Tree Care

Choosing a tree near power lines

Choosing


The first and most important step.
Topping a tree will surely damage it

Common Mistakes


Keep your tree healthy and thriving by avoiding these common mistakes.
Planting a tree

Planting


Get your tree off to a good start.
New leaves against the sky

Young Trees


The first 5 years are the most important.
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Watering


How to water young and mature trees, plus watering in the drought.
pruninga tree

Pruning


Demystifying the process.

Educational Tree Care Information

  • Canopy.org - Extensive, easy to use, and local (Palo Alto). Information on watering, young and mature trees, choosing, proper care, planting and more.
  • Arbor Day Foundation - Learn about the benefits of trees and their role in taming stormwater runoff, how they fight climate change and how they can help save energy consumption. There is also useful information about tree planting and care, and how to select the right tree for your property.
  • Trees Are Good - Useful information on proper tree care including plant health care, mulching techniques, pruning, planting and recognizing tree hazards and risks. 
  • Urban Forest Ecosystems Institute - Home to the California Register of Big Trees. Provides information on tree selection, health, and identification. 

Resources


  •  811 Call Before You Dig - Avoid hitting an underground utility prior to planting trees, shrubs, or any work that requires digging. 
  • Plants and Landscapes for Summer Dry Climates - Excellent book by EBMUD (East Bay Municipal Utility District)
  • California Native Plant Society - Promotes the importance of native plants in our region provides statewide programs in conservation and restoration efforts. The CNPS Gardening Program also provides gardening tips and strategies to prevent the spread of noxious weeds and pests.