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Take Action for Lawns & Gardens

Register your Garden in Pickering Blooms
Pickering Blooms is a program designed to showcase Pickering's vibrant community! Take part in the front garden competition or one of the other programs available.

Replace your old lawn mower
The Mow Down Pollution program encourages people to replace their old two and four-stroke gas-powered lawn and garden equipment with cleaner alternatives. This national event runs at The Home Depot locations across Canada.

Deter Canada Geese from Your Property
Until recent years, the sight of a flock of Canada Geese carving a V in the spring sky was a welcome one for everyone. But geese that breed in southern Ontario have become unwelcome residents of some lakeside properties. Find out what you can do to help deter geese from your property.

Know Your Plants green lawn front
Invasive species are a significant threat to biodiversity. Gardening is one way that invasive plants are spread. The Grow Me Instead guide was created to help gardeners choose beautiful, non-invasive plants that won't invade natural areas.

Grow a Healthy Yard
Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) coordinates a Healthy Yards Program to give residents the inspiration, information and tools required to create naturally beautiful lawns and gardens. Visit their website for information on upcoming workshops or find links to their many fact sheets below.

Protect your plants from wildlife
Most of us find out the hard way that hungry deer and rabbits will eat almost any vegetation within their reach. This TRCA fact sheet will help you make your garden a little less inviting.

Be a Good Neighbour with Nature
To live near a natural area is a privilege and a joy, but with this privilege comes responsibility. This TRCA fact sheet explains the activities that you can do, and should not do, to protect the land's ecological integrity.

Use Insects to your Advantage
Only a few of the world's 750,000 known insects are worthy of the label "pest". Most are harmless, and some are benefi­cial. This TRCA fact sheet describes the insects that provide benefits to your lawn and garden.

Create a Bird Garden
Gardening and bird-watching are popular past-times in Canada. Gardening for birds is the perfect way to blend these activities and contribute to a healthy environment. This TRCA fact sheet will help you create a garden that provides birds with the essentials of life, and your family with backyard bird-watching fun.

Make Your Garden Butterfly Friendly
Gardens with many different native plants provide a safe home for butterflies to lay eggs and develop. This TRCA factsheet has tips to make your garden butterfly-friendly.

Practice Organic Lawn Care
The lawn is the most prominent landscape in residential areas across Canada. Many homeowners spend hundreds of dollars a year on lawn related products and services. This TRCA factsheet provides the steps to create a beautiful, healthy lawn that is safe for all living things and good for your wallet too.

Landscape for Energy Conservation
By planting trees, shrubs and vines in your garden, you can change the temperature in and around your house. This TRCA factsheet describes the right locations to plant on your property. These actions can reduce heating bills by as much as 25% and cooling bills by 50% or more.