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With the season of fall upon us, many homeowners feel the heavy work of lawn care is done. But actually there is something that you can do now in the fall that will help your lawn become golf course worthy in the summer, and that is top dressing. Top dressing is simply the process of applying a layer of soil, compost or sand over the top surface of your lawn.

Well Maintained Lawn

 

The Benefits of Top Dressing

 

There are many benefits to top dressing your lawn. Top dressing will improve the overall quality of the lawns’ soil over time and this will promote new growth. Adding sandy soils improves the lawns’ ability to retain moisture making it more resistant to drought. If you have clay soil, it will be able to drain better thereby improving the root development.

 

An additional benefit of top dressing is that it will help to level out lumpy and bumpy areas that are often present on residential lawns. Top dressing your lawn will also stimulate the grass to develop new shoots resulting in a denser grass cover, which in turn will help to deter weed growth and possible moss infestation.

 

The Process of Top Dressing

 

When top dressing your lawn, begin by making a mixture of sand, loam and peat. Depending on your soil type, the proportions of these 3 ingredients will vary. For a loamy soil type, mix 3 parts loam to 3 parts sand to 1 part peat. Ensure these ingredients are dry before you begin mixing them so that they will mix easily.

 

Always use a good quality peat rather than garden compost. Garden compost can often contain weed seeds which can germinate in the lawn and cause problems later. You should also ensure that the sand is lime free, therefore sea sand is not recommended. If you have a heavy clay soil, increase the amount of sand while reducing the amount of loam in the top dressing mix. Adversely, for sandy soils, reduce the amount of sand in your mix.

 

The texture of the top dressing mixture should be very fine. This allows the top dressing to easily penetrate the surface of the grass reaching the existing soil. Running the mixture through a soil sieve (1/4” holes) before applying will help to achieve a fine mix.

 

It is often recommended to aerate your lawn a few days prior to applying a top dressing. Use a spade to apply a thin, even layer of the top dressing over your lawn. You can use the back side of a rake to evenly spread the top dressing. The layer should be no more than 1/2” deep. Work the mixture into the grass until the grass peeks through and the depth is relatively even.

 

Once the top dressing is applied you can give your lawn a light watering to help settle the new soil into the lawn.

 

Top dressing should be done annually, especially for lawns that have poor soil quality. Performing this simple process will improve the health of your lawn and help you achieve that golf-course quality look.

 

If you would like Evergreen Landscapes to help, Contact us and we’ll take care of the rest. Our team of professionals are ready to help you with all your landscaping needs, regardless of the season.

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Canadians love to garden. We spend hours planting and pruning, weeding and feeding so that our garden will be a source of pride and joy for us during our short growing season.

We invest a lot of time and money into our gardens and like any good investment, it’s important to know how to protect it. During winter’s cold and wet season our garden needs that extra protection to help it stay healthy and vibrant during the warmer seasons. So what plants need protection and how do we protect them?

 

family raking leaves

 

 

Tender Plants and Frost

 

Tender plants need protection in the winter. But what exactly are tender plants? These are perennials that are usually noted as half-hardy perennials, tropical and subtropical. The categories are determined by the plant’s ability to tolerate particular temperatures. Plants that can tolerate extended periods of cold temperatures, but will not survive frost are known as half-hardy perennials. Then there are subtropical plants which can tolerate freezing temperatures. However they won’t survive temperatures that are below 0 degrees Fahrenheit for any period of time. It’s important to know the plants in your garden and which ones will need to be protected during the winter.

 

Once you have determined which plants require protection you are then ready to begin. Fall is the best time of year to apply the protection to your plants. A very easy and effective way to protect plants is mulching. Using an organic material for your mulch will also enhance the soil and as the mulch decomposes it releases nutrients into the earth. In the fall, pull away the old mulch from the base of the plant and apply a new 3” layer around the plant, out to the drip line. Leave at least a ½” space around the stem of the plant. This will allow air circulation and prevent rot.

