What are my options?

If you have an ash tree in your yard or on city-owned property in front of your home, you should learn about your options before taking any action. Visiting the website of your municipal and/or regional forestry departments will inform you of any programs that exist surrounding the control of EAB, and will indicate what measures are in place regarding trees planted on publicly owned land, including boulevard trees. 

  1. Removal
  2. Replanting
  3. Wood Utilization

 


REMOVAL

If you decide to remove a tree on private property, you will have to incur the cost yourself.  There may be removal permits required - check with your municipality.  We recommend hiring an arborist certified by the International Society of Arboriculture for any tree work.  For a list of certified arborists in your area, visit  treesaregood.com or call 1-888-463-2316.

In both the City of Toronto and York Region, infested trees that are located on city-owned property in front of homes will be removed by municipal/regional forestry staff and replaced at no cost to homeowners.

 

Municipal Links


REPLANTING

We encourage everyone who has space to plant new trees to replace those that have been or will be lost to EAB.  Even if you haven't personally lost a tree to EAB, planting new trees can help maintain the overall urban forest canopy.

LEAF is here to make it easy for you to select and plant the right EAB-resistant native trees for your yard through our subsidized Backyard Tree Planting Program. Our service includes an arborist consultation, where we can help you identify ash trees on or near your property.  We will also provide information on your options for treatment/removal and replanting.  Our EAB programs are made possible with support from Livegreen Toronto, York Region and the City of Markham's Trees for Tomorrow Fund.

Click here to learn more about our Residential Planting Programs.

If you live in the city of Toronto and want a free tree for the city-owned portion of your front yard, you can request a free one by filling out the form here or by calling 311.

 

WOOD UTILIZATION

LEAF is working with the City of Toronto and other key stakeholders to increase the utilization of wood from urban trees in Toronto and Southern Ontario. This page is your place for Ontario events, workshops and resources related to urban wood. Find out more at our Urban Wood Utilization page.

 

*Please note that it is LEAF’s policy to carry out replants only after tree removal has been completed; however, exceptions to this policy and to our spacing requirements may be made where it is anticipated that an ash tree will be removed from a property in the future due to EAB.