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You don’t have to stay inside to keep warm when the weather turns cold, especially when you’ve invested so much time and effort in your beautiful outdoor space. If you feel like you don’t get enough use out of that beautiful patio or deck you’ve installed, then it’s no wonder you’re looking for a way to extend the time you spend out there. Here are the most significant benefits of having an outdoor fireplace in your backyard.

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Stylish Relaxation

Outdoor fireplaces are most often designed to look precisely like indoor ones do, so your options for mantles and décor finishing are virtually endless. When you’re starting to envision what your space could look like you will be able to find an option to suit your style and match the furniture you already have in your space. Once the fireplace is built, you will find yourself relaxing in front of a fireplace so stylish you might even forget you’re outdoors.

Additional Entertaining Space

A fireplace can be the focal point of any space, and if you enjoy entertaining friends and family, you know how many great memories you have of chats around the fireplace. An outdoor fireplace creates another gathering area for all your guests to enjoy while they’re in your home. This space can be used in the summer and when the weather gets chilly to enjoy dinner, drinks or even hot chocolate.

More Warmth

Fireplaces give off extra heat indoors, so it only makes sense they would do the same outside. If you’re looking for a way to extend the amount of time you can use your outdoor space then adding a fireplace might be the perfect option for you. By gathering around the fireplace, you will stay extra warm and cozy plus you can enjoy the stars and the beauty of nature all around you.

Extra Family Time

Almost everyone is drawn to a roaring fire, so why not capitalize on its natural ambiance? A fireplace gives an excellent setting for spending more time together as a family by setting the mood for family game night, a great dinner or just some time to sit together and talk. However you enjoy spending time with your family, an outdoor fireplace is a great way to get closer and cozy up with your loved ones.

Increased Property Value

If you’re installing an outdoor fireplace you might not be thinking about selling your home but eventually, you likely will, right? Having an outdoor fireplace built in then the value of your home will increase, and it will draw interest from so many potential buyers as it’s considered a luxury home upgrade.

No matter your reasons for putting in an outdoor fireplace, you will surely enjoy all the benefits that come from this home addition. Having a space to cozy up and enjoy your outdoor space will ensure you get the absolute most out of the space you’ve built in your backyard. Fireplaces naturally create a warm and welcoming ambiance, so invite all your friends and family over to help you celebrate this beautiful renovation.

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With fall quickly descending upon us, homeowners begin to clean up their properties and put garden beds to sleep. While working on their properties in preparation for the upcoming winter, they routinely prune shrubs, trees and plants. However, before you begin cutting those bushes, you need to learn a few lessons about pruning in fall and avoid mistakes on your landscape.

According to gardening expert Mike McGrath, the radio host of the show You Bet Your Garden, the rule of pruning is that you should not prune in fall and here are the reasons why.

 

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Fall is not for pruning

 

Any gardening expert will tell you that pruning encourages new growth. This is the time of year when plants are trying to go dormant. If there is new growth, the plants don’t have enough time to harden before the first frost or when freezing temperatures hit. Plants will be severely weakened if you plow ahead and prune this time of year.

 

This is disastrous for the plants and all the hard work you did during the year to make your landscape beautiful. So, put your pruners away for another month or two and let plants go completely dormant. Once the dormancy has occurred, then you can prune trees and shrubs after all the leaves have dropped.

 

Remember the weather

 

Pruning during wet or damp conditions is ill-advised. Dampness will run the risk of spreading a lot of diseases. Additionally, the damp weather conditions encourage microbes to grow at a considerably faster rate. This is not a good case scenario and will result in causing havoc on the pruning that you just completed. Pruning is best done in dry, sunny conditions so that the cut is clean and the wound can heal properly.

 

There are exceptions

 

Although significant pruning should be done in late winter-early spring when the wound will heal faster, there are some exceptions. One exception to the rule of thumb is that you can prune any dead, diseased and damaged wood on your property.
 

