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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 offers Richmond Hill residents with an opportunity to purchase rain barrels and subsidized native plants kits for their gardens, which can help improve the natural environment. 


Native Tree, Shrub & Wildflower Kits

Full descriptions and images of the kits, as well as the application form can be found at the links below. Pre-order your kit by filling out and submitting an application form by Friday, May 2 or while quantities last.

2014 Native Tree, Shrub & Wildflower Kits [PDF]

Native Tree, Shrub & Wildflower Kit Application Form [PDF]*

*How to fill out and submit the application form: Click on the link above, fill out the form and 'Save As' to your computer. Then create an email to, attach the form and send.

Prices (*All Prices include HST):
Small Kit (2 trees/shrubs) - $9.04
Large Kit (5 trees/shrubs) - $22.60
Sun Kit (Tray of 18 Sun-tolerant wildflowers) – $20.34
Shade Kit (Tray of 18 Shade-tolerant wildflowers) – $20.34

Payment options and important information about the Healthy Yards Program can be found in the application form. Native Plant Kits are available to Richmond Hill residents only, and are limited to one Large or Small Kit and/or one Wildflower Kit per household (while quantities last).

Rain Barrels
Rain Barrels can be purchased online at the link below until Friday, May 2 or while quantities last (limit of 4 rain barrels per household).

Rain Barrel Specifications [PDF]

Rain Barrel Online Orders

Pre-ordered Native Plant Kits and rain barrels will be available for pickup at the:

Healthy Yards Event at the Public Works Open House
Saturday, May 24
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 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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