I grew up in Exeter on a property covered by giant spruce, cedar and maple trees. They were always such a huge part of my life, providing me with excellent hiding spots during neighbourhood games of hide-and-seek, giving us piles of leaves to jump into in the fall, providing us with shade to cool off in the summer and housing local wildlife, like robins and white squirrels! But another value that they offer - something that doesn’t always get a ton of attention - is the way trees can help conserve energy and provide us with financial benefits.
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The fall season is a great time to walk through our urban forest to see all the beautiful changing colours, and it is also a great time to add to our urban forest by planting new trees! Throughout September, October and November, our residential planting team worked hard to plant and deliver trees and shrubs to property owners across Toronto, Oakville, Ajax, and York Region!
A popular native maple tree along urban streets, the silver maple is aptly named for the colour of its bark and the silvery underside of its leaves. With its delicate foliage and natural habitat of rich, moist soils, the silver maple is also commonly known as the soft maple, river maple, swamp maple and water maple.
A hardy, urban shade tree, the hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) can easily withstand strong winds, pollution, heat, salt, and tough soils, while still adding visual interest and beauty to a landscape. This tree often flies under the radar, but its ability to attract a variety of wildlife makes it the perfect tree to help you create a diverse ecosystem in your own backyard.
Meghan has been rooting for a healthy environment for as long as she can remember! She has planted a tree and many shrubs and perennials through LEAF and has passed on her strong environmental values to her children, who have now taken their own steps to enhance our urban forest. Meaghan Lockington-Minns is this month’s Urban Forest Champion!