What can you do now?

 

You should focus your attention on raking up the leaves, mulching and topping up the gardens so that they have a protective bed during the winter months. Remember always to remove the leaves so that they do not suffocate your lawn during the winter months. You can also amend the soils so that it is in optimum condition for next spring.

 

How to prune

 

Pruning allows more sunlight and air to filter through the trees and shrubs. Your focus should first be on removing dead or dying branches. This is done by cutting between the diseased spot and the main body of the plant. Pruning should also be done when branches are rubbing or crossing each other by cutting off the smaller of the two. Pruning low hanging branches that interfere with foot traffic or lawnmowers is perfectly fine in addition to any branch that might be growing vertically. Remember to cut back to the main stem or body of the plant.

 

Healthy circle

 

Fall is an inspiring time of the year to prepare your property for the upcoming winter season, but pruning correctly in the correct season and weather conditions will produce a healthier and more robust plant next year. Set your sights on pruning when it’s appropriate to that you can avoid fall pruning pitfalls and watch your gardens come to life with a more beautiful landscape next spring.

 

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Perhaps you saw it in a magazine. Or perhaps it came to you in some kind of heavenly vision. However you got the idea, you’ve got a specialty landscaping project in mind to turn your property not just into your very own oasis, but also into the envy of the neighbourhood. Now all you need is a landscaping company that can help make your vision a reality.

 

At Evergreen Landscapes, specialty landscaping projects are our domain. If you have a specific vision for your backyard or property, we can help you achieve that. As part of our service to you, we offer premium planning along with 3D renderings of the proposed finished product so that you can envision exactly what your outdoor space will look like.

 

As a full-service company, we can offer any and all of the following for your specialty landscaping project:

 

  • Patios – our patio designs go far beyond the traditional simple concrete slab. Consider a stone or tile patio that curves with your property. Consider an elegant grey tile or opt for bolder colours or even a design embedded into the pattern.
  • Kitchens – outdoor kitchens are a popular request in specialty landscaping projects. Imagine being able to prepare entire meals outdoors while interacting with your guests and not having to be constantly running in and out of the house.
  • Gardens – choosing the right plants and flowers to suit your lifestyle and yard is important. The right selections of flowers, shrubs, etc. can ensure that you’ve got visual interest happening in your garden for the entire season. We will also examine your yard for sunny and shady spots and help you choose the plants that with best thrive in your garden.
  • Driveways and walkways – even these very functional aspects of your landscape can also be beautiful and flow with the rest of the design.
  • Stone steps – stone steps on your property add natural beauty. If your landscape design involves different heights, then stone steps can be both a beautiful and practical addition.
  • Poolscapes – if you are lucky enough to have a pool, then creating the right ambiance with a professionally designed poolscape can make your entire swim and lounging area look and feel like a five-star resort!
  • Water features – whether you have a large or small property, there is a water feature that can add a calm serenity or sophistication to your space.
  • Wood structures – from gazebos to pergolas to privacy screens, wooden structures that are incorporated into your specialty landscaping project can add romance, shade and visual interest to your space.
  • Your unique vision – Do you have a vision or idea that we have not mentioned yet? Many of our customers have come to us with their own unique ideas that we have been able to successfully incorporate into their landscape design. These have included stone benches, custom fountains and fire features and even a basketball court!

 

So, do you have an idea? Tell us what it is and let us show you how we can incorporate that into your specialty landscape design.

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Rather than having a concrete driveway, paving stone driveways add a touch of elegance and refinement to any home. A paver stone driveway provides not only curb appeal and home value, but it’s a statement of taste and sophistication.

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Many homeowners often wonder why they should switch to pavers since concrete driveways, walkways, and patios have been used for so long. Though, pavers have been used even longer going back to the Romans who used pavers of clay or natural stone as their primary surface for walkways and roads.

