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We’ve partnered with the City of Cambridge, City of Kitchener , City of Waterloo and City of Guelph to offer the Backyard Tree Planting Program for homeowners.
What Does the Program Include?
Our service includes an in-person consultation with an arborist in your yard, as well as delivery and full planting service. We’ll identify the ideal places to plant trees and help you to select the species best suited to your yard and personal preferences. From there, Reep Green Solutions does all the work to get your tree(s) in the ground.
Note that due to constraints such as underground utilities, soil conditions or other factors there may be limits on where and how many trees you are able to plant.
Who is Eligible for the Program?
You must be a resident of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo or Guelph to apply. We will be contacting people on a first come, first served basis.
If you reside outside of those areas and are interested in bringing this program to your community, please sign up for email notifications using the form below or contact us at [email protected] to express your interest. Have any questions? Refer to our Terms and Conditions or contact us.
We are accepting applications for Backyard plantings only. We are now accepting applications for the Guelph tree rebate pilot! This pilot is limited to first come, first served. Please be patient with us, as you may experience longer wait times.
What is the Cost of the Program?
You pay the subsidized price of only $150-$220 per tree
Evergreen trees (2-4 ft tall at the time of planting) are $150, and deciduous trees (6-8 ft tall) cost $220 including full service planting. There is a $75 consultation fee due at the time of booking. If you order a tree the fee will be deducted from your total.
Your payment represents roughly half the value of our services, and the rest is covered by our funding partners.
If for any reason you decide not to purchase a tree at the time of the consultation, there is a $75 charge for the consultation. The consultation is valid for the current planting season, so if you make the decision to purchase a tree following your consultation, the $75 you have paid will be deducted from the cost of your order, provided there are no changes to the species or planting locations that were agreed to at the time of the consultation.
Deferring your order to the subsequent planting season (spring or fall) is at the discretion of Reep Green Solutions. If an order is placed and then cancelled after the site visit is complete, we will keep $75 for consultation fee + 25% of the cost of your order and refund you the rest.
What's the Process?
Filling out the application
There is an detailed application for us to get as much information about your planting area as possible up front.
Questions include why you want to plant a tree, the available planting area, type of soil and more. Please fill out the application with as accurate detail as possible. Your responses will help our arborist to determine which tree(s) could be a good fit for your yard.
First come, first served
Our Backyard Tree Planting program is on a first-come first-serve basis for eligible participants.
Since the planting season for this program is fairly short, we are only able serve a select number of residents every year.
Consultation with an Arborist
Eligible participants receive a personalized property consultation with a trained arborist. Native trees, species will be chosen in collaboration with the arborist to ensure the health and longevity of your new tree(s).
Planting your tree
The wrap around program includes delivery and full planting along with mulch and tree planting/care guide.
Depending on the tree(s) chosen, the subsidized cost of this program will range from $150-$220 per tree.
Which Trees are Available?
All of the trees that are available to be planted, both deciduous and evergreen, are native to Ontario.
It’s important to plant native trees because they require less maintenance than exotic species and provide essential habitat for wildlife.
Our focus is to help you get the right tree for the right place to ensure your tree(s) will thrive and become an amenity in your yard for years to come.
Browse the species profiles below. Please note that availability is subject to change each season.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Trees will only be planted if the available space in your yard meets with the following conditions:
- 5 feet from property lines or fences
- 7 feet from hard surfaces (paving, interlocking, decks)
- 10 feet from buildings with foundations
- 20 feet from existing trees (or more depending on species), including trees in neighbouring yards
- 8 feet from stumps
- 5 feet from swales
- Medium trees require at least 15 x 15 feet of soft ground surface (free of paving, stone, interlocking, etc.). Large trees may require more. Small trees require at least 10 x 10 feet of soft ground surface
Reep Green Solutions guarantees that, with proper care, trees will produce leaves by the first July 15th after planting.
Trees planted or delivered in spring (between April 1-June 30)
If your tree does not produce leaves by July 15th of that same year*, you must contact us by that same date in order to be considered for a replacement.
Trees/shrubs planted or delivered in fall (between Sept 1- Nov 30)
If your tree does not produce leaves by July 15th of the following year*, you must contact us by that same date in order to be considered for a replacement.
Animal damage, weather damage or other damage that occurs to your tree after planting is not covered.
*Reep will not consider replacing plants when concerns are received after this deadline, or when proper care, including twice-weekly watering, has not been provided.
No, trees are planted during specific times of the year. We do, however, take applications year round.
Planting will happen throughout April-June.
Planting will happen throughout September-November.
We do not book appointments or take scheduling requests for planting. You will be notified 2 business days in advance of the date of planting, but we cannot give you a time of day. You don’t have to be home for the planting, but we will need full access to your yard at our convenience.
Evergreen trees (2-4 ft tall at the time of planting) are $150, and deciduous trees (6-8 ft tall) cost $220 including full service planting.
There is a $75 consultation fee due at the time of booking. If you order a tree the fee will be deducted from your total.
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