Rain Smart Neighbourhoods

We are helping Kitchener residents beautify their yards and become more rain smart. You can play a big part in reducing community flood risk and improving water quality!

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What is Rain Smart Neighbourhoods?

In partnership with the City of Kitchener, we are working with residents to create beautiful Rain Smart yards that make a big impact on reducing flood risk and improving water quality. We are currently offering virtual support for all Kitchener residents and in-person coaching in select neighbourhoods.

We offer various opportunities to take action in your community including:

What can we help you with?

A downspout drains onto rocks leading into a rain garden

Rain Gardens

A shallow basin garden that holds rain water until it soaks into the ground.

Two rain barrels outside of a tan brick house.

Rain Water Harvesting

An efficient and low-cost way to collect water for reuse in your yard.

A black plastic cube inserted into the ground to assist in water infiltration.

Infiltration Galleries

An underground water storage solution that allows water to soak into the ground.

A downspout drains onto rocks leading into a rain garden

Rain
Gardens

A shallow basin garden that holds rain water until it soaks into the ground.

Two rain barrels outside of a tan brick house.

Rain Water Harvesting

An efficient and low-cost way to collect water for reuse in your yard.

A black plastic cube inserted into the ground to assist in water infiltration.

Infiltration Galleries

An underground water storage solution that allows water to soak into the ground.

Tree
Planting

Year-round beauty for your landscape that provides shade and absorbs rain water.

Orange flowers in bloom among grass in a garden.

Naturalized Landscapes

A beautiful alternative to lawn that boosts biodiversity and slows rain where it falls.

Reddish permeable paving stones on a driveway.

Permeable Paving

A hardscaping solution that allows water to soak through and into the ground.

Orange flowers in bloom among grass in a garden.

Naturalized Landscapes

A beautiful alternative to lawn that boosts biodiversity and slows rain where it falls.

Tree Planting

Year-round beauty for your landscape that provides shade and absorbs rain water.

Reddish permeable paving stones on a driveway.

Permeable Paving

A hardscaping solution that allows water to soak through and into the ground.

Healthy Yards Consultation

We are offering on-site consultations in the areas of:

  • Shoemaker Creek
  • Montgomery Creek
  • Along 7 road reconstruction projects throughout the city
  1. Check the map below to see if you are located in one of the areas we are offering free, on-site consultation to learn more about making your property Rain Smart!
  2. Submit the contact form below to request a Healthy Yards Consultation. We will be in touch within 1-2 business days to confirm your eligibility and schedule your consultation. One of our Healthy Yards Advisors will conduct the consultation to observe the flow of runoff from your property and guide you on which Rain Smart projects are best for you and how to install them.
If you are not in one of these two areas, we can still help you! Fill out the Ask a Healthy Yards Advisor form below to ask a question about your yard and receive a response from a Healthy Yards Advisor.

Request a Consultation

Check out our weekly webinars!

Need help to create or maintain a beautiful and sustainable yard? We’ve got you covered. Each week our Healthy Yards Advisors will give a webinar to help you make your yard a healthy yard. Kitchener residents are welcome to attend these talks, get advice and ask questions about your yard.

The webinars are every Tuesday evening from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sign up below to receive a Zoom link for the webinars.

July topics

How to install a rain barrelTuesday, July 6, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Caring for trees under stress from the LDD moth – Tuesday, July 13, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

How to diagnose poor drainage in your yardTuesday, July 20, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Gardening in the heat – drought-resistant plants and general tipsTuesday, July 27, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Rain Smart Workshops

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Ask a Healthy Yards Advisor

Struggling with a drainage problem in your garden? Have a question about plant selection? We can help!
 
Our Healthy Yards Advisors are happy to answer questions from people anywhere in Kitchener. Fill out the form below and a Healthy Yards Advisor will get back to you through email!

Healthy Yards Advisors

Becca Robinson, Heathy Yards Advisor

During her tenure with Reep Green Solutions, Becca has helped over 100 property owners in Kitchener make landscape changes that are more resilient to climate change.  Becca has a Masters in Landscape Architecture and a BS in Environmental Science.

Nick Assad, Heathy Yards Advisor

Nick is a certified Landscape Architect and an ISA certified arborist. Nick is passionate about providing practical advice and plans for ecological system enhancements in the built environment.

Chris Morrison, Heathy Yards Advisor

ISA Certified Arborist. SOUL Certified Organic Land Care Practitioner. Fusion Landscape Professional (FLP).

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