 

Original Blend

 

Pavers were originally made of clay and natural stone, but in the 1940’s manufacturers started making them of cement aggregate. Aggregate is the combination of cement and rock material. As the process improved over time, manufacturers have been able to use more large cement pieces and less water to make paving stones one of the most durable materials on the market.

 

Concrete vs. Pavers

 

  • Although concrete is functional, it’s not beautiful. Concrete is a boring, grey slab that greets visitors upon arriving at your home. Pavers, on the other hand, add a touch of elegance and old world charm, creating something stunning to admire.
  • Concrete cracks-pavers won’t.  Concrete cannot move with the earth.  If there is an earthquake, the concrete can crack, leaving ugly lines along your walkways, patios, and driveway. Pavers are designed to move and flex because there is a layer of sand in between each paver. This prevents cracking, and many pavers come with a lifetime warranty.
  • Pavers are easy to maintain.  You can easily remove dirt and stains from pavers by cleaning with a simple solution.  If you use a paver sealer, you can remove stains by using water only.
  • Replacing concrete is difficult. If your concrete driveway cracks you have no choice but to remove the entire driveway or a large portion of it.  With pavers, you can simply replace the single damaged paver without impacting the rest of the space.  This makes maintenance projects quick and inexpensive.
  • Pavers are exceedingly strong and can hold the weight of a heavy truck driving up and down on them. They are designed to withstand the test of time.

 

Weather Fluctuations

 

Paver driveways can be somewhat pliable since there are so many edges to allow for movement from freeze and thaw cycles, therefore cracking rarely happens. Minor heaving can become an issue if you live in a northern environment and shovelling paver driveways can be a bit more of a chore since there are many edges to catch a shovel on. However, paver driveways are extremely durable and can withstand de-icing products like salt, magnesium chloride and other de-icing chemicals, so shovelling is substantially reduced.

 

Think Pavers

 

Paving your driveway is a landscaping project that is extremely personal and a reflection of your taste and style.  Professional companies have design experts who can help you to select the perfect paving stones from their large selections. Because pavers are by far the superior choice to concrete driveways, think pavers for your new driveway and enjoy the elegance plus ease of maintenance for a stunning look.

 

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Backyard pools are a great way to enjoy lazy summer days and warm evenings. And the more attractive your poolscape or pool landscaping is, the more time you will want to spend in your little private oasis.

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If you haven’t given the ambience of your pool area much thought before, here are five ideas to help you put a little more oomph into your pool design.

 

1.  Light it up

 

Adding lighting to your pool area is a great idea if you want to enjoy more evening swims, not to mention a good way to increase the safety of the area. LED lights are ideal for in-pool lighting as they come in a wide range of styles and colours.

Don’t forget that you can also add some lighting around the area too to help create the perfect atmosphere for evening get-togethers on the deck. It is usually best to go with low voltage lighting it is extremely versatile and gives you an almost endless array of options.

 

2.  Add some water features

 

Water features are another great way to enhance your poolscape adding both visual interest and the calming sound of trickling water. Fountains or waterfalls around the pool tend to be a big hit with people of all ages. Think your space is too small for a water feature? Think again!

Water features can be large and elaborate but they can also be small, very simple, and easy to install. Floating fountains, for example, can simply be dropped in your pool.

 

3.  Add a fire feature

 

Fire and water may seem like opposites, but they can go well together. Imagine all the fun that you can have, going for a nice long swim, warming yourself by the fire, and then jumping back in the pool again!

A firepit or outdoor fireplace can make an ideal place for friends and family to gather around, and it can help let you enjoy your outdoor space well into the winter months.

 

4.  Add a little structure

 

Structures around your pool such as cabanas, pergolas and arbours can help add even more usability to your pool area, giving you and your guests more spaces to lounge and get out of the hot sun for awhile.

They can also help make the entire area feel more relaxed and inviting.

 

5.  Don’t forget your landscape!

 

When designing your poolscape, you want to have an area that flows seamlessly to and from the surrounding landscape. Consider adding some greenery or flowers around your pool area.

