Laying a Patio Using Patio Pavers

Laying a Patio Using Patio Pavers

Laying a patio looks more difficult than it really is, and could easily be a great long weekend project. It requires a strong back and some basic garden tools, but the result is a level and useful patio for years to come! Tools & Materials Chisel Mallet Level...
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...
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...
Growing Strawberries in a Pot

Growing Strawberries in a Pot

With the move towards town home and condo living space is coming at more of a premium these days, fortunately growing your own delicious fruits and veggies need not be compromised.  Many plants do very well in containers and one of those is Strawberries. Growing them...
Dormant Oil and Lime Sulphur

Dormant Oil and Lime Sulphur

I often consider this combination to be the first line of defense against a season full of pests. I use it throughout my garden on fruit trees, flowering ornamental trees & roses. These are the plants most suited for a Dormant Oil treatment though its unlikely to...
Inviting Birds to your Garden

Inviting Birds to your Garden

As the winter season approaches (yes it’s coming) we will see our feathered will fly south but many will stay through the cold winter months. They will appreciate the occasional snack from a feeder placed strategically in your garden but just as important are other...

Building depth with Landscape Stone

Is your garden looking little one dimensional? Lacking that je-ne-c’est quoi? One of the most tried and true methods to adding depth to an outdoor space is the incorporation of a landscape stone feature. Stone Pathways Loose stone paths are easily installed a rough or...
Proper Lawn Seeding Technique

Proper Lawn Seeding Technique

Despite that layer of snow that has covered our lawns recently there IS a lawn under there aching to come out. We need to ensure that this turf gets the care it needs to deliver a lush green lawn throughout the summer months. One critical element in treating a sparse...

Fall Garden Clean Up

It’s getting cold outside, the leaves went from barely changing colour to on the ground in what feels like days. It was positively warm last weekend then POOF frost. You can try to postpone it’s chilling effects to your crops by covering your vegetables with old...

Preventing Pests in a Veggie Garden

The best defence is a good offence when it comes to veggie gardening. By regularly maintaining your veggie garden and being vigilant for the first sign of pests you can stay one step ahead of predacious insects and many plant diseases. Only the strong survive! Build...
Maximize your Garden

Maximize your Garden

I’ve talked a lot about lot size in my past blogs and this brings me to my topic today, Maximizing your Landscape. Not everyone is blessed with acres of space and this means we need to work with what we have. So what do you do if you a little spaces but a lot of...
The Importance of Fall Mulching

The Importance of Fall Mulching

We all appreciate the aesthetic value of a nice mulch in a garden bed, but there are far more important reasons for adding a layer as the temperatures begin to drop. One of the most obvious reasons is related to the chilly winter ahead, in soil temperature retention....
How to attract birds to your garden

How to attract birds to your garden

Birds do more than add to your garden aesthetic. They provide control and conservation but also a real pass-time. Watching my bird bath and feeder has become an interesting portal into the local avian population. Regulars to my oasis include, goldfinches, sparrows,...

Rain Water Collection

With water costs soaring in recent years, water bills could be mistaken for mortgage payments. Considering the precious resource that is our fresh water we can appreciate that misuse and waste might be dissuaded by these prices, but our plants need water!!! So what’s...

Summer Pruning

It’s not really the time of year that most often comes to mind when we think of pruning. But this is the perfect time if you are working to keep certain shrubs or trees dwarfed. It’s also the time to redirect a plant that may be growing in an undesirable direction....
It’s not too late to plant!

It’s not too late to plant!

It was a long cold winter and a late spring, so many garden planting dates have been pushed forward. Far in beyond  what traditional wisdom would lead one to believe! It’s still not too late to plant a great vegetable garden, and there are many flowers you can plant...
Summer Lawn Care

Summer Lawn Care

With the end of June fast approaching summer’s heat has begun to descend upon us. The rainy days of April and May are fading to a distant memory. Your lawn is probably still revelling in it’s spring time glory, but a swift decline could occur without proper...
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