Buying a new home this summer was really exciting. My partner and I got a very cute, detached bungalow with a simple backyard, which my husband calls our “bowling alley” because of its shape. But when we bought the house back in July, the sun was intense and it didn’t rain for the whole month. Not only was the house hot but you couldn't be in the yard for more than 10 minutes without feeling like you were being cooked. I knew I needed to do something, so I started thinking about solutions.
Last Thursday we were honoured to be voted Toronto's "best activist organization" by NOW Magazine readers for the second year a row. Over the past decade and a half we’ve been working tirelessly to raise awareness around urban forest issues, empower citizens and encourage them to take action through planting and education.
The last tree tour of the season couldn’t have been a better one and I was happy to be the one leading it. It’s so great that Councillors like Mary-Margaret McMahon have shown support for the urban forest by organizing relevant events – including the Upper Beaches Fall Tour!
As Halloween approaches and many people are dressing up their homes with spiderwebs, skeletons and tombstones, it’s a great time to dress up your yard for spring (yes, spring!) by planting trees and shrubs. Planting a tree in the fall, late September to mid-November, will give your trees a head-start for the coming season. Once the new tree has dropped its leaves, it begins to develop roots until the first freeze. These roots will help the tree leaf-out in a healthy way next spring!
The sun emerged just in time for our tour of Cabbagetown’s historic tree canopy last weekend. This was to be the first activity of the newly reformed Don Vale Cabbagetown Residents Association (DVRCA) and our Canopy Committee sponsored a tree tour by led by LEAF’s Amanda Gomm.