Invasive plants / Guides

Dog strangling vine invasive species
Landscaping

Avoiding invasive species when landscaping

...Invasive plants are defined as plants from other continents, countries or even other regions of Canada. Humans have been introducing foreign plants to new lands since the 17th century, for horticultural, agricultural or medicinal purposes. Due to a lack of natural competitors they can often propagate swiftly and comple...

Urban farming
Landscaping

Urban Farming turns beautiful gardens into a grocery store!

...plants have been introduced to North American soil for medicinal, horticultural and agricultural purposes. With no natural competitors, they can often grow quickly and choke out other plants. The impact of invasive plants can be exponential as it can affect insect populations and consequently pollination, further red...

Commercial Living green roof on the Helen Schuler Nature centre
Roof coverings

Living green roofs: the secrets to success

...plants, with experts often disagreeing on what types of plants are suitable in a given location. Where possible, use local expertise to determine what types of plants to specify. Innovate when challenged: Because of the client’s objective to use native plants for HSNC, we were forced to experiment because very few ...

LEED Homes

The 19 LEED for Homes Prerequisites

...invasive plants: Introduce no invasive plant species into the landscape. To find out more about invasive plant species, consult the Canadian Botanical Conservation Network. Water Efficiency (WE) 3.1 Fixture efficiencies: The only prerequisite in this category is that toilets do not consume more than 6.0 litres ...

Pallet beds are trending but pallets can be toxic so be careful
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Is it safe to build beds or furniture with shipping pallets?

...invasive plants and insects across international borders. Those pallets are treated in a variety of ways, and are labelled accordingly: HT : These are Heat Treated pallets, which have been heated to a minimum temperature of 60°C for hardwoods and 56°C for softwoods to kill any insects in the wood and prevent future...