5 Ways to Spruce Up Your Patio

Spruce Up Your Patio With These Improvements

Summer may be on the way out, but that doesn’t mean you should be ignoring the outdoors! A patio is the centerpiece of any yard within which one can be found, and for good reason. There’s virtually no limit to the customizable ideas you can apply to your patio. Today, let’s talk about some of the ideas available to aspiring patio owners, or those who are looking to spruce up what they’ve already got. [Read more…]

One of the things about landscaping around the home is that you never have enough time to do it all. There are always things that get in the way, and before you know it next weekend turns to next month, and you’re landscape starts looking neglected.

What if there was a better way of getting things done? A way to keep your landscape looking beautiful and well maintained, while you spend your time relaxing and enjoying your home. In Toronto, the best way that you to achieve this piece of mind is by hiring a landscaping professional – even for maintenance work! Many people can be apprehensive when it comes to getting a contractor in for maintenance jobs. This is partly because they think that getting a professional is too expensive, or they have the common misconception that professional contractors don’t take on maintenance jobs. [Read more…]

Landscaping is as much art as science, and like any other art, it is subject to changing trends. While many of the broader staples remain popular – gardens, lighting, and water features, to name a few – there are new trends at work shaping how those features are implemented. [Read more…]

When you think about the renovations you need, a particular room or area of your house probably comes to mind. Not many people consider renovating their lawn until it becomes urgent, but landscape renovation is an important part of home maintenance. Even if you’re taking good care of your landscape, eventually it’s going to need an overhaul. [Read more…]

Nobody wants pests in their lives, but their emergence does not need to be an “end of the world” situation. You do not need harsh chemicals in order to be rid of them, making the transition from pest-filled to pest-free quick and painless. So, how do you go about this?

Beneficial insects are a great way to be rid of pests. These are insects which you can attract to your garden, or buy from catalogs, which prey on harmful insects or their larvae.Examples would be the lovely ladybugs and the mysterious praying mantis.

Homemade, non-toxic remedies are also terrific ideas. These are great, as you ill know exactly what is going into your garden, and you can specifically tailor your remedy for the types of pests you are trying to be rid of.

If you do not feel confident making your own remedies, you can also purchase numerous natural, non-toxic solutions that will perform just as well, if not better.

Your garden is a source of pride for you and your family, so you should not let harsh chemicals destroy it, especially when there are natural alternatives.

If your garden is beyond saving and you need a complete overhaul give us a call at 647-955-8382, or send us a message with your questions and comments. We’d love to hear from you!

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Scourge of the garden, weeds are a reality that we would all love to be rid of. So how exactly do you go about removing these evil doers from your garden? Well, there are many ways you can achieve this, some of them organic, some of them not. We, of coarse, believe that the organic way is the best way to go, and we’re going to give you some ideas on how you can organically remove the weeds from your work of art.

Organic tip numero uno would be mulch. A thick layer keeps light from reaching the dreaded weeds. Though they may seem to be creatures of darkness, weeds cannot survive without light. Keep this in mind when battling them.

The second tip today is using your hoe. Annual weeds die when you sever the stems from the roots just below the soil surface. Forget about the square-headed traditional garden hoe for this job. Instead, go for an oscillating or a swan neck hoe.

Our final tip for now is the dreaded hand pulling. We’re sure you didn’t want to read that, but its really not as bad as you think. Wet the soil first, as weeds will slide out a lot easier. Also, wear waterproof gloves and consider a comfortable sitting pad for extensive weeding.

If weeds have taken over your landscape and it’s time for a complete re-model we can help! Give us a call at 647-955-8382 or send us a message. We’d love to hear from you!

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On a hot summer day, there are few pleasures to match soaking in the sun from a beautiful backyard deck. A good deck can be the focal point of a great backyard, great for grilling, relaxing, or just about anything.

However, all that use is going to get your deck dirty, and fast. How do you keep it looking its best so you can get the most enjoyment out of it?

Sweep your backyard deck1.  Keep it cleaned. It seems obvious, but brushing your deck off after use and keeping an eye out for any damage that may have accumulated is a fundamental part of deck ownership – and all too often an overlooked one.

 

 

 
repairs to backyard deck2.  Make repairs as soon as possible. If you notice a defect in your deck, get repairs made quickly to prevent the problem from becoming worse. Once damage has set in, it’s like an open invite to the weather, algae, and insects to start making things worse.

