Bringing The Indoors Outside

It’s not uncommon for homeowners to add expansions and additional rooms on to their houses. It’s a popular and significant investment for adding living space to the home. And increased living space is what a lot of people are after.

What many people overlook is the abundance of opportunities for increasing living space using smart, effective landscaping. With a bit of planning and some hard work, you can bring the indoors to your back yard and gain some beautiful new living spaces without building expensive new expansions to your home.

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There are some great new building materials out there that will allow you to convert your outdoor yard space into cozy, livable areas for the enjoyment of you, your family, and your guests. Take Unilock, for example. Unilock – the original interlock manufacturers who first brought the industry to North America in the early 70s – offers pavers and wall materials that make it easy to build outdoor sitting and walking areas that are beautiful, accessible, and easily customizable to suit your individual preferences.

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Unilock Has also built a massive display centre at their Georgetown location 287 Armstrong Ave, Halton Hills. This is a great place to go and get inspired, with all kinds of displays that will blow your mind. The addition of further outdoor features such as such as fireplaces and built in outdoor BBQ grills allows for even more versatility with the space and gives you maximum enjoyment. A pleasantly sculpted outdoor area with walls, windows, and a cheery gas fireplace could offer year-round enjoyment for you and your family.

Other concrete and block manufacturers such as Techo-Bloc, Permacon, Navascape and Oaks Concrete Products give you a wealth of options to choose from when deciding on the precise look and feel of your outdoor spaces. (Just a word of warning here. If you look at too many manufacturers you are likely to get overwhelmed and have a very difficult time choosing.)

There’s a lot more to landscaping than simply changing the arrangement of your plants or greening your lawn. While it’s great to have a beautiful lawn, what people are really in the market for is useful space that they can take advantage of in their own way. That’s why we make a point of keeping up with the latest in material and design. We make sure we know how to install and build the kinds of spaces that homeowners can cherish for years to come.

Ready to create an outdoor living space for yourself? Contact us and give us a call at (647) 955-8382..

A plot of land full of beautiful blooming flowers is one of life’s great pleasures. But there’s more to it than just the look. To get the full flower experience, you need to capture that unique floral scent. But not all flowers have a strong scent, nor do they all release them at the same time. To have a freshly scented garden throughout the growing seasons, you’ll need to plan ahead. [Read more…]

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…]

The cost of Toronto landscaping can be exorbitant if you don’t know what you’re doing. The big thing to remember is not to assume that companies are trying to take advantage of you – the cost can be associated with the fact that things you want are significantly increasing the cost.

That being said we thought we would share with you ten things that will increase the cost of your project. [Read more…]

If you are someone that practices Feng Shui in your home – you have probably considered whether or not you can apply the same science to your garden. In fact the art of using Feng Shui in garden and landscape design isn’t difficult, it just requires an understanding of the methods used and results that can be achieved.

The term ‘Feng Shui’ comes from the expression ‘Shan Shui’, which means mountain water. This is an essential part of practicing Feng Shui – which you can achieve throughout your outdoor living area by adding vertical elements, which allows for a proper flow of energy. [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…]

There are few things more peaceful than a well-maintained garden. A garden can add a great deal of character and joy to your landscape, and when done right, can be an oasis right in your front yard. City dwellers, fear not – even a much smaller yard can be transformed with a garden. Here, let’s brainstorm some small garden ideas together. [Read more…]

Despite how it may seem outside, spring is coming. Really, its coming! Soon the snow, ice and all around evil that is outside our doors will turn into warmth and sunshine. As amazing as this is, there is some work to be done to get ready for the springtime. We’ve got 10 tips to get your lawn and landscape ready for the upcoming spring.

1. Before bring out your shovels, rakes and leaf blower, take a quick walk around and look things over. Break down the process into gardens and lawn work, small repairs and cleaning. This will help you keep everything organized and prevent you from feeling overwhelmed.

2. Check hand tools and equipment to see if any need repairing, cleaning or replacing. There’s nothing worse than needing a tool, only to find out that it is in need of repair.

3. If you feel that you must fertilize in the spring to correct lawn damage, first get a soil test done by a garden center or a cooperative extension office. (Check at the garden centre for the correct fertilizer and follow the instructions carefully…… do not use more than suggested quantity)

4. Prune winter-­damaged tree limbs and shrub ­branches. Remember that when pruning to remove limbs no farther than the branch collar. Never cut flush to the trunk.

5. Re-seed bare patches in your lawn.

6. Pull out that lawn mower and use it to even out the grass.

7. Apply a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch around the base of plants, trees and shrubs as well as emerging bulbs and perennials. This will help to moderate soil temperatures, maintain soil moisture, deter weeds and make your soil more friable by increasing the population of beneficial soil microorganisms.

8. Check the pH of your soil with a soil test kit, available at garden centers and home improvement stores. Most plants grow best in soil with a pH between 6.0 to 7.0.

9. Start your new plants off right by thoroughly soaking the plant roots before putting them in the ground. Once plants are in the ground, be sure to water them thoroughly, keeping the soil slightly moist at all times during the first growing season until plants become established.

10. Create drifts of color and texture by arranging your annuals and perennials in odd numbered groups such as three, five, or seven.

Interested in even more tips for getting your lawn and landscape ready? 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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Deadly Landscaping Sins: The Don'ts of LandscapingWe all want our home to be an expression of who we are; however, when it comes to landscaping, many people tend to go in the wrong direction. Instead of creating a work of art for their home, many just end up creating a deadly landscaping sin. Don’t worry though, we’re here to help you avoid landscaping Hades. The first sin is known as “the meatball shrub.” This occurs when shrubs are pruned into boxes, balls, squares, triangles and rectangles. Secondly, we have the sin of “marching flowers.” This is the act of running single plants or flowers in a file beside a sidewalk or driveway. Sin trois is dyed mulch. You do not ever want your mulch to draw attention away from your flowers. Nobody ever had a garden party to show off their new mulch. Our final sin of the day is having too much of everything. A cluttered landscape with too much stuff in too many hues is quite the eyesore. Avoid it at all costs.

Have questions regarding these sins, possible others, or anything else related to landscaping? 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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