Every Tree Counts
Tree for Me
What is Tree For Me?
Launched in spring 2016, Tree For Me is geared toward property owners or anyone who has permission to plant a tree on private land in Toronto. The program is part of the Every Tree Counts campaign, a collective movement to reach 40% tree cover in Toronto. Tree For Me aims to increase canopy in Toronto’s least treed neighbourhoods.
Each spring and fall, Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation partners with local groups and individuals who host Tree for Me events throughout the city. At the Tree for Me event, participants take part in a workshop on proper tree planting and care, and then take home a free native tree - grown with local Toronto seed stock - to plant on their property.
Tree for Me isn’t a simple tree giveaway, we work to ensure that participants receive knowledge on proper tree planting and care, are matched with a native tree species that is best suited to their desired planting space, and they go home with handy reference materials.
About Your Tree
- All trees in the Tree For Me program are sourced from native local seed stock.
- Trees come in one gallon buckets and weigh less than 5 lbs (2.3 kg) and will be from 2 to 5 feet (61-152cm) tall. Trees will fit in a car, grocery cart or on the TTC!
- The following tree and shrub species will be available for our Spring 2017 events:
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Pinus strobus (eastern white pine)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Amelanchier aborea (smooth serviceberry shrub)
Thuja occidentalis (northern white cedar)
- Here is our handy one-page tree planting and care sheet that provides simple tips for planting, site preparation, mulching, and watering:
Choosing the Right Tree for Your Property
When choosing a species, we recommend basic research to understand the needs of your new tree and its characteristics at maturity. Some trees need less care than others and some will grow to be very large while others will be rather short.
When choosing where to plant your tree, please consider sunlight, soil type and drainage, as well as proximity to overhead wires, building foundations and other mature trees.
Delivery and Planting Available for Residents with Limited Mobility
Residents with limited physical mobility can apply for free delivery and planting services provided by TreeMobile. Space for this service is limited and residents are encouraged to apply early by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org (details for 2017 season coming soon).
Interested in Hosting Tree For Me in Your Community?
Our partnership program provides funding, tree seedlings and hands-on support from staff to eligible groups and individuals so that they can organize and host a Tree For Me event in their neighbourhood.