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Grow Me Instead
Bee City Native Plant Resources
The City of Barrie Boulevard Garden Program allows residents to beautify their streetscape on the municipal boulevard using alternatives to turfgrass.
A boulevard is the area of city-owned land between the homeowner’s front property line and the street curb.
For homeowners who are interested in non-standard boulevard landscaping, simply register for free by submitting a Guidelines & Registration Form to Service Barrie, agreeing to the complete guidelines outlined in the Boulevard Garden Policy, and then get started. The boulevard garden program is an excellent way to beautify your neighborhood with ornamentals and support our ecosystem by planting native species. The main plant guidelines are:
Registration ensures that the homeowner is provided with the guidelines and gives the City a chance to notify about scheduled construction within their boulevard so the homeowner has time to salvage plants before construction begins. Note: No notice can be given for emergency works.
Following the guidelines helps reduce taxpayer costs for damages to City maintenance vehicles, staff time and avert potential injuries. Residents can choose to leverage their boulevard garden in the Communities in Bloom tour. Property owners are encouraged to maintain the standard turfgrass municipal boulevard.
Property owners are encouraged to maintain the standard turf grass municipal boulevard in front of their property. Property owners wishing to install alternatives to sod shall follow the non-standard boulevard landscape treatment guidelines.
Guidelines for Non-standard Boulevard Treatments
Muskoka Gardens is the term the City of Barrie uses to promote the use of native and low-water use plants that thrive in our climate. There are a great variety of plants that require only the water that Mother Nature provides in order to survive.
Some advantages of native plants are listed below:
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