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Be YardSmart

Enjoy a beautiful, productive yard that's easy to maintain and suited to Calgary's unique climate. A YardSmart yard can transform your lawn, plants and garden into an inviting landscape that will be an inspiration to your neighbours.

In the face of the pressures brought on by a changing climate and a growing city, a water efficient YardSmart yard helps keep our rivers – and our community – healthy and resilient.

Plus, less watering, less weeding and less fertilizing means you have more time to enjoy your yard and more savings on your water bill.

Safe yard work and gardening

When gardening outside, here are a few basic rules for physical distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • Visit garden centres by yourself, and keep your trips to an absolute minimum.
  • Shop at less busy times or better yet, call or order online for delivery or curbside pick-up.
  • Stay connected through technology. Many local gardening experts and businesses have online training events, garden tours, and more.
  • Learn more tips on how to garden safely this summer
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Steps to success

Following basic YardSmart principles will set you up for gardening success in Calgary.




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Planning your yard,


Design your yard

Design your yard

Have good soil

Have good soil

  • Add a base of at least eight inches of good-quality soil for a healthy garden or lawn.
  • Visit Top Soil Calculator to determine how much soil you need for a project.
  • Visit on how to apply compost and improve soil quality.
Adding mulch to your garden

Adding mulch to your garden

Water Wisely

Water Wisely