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Love Your Yard

Yard elements including trees, shrubs and a composter


Your yard is where you relax, unwind and make memories – you should love it. York Region offers a number of programs to help beautify your yard for less while taking care of the environment.

Let us help you love your yard. Check out our programs and special offers to start beautifying your yard today!

Special Offers and Rebates

EAB Rebate – Lost your Ash Tree? Get a new tree for less.

Lost your ash tree? Save $100 on a new tree!

Property owners in York Region can save $100 when buying a new tree through Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests (LEAF) to replace their dying, dead or removed ash trees. Apply today!

There is a limit of five rebates per property and rebates are issued on a first come, first served basis due to limited supply. Restrictions apply.

You can learn how to identify ash trees and the emerald ash borer (EAB) by visiting our EAB web page.

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Do-it-Yourself Gardeners

Plant a Tree or Shrub That’s Right for Your Yard

If you like getting your hands dirty, we have the perfect tree planting program for you! You can purchase a tree or shrub at a subsidized cost when you use LEAF’s Do-it-Yourself tree planting program. Use their online resources to find the right tree for your yard, place your order and they will deliver it right to your door. Once you receive your tree or shrub, feel free to dig in and get it done.

Visit our tree planting web page to learn more.

Tips and Tricks for a Beautiful Garden

Create beautiful outdoor spaces while reducing your watering needs. Fusion gardens require less water than traditional gardens; this means less time to maintain and more time to relax.

Designed to thrive naturally with rainwater, this landscape design style combines stunning colours and textures to create colourful and stylish landscapes. Landscape elements such as rain gardens, bioswales and permeable pavers allow rainwater to be used within the property and the landscape.

Learn all about fusion gardening by visiting fusiongardening.ca.

Check out the Grow Me Instead guide to native plants to help keep invasive plants out of your garden.

Create a Pollinator Paradise

Planting native flowers, including milkweed, will attract butterflies, bees and other important pollinators to your yard and provide the food and shelter they need. Every wildflower, shrub or tree that is planted will make a difference.

In 2017, York Region became the first Monarch butterfly-friendly region through the National Wildlife Federation Mayors’ Monarch Pledge program. York Region is dedicated to planting Monarch and other pollinator habitats and we encourage you to do the same.

Learn more about attracting birds, butterflies and bees.

Garden Gold

The key to a great garden is great soil. Start composting to get nutrient-rich food for your soil. Composting is not only good for your soil but also for the environment, as it is nature’s way of recycling.

Learn how you can start turning leaves, clippings and kitchen scraps into garden gold.

Plant to Eat

Set up a living fence in your yard made of climbing vines for fruits and vegetables like beans, tomatoes, peas, squash, cucumbers and melons.

Visit York.ca/goodfood for tips on storing fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Professional Services

Let LEAF Plant a Tree For You

Do you want a tree in your yard but want to sit back and have it planted for you? No worries. For a subsidized price of only $150 - $220 per tree, you get an in-person consultation with an arborist in your yard, as well as delivery and full planting service. Through their Full Service Backyard Tree Planting Program, LEAF will help you choose the tree and planting location that best suit your yard and your taste. Contact LEAF today, sit back, relax and enjoy a greener backyard.

Visit our tree planting page to learn more.

Grow Your Legacy

Do you own two or more acres of property in York Region?  If so, we can help you grow a legacy for your family. Our experts will plant a forest for you.

Visit our tree planting page to learn more.

Water Smart Irrigation Professional

Using a sprinkler system in your garden? Ensure water is getting to your plants rather than your paved surfaces by contacting a Water Smart Irrigation Professional at watersmartirrigationprofessional.ca.

Fusion Landscape Professional

Discover how easy it can be to create the garden oasis of your dreams. Fusion Landscape Professionals can help you turn your dream into a reality.  Visit fusionlandscapingprofessional.ca to learn more.

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