We promote the use of responsible property care practices that create healthy lawns and gardens while protecting the environment. We can advise you on options forEuropean Chafer Beetle infestations, how to safely remove invasive species, how to manage trees on your property, and how to support healthy streams and backyard wildlife habitat through Naturescaping. Under the Pesticide Use Control Bylaw, pesticides cannot be used for on residential or City lands in Port Moody for cosmetic purposes.

Natural lawn care

Natural Lawn and Garden Care
  • keep your grass long, mow often and leave the clippings on the lawn
  • water thoroughly, but infrequently, to encourage deeper roots

  • improve lawns with aeration and over-seeding, or consider fixing the soil and replanting

  • do not use pesticides for lawn and garden beautification; many pesticides that are legally allowed for sale cannot be used on residential and City lands in Port Moody under the Pesticide Use Control Bylaw

  • consider alternatives to grass for steep slopes, shady areas or areas near streams and lakes, as recommended by Naturescaping Principles. Alternative ground covers can also help prevent Chafer Beetle infestations.

Lawn watering regulations

Our water use can increase by 50 per cent in summer and early fall, largely due to lawn watering. Region‑wide watering regulations, in effect from May to October each year, are an effective way to help us use our drinking water wisely.

New lawns and lawns with nematode applications for European Chafer Beetle are eligible for a temporary exemption from watering restrictions.

Visit Metro Vancouver for more information about lawn watering regulations.

If you think someone is in violation of watering regulations, you can report them to our Bylaws Dept

Lawn sprinkler permits

Temporary exemption from watering restrictions

New lawns and nematode applications are eligible for a temporary exemption from watering restrictions.

You are permitted to purchase a full priced permit ($43) that allows you to water for 3 weeks for new lawns, this may then be extended for an additional 3 weeks at a reduced rate. An extension permit must be applied for on or before the expiry date of the first permit. If you want to water for longer than the six weeks you will need to apply for another full priced permit.

You are permitted to have one free permit for three (3) weeks for nematode application. If you require more time for nematode application watering you will need to purchase a regular new lawn sprinkler permit.

Rain barrels

Conserve water by purchasing a rain barrel. You can use rain water instead of household water on your flowers, gardens, and lawns. You can purchase a rain barrel through the City of Port Moody for a subsidized rate of $40. Rain barrels and composters can be purchased at the City Hall Finance Counter.  Please email environment@portmoody.ca to make arrangements to pick up your rain barrel. 

Healthy Streams 

In urban environments, water runoff can pollute streams and other bodies of water. As water moves across streets it collects oil, pesticides, and other chemicals.

 To help keep our streams healthy, use the following tips around your home and garden:
  • do not dump anything directly in a stream or storm sewer; the Stream and Drainage System Protection Bylaw prohibits discharge into streams and storm sewers

  • avoid the use of weed killers and other pesticides – many pesticides that are legally allowed for sale cannot be used on residential and City lands in Port Moody under our Pesticide Use Control Bylaw

  • don't use landscaping plastic because this increases runoff

  • slowly drain your hot tub or pool into the ground or sewer system – never drain into streets or storm drains

  • fix oil and transmission leaks on your vehicle

  • wash your car at a car wash – otherwise use minimal soap and park on grassy or gravel surfaces

  • sweep your driveways and walkways instead of using a hose

  • consider using gravel instead of pavement to reduce runoff

  • keep streams shaded with trees and brush; the City protects streamside setbacks from land altering and development activities

  • don't let litter or trash enter streams

  • keep your pets away from streams

Community gardens

If you don't have access to your own lawn or garden, consider joining a community garden. Community gardens provide you with a place to grow your own food and interact with your neighbours.

Compost bins

Composting allows you to produce nutrient-rich soil for your lawn and garden in the convenience of your own backyard. Do not compost invasive plants.

You can purchase a compost bin through the City of Port Moody for a subsidized rate of $35. Composters can be purchased at the City Hall Finance Counter.  Please email environment@portmoody.ca to make arrangements to pick up your composter.  

How to avoid attracting bears and other wildlife to your bin:

  • Do not add any meat, bones, fish, and cooked fruit and vegetables;
  • Use lime to aid the composting process; and
  • Cover fresh compost with dirt, soil, leaves or grass clippings to reduce odours.

For more information on backyard composting, visit Metro Vancouver Composting in the Garden