7 Ways to Attract Cardinals to Your BackyardThey’re not going to show up without a little wooing. We’ll show you how to entice them to your garden.
Backyard CampingBefore you trek your five year old through the woods to set up camp, you might want to do a practice run in your backyard.
Building a Toad Shelter
A quick and easy outdoor project, adding a toad home to your backyard is a great way to provide a cool spot for these shade-loving creatures. Not only will the toad thank you for the chill out spot, your garden will thank you too — 90 percent of a toad’s diet consists of garden pests!
Cold FramesFor Canadian gardeners living in the cooler regions of the country, cold frames are an easy and inexpensive way to extend the growing season. By retaining heat and protecting plants from wind, you can use it in many different ways.
Create Shelter for the Smallest Creatures in Your BackyardWith so many insects disappearing, we need to do all we can to help them out! Insect hotels are a great way to provide shelter for all sorts of important insects through the year. Whether you want to help bees or butterflies, moths or ladybugs, an insect hotel will offer them a safe home where they can stay warm during the winter and keep dry year round.
DIY Vegetable TrellisIf you have limited space to grow food, consider growing vertically. Several vegetables can thrive as they grow vertically rather than sprawling across the ground. In addition to the commonly trellised tomatoes and pole beans, consider applying a similar approach with cucumbers, small squash and melon varieties.
Eight Plants that are Perfect for ButterfliesAre you ready to get outside in your garden? Keep these eight plants in mind if you’d like to attract butterflies over the warmer months.
Feed the Birds This WinterYou’ve been waiting patiently for birds to come flocking to your feeder and the only visitor you’re getting is a very pesky squirrel. Where are the cardinals? The juncos? Before you give up on feeding the birds altogether, you’ll be happy to know we’ve got a few quick fixes that’ll help you make your backyard a bird’s winter paradise.
Five Reasons to Walk in the Great Outdoors
Get outside with your friends or family and explore nature as it comes back into bloom.
Grow Seedlings of Hope
We take trees for granted. Without them, life on our planet would end. These arboreal beauties supply oxygen, conserve water and fertilize soil. Trees also provide habitat for everything from millipedes to grizzly bears. One of the most wonderful things you can do for wildlife is to plant a diversity of native trees. You can buy seedlings or saplings from nurseries or, better still, start your very own from seeds.
Hiking for NewbiesNever hiked before? Here’s what you need to know before you hit the trails.
How bad is road salt and are there alternatives out there?Environment Canada states that approximately five million tonnes of salt is used on our roads every year. Cities like Toronto and Montreal use well over 130,000 tonnes of salt annually. You can only imagine that so much of the stuff is not good.
How to Attract Nocturnal Animals to your BackyardWant to make your garden work overtime? Put some beneficial critters to work while you snooze the night away. Bats, toads and night-flying moths are incredible allies to have on your side if you want your backyard to look its very best.
How to Grow a Low Maintenance Garden this Summer10 Native Plants that Takes the Guess Work Out of Gardening
How to Make the Perfect Pollinator GardenCanada’s pollinators are mostly insects, with some pollination thanks to hummingbirds. Together these important animals provide us with so much of the food we need and love like tomatoes, carrots, blueberries and chocolate
Ice Ice Baby!
Ever wonder how icicles are formed? When the ice or snow sitting on your roof gets warmed up by the sun, it starts to melt and trickle down from the eaves of your house. If it runs off into an area where the environment is below zero, it starts to refreeze. Drip after drop, the water solidifies and becomes an icicle, growing longer with every drop.
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like ChristmasForget the halls. Deck your yard to the nines this holiday with nature-inspired decorations!
It’s easy to plant with birds in mind!Planting a garden designed for aesthetic appeal is a great way to enhance and beautify your natural surroundings. Planting with purpose and making that same garden a welcoming habitat for birds and other wildlife is an even better idea. Thankfully, with help from the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF), you won’t have to “wing it” when it comes to designing and planting a garden with birds in mind.
Know Your Allies This Gardening SeasonThere are many insects in Canada, especially in the warm summer months and they might not always get the warmest of welcomes. Before you go and make a solution of eco-friendly pesticide solution to take care of them, we’re here to tell you that not all insects in your garden are bad. Many are actually quite helpful! Is that a sigh of relief we hear?
Know Your Snow
We happily catch it on our tongues and begrudgingly shovel it from our sidewalks, but how much do you really know about snow?
Make a Butterfly GardenWatching Butterflies flitting about and landing on flowers is rewarding for children and adults alike.
Restore a Ribbon of Life
Help promote biodiversity along Canada’s shorelines by providing a buffer zone of lush greenery for our aquatic friends.
Searching for Signs of Spring
Spring. Leading groundhog authorities and the calendar tell us it’s just a few weeks away, but depending on where you are in Canada, looking outside your window might bring on more of a spring chill than spring fever. As unpredictable as Mother Nature can be at this time of year, we do know that she won’t let us down. With the promise of warmer weather, singing birds and blooming flowers just a short wait away, make sure you keep your eyes open for these sure signs that spring has sprung.
Setting up a Rain BarrelA simple and effective way to meet your garden’s watering needs is to install a rain barrel in your yard. You'd be amazed at the amount of free water that falls from the sky and rolls off your roof every year, to save for a…non-rainy day! Here are some tips for installing and using your rain barrel.
Shoreline CleanupFrom plastic straws to coffee lids, everything we throw away ends up somewhere. If it doesn’t make it to a landfill, it will find its way to waterways like rivers, lakes and oceans. It really doesn’t belong there – animals can mistake that junk for food and they can get tangled up in it too. Spend some time this June making a body of water near you a cleaner environment for the animals that live there with your own shoreline cleanup.
Simple Tips to Care for a Live Christmas TreeLive Christmas trees... Indoors. It’s a trend on the rise! With proper planning and care, you can have both a festive, healthy live Christmas tree indoors. Plus, it’ll make for a beautiful tree to plant in the spring!
Spring Cleaning the Great Outdoors!
Everyone likes a little help with spring cleaning, and Mother Nature is no exception. So grab some gloves and a (biodegradable) garbage bag and head outside!
The Twinkle of Mother Nature’s Sky
Discover nature’s night lights with some summer star-gazing.
Tracking Down Winter Wildlife
The morning after a snowstorm is the best time to find your inner sleuth and go tracking in the backyard. Many animals are nocturnal and conduct their business under the protection of dense cover. But thanks to freshly fallen snow, we can garner clues as to how they live.
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You Won’t Be-leaf It ‘Till You See It!
As the days become cooler and shorter, it is time to go outside and see what we don’t really see every day: the colours of our changing landscape. The multitude of shades comes to us via tree leaves, shrubs and grasses changing colours. Why not try and preserve them?