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Now that summer projects are underway for many homeowners, one of the most attractive additions that can be added to any landscape project is the inclusion of stone steps. Natural stone steps are commonly used by landscaping companies to accommodate any grade changes to the property and add dimension to a project.

A house with Stone Steps

 

They are most often used for entrances for homes, buildings or a nice alternative for elevated patios, grade changes to pool entrances or any walkway that has an incline or walkways up hill. In particular, the steps to your home are the first place that guests draw their initial impression. By using the right design and stone step materials, your home’s exterior look will be greatly enhanced and value to your property will be added.

 

Whenever stairs are a necessity to accommodate any type of movement throughout the property, stone stairs are an environmentally sensible solution because they are functional, durable and aesthetically appealing and decorative. Stone steps are less obtrusive than wooden steps and offer a depth of dimension that cannot be acquired with wood on upland sites.

 

When a well-designed stone step walkway is added to a residential or commercial property, it helps to improve and facilitate the entire look of the outdoor space. Because stones come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials, different designs and finishing touches can be chosen to make the possibilities endless depending on the look and feel of the property.

 

There are many types, styles and materials of stone steps that can be integrated into your landscape that is either cut natural stone steps or random natural stone steps. According to the descriptions provided by mineralzonestonesteps they are:

 

Types of Stone Steps:

  • Simple Stone Steps: Simple steps are made by placing large stones placed at varying intervals up an incline. They are set with the treads that are formed by the natural substrate or stone aggregate.
  • Mortared Stone Steps: Mortared steps are most commonly found near carparks or where access for materials is easy. Mortaring step stones is used for extra stability.
  • Pitched Stone Steps: These stones are placed using a longer spacing on gentler slopes. The gap between is pitched with smaller stones.
  • Capping Stone Steps: Capping stone steps are commonly used for staircases, but they can also be used for short steep sections.

 

Styles of Stone Steps: (available in three styles)

  • Sawed Steps: These stone steps are rectangular in their shape and sawed on the top and bottom. They are most often used for front walks and high traffic areas.
  • Split Steps: These are stones that have been hydraulically split into a rectangular shape so that it retains its natural appearance on each surface. They are most prominent in garden paths, front walks and stairways.
  • Quarry Steps: Quarry steps are large pieces of stones set into the ground with a walking surface that is flat, but has an irregular appearance from the top.

 

Materials for Making Stone Steps:

  • Granite Steps: Granite steps are immensely popular because they convey a completely new look to the surroundings. However, these stone steps can be very slippery, so you will find them often used in commercial establishments like hotels, offices and monuments. Limestone Steps: Limestone is an ideal stone step because it has a very fine grained surface texture. They are very hard, durable and impervious to any atmospheric condition.
  • Sandstone Steps: Not only are sandstone steps weather proof, they can be easily cut, polished, sawed and molded. They come in a variety of colours and offer a rugged natural look.

 

Whichever type, style or material you decide to use, stone steps create an impressive landscape and the options are endless.  Evergreen Landscapes can use cast products or natural slabs that are indigenous to Oakville and beyond. For more details contact us as we can create impressive added features to your landscape that will take your breath away.

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Dandelion weed

Now that the lawn growing season is in its prime, the proliferation of those pesky weeds are also developing at a rapid rate. They’re the scourge of homeowners everywhere because they almost seem to appear out of nowhere.  Most homeowners can only dream about a weed free lawn like those that are seen at championship golf courses. In fact, when you consider how tenacious these pesky invaders are with just one dandelion plant making up to 15,000 seeds, it’s a wonder that any of us can win the battle. Fortunately, there are several steps that you can take to eliminate weeds in your yard.
 
How you attack the intruders will depend upon which weeds you have in your lawn since no single product, weeding technique or lawn care can work against of all of them at one time. Weeds that show up in the lawn fall under three broad categories.

  • Unwanted grasses like crabgrass
  • Grass-like plants (sedges like nut-sedge)
  • Broadleaf plants like dandelion.

Some of the weeds are annuals that complete their life cycle in one season and these weeds will reproduce from seeds.  The perennials can live for several years while spreading underground and more difficult to control and eradicate.

