The 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 in the spring (April), which can help improve the natural environment.
Native plant is a term used to describe plants that occur naturally and have existed for many years in a given area.
Why grow native plants?
They are adapted to local climate and soil conditions and therefore require less water and maintenance.
They improve local biodiversity by providing habitat and food for birds, mammals and insects.
Healthy Yards Event at the National Public Works Week 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:
Pick up pre-ordered plant kits and rain barrels
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 905-771-8800.
Native Plant 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 email@example.com.
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.
For more information, please visit LEAF's website
or call (416) 413-9244.
Learn how to plant and care for a tree and/or shrub.How to Plant a Tree or Shrub [PDF]