Healthy Yards Resources

Your Link to Natural Gardening Resources in Your Neighbourhood

Want a rain barrel or composter? Looking for an organic lawn care service provider? Wondering what native plants will grow in your clay soil? The Healthy Yards Connection connects you with government agencies and organizations offering healthy yards products, services and information in your neighbourhood as well as municipal bylaws and restrictions regarding pesticide use, lawn watering and other related topics.

Jurisdiction and Participating Municipalities

Adjala-Tosorontio | City of Toronto | Durham Region | Mono | Peel Region | York Region

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Healthy Yards Resources

Grow Me Instead:

Invasive species are a significant threat to biodiversity. Horticulture is one of many pathways for the introduction and spread of invasive plants. With this in mind, the Ontario Invasive Plant Council (OIPC) and partners created a guide to help gardeners and landscapers choose beautiful, non-invasive plants. The Grow Me Instead guide identifies common garden plants that may invade natural areas, thereby reducing native biodiversity and changing environmental conditions. It also provides a list of non-invasive alternatives for each of these plants.

This resource is available for free download as a PDF from the OIPC website.

Recommended Books:

Attracting Native Pollinators: The Xerces Society Guide to Conserving North American Bees and Butterflies
The Xerces Society, Storey Publishing, 2011

Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants
Douglas W. Tallamy, Timber Press, 2009

Building a Healthy Lawn: A Safe and Natural Approach
Stuart Franklin, Jeff Silva & Deborah Burns, Storey Books, 1988

Dead Daisies Make Me Crazy
Loren Nancarrow and Janet Hogan Taylor, Ten Speed Press, 2000

Down-To-Earth Natural Lawn Care
Dick Raymond & Ben Watson (Editors), Storey Books, 1993

Grow Wild! Native Plant Gardening in Canada and Northern United States
Lorraine Johnson, Random House of Canada, 1998

How to Get Your Lawn and Garden off Drugs
Carole Rubin & Robert Bateman, Harbour Publishing, 2003

How to Get Your Lawn off Grass: a North American Guide to Turning off the Tap and Going Native
Carole Rubin, Harbour Publishing, 2002

Insect, Disease and Weed ID Guide
Jill Jesiolowski Cebenko and Deborah L. Martin (Editors). Rodale Inc., 2001

Natural Pest Control: Alternatives to Chemicals for the Home and Garden
Andrew Lopez, Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 1998

Noah’s Garden: Restoring the Ecology of Our Own Backyards
Sara B. Stein, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1995

Pesticide Free… A Guide to Natural Lawn and Garden Care
Toronto Public Health, 2004

100 Easy-to Grow Native Plants for Canadian Gardens
Lorraine Johnson, Whitecap Books, 2005

Rodale’s All-New Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening
Fern Marshall Bradley and Barbara W. Ellis (Editors), Rodale Press, 1993

Safe & Easy Lawn Care: The Complete Guide to Organic, Low-Maintenance Lawns
Barbara Ellis (Editor), Houghton Mifflin, 1997

Stokes Bird Gardening Book
Donald Stokes & Lillian Stokes, Little, Brown and Company, 1998

The NEW Ontario Naturalized Garden
Lorraine Johnson, Whitecap Books, 2001

The Organic Gardener’s Handbook of Natural Pest & Disease Control
Barbara W. Ellis, Fern M. Bradley & Deborah L. Martin, Rodale Press, 2010

The Organic Lawncare Manual: A Natural, Low-Maintenance System for a Beautiful, Safe Lawn
Paul Tukey, Storey Publishing, 2007

For information on additional healthy yards programs and policies available outside TRCA’s jurisdiction, please contact the appropriate conservation authority:

For those living west of the area covered on this map:
Credit Valley Conservation Authority

For those living north of the area covered on this map:
Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority

For those living east of the area covered on this map:
Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority


 

Adjala-Tosorontio

Browse the natural gardening resources in Adjala-Tosorontio

Check the list of agencies and organizations offering healthy yards products, services and information, as well as a list of related bylaws and restrictions issued by your local and regional governments.

