The boulevard (the green space between the road and your property line or sidewalk) can be the perfect spot for a garden. Permits are no longer required to plant a boulevard garden.
Boulevard gardens beautify our roadsides and well-chosen, non-invasive plants that are designed to retain moisture can reduce water usage and therefore the need to use mowers and fertilizers. Introducing native and diverse plant species can also improve the health of our ecosystem. For these reasons, the town encourages residents to plant gardens on their boulevards, provided they do not obstruct the vision of drivers or prevent them from viewing traffic in all directions.
Boulevard gardens also need to be designed to prevent soil from washing into the street (and ultimately into rivers or lakes), and the plants chosen must be able to survive the harsh roadside conditions.
For gardening advice, consult volunteers or join a local gardening, horticultural or conservation organizations such as:
- Oakville Horticultural Society
- Bronte Horticultural Society
- Oakville Master Gardeners
- Halton Region Master Gardeners
Your local garden centre can also provide advice on how to design a hardy, contained and drought-resistant garden.
Planting a pollinator garden
Pollination is an essential process for plant life which helps ensure genetic diversity and resilience of plants and almost always requires the external influence of insects and other wild animals. Bees, butterflies and moths as well as flies, beetles, ants, wasps, hummingbirds and occasionally bats, are important pollinators. Pollinators are under threat and facing population decline due to climate change, loss of habitat, toxins, use of pesticides and disease. Here are some things you can do to help support pollinators in your garden:
- Plant a variety of native pollinator-friendly flowers that bloom and produce nectar from spring to fall to help sustain bees and other pollinators throughout their lifespan
- Choose a variety of shapes and colours of native flowering plants to attract a diverse variety of pollinators
- Plant flowers in large groups or clumps of at least five to attract pollinators
- Create nesting sites by leaving hollow plant stems and piles of leaves for insects, patches of bare ground for burrowing bees, or build bee boxes and insect hotels
- Avoid completely mowing large natural meadows which provide both food and nesting habitat for pollinators and instead mow paths for human use
- Choose environmentally friendly alternatives to herbicides and pesticides which kill native plants and the pollinators that feed on them
Pesticides and natural alternatives
You can have a full, attractive lawn and garden without the use of harmful pesticides. For information on provincial regulations on the use and sale of pesticides, view the following resources:
- Water Sustainability Plan
Connect with other gardeners
Looking for other residents who share your interest in gardening? Check out some of the local community groups and organizations in our directory.
Oakville is home to a diverse urban wildlife population. Learn more about the town's resident wild animals.
Taking care of your trees
Learn how to identify tree diseases, pests and invasive plants, how to protect and care for trees on your property.