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With the last of the snow melting away, the days getting warmer and more daylight to enjoy, we get the sense the spring has finally arrived!

garden in spring
 
After the frigid misery of winter, your property and gardens have been exposed to an onslaught of soot, broken branches, leaves and lots of other debris that has accumulated.
 

The Cleanup

Now that the days are a bit warmer for you to get outside, it’s the perfect time to get your cleanup started before your spring bulbs and plants start popping their heads out of the ground. You can start by removing and composting any dead annual plants that remained over winter and prune back your perennials from last fall.  The sooner you get to cleaning up the debris, the less likelihood that you’ll be stepping on the growing plants and damaging their tender sprouts.
 
In addition to your ground cover cleanup, the same rule and method applies to your trees, shrubbery and bushes. Spring is an excellent time to prune your trees and shrubs. Some shrubbery with woody stems must be cut back each spring because they only bloom on new branches. By pruning in the spring, you get rid of any damaging effects of winter and form a healthy environment for newly developing growth.
 
If your ornamental grass was left up during the winter time, now is the time to cut it back. You do not have to wait for any new growth to form because ornamental grass will come back up on its own when it’s ready.
 

Weeds

Spring is an ideal time to take action against the straggler weeds that hung around from last season. Since the damp soil makes it so much easier to pull out hang over weeds or new seedlings, now is the time to be pro-active. There are a number of products on the market that can help you to prevent weeds from sprouting at this time of the year, so visit your local retailer to see the selection available.
 

Get out the garden tools

Any good gardener worth their salt knows that part of the secret to their success is to have clean, operationally working and effective tools. Head out to your garage or shed and get out your tools that have been hiding in there all winter long. You want to make sure that they are ready to do their job, so prepare them carefully, either by cleaning off the dirt and grime with soap and water or sharpening the blades. For tools that have a wooden handle, you can use mineral spirits to give them a good wash down that will help prevent the wood from splintering.
 

Prep Your Soil

Spring is a wonderful time to give your soil some tender loving care to make certain that it’s ready for the upcoming planting season.  You can start your planting preparation by turning over your soil with a pitchfork and rake it out.  A pitchfork is an ideal tool for loosening up and turning over caked and compacted soil while clearing out any weeds that might have recently developed.  You should then add compost, manure, of time released fertilizer a couple of weeks prior to planting so you don’t burn the roots of newly planted annuals or perennials. Be prepared to mix the fertilizer thoroughly so that it gets down deep into your soil. By preparing your soil ahead of time, your soil will be amended to the best possible environment for growing healthy and happy plants.
 

New Beginning

Spring is the time of new beginnings and rebirth.  It is the most wonderful time of the year to watch your garden and property come to life with colour and heady scents that will delight throughout the summer.

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If you’re in the market for a landscape redesign and you’re a consumer, you are likely to underestimate the cost of things. Get the facts on pricing, organize your wants and desires, find the right professional and prepare for financial hiccups throughout the project. All these steps are essential to a beautifully landscaped property, your wallet, and your sanity.

pergola on stone patio with hot tub

 
Setting a budget is easy if you know the exact cost of your landscape redesign and you have a money tree in your backyard. In lieu of these two things, a little thought, preparation, and research will go a long way.
 
Two main things will affect your budget for a landscape redesign. How deep your pockets are and the extent of the project. If you are doing a landscape redesign, you likely already know what you don’t want. Start by identifying what it is you do want and need from a landscape redesign.
 
Make a list of wants that need to be fulfilled. For example, will your redesign include a water feature, a perennial garden or any new structures such as a deck? Will pathways be needed and if so, what will they be made of? Also, identify any large foliage such as trees that will need to be removed or planted.  Are there any geographical obstacles to a possible redesign such as septic system, well or gas line?  Getting an estimate on the cost of some of these bigger items will help you budget the entire project. Though you can’t be expected to know exactly what your redesign will look like, having the basics will help you to identify the scope of the project.
 
