Backyard Tree Planting Program

From Sleeping Trees to Spring Leaves

Bud break of Freeman maple
I have always been captivated by how trees withstand the harshest of winter weather and know when to grow their new leaves in the spring. This isn’t magic. The process actually depends on a variety of factors, such as temperature, precipitation and species type, and the timing can even change from year to year! Bud burst, or in other words “leafing out,” in the spring, is a more remarkable process than many of us know!

What It Means to Be a LEAF Planter

Adriana Rezai-Stevens, LEAF Planting and Stewardship Coordinator, next to a paper birch
I was hired as the spring 2019 Lead Planter at LEAF for the 2019 spring planting season. At the time, I was looking to expand my field experience and was excited to get involved with an organization that has been doing such great work in urban forestry for over 20 years! Now, a year later, I am sharing with you what a typical day might look like as a LEAF planter and why the work we do is so important!

Six Native Species Ideal for Winter Wildlife Habitat

White spruce in the snow, reads "Creating Winter Habitat"
The urban forest is made up of more than just the trees in our cities. Urban wildlife also share it with us. Some wildlife migrate south for the winter or go into hibernation throughout the cold season, but many birds and mammals do not. The best way to help those which overwinter here is to create and maintain a healthy, thriving and diverse urban forest with enough options for winter habitat. Here are six native species for winter Backyard Biodiversity.
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