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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 […]

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 […]

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

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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 […]

Autumn Gardening Tips

With September here and fall just around the corner it is time to start preparing
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the soil for the year to come. Below are some tips to ensure a healthy and productive garden for the coming year.
Begin by digging in dead or diseased plantings.
The dead […]

Mulch when you mow the lawn, don’t bag!

Back in the May/13 issue of the SeaSide Times I wrote about the benefits of mulch for your flower beds. In this post 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 they […]

Spring Lawn Care

With the warmer weather approaching it is time to start the process of getting your lawn in shape for summer. Spring clean up is an annual ritual for many homeowners. The amount of work you have to do will of course depend on how vigilant you were in your fall lawn care.
The first step to getting started with your spring cleaning will involve surveying the area. Take a walk around your yard from one end to the other in order to take a mental note of what exactly needs to be done.
After a long winter, no matter how good you were during the fall clean up, most yards will have a fair bit of work still to do. In order to prepare the ground for summer and to ensure a healthy lawn, begin removing debris and other garbage.
Some of the things you’ll want to do in your first walk-about is to pick up any debris including garbage, branches and other out of place objects. Alongside this you may also want to inspect your trees, shrubs and lawn in order to assess if there are any major problem areas to be dealt with. […]

Tips for Paving your Patio Area

When it comes to deciding on a paver patio, where do you start.
Here is some important steps to consider when deciding on a paver patio;
1. In order to make the most of your outdoor space and to ensure your paving is flawless, take the time to do a little ground work before paving. This will involve making sure you have a stable
foundation to lay the paving. Begin by digging down below the surface. A good six to ten inches should suffice, depending on the thickness of the paver you are using.
2. Because weeds can spring up even between pavers, you may want to lay down a barrier beforehand. When we construct a paver patio or walkway, we do not put down a barrier because we have already dug down approximately 10″ in order to put in a proper base. Even with a barrier, however, weeds can sometimes get the better of your best laid plans, so may also want to consider using a soil additive.
3. The foundation is really crucial when it comes to paver patios. As such, you’ll need
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to make sure you pack the soil underneath. This will help to ensure a smooth surface and will thereby mean less loosening and cracking of the pavers. Repacking the base is also vital. After each tier, sand and gravel and other materials, you’ll have to repack. […]

Environmentally Friendly Yard Care

When it comes to yard care, all too many people rely on unnatural practices and products that tend to harm rather than help the environment. The fact of the matter is however that you can have a beautiful and productive yard and garden without sacrificing eco-friendly principles.
The tips below will enable you to save money, time and the planet as well as helping to keep your family and neighborhood wildlife safe. Choosing to alter a few basic practices of lawn and garden maintenance will go a long way.
For starters, you can dramatically improve the quality of your soil by starting to compost. If you aren’t composting already, this is probably one of the most important things you can do.
Composting is a great way to save money and to improve the productivity of your garden. Simply begin by collecting any vegetable waste in your kitchen in a bucket and then remove it to a compost heap or bin. […]

Organic Lawn Maintenance

There are many reasons why it pays to do away with harsh chemical fertilizers and learn how to maintain your lawn using organic processes. Lawns that utilize chemical sprays, weed killers and other pesticides may look inviting, but can actually be dangerous for the health and safety of humans, animals, insects and the planet.
In order […]

Tips to Starting a Vegetable Garden

Nowadays, it makes more sense than ever to start your own garden. Many people who have never gardened much before are beginning to see the sense in growing their own vegetables, herbs and even fruits. With grocery bills being what they are, especially when buying only organic produce, it makes good financial sense to start […]

How to Make the Most of Landscape Lighting

One thing that few homeowners think about, but that can make a huge difference to the beauty and feel of your outdoor space, is landscape lighting. Choosing the right kind of landscape lighting can have an enormous impact on how you use your space. Moreover, landscape lighting can help to improve the safety and security […]

Mulch Madness


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 important […]