Finding the right professional to do your redesign will have a big impact on your experience. Always ask to see past projects, consider how long a contractor has been in business and insist on a great warranty. An estimate might be available that would give you a better idea of the end cost. This will give you time to get your finances in order before the work begins. It’s imperative that you consider this renovation of your outdoor space as just that, a renovation. You might find that things cost a lot more than you imagined.  After all, when was the last time you did a landscape redesign?
 
A contingency fund is always a good idea with any home improvement project. This allows for those inevitable hiccups while your landscape redesign is underway. If all goes smoothly, you will be left with money in your pocket. If there is any delay or miscalculation in the project, you will be prepared. At a minimum, you should have 10 percent of the cost of the project put away for those unforeseen costs.
 
Getting all your ducks in order is your best bet when trying to nail down a budget for that landscaping redesign. Be prepared, be informed and know your needs.  A landscape redesign should be exciting, not terrifying.

plant that repels mosquitos

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Although spring and summer is still a few months away, garden enthusiasts can start gearing up to plan their gardens for the outdoor season. Like many gardening buffs, homeowners are always looking for ways to control the breeding of mosquitoes in their backyards. There is nothing worse than being eaten alive by these pesky and disease carrying pest, but with a little planning, you can keep them at bay and in check.

Before you reach for chemical sprays, there are a number of natural and beautiful plants that will repel mosquitoes on your property. Commercial insect repellents contain from 5% to 25% DEET, but there are concerns about the potential toxic effects of DEET, especially when used by children, such as developing seizures, slurred speech, hypotension, and bradycardia. Even though there are some DEET-free mosquito repellents on the market today, these plants are equally effective, easy to grow and attractive as part of your landscaping design.

 

1. Citronella

Citronella plants contain the most common natural ingredient used in formulating mosquito repellents, such as candles and lamps. Its strong and distinctive aroma help to mask the other scents that bring mosquitoes into your area and makes it harder for the attack bombers to find you. Because Citronella is a living plant, its aroma is even stronger than products made from its ingredients, so this results in a very effective method to keep mosquitoes away.
 

Citronella is a perennial plant resembling clumping grass and grows to a height of five to six feet. It can be grown directly in the ground in climate zones where frost does not occur or in the garden near a patio behind small decorative flowers and shrubs. If you live in a northern climate, your best bet is to grow it in a large pot or planter. Be sure to look for the true varieties, Cybopogon Nardus or Citronella Winterianus.

 

2. Horsemint

Horsemint is also known as Beebalm, which is a very adaptable perennial plant that repels mosquitoes much in the same manner as citronella. This attractive plant gives off a strong incense-like odor which confuses mosquitoes and masks the scent of its usual host, that’s you, your family and guests. This shade-tolerant and drought-resistant plant is a fast growing specimen that can reach heights of two to three feet and equally wide.
 
Because it can tolerate dry, sandy and salty conditions, this plant is often found in coastal regions and around beach areas, such as the Midwest and Eastern growing zones. The seeds can be sown indoors for transplanting at a later time directly into the ground. A great feature of the Horsemint plant is that it not only repels mosquitoes, but its flowers will also attract bees and butterflies to your garden. Bonus!

 

3. Marigolds

Marigolds are hardy annual plants that are commonly grown as ornamental border plants in full sunshine. These plants have a particularly strong, distinctive odor that mosquitoes find offensive. The compound inside the plant, known as pyrethrum, is a very effective insect repellent. Although an annual, marigold will often reseed itself in favourable conditions and established plants can be thinned or flowers dead-headed to promote additional blooms.
 
You can position potted marigolds near the entrance of your house or any other entry point to deter mosquitoes. While potted marigolds will repel mosquitoes, putting potted marigolds on a patio table may attract wasps, so avoid this if possible. Marigolds can also repel insects that prey on tomato plants, so you may want to plant a few marigolds in your tomato bed for added protection.