Government Programs and Policies

Provincial Cosmetic Pesticide Ban
Health Canada Healthy Lawns
Beneficial Insects: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Organizations

Toronto and Region Conservation
Private Land Tree Planting Program
Toronto Botanical Garden
Canadian Wildlife Federation — Wild About Gardening
Composting Council of Canada
Evergreen – Home Grounds
Home Greening
Native Plant Database
Green Communities Association — Pesticide Free Naturally
North American Native Plant Society
Organic Landscape Alliance
Riversides Stewardship Alliance
Rain Gardens – Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Native Plant Sources

Grow Wild! Native Plant Nursery
Wildflower Farm Inc.
Native Plants in Claremont
Plant Paradise Country Garden
Native Plant Nurseries
Evergreen Brickworks Garden Market

Companies

Grassroots Environmental Products
Landcare
Natural Insect Control (NIC)
Environmental Factor


 

City of Toronto

Browse the natural gardening resources in City of Toronto

City of Toronto Map

Check the list of agencies and organizations offering healthy yards products, services and information, as well as a list of related bylaws and restrictions issued by your local and regional governments.

Government Programs and Policies

Provincial Cosmetic Pesticide Ban
Health Canada Healthy Lawns
Beneficial Insects: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
City of Toronto
•  Water-Efficient Landscaping
•  Downspout Disconnection
•  Mulch
•  Private Tree Bylaw

Organizations

Toronto and Region Conservation
Don-Highland watershed community stewardship
Toronto Botanical Garden
Canadian Wildlife Federation — Wild About Gardening
Composting Council of Canada
Evergreen – Home Grounds
Home Greening
Native Plant Database
Green Communities Association — Pesticide Free Naturally
North American Native Plant Society
Organic Landscape Alliance
Riversides Stewardship Alliance
Riversides Rain Barrels
LEAF — Backyard Tree Planting Program & Native Garden Kits
Friends of the Don East
Toronto Green Community
Rain Gardens – Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Live Green Toronto – Gardens & Lawns
Toronto Balconies Bloom

Native Plant Sources

Grow Wild! Native Plant Nursery
Wildflower Farm Inc.
Native Plants in Claremont
Plant Paradise Country Garden
Native Plant Nurseries
Evergreen Brickworks Garden Market

Companies

Environmental Factor
Grassroots Environmental Products
Landcare
Natural Insect Control (NIC)


 

Durham Region

Browse the natural gardening resources in Durham Region

Durham Region Map

Check the list of agencies and organizations offering healthy yards products, services and information, as well as a list of related bylaws and restrictions issued by your local and regional governments.

Government Programs and Policies

Provincial Cosmetic Pesticide Ban
Health Canada Healthy Lawns
Beneficial Insects: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Durham Region – Yard Waste Composting
Durham Region – Backyard Composting
Durham Region – Water Efficient Gardening
Durham Region – Outdoor Water Conservation
Sustainable Pickering – Green Care for Lawns and Gardens

Organizations

Toronto and Region Conservation
Environmental Stewardship Pickering
Private Land Tree Planting Program
Toronto Botanical Garden
Canadian Wildlife Federation — Wild About Gardening
Composting Council of Canada
Evergreen – Home Grounds
Home Greening
Native Plant Database
Green Communities Association — Pesticide Free Naturally
North American Native Plant Society
Organic Landscape Alliance
Riversides Stewardship Alliance
Rain Gardens – Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Native Plant Sources

Grow Wild! Native Plant Nursery
Wildflower Farm Inc.
Native Plants in Claremont
Plant Paradise Country Garden
Native Plant Nurseries
Evergreen Brickworks Garden Market

Companies

Environmental Factor
Grassroots Environmental Products
Landcare
Natural Insect Control (NIC)


 

Mono

Browse the natural gardening resources in Mono

Check the list of agencies and organizations offering healthy yards products, services and information, as well as a list of related bylaws and restrictions issued by your local and regional governments.

