Spring is around the corner and it’s time to start planning your garden. Gardening is important because it helps protect and restore the natural environment, while making our homes and communities look amazing. We’re here to help with the tips, tricks and resources you’ll need to create outstanding gardens that are good for the environment.

Adding native trees, shrubs and wildflowers to your property can add fresh colour and texture, as well as attract welcome wildlife such as birds, butterflies and bees. For example, planting milkweed can attract beautiful migrating monarch butterflies.

Monarch butterflies love milkweed [Credit: Rick&Brenda Beerhorst]
Monarch butterflies love milkweed [Credit: Rick&Brenda Beerhorst]

We’ve developed a series of how-to booklets to help you with your gardening. These booklets are perfect for all gardeners, whether you’re a beginner, new to native plants, or if you’re an expert looking for a distinct splash of colour to add to your garden.

The booklets guide you through each step of creating a native plant garden. You’ll learn about the type of soil you have and how to determine the best location to plant:

Do you want to know which plants are native in the Credit River watershed and which will grow well in your garden? Use our lists to help pick out the perfect plants for your property’s conditions:

Do you enjoy watching birds that pass through during spring? Or have you thought about helping out a pair of cardinals who seem to nest in your yard every year? Take a look at our native plant lists for birds to learn about what trees and shrubs will attract and support birds in your neighbourhood:

All booklets are available free online at creditvalleyca.ca/landscaping. Visit the CVC Store to purchase hard copies of the booklets.

Learn more about gardening by attending the Caring for Your Green Yard workshop on May 7 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at The Riverwood Conservancy in Mississauga. Register today.

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