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Welcome To Our Sustainability Garden

Posted On: 18.06.07
Environmental consciousness is fundamental to the work of Canada Lands Company, and Village at Griesbach is proud to introduce a sustainability garden as a key feature of our new show home parade. 

Show homes are designed to inspire more eco-friendly landscaping and include plants used for xeriscaping -  a type of landscape design that focuses on water conservation and hardy plant material.These largely drought-tolerant plants require minimal watering, but are also able to survive during times of higher precipitation. Minimizing grass areas is also used to save water and energy. 


To reduce evaporation, prevent erosion and inhibit weed growth mulch is often used. Inorganic mulches such as rock and gravel create a permanent cover on the ground, while organic mulches, such as those made from wood, need to be topped up every year or two and improve the overall quality of the soil.



Incorporating native species and fruit producing trees and shrubs is another sustainable practice. Fruit producing plants provide food close to home, which reduces the need for carbon-intensive transportation and packaging. Ornamental varieties of native species are planted in the show home landscapes including: cranberry, saskatoon, potentilla, Chokecherry, Wild Red Raspberry, Red-Osier Dogwood and Prickly Wild Rose. Native tree species such as Aspen, Jack Pine, White Birch, Pin Cherry, and Willows may also be used in the yards. 



Many species benefit the environment in multiple ways. For example Bee Balm, a native perennial flower included in the show home landscape design, improves the growth and flavour of tomatoes when they are planted together. It also acts as a natural mosquito repellent while attracting pollinating insects such as bees and predatory insects such as ladybugs which eat insects and parasites that harm plants. 

There are many simple steps residents can take now to improve their environmental footprint. In addition to Xeriscaping, some eco-savvy practices include: composting, leaving grass clippings in place rather than bagging them, creating a landscape that mimics a forest ecosystem (permaculture), purchasing an electric or push mower, planting species which benefit each other close together (companion planting), using slow-growing turf mixes such as Eco-Lawn and more.