Residential Planting

Have a tree professionally planted in your yard for free.

Through the Riversmart Homes Program, you can accentuate your home with a beautiful shade tree at no cost. To register, submit an application with the District Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) and we’ll do all we can to get your tree planted in the spring or fall.

Available Trees: Our programs use 17 trees selected for their suitability to Washington, D.C. Our professionals will help you choose the trees that fit best in your yard. Up to 25 trees may be planted on the same property through Riversmart.

If you’ve already purchased and planted a tree on your property, you can get up to $100 back through our Tree Rebate Program.

How it Works

1. Submit an online request with the District Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE).

2. Have a home consultation with the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE): A DOEE auditor will contact you to set up a home consultation to go over the RSH program and determine which improvements your property is eligible for.

3. Have a home consultation with Casey Trees: Homeowners determined to be eligible for and are interested in shade trees will then be contacted by Casey Trees to arrange a second home consult to select tree species and placement. Trees available through RSH are listed below.

4. Schedule your planting date: Once tree species and locations are selected, a planting date will be scheduled for the spring or fall. You do not need to be present for the planting.


You can choose from 20 trees specifically selected for their environmental benefits. In advance of your home consult, review these trees to get an idea of what tree(s) might be the most suited for your yard. But rest assured, that we will help you choose the right tree for the right location.

Download the RiverSmart Homes Tree Selection Guide

Shade Trees

Red Maple

River Birch


Black Willow

Honey Locust

Black Tupelo

American Linden

Evergreen Shade Trees

American Holly

Southern Magnolia

Best for RiverSmart Homes

American Beech

London Plane


Bald Cypress

American Sycamore

Small Trees

Availability Restricted, check with a Casey Trees Arborist to see if your yard qualifies for a small ornamental tree.


American Hornbeam

Eastern Redbud

Witch Hazel

Sweetbay Magnolia



The Riversmart Homes Program is made possible with funding from the Department of Energy and Environment and in partnership with the DDOT Urban Forestry Division.