 

Proper Lawn Care:

When you have a lawn that is stressed, it’s a prime target for weeds to take over, so proper lawn care is the best defense you can have against weed infestations. By taking a few simple steps like giving your lawn a deep watering infrequently, you help your lawn to compete for deeper root growth.
 
Each grass type has an ideal cutting height for good health and strong growth, but for weed control set your lawn mower higher, usually one of the two highest settings. This higher cut helps the grass to grow thick to shade out weeds and their seeds, which makes it harder for them to grow. Proper lawn feeding is essential to help your lawn thicken up.
 
A lawn fertilizer, like Scotts® Turf Builder® Lawn Food, aids the grass by filling in bare spots where weeds might grow and makes the area less welcoming to them. Longer grass also helps to prevent weeds by keeping it cooler and retarding weed seed germination. If you don’t know what type of grass you have, stop by a lawn care center with a sample to find out. Another strategy is to mow your grass when it needs it. Depending on the weather conditions in your region and the season, you might be mowing every week or two, then again, it can be every four or five days.

 

Prevention and Treatment:

Using a herbicide should your last resort, but this may be required when you have tried everything else and nothing works on a particular weed or your lawn is taken over by the invasion. If you use a herbicide, read the label carefully for your lawn type, the weeds you’ve got and when it works within a certain temperature range. According to This Old House, herbicides fall into three major categories: click here.

 

Preemergence herbicides: These products kill germinating seeds before seedlings break through the soil with crabgrass being a primary target. Preemergence herbicides are generally synthetic, but there are natural, nontoxic Preemergence herbicides made from corn gluten that are safer.

 

Postemergence herbicides: These products kill existing weeds that are actively growing. These herbicides come in two types, contact and systemic. Contact herbicides will kill only the part of the plant they touch while systemic herbicides circulate inside the plant and kill the whole thing.

 

Most broadleaf herbicides are systemic and selective to kill broadleaf weeds only, but they will not kill weedy grasses. Glyphosate, which is the active ingredient in Roundup and similar products, is a systemic, nonselective herbicide that kills broadleaf weeds and weedy grasses. However, it also kills turf and other desirable plants, so it should only be used when you want to kill an entire section of lawn and replant it.

 

Weed-and-feed: These productscombine fertilizer and herbicides that will do two jobs at once, but the labor saving promises might backfire if the recommended time for weed control doesn’t coincide with the best time for fertilizing.
 
Whichever herbicide you decide to use in the war against weeds, follow the label directions carefully to get the best results and address the causes of the weeds to prevent new ones from growing. Take care of your lawn and apply herbicides only when needed if other methods have not provided the desired results.
 
Need some more help with keeping those pesky weeds away for good and answering any of your lawn care questions? Contact Us today and we’ll be happy to help!

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Electric Lawn Mower

Before you get your heart set on a new lawn mower, think about your investment for a few days before you purchase one. Consider what kind of mower is best for your particular lawn because it is not always the most expensive mower that will do the job for your particular requirements. When shopping for a new mower, most homeowners look at price, brand and features and even the manufacturer’s name has an influencing factor in their decision making process. Most important however, is the size and shape of your topography that should influence what type of mower suits you best. All lawn mowers have advantages and disadvantages, and these should be weighed according to your needs and budget.

 

There are many features that you want to consider when choosing a lawnmower, but start by thinking about the size of your lawn. According to lawn care experts, the general rule of thumb is that the bigger your lawn, the bigger your mower should be to accommodate the property. One way of thinking about size is to consider a tennis court. If your lawn is about half that size of the court, it’s considered to be a small lawn. If your lawn is about the size of the court, it’s considered a medium-sized lawn. If it’s larger than the court, it’s considered a large lawn. Once you’ve settled on the size of the lawn, you can begin to consider what type of lawn mower to choose for your situation.
When you begin to shop around, you’ll notice that there are many different types of lawnmowers, but fundamentally, almost all lawnmowers fit into two categories; the rotary mowers and the cylinder mowers.