 

4. Additional Specimens

There are other plants, such as Ageratum and Catnip that are natural mosquito repellents.
 
Ageratum emits a smell which mosquitos find particularly offensive. Ageratum secretes coumarin, which is widely used in commercial mosquito repellents and Catnip is ten times more effective than DEET! Both are widely used in gardens to keep mosquitoes at bay while adding additional touches of low-lying plants of blue, pink, white and violet flowers to the landscape.
 
According to Iowa State researcher Chris Peterson, the reason for Catnip’s effectiveness is still unknown. “It might simply be acting as an irritant or they don’t like the smell. But nobody really knows why insect repellents work.”
 
Whatever the reason, it’s nice to know that there are plants that you can add to your garden that will let you fully enjoy the outdoor season without the threat of being dinner for these blood sucking pests.
 
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Gardeners dread the dead of winter because they’ve lost one of their most favourite pastimes, but winter can be a perfect time for some indoor winter gardening projects.  By using a bit of imagination, patience and creativity, winter is the perfect time to get moving on key tasks to keep your thumb green throughout the cold and snowy season.

plants on dresser, cups and trays on dresser

 

Garden Journals

Start a garden journal to record what and where you planted last year and how you felt that everything went including what you might change for the upcoming season.

 

Gardening Books

Reading about gardening can be a wonderful pastime on those blustery winter days. The pages of inspirational gardening books, magazines and catalogues can help you to lose yourself in the spring and summer months that you enjoy so much.

 

Planting Map

Create a planting map of your garden. You can use the planting map as a guide for ordering seeds or buying from your local garden center in the coming months.

 

Landscapers

The winter months are an opportune time to consult with landscapers and other gardening professionals. During these months, you will find that they have more time to give you their personal attention, advice and tips.

 

Check Out Seed Catalogues

Seed catalogues are a great source of information if you’re planning to experiment with more exotic specimens this year. If you order early, you will get the best selections of seeds for window box plantings. Catalogues are a great way to get some inspiration for varieties you may not have otherwise have known about in the market.

 

Tending Indoor Plants

Your indoor houseplants plants may need a bit of extra attention at this time of year. On very cold nights, move your plants that need a natural light source to the center of the room away from drafty windows.  Since the house is drier inside during the winter, make sure that your plants have sufficient humidity by setting a cup of water nearby.

 

Growing Indoors

One of the breakthroughs in small indoor growing is the use of T5 fluorescent bulbs. They’re wonderful for growing greens, aren’t as expensive as high-intensity discharge lamps and use less electricity. They’re also great for keeping your seedlings growing when you start plants indoors.

 

There are many benefits of winter gardening. There is something satisfying about taking care of plants you’re growing indoors, particularly if they’re going to be part of dinner. So, why not start some greens now that will be ready for a salad about the time you’re just setting the other plants out?

 

Clean Your Garden Tools

Winter is a great time to take inventory of all your gardening tools. Look over your equipment to make sure everything is safe from the elements and toss any broken or damaged tools. Remember to record anything you need to replace in your garden journal and get lawn mowers serviced, sharpen your shears and clean your pots, so everything is like new when you’re ready to head back into the garden.

 

Winter Gardening Makes for Spring Readiness

Gardeners just can’t wait until the days are longer, the weather is warmer, and the gardens come alive again, but with a few indoor winter gardening projects, it will pass the time away faster until spring arrives.

 

All of our employees at Evergreen Landscapes have a horticulturist diploma and would be pleased to discuss winter gardening projects with you. Feel free to contact us today!

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During the warm summer months, many houseplant owners move their houseplants outside so that the plants can enjoy the sun and air. However, once these tropical plants are exposed to autumn’s chilly nights, it’s a signal that it’s time to bring them back indoors. The cooler air can damage tender tropical leaves and colder temperatures can cause flower buds to drop. There are many reasons you should be bringing your plants indoors for the winter.

