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during the covid-19 pandemic we have virtual workshops that may be of interest to you : 


Our live webinar was Nov 19, 2020 at noon. 
Learn how to property prune your trees this fall and winter with Sacramento Tree Foundation’s very own Pamela Sanchez, after first receiving an overview on the City’s Water Conservation program rebates and services. Pamela Sanchez is the Education Programs Manager for the Sacramento Tree Foundation and has been gladly talking to people about trees for over a decade. She is an ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) Certified Arborist Municipal Specialist. This free webinar is hosted by the City of Sacramento, Department of Utilities and will be recorded.





The Ins and Outs of Home Water Use

Our live webinar was at noon on Wednesday, September 23, 2020. 
Learn about water savings opportunities both inside and outside of your home. Learn about the My Water customer web portal where you can view your hourly water use and set your own leak alerts. We will also focus more of our time on outdoor water use. We will talk for about 30 minutes and leave about 15 minutes for Q&A. It will be recorded.

Presenters included William Granger, Water Conservation Coordinator for the City of Sacramento, and Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor, and Alek Crnogorac, Water Conservation Specialist also with the City of Sacramento and a Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor.


This Webinar has ended - get a Powerpoint file of it HERE

Watch the video HERE



get water smart:  sacramento's irrigation upgrade program

Our live webinar was Tuesday July 28th.
Learn about the City of Sacramento's irrigation upgrade rebate program. Celebrate Smart Irrigation month, and learn what you can do to water more efficiently. We will highlight our rebates and share examples of situations that would benefit from an upgrade.

Presenters included William Granger, Water Conservation Coordinator for the City of Sacramento, and Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor, Lance Eicher, Water Conservation Specialist with the City of Sacramento, who is a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL), and Alek Crnogorac, Water Conservation Specialist also with the City of Sacramento and Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor.




“Break up with your Lawn Virtual workshop: If you are looking for another home improvement project while you are staying at home, consider taking out your grass lawn and putting in a water wise and colorful River-friendly landscape in its place. And you can get a rebate!  

Our free virtual workshop was recorded for you to watch at your leisure.



Cheryl Buckwalter, Landscape Consultant, Educator, & Designer with Landscape Liaisons

Martin Carrion van Rijn, C-27 Licensed Landscape Contractor and Landscape Designer, Landscape Symphonies

William Granger, Water Conservation Coordinator, City of Sacramento



Sponsored by our friends at the City of Napa and the Bay Friendly Landscaping Group


smart irrigation for your trees webinar (free) 

Topics: City of Sacramento’s rebates, identify water deficiencies in young and mature trees, how to water trees with various irrigation systems while saving water and following the City’s watering ordinance. 

Having healthy trees at your home will improve air quality, provide shade in hot summer months, save you money on your electricity bill and will improve your property value. Smart choices and watering methods are key to keeping your trees alive and healthy in a water wise landscape. 

This event was recorded 



Pamela Sanchez is the Education Programs Manager for the Sacramento Tree Foundation, and has been gladly talking to people about trees for over a decade. She is an ISA certified Arborist, Municipal Specialist. 

William Granger is the City of Sacramento’s Water Conservation Coordinator and is a certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor with the Irrigation Association. He has served as the City’s Water Conservation Coordinator since early 2013.







December Tree pruning workshop - December 7, 2019

The City of Sacramento is hosting a workshop to help you grow healthy trees! This interactive workshop will teach you how to water and prune young trees, ensuring they grow to be strong and drought resilient. This workshop features a classroom portion followed by an outdoor field training with hand-on experience with young trees.

Healthy trees create healthy neighborhoods by improving air quality and providing shade during hot summers. Healthy trees can also save you money on your monthly bill and improve property value! Smart watering and pruning methods are key to keeping your trees healthy and thriving in a water wise landscape.

The Free Community Workshop is on Saturday, December 7 from 8:45 AM – 11:30 AM! Workshop will be held at the Luther Burbank High School, 3500 Florin Road, Sacramento, CA 95823. Sign up today at!

All event attendees will also receive free garden gloves and trowels.

Fall trees under text reading Dec. 7, 2019 Free Tree Pruning Workshop

October Rain Barrel Event - October 26, 2019

The City of Sacramento’s Department of Utilities is holding another rain barrel event as part of Water Discovery Day celebration! Sacramento residents can order up to two (2) rain barrels at a discounted rate! All rain barrels are priced under $30, while supplies last.

So hurry and place your order before the Oct. 13 deadline by visiting the link below. And don’t forget to sign up at the event for a tour of the Water treatment plant! The distribution event is on Saturday, October 26 from 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM!



Sacramento Garden Showcase - July 27, 2019

City of Sacramento homeowners are invited to attend a free water wise gardening showcase. Learn from Sacramento experts about efficient irrigation practices, landscape design, water wise plants, the City’s water rebates, and more.

Vendors in attendance will be the Sacramento Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, Green Acres Nursery, SiteOne Landscape Supply, Rain Bird, Hunter Industries, Ewing, Sacramento Tree Foundation, and the Sacramento Chapter of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.




In May we hold our annual Mulch Mayhem at the Sacramento Marina, where we give away FREE shredded cedar mulch and a really great soaker hose.  No need to pre-register, just show up before we run out!



This year’s Rain Barrel distribution event is on Saturday, April 27 from 8 AM – 12 PM! City of Sacramento customers can purchase 50-55 gallon rain barrels for under $30. Order your rain barrel BEFORE April 17 to take advantage of the offer!   


UPDATE! We have SOLD OUT of our Rain Barrels for this event!

You can still order items through this vendor but they will be at "un-subsidized" prices.




The City offers education and information at free workshops designed to help you save water and reduce cost.

Community Events
Make saving water fun as well as educational. Join us for free community events and learn how we can all help to reduce water use.

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