 

Rotary push lawn mower

 

Rotary push lawn mowers are the most common type on the market and there’s a greater variety of rotary models to choose among. Rotary lawnmowers work quite simply by rapidly spinning a blade to cut grass and it spins horizontally from east to west. It uses a sucking and tearing action to cut the grass with one blade that rotates extremely fast. There are some that are manually powered, but most always motorized in some way. The rotary lawn mower’s design is simple and adapts very well to small engines that are gas or electric powered.

 

Rotary lawn mowers are powerful, heavy, and well adapted to a wide variety of grass conditions, including lawns with weeds and dandelions. The rotary lawn mower is quite heavy to push, but usually come with motorized wheels. The self-propelled rotary lawn mowers have one very high speed rotating blade underneath. The blade ‘chops’ the grass on impact due to its very high speed.

 

Most rotary mowers have the grass box behind with a few having an integral grass box. These mowers work best on a medium to high cut. They’re generally a better choice for large lawns, as well as long, overgrown and unruly grass. Most have wheels, but there are also hover lawnmowers available which float on air to make mowing lawns with slopes and uneven areas easier. In addition, you can get variations on rotary mowers, such as ride on mowers or tractor mowers, which are just larger ride on versions.

 

Cylinder push lawn mower

 

The cylinder (reel) mower comes in many varieties and they can be either manual or motorized using electric or gas as their power source. The mower has vertical wheels that brush up and cuts the grass in a very neat and even cut. A cylinder lawn mower has five to twelve exposed blades at the front of the mower. The blades rotate the trappings and slice the grass blades against a fixed bottom plate like a pair of scissors. The more blades there are on the equipment, the better the cut. This type of mower is normally quiet and relatively cheap.

 

The cylinder mower works best on a low or short cut and not ideal for cutting long grass. If you cannot keep your grass low, this will mean frequent mowing, usually twice a week. The downside to this type of cutting system is that, although the cut is superior to a rotary mower, the blades of a cylinder mower need periodic and exact adjustment to maintain the quality of cut. This service must be done precisely or it will cause the mower to chew the grass that produces an exceptionally poor cut.

 

Are you ready to improve your landscape? If you’re in need of more information on how to choose the right lawn mower, or lawn care in general, contact us. Evergreen is here to help you with all your lawn needs.

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Front Yard grass

Now that the growing season has begun, homeowners may consider rolling their lawns. A lawn roller is a device that consists of a large tube with a mounted handle unit for pushing or pulling. Some people believe that taking the time to roll out a grass lawn every spring is an essential part of proper lawn maintenance. Alternatively, others consider rolling a lawn is a great idea in theory, although it is unnecessary and often quite damaging in practice. So who is right? Here are a few lawn rolling tips.

The Pros

Lawn rolling can be helpful for a spring lawn maintenance schedule if you are trying to remove minor bumps or smooth out uneven lawn sections. If you are trying to level out an uneven lawn, you’ll need to add soil first to any hollows before rolling. If you want to keep your lawn level for the longer term, you can add an annual light top dressing each spring as a fantastic treatment to prevent minor cracks or dips in the lawn. This top dressing helps to keep your lawn level and maintains a good quality soil texture. This method is perfect for having a nice even lawn to walk on plus ensuring your mowing job is safer and easier.

 

Lawn rolling can also be used for the single purpose of preparing a bare area for planting. Another acceptable garden practice for lawn rolling is when a new seedbed is being established. In this case, a light roller is used to ensure the seed is firmly in contact with the soil to increase the germination. Although rolling isn’t really necessary for this purpose since you can rake in the seed to make contact with the soil, it will not cause much harm either. Additionally, rolling can be used when a sod lawn is laid down. The rolling will help the sod lawn take root into the ground that will encourage the roots to grow deeper into the dirt underneath.

 

The Cons

The biggest obstacle and complaint that is suggested by lawn care experts is that lawn rollers compact the soil and squash all the soil particles together. This method creates its own set of problems because the air spaces necessary for good root growth are eliminated. The result of compacting the soil means that water can’t penetrate the soil because it is too pressed down and there are no holes for the water to move into, which causes run off.