 

Trees, Shrubs and Rose Bushes

 

For trees, wrap the tender tree trunks with sections of burlap or you can white wash them to help prevent winter sunscald. Sunscald occurs when tender plant areas are exposed to excessive amounts of very strong sunlight resulting in damage which will appear as withered brown spots on leaves, trunks and stems.

 

For roses, rake a mound of soil around the base to a depth of 12” to 18” to protect the crown.

 

On new foliage on shrubs and bushes, apply an anti-desiccant. This will shield it from damage from the wind and winter sun.

 

Perennials and Winter

 

For your perennials you can place a 6” to 8” layer of wood chips or straw over the beds. Dry leaves or peat moss can also be used. Hold this insulation in place by placing an overturned bushel basket, fabric, netting or even some evergreen branches. Some extra tender perennials such as hydrangea can benefit from being wrapped with burlap to protect them from winter’s harsh temperatures.

 

For plants that don’t like winter, cover the crowns with straw or leaves under a plastic or glass cover. You can then cover with conifer branches or even burlap. This will prevent overheating from the sun.

 

With a little bit of effort and care, the hard work and money you put into your garden all spring and summer can be protected over the winter. This will ensure that your garden will reappear next spring as beautiful as it was the previous year. If you feel like you need a helping hand getting your property ready for the winter, contact Evergreen Landscapes. Each Evergreen maintenance crew is supervised by a hands-on foreman that is certified with a horticulturist diploma, so all the plants you love will get the proper care.

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Prior to the European settlement, plants native to Southern Ontario have existed in this region for thousands of years. The multitude of diverse plants that were indigenous to this region evolved as a group in conjunction with the local habitat of wildlife in the region. Together, they adapted to the local climate and soil conditions; thereby, creating a stable natural community that we currently call a balanced eco-system.

Invasive plant species

 

In contrast, the introduction of invasive plants originated from outside this particular region and resulted in a counterbalance to an established eco-balance. These non-native plants have the potential to root and reproduce quickly, causing a disruption of the native plants by crowding them out of their long-established habitat. This disruption results in fewer native plants which in turn creates a decreased biodiversity. Invasive plants have common characteristics such as:

 

• High annual seed production and quick establishment of dense colonies

• Tolerance to a wide range of growing conditions

• Ability to spread by underground roots and re-grow quickly when disturbed by pulling, cutting or fire

• A lack of natural predators to keep their population under control in their new environment

 

The Ripple Effect:

 

The imbalance created by invasive plants has a ripple effect because it means less food and shelter for wildlife that are dependent on plants that have been long established to the region. It affects and threatens the entire eco-system in addition to having an impact on the economic, ecological and social implications for the province.

 

Invasive plants can be represented by a tree, shrub or herbaceous plant and often introduced or spread by infested packaging material, seed dispersal by both environmental and human sources or by escaping from gardens. A herbaceous is a plant that leaves and stems die down annually, but whose roots survive. They can be annuals, biennials, or perennials. However, not all outside plant introductions are considered invasive. Take for example the pesky dandelion. Although this outsider is common to the region and regarded more of nuisance than anything else, it doesn’t pose a significant threat to native plants or their ecosystems. Like the annoying but harmless dandelion, many common garden plants are benign in nature and do not pose a displacement. They do not aggressively force out native vegetation.

 

To learn how to properly identify, manage and remove invasive plants on your property, you can contact:

 

Prevention:

 

You can reduce or eliminate the threat of invasive plants by selecting native plants for your garden from reputable suppliers. Native plants will provide, not only beauty to your surroundings, they will benefit the insects and wildlife. You should also remember to dispose of yard waste at the depots provided to residents in their local municipality or even in your backyard composter. Yard waste should never be disposed of in any natural environments because they may contain invasive plant seeds.

 

Whenever you go walking or hiking in natural areas in your community or anywhere in the province, you should remain on designated trails. Your pets should be kept on a leash to avoid disturbing natural vegetation so that invasive seeds are not transferred to another area or back to your property. If you’ve been biking through nature trails, always wipe down you bike and brush down your clothes and boots to avoid accidentally spreading seeds. Finally, talk to people about this problem so that they become aware and help to prevent the spread of invasive plants that cause such havoc to our region, its economy and the finely tuned ecosystem that has been around for thousands of years.

