The Importance of Tree Diversity in an Urban Landscape

Diversity of trees, shrubs and perennials along a street
Transforming our urban forests into landscapes with various tree species is in our best interest as diversity helps make our cities more livable. Planting a variety of trees can improve wildlife habitat, help build resiliency and support various benefits that nature provides to humans.

New Signs Outside TTC Stations

LEAF's "Native Plants at Work!" sign
Does your nearby subway station host an Urban Forest Demonstration Garden? If so, look for our new signs! LEAF and our volunteer Garden Stewards plant and care for small gardens outside five subway stations. These native plant gardens showcase the beauty and importance of green spaces within an urban environment and are open for anyone to visit – local community members and passing commuters alike!

Let’s Get to the Root of Tree Roots

Sketch of a tree with roots extending widely underground
A common myth about urban trees is that they cause damage to pipes and foundations. Roots can’t break through intact foundations or pipes. However, they can be attracted to areas where cracks in pipes or foundations offer the resources that trees are seeking, namely water and oxygen. There are two ways to greatly reduce this risk – ensure your property is in good repair and plant the right trees in the right locations.

It Might Feel Like Spring Has Sprung, But Your Garden Is Still Sleeping

With temperatures already warming up, it feels like spring is already here and it is time to start preparing for a new gardening season. However, while we might be ready to get to work in our gardens, it’s good to remember that many creatures are still using them as habitat before the spring thaw. Our volunteers came up with a great way to remind people of how important our gardens are for local wildlife during the winter.