Trees remove tonnes of pollution from the air and save cities millions by reducing demand for energy. Yet T.O. lags far behind U.S. cities when it comes to promoting and caring for our urban canopy. The provincial and federal levels of government provide no funding for urban tree-planting. The cost of watering remains a big issue, and seedlings in concrete planters typically die within seven years, rarely growing to the leafy state required to produce an eco benefit. Planting in deeper trenches or soil that resists compaction would be a good start. But if were going to meet the green-plan goal of doubling Torontos canopy, an aggressive planting program on private property, where trees can actually be cared for by homeowners, is a must. Right now, residents are waiting a year and a half or longer for the city to plant a free tree on their front lawn. And though our tree bylaw is supposed to protect mature stands, hundreds of conifers are being uprooted daily to make room for development.