 

From all of us here at Evergreen Landscapes we thank you for taking the time to read this blog and for taking action against the spread of invasive plant species in Southern Ontario. If you’re looking for a lawn maintenance company that takes action against invasive plant species then Contact Evergreen Landscapes.

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With summer coming to a close, including a fire pit to your backyard landscaping may be just the motivation you need to keep enjoying the outdoors. Throw in some marshmallows and a few cozy blankets and you are all set. If you are considering adding a fire pit to your landscaping, first make sure that your municipality allows them! Evergreen Landscapes offers landscaping and hardscaping services to Burlington, Hamilton, Aldershot and the surrounding area. The following are the residential fire pit regulations for each area.

 

an outdoor fire pit

 

Burlington Fire Pit Regulations

In the Burlington area, a fire pit, a chiminea, and any kind of outdoor fireplace is considered “open air burning.” This kind of outdoor fire requires an open air burning permit. To obtain an open air burning permit, all you have to do is complete an online application form. You can find the link to the form here. However, there are restricted areas within the city of Burlington. For example, if you live in the urban area south of Dundas Street / Highway 407. Furthermore, in all cases it is illegal to burn garbage, and petroleum products (tires, shingles, plastics, etc). For each new permit a Fire Prevention Inspector will inspect the site to assess any danger to nearby combustible materials. To see if your home is in an approved open air burning area, consult this map.

 

Fire Pit Laws for Hamilton and Ancaster

Like Burlington, fire pits as well as campfires, and chimineas are considered open air burning. Only those with a burning permit can use these devices, and only if they live within the rural areas of Hamilton and Ancaster. The open air burning regulations are outlined under By-Law 02-283 for the City of Hamilton. To obtain a permit costs $10, and it is valid for one calendar year. Your fire must remain under 2 metres x 2 metres to a height of 1 metre. And like Burlington, you may not burn any garbage or petroleum products – only clean wood and brush. You can purchase an open air burning permit at the Fire Prevention West Office, Mountain Office, and East Office as well as a number of Fire Stations and municipal service stations. For all the details about Hamilton open air burning permits, consult this brochure.

 

 

Fire Pit Inspiration

At Evergreen Landscapes our job is to bring your landscaping vision to life! For many of our clients this includes creating an outdoor living space. Fire pits are a fantastic way to add weeks, even months to the time you spend enjoying the great outdoors. You might consider adding a firepit to your outdoor kitchen, or including a fire pit in your outdoor seating, or patio area. Our qualified team will work with you to ensure municipals regulations and permits are followed, and that your outdoor living space is as safe and family friendly as possible. If you’re interested to hear more about incorporating a fire pit into your landscaping project, contact Evergreen Landscapes today!

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Have you ever admired the beautifully designed outdoor spaces you see in movies and TV shows? Have you ever wondered how you can create your own beautiful outdoor living space? Well read on.

These days, outdoor spaces are much more than a basic picnic table in the middle of the yard or a few lawn chairs arranged around a plastic table. Today’s outdoor living spaces are complete with comfortable seating, cooking areas, privacy screens, soft lighting and natural décor. Let’s take a look at a few ideas on how to get started.

 

Milton Stone Patio with furniture

 

Determine the boundaries of your outdoor space.

You can easily create rooms by using outdoor rugs, pavilions, gazebos and many other products that provide shading. In this space you can arrange a lounging area, dining area as well as a cooking area including a barbecue and outdoor fridge.

 

Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor lighting is a key ingredient when creating your outdoor living space. Soft lighting can create a relaxing atmosphere. There are several options that you can try. The least expensive is battery operated wax candles. They last a long time and can work in the rain. They are a simple and very economical way to create a nice warm feeling in an outdoor space. Other options include outdoor sconces, LED up-lighting and solar-power outdoor lamps. These are available in a range of styles and options.

 

Outdoor Textures

Don’t forget to include textures in your outdoor space. Plants and vines are especially good. Or try layering various organic elements like bamboo, branches or birch to create dividers or fence coverings. There are also many outdoor fabrics available which can add colourful textures.