A yellow flower in the snow
 
This change in temperature can cause real havoc with your tender tropical plants, so you need to take action before any damage occurs. Most houseplants can exist outside as long as temperatures remain above the 45-48 degree mark, but when that temperature dips below, you’re flirting with danger that could be irreversible. This is enough of a reason to bring outdoor plants inside.
 

Acclimatize:

Bringing plants inside for winter requires a few precautions to acclimatize plants of the environmental change they are about to experience. Just picking up the pots from outside and taking them indoors is not an easy transfer because you run the risk of sending your houseplants plants into shock. The steps for acclimatizing plants indoors for the winter transfer is not difficult, but without taking the proper steps, your plants may experience shock, wilting and leaf loss.
 
You have to be aware that the light and humidity changes from outside to inside are dramatically different, so for the next few days, start by bringing the houseplant in at night and move it back outside in the morning. Then, over the course of two weeks as the plant is acclimatized to this ongoing process, increase the amount of time the plant spends indoors until it’s inside all of the time.
 
You should also remember that plants indoors retain their moisture level better in comparison to outside plants, so they will no longer require the same amount of watering. Once they are back inside, water only when the soil is dry to the touch and perhaps find a location for them to help maximize the amount of sunlight your plants get through the windows.
 

Leaf-Dwelling Pests:

Before you bring your plants in for the winter months, you want to check for any pests that may be hitch-hiking a ride on the leaves or soil from being out in the great outdoors. This issue is one of the most common for houseplants when coming back indoors and it’s important that you check for them and remove them.
 
Leaf dwellers may include aphids, spider mites, scale, mealybugs’ spiders, gnats or lacewings. You want to carefully the examine leaves and stems, particularly the underside since that’s where the insects like to hang out.
 
The simplest method for removal is to hose down plants with a hose using a gentle spray nozzle so you can direct water underneath foliage and avoid tearing leaves from stems. You can also dunk smaller plants into a 5-gallon bucket of water adding a few drops of liquid dish or hand soap for 15 minutes to that the insects on leaves will flee. Do not dunk plants that demand dry soil, such as succulents, cactus or plants that go dormant for the winter.
 

Soil-Dwelling Pests:

In addition to invading the leaves of plants, insects can also set up housekeeping in the soil of plants. The type of insects that set up house in the soil includes slugs, sow bugs, earwigs, fungus gnats and ants. Remove plants that are in small containers and examine soil where slugs, sow bugs and ants are more likely visible on the outer layer of soil near the drainage holes. If you find them, flick them off. Insects like fungus gnats and earwigs usually reside in the upper regions of soil, so a good dunk in water will remove them too.
 
If your houseplants are in large containers, apply an insecticide to the soil surface and also to soil inside drainage holes. When applying the appropriate amount according to instructions, you’ll kill the insects or cause them to exit.
 

Start Off Next Season Right:

By following a few simple steps to bring your houseplants back indoors after a glorious time in the great outdoors, you can be assured that they will continue to be healthy and happy for the next summer season on the deck.
 
Each Employee at Evergreen Landscapes has a horticulturist diploma and can help deliver you the best overall Property Maintenance available in Burlington, Waterdown, Aldershot, Dundas and Ancaster areas.

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With winter just a few months away and most plants going dormant, you can still have an interesting property, because a winter landscape has a beauty of its own. Winter brings its own set of striking colours, so fall is the perfect time to start planting a few selections that will stay colourful and look great while everything else is brown and leafless.

Winter Holly Plant

 

Instead of having your gardens look dull or lifeless, you can incorporate different varieties of plants, evergreens, and shrubs to make your garden look interesting and colourful all year long. Therefore, now is the time to add these winter-hardy plants that will produce strong interest and colour before the really cold weather settles in.

 

Evergreens

 

Any type of evergreen is a winter candidate because they retain their green colour throughout the winter season. Against the white snow, green reminds us of the summer months and all its glory, but these colourful winter plants can add interest because of their contrast to the dull months.

