Caring for your property and tips for being a good neighbour
Be a good neighbour and keep your yard clear of garbage and debris.
Household garbage should not be dumped in garbage and recycling bins in parks or other public spaces.
Deliberately dumping household garbage in parks, public spaces, private property or along the roadside is illegal.
Pursuant to the
Keeping Markham Beautiful By-law 2017-27
: No person shall dump or deposit on any grounds or parks within the City any household waste or waste material. A first conviction can carry a fine up to $50,000.000 and could be higher upon any subsequent convictions.
To help keep unwanted critters away, do not leave any food outside and do not place your garbage out early.
Put outdoor garbage bags in metal garbage cans with securely fitted lids to stop rodents from feeding on contents.
Clean around the house and keep your property clutter-free. Less clutter means fewer places for rodents to hide.
If you have a compost heap, don’t include organic food waste, as this will attract rodents.
Cut your grass, including the boulevard, so it is under six inches long to discourage rodents and other pests.
Maintain grass, weeds and bushes. Overgrowth may affect visibility for drivers or block the sidewalk.
Leave grass clippings on your lawn. Grass clippings are free fertilizer to help your lawn grow greener.
Fences must be kept in good repair and at a permitted height.
Love your dandelions! They are the first food for bees and butterflies in early spring - and are critical to the survival of our pollinators.
Apply for a permit
before cutting down any tree in Markham with a trunk diameter of 20 cm (7.8 in) or more.
Get rid of any standing water. It is a breeding ground for mosquitoes which spread diseases like the West Nile Virus.
Whether at home or on vacation, homeowners must ensure their pools are safe and in good repair at all times.