 

Outside Furniture

Choose multi-functional furniture to maximize the functionality. For example, a cushion box can also be used as additional serving buffet surface; or you could place a cushion on the coffee table so it can double as extra seating. Consider using outdoor carpeting or faux grass flooring, wood deck tiles and planters to add interest to your space.

 

Mix it up with old and new furniture and decorative items. The eclectic look in a garden or terrace is a great style. Your furniture and décor do not need to be a matching set. Inside the house it is common to see mixed materials and textures and furniture. Don’t be afraid to mix things up a little. You will be surprised at how interesting and attractive an outdoor space can be just by mixing in new with old and adding in a few accessories and planters.

 

Stay warm in the fall

Don’t forget to include some outdoor heating, especially in Burlington, where the lake-shore breeze can be cool. This will allow you to enjoy your outdoor space right through the fall and starting early spring. Look for heat lamps and outdoor fireplaces. There are small units that will run on ethanol. These are often great looking and will really enhance the look of the outdoor space for a great price.

 

Designing your outdoor living space is a rewarding activity. The end result will reward you with years of enjoyment, relaxing outdoors and enjoying your natural environment. Landscape construction is never an easy task, so why not let the professionals do it. If you are interested in an amazing front or backyard in the Ancaster, Dundas, Burlington and Aldershot area, contact Evergreen Landscapes to be amazed at the quality landscape construction and design we can do for you.

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Whenever your house has trees growing in its vicinity, you’re going to be faced with a yard that is partially in the shade or fully in the shade. Having these canopies is a great advantage when you’re seeking relief from the scorching sun of the summer months. They provide a refuge from the sweltering heat, especially when you are entertaining family and friends or having a barbecue outside. However, when you’re attempting to create a backyard that is beautifully landscaped, the foliage from the trees can outweigh their advantage.

nicely kept gardens and grass walkway
 
Typically, when you shop for plants at most gardens centers, the aisles are overflowing with sun-loving annuals or perennials; however, according to landscape contractor Roger Cook of This Old House, “It’s not difficult to find interesting plants for shade.” The most important thing for you to consider when landscaping a shaded yard is to do research ahead of time before you take the first step. By doing so, you will be able to find suitable plants that fit into your backyard’s low-light conditions and calculate just how much sun your site typically gets.
 

Sunlight

Generally, if your particular area receives somewhere between 3 to 5 hours of sun each day, you can assume that this amount of light is considered partial shade. If your area receives 2 hours or less of sun each day, this amount of low-light is considered full shade. In addition to the amount of sunlight your site receives, soil conditions will also determine which plants will thrive best in the location.
 

Soil

As an example: If you can take a handful of soil and roll it into a ball that holds its shape, then this is considered a moist soil, which is perfect for most shade-loving plants. However, if the soil is dry and breaks down into powder or dusty clumps, this is considered dry soil. You will typically find this type of soil located under trees with compressed foliage and stubborn roots. In this particular area, you will need to find plants that can tolerate dry soil.
 

Dramatic Foliage

Although there are good selections of shade loving plants that produce attractive flowers, most of these plants show off their best traits with their dramatic foliage. There are numerous leaf colours that are visually appealing and range from chartreuse to blue-green to purple. In particular, the yellow-gold and silver toned foliage can bring a dramatic effect by appearing to bring the equivalent of sunlight to shady planting beds.
 

Pruning

Another way to modify the heavy shade created by trees into partial shade is to remove some limbs off the trees or thin out the branches. You may even choose to eliminate some trees altogether to increase the amount of sunlight that filters into your backyard. And remember, shade beneath deciduous trees is different throughout the year. Therefore those woody plants and flowering bulbs that might bloom in the spring can grow well because they can take advantage of the sun’s rays before the limbs have leafed out.
 

Types of Plants

One of the best and toughest plants that can thrive in a shaded garden is the Bigroot Geranium that doesn’t mind the heat, drought or dry soil. Best of all, those pesky rabbits find the taste repugnant and typically move on to tastier morsels. This shade loving plant will enhance your shaded garden and produces an array of pink or white flowers in the spring.
 
