Growing a canopy to support a healthy and safe neighborhood begins when you select your tree species and follow best planting practices. The success of a tree planting starts before the shovel hits the dirt by selecting quality nursery stock. The Nursery Stock Guidelines of this program are developed by arborists, researchers, and industry professionals and is considered the industry standard in California. Following these thorough guidelines ensures the trees you plant will have a sound branching and root structure to encourage efficient establishment and prevent larger defects from arising in the future, reducing the need for expensive pruning of mature trees.
How you plant your trees is also a visual representation of the professionalism and care that was put into the preservation, selection, design, and planning of the neighborhood’s trees. Newly planted trees standing straight, with removed nursery stakes, and well-mulched berms look like a neighborhood asset and a welcomed part of the neighborhood. The perception of your neighborhood’s trees, starts once the trees are in the ground, and is enhanced through the use of quality nursery stock that is properly planted. Your trees will say to the new residents, “Welcome to a Green Neighborhood!”
Goal for Installation
- Trees are installed to support successful establishment in the short-term and long-term health and safety.
Core Elements of Installation
- Nursery stock meets the standards of the Green Neighborhood Nursery Stock Guidelines.
- Trees are placed in accordance with the site plan.
- Trees are installed according to ISA standards.
- If planting trees in a public space, trees are also installed according to the standard details of the local jurisdiction.
Elements for Gold
- An arborist or community forester instructs crews on proper tree installation.
- Installations inspected and approved by SacTree staff or consulting arborist.