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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 stones can be […]

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 landscape construction process

You have no doubt read my article ‘taking you step by step through the design process’, 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 landscape construction […]

Large brushing project, Landsend Road, Sidney, B.C.

We were recently contacted by an overseas company that has purchased a large tract of land on Landsend Road, Sidney, B.C. The land is to be cleared and several high end homes will soon occupy this site. Our initial involvement was to clear the under brush so the owners of the site could begin the […]

Easy Steps to learn what type of soil you have.

The word ‘soil’ is used often in the landscape world but what exactly does that word mean?

By definition, ‘soil’ is made up of a combination of sand, silt and clay. The ratio of each component will determine a soil’s physical condition. There is 12 major textural classes of soil; Sand,loamy sand,sandy loam,loam,silt loam,silt,sandy clay,sandy clay […]

Colwood, B.C., Fall Landscape Project

The crew just wrapped up this awesome one week project in Colwood, B.C. The client approached us with a list of concerns as follows;

1. Pour access from the lower floor to the upper lawn and patio staircases. They had to navigate a sloping lawn that was not much fun in the wetter months,

2. they needed […]

Work progressing on Landscape Makeover, Duncan, B.C.

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The crew continues to work away at the commercial project in Duncan, B.C. We have been contracted to improve the landscape of this commercial property by adding some green space and to also improve the aesthetics of the parking lot by hiding the ugly garbage bins. Work commenced earlier this week with […]

Garden City Tree and Landscape, Victoria, B.C., landscapes Duncan!

Garden City Tree and Landscape Ltd is involved with the revitalization of a commercial landscape in beautiful down town Duncan, B.C. The commercial project is a building surrounded by asphalt parking spaces. The revitalization involves the removal of a percentage of the asphalt and the creation of flower beds to soften the space. In order to […]

Thinking ahead saves big $$!

Who doesn’t want to save $$ on their landscape?
Commercial or residential building construction, whether a renovation or a new build, usually has a landscape component. The landscaper’s role can involve many aspects; driveways, patios, walkways, arbors, fencing, irrigation, soils, lawns, plantings, to name a few. In most instances the landscaper is brought […]