In Support of Backyard Trees

Hackberry in a backyard
We all know that trees produce oxygen and clean our air. But they do so much more! Residents of communities with increased tree coverage enjoy a multitude of health, social and economic benefits. So, how can we increase our tree canopy in order to enjoy these benefits? A neighbourhood’s canopy extends well beyond the trees lining the streets and growing in parks. Though sometimes overlooked, residential backyards hold great potential for growing our urban forest! Backyard trees add privacy, increase property value and help homeowners cut down on energy costs.

Trees: An essential part of stormwater management

Oak leaves in the rain
Ever heard of the term “stormwater runoff”? It refers to rainfall that does not seep into the ground and instead flows over the ground surface and into our sewer or drainage systems. In urban and suburban areas, where there is an abundance of sidewalks, roads and other paved areas, stormwater management is becoming an increasingly complicated and costly problem. But, trees can help! Not only are they are a cost-effective way to reduce flooding, they also provide countless co-benefits such as shade, air purification, beauty and privacy.

Create a Pollinator Paradise

Our bees and butterflies depend on a variety of native perennials, grasses, shrubs and trees. All it takes to create the perfect pollinator paradise is having the right plants in the right location, giving them the proper care and showing your yard a little love. Follow this nine-step guide to help turn any urban garden into a haven for butterflies, native bees and other pollinators!

Top three trees for spring-emerging bees!

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Did you know that many native bees are solitary? They don’t live in hives like honey bees. And native bees that hibernate through winter often do so in ground nests or in cracks and crevices. Most ground-nesting bees will burrow below the frost line in order to survive winter. Those that nest in twigs and wood crevices, fill their blood with anti-freeze-like substances to survive.