Cabbagetown’s Tree Canopy Needs Your Help


Cabbagetown’s Tree Canopy Needs Your Help

Many local area residents were impacted by the recent storm on the evening of August 2. The storm was highly localized but had a devastating impact on numerous mature trees in the Cabbagetown area. Several trees either fell or were damaged by high winds and are now scheduled to be removed by the City. If you have any questions about a damaged city tree, please contact the City at 311.

Now more than ever, it’s important to think about succession planning and plant new trees.

The City of Toronto Urban Forestry Branch plants trees on City street allowances fronting residential properties free of charge. You can access your free city tree by calling the City or visiting the City of Toronto website. Trees are planted in the spring and fall. Scheduling is dependent on when your request is received by the City, and the availability of the selected species.

If you are interested in an inexpensive backyard tree, you can order one through the non-profit group, LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests). LEAF is an organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the urban forest. The approximate cost per tree is $140 to $200 and includes a site consultation in your yard with a certified arborist, a five to eight foot tall tree and full planting service. Native shrubs are also available for approximately $25 each (includes delivery and mulch; planting is $20 extra per shrub). More information is available on the LEAF Website.

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