The weather is getting warmer with each passing day. Spring is finally here!

Spring rain and warming temperatures make it an ideal time to spend time outdoors on your property and in the garden.

Before getting started, there are a few things to consider when selecting plants for your property.

First and foremost, consider planting trees and shrubs. They capture carbon, hold soil in place with their roots and attract birds, pollinators and other wildlife. They are also used to create wind breaks, sound barriers and living snow fences.

Secondly, consider planting native trees, shrubs, flowers and grasses. They have many advantages over non-native ornamental plants.


Grey Dogwood in bloom

Native plants support local wildlife. They provide food and shelter. Wildlife such as birds, insects, squirrels and deer are adapted to the timing and abundance of flowers, berries and nuts provided by native plants.

Native plants are also adapted to local growing seasons and weather patterns. Simply put, a plant that has been growing in an area for many years is better suited to local conditions than one that has not.

Some plants need specific soil, moisture and the light conditions to thrive. Check out our many resources to help you pick plants suitable for your property.  We’re here to help guide you with your selection and make recommendations. Connect with us if you have questions.

Another great benefit of having native trees and shrubs on your property is less upkeep once they become established. Over time, native plants require less work – less watering and pruning to keep them looking tip top.


Variety of native plants available through CVC’s direct sale program

Did you know that CVC offers a Direct Sale Program? You can purchase tree seedlings, potted trees and shrubs, native grasses and wildflowers directly from us to plant yourself. We also offer habitat structures.

Place your order by May 18.

Plants will be ready for pick-up May 23 at CVC’s Warwick Conservation Centre in Caledon. Please note after submitting your order form, we will confirm your order, payment process and no-contact, curbside pick-up details.

Have questions? Contact us for more information on CVC’s Direct Sale Programs for Trees and Shrubs and Wildflowers and Grasses.

By: CVC’s Jessica Malone, Technician Naturalization

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