 

The water never penetrates deep into the soil to get at the roots for providing moisture. It has a tough time penetrating the top compacted layer, and therefore, does not easily move between the layers of varying soil types. The run off takes any nutrients along with it and gets washed down the sewer. Rolling eliminates the necessary aeration that is required for a lawn to grow healthy and lush. Because of this compacted top surface layer, lawn rolling puts tremendous stress on the lawn first thing in the spring when the lawn is in its major growing period.

 

When you think of a golf green, you think of perfectly manicured lawns that are smooth and pristine; however, it’s not the same as lawn rolling your home lawn. Unlike your lawn that sits on a mixture of soil types that are easily compacted, golf greens sit on a special sand base chosen for its ability not to compact.

 

The soils of golf greens and your lawn can’t be compared, so the lawn rolling practices will be different. Even with the special sand base, the greens are rolled several times a week and regularly “cored” to allow for expansion of the soil and the introduction of water and air.

 

Putting greens are intensively managed grass surfaces that are fed, watered and treated for disease regularly. The rigorous management of the green is geared to making the golf ball roll better by having a firmer surface and treading a fine line between optimum grass health and playing surface.

 

Your Choice

Although there are pros and cons as to whether you should or should not roll your lawn, a lawn roller can be used in a variety of ways to create and maintain an even lawn. However, the final decision is always yours to make and we’re here to help.

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Until you own a home with a lawn to grow and maintain, you probably never considered all the different types of grasses on the market and various climates that contribute to its rich growth and well-being. Now that the growing season has taken off, you might be wondering the biggest trick to picking the correct grass type for you to have the perfect lawn.

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Homeowners seem obsessed with their lawns and developing a healthy, green lawn has become an indicator of someone who knows how to garden. Just consider the amount of lawn care products that you can find at any retail home garden center and you know how much we invest in our lawns. However, achieving a great lawn takes time and doesn’t occur overnight. It is accomplished by someone doing a bit of planning before putting in, or re-establishing, a lawn because they pay attention to a few details in order for the grass to do well.
 

If the grass around your home is looking poorly and not living up to your expectations, don’t fret because there are numerous things that you can do to create the perfect lawn. The first thing you must do in selecting a species for your lawn is to identify your region and climate. Canadian lawns consist mostly of cool season turf-grass because the lawns have their main growth periods in the spring and fall.

 

Cool season grasses are capable of thriving in places with cooler climates, but as we all know, they require a lot of water to maintain their appearance in hot summer temperatures. Lawns can also have a mix of different grass species that are beneficial for tolerating a range of growing conditions. These mixtures can help to make the lawn less vulnerable from pest damage spreading to the whole lawn rather than just using a single grass species. Once you have selected a species for your particular region, you can now narrow down the best grass seed type based on your specific requirements and what you want to do with your lawn. As an example, will your lawn be used for a kids play area and pets running on it or simply for good looks around your garden areas?

 

Here are some of the best cool season grasses to grow this season for a great looking lawn.
 
• Bentgrass was originally cultivated for use on golf course greens. Its main advantage is that it tolerates extremely close mowing. However, if not mowed regularly, it takes on a shaggy appearance.

• Kentucky Bluegrass is perhaps the most well-known cool-season lawn grass in North America. It is most commonly used for homes, parks and sports fields. It can be blended with other complementary species to provide the best lawn appearance and versatility.

• Rough Bluegrass is a fine-textured turf-grass capable of withstanding a considerable amount of shade if sufficient moisture is present. It is sometimes combined with Kentucky Bluegrass because of its shade tolerance.

• Fescue comes in a number of different fescue grass seed varieties. There are two categories of fescue lawns. One is turf-type tall fescue and the other is fine fescue. Both blends of seed are suitable to grow lawns and recognized for their good appearance and versatility.

• Perennial Ryegrass seed is a quick-growing, cool-season bunch grass used across North America for home lawns, athletic fields and golf courses. Common perennial ryegrass germinates quickly for an almost instant lawn. It can be used as a temporary ground cover while the slower growing bluegrass species takes hold.
 
