We are excited to announce that last Friday marked the last day of planting for our new Oakville Backyard Tree Planting Program!
We are delivering the program in collaboration with LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests), and the pilot project is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The Full-Service program includes a yard consultation with a certified arborist, a 5 to 8 foot tall native deciduous tree (or 2 to 4 foot conifer), delivery, planting service and tree care information, all for a subsidized price. There is also a Do-It-Yourself version of the program for those who wish to plant in their front yard or just want to get their hands dirty and plant their own tree! The program offers native shrubs and garden kits for delivery as well.
We received an extremely positive response from Oakville residents this spring, and have delivered and planted 66 trees and 70 shrubs in yards all over Oakville since the program launched last October. The trees and shrubs are all native species, and were chosen for each yard based on their suitability for the yard’s conditions.
Thanks to funding from the Town of Oakville, we will be continuing the program in the fall, and our fall planting season will run from late September through November. We are continuing to conduct yard consultations over the summer for those who wish to have trees planted in the fall – you can sign up at www.yourleaf.org. The program is first-come, first-served, so sign up early to have your pick of species!