Shade Tree Rebate

Trees not only beautify your property, they help to clean the air, provide oxygen, reduce pollution and provide nesting sites and food for numerous species of birds and other animals. Along with all that they can help you save energy and money by shading your home during the hot summer months reducing your air conditioning costs by as much as 15 to 30 percent!

Mature trees can even help you to save energy in the winter by slowing cold winds, with can result in a 10 to 15 percent reduction in heating costs. Getting a rebate on your new tree couldn’t be easier.

For details and rebate requirements:

To claim your rebate:

  • Purchase a qualifying deciduous shade tree species at least 5 gallons in size or larger.
  • Plant it according to the guidelines in the Shade Tree Rebate Program Brochure.
  • Complete the Shade Tree Rebate Application available below.
  • Submit your application along with a copy of your store receipt.

Once you have all the necessary items:

Or, download and print a paper rebate application, complete it and submit it in person to any of our Customer Service locations or mail to the address below.

Submit the completed form along with a copies of your supporting documents via email at, in person at any TID office or mail to:

TID (Attn: Consumer Programs)
P.O. Box 949 Turlock, CA 95381

You can also email it to:

We recommend the following deciduous tree varieties.

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Small Trees (up to 25′ high)

  • Oklahoma Redbud
  • Washington Hawthorn
  • Crape Myrtle
  • Akebono Flowering Cherry
  • Dwarf Cistena Flowering Plum
  • Dwarf Purple Pony Flowering Plum

Medium Trees (26 to 45′ high)

  • Trident Maple
  • Birch
  • Tupelo (or Sour Gum)
  • October Glory Maple
  • Red Sunset Maple
  • Autumn Flame Maple
  • Red Maple
  • Chinese Pistache
  • Bradford Pear

Large Trees (46′ and higher)

  • Autumn Blaze Maple
  • Autumn Fantasy Maple
  • Bloodgood Sycamore
  • Yarwood Sycamore
  • Scarlet Oak
  • Red Oak
  • Valley Oak
  • Raywood Ash
  • Autumn Purple Ash

Take advantage of TID’s Shade Tree Rebate Program, by following these simple guidelines-

  • Select one of the deciduous trees listed in the Shade Tree Rebate Guidelines brochure.
  • Plant the tree according to the guidelines in the brochure.
  • You will receive a rebate of up to $20 per tree, not to exceed the purchase price of the tree. Purchase price does not include sales tax, installation, delivery or associated costs.
  • Rebates will be given for as many as three trees per year.
  • A completed application must be submitted within six (6) months of tree purchase.
  • Tree must be at least 5 gallons or larger when purchased and must grow to at least 10 feet.
  • We will conduct a site inspection prior to issuing the rebate.
  • Before digging, call the Underground Service Alert at (800) 227-2600.
  • See brochure for additional details and restrictions.
  • Click here for a copy of the Shade Tree Rebate brochure.
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Planting Your Tree

  1. Before planting your tree, be sure that the tree in the container is moist.
  2. Dig a hole twice as wide and 1 ½ times as deep as the container. Mix the soil, compost and tree fertilizer. Be sure that you have broken through any hard (compacted) soil that is below the tree. This will provide drainage and encourage deep rooting of your tree. Return a few inches of the mixture to the hole.
  3. Carefully remove the tree from the container. Plant at the correct depth, the top of the soil from the tree should be at ground level, slightly visible after planting.
  4. Fill the hole around the tree with the soil-fertilizer mixture.
  5. Build a 2” watering basin around the plant.
  6. Apply 2” of mulch over the soil to keep the plant cool.
  7. Remove the thin nursery stake if your tree is tied to one. If your tree is sturdy enough to hold itself upright, do not re-stake. If the tree needs help to stand upright, use two stakes and ties. Place the stakes on opposite sides of the tree, approximately 18” from the trunk. Each tie should be placed around the trunk and attached to a stake. Place the ties so the tree stands without leaning, but tie them loosely enough to allow for growth and movement. More than one set of ties is not usually needed; extra ties will keep the tree from flexing and strengthening in the wind. Periodically check the stakes and ties to ensure they are still in place and the tree is not being damaged by rubbing against the stakes. Remove the stakes as soon as the tree is well-rooted and the trunk is strong, usually within one year of planting.
  8. Water two to three times immediately after planting. Rule of thumb: At each watering a one gallon plant needs one gallon of water, a five gallon plant needs five gallons of water, etc.

Planting Guide

Your new shade tree must be planted within 10 to 50 feet of the building foundation on the East, West or South side of your house. Trees planted on the North side of your house or, more than 50 feet away will not qualify for the rebate.

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