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Healthy Yards

Healthy Yards symbolThe Healthy Yards Program provides information to the public about creating healthy lawns and gardens using native plants, as well as alternatives to using chemical pesticides and fertilizers. The program also provides Richmond Hill residents with the opportunity to purchase subsidized native plants kits and rain barrels, which can help improve the natural environment. 

Create a Beautiful Garden at a Low Cost!
Pre-order native trees, shrubs (including blueberry, raspberry and blackberry plants), wildflowers and rain barrels from Tuesday, April 7 until Friday, May 8!

Plant list and recommended wildflower garden design coming soon!

To place your name on the waiting list to purchase a plant kit or rain barrel this spring, send your contact information including name, address and phone number to or call 905-771-8800.

Native plant kits and rain barrels purchased in 2015 will be available for pickup at the:

Healthy Yards Event at the Public Works Open House
Saturday, May 23
Richmond Hill Operations Centre
1200 Elgin Mills Road East
10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

All residents are welcome to attend the Healthy Yards Event where they can:
  • Receive FREE wood chips
  • Receive FREE expert advice on backyard naturalization and organic lawn care
  • WIN gardening prizes
  • Receive a FREE tree (while quantities last, one per household, with proof that you live in Richmond Hill)

    For more information about the Healthy Yards Program, please email or call 905-771-8800.

    Native Species Selection Guides
    Backyard naturalization helps to increase urban forest areas, improve environmental health, decrease landscape maintenance costs, decrease the spread of invasive species and is naturally resistant to pests. Please refer to the Town's Native Species Selection Guides for information on which native plants are suitable for your property and aesthetic taste.

    For more information or to receive a free information kit on backyard naturalization, contact
    Backyard Tree Planting Program
    The Backyard Tree Planting Program is a partnership involving the Town of Richmond Hill, York Region and LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests) which provides trees (ranging from 5 to 8 feet) to residents at a subsidized price. Costs range from $150 to $220 and includes a site consultation with a qualified arborist, one tree and full planting service. Shrubs, native garden kits, and edible garden kits are also available. Since 1996, LEAF has planted over 17,000 native trees and shrubs in residential backyards.

    LEAF brochure [PDF]

    For more information, please visit, call (416) 413-9244.

    Helpful Resources
    Learn how to plant and care for a tree and/or shrub.

    How to Plant a Tree or Shrub [PDF]

    External Links

    The Lake Simcoe South Master Gardeners are members of Master Gardeners of Ontario Inc., a registered non-profit organization. Master Gardeners are volunteers that are trained and certified in horticulture to provide sustainable gardening advice to the general public. 

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