Client Stories

Toronto

Freeman maple

“The Freeman was the right fit for our yard given its size, it is drought and pest resistant and we really wanted a maple. We have loved the shade it has provided in the summer. Its name is Majestic, named for its fast growth and height; it protects us from the sun, and can hold its own! It was planted when we were in the emergency room so it was a nice present to come home to. Our 11-month-old daughter loves touching the leaves. We would like to press a nice red leaf in a book. LEAF was phenomenal, and I cannot say that enough! I don’t understand why more people don’t take advantage of the program?! They are responsive and the follow-ups are a great perk because it’s always good to know how well the tree is doing.” – Bob and Marlene

 

 

paper birch

“We call our tree The White Pillars – it supports a canopy of shade in our backyard. We think paper birch trees are very graceful, elegant looking trees, and it gives the dappled shade that we were looking for. It makes us think of Group of Seven paintings, quintessentially Canadian. Our whole family enjoys this tree – we had LEAF plant it the summer our son was born, which lets us track how old it is. They’ve both grown so much! The planting went smoothly, and the check-ins have been helpful to reassure us that the tree is in good health and well pruned.” – Beatrix

 

 

tulip tree

“We used to not be able to sit in our sun room because it would get too hot, but we enjoy it very much now because our tree provides so much shade.  We chose it because it is fast-growing and to provide shade and privacy, and it has done a beautiful job. LEAF has an excellent program and we are impressed with both the products and services.” – Carol

 

 

large song bird kit

"We wanted a combination of plants that worked well together, and we’ve loved the different colours that appear throughout the year. The plants from LEAF beautify our lawn and attract family, neighbours, and bees alike (we’ve never been stung)! The experience was fabulous – the kit came right to our door, and had everything we need!" – Karen

 

 

red oiser dogwood

"We wanted a combination of plants that worked well together, and we’ve loved the different colours that appear throughout the year. The plants from LEAF beautify our lawn and attract family, neighbours, and bees alike (we’ve never been stung)! The experience was fabulous – the kit came right to our door, and had everything we need!" – Karen

 

 

York Region

tulip tree

Aurora, York Region

"My son, who was 6’5” when the tree arrived, was shocked that the tree outgrew him. Now he is 23 years old and wants to climb it!  If I had to name it I would call the tree Shaquille O'Neal because it grew so big and healthy. LEAF has been awesome -- fast service and great people." – Janet

 

 

 

Kentucky coffee tree

Markham, York Region

"We didn’t have any trees or shrubs previously, so we took the advice of LEAF as to what mixture of plants would be suitable for our soil – which paid off! Each tree and shrub serves a different purpose – adding shade, covering a lamp post, and providing privacy, among others. We love spending time as a family in the yard now, and our success with the trees inspired us to start a vegetable garden." – Abby

 

 

Freeman maple

Markham, York Region

"I planted a Freeman Maple in October 2013, and after the terrible ice storm that December, it was bent at almost 90 degrees from the center of its trunk. I took a couple of photos and sent them to LEAF, asking what could be done to save it. An arborist from LEAF said that the tree looked healthy in the photo, and that they would come to stake it in spring to straighten it. When the arborists arrived, I was amazed at their professionalism and the way they straightened the tree. They asked me to remove the stakes after one year. When I removed the stakes as directed, the tree not only became straight, but grew into a very healthy and robust tree. Watching and observing the changes and growth of this maple tree gives my family constant joy and pleasure, and encourages us to spend time in our backyard! Needless to say I'm extremely satisfied and happy, and I recommend LEAF to all my friends, neighbours, and colleagues." – Mukib

 

 

Freeman maple

Markham, York Region

“I had always wanted a tree in my backyard, and now I enjoy the red colour in the fall and listening to the leaves blowing in the wind. My family and I really enjoy the tree; it brings us closer to nature and the outdoors. When I first bought my house I knew nothing about gardening or trees, so when I heard about LEAF, it became possible for my dream of a tree to come true. It is so simple, and people take trees for granted, but when you are new to Canada, you don’t take anything for granted. I would have never gone out and bought a tree to plant myself so LEAF made all the difference! ” – Rebecca

 

 

white spruce

Markham, York Region

“What I like best about my tree is its strength in form and vigorous growth; the beautiful winter scene it makes with snow collecting on its branches, and the changing color of its needles from bright green to whitish green throughout the year. I have already given it a name called “Jade,” for the waxy coating of its needles that makes it look like a piece of jade. In Chinese literature, jade is symbolic of being virtuous.” – Sina

 

 

silver maple

Markham, Ontario

“Our silver maple is special because it marks the beginning of our lives at our new home! We had to replace a dead ash tree shortly after moving in – we wanted something hardy and fast growing, and we’ve been amazed at how quickly our silver maple grew, providing some much needed shade and privacy. LEAF offered us excellent service and communication – the follow up is particularly great.” – Warren

 

 

Freeman maple

Newmarket, York Region

"Freida the Freeman was just the size of a broom handle when she was planted, and she’s growing well! We love the dappled sunlight that comes through her big leaves, and her gorgeous fall colour. She’s just beautiful! LEAF was great throughout – 10/10!" – Suzanne

 

 

Freeman maple

Richmond Hill, York Region

"I named our trees after my children – the Freeman maple is Stephanie, and the grey dogwood is Jordan. I talk to them every day, and get great pleasure from seeing them grow. With current health problems, it’s nice for my husband to come out and hear the wind in the trees – it’s very therapeutic." – Shelley

 

 

ironwood

Richmond Hill, York Region

"We knew going in that we wanted to add shade and attract birds to our backyard. LEAF suggested the ironwood, and we like the shade and the flowers. We enjoy ‘Gentle Jim’, and the finches, blue jays, and cardinals it attracts, every time we are on the deck, and look forward to it growing bigger." – Alex

 

 

Freeman Maple

Also planted a Kentucky coffee tree, red osier dogwood, highbush cranberry, and fragrant sumac in Fall 2011
Vaughan, York Region

"Our dog really likes to sit and enjoy the shade under the Freeman maple – it’s his new favourite spot! There were no trees when we moved in, and our trees and shrubs from LEAF have really helped to green the yard. The program is excellent, and we’ve told others how impressed we are with the health of our plants from LEAF." – Amy

 

 

eastern white cedar

Also planted three shrubs in spring 2012, a sycamore in fall 2015, four shrubs in fall 2016, and a Kentucky coffee tree in fall 2017
Whitchurch-Stouffville, York Region

"Recently, we gained crickets! Hearing them chirp outside my bedroom at night is so peaceful. We also had nesting robins, butterfly caterpillars, and more varieties of bees than I knew existed. All since our tree and native plant gardens came in. Adding native plants and trees is truly transformative. If you plant it, nature has a way of finding it." – Laura

 

 

Ajax

basswood

"I will plant it in honour of my late husband. For the last year of his life, he was in a wheelchair and enjoyed the oasis of the backyard. I am thinking of getting a plaque to put by the tree." - Wendy

 

 

Oakville

sugar maple

Oakville

"This tree has special significance for me, because it is the 10,001st tree I am planting! I chose a sugar maple for my street (Maple Avenue), and look forward to its fall colour." – Peggy 

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