Don’t worry if you do not have a green thumb – there are many options for low maintenance and easy to care for plants that you can consider.

By taking some time and paying attention to some of the finer details around your pool area, you can have even more enjoyment out of your space. And if you need a little help with your poolscape, you can always count on the professional service and high-quality workmanship of Evergreen Landscaping.

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Now that summer has arrived; every Hamilton homeowner wants a carpet of healthy green for their lawn. Getting lush green grass is a labor of love that takes some time to achieve, but it’s worth the effort. There are some fundamentals you should follow if you want to be the envy of your neighbourhood and attain the best results. Understanding how to proceed is essential in producing a thick, healthy green lawn.

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Here are some guidelines to keep your grass green this year.

 

Test Your Soil

 

The first thing you want to do is test your soil to find out if your lawn has any deficiencies that may prevent you from achieving healthy green grass. Testing your soil will help you determine if your soil is lacking essential nutrients, like nitrogen and phosphorus. When you find out what your lawn’s pH levels are, you can add specific products that will help boost your soil.

 

Choose a Grass That Works Best in Your Yard

 

Not all properties are the same, and that applies to your grass type as well. There are many different types of grass, and each type grows best under different conditions. You want to set yourself up for success, so understanding your property’s requirements is the first step to achieving a positive outcome.

 

While some grass grows in colder temperatures, others require more sunshine; therefore, you need to determine which varieties of sod or seed are best suited for your location. Walk your property carefully and look at the area during the morning, afternoon and early evening hours to decide what areas receive sun, shade or part-sun. This will help you to decide what to buy for grass varieties.

 

Fertilizer

 

Your soil test will let you know if specific nutrient levels are low, medium, optimum, or high. You can take your soil test results to a gardening centre and ask the staff to recommend a fertilizer with a nutrient ratio that fits your needs.

 

You’ll want to get a slow-release fertilizer that suits your soil’s requirements and fertilizes your lawn in the late spring and fall. A slow-release fertilizer will allow your lawn to absorb the nutrients over a more extended period. Fall fertilizing is especially important because, during the fall, grass soaks up nutrients to store for the winter.

 

Water Thoroughly

 

Watering your lawn properly is paramount, but don’t overwater. Many Hamilton homeowners water lightly every day or second day, but this is not the best method. This method encourages the roots to stay close to the soil, which makes your lawn more vulnerable to heat and drought. To combat this potential problem, you should water deeply only a few times per week. This system encourages deep root growth. It is best to water in the early morning which will help avoid prolonged moisture overnight that can cause disease.

 

Height to Mow

 

Avoid mowing your grass too short, which creates more work and maintenance in the long run. Proper mowing is one of the essential practices in keeping your lawn healthy. Most landscape companies pay close attention to mowing at the correct height and never remove more than one-third of the total leaf surface with each cutting.

 

Also remember that dull mower blades often cause brown, rough grass, so keep them nice and sharp. Since clippings provide nutrients and help retain moisture, leave them in the yard after mowing your lawn.

 

Aerate Your Lawn

 

Lastly, aerate your lawn before fertilizing it. Aerating allows water, nutrients and air to penetrate deeper into the soil and access the roots. This process also creates better drainage which reduces runoff and lost moisture. The best time to aerate your lawn is in spring and fall before you fertilize.

 

Your Lawn

 

Getting a healthy, green lawn takes a bit of work and understanding of your property, but with a bit of research and a process, you can have a beautiful, lush green lawn during the summer season.

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With the winter months beginning to melt away and spring right around the corner, many homeowners are thinking about renovation projects that will enhance their backyard enjoyment. For backyard loving homeowners, an outdoor kitchen is top on their list as the ideal improvement for their home.

 

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If you love cooking and entertaining outdoors, while surrounded by the sounds of nature, then a functional, custom-built outdoor kitchen is the perfect way to turn your backyard into something unique and special.

