Planting trees and shrubs in your yard not only adds dimension and beauty to your outdoor space, but also brings a variety of health, economic, and environmental benefits. Here are just a few:
REDUCED RISK OF BASEMENT FLOODING
Trees intercept and absorbrainfall, making basement flooding less likely. Selecting appropriate tree species and planting adequate distances from houses is crucial.
PROTECTION FROM HARMFUL ULTRAVIOLET RADIATION
Skin cancer accounts for approximately one-third of all cancers diagnosed in Ontario. Shade from trees is not only a welcome relief on hot days; it also plays an important role in cancer prevention, especially for children who are at greater risk.
LOWER ELECTRICITY BILLS
Strategically placed shade trees can reduce the air conditioning needs of a Toronto home by up to 30%. In fact, simply shading your air conditioning unit through landscaping can reduce electricity demand by 2 to 10%.
Enjoy privacy in the middle of the city by using trees and shrubs to provide attractive visual and sound barriers. Selecting native species can attract songbirds and butterflies to add to your backyard oasis.
Select native fruit and nut trees to reap all the benefits listed above, PLUS harvest delicious fare grown literally in your own backyard!
LEAF operates a subsidized Backyard Tree Planting Program across Toronto and York
Region. For assistance in selecting and planting the right trees in the right place in your
backyard, contact LEAF: www.yourleaf.org.