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LEAF arborist conducting virtual consultation
LEAF-y friends, we have some exciting news! This spring, we are offering virtual consultations as part of our Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Tree Planting Program available to residents of York Region and Toronto.

The DIY Program provides the flexibility to talk to a LEAF arborist from anywhere you have access to a phone and the internet.  While looking at your yard through satellite images and sharing a computer screen, we help you choose the best species and planting locations for your needs.  Then we deliver everything you need -tree, mulch and planting/care guide- right to your door! 

Who is DIY right for?

Adding a virtual consultation to the DIY program allows us to give more informed advice to property owners that want to plant their own trees and shrubs. By looking at your property together and having a conversation, we can give you even better advice on the perfect species for your yard! 

The DIY program is perfect for anyone who:

  • who has the physical ability to plant and wants to get their hands dirty
  • wants to plant a tree in their front/side yard where LEAF does not plant
  • who wants to save money

Trees and shrubs ready to be delivered to our DIY customers


More about the virtual consultation

The virtual consultation involves a telephone call and an easy to use screen-sharing website called Join Me (www.join.me). We will give you a call and share our computer screen so that we can take a look at your yard together using satellite imagery. We will go over the ideal locations for new trees and shrubs in your yard and answer any questions you have about planting and care.  We will then recommend species that would work best in your yard based the specific conditions in your yard. We take payment over the phone and your plants arrive right to your door in Spring (April-June) or Fall (September-November).


After the consultation, we will send you a personalised yard plan and detailed information on the species of trees and shrubs that you purchased. If you want some time to think before selecting a tree species, you have the option of paying the $50 virtual consultation fee - then when you place your order that $50 will go toward the cost of your first tree.

Our new virtual consultations will be like having a LEAF arborist in your yard! 

We will continue to offer our full-service program across York Region and Toronto, which includes an in-person arborist consultation in the backyard as well as planting service. 


Start your application for our DIY program now by clicking on one of the two geographic options below! 


York Region (includes Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville)


Jackie Hamilton is an ISA certified arborist and LEAF’s Residential Planting Program Coordinator.

The Backyard Tree Planting Program is supported by York Region, the City of Markham, the Town of Newmarket, the City of Toronto, Ontario Power Generation, Toronto Hydro, and the Town of Ajax.


This is so neat! :)

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