Gardens and lawns

Tulips in a garden

Vibrant flowers and gardens throughout the city create beautiful, walkable streets, parks, and boulevards. Lawns are also found throughout the city and require care and maintenance. This close relationship with nature is part of what makes Vancouver one of the most liveable cities in the world.

Explore ways to manage your garden, lawns, and public garden spaces.

Garden topics

Pesticide-free lawns and gardens

Pesticides can only be used in gardens to control infestations and destroy health hazards, not to beautify. Choose the right products and get tips.

Compost soil

The Vancouver Landfill composting facility creates compost from yard trimmings for sale and donation. You may pick up compost from the landfill or arrange for delivery.

Garden composters

Buy an affordable backyard compost bin and get composting tips. Composting your food scraps and yard trimmings is a great way to reduce your household waste and create nutrient-rich fertilizer for your garden.

Apartment worm composters

Don't have a yard for a composter? Order a worm composting bin, perfect for producing fertilizer to use for your house plants.

Rain barrels

Rain barrels collect rainwater that you can use to water your lawn and garden. Find out how rain barrels can keep a useful resource from running down the storm drain.

Support bees and butterflies

Learn five ways you can support pollinators in your garden and get a list of plants that bees and butterflies will love.

Beekeeping

Urban beekeeping is an excellent way to improve pollination for plants in backyard, community, and public gardens, which leads to better vegetable production. Learn the rules for keeping bees in your yard.

Chafer beetles

Learn how to recognize and manage a European Chafer Beetle infestation on your lawn.

Hogweed

Learn how the City of Vancouver controls giant hogweed and find out how you can help manage these dangerous weeds.

Beautifying your boulevard and street

The City runs programs that allow residents to volunteer to tend to street gardens in traffic calming spaces, and provides guidelines for boulevard gardening.

Community gardens

Joining a community garden is an excellent way to enjoy locally grown food, connect with nature, meet your neighbours, and reduce your carbon footprint. Find a garden near you, or have a new garden created in your neighbourhood.

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