Create a healthy yard this spring

image promoting healthy neighboursheds workshopsConservation Halton is hosting their popular Healthy Neighboursheds workshop series this month in Burlington.

Getting Started! Learning to Go with the Flow – April 11

Find out how storm water is managed in your community and how it connects to you and your home. Learn the newest trends in residential landscaping and how you can use them to increase curb appeal, save money and improve the health of our local watershed.

Working with Nature: Selecting the “Right” Plants – April 18

Do you want a diverse garden with more birds and wildlife but less upkeep, watering and mowing? Naturalizing your yard by using native species, organic fertilizers or a backyard pond may be the perfect solution for you. You will leave this workshop with the inspiration and know-how to make your garden a low-maintenance oasis.

Rain Gardens and Low-Impact Landscaping – April 25

Discover how adding a rain barrel or rain garden can be a simple, inexpensive way to direct storm water away from your home towards your plants, garden or lawn. Manage storm water on your property using low-impact techniques that are sure to make your yard the envy of the neighbourhood.

  • Thursdays April 11, 18 and 25
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Tansley Woods Community Centre, Community Room 2, 1996 Itabashi Way

The cost of each workshop is $8 or $20 for all three.

Register online at conservationhalton.ca/healthyneighboursheds or call 905-336-1158, ext. 2324.

Take Action Burlington! Create healthy natural landscapes to encourage more pollinators and direct storm water away from our homes. Collectively, we can make a difference!


2 thoughts on “Create a healthy yard this spring

  1. This is a great initiative and i’m delighted to see that you chose the PERFECT image of our beleaguered Monarch butterflies to add punch to your message. This posting along with the recent CBC article; “Burlington woman wins fight to save the weed that’s home to endangered butterflies”.
    As I walked through the soon-to-be-beautiful Waterfront Park, I looked for milkweed plants in the ‘wild’ areas but couldn’t find any.
    Do you have plans to launch a planting campaign in the parks and hopefully encourage individuals to follow your example? I hope so.
    Best regards
    Beverley Briggs

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    1. The city does not have plans to launch a planting campaign in parks at this point. However, individuals are free to plant milkweed on their own property. If interested, residents can attend a Conservation Halton workshop at the Royal Botanical Gardens on May 4th called “Designing your native landscape.” (https://www.conservationhalton.ca/event-details?eventID=287). Additional resources are also available at https://www.conservationhalton.ca/uploads/conservation_halton_seed_mixes_-_may_2018.pdf and https://www.conservationhalton.ca/uploads/native_species_list_aug2018.pdf.

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