 

An outdoor kitchen will improve your outdoor living space, create a stylish atmosphere of relaxation, enhance your outdoor experience and increase the property value of your home. A professionally designed outdoor kitchen is not only appealing, but it’s a worthwhile investment that you’ll be proud to show off to family and friends.

 

Here are a few of the benefits you’ll enjoy by having an outdoor kitchen:

 

Entertaining with an Outdoor Kitchen

 

The best reason for incorporating an outdoor kitchen is that it’s the perfect space for entertaining family and friends. It’s a wonderful atmosphere to socialize with guests when you have more freedom to move around.  Furthermore, kitchen cleanup is a breeze with an outdoor sink for washing dirty dishes. You eliminate the need to go back and forth to the inside of the house and make a mess indoors.

 

Increase your House Value with an Outdoor Kitchen

 

The popularity of an outdoor kitchen makes this renovation a great home improvement project with a high rate of return on the investment. Its popularity has significantly increased over the past few years to one of the top-rated outdoor home improvements.

 

Reduce Utility Costs by Cooking Outside

 

By doing your grilling outside, you save on energy costs of running your AC to keep your house cool if cooking indoors during the summertime. You get to enjoy the outdoors and save money at the same time on utility bills.

 

Reduce Indoor Cooking Smells

 

Some foods can smell less desirable while cooking, such as fish or deep-fried items. Outdoor kitchens allow those aromas to remain outside instead of inside the house. Your home stays fresher without leftover aromas.

 

Increase Your Living Space

 

You can increase your living space instead of the need to add on another room. A covered patio allows you to have your appliances outdoors, but still in close proximity to the rest of the house for ease of access.

 

Enjoy Healthier Foods

 

Many people enjoy a selection of healthier foods during the summer months. Outdoor kitchens allow you to indulge in a variety of farm fresh foods like grilled asparagus, and roasted red peppers.  When you have your own outdoor kitchen, you can reduce or eliminate the need to spend money on going to restaurants and eating high-calorie meals. Not only will you love being in the privacy of your own backyard, you save a few bucks along the way.

 

Outdoor Cooking has Come a Long Way

 

Outdoor cooking has come a long way from a barbecue grill and a beer on the deck. It has become a focal point of the landscape with homeowners incorporating the same conveniences as their indoor kitchens.  Just take a look at our outdoor kitchen gallery to see how beautiful your backyard can look!

 

Enjoy the upcoming summer months by having an outdoor kitchen in your backyard by calling Evergreen Landscapes today. We can build a beautiful stone outdoor kitchen for your home that encompasses both stone and stainless steel. Any kitchen appliance you desire, from ovens, sinks, and grills can be installed.

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Landscaping is a big investment in your property. You’ll want to hire the best professionals you can find because not all landscaping companies are the same. Therefore, it’s important you research ahead of time for the company best suited to your property.

 

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For those who want to enjoy the benefits of a beautifully crafted landscape, it’s essential that you find a landscaping company that will address your needs adequately. You’ll want to find someone who can provide regular maintenance and quality care at an affordable price.

 

The best place for you to begin your search is to define your needs for landscaping care and get an idea of what you want. This process will help to narrow down your search before you contact different landscape companies to ask questions and compare quotes for the best deal on your property.

 

Whether you’re planning retaining walls, walkways, patio kitchens, wooden or water features, look for a company who will be easy to work with on a regular basis, receptive to your ideas and goals. They should answer all of your questions and concerns while offering you peace of mind.

 

You want to find a company who takes the time to get to know your space and asks you questions about how you’ll use your space, what kinds of things you like, and what kind of feeling you’d like your space to evoke.

 

Here are some top items on your list that you should be asking a contractor beforehand.