 

Many evergreens have structures for eye appeal with rounded or upright stature, also many produce berries that add colour and interest to their frames. Take, for example, the Evergreen Holly that boasts the glossy green foliage and bright red berries. A cousin to this evergreen is the winterberry that punctuates winter with its showy berry display. This not only draws the eye, but it is an attractive winter display in any part of your landscape.

 

The Japanese False Cypress is a lovely addition to the garden for winter colour with its fine, soft needles or threadlike appearance. The shaggy or mop-like top of this evergreen is one of the false cypress cultivars that adds a bright golden green colour to the landscape in contract with darker evergreens.

 

The Winter Daphne is another great example of an evergreen shrub that is stunning in a colourful winter garden. This hardy shrub has variegated leaves edged in yellow and blooms in early spring to late winter with rosy pinkish purple flower buds that open to light pink or white star-shaped blooms.

 

The Firethorn is a semi-evergreen plant that produces bright orange-red berries in the fall through the winter. It provides a sharp contrast to the blanket of winter white and great focal point in any colourful garden. This variety looks particularly good in a hedge or on a trellis.

 

The Cold-Hardy Camellias is an evergreen plant with beautiful white or pink blooms that will make you do a double-take because the stunning blooms startle everyone in the cold months. This plant is now available throughout North America and can be found under the names ‘Polar Ice’, ‘Snow Flurry’, ‘Winter’s Hope’, ‘Winter’s Rose’, ‘Winter’s Star’, and ‘Winter’s Charm’.

 

Plants & Shrubs

 

Red Osier Dogwood is one of the favourite deciduous shrubs that grace many gardens. The bright green bark, twigs, and leaves of spring and summer turn to a deep red in fall when the leaves drop revealing its rich burgundy colours.

 

The Witch Hazel is a deciduous shrub that has delicate, threadlike bright yellow petals that bloom in late fall and accents winter. It is a multi-stemmed rounded plant that, in addition to its petals, curls up at night but unfurls on sunny days.

 

Winter Gardens

 

There are many choices available to keep your garden from looking lifeless and dull throughout the winter months. With a little planning and the right evergreen, outdoor winter plants and shrubs, you can have a garden that dazzles all winter long.

 

Don’t want to go through the trouble of designing and building a colourful winter garden yourself? Evergreen Landscapes is committed to creating and maintaining the garden of your dreams, regardless of the season. Contact us today and our team of experts will be ready to help.

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As the temperatures start to drop during the fall months and the chill in the air is a sign of winter right around the corner, winterizing your gardens is mostly a matter of cleaning and covering up. Aside from the annuals that will inevitably wither and die when the first frost hits your region, the remaining perennials prepare for dormancy. The cool weather is a good time to get the gardens, bushes and trees prepared for the onslaught of bitter cold so that your gardens will rejuvenate when spring returns.

woman raking fall leaves in garden

 

Even though it may appear that all of the activity in the garden has come to a grinding stop, there is a lot of action going on under the soil until it freezes. Any newly planted trees, shrubs, perennials plants and hardy bulbs are all growing roots. They are drawing on soil nutrients and moisture around them to keep healthy for winter’s arrival. Even earthworms, bugs and microbes in the earth are still processing the organic material that they’re finding in the soil.

 

Mulch It Up

The chances are that the mulch that you placed in the gardens in spring has deteriorated during the summer months, so it’s important to add a new layer of mulch in fall to protect plants and soil over the winter season. By adding additional mulch now, you keep the soil warmer, but more importantly, you maintain an even temperature throughout the soil. Use lightweight organic shredded mulch over beds to protect plants from winter’s extremes and avoid compact mulches, which mat and suffocate the plants. Once the soil is frozen, the mulch will keep it frozen. Even a good snow cover insulates the soil very much like mulch; therefore, a thick blanket of mulch will preserve the life of the plants beneath.

