Garden Soil

Garden Soil

Soil is remarkably dynamic and incredibly diverse, made up of not only mineral matter, but organic matter, water and air as well. Soils in the Niagara Region are a mineral-rich mix of sand, gravel, loam and clay which at times can be challenging for home gardeners....
To Mulch or Not to Mulch?

To Mulch or Not to Mulch?

To mulch or not to mulch…. That is the question. Or maybe it isn’t, maybe you are thinking of adding decorative stone to your landscape. Each has its inherent strengths, so which one is right for your project? There are numerous benefits to applying mulch or rock in...
Mulching for a Low Maintenance Landscape

Mulching for a Low Maintenance Landscape

Even the most fervent raking and cleaning will still leave behind the fallen leaves from last year’s planting. I must admit that rather than pick each branch and leaf, I often resort to a nice clean layer of mulch over my entire garden bed. It creates such a nice,...
Landscape Fabric Best Practice

Landscape Fabric Best Practice

We are often asked about the appropriate use of landscape fabric. This is not surprising considering the counter-intuitive nature of something to prevent growth being added to a garden. Typically landscape fabric use should be limited to: Garden borders / near edging...
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