Update: First Backyard Trees Planted!

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Another milestone for our new backyard tree planting program: we planted our first 8 trees in Oakville backyards on Friday!

Program participants had their on-site yard consultations with LEAF arborist and Field Operations Coordinator, Brenna Anstett, on Wednesday. Just two days later, LEAF and Oakvillegreen staff were back to get their trees in the ground!

In case you haven’t heard, here’s a bit about the Oakville Subsidized Backyard Tree Planting program:

The program is a partnership between Oakvillegreen and LEAF, a non-profit organization based in Toronto that has been planting backyard trees since 1996. The full service includes a yard consultation, a 5 to 8 foot native tree, delivery, planting and tree care information for a subsidized price. There’s also a Do-It-Yourself version for those who want to get their hands dirty! You can read more about the program here.

LEAF and Oakvillegreen staff, Montanna (left) and Mara (right) take a break to pose with Peggy (center), the proud new owner of a young sugar maple.

One of our first participants, Peggy, was on hand on Friday and very excited to meet her new tree – a beautiful sugar maple, perfect for the loamy soil and ample sunlight in her yard.

“We chose a maple tree for Maple Ave.,” she said, adding, “This is my 10,001st tree!

Peggy and her husband used to live on a farm where they had around 10,000 trees planted over 25 years. By getting advice at their consultation on the right species and right planting location for their yard, they can be sure that this tree will be just as happy and healthy in its new home as the other 10,000 are on the farm.

The fall season is winding down, but it’s never too early to sign up for the spring! Choose Full Service or Do-It-Yourself, fill out the online questionnaire at www.yourleaf.org and LEAF will contact you in March to book your consultation.

Questions? Email info@oakvillegreen.org.