 

Perennials & Bulbs

Fall is a great time to divide perennials. Begin this process about six weeks ahead of the ground freezing. The candidates for division are those perennials that are clumped too close together and do not flower robustly any longer. Dividing is also good for those plants that show bare spots in the middle. By dividing, you will strengthen the root system, so when they return in spring, the plants will be heartier and healthier with more blossoms.

 

Autumn is a perfect time to think about getting your bulbs into the ground for a magnificent spring bloom. The days are still clear and blue, and the ground is still warm and welcoming. Fall bulbs include such traditional garden favourites as tulips, daffodils, crocuses and hyacinths, but there are many other bulbs that will provide your garden with weeks of colour next year.

 

When winter’s snow begins to thaw, and the earth begins to warm along with spring rain, the moisture and temperateness spur the bulbs to flourish. If you have tender bulbs that may not survive a freeze, dig them up, store them in a container and cover them with sawdust until they can be replanted.

 

Shrubs & Trees

Winter can be extremely harsh on scrubs. Snow, wind, rain and ice can wreak havoc on the delicate branches; hence, it’s wise to prune some of the smaller, weaker branches as a preventative measure. Mounds of snow or damaging ice can put stress and strain on the shrubs, but you can give them added protection by building a tepee over them. A teepee is made from pieces of thin, flexible wood like bamboo rods, which you erect over the shrubs in a pyramid shape. Piling mulch around the base will also prevent moisture loss during frosty winters.

 

Trees heading toward winter have a mechanism in them called “senescence”. It signals the tree of the impending changes in temperature and light thereby obeying the dormancy control built into the leaf. Basically, it tells the tree to close down for the onslaught of winter. Prune dead or overlapping branches in the late fall to strengthen the tree and encourage new growth in the spring. For tender bark of young trees, wrap them with wire mesh or tree guards to prevent gnawing critters from destroying them. The old standby burlap can also be wrapped around trees as a protective shield from winter’s damaging effects.

 

Winter is on its way with all of its hazardous weather conditions. By winterizing your gardens in fall; plants, shrubs and trees will endure the harmful rampage of Old Man Winter until Spring returns with a renewal of life. Need help getting your garden ready for winter? We can help, contact us today!

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Like all of us, homeowners lead very busy lives, whether it’s their occupation that consumes hours on end or family obligations that deserve equal attention. However, unlike people that live in an apartment, townhouse or condo, homeowners have the added responsibility of maintaining their property too.

beautiful flower garden

 

Owning a home and property is one of the most important investments in a person’s life. Property maintenance is required to protect that investment, whether it’s taking care of internal maintenance or outside maintenance, like lawn or garden care.

 

Time Consuming

Because outside maintenance can be so time-consuming, homeowners are always looking for ways to reduce the amount of time that must be spent on external upkeep. With a plan for regular maintenance, one can avoid emergency property maintenance issues.

 

Like with any other assets, it’s vital to maintain and care for your property, particularly if you are considering selling your home down the road. The most obvious choice for sustaining your property’s value, appearance, and in the process save you some time, is to hire a professional lawn care company like Evergreen Landscapes.

 

A professional lawn care service will oversee all of your property needs and release you from the time-consuming obligation of caring for the property yourself. A team of professional maintenance crew will maintain your lawn, landscape and gardens so that you have time to enjoy other pleasures in life.

 

However, if a professional lawn care company is beyond your reach, there are plenty of things that you can do to cut down the amount of time you are spending on property upkeep.

 

Garden Maintenance

Everyone loves a beautiful garden, so no matter the size of your gardens, you can cut down on their care by keeping your flower beds regularly tended so that they don’t get overgrown and out of control. This will prevent you from having to spend more time and headaches correcting the problem. You can also consider planting a non-flowering garden. Instead of flowers that require more care, use lots of ground covering plants like low-maintenance moss, rockery or shrubs requiring little time or maintenance to keep your property looking stylish.

