Preparing your garden for Spring
Now that Christmas is done for another year, and the stores have Easter eggs on the shelves, its time to start thinking about gardening. Yes, when you look out the window, it may be still covered in snow, but it wont be long before that's gone and spring will have arrived and your garden beds and lawn will need attention.
We have compiled a list of areas to pay attention to, so you can get that garden back into shape as quick as possible. Clear leaf debris away from shrub bases before leaves come out, also away from perennial ...
Laying turf or sod
The hardest part about laying turf or sod as some like to call it, is the preparation work. The prep work is alot easier if you have good soil. By good soil, we mean low clay, well draining, high organic material, and very few weed seeds.
Benefits of Good turf soil prep: uniform growth throughout the lawn area faster recovery from wear in high traffic areas less water, fertilizer and chemicals required healthier looking lawn all round
What does a good turf lawn need
Turf for your lawn only requires 4 things: sunlight air ...
How to get great landscaping in Calgary?
Landscaping is the addition of plants and shrubs, as well as the construction of hardscapes and softscapes around your home or business. It also refers to the designing, planning and overall enhancement of the appearance of your outdoor living space. Landscaping can also cover full new installations or renovations of existing landscapes.
Over the years, landscaping has become a much bigger investment to our homes. It can range from creating planting beds and lawn right through to adding hot-tubs, pools and water features as ...
Catherine Stewart, Award-winning garden journalist, blogger and photographer; writer for garden magazines and co-author of 'Waterwise Gardening'; writes article about our paving design. At last, a designer who uses paving in innovative ways - Gardendrum.com Innovative paving and ground-plane pattern-making is not something I see very often in paving stones, so when I came across this fabulous paving work by Phil at award-winning Creative By Design Landscaping in Calgary, I was smitten. Phil creates paving designs for a variety of purposes and the precision of his ...
Rock retaining walls In Your landscape
When it comes to retaining walls, this is something we really love doing. Why? Because it has two main functions, one is to create level usable area's and the other is because there are so many options for materials and look's when building those walls.
Our main focus in this post are the natural stone options for retaining walls, which will be Flagstone or Granite.
Flagstone is a type of flat sedimentary stone that is usually delivered on pallets, and has been pre-graded by the supplier. It is usually more expensive than ...
Hints and tips to creating your Backyard
Backyard landscaping is probably the most important part of any concept. Whilst the front is very important, as a visual aesthetic for people passing by, the backyard is where you would spend the majority of your time, as well as entertain guests.
When creating your backyard landscaping, it is good idea to think about some of the following; where you would like to relax; will this be right next to the house, or if not.... how will you get to the seating areas and what will you walk on, to get there. what are the ...
Paving Stones Calgary
What makes paving stones so good?
Paving stones are a good way to get a long lasting hardscape. Paving stones when installed correctly can often add value to your home especially if done creatively. Paving Stones can be used for many different purposes such as paver patio's, driveways, walkways as well Steps and brick paver-edge. Paving stones are a great way to be creative with your hardscape.
What makes laying paving stones better for hardscaping than other products on the market, such as aggregate and stamped concrete. The truth is that paving ...
Irrigation: The Smarter Way to Water Your Lawn and Plants
When it comes to irrigation, many people like to rant on about ‘deep watering’ and how this is the best way to get healthy plants and lawn. Unfortunately what isn’t explained is that throwing a lot of water at your landscaping in one cycle doesn’t always work. Deep watering can't always be achieved in one watering period each week. There is one simple reason for this that is overlooked, Soil Type.
Soil type plays a big part in how long and how often you can water your garden.
There are several types ...
Pavers Installation that will give you the best results.
Many people in Calgary install pavers on a 6-8 inch base of crushed compacted gravel and then set on a 1″ plus base of sand. This method was how I installed pavers for years, until a pavers installer from Vancouver showed me another way and explained what made his way superior. His way was to use the usual base of 6-8 inches of crush base, but instead of putting it all down and compacting it in layers and setting grades with a laser level. His method was the following:
The Pavers Install Process:
1. Install ...
Landscaping mistakes in Calgary to avoid.
Here’s a quick top 10 list of landscaping mistakes in Calgary to look out for, to help you make things last longer, to saving you money. A lot of installers try to cheap out on base preparation, by either not using the right depth of compacted crush or using all sand as its cheaper and quicker. This is the #1 mistake when prepping paver walkway’s, patio’s and driveways. Plastic ‘Snap Edge’ and nails doesn’t hold brickwork in place for very long. It will move, your brick will fall apart and weeds will set in ...