Spring & Summer Gardening Tips

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Safe gardening tips:

  • Observe basic rules for physical distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Keep our trips to a minimum when visiting garden centres.
  • Shop at less busy times or order online for delivery or pick-up to avoid the crowd.
  • Join online gardening training events such as the ones organized by the Calgary Horticultural Society!

The City of Calgary put up together a set of YardSmart principles. Follow these steps to achieve gardening success this summer:

Design your yard
Get good-quality soil
  • Use Top Soil Calculator to determine how much soil is needed. At least eight inches is recommended for a healthy garden.
  • Many stores (in-person/online) sell gardening soil. Compare the prices before making your decision.
  • Improve your soil by adding compost. Visit Compost.org to learn how.
  • Pick up complimentary compost from May 10 to June 26 from the Green Cart Compost Giveaway program run by the City.
Choose plants
Add mulch
  • Mulch is material (e.g. wood chips, stones, decaying leaves, bark, or compost) spread around or over a plant to enrich the soil or reduce evaporation from the soil.
  • Visit Plan Your YardSmart to find out how much mulch you need
Water your garden

Word of the Day:

Horticulture: the art of growing flowers and other ornamental plants