Leaf Ninjas revegetating damaged riverbank in Calgary, AB


Leaf Ninjas’ professional team offers restoration, planting and plant supply services to meet any project objectives for municipalities, developers, earthwork contractors, landscape architect firms, and mining groups. Leaf Ninjas professional team works with your group to navigate project designs and plans, sourcing and growing the highest quality plant material and ensuring the installation is cost-effective and long-lasting. With Leaf Ninjas years of experience, professional team, and native plant nursery, they are best suited to work with you or be trusted to manage the planting aspect of your project. 

Ecological Restoration Services

  • Bio-engineering installation, plant material and species such as; Live stake material, Whips, Live rods, and Live cuttings of Sandbar Willow (Salix interior, Salix exigua), Dogwood (Cornus stolonifera), Balsam poplar (Poplar balsamifera), Yellow Willow (Salix lutea), Shining willow (Salix lucida), Diamond Willow (Salix bebbiana), Coyote Willow (Salix petiolaris) Alberta sourced material
  • Plant supply and installation (plugs, LP, up to 5 gallon, ability to plant 50,000+ units per project)
  • Pre-disturbance cataloging and genetic collection
  • Erosion control and Bio-engineering 
  • Contract propagation and growing 
  • Plant holding and storage
  • Maintenance
  • Watering
  • Weed management
  • Health assessments
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Seed identifying for specific genetics for contract growing


Selection of the perfect plants is only half the battle. Ensuring that they survive and thrive after being transplanted is the real task. Our plantsmen have decades of planting experience. We add microbiology and fungi to the soils to improve plant health. Watering is regimented and exact from planting through to complete establishment. Weeds are managed efficiently. Follow-ups are performed and reported on by our horticultural professionals.

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Storm pond planting for Mattamy Homes and NAK Design Strategies at Southwinds community in Airdrie
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Live willow stake installation along the Bow River with Trevcon for the flood mitigation and erosion control efforts

Live stakes and planting services

Soil bioengineering is a practice used to and defined to describe the use of plant material to halt and prevent slope and streambank failure and erosion. The roots and stems serve as structural stability and prevention in a slope protection system. Live cuttings and rooted plants are planted in the ground using a variety of techniques depending on the steam and slope to serve as soil reinforcements. Once established, the living plant material effectively controls a number of stabilization and erosion control problems. Bioengineered sites are self-repairing and have the advantage of blending with natural surroundings.

We offer live stakes for direct planting, brush layering, soil wraps, fascine (live bundles), pit planting, sonotubes, plug planting and other bio-engineering methods. All of our live stake willows are harvested locally and specific for projects needs and held in refrigeration under humidity controls to ensure that the cuttings are viable on the date of delivery.Experienced in the latest information about harvesting and installation techniques for erosion control and bio-engineering from leading organizations and individuals.  We take all the steps to ensure optimum success for all projects we’re involved in. 

Balsam poplar live poles


With every project, we encourage our clients to have our expert planters perform the installation of the live stakes and other plants to ensure the highest success of the project. With our experienced planting crew made up of horticulturalists, we can plant anywhere from 1000-50,000+ plants per project. We can assess the soil conditions and exact function of the plantings before orders are filled so that necessary steps can be taken to prevent installation delays, find extra savings and improve the success of efforts.

Live staking at the Ogden Oil Refinery Beaver Dam Flats, bio-engineering, live staking, erosion control
Live staking erosion control for Parsons at the Ogden Oil Refinery Beaver Dam Flats
Bio-engineering and erosion control project with Dave Polster Environmental and the Elbow River Watershed Partnership, erosion control, live staking

               Live staking along Bow River – Client, City of Calgary

 Pre-disturbance Cataloguing and Seed Collection

Our pre-disturbance services include infield biologist and horticulturalists to record and catalog desired species of plants to be saved before development or enhancement. After cataloging and collection of the desired species seeds will begin, then growing of the plants that are being removed to then be replaced after disturbance. 

Seed point source collection survey for alkali grass
Seed collection for a future stormwater management pond.


Contract Growing

Contract growing services are available through the Leaf Ninja native and edible plant nursery located 25 minutes east of Calgary. If your project requires source identified seeds stock, unique and hearty genetics for a range of diverse projects. Leaf Ninjas nursery is able to contract to grow 200,000+ units with appropriate timing.

Contract growing for storm and wastewater management pond in Calgary, AB


In our experience, the main failure of planting projects is the lack of aftercare program. Success rates drastically increase with a management schedule in place. This includes watering services during the establishment phase and at times of weather stress, weed management and pest control, such as beavers, deer, and other wildlife. Our expert team can prime the short and long-term success for your projects needs.

For the greatest ease, success and cost savings, work with Leaf Ninjas for all your planting, erosion control and flood mitigation needs.

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