Benefits of your neighbourhood green space

Warmer weather, longer days and new growth are just a few of the reasons why people love spring. It is the time of year when Canadians start to spend more time outdoors enjoying the green spaces in our local neighbourhoods, public parks and private yards.

Beyond adding beauty to communities, urban green spaces offer a variety of social, health and environmental benefits, including:

  • Providing places for physical activity and community engagement
  • Helping to filter rainwater and capture pollutants in the air
  • Encouraging biodiversity through the protection of natural habitats
  • Supporting mental well-being by providing outdoor spaces for relaxation

Caring for your urban green spaces

Green spaces in our cities and communities require care to remain healthy and thrive. There are a variety of tools, which can include cultural (e.g. maintaining soil fertility), mechanical (e.g. using equipment to remove weeds) and chemical (e.g. using a pesticide) options people can use to protect green spaces from pests as part of an integrated pest management approach. Pesticides are one of those tools that can be used to fend off unwanted and potentially damaging insects, weeds and diseases in sports fields, public parks or private yards. All pesticides in Canada are strictly regulated by the government for safety of both people and the environment.

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