Lawns and Gardens

To take advantage of your yard as an effective greenspace, it’s a good idea to take some time and prepare a strategy before committing to anything long-term. Use the Grow Green Guide to decide which plants you want to grow and where. The guide takes important information like shading prevalence, space availability, and personal preferences into account to provide a recommended plan tailored to your needs.

  1. Planting
  2. Watering
  3. Stormwater Management
  4. Pollinators

Planting

For those who choose to grow a lawn in their front or back yard, remember that conventional lawns are very demanding of water, energy, and time; all for a largely aesthetic purpose. Consider planting a low maintenance lawn instead. They provide the open greenspace needed for recreational activities without the high costs.

If you decide that growing plants is a better use of your yard space, then Great Plant Picks is a good resource to help you decide what you should be planting. Remember that invasive plant species are very damaging to the Lower Mainland’s natural ecosystems, and though they may seem contained on your property, they are often able to escape and proliferate under natural conditions. Because invasive species present such a significant risk to the natural and built environments of Maple Ridge, we encourage you to plant species native to the Lower Mainland, in order to prevent an outbreak.

Native plants are an essential part of our natural ecosystems. They convert solar energy into food, retain water, and provide shelter to small animals. Native plant populations are maintained by climatic, insect, and animal controls, so they rarely grow to the point where they damage the ecosystem’s health. To learn more about growing native species that support and promote environmental health, check out the Native Plant Society of BC website or the Plantwise 'Grow Me Instead' guide from the Invasive Species Council of British Columbia.