Before you seed, your lawn requires a good spring cleanup to produce a healthy summer lawn since winter can alter soil pH, compact the soil, and create conditions friendly to weeds and disease. To start the year off right, it’s crucial that you properly clean, fertilize and mow your yard early in the season. For additional information contact

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In the mad rush to get a head start on getting your lawn ready for the new season, many people overlook the need for aerating their lawns. Basic lawn practices like fertilizing, proper mowing and watering contribute to a beautiful lawn, but aeration can be a vital element to ensure that nutrients reach the soil beneath your grass.

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As the sod ages over time, the soil beneath the grass can become compacted. This compression prevents air and water from penetrating the lawn to feed it. The lawn ends up with little or no small pockets of air held in the soil. This compacted lawn thatch makes it difficult for grass roots to absorb the water and nutrients it needs to stay healthy and lush. Without open spaces for the water and nutrients to get into the soil, the lawn will deteriorate before long, making it more susceptible to weeds, invasion of insects and disease. Aeration can reverse this negative trend on your lawn because it allows air and water to penetrate built-up grass or lawn thatch.

What is Aeration:

In technical terms, aeration is a naturally occurring process that is performed for the exchange of air between the soil and surrounding atmosphere. In simpler terms, aeration involves mechanically perforating the soil and removing small cores (or plugs) of soil to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the root zone of the grass. This process allows the roots to grow more deeply to produce a stronger and more vigorous lawn. The plugs of soil are deposited to the surface where they will work their way back into the soil over the course of a month. In the lawn care industry, this procedure is also call core aeration, soil cultivation, coring, spiking or slicing.

 

Should You Aerate Your Lawn:

The most common question among homeowners is how to determine whether their lawn is a good candidate for aeration. Here are some tips.

  • If your lawn get heavy use, such as children and pets routinely running around the yard. These activities contribute to soil compaction.
  • If your lawn was created as part of a newly constructed home. Often, grass is established on subsoil and compacted by construction traffic, leaving the topsoil stripped or buried.
  • If your lawn has a dried out and spongy feel to it. This is an indicator that you may have an excessive thatch problem. Use a shovel and remove a 4 inch slice of the lawn. If the thatch layer is greater than one-half inch, aeration is recommended.
  • If your lawn was established using sod that leaves a soil layering of finer texture over the existing courser soil. This finer layer disrupts the drainage, leads to compacted conditions and causes poor root development. Aerating will break up the layering and allow water to flow more freely to reach the roots.

 

When You Should Aerate:

The best time to aerate is during the growing season in early summer or early autumn, when the lawn is growing most actively. These times are best because the grass can easily heal by filling in any open areas after the plugs have been removed. Ideally, you should aerate the lawn with a cool season grass selection in the early spring or fall and warm season grass in the late spring.

 

Aeration Equipment:

There are two different basic types of aeration equipment that will determine the effectiveness of the treatment, a spike aerator and a plug aerator. A spike aerator is simply poking holes into the ground while a plug aerator removes a core of grass and soil. Most turfs will respond optimally when the core hole perforations are made close and deep, such as 2-3 inches deep and 0.5-0.5 inches in diameter with 2-3 inches apart. Aeration equipment with hollow tines removes soil cores while other types open tines and divots the soil surface. The equipment also varies in tine size up to ¾ inch diameter and in depth of penetration up to 4 inches, depending on the manufacturer’s specifications.

 

Make It Beautiful:

Aerating your lawn is a practical and beneficial practice for achieving a beautiful lawn. It is an integral part of your lawn care regime such as proper fertilizing, mowing and watering.

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The most common question that is asked by property owners regarding an underperforming lawn or creating a new lawn is whether to use seed or sod. When deciding which route to choose, there are three important considerations to make regarding establishment methods, turf-grass selection, site preparation and new lawn care. However, the major difference between the two methods is the time necessary for developing a mature lawn.
 
Sod
 
Having sod laid down on your property is basically installing a mature turf that has been cared for by a professional nursery establishment. However, in most cases the consumer is limited in the varieties of sod available. Seeding, on the other hand, involves a comparable process that is used to establish sod that can be accomplished by a professional or homeowner. Since there are so many of variables involved in seeding, homeowners may find it difficult to successfully establish a whole new lawn on their own and decide to call in a professional to do the work.
 