Of course, Hostas are very well-known shade plants amongst gardeners. They are attractive and easy to grow perennial plants that thrive in shade. Hostas offer a wide variety of shade plants and you can choose from miniatures that are small and compact, to oversized giants that sprawl 6 feet across or more. Their foliage comes in a multitude of green, blue, white, chartreuse and gold shades. Their presence is visually effective for a shaded backyard.
 

Easier than You Think

Gardening in a shaded area doesn’t have to be a huge challenge or a big obstacle if you remember the simple rule that first do your homework to find plants that tolerate low-light. When you discover which plants have the best chance to succeed, give them the kind of care that will provide beauty and colour in your shaded backyard.
 
Whether your backyard is partially in the shade or fully in the shade, Evergreen Landscapes can find you the right plants to complement your garden during the various phases of all seasons. Contact us and our team of professionals will be ready to help. You can also follow us on our Google+ page and receive various landscape tips and updates.

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Enhancing your landscape by having a backyard retreat with a water feature is like incorporating art into your outdoor living space. Not only does this backyard oasis offer a place to relax and slowdown from the hustle of daily living, but it provides a calm and serene setting. The sounds of the waterfall can also help to reduce the white noise of an external environment, like traffic, planes and neighbors. Read on as we attempt to give you some good backyard waterfall ideas for your own house.

backyard pool with a waterfall

 

For centuries, Buddhist monks have known the benefits of adding water features to their gardens for meditative purposes. The sounds produced by running water is a natural psychological relaxant and produces a stress-reducing benefit, whether you’re directly listening to it or it’s simply babbling in the background. Its tranquil sound can even help people to fall asleep. By including the sounds of moving water to your quiet sanctuary, you can help make your property really stand out from the rest while increasing your property’s value at the same time. The soothing sound of water trickling into a pond or pool provides an aesthetic appeal to any backyard landscape. In addition, water features can offer an interesting backdrop for backyard entertaining as the waterfall is soothing and visually appealing.

 

Pool Waterfalls

If you’re considering getting a pool waterfall then you have many different styles to choose from as landscape designers are constantly coming up with new innovative concepts for incorporating a backyard water feature to create a unique backyard focal point. If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary and want to create a grand impression then consider having a waterfall design that allows water to cascade down over rocks into your pool. For a simpler look, you can create small water curtain waterfalls. Another benefit of installing waterfall addition to your pool is the improvement of water circulation in the pool. They can help to eliminate the murkiness and ensure pool chemicals are evenly distributed in order to help to provide an ideal PH level. The improved circulation will make maintaining the pool an easier task. When Installing your waterfall you also have the option of adding in complimentary LED lights to enhance your waterfall while showcasing your landscape from dusk to dawn. Your not limited to just traditional white colours as LED’s come in many different colours most can even be set to change their colors.

 

Backyard Waterfalls Ponds

Backyard waterfalls ponds can add a calming, artistic vibe to your backyard if done right. A pond waterfall brings beauty to the landscape and increases your property value. Its sights and sounds stir the heart, relax the soul and help the environment all while supporting natural wildlife. The main consideration in designing a waterfall is the height of the water streaming into the pond. In order to accomplish this goal, a natural slope on the property might be used or a berm (artificial slope) is created behind the pond. Pond waterfalls should be surrounded with greenery in order for the landscape to be effective and heighten your natural setting. The selections of plants that are placed near a pond is an important consideration because many plants cannot survive in extremely damp conditions. When selecting plants, flowers with a longer bloom time should be preferred since as this will extend the beauty of your backyard water feature for a longer period of time. Pond waterfalls increase water circulation which prevents algae growth, which will help to make lower maintenance with fewer cleaning requirements. In addition, the water circulation helps to maintain a healthy ecosystem because it creates high oxygen water level, which is ideal for the growth of your plants and any fish living in your pond.

