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Cool and beautify your home - naturally

In partnership with the Sacramento Tree Foundation, we will provide you with free shade trees to plant around your home. Not only do trees beautify your home and neighborhood, they can help to dramatically reduce cooling costs during the hot summer months.

To get started, watch a video on our Shade Tree program that explains how the program works and how to care for your trees. Then, select the option that’s convenient for you:

    1. Visit our online tree placement tool to find the best places in your yard to plant your free trees. You can select and order your trees online without an in-person site visit.
    2. Call the Sacramento Tree Foundation at 916-924-TREE(8733) to set an appointment with a Community Forester.
    3. Schedule an appointment online to have a Community Forester visit your home and walk you through the tree selection process.
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Shade tree FAQ

Answers to your questions about the Shade Tree Program

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Planting preparation

See what you'll need to do to plant your new tree.

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Caring for your tree

Here’s what you need to know about keeping your new tree healthy.

Tree choices

This list contains information on dozens of available trees, one of which will be right for you.

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Benefit estimator

This tool lets you estimate the energy savings and other environmental benefits of tree planting.

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Online tree placement tool

Find the best location for energy-saving trees around your home.

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Greening our community

SMUD is working to keep our community clean and green.

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