Regardless whether you’ve decided to seed or sod, you’ll want to consider the initial soil preparation by getting the soil tested first so any adjustments can be made before you start. Finding out the characteristics of the soil is an important aspect of the process, but one often neglected. If you initiate a good site preparation, maintenance will be simplified and a healthy turf will be guaranteed.
 
The soil with a mostly sandy loam is the best type for growing turf (like one you would find in Ancaster). This soil is predominately sand with some sludge and clay. If your soil is mostly clay, adding organic compost, such as 2 to 3 cubic yards of peat moss will open up a soil to air, improve the texture and provide moisture holding capabilities. Adding black earth is not the preferred adjustment since it often consists of silt and clay and therefore compacts down too easily. If your prospective site requires a large amount of fill, good quality topsoil that consists of less than 20 percent clay with no herbicides can be used to augment the area. Any soil ingredient that is used should be thoroughly worked into the existing soil. Once the site is prepared, it is now ready for seed or sod.
 
For a fair comparison, here are the advantages and disadvantages to using either seed or sod.

Seeding:

Advantages

• Larger selection of grass types and varieties available.
• Different blends of species and cultivars are available, such as sun or shade, disease resistance and soil type.
• Turf develops best in its natural environment-where it will live.
• Less initial cost than sodding.
• Initially develops a stronger root system.

Disadvantages

• Timing is critical to establish best results. Seeding is limited to mainly spring and early fall.
• More weeds will occur in the springtime.
• Takes a longer period of time for initial establishment of a dense lawn.
• Reseeding may be required due to poor germination, wash outs or irrigation.
• Consistent initial watering is critical for the young seedlings.

Sodding:

Advantages

• You get an instant lawn within a day.
• You can walk on it soon after it has been laid in place.
• Significant reduction in the amount of dust, mud and erosion occurring.
• No time limitation-may be put in place at any time of the growing season.
• Inherently weed-free since grown and treated in controlled environment.
• Less watering if adequate rainfall during the growing season.
• Good for slopes or inclines.

Disadvantages

• The initial cost is higher.
• Fewer choices of the different species and management practices.
• Choice is not produced to be shade tolerant.
• If adequate natural rainfall does not occur, substantial watering required for root establishment.
• Sod may shrink if not properly install and weeds may develop.

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You go outside to your backyard for a little quiet and solitude and get ready to relax with a good book in your hand. Unfortunately, before you even make it to the chaise lounge; you’re inundated by the surrounding sounds of your neighbors barking dogs, screaming kids, lawnmowers and cars zipping by on the street. These are just a few of the external noises that can disrupt your precious time in your own backyard.

 

Wooden Fence

 

Regardless of how aesthetically picturesque and pleasing your backyard space is designed, road noise or overzealous neighbors can destroy any feelings of tranquility it might inspire. Traffic noise can really put a damper on an otherwise tranquil experience. Although it’s impossible to block out all outside sounds from your yard, the good news is that there are ways to minimize it.
 
You can reduce the noise significantly so it won’t drive you mad and prevent you from enjoying your backyard space. Natural choices such as fences, trees and shrubs are great noise barriers that can help homeowners reduce unwanted noise. And, when trees and shrubs are used in conjunction with solid barriers like fences, they achieve the best of both worlds. They don’t have to be a big, ugly wall of steel to effectively reduce traffic noise.
 

Privacy Fences:

Many homeowners choose to add a fence to their backyard property to increase privacy or to block road noise. The two important elements to consider for an effective outdoor sound barrier are its height and mass. A solid wood fence will help block out the majority of noise as well as a masonry wall, such as brick, concrete or stone. The design and material that you use is not the most important thing to consider, but rather its construction.
 
The most effective fence for a good sound block is a fence that has no gaps. Since sound waves do not travel in straight lines, they will take the path of least resistance. Therefore, if the construction of the fence ends up having visible gaps, that sound will go through easily and be readily heard. According to “This Old House,” if the sound of the noise is visible to you then you will be able to hear it. If you plan on adding a fence as a sound barrier, construct it as high as your local municipality will allow and be certain that it extends all the way down to the ground.
 

