City giving away 500 trees - registration is open now

By Staff

September 2nd, 2022



Fall is a good time to plant trees. To make that point the city is giving away 500 trees to residents. The trees are free, but residents will need to register and select their preferred tree from 10 types of trees.

Types and quantities are limited to first registered, first served. One tree per address.

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To register for a tree, visit Registration is open now.

Pick up date and time:

Tree planting as a community event or putting an additional tree in your back yard it all adds to then canop

Sept. 24, 2022 – Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pick-up time is dependent on species selected
Location: Roads, Parks and Forestry Operations Centre, 3330 Harvester Rd., Burlington

Trees will be between four and seven feet tall. Please ensure you can safely transport the trees. A City staff member will place the tree into your vehicle.

Tree Planting Tips
1. Ensure the type of tree will fit the space you have available

2. Contact before you dig to ensure there are no wires, pipes or cables where you will dig

3. Dig a hole roughly twice the width and depth of the tree’s pot

4. Remove the pot and carefully place the tree into the hole

5. Fill the hole back in with the soil removed while digging and water thoroughly

6. Water the tree several times a week to minimize the stress on the tree and ensure good root growth

Steve Robinson, Manager of Urban Forestry points out that:  “Planting trees on private property is a big help for us in expanding our tree canopy important that we ensure there is a variety of trees planted and not just one type.

“By having several tree types in an area, it creates stronger trees and reduces the likelihood of an entire area being wiped out by a disease or pest that only impacts one type of tree.”

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1 comment to City giving away 500 trees – registration is open now

  • Alfred

    Ontario has planted 2.5 million trees this year totaling 35 million to date as part of a 50 million tree planting plan. There are approx: 96 Billion trees in Ontario. One of the highest concentrations in the world. If you accept one of these trees the City through the City of Burlington Tree Cutting By-law can make sure it will cost you $ 10 thousand or more to cut it down if for some reason you change your mind. Your property will lose some of it’s value if someone looking to buy it to do a reno. or new build and has to pay crazy fees to do that. There is no shortage of trees in Ontario or Burlington. If you want to lose say on what happens on your property help yourself to a tree. Better yet take one of mine as well.