Considerations for a Wet Lawn

In early spring, lawns and planting beds are often wet from snow melt and spring thaw. After a particularly wet winter, you may be wondering what to do with a waterlogged lawn that now seems more like a swamp than the green expanse of turf it’s supposed to be. Here are some ideas for managing…[ Read more » ]

Spring Cleaning for Your Garden

Spring is the best time to do maintenance and cleanup work on your garden and home landscape. After a long winter indoors, you’re probably ready and willing to spend time outdoors in the sun doing a few basic garden chores. Here is a guide for spring cleaning your garden to help it recover from winter…[ Read more » ]

Why Mulching Your Garden is Important

Mulch is one of the best gifts you can give your garden. A well mulched garden will have happier, healthier plants and will save you time and money. Almost any organic material can work as mulch, but shredded hardwood bark, pine bark or pine straw are the best and most readily available options. Here are…[ Read more » ]

3 Tips to help You Save Water in Your Garden

Even though it might be hard to believe it right now while you’re staring out at all that white stuff, water is a scarce and valuable resource. Though clean water is much harder to come by in some parts of the world than here in Ontario, it still makes sense to conserve water whenever possible….[ Read more » ]

The Surprising 4 Factors That can Inflate the Cost of Your Landscape Project

There are a handful of factors that consistently lead to homeowners experiencing higher landscaping costs than they anticipated- some are beyond their control, and some are manageable. Here are the top 4 factors that can increase your landscaping costs, and how to best conquer them, if possible: 1. Slope and Elevation Every property is unique….[ Read more » ]

Invest in Your Backyard to Create a Weekend Getaway

When the weekend comes, would you rather spend Friday evening stuck in stop-and-go traffic for hours until you finally arrive at a remote cabin or simply walk into your backyard, which has been transformed into a comfortable retreat designed to ease your stress and lure you into a state of relaxation? While many people feel…[ Read more » ]

Fall Lawn Care Tips to Set You up for a Better Spring

Fall lawn care is a mystery for many. So many homeowners give up when the weather gets slightly cooler, but continuing good habits into the fall will allow you to work less through the following spring and summer. Investing a small amount of time to complete a few basic tasks will pay off with big…[ Read more » ]

Fall Pruning Guide: When to Trim Trees & How to Prune Shrubs

Getting the timing for when to complete fall pruning and tree trimming, and learning the proper ways of how to prune shrubs can make a big difference in the look of your garden, without any additional effort. Why Prune? If your favourite ornamental trees and shrubs don’t seem to be flowering like they used to,…[ Read more » ]

Patio Maintenance Tasks to do Today

Do these patio maintenance tasks today, before the winter sets in, and extend the lifetime of your investment. A well constructed patio should be a durable and attractive feature in your landscape that will last for years, if not decades. Though they need very little maintenance, there are a few simple things you can do…[ Read more » ]

A Patio Builders Planning Tip Sheet

As a company in the business of building patios for people all around the Oakville, Ontario area we have found a few simple design tips that should work for anyone as they plan their patio. Following a few of these should help turn those ideas into something solid you can present at one of our…[ Read more » ]

Ideas for Your Backyard Design Project

Coming up with that perfect backyard design for the unique conditions and settings on your property can be achieved with some planning, introspection and the guidance of a quality consultant. It all starts with you and your home so let us begin with that. The biggest determining factor in the design process are that physical…[ Read more » ]

Feng Shui and Garden Landscape Design

Garden landscape design doesn’t have to be all about permits, poured concrete and shovelling dirt. You can also think about how this whole process will bring you closer to your garden by incorporating the elements of Feng Shui. Feng Shui doesn’t have to be anything complicated. Any contractor can bring in design elements that directly…[ Read more » ]

The Four Aspects of Backyard Landscaping Design

Beginning the planning of your backyard landscaping project, either with a professional or on your own, can break down into 4 basic categories. Knowing what they are can help you build your design and give you a greater overall sense of what it is you want to build and how to do so. Those 4…[ Read more » ]

Patio Designs for Every Day Use

There are many backyard design options available to turn your outdoor space into a relaxing oasis for everyday use. Patio designs can be customized to create any type of space, from an outdoor kitchen or extended living area, to a relaxing haven including a water feature or fireplace. When planning your backyard landscape design, it…[ Read more » ]

Backyard Landscaping Ideas for your Home

The first warm day of spring can invigorate any home owner to get outdoors and design a backyard oasis. There are many backyard landscaping ideas that can help you create a functional and usable space, while carrying your interior decorating scheme to the outdoors. There are many different types of patio stones available to consumers…[ Read more » ]

3 Garden Secrets for Hot, Dry Weather

It’s been a hot, dry summer but don’t let that affect the beauty or health of your garden! With these simple and easy gardening secrets your garden will look great and survive the heat, all while using a minimal amount of water. 1. Choose Your Plants Wisely Choose plants that require a minimal amount of…[ Read more » ]

5 Benefits of an Organic Vegetable Garden

Summer is here and you are probably happy to be gardening again. Consider an organic vegetable garden this season. There are a number of reasons that an organic vegetable garden is a great idea for your family. 1. Healthy – organic produce is a healthy option for your family. Without the use of pesticides and…[ Read more » ]

Organic Gardening Recipes: Homemade Insecticides

You could purchase an organic insecticide, but why not make your own? It’s easy and affordable. Insects and rabbits like bland food. Making your garden spicy is a great way to prevent insects and other pests from eating your harvest. Hot Pepper Spray 1. In a blender mix together a couple of hot peppers (cayenne…[ Read more » ]

6 Tips for a Butterfly Friendly Garden

Do you feel like you’ve seen an unusually large number of butterflies this spring? You probably have. According to an article published in the Toronto Star on Saturday, April 21st, 2012 in Southern Ontario over the past two weeks we’ve had a sudden increase in the population of red admiral butterflies. These beautifully coloured butterflies…[ Read more » ]