ReLeaf Tree Planting Program

Trees are now available for Spring 2018! First come, first serve – order today! Deadline is May 14th! 

 

The ReLeaf Tree Planting Program provides Winnipeg homeowners with quality, affordable trees for your private property, that are just the right size for planting yourself. For just $55 each, you’ll receive the tree collection(s) of your choice, along with all the supplies you need to give your new trees a healthy start. Your trees will be waiting for you at our tree planting workshops at the end of May. At the workshop, you’ll get tips on how to plant and care for your trees in the long term. Once your new trees are planted, we’ll come for a quick visit to survey your trees – this helps us determine if the Winnipeg Releaf Program is successful and helps us improve the program for next year.

The Winnipeg Releaf Program is a collaborative project between Trees Winnipeg and the City of Winnipeg.

Choose Your Order Form:

  1. Online Form – just type in your information and email it back!
  2. Printer-friendly Form to fill in by hand and send in by regular mail.

(Note: a PDF viewer is required for both forms – free to download here).

 

Participants learn the pro tips from ISA-Certified Arborists at the ReLeaf Planting Workshops.

Why Should We Plant More Trees?

Recently, Winnipeg has been losing thousands of elms per year because of Dutch elm disease – over 8000 in 2017 alone! And now, new urban forest threats like emerald ash borer have the potential to destroy thousands ash now that it has been detected in Manitoba. Planting new trees in our own yards is a great way to help preserve our green urban canopy for the future. Open to everyone who wants to plant more trees on their private property!

How Does ReLeaf Work? Joining ReLeaf is Easy!

  1. Choose your favorite tree collection(s) from the downloadable order form. You’re welcome to purchase as many as you like so long as all selected trees are planted on your property (make sure you have enough space!).
  2. Fill out your contact information and send your sign-up form and payment information to Trees Winnipeg—Deadline is May 14th, 2018!
  3. Once your sign-up form and payment is received, Trees Winnipeg will call or email you an invitation to choose your preferred tree planting workshop session. Workshops will begin at the end of May and run for about a week.
  4. While at your tree planting workshop, you’ll learn everything you need to know about how to plant and care for your trees from Trees Winnipeg’s qualified staff. After the workshop, you get to take your tree package home and start planting!
  5. In the fall, Trees Winnipeg staff will visit a randomly-selected list of properties to survey your new trees—this helps us determine if our ReLeaf program is successful and how we can improve for next year.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What size are the trees when I pick them up? 

Trees vary in size depending on the species; but here are the estimated sizes for the trees currently listed: Hackberry, Goodland apple, and paper birch are about 4 feet tall; Silver Cloud Maple is about 3 feet tall; and the smaller shrub-form trees (i.e. Evans and Crimson Passion cherry trees, American hazelnut, and Amur Flame Maple) range from about 12-18″ in height.

How do I get my trees home? 

These trees are very easy to transport and most tree orders fit fine in a regular-sized car. We’ll have volunteers available at the workshops to help you load up all your trees, but if you have any concerns about transporting your trees just give us a call in advance. Trees can sometimes be a bit messy, especially if they’ve been recently watered, so we recommend covering your back seat or trunk with a tarp or blanket.

I don’t think I want both trees that come in the package – can I just order one or make substitutions? 

As we’ve had to commit to a minimum tree order from our suppliers, we unfortunately can not offer substitutions. If at the workshop, you still decide you’d rather only take one of the two trees, you have the option of donating the unwanted tree back to us. We’ll then plant it in a community space in need of more trees. In previous years, we’ve donated these trees to private cemeteries and other properties belonging to non-profits who don’t have the funds for tree planting.

When will the workshops be held and how do I register? 

Workshops will be held from Saturday, May 18th to Saturday, May 25th. We’ll offer workshops on both Saturdays and in the evenings throughout that week. In early May you’ll receive your invitation with a link to select your preferred workshop date and time.

Can I plant these trees on the boulevard? 

Due to their size, these trees are not suitable for our boulevards – they can be easily damaged by vandalism or snow-clearing equipment. For this reason, the City of Winnipeg has very specific requirements when selecting trees for boulevards, but if you’d still like to arrange for a tree to be planted on your boulevard, you can contact 311 or arrange to pay for the tree planting yourself through a homeowner agreement, which is explained in more detail here.

 

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