 

 

 

Seal backyard deckHave your deck professionally cleaned and sealed regularly. While you can certainly clean and seal your deck yourself, that usually means you need to do it annually, whereas a professional seal can last for several years. That saves you money in the long run.

 

 

 

 

 

A deck is an investment like any other which will provide you with years of enjoyment and satisfaction. We can transform your backyard deck into your own oasis.  Interested in learning more? Give us a call at 647-955-8382 or send us a message with your questions and comments. We’d love to hear from you!

 

 

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Imagine your kids playing pretend on a playground and garden, to the sound of a peaceful pond – all in your backyard.

In our latest series, we’ve revealed how to create an entertaining summer spot known as Destination: Backyard Adventure. What if we told you could add rollerblading and skateboarding to the mix?

By adding a backyard walkway, your kids can participate in more physical activities, including rollerblading, skateboarding, basketball and bike riding. Plus, there are advantages to owning a backyard walkway:

  • It keeps your feet dry from wet grass.
  • It adds additional charm to your home.
  • And you don’t have to take care of much grass.

As you design your walkway, always remember your main purpose, which will help you choose the right materials. “Loose, informal materials, like crushed stone or bark, are often inappropriate near an entryway because people track them inside,” points out This Old House magazine. Tar and asphalt are great for bike riding, but they don’t match an attractive landscape – however, your landscaper can soften the look of tar or asphalt.

Hofstetter Landscaping can transform your landscape into Destination: Backyard Adventure, while keeping your budget in mind. Along with creating a play structure, garden and pond, Hofstetter Landscaping can build a walkway that fits your needs and highlights your yard’s natural beauty. Call the team at 647-955-8382 or send Hofstetter Landscaping a message here.

So far, we revealed that a play structure and family-friendly garden are two things that transform your landscape into Destination: Backyard Adventure, an entertaining, kid-friendly area.

Next you need an engaging pond, which encourages your kids to care for Mother Nature. Here are 5 family-friendly pond tips to help you create an adventurous backyard:

  1. If you’re going to have pond fish, include the children in your decisions. Take them to the store with you and let them choose a fish or two.
  2. Talk to your landscaper about a waterfall, which will help prevent algae from forming in the pond.
  3. Don’t place your pond next to a wall or fence. Otherwise you’ll have a hard time reaching around for maintenance.
  4. The location of your pond will affect the upkeep. If your pond has access to at least six hours of sun, you’ll have more low-maintenance plants to choose from.
  5. Install a fence around your pond. “The fence should be at least 1.2 metres (four feet) tall and have a self-closing, self-latching gate,” advises the safety organization Parachute.

There’s one more thing you need to complete Destination: Backyard Adventure. Check our blog next week for Part 4.

For now, Hofstetter Landscaping can start your backyard pond. This team of landscapers specializes in ponds that are not only beautiful, but also energy-efficient, low maintenance and customized to your needs. Call 647-955-8382 or email Hofstetter Landscaping here.

 

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Last week, we discussed how a play structure would benefit your child physically and mentally this summer. Now in Part 2 of our latest series, we’re focusing on another landscape addition for building Destination: Backyard Adventure, an affordable (and successful!) summer getaway for your kids. With that said, these tips will help you create a family-friendly garden:

  1. Include stepping-stones to give your kids easy access to the garden.
  2. Choose flowers with your children. Child-friendly flowers include daisies, marigolds and sunflowers.
  3. Think about choosing plants that will pique your children’s senses, like fragrant herbs for smelling and soft lamb’s ear for touching.
  4. Look into planting fruits and vegetables. Just remind your children to talk to you first before they eat anything from the garden.
  5. Let your children create garden-related crafts, like scarecrows or garden signs with their names painted on them.
  6. Give your kids their own set of child-friendly gardening tools.
  7. Talk to your landscaper about chemical-free pest control options.

As you can see, a child-friendly garden will add zest to any backyard adventure, while providing a chance for your kids to explore what nature has to offer. Check our blog next week to see what else you need for Destination: Backyard Adventure.

For the time being, call Hofstetter Landscaping to get your garden and play structure started. Phone the team for a free quote at 647-955-8382.

 

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