GardenGuys, Author at Garden City: Landscaping Company Victoria BC


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Garden City Mulch is now available to Greater Victoria!

January 2017

You’ve probably heard it said that you should take everything in moderation … or you can get too much of a good thing. But mulch is one of those things (like chocolate) that is impossible to use too much of. It benefits your garden at every time of the year in a number of […]

Garden City Mulch, the right stuff!

You’ve probably heard it said that you should take everything in moderation … or you can get too much of a good thing. But mulch is one of those things that provides benefit the more you use. It benefits your garden at every time of the year in a number of important ways.  We at […]

A Few Suggestions for Achieving a Healthy Landscape

The definition of a weed is ‘a plant considered undesirable in a particular situation, i.e. a plant in the wrong place.’   Many methods of controlling weeds have been developed over the last century. Pesticides were a popular method among some gardeners for almost a generation. .  Fortunately, as the public becomes more educated, they are realizing […]

How can a landscape design be of benefit to you?

Years of landscape experience has allowed me the ability to visualize a completed landscape at the very outset and before any ground breaking. Part of my job is communicating that vision to the client. Problems can arise if a client or employees is having difficulties visualizing the finished product.
How do you ensure the finished landscape […]

Let’s Talk Fruit Tree Pruning!

Have you ever wondered why your fruit tree used to provide a hearty, quality crop and now it doesn’t? Well there’s a reason for the saying “ the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”. A healthy tree will produce a healthy crop, while a neglected tree will, well you get the idea. Fruit tree […]

Preventative Winter Storm Tree Maintenance

Winter is here, and while Victoria enjoys a far milder winter than the rest of the country, it is not without its hardships. High winds and heavy rains can lead to limb, root and even stem failures in our urban forest.

Thankfully, a little preventative pruning goes a long way to maintain the health of our trees […]

Can a cherished plant be moved?

I am regularly asked if we can relocate a tree or large plant. Sometimes it is possible and sometimes it is not. These are some of the more popular reasons for moving a large plant:

It was originally planted too close to the building and its location is now an issue.
It was not planted It […]

Paver Walkway remake, Victoria, B.C.

We see a lot of poorly done work that requires our expertise to do it correctly.  Here is the summary of another project in Saanich, B.C. involving another rebuilt of a paver walkway.

1. The beginning. The client purchased a town home several years ago and the infrastructure continues to be an issue.  We have already reworked […]

Nice Paver Project! Bear Mountain, Victoria, B.C.

We just finished a challenging but unique paver project with water feature. The project took place of Bear Mountain, Victoria, B.C.

1. The Challenge

The project is located in a confined back yard, accessible only by a 30 flight staircase. All materials and any waste had to come up and down the stairs. The crew worked for […]

Installing a Paver Patio, Victoria, B.C.

How to install a paver patio?

STEP #1, The base.

A proper base is the most important component of the project. Without a proper foundation you risk the possibility of settling. Remember, the pavers on top of the base can weight thousands of pounds so there is an incredible amount of weight that needs to be properly […]

Irrigation! A Must!

Irrigating, with today’s new technology, simply better!

Irrigation has come a long way in a short period of time. Here are six solid reasons why you should consider a professionally installed irrigation system or upgrading your existing system;

Unless you like getting up at 6am several times a week, for 9 months a year, to hand […]

How to maintain your paver patio and walkways!

Why Use Pavers?
A paver is one of the most versatile products on the market for use in construction of a walkway, driveway, sidewalk or patio. Pavers come in all shapes and sizes and are normally made of concrete although we are starting to see composite materials enter the market. Most people are familiar with 4″x9″ […]

Let’s talk Retaining Walls

I have seen quite the variety of retaining walls throughout the Greater Victoria area, some good, some very bad. 

What is a retaining wall?

Retaining walls are usually created when there is a desire to manage or hold back soils or other hardscape materials. A retaining wall can be anywhere from 6” to in excess of 60’ […]

You have a paver patio, walkway or driveway but how do you maintain it?

An Assortment of Products Available: Paver patio stones come in all shapes and sizes as well as in an assortment

of materials. The majority of paver stone we see in our day to day operations is concrete pavers, probably because of the range of product available in this material. In addition to concrete, paver […]

In the Design Phase, is experience essential?

When I first started my landscape career approximately 15 years ago I was of the belief that all aspects of landscape design was simply a matter of research and site evaluation. Now with years of experience and thousands of hours of hands on working with the land, I am here to tell you that experience […]