Welcome To Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

About the Program

Based on research trials conducted throughout Ontario and Alberta by Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, the Greening the Canadian Landscape Program brings together findings on soil remediation and species selection for improved tree survival and growth in challenging urban and suburban environments. The unique availability of a soil remediation calculator and tree species selector on this website will enable tree planting projects to succeed, even on difficult sites. By considering key factors that influence tree survival, especially soil quality and health, as well as selecting an appropriate and diverse suite of tree species, you can grow healthier trees for more resilient and greener landscapes.

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Why Register?

Join a growing number of municipalities, companies and institutions that are planning for long-term success of their tree planting projects by utilizing findings from practice-based scientific research. By registering, you will be part of a network that is evaluating their soil quality prior to planting. More informed decisions can be made with a better understanding of how soil quality can impact tree survival and growth.

You can choose not to register and simply use the tree species selector at your convenience. However, by registering you gain the ability to use the soil remediation calculator, save your previously entered soil testing results and quickly recall soil remediation recommendations from current and previous projects. 

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The Process

Get started
Step 1
Get started
Collect and analyze soil samples
Step 2
Collect and analyze soil samples
Enter the results in the remediation calculator
Step 3
Enter the results in the remediation calculator
Tree recommendations
Step 4
Tree recommendations
Results and sharing
Step 5
Results and sharing

Step 1

Get started
  • Visit your site – identify any major urban features (i.e. power lines, proximity to roads, space existing for planted trees to grow outwards and upwards, etc.) and take note of vegetation and trees already present on or near the site. Also try to observe or test how quickly water tends to drain, sun exposure, salt spray or soil salt exposure and other environmental factors that can influence tree growth and survival.
  • Acquire locates for soil sampling.
  • Although soil sampling is highly recommended, if you are not planning on sampling and would like tree species recommendations, skip directly to Step 4.

Step 2

Collect and analyze soil samples
  • You just need some simple tools and a sampling plan to get started! Click on ‘Watch Video’ and ‘Soil Sampling Protocol’ below for detailed instructions.
  • Although collecting and testing your soil adds an additional step, it represents an important process that can be used to assess your soil quality and health prior to planting. Soil quality and health are important characteristics to understand, as they will dictate the establishment and long-term success of your planting. Click 'Accredited Labs' below for Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs' recommended soil testing laboratories.

Step 3

Enter the results in the remediation calculator

Have the results of your soil test ready to input and click on ‘Go to Calculator’. If certain key indicators, such as low organic matter levels, are present in your soil, it may be recommended to remediate your soil. To understand our remediation process, click 'Watch Video' and 'Soil Remediation Protocols'. To understand why certain soil properties are important and the type of soil analysis that should be conducted, click 'Soil Glossary'. 

Step 4

Tree recommendations

Based on a range of site and tree species characteristics you can find out which trees are the best candidates for planting on your site. Click on 'Tree Glossary' below for more information on the terms used in the Tree Species Selector.

Step 5

Results and sharing

Share your remediation plan with your colleagues and friends! Also obtain a detailed print-out of your plan that you can take out into the field with you. 

Feature Plantings – Use of the toolkit for plantings across Canada

Tell us about your planting project! Send us an email providing your organization name, number of trees planted, planting date and location, and a brief background of the project - including which species you selected and whether you remediated your site before planting. With this information we will add your planting onto the map and together we will continue greening the Canadian landscape.

Trees planted
legend for tress planted within one yearLess than 1 year
legend for tress planted between one to two years1-2 years
legend for tress planted for more than two years2+ years

Airdrie

48

Calgary

48

Edmonton

48

Port Hope

156

Cobourg

208

Trenton - Greening the Greenbelt Planting

50

Veteran's Memorial Parkway Tree Planting

100

Site 3 - Vineland Soil Remediation Research Plot

72

Site 4 - Vineland Soil Remediation Research Plot

84

Site 5 - Vineland Soil Remediation Research Plot

72

Site 6 - Vineland Soil Remediation and Species Selection Research Plot

160

Site 7 - Vineland Soil Remediation and Species Selection Research Plot

220