Healthy Landscape visits

Healthy Landscapes visits - You contact us, we visit, you make changes, enjoy your oasis.Sign up for your free, 45-minute Healthy Landscape visit (visits available May through September)

Are you looking for ways to have a beautiful landscape without spending hours of time, water and money? A Healthy Landscape visit can help you find ways to reduce the demands of your landscape, without sacrificing beauty. Be the envy of your neighbours!

Why is this program important?

This program is about trees and plants that need little water.

Guelph’s drinking water comes from under the ground. When you use less water, the City uses less energy to deliver water to our community and process it after it goes down the drain.

Using less water also means:

  • we can delay having to find and bring on new water sources which has costs related to building new wells, treatment facilities and underground pipes;
  • we have the water we need during climate change events like extreme hot weather and drought; and
  • we can make sure there’s enough water for our community now, and as it grows.

Take your water-saving plans inside the home – check out these water rebate programs to save even more water.

How-to tips include

  • Fun, easy ideas to help you incorporate the latest gardening trends
  • Creating a low-maintenance beautiful garden
  • Learn what plants will work best with your garden’s conditions
  • Learn about dazzling plant combinations that are easy to grow and maintain
  • Watering your lawn and garden for best results
  • Identifying pest problems and how to deal with them
  • Conserving energy by planting a tree in the right location

Healthy Landscape visit advisors can also share with you how to attract pollinators to your garden, how to build a rain garden, and the best way to start a new garden or mulching practices. Once the visit is complete, you’ll be provided with a free report that outlines recommendations on how to create a beautiful, low-maintenance lawn and garden.

What others are saying about Healthy Landscapes assessments

“We just bought our house this past April, and have done a ton of work. I’ve learned so much since then about gardening and lawn and trees, but exciting to keep learning more next season. Healthy Landscapes was a great resource to get me started!”

“Valuable resource for Guelph urban gardeners. Would happily participate again.”

“Very informative. Gained valuable tips from participating in it. Great program. Look forward to this next year.”

Frequently asked questions

What is the Landscape Visit Program?

The Landscape Visit Program is a program designed to provide information on outdoor water efficiency, preventative landscape maintenance practices, and natural pest control alternatives to Guelph residents and area business. Through this program, a City Landscape Advisor will visit your property to provide site-specific suggestions and supporting materials regarding landscape design, maintenance, natural and drought-tolerant planting alternatives, and natural pest control alternatives.

Who is eligible to take part in the program?

Any resident or business in the city of Guelph is welcome to take part in the program.

What is the cost of the program?

The Landscape Visit Program is a complimentary service with visits being free of charge to all participants.

What is the goal of the Landscape Visit Program?

The goal of the program is to provide area residents and businesses with first-hand education and information about water-efficient landscaping practices, natural pest control alternatives, and preventative maintenance practices that could be employed to limit outdoor water use requirements and proactively manage common outdoor turf based pests.

What do I need to do in preparation?

There is no preparation required for the visit. For the most part, the visit will be a simple assessment of the current conditions and future aspirations of your outdoor landscape. However, should you have a specific interest or purpose for your landscape visit, please mention this to City program staff when booking your visit to allow for preparation prior to your visit as required.

Collection of personal information

Personal information is being collected and will be used for the purpose of booking a Healthy Landscapes Visit.

Personal information, as defined by Section 2 of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA), is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001, and in accordance with the provisions of MFIPPA.

If you have questions about the Healthy Landscapes program contact us at [email protected].

If you have questions about the collection, use or disclosure of this personal information please contact the City’s Information and Access Coordinator at 519-822-1260 extension 2349 or email [email protected].