Using Trees & Shrubs for Noise Blocking:

The most visually appealing way to block noise is by planting trees and shrubs. Using natural plants as noise blockers presents a great advantage because they absorb sounds in the high frequencies that people find most annoying. With natural barriers, sound is absorbed by all of their parts such as leaves, branches, twigs and wood. The rougher the bark of a species of tree that has many branches and thick, fleshy leaves with thin leaf stems, the better the sound is absorbed. Large shrubby trees are great sound absorbers and particularly effective when located closest to the source of the sound. Lucky for us that trees leaf out during the warm weather months when you can take advantage of their ability to reduce noise while spending time outdoors.
 
Hedges are an excellent way to reduce noise while providing your back yard and home with more privacy. Unlike fences, tall hedges do not have to comply to a municipality’s height regulation. When planned, planted and cultivated properly, particularly in combination with a high-quality sound barrier, like a fence or stone wall, they provide a beautiful and effective sound barrier for your property.
 
Hedges or shrubbery offer a natural and added visual interest that fences alone can’t provide. However, for the hedges or shrubs to be truly effective, they must be planted densely enough that you can’t see over or especially through them. The Leyland Cypress is a great example of an evergreen that is very popular because it thickens quickly to block noise and stays green year round. It grows 3 to 4 feet a year and matures at a height of about 30 feet.
 

Be Peaceful:

Outside noise can affect our physical and psychological well-being, so create a sound barrier to reduce the noise and have a more peaceful place to relax in your backyard. If you want a fence, or hedges and shrubs for your home in areas like Aldershot, Ancaster, Dundas and Oakville, call Evergreen Landscapes today. We have been doing landscape construction services since 1984.

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Landscape mainly consists of six elements – landform, vegetation, horizontal structures, vertical structures, water and climate.

 

Wheel Barrel

 

Landscape designing is all about arranging these elements in such a way that the outdoor space looks good.

 

Garden design is basically a branch of landscape design. It is primarily concerned with making aesthetic difference to a private space. The difference between landscape design and garden design is that the former is concerned with public spaces whereas the latter is mainly concerned with private spaces.

 

What is landscape architecture?

The term landscape architecture is used to refer to an organized profession. In order to be a landscape architect, you have to obtain the required professional qualifications. Landscape architects work on garden design, landscape planning, landscape design and other activities that require expert skills. There is a difference between landscape planning and landscape designing.

 

While the objectives are the same, landscape planning projects are more concerned with public properties than private properties. Planning also tend to be larger in scale. In addition, planning projects tend to take longer to complete. In most cases, it is implemented by several contracts.

 

Landscape architects are concerned with designing the built environment of towns, cities and neighborhoods. They also have a responsibility to manage and protect the natural environment including the forests, fields, rivers and coasts. They have to ensure that they do not harm the environment in their bid to increase the aesthetic appeal of a neighborhood or town.

 

Landscape architects are committed to improving the overall quality of life by implementing the best design practices that make these spaces beneficial to people and other living things. We are surrounded by the works of landscape architects. Sites such as public squares, office plazas and thoroughfares are all designed by them.

 

Landscape architects use their skills to make parks, zoos, urban plazas, highways and campuses useful and visually attractive. They are expected to give their best possible service in the design, management and planning of open spaces in the urban and rural locations.

 

Landscape Construction

Landscape construction services can be broadly classified into two categories – softscapes and hardscapes. Materials like stone, pavers and wood fencing are often referred to as hardscapes. Stonework such as fireplaces, barbecues, fire pits, patios, decks, arbors and water features like ponds, waterfalls and fountains are also hardscapes.

 

Softscapes refer to installations and services involving plants and organic materials. Landscape architecture, tree installations, ornamental bed, design and landscape renovation come within the purview of softscape services.

 

Landscape construction projects are semi-permanent or permanent installations. They are a valuable investment in your home. They can cost between a few hundred dollars to several thousands of dollars depending upon the scope of the project.