 

Outdoor Living Spaces

Creating an outdoor living space will provide you with a landscape that is both attractive and functional, but easy to care for and less time on your part to worry about. You can extend your home living space with a stone patio, grilling and dining area and some limited grass and flowers for added attraction. You can add a deck with planters, gravel and rockery that provide an attractive environment but affords you a low-maintenance option; thereby, freeing up your time to pursue other interests.

 

Lawn Care

Your lawn is probably one of the most central features of your home and enhances the curb appeal and value of your property. A beautifully maintained property means a beautifully maintained lawn, so mow the lawn regularly. By mowing your lawn regularly, you give it the opportunity to grow lush and green. This helps to save you time down the road because a well-maintained lawn does not encounter the typical stress-related problems of a poorly cared for lawn, requiring much more time and money to correct the problem.

 

You can also save yourself some time on lawn care by having a sprinkler system installed because watering your lawn is among the most important steps for lawn care. Proper watering helps to ensure that your lawn puts down roots and grows to a healthy length so you spend less time repairing its shortfalls.

 

End Word

Property maintenance doesn’t have to take up a bulk of your time each week if you plan ahead. By doing so, you minimize its upkeep, yet you will have a property that any homeowner is proud to own and display.

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Most homeowners agree that landscaping is a significant investment for enhancing a home. You want to make sure that your money is well spent when hiring a professional company because not all landscaping companies are the same. For those who want to enjoy the benefits of a beautifully crafted landscape, it is essential that you find a top-notch landscaping company that will address your needs. An acclaimed landscape company will adequately provide your landscape with regular maintenance and quality care at an affordable price.

an award winning landscape by evergreen landscapes

 

The best ways to begin your search is defining your needs for your landscaping care and get an idea of what you want for the end result. This process will help to narrow down your search before you get in touch with different landscape companies to compare quotes. More importantly, look for a company who has an award-winning reputation in the industry, easy to work with on a regular basis and receptive to your ideas and goals. When you narrow your search to one particular company, they should answer all of your questions and concerns while offering you piece of mind.

 

“Get someone who takes the time to get to know your space and asks you questions about how you use your space, what kinds of things you like, and what kind of feeling you’d like your space to evoke,” says Trevor Smith, vice president of the Ecological Landscaping Association.

 

Environment

One of the most important aspects of having a beautiful landscape is finding a landscaping company that understands the environment and selects plants that thrive. It’s critical that they understand how to combine plants that work harmoniously with your lawn setting. It’s important for you to find out if the landscaping company employs horticultural professionals who know this information since poorly placed plants can destroy a beautiful and flourishing landscape.

 

Property

Existing areas of your property with sun or shade, slopes, soil, drainage and moisture affect different plants. A good landscape company will recognize these conditions and plant accordingly. You should also determine whether the company is familiar with pest-resistant plants because this information significantly improves your landscape’s chances of blossoming. Since water is the key to successful landscaping, your landscaper should keep in mind the watering needs of appropriate plants in order to get the best results.

 

Licenses

Although there are no mandatory licence requirements for landscape companies, like those that exist in other trades, such as electricians, good landscape companies will have a crew with certificates and diplomas in horticulture. Their staff may take additional courses during the winter months to learn new trends in the landscaping business. Also, a good landscape company carries insurance in the event an accident occurs on your property, which relieves you of any liability.

 

Experience

In addition to being knowledgeable with a professional understanding of landscape design and maintenance, the best landscaping companies should also have years of experience in the industry. On average, a company with a history of more than ten years in the business is a reputable one. This is a very competitive industry, and those who make it past ten years are companies with, not only solid credentials but happy and repeat customers. You can also go to their website and look at the online ratings and reviews as a good indicator regarding the quality of their work, experience, history and any other professional credentials that they hold.

 

References

The landscape company that you are considering should provide you with a list of references, and you should contact them. Reviews from past or current customers are an ideal way to decide whether the landscape company is going to fulfill your expectations and provide you with the high-quality service that you expect.

