood beautification

We support a variety of causes and organizations that help to make Sacramento a more beautiful place to live. From the city to the country, SMUD cares about your community. Let's work together towards a greener world.

Tree planting 

In a partnership with the Sacramento Tree Foundation, we invest more than $1 million a year to help plant free shade trees throughout the area. Not only are the trees attractive, they will help keep your house cooler, saving you energy and money. 

Free Shade Tree Program

 Transformer box wrap program

Transformer boxes are the green utility boxes you see along sidewalks, in courtyards and often on business properties.

Wrapping transformer boxes can help deter graffiti and enhance the surrounding aesthetic environment. We’re pleased to offer this program to qualifying businesses, commercial property owners, municipal agencies and community organizations.

Get more information

 Wood chips

We offer free wood chips to residential customers to spread as mulch around trees and shrubs, making soil more fertile, and helping trees keep growing during the summer heat. They are not available for commercial use.

Image of pile of wood chips.

You can pick up the chips at SMUD. Be sure to bring your own tools to load the chips and bags to carry them in or a tarp to cover a pickup load.

6100 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento
(Between 59th and 65th streets on Folsom Blvd.)
Monday - Friday, 9 AM to 2:30 PM 


Overgrown vegetation and graffiti

Learn how to report overgrown vegetation and graffiti.

Shine Awards

Let's work together to revitalize local neighborhoods

  • Shine awards are available to nonprofits located in and serving communities in SMUD's service area.
  • Shine awards are available in three funding levels: Spark (up to $10,000), Amplifier (up to $50,000) and Transformer (up to $100,000).
  • If receiving a Shine award, applicants will need to provide matching funds for their project. A 50% match for Spark awards or a 100% match for Amplifier and Transformer Awards are required.
  • Collaboration and joint applications are encouraged.
  • Read the program guidelines.

Learn more