 

Before consulting a landscape construction contractor, you should survey your land. You should be cognizant of potential issues such as soil conditions and drainage problems. You should also decide how you plan to use the landscape. Are you trying to improve the curb appeal of your property? Do you want to convert your outdoor space into an area where you can entertain guests? All of these are important things to consider.

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Evergreen Landscapes specializes in Landscape Construction for both hardscapes and softscapes for your home.  We work all over Southern Ontario in areas such as Aldershot, Ancaster and Dundas.  If you want an elegant stone staircase, with a beautiful tiered garden, or simply want a backyard getaway, we would be honoured if you contacted us for your consideration.

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Now that spring is has arrived, it’s time to start thinking about planning your property’s layout. Nothing makes more of a statement than landscaping your front yard because it offers a distinct first impression of your personality and home. It is the area of the home that most people spruce up first before tackling other areas and for good reason. Your front yard can transform your home’s curb appeal and impacts the way your home’s design looks from the outside.

 

Front Yard

 

Streetscaping is an excellent investment to make for your home. It offers you not only present enjoyment, but increases future resale value by setting the yard apart and making it beautiful. An attractive landscape view from the street shows a sense of individual pride and accomplishment. Whether you’re building upon an existing landscape design or starting from scratch, you front yard sets the scene for your entire property.

 

Before embarking on the landscape design for the front yard, you’ll want to take into account just how much maintenance will be required and work out a budget that fits your lifestyle. The architectural features of your front yard tend to be the most expensive because they’re permanent, so you may want to plan in stages. Maybe you’re choosing one small area of the front yard to start, like along walkways leading up to the house or perhaps a major overall, which will cost you considerably more. Whatever your intentions, you should prioritize what you would like for the end result to create harmony and balance relative to your purchasing power.

 

Evaluate your Front Yard

The first thing to consider when planning your front landscape is your natural bias, so step back and be honest in your assessment. Does your house blend in well with others in the neighborhood? Is it appealing and distinctive in its appearance and situated well on the lot? What would make it look better, stronger horizontal or vertical lines, more shrubberies, lawn, ground covers, trees or flowering gardens? Are the walkways, steps, driveway, edging and/or fencing leading up to the house easily navigated?

 

The Entryway

You want to pay particular attention to your home’s entryway and keep it clear and inviting to guests. There are many things that you can add to create a graceful lead to where you want people to go. The use of plants and structures like a lamppost, accent shrubs, flowing planters of geraniums and a bench at the front door are great landscape instruments. Your driveway should always be readily visible and simple low plantings like shrubs can help to make the turn easy. Picket fences with flowing flowers can add dramatic accents as well. Lighting at night is also an important factor to your front yard landscape so it should be placed accordingly for walkways, steps and the front door.

 

Trees and Shrubs

Trees and larger shrubs are essential in front-yard design because they provide a look of permanence and stability. Trees frame the property for a more attractive view, especially with taller trees appearing on either side of your house and at least one behind it. They are ideal for softening the look of the second story or roofline against the sky. In addition to providing shade and energy control, their placement should be used as an outline of interest with textures and colours that will embrace all seasons. Spruce up the visual look by choosing varying shapes of trees and larger shrubs including different leaf sizes for contrast. For front yards, trees and larger shrubs are ideal for marking boundaries and separating functional areas.

 

Edgings and borders

By forming edgings to your front yard, you create an important and neat outline to your home’s appearance. Theses formations offer dramatic contrasts of form, texture, and colour. Permanent features such as small concrete curbs or bricks/flagstone set on an edge, end to end or diagonally along the walkway provide a harmonious transition for borders of plants or flowers. They are a welcoming focal point to the entryway of the house. Alternatively, ground covers can be used with the ultimate spread for a year round appearance to achieve balance in the landscape.

 

Well Designed Yards

Every house has its visual assets and liabilities; therefore, a well-done front yard highlights the positive points and minimizes the problems. Your front yard’s elements of balance, scale and unity, in addition to some common sense, comes into play for an aesthetically visual scene. Thoughtful landscaping of your front yard will improve your home’s appeal and make it a beacon of beauty in the neighborhood.