- The Great Toronto Tree Hunt
- LEAF Learning Garden
- Let It Bee
- Maple Leaf Forever Tree
- Urban Forest Demonstration Gardens
- Urban Wood Utilization
- Young Urban Forest Leaders Program
- Youth EAB Ambassador Program
- Past Projects
Trees require space below ground, as well as above ground. Buildings, decks and paving interfere with the tree's ability to absorb nutrients and water. Cramped space, compacted soil, overhead wires and competition with other plants can stress the tree further, leaving it more susceptible to pests and disease.
Select an appropriate species for your backyard based on the available space, rather than trying to fit in a tree that does not suit the location.
The planting site you have in mind should meet the following minimum space requirements:
|Area of soft surface required||3' x 3'||15' x 15' (large trees) |
10' x 10' (small trees)
|Distance from fence/property line||5'||5'|
|Distance from hard surfaces (deck/paving)||3'||8'|
|Distance from buildings with foundations||3'||10'|
|Distance from existing trees||8'||20'|
|Distance from stumps||7-10'||7-10'|
|Overhead wires||not an issue||avoid|
|Raised beds or container planting||not recommended||never|
The distances listed above are minimum requirements - more space may be required for larger species.