Having a healthy yard and garden benefits you and your community. For tips and tricks on home composting, water conservation, pesticide reduction, and more, simply browse through the information below.
If you’re interested in learning more through hands-on workshops and presentations, browse through the numerous course offerings by the:
- University of Saskatchewan’s Master Gardeners;
- Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council's Compost Coaches; and
- Food Bank & Learning Centre's Garden Patch.
Have a yard or garden question? From May until September, contact the University of Saskatchewan’s Gardenline at 306-966-5865 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or reach a Compost Coach at 306-931-3249 or email@example.com.
Visit our demonstration garden
The Healthy Yards Demonstration Garden is located at the Food Bank & Learning Centre's Garden Patch (900 block of 3rd Avenue North, just south of 33rd Street East and Warman Road).
From May until October, you can visit the garden for free on Monday to Friday (8:30am-3:30pm). You’ll see a productive vegetable garden, rain barrels, composting systems, native plants, and more! Come for a self-guided tour, bring your lunch, or set up a group or classroom tour. Knowledgeable staff will be on site to help answer your questions.
For more information or to arrange a tour, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are a variety of vegetables, fruits, and herbs that are suitable to grow in prairie gardens. To learn more, read our Growing Food: How-To Guide.
There are plenty of ways to conserve water in your yard and garden:
- set up a rain barrel (and receive a $20 rebate);
- use low-water gardening techniques, such as xeriscaping;
- apply mulch around your flowers, shrubs, trees, and vegetables;
- add compost to your garden beds and lawn; and
- install a rain garden.
Visit our Be Water Wise page to learn more.
Create a beautiful garden that attract birds, bees, and butterflies by following these simple tips in our Creating Biodiversity in Your Yard: How-To Guide.
Want a beautiful lawn? Read our Healthy Lawns: How-To Guide for easy, low-maintenance lawn-care tips!
Vacant lot gardening
Owners of vacant lots are encouraged to apply for the Vacant Lot Garden Incentive. The program has been designed to promote urban agriculture as well as address the aesthetic and safety issues of vacant lots.
You may keep honey bees in your yard as long as you manage your bees responsibly, as outlined in the City of Saskatoon’s Animal Control Bylaw and the Saskatchewan Apiaries Act. It is also important for you to:
- Register your hive(s) with the Ministry of Agriculture at 306-953-2304 (required);
- Limit the number of hives to 4 per residential yard
- Ensure your honey bees have adequate space;
- Requeen every two years or when the queen dies or is failing;
- Reduce the strength of large colonies by making splits or nucleus colonies in May and June;
- Prevent aggressive behaviour;
- Provide a water source; and
- Avoid the use of pesticides (especially insecticides) in your yard and garden.
When good management practices are used, beekeeping can be a safe and educational activity that helps increase pollination and fruit production. If you are interested in beekeeping, please connect with the beekeeping community and talk to existing beekeepers to find out what it takes to keep bees in the city. To find out more, contact the Saskatchewan Beekeeper Association and the Saskatoon Bee Club.
What is a honey bee?
Honey bees are 15-20 mm in length and have hairy bodies that are often yellow, brown, and black. Their hairy bodies and special structures on their legs allow them to transport large amounts of pollen, making them very efficient pollinators. Honey bees are social insects that form large colonies. The entire colony survives the winter.
What is a honey bee swarm?
When a colony grows too large, it will divide. One half will leave the hive in a process known as swarming. Swarms of several thousand bees are common in Saskatoon and can be seen resting on trees or buildings in a large cluster.
A swarm of honey bees is not dangerous. If you see a swarm, please contact Parks at 306-975-3300.