Boulevard Gardens

What can be planted on my boulevard?

shutterstock_136120430.jpgYou are allowed to plant herbaceous materials, meaning the stems and foliage die back to the soil level at the end of the growing season.

Property owners are responsible for maintaining boulevard vegetation in accordance with basic horticultural practices. 


What can't be planted on my boulevard?

Hedges, shrubs and trees cannot be planted on boulevards, except by the City or Region. In addition, plants must not:

  • Exceed a height of 30 cm
  • Impede the sight lines or travel path of road or sidewalk users (pedestrians, cyclists, motorists, etc.)
  • Obscure or restrict access to fire hydrants, post office boxes, or other installations belonging to the City, Region or any utility provider
  • Contain thorns, burrs, or any material that is protruding, sharp, or dangerous in any way, or which may otherwise cause injury
  • Impair drainage
  • Overflow onto the street, sidewalk or neighbouring property
  • Inhibit snow removal operations
  • Impose a trip hazard (i.e. soil must be flush with the curb and sidewalk)
  • Include permanent installations such as in-ground irrigation systems, fencing, or hard mulches, such as pea gravel or small rocks

Plants on the boulevard might be removed at any time

Boulevards are provided for public safety and to accommodate and provide access to utilities. As such, the City, Region, utility providers, and contractors may need to do work in boulevards that require the removal of, or cause damage to, vegetation. It is not always possible to contact adjacent homeowners before starting the work and the City, Region, utility providers, and their contractors are only required to restore the boulevard to turf grass.

Property owners are not permitted to plant trees. Further, the City and Region operate tree planting programs and at any time your boulevard may be selected to receive a tree, even if you have already planted the boulevard with other materials.

Call before you dig

There may be a number of utilities or services in your boulevard that cannot be seen from the surface. Before you dig contact Ontario One Call for information on free underground utility locates. Don't forget to call any utilities or agencies that are not members of Ontario One Call.

Some utility providers require setbacks for vegetation. You are responsible for contacting any applicable utility providers about these setbacks.

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