Become A Better Locavore

The best thing of all is that in Ontario, the Farmers Markets are now coming to us! Markets are popping up in school and mall parking lots and city parks to name a few. This is creating a win win for consumers and farmers alike. Buying local fresh products has never been easier and the farmers are better connected with their consumers who love what they sell and appreciate their hard work.

Most Farmers markets are in our communities weekly from May to October. Check your local listings for one close to you.

Another related trend that I noticed is that more and more of my customers are interested in planting a veggie garden or at least incorporating some veggie or herbs plants in their gardens and back yards.

Garden-store retailers have reported increased sales in vegetable seeds over the … Read the rest

Garden Gazebo

Using a garden gazebo to any property is a wise step, it seems that what was true many years ago is even more convincing today. Some people use a garden gazebo to increase the value of their property, gifted gardeners can use a garden gazebo to create a division between parts of a garden. In some cases, a big enough garden needs a garden gazebo to hold all the tools that are needed to manicure the flowers and mown.

These days almost anyone can own a garden gazebo, and assemble a garden gazebo in the backyard, garden gazebo kits offer the beauty of a wooden gazebo, many gazebos are available in a huge variety of shapes and sizes, ranging from Victorian and Amish styles to small to party size in diameter. Garden owners can purchase a garden gazebo kit and … Read the rest

Drip Irrigation System

A drip irrigation system works by slowly releasing water through a series of plastic tubes to all your plants, hanging baskets, small planters, etc.

Since the water pressure is minimal there is no over watering and run off. In fact, a drip irrigation system is over 90% efficient in watering compared to a sprinkler system at 60%

Your plants will be healthier with this type of water system because they are not simply drenched all at once. Drip irrigation provides the right amount of water to encourage root growth and soil moisture.

Many commercial growers have used drip irrigation for many years, including orchards, nurseries, vegetable growers and greenhouses. Over the last several years it has become popular with homeowners as well.

In many instances, drip irrigation systems can water those areas that sprinklers can’t. For instance, an odd shaped … Read the rest

Design The Desert Landscape

Design your landscape

Think about the look that you want to create. Read through magazines and look at lots of pictures to get ideas of what you want for your backyard. Coming up with the design could be the hardest part of the whole landscaping process. Keep in mind how much space you have and the amount of time and money you want to put into your project.

Bring the desert into the landscape

Instead of having plan rocks and boulders in your yard, add some fun colored rocks with different shapes and styles. You can add original desert plants around the rocks to soften them up.

Gardens in the desert

It is possible to have a garden in your desert. You can add flowers as long as they are suitable for the climate and location. Add some texture with … Read the rest

Landscape Gardener and Tree Surgeon

Aside from making your garden healthy and alluring, there are also other benefits that you can enjoy from a landscaped garden. Maintaining a healthy garden will in fact give your home’s curb appeal a boost and a sense of tranquility. Landscape gardening is the art of transforming your garden area into a paradise. It assists an individual in creating his own retreat to relax and a comfort zone.

If you’re considering hiring professional landscapers for your home or corporate office, ultimately it’s a valuable investment. The professional landscapers can enhance the look of your home and add value that you can easily retrieve when time moves on. Coming home to a stunning yard at the end of a busy day is one of the best ways to make your life enjoyable. Hiring professional landscapers can save your time and effort, … Read the rest

Concrete Pond Construction

Keep in mind that for suitable concrete pond construction, you need to pour the concrete to a thickness of four to six inches. After deciding on the dimensions and outlining the area, all soil (and rocks!) should then be dug out. Forms then need to be built and placed where concrete is to be poured, along with the proper placement of cut-to-fit reinforcement bars (rebar).

For digging out the area for concrete pond construction, you will need shovels, picks, a crowbar, and, of course, a wheelbarrow. Some other necessary items include a carpenter’s level, string, stakes, sheets of plastic, and a long two-by-four.

Pouring the cement in concrete pond construction should be done in one day, unless the pond is very large, and then it must be poured in sections. Pour cement in the bottom of the pool first, then … Read the rest

Art Of Landscape Painting

Amateur painters often chose landscape as a subject matter as they may not have access to decent studio space and therefore can more easily paint in situ. This was not always the case and the first Impressionist to take their easels outside were viewed as rather unconventional, as artists before them would have painted inside from memory or sketches.

Painting landscape is an art tradition common to many cultures, and it goes hand-in-hand with the popularity of the genre. This was especially the case in Japan, North America, the Netherlands, France and Great Britain until the latter part of the twentieth century as other forms of artistic representation, such as Surrealism and Cubism, for example, grabbed the artists and critics’ attention. Nowadays with the advent of video and installations landscape artists are becoming a rare, rather obsolete breed.

With all … Read the rest

Pick the Mole Traps

First let’s talk about they types of traps you can use to get your mole. You may see

  • Spring traps
  • Harpoon traps
  • Choker loop traps

Luckily most any decent trap will do the trick as humanely as possible. Typically by crushing or skewering the mole and sending them instantly off to mole heaven.

Myself, I favor the choker loop trap. To me they’re the best mole traps. That’s because any mole that enters will be “eliminated” pretty darn quick. Guess that’s why they’ve been a mainstay in mole control for over 100 years. Which for my money makes it the best way to trap a mole. (You should be able to find one for around $15.)

How’s it work? Basically you slip the loops into the mole’s primary tunnel. As it burrows along, the soil is disturbed which springs the … Read the rest

Fix Standing Water in Your Garden

Add More Soil

Most often, if you have drainage issues, water will pool at the edges or center of the garden, but it can occur anywhere there is a low spot. The easiest solution to this is adding more soil.

  • In early spring, before planting, buy plenty of large bags of garden soil, gypsum, peat moss, compost (or make your own), and top soil.
  • This is also a good time to add your first fertilizer of the year to replenish your garden.
  • Dump your garden soil, peat moss, and compost and mix and spread it across your garden using a garden rake and hoe. Try to get it as smooth and level as possible.
  • Next, add your top soil.
  • To ensure a flat and level surface, drag a long 2×4 piece of lumber over your garden several times.

If you … Read the rest

Transplanting

Make sure you are doing the right thing at the right time of the year and make yourself a written schedule of what you need to do and when it needs to be done. Time flies! With that said you have to prioritize everything so as to not miss a window of opportunity to do something.

Regarding root bound plants, in this case we were talking about root bound Japanese Maples. If they are severely root bound you do need to disturb and possibly cut some of the roots. Since you already this they are probably going to be fine. However, when you have to start cutting the roots vertical to break that girdling habit you have to think about how much you are going to shock the plant.

Cutting the roots is akin to digging a plant out of … Read the rest