 

Some questions to ask an individual is how long the person has been a customer with the company and whether they have been happy or disappointed with their experience. Depending on the answer, you can ask why they were so pleased or what occurred to log a complaint against the company. Most importantly, ask the question whether the person would recommend the company to others.

 

Evergreen

Evergreen has the reputation of being one of the best companies for landscape design, so they are worthy of your consideration to tackle any projects you have in mind for your property. It makes all the difference in the world when you hire the best. Contact us today.

 

The following is a partial list of award winning landscape design that earned Evergreen awards granted by Landscape Ontario:

 

  • Dunnington Grub’ Best Overall Maintenance Project in Ontario
  • Award of Excellence’ Residential Construction $25,000 to $50,000
  • Award of Excellence’ Residential Construction $10,000 or less
  • First Place’ Non-Turf Landscapes
  • First Place’ Water Features
  • Hamilton Chapter Award’ Maintenance (x2)
  • First Place’ Residential Maintenance 15,000 sq. ft. or less (x2)
  • Second Place’ Residential Maintenance 15,000 sq. ft. or less
  • Award of Excellence’ Residential Maintenance 15,000 sq. ft. or less
  • Award of Excellence’ Residential

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For best results, grass seed grows at its fastest pace when you match the type of grass you’re going to plant with the planting season. Seeds germinating time varies from three to twenty-eight days, depending on the grass type, temperature and humidity.

 

Planting grass seed

 

Proper soil aeration before planting the seed also encourages the fastest possible grass growth. Additionally, lower nitrogen, slow-release starter fertilizers, as opposed to high-nitrogen fertilizers that nourish weeds, promote root growth and safe to use on new grass.

 

Grasses that prefer cool weather should be planted in the spring or fall for the fastest germination time. These varieties include Kentucky bluegrass, ryegrass and creeping bentgrass. Grasses that germinate faster in warmer temperatures should be planted during the summer, and include Bermudagrass, Bahiagrass and Zoysiagrass.

 

The Method:

 

You can use a tiller to remove any debris from the area such as branches or rocks to cultivate the planting site. You want to level the planting area by raking the soil to even out any high, low, or clumpy spots. Once that has been done, add fertilizer using your spreader.

 

It is recommended that you use 2 ½ lbs. of fertilizer for every 1,000 square feet of planting area. You then sow the seed using the spreader. It’s best to work in parallel rows from north to south, and sow the rest of the seed from east to west.

 

Once all of your seed has been sowed, you can use a layer of wheat straw mulch over the seeded area to keep wind and erosion from washing away the seed. After the much has been laid, you should lightly water the grass seed each day, giving it enough water to soak the area, but not too much so that the seed runs off the soil. When you see the new seedlings and grass start to grow, you can lightly rake away the mulch. Avoid harming or removing any new grass seedlings with the rake.

 

When to Water:

 

To efficiently water your new lawn, provide enough water to reach the roots without over soaking the area. It’s best to avoid watering during the warmest part of the day or at night to ensure that the lawn is resistant to disease.

 

It is typically recommended to water your lawn in the early morning before the heat of the day has begun. If you happen to live in a region that has very hot, dry weather, you should water your lawn in the early evening to promote proper water absorption.

 

Most grass varieties require about ½ to 1 inch of water per week to grow and thrive into a blanket of green. This amount of water means that you should water your lawn several times weekly to reach the recommended amount of moisture. If you want to know if your grass is receiving the right amount of moisture, you can push a soil probe into the ground about 6 inches to see if the lawn is being adequately watered.

 

New & Existing Lawns:

 

Getting a new lawn started or reseeding an existing lawn doesn’t have to be hard work or complicated, nor do you have to spend huge amounts of money on professionals or sod. The fact is that you can save money and successfully start a new lawn from seed with a little preparation, quality grass seed ideal for your growing conditions, well-prepared soil and a little patience.

 

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