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 Gardening at the U of S;
- 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 by filling in the webform to submit a question, or reach a Compost Coach at 306-931-3249 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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). Here you'll find a productive vegetable garden, rain barrels, rain garden, 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, garden hours, or to arrange a tour, please visit the Garden Patch website.
Gardening can be a rewarding activity for people of all ages and abilities. Whether you’re new to gardening or a seasoned green thumb, read our New Gardeners, Growing Food and Small Space Gardening How-To Guides for tips that will help you create a beautiful, healthy, and productive garden.
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.
If you are interested in composting at home, visit our Home Composting page to learn more about:
- how to compost
- our free Home Visit service
- our $20 compost bin rebates
- Compost Coach volunteer training
- and more!
There are plenty of ways to conserve water in your yard and garden. Visit our Be Water Wise page to learn more about how to:
- receive a $40 rain barrel rebate
- set up a rain barrel
- use low-water gardening techniques
- apply mulch around your flowers, shrubs, trees, and vegetables
- add compost to your garden beds and lawn
- install a rain garden
- and 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.
Pesticide-free yard maintenance
There are plenty of ways to create healthy, beautiful outdoor spaces without using pesticides. Visit our Be Pesticide Free page and read our Pesticide-Free Gardening: How-To Guide to learn how to manage your yard without the use of harmful chemicals.
Want a beautiful lawn? Read our Healthy Lawns: How-To Guide for easy, low-maintenance lawn-care tips!
Boulevard and centre median gardening
You may garden on the front and side boulevards adjacent to your home. Please read the City of Saskatoon’s Boulevard Gardening & Maintenance Guidelines and complete the Boulevard Garden Agreement before getting started.
The City of Saskatoon is piloting gardening on centre medians. Please read the Centre Median Garden Guidelines and complete the online application form for approval before getting started.
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) online with the Ministry of Agriculture (required). If you have difficulty or questions, call the Ministry at 306-980-6198;
- 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.