Tips and advice for sustainable landscaping
How to treat already wooded areas
- Identify areas where you need landscaping (terrace, pool, vegetable garden) versus the areas where you can appreciate the natural appearance of the land.
- Do not disturb the areas you are keeping natural, or do so as little as possible—it’s environmentally friendly, easy, economical and beautiful.
- Give back to the soil what it provides and leave the existing ground cover, foliage and pine needles in the areas you want to preserve. You can also add your choice of plants to create your preferred setting, taking care to choose plants suited to your environment rather than creating a new environment for plants.
Areas left in their natural state will protect the health of your trees if you refrain from automatically putting banks and lawn underneath the span of the tree crown.
How to treat non-wooded areas and sections designated for landscaping
The Town is particularly concerned to preserve our wooded environment and maintain its health. Planting trees is the first thing you should do when starting a landscaping project.
- Make a sketch incorporating your needs and ideas, such as areas for circulation, games, relaxation, pool, etc.
- Choose native species resistant to our climate.
- Consider varying the species to promote biodiversity.
What to do after the trees are planted
Underneath the span of the tree crown, the best idea is to lay down a 10-cm layer of some organic matter—mulch, leaves or pine needles. Mulch is an excellent gardening aid. Spread it around trees and between plants in your flowerbeds (without choking them)
- Retains soil moisture
- Reduces weeds
- Increases soil fertility
- Enhances appearance
- Protects the tree trunk from injuries caused by the lawnmower
- Improves soil structure
A variety of ground covers can be used between your garden plots. Don’t automatically think of a traditional lawn. Beds of shrubs, perennials and varied seedlings are often best suited to your garden and require less effort.
For further information, contact the environmental inspection officers (ext. 226/227).