Invasive species / Guides

Dog strangling vine invasive species
Landscaping

Avoiding invasive species when landscaping

...species with which they will cohabitate on your property. Advantages of landscaping with native species: • Having adapted to their environment (soil, climate, etc.), they do not require irrigation, chemical fertilizers or pesticides and grow easily in poor soil. They are also more resistant to diseases and pest att...

Urban farming
Landscaping

Urban Farming turns beautiful gardens into a grocery store!

...Invasive species: Dog strangling vine is prevalent across Ontario and West Quebec © Ecohome Over the last couple of centuries, many foreign species of plants have been introduced to North American soil for medicinal, horticultural and agricultural purposes. With no natural competitors, they can often grow quick...

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 ...

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

Living green roofs: the secrets to success

...species selection for the intensive, native roof at HSNC was comprised of 65 species of perennials and grasses. The success of this collaborative approach was founded on a number of important principles that can be applied to any project: Get with the program: Choose plants that support the overall concept and prog...

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 species of insects. Methyl bromide is harmful to humans, and listed as ‘highly Acute Toxic’ by the EPA (environmental Protection Agency) so avoid building anything with shipping pallets that carry the MB stamp. There is no safe use for MB pallets, not even as firewood. They were supposed to be phased out , so ...