Green Gardening

For detailed information on how to care for your lawn and garden in compliance with provincial regulations on the use and sale of pesticides, view the following resources:

To receive hard copies of these publications please email environment@oakville.ca.

Green gardening on town property

The town has been working since 2002 to keep public lands free from chemical pesticides by:

  • Using different cutting regimes to increase the vigour of turf and reduce weed invasion
  • Using integrated pest management techniques
  • Naturalizing appropriate areas
  • Installing irrigation systems
  • Using horticultural vinegar to control insects

To see a green garden in action, visit the Anderson Bridge Parkette demonstration site which features educational signage and a design that includes water efficient, biodiverse, pollinator friendly and native species. Located at the corner of Rebecca and Forsythe streets, this garden is a partnership between the town, the Oakville Horticultural Society and Halton Region. Read more about this innovative and beautiful garden on our biodiversity page.

For more information view the Parks, Trails and Gardens and Trees and Woodlands pages.

Green gardening resources

About reducing harmful pesticides:

Ten Steps to be Naturally Green Poster

About water efficiency:

Create a Water Efficient Garden 
Outdoor Water Use Program
Plant Selection and Design   
Rain Barrel Information 

About native plants and invasive species:

Invasive Species list – Conservation Halton
Ontario Invasive Plant Council

Information on the town's former pesticide motion and by-law