GardenGuys, Author at Garden City: Landscaping Company Victoria BC


About GardenGuys

Colin and Chris create many of the articles on the blog as they are the experts in landscape design, construction, and maintenance.

Define your corporate culture, it pays dividends

Landscape construction is a physically demanding trade day in and day out, i.e. there is no easy days!  The daily physical stress can aggravate mental stress and a stressed out employee is considerably less efficient than an employee that is happy in their job.  So how does an employer create a supportive environment for its […]

Tree pruning in the Pacific North West.

Why prune your trees? There are several reasons for pruning your trees. Removing dead, diseased and damaged limbs can greatly improve the health of your trees. Shaping and thinning can improve their aesthetic value. Reducing spread and raising the canopy can help preserve infrastructure around the tree. Whatever your reason for pruning, an ISA Certified […]

It’s all about the quality of the team! 

I started my landscape career almost 20 yrs ago and I have worked with hundreds of people in this trade and associated trades.  That exposure has taught me the single most important company asset is its people.  For better or worse, your people define your business by fulfilling the promises you make to a client.  […]

Increase Your Home’s Value with Landscape Staging

Let’s face it, the real estate market in Greater Victoria is hot but you don’t sell a car without washing it so why would you ever sell your home without ensuring your landscape shows it best.
On numerous occasions I have been called in by homeowners or realtors unable to sell a house because of repeated […]

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 […]