 

Landscape Contractor Environment Specialty

 

You want to find a landscaping company that understands harmonious design and environmental concerns because it is one of the most important aspects of having a beautiful landscape. You’ll want to ask if they understand how to combine plants that work in conjunction with your lawn setting. You will also want to know if they employ horticultural professionals that know this information, since poorly placed plants can destroy a beautiful and flourishing landscape.

 

Your property is unique with existing areas of sun or shade, slopes, soil, and drainage. This will affect the design and plants located on your property. You should ask if the firm recognizes these alternating conditions and plant accordingly.

 

You should also inquire if the company is familiar with pest-resistant plants. This knowledge greatly improves your landscape’s chances of blossoming. Since water is the blood life of successful landscaping, you should ask if the design company understands the watering needs of various plants to get optimum results.

 

Contracting Licenses

 

Although there are no mandatory licence requirements for landscape companies, good landscape companies will have a crew with certificates and diplomas in horticulture. This is an important piece of information that you need to know. Ask questions whether their crew has taken additional courses to learn of new trends in the landscaping business.

 

You’ll also want to know if the company carries insurance in the event an accident occurs on your property. In addition, you should question whether they are in good standing with all governing bodies regarding workplace safety.

 

Landscape Industry Experience

 

Your questions should include whether your prospective company is knowledgeable in understanding landscape design and maintenance. How long have they been in business? Good landscape companies 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. Take advantage of checking out the online ratings and reviews on their website. This is a good indicator of the quality of their work, experience, history and any other professional credentials that they hold.

 

Contractor References

 

Always ask for references. A reputable company should provide you with a list of references and you should contact them. Ask questions of the past clientele regarding their experience with the company. This is an ideal way to decide whether the landscape company is going to fulfill your expectations.

 

Due Diligence

 

When all is said and done, you have to be the judge of your making your final selection. If you have done your research ahead of time, asked a lot of questions and are satisfied with the answers, you’ll have a better shot at finding the company that’s just right for you.

 

If you live in the Burlington Ontario area, we encourage you to consider Evergreen Landscapes. Since 1984 we have serviced the Burlington, Waterdown, Aldershot, and Dundas area.

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In the world of real estate, most homeowners agree that landscaping in a big investment for enhancing a home’s property value. You’ll want to make sure that your money is being well spent, so hiring a professional landscape design firm is a logical choice to achieve your goal. However, you may discover that not all landscape design firms are the same, so it’s critical that you research ahead of time for the company best suited to your property.

 

Burlington Yard

 

A good landscaping company will address your needs adequately, both for designing your landscape in addition to regular maintenance and quality care at an affordable price. For those who want to enjoy the benefits of a beautifully crafted landscape, it’s important that you choose wisely prior to any contract commencement.

 

The best place for you to begin your search is to define your needs for your landscaping care and get an idea of what you want. Are you looking to install a walkway, patio, wooden feature or a water feature? This process will help to narrow down your search before you get in touch with different landscape companies to compare quotes for the best deal.

 

Most importantly, look for a company who will be easy to work with on a regular basis, receptive to your ideas and goals. They should answer all of your questions and concerns while offering you peace of mind.

 

You can even sketch a design that expresses what you envision, which might help in your search for the right design firm. Whether you sketch or write a brief description of what you’re looking for regarding your property, the more communication, the better end result.

 

Professional Landscapers and the Environment

 

One of the most important aspects of having a beautiful landscape is finding a landscaping company that understands harmonious design and environmental concerns. It’s critical that they understand how to combine plants that work in conjunction with your lawn setting. Most reputable landscaping companies employ horticultural professionals that know this information since poorly placed plants can destroy a beautiful and flourishing landscape.

 

Finding a Landscape for your Property

 

Existing areas of your property with sun or shade, slopes, soil, drainage, and moisture affect design and plants. A good landscape design firm will recognize these alternating conditions and plant accordingly.

 

You should also determine whether the company is familiar with pest-resistant plants. This knowledge improves your landscape’s chances of blossoming. Since water is the blood life of successful landscaping, your design company should keep in mind the watering needs of various plants to get optimum results.

