When selecting trees for your site, consider trees native to Ontario. Native trees are suited to our climate and weather conditions. Our wildlife also rely on them for food and shelter. Planting native trees helps to bring nature back into our developed landscapes.
Select the native species that suit your site’s soil, moisture and light conditions. If you select the right species for your conditions, the tree will require little to no care in order to establish and grow into a beautiful mature tree.
When planting trees be sure to:
- Plant 10-20 feet away from buildings (Plant trees at a safe distance away from buildings; this will depend on recommendations according to how large/tall your tree will grow)
- Be sure to plant away from hydro wires
- It is best to plant trees in the spring or fall to correspond with rains and cooler weather
- Your trees may need some care during times of drought
- Place a mulch around the base of the tree to help retain moisture during hot summer days
- Plant a diversity of species
In the spring of 2020, native Ontario species that will be planted include White Pine, Red Pine, White Spruce, White Cedar, Sugar Maple, Red Oak, White Birch, Black Cherry, Black Elderberry, Serviceberry.