Healthy Yards Program

The Healthy Yards Program provides watershed residents with the inspiration, information and tools required to create naturally beautiful lawns and gardens.

Greening Your Grounds – A Homeowners Guide to Storm Water Landscaping Projects

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We have created this 55-page step-by-step guide to help homeowners make the most of the rain water that falls on their property. It is distributed for free at our Greening Your Grounds workshops. If you would like a copy and cannot attend a workshop please email jjeffery@trca.on.ca. To find out about a workshop near you visit our Calendar of Events.

If your group or organization is interested in training to lead your own Greening Your Grounds workshop or purchasing 100-plus copies of the guide with your logo on the front cover, please contact jjeffery@trca.on.ca.

Creating Habitat

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We have created two new downloadable guides to help community groups create and maintain habitat for wildlife. The guide books are available for download above. To request hard copies, please contact jjeffery@trca.on.ca.

The guide books are also distributed for free at TRCA Healthy Yards workshops. To find out about a workshop near you visit our Calendar of Events. To inquire about organizing a workshop for your group, please contact jjeffery@trca.on.ca.

Demonstration Gardens

Get inspired to create your own healthy yard by visiting a demonstration garden in your community!

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Archetype Sustainable House Gardens
Kortright Centre for Conservation
9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario, L4L 1A6
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Markham Museum Demonstration Rain Garden
Markham Museum
9350 Markham Road, Markham, Ontario, L3P 3J3
Black Creek Pioneer Village Heritage Gardens
Black Creek Pioneer Village 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto, Ontario, M3J 2Z3
County Court SNAP Green Home Makeover Lake Wilcox SNAP front yard makeover Lake Wilcox SNAP front yard makeover
County Court SNAP: Green Home Makeover
71 Turtle Creek Blvd, Brampton, Ontario, L6W 3Y2
Lake Wilcox SNAP: Front Yard Makeover
20 Wheatsheaf Street, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4E 5B7
Lake Wilcox SNAP: Front Yard Makeover
95 Wheelwright Drive, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4E 5B2
Milliken Park rain garden solar panel at Kortright Centre for Conservation
Milliken Park Neighbourhood Rain Garden
Milliken District Park
5555 Steeles Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario M9L 1S7
The Living City Campus Tour
Kortright Centre for Conservation 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario, L4L 1A6
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Healthy Yards Resources

QUICK LINKS: Fact Sheets | Grow Me Instead | Recommended Reading | Natural Gardening Resources by Region

» FACT SHEETS

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Beneficial Insects Bird Gardens Butterfly Gardens

 

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Lawn Care Living Next Door to Nature Naturescaping

 

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Rain Gardens Rainwater Harvesting Invasive Plant Species

 

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Native Plants for Your Garden


» GROW ME INSTEAD

Invasive species are a 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 as a free download from the OIPC website.


» RECOMMENDED READING

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


» NATURAL GARDENING RESOURCES BY REGION

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 can put you in touch 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

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

Download the PDF version of the map

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


Adjala-Tosorontio

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City of Toronto

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City of Toronto

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Durham Region

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Mono

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Peel Region

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GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS AND POLICIES

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York Region

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GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS AND POLICIES

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