Monthly Archives: July 2014

Bloordale Adopt-a-tree Initiative

2014-07-10 18.02.58

Good news: we have new trees!

Unfortunately, their survival is not guaranteed.  However, with the community’s help we can give them a fighting chance.

How can you help?: Adopt-a-tree and look after it yourself or with your family and friends!

What do they need?:

1) Water! Lots of water! At the moment, city crews are watering twice a week (the minimum requirement).  Ideally, the base of the tree above the roots should be slightly damp and cold to the touch below the mulch at all times or it needs water.  Liza Lukashevsky (owner of the Nuthouse on Bloor) was kind enough to compile a list of businesses that will allow us to use their water.  They are listed on the Bloordale Tree Google map at the end of this article.

2) Mulch. There’s a pile of free mulch on Brock south of Bloor at Food Share.  Mulch keeps moisture in the soil longer, suppresses weeds, and adds nutrients to the soil as it decomposes.  Mulch should surround the tree in a doughnut formation, not piled against the trunk (this can cause rot and kill the tree).  The trunk should be uncovered down to the root flare (the point where you can see the roots beginning to flare out) and not higher.  Use your hand to gently peel back soil and mulch from against the trunk of the tree to correct this.

3) Litter pick up & weeding.  Try to keep the area around the base of the tree free from litter and cigarette butts.  Weeds compete with the tree for water and nutrients and the butts and litter affect the ph level of the soil and can harm the tree if not removed.

Thank you for your contribution to this important initiative! When the trees mature, they will have a profound positive impact on the neighbourhood and our daily lives.

Below is the Google map I’ve created to help coordinate our efforts.  Listed are the tree locations & species, available water locations, and the mulch pile location near Foodshare on Brock.  I’ve added the names of the neighbours or businesses that have agreed to care for a tree to the corresponding tree on the map.  If you notice any errors or would like to make an update,  I have made the map editable by anyone with access to the link or you can email me (Dan) edits at and I’ll update it.

Map link: Bloordale Tree Map


Further reading and related articles:

Green Here, a local environmental group, has an online tree care guide that’s handy and easy to read:

About the Bloor St trees & challenges faced by boulevard trees in big cities:

LEAF (local enhancement and appreciation of forests) tree tenders course (highly recommended for anyone interested in improving their local tree canopy.  Nearly free and offered quarterly):