 

Possibilities

Water features have come a long way over the years and the possibilities are endless to create a stunning, low maintenance water feature. So enjoy the mesmerizing sounds of cascading water, tranquil plant movement and relaxation from the privacy of your own backyard. If you feel that you yourself are interested in having a waterfall in your backyard and are in the Hamilton, Waterdown, Burlington, Oakville or Carlisle area then Contact Evergreen Landscapes today!

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Different types of driveway materials can completely change the look and feel of your home. An inviting driveway can help set the ambiance of your home from the minute that your guests arrive, and many of the most esthetically pleasing driveways are also built to last. Explore your options for driveways and walkways and choose what installation will complement your style and your budget!

 

Stone Driveway
 

Asphalt Driveway Company

Asphalt driveway company and asphalt is the most common driveway surface, however, as the industry grows this trend may start to weaken as home owners are exposed to many other options. Asphalt is relatively inexpensive and easy to install. In terms of design, asphalt is a limited material in that it can only come in black. However, the black colour helps the material retain heat which can be helpful in areas with lots of snowfall. The other downfall to asphalt is its lack of longevity. Asphalt must be resealed every three to five years and lacks in durability.

 

Concrete Driveway Installation

Concrete is another affordable, long lasting driveway solution with a stronger aesthetic appeal than asphalt. Plain concrete can create a sharp and modern look to the front entrance of your home, however concrete offers many design options through the use of concrete dyes and stamps. These finishes can create a more expensive looking product that requires the same amount of maintenance as asphalt. If you are interested in a concrete driveway for your home, it is important to note that this material can be affected by extremely cold weather.

 

Brick and Stone Driveways

Brick and stone driveways are popular, especially if your landscaping requires additional walkways or pathways that would benefit from a unified look. Bricks or stones are durable and come in a variety of colours and shapes and are capable of a variety of patterns and designs. Bricks can create either a traditional look for an older home with character, or a more modern look depending on the design choices you make for your home. Although brick or stone is extremely low maintenance in comparison to asphalt and concrete, it is a more expensive upfront cost, as it requires materials as well as a lot of labour time with an experienced brick layer.

 

Recycled Rubber Driveway

Rubber driveways are a modern, environmentally friendly alternative to traditional paving methods. Rubber paving is comprised of recycled tire crumb that is created to be strong, weather resistant and aesthetically appealing. The rubber formulation is naturally slip resistant and does not run the risk of cracking and chipping like many common driveway materials. There are many options for the colour of your driveway if you choose a rubber material, all the way from reds to blacks as well as many neutral earth tones. If you decide to try a rubber driveway or walkway, switch from using a metal shovel in the winter to a plastic shovel to avoid damaging the rubber. Similarly, if you use a snowblower, you can replace the sharp metal edges with hard rubber or plastic edges. Many rubber driveways come with a minimum five year warranty to ensure that you are covered in any extreme circumstance where your driveway may require a repair.

 

If you are interested in redoing or getting a new driveway, take a look at our Gallery of previous work and Contact Evergreen Landscapes for your professional driveway installation.

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Landscaping around your backyard pool is more than just planting a few bushes and calling it a day. Your swimming pool will end up looking like a body of water on your yard unless you enhance the surrounding area further with a pool deck.

 

Your goal is to create a pool environment that’s inspirational, attractive, easy to entertain around, and more importantly, hard for you and your guests to leave. It’s a place where you create a tranquil environment to combat the effects of everyday stress and soothe your mind, body and soul.

 

poolscape in Aldershot

 

Aside from the pool itself, your deck is the foundation for your landscape design and achieved in many different ways. Poolscaping your deck can be attained with many types of material such as wood, stones or pavers. Whichever material you decide to incorporate in your design plan, a pool deck will greatly upgrade the look of your swimming pool. It will create a stunning accent area while increasing your property value.

 

Layout Consideration

 

You want to plan your deck in a way so that you can take advantage of your surrounding views from within and outside the pool area. While most deck layouts have people sitting with their backs to the house, this seating arrangement is not always the best. A striking, well-landscaped rear façade can be accomplished and more aesthetically pleasing if your home is bordered by natural views, such as mountains, lakes or sunsets. These natural settings should be accentuated whenever possible by the positioning of your deck. If this isn’t feasible and you have unwanted views, consider a fence to orient the deck and minimize undesired sights.

