Free Trees and Shrubs for TCHC Communities!

GREENING YOUR COMMUNITY

Trees planted on Toronto Community Housing Corporation properties

Welcome TCHC tenants and staff! If you’re reading this, you’re likely interested in planting native trees and shrubs on your TCHC property, and we couldn’t be happier. 

ABOUT THE PROGRAM:

LEAF is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to making our city greener and healthier though tree planting and tree care! Recognizing the tremendous need to green TCHC communities, LEAF has beautiful native trees and shrubs available for TCHC properties. 

This program is funded by the City of Toronto's Urban Forestry Grant. Additional support provided by Park People and GrandTrees.

If you want to learn more about the program which began in 2018, you can read more here

WHY PLANT TREES AND SHRUBS:

Planting and caring for native trees and shrubs can create positive changes in the community. Past participants couldn’t agree more: 

“A key benefit to me is that this project was able to bring the community together through the tree care parties that were held, which got tenants out and engaging with each other while caring for the trees! “ – Program participant

“Through the project, I was able to learn how to properly care for trees and other plants and developed greater respect for greenspace and mother nature” – Program participant

Other benefits include:

  • Beautifying the community
  • Replacing trees that were removed
  • Learning new skills
  • Sharing knowledge with others
  • Teaching children how to care for the environment
  • Connecting and celebrating with neighbours 
  • Spending time outdoors
  • Getting more active
  • Improving air quality 
  • Reducing noise
  • Creating shade and cooler temperatures 
Trees planted on Toronto Community Housing Corporation properties

Trees can be planted in communal spaces (by playgrounds, hills, walkways etc.) and in yards. Approved Tree Request Include:

  • Free, beautiful native tree(s) 
  • Tree planting provided by a contractor 
  • Depending on the number of trees, watering equipment may be provided
  • Free training on proper tree care 
  • Support from LEAF for questions or concerns

Shrubs can be planted in or along fence lines of community gardens and in garden beds alongside buildings. Approved Shrub Request Include: 

  • Free native shrubs 
  • Delivery of Shrub and mulch
  • Shrub planting by the tenants and/or site staff
  • Free training on proper shrub planting and care 
  • Support from LEAF for questions or concerns

WHAT TREES OR SHRUBS CAN I GET?

These trees and shrubs were chosen because they are able to grow in a variety of soil and light conditions. 

Trees

Shrubs

 

The species listed are native to southern Ontario. This means they have been growing in the local area since before European settlement. Native plants are easier to care for and support local wildlife, such as birds and pollinators. 
 

Trees planted on Toronto Community Housing Corporation properties

Although there are several steps involved, LEAF is here to support and guide you throughout the program, ensuring that you and your community are informed. 

Steps for Approved Tree Requests

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Review the tree planting locations
  3. The trees are planted by contractors
  4. Attend a free training workshop (see “Your Commitment” below)
  5. Care for your trees

Steps for Approved Shrub Requests

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Attend a free training workshop (see “Your Commitment” below)
  3. Receive the shrub delivery
  4. Plant your shrubs
  5. Care for your shrubs

ARE ALL REQUESTS GUARANTEED?

Please note that the Landscape Designer and Community Safety Advisor for TCHC will review all planting requests. There is no guarantee that each tree or shrub will be approved, but all requests will be considered. 


 

YOUR COMMITMENT

Tree planted at a Toronto Community Housing Corporation property

Did you know that the number one stress for newly planted trees and shrubs is lack of water? Growing in a new environment takes a lot of energy. That is why proper care from dedicated tenants and/or staff is important to make sure your trees or shrubs thrive in their new home. 

Free training will be provided and is required as part of this program. Please see “Your Commitment to Training” for more information. 
 

Tree planted on a Toronto Community Housing Corporation property

To support you, free training will be provided and is required as part of your commitment to the program. At least one representative from each site must attend the workshop to learn about proper tree and shrub care. 

The training will be fun and interactive, with opportunities to connect with other tenants and get your hands dirty. 

Tree Care Training

WHEN: LEAF will organize training to take place after the trees have been planted.

WHAT: The focus of the training is hands-on tree care.

WHERE: The location will be at a TCHC property that is part of the program.
The exact location will be determined after tree planting occurs.

Shrub Planting/Care Training

WHEN: LEAF will organize training to take place once the delivery date has been set.  

WHAT: The focus of the training will be on proper planting and care. 

WHERE: Wychwood Barns Park (76 Wychwood Avenue, near St. Clair Ave. and Christie St.)

 

For more information on proper tree or shrub care techniques, please see the section on “Your Commitment to Care”.

 

Tree planted on a Toronto Community Housing Corporation property

YOUR TREE OR SHRUB’S GROWTH

You play the most important role in the growth of your tree or shrub once it has been planted. But don’t worry, LEAF is here to help you at every step of the way. We’ll  ensure that you have all the knowledge and skills required to provide the best care.

Different species grow at different rates, but what’s always essential is regular watering, mulch (wood chip, leaves or organic material) and care.
For the first two years after planting, your trees and shrubs will focus most of their energy below ground, establishing a strong root system. Don’t be discouraged if there is not much growth above ground. With proper care, we know that your trees and shrubs will thrive. 

For the first two years after planting:

  1. Water your trees and/or shrubs one to two times per week.
  2. Replenish the mulch at the base of your trees and/or shrubs as it decomposes. 
  3. Protect your trees and/or shrubs from lawn mower and other physical damage.
  4. Avoid using chemical fertilizers or pesticides - these can cause harm.

COUNT ME IN

I WANT TO GREEN MY COMMUNITY

We can’t wait to hear from you. Please have the following information on hand:

  • The location(s) where you’d like trees and/or shrubs planted on TCHC property. We’ll ask you to be as specific as possible when describing the locations. 
  • Contact information for your Community Services Coordinator (CSC)  
  • For shrub requests: 
    • Ensure that either you or another member from the community is able to attend the training workshop. 
    • A delivery location must be identified.

I want trees

I want shrubs

 
If you are interested in requesting trees and shrubs, please complete both request forms. 

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