Spring is the time to start new landscaping projects such as adding your child’s favourite colour of flower to your garden, choosing a shade tree or finding a shrub that will bloom near your birthday. In April, you can plant trees and shrubs and starting mid-late May you can begin to add perennials (plants that return every year such as flowers and tall grasses). Locally native plants evolved here and many can add colour and curb appeal to your yard.
Group several flowering shrubs together such as serviceberry, dogwoods and viburnums to create longer-lasting blooms than planting a single species, while providing excellent habitat for birds. Attract butterflies and other pollinators by planting a group of flowers rather than just one. A minimum of five plants of each species is best. Spring bloomers such as Prairie Smoke, Wild Columbine and Wild Geranium can be followed with summer and fall flowering plants for continuous nectar and pollen. If you are looking to add a shade tree, Red Oak does well in most urban spaces and provides some of the best quality habitat for birds.
Learn more about gardening at CVC’s urban gardening workshops in May. Discover how to select and design with beautiful native plants that are right for your yard, as well as how to care for everything you planted, and even a few things you didn’t.
Naturescaping in Your Green Yard
- May 3 – Lorne Park Hall
- May 9 – Riverwood Conservancy
- May 17 – South Fletcher’s Community Centre
Caring for Your Green Yard
- May 13 – The Riverwood Conservancy
Registration is required for the workshops. Register at www.creditvalleyvca.ca/events.
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