Natural Yard Care
Whether you live in our scenic rural countryside or within one of our more urban neighbourhoods, our yards are a great place to live greener and cleaner, eliminate waste, and protect the earth!
It's easy to grow a beautiful and natural lawn and garden without the use of chemicals. It all starts with healthy soil!
- OVERSEED your lawn in the spring by adding extra grass seed. The new grass shoots will crowd out weeds.
- AERATE to ensure healthy roots.
- TOP DRESS your lawn with 0.5 - 1 cm of finely sifted compost.
- MOW YOUR GRASS HIGH to ensure it remains strong and shades out weeds. Leave clippings on lawn to provide nutrients.
- MINIMIZE CHEMICALS that harm the beneficial insects your lawn needs to fight pests and diseases.
- LET THE RAIN TAKE CARE OF WATERING - overwatering causes grass to form weak, shallow roots. Let your grass 'go golden' in the summer, or only water 2.5 cm once per week.
- CHOOSE NATIVE PLANTS to ensure your yard and gardent thrive with local levels of rainfall, sunshine and soil nutrients. Visit our Gardening for Nature page for information about adding native plants to your garden.
- ATTRACT BENEFICIAL INSECTS that eat the bugs that chew up your plants. Research shows gardens with 10 or more species of plants attract the most pollinators, needed to grow fruits and vegetables. Find out how to attract pollinators here.
Backyard composting is a simple way to keep waste out of the landfill. Fresh grass clippings, dead leaves, and all your kitchen fruit and vegetable scraps are quickly turned into a great plant and garden fertilizer!
- For information on how to compost, click here.
Did you know you don't need pesticides to grow a healthy lawn or garden? In fact, a healthy natural lawn is more resistant to pests, drought and other conditions.
- Have a look at the Pest Management Regulatory Agency, an agency in Health Canada that regulates pesticides, healthy lawns page
Pesticides, including herbicides, insecticides and fungicides, may be harmful to people and our environment if used inappropriately.
For information on alternatives to pesticides, click here.
Ever heard of Grass & Leaf Cycling?
Rather than placing grass and leaves out for curbside collection or bringing them to the Green Depot, use them to condition your lawn and help conserve water. Leave a thin layer of mulched up grass clippings on your lawn after mowing; the decomposing matter returns nutrients to your yard. Piles of leaves left on tree bases and in the garden slow water evaporation and help control temperature change. Learn more about how leaf cycling can benefit nature here.
Any leftovers can always be composted in a backyard composter!