Government Programs and Policies

Provincial Cosmetic Pesticide Ban
Health Canada Healthy Lawns
Beneficial Insects: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Dufferin – Backyard Composting

Organizations

Toronto and Region Conservation
Private Land Tree Planting Program
Toronto Botanical Garden
Canadian Wildlife Federation — Wild About Gardening
Composting Council of Canada
Evergreen – Home Grounds
Home Greening
Native Plant Database
Green Communities Association — Pesticide Free Naturally
North American Native Plant Society
Organic Landscape Alliance
Riversides Stewardship Alliance
Rain Gardens ? Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Native Plant Sources

Grow Wild! Native Plant Nursery
Wildflower Farm Inc.
Native Plants in Claremont
Plant Paradise Country Garden
Native Plant Nurseries
Evergreen Brickworks Garden Market

Companies

Environmental Factor
Grassroots Environmental Products
Landcare
Natural Insect Control (NIC)


 

Peel Region

Browse the natural gardening resources in Peel Region

Region of Peel Map

Check the list of agencies and organizations offering healthy yards products, services and information, as well as a list of related bylaws and restrictions issued by your local and regional governments.

Government Programs and Policies

Provincial Cosmetic Pesticide Ban
Health Canada Healthy Lawns
Beneficial Insects: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Water Smart Peel
Region of Peel – Fusion Landscaping
Region of Peel – Rain Barrels
Region of Peel Composting
Region of Peel Grasscycling
City of Mississauga Encroachment Bylaw
City of Mississauga Naturalization
City of Brampton Tree – Preservation By-law

Organizations

Toronto and Region Conservation
Etobicoke-Mimico Watershed Stewardship
Humber Watershed Stewardship
Private Land Tree Planting Program
Toronto Botanical Garden
Canadian Wildlife Federation — Wild About Gardening
Composting Council of Canada
Evergreen – Home Grounds
Home Greening
Native Plant Database
Green Communities Association — Pesticide Free Naturally
North American Native Plant Society
Organic Landscape Alliance
Riversides Stewardship Alliance
Healthy Lawns – Healthy People
ecoCaledon Rain Barrels
Rain Gardens ? Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Native Plant Sources

Grow Wild! Native Plant Nursery
Wildflower Farm Inc.
Native Plants in Claremont
Plant Paradise Country Garden
Native Plant Nurseries
Evergreen Brickworks Garden Market

Companies

Environmental Factor
Grassroots Environmental Products
Landcare
Natural Insect Control (NIC)


 

York Region

Browse the natural gardening resources in York Region

York Region Map

Check the list of agencies and organizations offering healthy yards products, services and information, as well as a list of related bylaws and restrictions issued by your local and regional governments.

Government Programs and Policies

Provincial Cosmetic Pesticide Ban
Health Canada Healthy Lawns
Beneficial Insects: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
York Region Water for Tomorrow Program
Water-Efficient Landscape Visit
Rain Barrels
York Region Backyard Composting
Town of Richmond Hill Healthy Yards Program
Town of Richmond Hill Composting
Town of Markham – Trees for Tomorrow Planting Program
Pesticide Free Vaughan
City of Vaughan – Curb Appeal Nomination Program

Organizations

Toronto and Region Conservation
Don-Highland Watershed Stewardship
Private Land Tree Planting Program
Toronto Botanical Garden
Canadian Wildlife Federation — Wild About Gardening
Composting Council of Canada
Evergreen – Home Grounds
Home Greening
Native Plant Database
Green Communities Association — Pesticide Free Naturally
North American Native Plant Society
Organic Landscape Alliance
Riversides Stewardship Alliance
LEAF — Backyard Tree Planting Program & Native Garden Kits
Rain Gardens ? Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Native Plant Sources

Grow Wild! Native Plant Nursery
Wildflower Farm Inc.
Native Plants in Claremont
Plant Paradise Country Garden
Native Plant Nurseries
Evergreen Brickworks Garden Market

Companies

Grassroots Environmental Products
Landcare
Natural Insect Control (NIC)