Landscape Construction

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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’ […]

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 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 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 […]

Benefits of Mulching your Lawn

Back in the May issue of the SeaSide Times I wrote about the benefits of mulch for your flower beds.  In this issue I want to touch on the importance of mulch for your lawns. For many homeowners the weekend lawn routine consists of mowing the lawn as close to the ground as possible as

show the soil some love

After what has seemed like a long, wet winter, we finally have evidence that spring is here.  I find this time of year to be incredibly magical as new life begins to pop up everywhere.  But what triggers all this magic and how can you ensure your flower beds have a healthy start to the