Oakville Backyard Tree Planting Program

Are you in need of some summer shade? Want to increase your home’s energy efficiency? Ready to beautify your yard and support pollinators and other native biodiversity? Then we have great news for you! 

Oakvillegreen is excited to be partnering with LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests) to deliver the subsidized Oakville Backyard Tree Planting Program! The program is a great way to get trees and shrubs planted on private property in Oakville.

Property owners will have the chance to meet with an arborist to discuss their tree planting options and choose native trees or shrubs for their backyard, multi-unit property or business property. Trees are delivered and planted by knowledgeable staff at a subsidized price.

You can sign up for the program at anytime – we are taking orders for our SPRING 2019 planting season now!

The LEAF backyard tree planting program began in 1996 and now plants ~1300 trees and shrubs every year in Toronto, York Region, Ajax and Oakville. Interacting with homeowners to educate them about tree care and planting the right tree in the right place are key ingredients to the program’s success. By consulting with homeowners, LEAF arborists can understand their preferences and suggest native species that are best suited to the yard’s soil, light, and moisture conditions and the amount of space available. This ensures that the tree will thrive there for many years to come.

The program offers both a Full-Service and Do-It-Yourself option. The Full-Service option includes an on-site consultation with an arborist, a 5 to 8 foot tall native deciduous tree (or 2 to 4 foot conifer), delivery, planting and tree care information for $150 – $250 per tree (depending on the species chosen). The Do-It-Yourself option includes a virtual consultation with an arborist, a 5 to 8 foot tall native deciduous tree (or 2 to 4 foot conifer), delivery and tree care information, but homeowners plant their tree(s) themselves with the help of short instructional videos. The subsidized price for the DIY program is $100 – $200 depending on the species chosen.

We have now completed three planting seasons! Since the program launched in October 2017, the response from Oakville residents has been amazing, with 101 trees and 89 shrubs already planted! We continue to accept application for trees to be planted in the spring of 2019.

We know that trees provide us with so many benefits, including cleaner air and water, flood prevention, energy savings, shade and increased property values, just to name a few. With the customized advice you receive through the LEAF program, you can maximize those benefits and ensure that your contribution to Oakville’s urban forest will last for a lifetime.

To sign up, visit www.yourleaf.org. If you have questions, feel free to email info@oakvillegreen.org or download our FAQ page.

LEAF trees ready for planting

LEAF shrub bundles and garden kits are available in Oakville too. Planting a variety of native shrub and perennial species can provide pollinators the food and habitat they need throughout the growing season, and will add beauty to any yard. Shrubs are also a great choice for smaller spaces that can’t accommodate a large tree. Click here to view the shrub bundles and garden kits available this year.

Click here to download the full list of tree and shrub species offered through the program (note: species availability may vary).

Plus, check out our “MythBuster Monday” blog series to learn the facts about common tree myths:

MythBuster Monday – Trees for Small Spaces

MythBuster Monday – Trees and Pools

MythBuster Monday – Trees in Storms

MythBuster Monday – Tree Roots and Foundations

Click HERE for a summary of our Tree Tenders Volunteer Training course!


The Backyard Tree Planting Program in Oakville has been generously supported in 2018 by: