How Aphids are Causing your Wasp Problem

How Aphids are Causing your Wasp Problem

I must admit there aren’t many pests I hate more than wasps. Frankly they are the jerks of the animal kingdom. Unlike their peace loving, pollinating friends the honey bees, wasps seem to want to invade your personal space get up in your grill and instigate until you...
The importance of Calcium for Tomatoes & Peppers

The importance of Calcium for Tomatoes & Peppers

It’s funny how often we hear commercials for women’s facial creams that promote increased cell structure, volume and elasticity. This is what’s sold as needing improvement for your most  youthful skin. Well, let me tell you; what Oil of Olay does for skin, calcium...
Father’s Day Origin and Attention

Father’s Day Origin and Attention

Do you ever wonder where a day like Mother’s or Father’s Day comes from? For Father’s Day thanks can be directed to Sonora Smart Dodd, the woman who founded Father’s Day in the early 1900’s. As a widower he raised her and her four siblings alone after their mother’s...
Why is May 24 NOT on the 24th?

Why is May 24 NOT on the 24th?

It seems strange that each year we look forward to a holiday coined May 2-4, that rarely occurs on the 24th. It’s never late, but always early and this got me wondering….WHY? Time for bit of a Her-story Lesson. This holiday is properly known as Victoria Day (not May...
Mother’s Day Brunch

Mother’s Day Brunch

Let’s be honest for minute. Mom’s are the best! They take care of us, feed us and clothe us, ensure our noses are clean… you get the picture. Then later in life when we grow up and have our own children we appreciate them even more. My mother made entertaining look...
Make your neighbours Green with Envy

Make your neighbours Green with Envy

Tip #1 Start with a Strong Foundation Most lawns are already established but its not to late to add valuable soil and seed to the surface through overseeding. Rake thoroughly and aerate the lawn. Spread a thin layer of quality soil such as Scotts Lawn Soil and then a...
Easter Symbols and their Origin

Easter Symbols and their Origin

It’s one of the most cherished of Easter traditions, painting and the hiding of Easter Eggs. These “magical” eggs hidden of course by yet another prominent symbol of the season, the Easter Bunny. Though you won’t find them in the Bible these symbols have been...

UPDATE: New Location is a GO!

As Ridgeview begins 2019 we reflect on the momentous changes that have happened in the past 12 months and look forward to our growth in the coming year.  As many of you know this past season marked the beginning of our store moving strategy, accompanied by a full-term...
7 Tips & Tricks For a Safe Halloween

7 Tips & Tricks For a Safe Halloween

TIP #1: PLAN A ROUTE IN ADVANCE – KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD AND ENSURE YOU CAN EASILY CIRCLE BACK HOME IF SOMEONE GETS TIRED TIP #2:  WEAR REFLECTIVE CLOTHING – A PIECE OF REFLECTIVE TAPE GOES A LONG WAY TIP #3: WEAR COMFY SHOES – NO HEELS! TIP #4:...
The history of Japanese Maples

The history of Japanese Maples

One of our all-time-favourite landscape staples, the Japanese Maple has a long and storied history. With all season interest and spectacular fall colour the Acer palmatum never fails to impress. The delicate leaves are intricately serrated and have an almost jagged...
Tomato Cages or Stakes?

Tomato Cages or Stakes?

So this year I’ve decided to try staking my tomatoes vs. cages. Mostly because I saw a staked tomato garden and it was so trim and tidy, I nearly wept. It appealed to my inner minimalist. I also saw the benefit of extra air space in my already crowded garden....
Father’s Day Activities

Father’s Day Activities

We all know that the best gift you can give Dad is the gift of time spent together. Here are some great ideas for fun activities this Father’s Day. Go fishing What dad doesn’t love to fish? We’re blessed to be so close to Lake Ontario, a lake with a...
BIG Changes at Ridgeview Garden Centre

BIG Changes at Ridgeview Garden Centre

It’s not often a business gets the opportunity to re-invent itself but that’s exactly the opportunity being afforded to us with the recent announcement of the new Grimsby/Beamsville/Smithville public High school. Slated for completion in 2020, our...
Proper Care of a Real Christmas Tree

Proper Care of a Real Christmas Tree

So you’ve made the choice to purchase a real christmas tree. They are truly a great option and really inspire a feeling of Christmas with their fresh crisp scent filling the air in your home, and their needles filling your socks! Well the last part can be a not so...
What’s Bugging You? Japanese Beetles

What’s Bugging You? Japanese Beetles

Lace is lovely, unless of course it’s the lacy remains of what was once a full green leaf. These skeletal remains are the tell tale sign of a common garden pest – Japanese beetles, and boy are they bad this year. First they will damage your grass as...
What’s Bugging You? Black spot on Roses

What’s Bugging You? Black spot on Roses

Black Spot on Roses It’s likely one of the most common blights of rose gardeners everywhere, black spot is the fungus that just keeps coming back. It loves hot, humid/wet conditions (sound like this year or what?) so it’s beginning to pop up on leaves...
Red Haven Peaches – Why all the hype?

Red Haven Peaches – Why all the hype?

There are over 2000 varieties of peaches on this planet, so it goes without saying there’s a lot more choice than most of us will every need. One of the most popular peaches remains the The Redhaven – the peach that all other peaches are judged against. A medium fruit...