 

Landscape Licenses and Certifications

 

Although there are no mandatory licence requirements for landscape companies, good landscape companies will have a crew with certificates and diplomas in horticulture. Their staff may take additional courses during the winter month to learn about new trends in the landscaping business. The company will also carry insurance in the event an accident occurs on your property, which relieves you of any liability. They should be in good standing with all governing bodies regarding workplace safety.

 

Researching a Landscape Company’s Experience

 

In addition to being knowledgeable in understanding landscape design and maintenance, good landscape companies 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. You can also take a look at the online ratings and reviews on their website. This is a good indicator regarding the quality of their work, experience, history and any other professional credentials that they hold.

 

Ask for Landscaping Company References

 

The landscape company 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.

 

Due Diligence

 

When all is said and done, you have to be the judge of your making your final selection, but if you have done your research ahead of time, you’ll have a better shot at finding the company that’s just right for you.

 

Located in Waterdown Ontario, Evergreen Landscapes has over 30 years experience in the landscape industry for Burlington, Hamilton, Aldershot, Dundas, and beyond.

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Each year, there is always some new trend on the horizon and once again, the 2018 season in going to be a marker year for up-and-coming landscape projects. The trends for 2018 focus on the concept of providing pleasure to people in their gardens. They center on growing food, providing a refuge for wildlife and creating a relaxing environment for family and friends to gather for a meal.

 

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The New Outdoor Dining

 

Over the past years, outdoor dining has been designed to be located as an extension of the house and conveniently positioned right off the kitchen. However, today’s trend includes these eatery spaces pushed out further into the garden. Although the convenience of designing an outdoor dining space right off the kitchen is undeniable, the distance between the new dining space and the kitchen is well worth the extra step. The backyard retreat for outdoor dining draws you out into the garden for a more intimate experience, and the landscape will immerse individuals in the ambiance of their surroundings. This provides a more lavish experience, and guests will get to take in more of your beautiful gardens.

 

Three tips for creating the ultimate destination for outdoor dining

 

  • Use special lighting, flooring, and furniture to transform your dining area into a spectacular sanctuary
  • For a lush feeling, surround your outdoor dining space with container and in-ground plants
  • Include a nearby pool, fire pit or other spaces in the landscaping design for pre-dinner and post-dinner entertainment
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    Embracing the Small Garden

     

    With space at a premium these days, today’s trend is to make even the smallest of gardens useful and attractive. While small gardens are not new, the new emphasis is on the way they are designed so that less really can be more. Everything in a small garden needs to have multiple uses where function and visual appeal is the goal.

     

    The use of planters throughout is an example. They can be used as borders or curb edging for the deck, or a concrete fire feature would create a bold element running through the space that can provide seating when not in use.

     

    Restore Natural Habitat

     

    As our expanding cities and sprawling suburbs continue to impact our natural habitat, your backyard can be designed to encourage their return. Most gardeners are aware that bees and butterflies are in decline, but habitat loss is also impacting birds, frogs, and even turtles. With the proper design, there is no reason we can’t create convenient, beautiful landscapes that also meet the needs of many of our animal neighbors. In terms of mass urbanization, most of this dwindling habitat is happening because spaces have been designed for convenience and aesthetics, with little thought to the needs of local wildlife writes Doug Tallamy, professor and chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware.

     

    Suggestions for creating a habitat garden

     

    • Grow both seed-producing and berry-bearing plants
    • Restrict or stop using insecticides
    • Consider replacing some or all of your lawn

     

    Be Trendy

     

    When considering your 2018 landscape projects, consider being part of the trend with your dining area, creating a small and appealing garden and encouraging natural habitat to your environment. Not only will you have beautiful surroundings, but delight in the nature that is abundant all around us. Contact Evergreen Landscapes Today for complete landscape design and builds for the Waterdown, Burlinton and Aldershot area.