 

Privacy Considerations

 

Both fencing and/or landscaping are ideal solutions for maintaining privacy. The lounging areas and congregation spots should be as far away from your neighbour’s property as possible. In addition to security, fencing diminishes the sounds that travel from neighbouring houses or traffic. Landscaping also plays an important part in acquiring privacy using trees, hedges, rockery and oversized bushes acting as buffers in maintaining privacy as well as dampening sound.

 

Material Trends for Pool Decks

 

Most pool decking falls into one or more of the material choices listed below. Some of these materials are highly variable with dozens of options, while others are more static.

 

Concrete: One of the biggest trends for inground pool deck designs is tinted, textured and decorative concrete that provides a safe, durable and slip-resistant deck. New techniques for stamping offer stunning designs that are unique, functional and affordable.

 

Pavers: Quality pavers are available in a huge variety of shapes, sizes and colours. They are valued for their low cost, long term durability and permeability, and ability to move with the ground to eliminate cracking. A big advantage of precast pavers is that they are small enough to be moved by hand without special equipment and can stand alone on sand or gravel without any mortar. There are numerous types of pavers that can be used for a pool deck. Some designs are ideal for permeable paving that complies with the zero runoff building codes.

 

Here is a list of types of pavers:

• Natural Stone
• Brick
• Flagstone
• Concrete
• Interlocking
• Permeable

 

Wood: Most types of wood can be used for a pool deck provided that it is pressure treated for outdoor use. If you are opting for a dramatic look around the pool, you may want to consider exotic hardwoods such as Ipe or Teak. Teak, in particular, is popular due to its intricate design, durability and ability to hold natural oils, resulting in this type of lumber being bug repellent and resistant to mold. However, wood is more high maintenance than some other materials and requires proper care on a regular basis.

 

Rubber: Homeowners might want to consider rubber, which is a relatively unknown surface option for pool decks. The material provides not only a soft and nonslip surface, but it’s capable of withstanding outdoor climate variations. One such product is PebbleFlex® which uses advanced bond-in-place technology. Millions of pebbles bond together, creating a safe and durable surface. Traditionally used in playgrounds, this material is making headway as a viable option for a pool deck surface.

 

If all of this information is overwhelming, consider Evergreen Landscapes to construct your ultimate poolscape. Based in Waterdown, Evergreen Landscapes services Burlington, Aldershot, Ancaster, Dundas and the surrounding areas.

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The Weather Network announced in May that tick season has kicked in across Canada and the season goes from mid-spring to October. Officials are reminding people to keep a vigilant watch on or around their property to protect loved ones, including their pets. Of utmost important is the fact that you should be aware of Lyme disease, which is often a risk attached to tick season. Lyme disease is more common in parts of southern Canada and the U.S. where specific tick populations reside.

 

According to a report by CBC News, cbc.ca and the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation, canlyme.com Dr. Andrew Peregrine of the Ontario Veterinary College says that the area near Kingston is a hotbed for ticks right now. The reports goes on to say that other areas with lots of ticks and Lyme disease are Long Point, straight south of Brantford on the shores of Lake Erie, where 60 per cent of ticks are infected; nearby Turkey Point; and Point Pelee National Park, in Leamington, where the deer population is booming. Dr. Peregrine says, even if you’re just travelling in those southern Ontario hotspots, you can “dramatically” increase your risk for Lyme disease and bring ticks home.

 

What are Ticks?

 

Ticks are part of the arachnid family, which also includes mites, spider and scorpions. Ticks are external parasites that attach itself to the skin of an animal and lives from sucking on the blood. Ticks can carry of a number of diseases that affect both humans and other animals, such as:

 

  • A TickLyme disease
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever
  • Tularemia
  • Babesiosis
  • Ehrlichiosis and Anaplasmosis
  • Relapsing fever

Although there are hundreds of kinds of ticks found almost everywhere on the planet, the most common types that people refer to are the deer tick and the dog tick. The size of the deer tick is about the same as a pin head and one of the diseases it carries is Lyme disease.

