Happy Labour Day from Cedargate Landscaping

From all of us here at Cedargate Landscaping we want to wish you a happy Labour Day long weekend. In Canada, the Labour Day holiday as we know it came into effect in 1894, when working class citizens took to the streets of Toronto to propose the “eight hour movement”, which mandated: 8 hours/day for…[ Read more » ]

Porch Resurfacing: This Summer’s Hottest Landscape Trend

It started out with one person asking about porch resurfacing. Then another. And another. Soon, a flood of customers were contacting us or visiting us, looking for information recovering or resurfacing their porch. Finally, we had to investigate it – and to discover why it’s suddenly become this summer’s hottest outdoor landscape design idea. Why…[ Read more » ]

Happy Canada Day from Cedargate Landscaping

Canada is celebrating its 148th birthday on July 1. And here at Cedargate Landscaping, we hope that you can enjoy the holiday, whether you’re celebrating with family and friends, taking it easy and relaxing (hey, you deserve it) or if you’re outside working on your landscaping. Since Canada Day is all about this great big…[ Read more » ]

Outdoor Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Dad

Before you head out to the department store to go Father’s Day shopping, ask yourself this: Does Dad really need another necktie? Or another bottle of cologne? Or another pair of socks? If Dad loves being outside – either working in the garden or simply resting and relaxing – then why not give him outdoor…[ Read more » ]

Have You Heard of Fusion Landscaping?

Fusion landscaping. The name itself just sounds super-cool. And in reality, fusion landscaping is super-cool. Fusion landscaping is all about taking traditional approaches, like… Planting colourful plants and flowers Enhancing your garden with lush foliage Organizing your garden layout …and fusing them with a modern and innovative design to create a unique landscape design of…[ Read more » ]

Grading and Drainage

When most people decide to undertake a landscape design project, they usually think about the bright colours that their new garden will feature. Or they think about the new interlocking patio they’ll get to enjoy. Perhaps they’ll imagine a completely transformed garden or a brand new swimming pool of their very own. These are all…[ Read more » ]

The health benefits of green spaces

Moving to a new neighborhood? Researchers say go green. Numerous studies suggest green spaces – also referred to as “open space” or “urban greenery” – not only add to an area’s aesthetic appeal, they are also good for your health. In a 2014 study, UK researchers from University of Exeter Medical School compared the health…[ Read more » ]

Why Trust Is So Important To Us

Earning your trust is important to us. Keeping it is just as important, too. We don’t want to be your landscape service partner for just one project. We want to work with you through multiple landscape design initiatives over many years – and potentially across many homes too. In order to do that, establishing trust…[ Read more » ]

Container gardening – what you need to know

Indoor gardening can involve anything from elaborate growing walls to a few simple plants. In southwestern Ontario, bringing the outdoors inside can allow you to extend the growing season. While the outdoors are covered in snow, you can enjoy beautiful flowers, herbs, vegetables, and other plants in your home. Even if you have a postage-stamp-sized…[ Read more » ]

Wood garden features can warm up your property this winter

There are many landscape designs and fixtures you can install in your yard to set your home apart from neighboring properties. Unfortunately, once winter begins and the snow starts falling those features get covered up and your yard looses it’s natural beauty and visual impact. Luckily, there are some outdoor installations that provide a visual…[ Read more » ]

Landscaping trends you need to jump on in 2015

Even though your landscaping might still be under snow, it’s never too early for you to get your 2015 landscaping planning underway. As you think more about changes that you would like to make, here are the top six trends in landscaping for 2015 that you can easily incorporate into your landscape design. Native Plants. Increasingly landscaping…[ Read more » ]

Why You Should Research Your Landscaper: Ignorance is Not Bliss!

Landscape nightmares do exist. Perhaps you have seen them for yourself or you have heard about them through acquaintances; whichever way you have come to know about theses horror stories, you need to make sure that they don’t happen to you. Whether you are planning to improve your landscaping for aesthetic reasons or if you…[ Read more » ]

A Big Win for Cedargate!

We don’t normally sing our own praises… But when the largest horticultural organization in the world, Landscape Ontario, announced Cedargate would receive an Award of Excellence for our gorgeous new website, we just couldn’t help ourselves. Only a handful of websites from the industry are chosen to receive this award, and the judging is hotly contested….[ Read more » ]

How to Build an Outdoor Skating Rink in Your Yard

It can be tough to think about your healthy green lawn getting beat down by the cold and wet snow. It can be tough, too, to remember that, amidst the snow, wind and constant cold, there are actually quite a few fun winter activities, like snowball fights, tobogganing, skiing or snowboarding, and, of course, the…[ Read more » ]

Preparing Your Property for a Long Winter

It may be cold, it may be wet, it may make it impossible to sit outside and enjoy some quiet contemplation or backyard barbecues, but winter still has its moments of beauty – and your outdoor landscape lighting can help enhance that. Upgrading your landscape lighting should be done with a degree of care and caution, and a professional…[ Read more » ]

Should You Get Your Garden Ready for Winter?

Nobody likes to face the fact that summer has pretty much come to an end. Once we get an initial taste of those seemingly endless hours of sunlight, those lazy days on the beach and calm nights in the backyard, we hope it’ll stick around forever – but at some point we need to put…[ Read more » ]

Plant Now and Create a Fall Vegetable Garden

Many people think of summer as the prime – often only – time for any form of gardening. It’s not difficult to see why – sun hats, gardening gloves and the roster of tools used for digging and planting are usually associated immediately with the months of June – August, not a day before or…[ Read more » ]

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 » ]