Landscaping not only adds beauty, it also makes your home more comfortable year-round, helps reduce heating and cooling costs, and adds up to 14% in resale value.

Always call before digging

Before you dig, ensure you or your contractor contacts Ontario One Call at 1-800-400-2255. This is a FREE service to help protect you, the property owner, from risk of injury or damage to hydro, phone, gas, water lines or other underground cables. A line location employee will be able to come and mark spots you or your contractor should avoid.

Invest to improve

Enhance the comfort, energy efficiency and value of your home with these smart landscaping upgrades.
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  • Throw some shade
    • Consider deciduous (leaf-shedding) trees. In summer, they provide shade to reduce solar heat gain, and in winter they allow warm sunlight in.

    • To reduce the need for air conditioning, place trees to the south and the southwest. This provides shade from late afternoon/evening summer sun.

    • The right tree in the right spot also offers your home and furniture protection from damaging ultraviolet rays.

    • Depending on the type of soil you have, the size of your lot and where you live in Ontario, the best tree for you will vary. Ask a professional.

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  • Make a break for it
    • A good windbreak includes a mix of coniferous trees, deciduous shrubs, evergreen shrubs and perennial plants.

    • The right combination, such as a single row of white pine, planted tightly together can thoroughly shield your home from cold winter gusts and reduce the speed of wind hitting your home by 60%.

    • A low retaining wall on the north side of your home can help make a windbreak more effective.

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  • Shrub love
    • Low-growing evergreen shrubs planted beside basement walls add a green layer of insulation to your home’s exterior. Tightly spaced shrubs help to keep warmth in and winter winds out.

    • Remember to plant shrubs at least 60 centimetres away from foundation walls.

    • Use shrubs to shade outdoor air conditioners or heat pump equipment. This can improve efficiency by up to 10%.

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  • Feeling vine
    • Vines can shade walls, even in their first growing season. A trellis with climbing vines shades your home and patio area while letting cool breezes flow through.

    • Deciduous vines, such as sweet autumn clematis, morning glories or scarlet runner bean, will shade during summer and allow light in during winter.

Shopping tips

To pick the right trees and plants, consider the size and soil type of your property. Some things to consider:
  • How big will it be at full growth?

  • How close will it be to overhead power lines, transformer boxes or other electrical equipment? Keeping a safe distance is essential!

graphic of tree and powerline showing 10m distance between them

For larger projects, you may need to hire a qualified contractor. Visit Landscape Ontario to find a professional in your area

Indoor greenery

Did you know? Well-placed houseplants can act as natural coolants and air purifiers for your home.

Best bets include English ivy, Spider plants, Peace lilies, Snake plants and Rubber plants.

Kid in a pool

Poolside tips

Now that you know how to get the most from landscaping, check out tips to make a savings splash at your pool.

Go to guide for poolside savings