 

Where Do They Live?

 

If your house happens to be located near wooded or brushy areas, it is possible that you may come in contact with ticks during the warm weather. If your skin is exposed to the elements, the tick attaches itself somewhere on your body and buries its head into your flesh. Ticks can be found attached to anywhere on your body, including armpits, inside the ears, your groin, in your hair or your pets because they seek out warm and moist areas. A tick infestation can occur if you or your pet carry a tick into your home and reproduction occurs. Since ticks are very small, they may not be noticed immediately and can lay their eggs in many parts of the house, preferably in cracks or crevasses in floorboards.

 

Ticks on your Property – What to Do:

 

Not only are ticks on your property a nuisance, they are dangerous due to the diseases that they carry and the infestation that can occur if they get into your home. Their favorite habitat is in the grassy, bushy areas of your property that are warm and moist and often sheltered with trees and shade, but there are other locations in your yard where they may frequent as well. The first thing to do is make your property inhospitable to them by targeting any favorable tick conditions in your backyard. Start by getting rid of dead, scraggly and overgrown vegetation by cutting it back and keeping your yard trimmed regularly. Avoid grass from overgrowing and eliminate vines and other plants where ticks might hide. Allow as much sun as possible to enter the backyard because ticks dislike sunny environments that are dry with few clumpy areas to populate. You can discourage ticks taking up residence by mowing your lawn regularly which deprives ticks of tall grass, evaporates the morning dew quickly and lets the sun shine in. Mowing regularly also keeps other bugs at bay which makes your life more pleasurable overall. If you have any tall grasses around your house or lawn, clear them away. In addition, clear your yard of any damp and dark brush and dead leaves. Dead leaves are especially a haven for ticks to hide in because of the darkness, warmth and moisture. Use an approved pesticide on your lawn and surrounding area in late spring to early summer. By using a certified and safe pesticide, you can reduce the tick population by fifty percent. Check with your local retailer for pesticides approved for your area. Since ticks travel on mammals, a fenced yard will prevent animals, such as deer or coyotes from passing through and leaving a trail of ticks behind. Fencing will help control the tick population from entering your property. Keep your firewood in a dry location and neatly stacked to discourage ticks from setting up home and entering your house when the wood in brought indoor. Lastly, thoroughly clean the underside of bird feeders because ticks can nest there undisturbed until you go to change the seed where upon they jump on you. Evergreen Landscapes can assist you in designing and altering your property should you need help.

 

Signs & Symptoms:

 

According to the Mayo Clinic, (read their article) Lyme disease usually affects more than one system such as the skin, joints and nervous system, therefore the signs and symptoms vary. Within a month of being infected you will find a small, red bump that is the site of a tick bite. This condition is normal; however, over theWhat a Bite from a Tick Looks Like next few days, you might notice a bull’s-eye pattern has appeared as the redness expanded resulting in a red outer ring that surrounds a clear area. This rash (erythema migrans) is the hallmark of Lyme disease, resulting in flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, fatigue, body aches and an accompanying headache. You may experience additional symptoms several weeks to months after you have been infected. These symptoms may include developing bouts of severe joint pain and swelling, especially your knees, but the pain can shift from joint to joint. You may also experience meningitis, an inflammation of the membranes surrounding your brain or Bell’s palsy, a temporary paralysis of one side of your face. There may also be numbness or weakness in your limbs and impaired muscle movement.

 

Seek Medical Attention:

 

Lyme disease is contracted by only a minority of deer tick bites, but the longer the tick remains embedded in your skin, the greater your risk. If you think you’ve been bitten and experience signs and symptoms since you live in an area that ticks are widespread and Lyme disease is prevalent, contact your doctor immediately. Treatment for Lyme disease is most effective if begun early. Overall it is tick season and southern Canadians should be cautious and aware of the dangers caused by ticks on your property and know what to do to in order to avoid them. Canadians should also be informed of what to do when faced with a tick bite in order to reduce the damage. If you want help to keep your property tick free then Contact Evergreen Landscapes today and ask about what we can do to your property to prevent any ticks from spreading into your backyard.