As you make your gardening plans for the spring, think about new trees and shrubs. The City of Toronto is continuing its tree planting strategy pursuing the goal of reaching 40% tree canopy cover.
To help achieve this target, Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests (LEAF) offers a Subsidized Backyard Tree Planting Program which helps you enjoy the many benefits of trees by planting the right tree in the right place. You will get an arborist consultation at your property, a 5 to 8 foot native tree and full planting service, all for $150-$220 (half the full cost!). Houses, multi-units and business/industrial properties all qualify. LEAF also has a Do-It-Yourself option, for those who like to get their hands dirty!
Also available are Native Shrub Bundles to beautify your yard and attract pollinators and songbirds. For approximately $100, you will get four native shrubs (for the price of three), free delivery right to your door, species fact sheets, mulch and a planting and care guide. Themed bundles include native bee, edible, songbird, small yard or privacy.
Supplies are limited so bundles are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To order visit LEAF or call 1-888-453-6504.