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 […]

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 water […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why Mulch is so right!

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

Mulching in the Spring

Spring […]

Choosing a Contractor

Your Landscape is in need of help but where to start?
Choosing a landscape contractor can be downright scary. You want a company that is reputable, experienced and reliable but where do you start? Here are a few tips to help you when choosing the right contractor for your needs;

How long have they been working in […]

The Essentials of Landscape Design

Are you thinking about a new layout for your landscape but just don’t know where to start? The process of redesigning or creating a new landscaping can be daunting but there are a few simple steps that will make it easier for you.

A) Identify usage of the space. […]

The Essentials of Landscape Construction

The essentials of landscape construction;
A landscape construction project can include residential or commercial properties. The process for each is relatively the same;
A) Start with hiring a professional
Sounds easy enough but there is plenty of businesses that promote themselves as landscape construction experts with little landscape experience. Here are some questions you can ask to ensure […]

The Landscape Design Process, step by step!

Taking you step by step through the design process.
A) The Meet and Greet!
The first step in any sized project is the first meeting between the landscaping company and the property owner. This informal meet and greet is an opportunity for the customer to explain what they are looking for, bounce preliminary ideas off of […]

The process of landscape Construction, step by step.

Taking you step by step through the construction process
You have no doubt read my article ‘taking you step by step through the design process’ (link here), you have approved a plan but now what? The construction process! You are ready to have the work estimated by a contractor. First you have to choose the contractor.
Choosing […]