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September 20, 2017  |  by Reuben from Vandenberg's Landscape Design

Fall Cleanup Tips

A big thank you to our friends at Vandenberg's Landscape Design for providing some helpful tips for tackling your fall yard cleanup! 

3 Simple tips for making your fall clean up easier!

Fall is once again sneaking up on us, and that means it's about time for that dreaded fall yard clean-up. To ease your pain this year, here are a few quick tips.

#1 Beat the branch

Save yourself from having an overload of fallen leaves blanketing your yard and suffocating your grass, and just beat the branch to it. Before the leaves start to fall, have a look around your yard to see if there are any damaged, unhealthy or dead branches on your trees and shrubs. Removing these branches before they drop their leaves is a simple way to spend less time and energy later on.

#2 Buy the right equipment

Everybody hates trying to maneuver their way in-between plants to be able to reach that one annoying pile of leaves in the tightest imaginable corner. The easiest way out of this situation is to find yourself a nice leaf blower. Blow the leaves out of your garden to spot where you can collect or even mulch them with your lawn mower afterwards. Although it may be a large initial investment compared to buying a rake, you will not regret it when you’re sipping a hot cup of joe watching your neighbors squeeze through their gardens.

#3 Tarp your trimmings

As you work your way around your yard, pruning and weeding for that last time of the season, be sure to keep a tarp in a central location. Throw all of your trimmings directly onto the tarp after cutting them. This will save you from having to make ugly piles of trimmings on your lawn, or making dozens of trips back and forth to your green waste bin. Once the tarp gets a fair-sized pile, fold it up and drag it over there instead.

Hopefully these few tips help you to keep your yard looking it’s best, and if it still doesn’t seem like something you want on your list of things to do this fall, then don’t forget trusted tip #4: Call a professional!

Happy Gardening!

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August 2, 2017  |  by Trent Brown - Vandenberg's Landscape Design

Some Like it Hot...But Your Garden Doesn’t

A big thank you to Trent Brown from Vandenberg's Landscape Design for contributiong this timely and informative blog post with tips for designing and maintaining your lawn to withstand hot dry summer weather!

Keeping your yard looking healthy during extremely hot weather and drought can be a challenge. Below are a few tips to help your landscape look it’s best this summer.

Water Early in the Morning

Between 6am and 10am is the most efficient time because the sun isn’t too hot yet, and it allows time for the water to get absorbed by the roots before evaporating. Watering early in the morning also saves you from burning the plant foliage. Water droplets left on any leaves while the sun is at its hottest will heat up and almost act as sun through a magnifying glass, damaging your plants and leaving brown spots.

Mulch Your Garden

Maintaining a 2-inch layer of bark mulch on all of your gardens will help retain moisture longer, giving your plants the best chance to get the most water they can before the soil dries up. Don’t forget to water long enough to allow the water enough time to percolate through the soil to the entire root system, not just the surface roots.

Group Plants by Watering Needs

Drought tolerant plants are a great choice for the garden, but that doesn’t mean your entire garden has to be drought-tolerant plants. Instead, create drought-tolerant sections in your garden to localize your watering efforts and minimize waste on plants that don’t really need it. Lavender and Euphorbia are great mid-height selections. Sedums are an incredible groundcover with lots of variety. Blue Oat, Fescue, and Pampas are all different sized Grasses that thrive in this setting. Yuccas are another great option to create a strong, upright visual interest in a drought-tolerant garden, drawing your eye to its dominant form.

Your Lawn Space

A lawn's watering needs are the most demanding in your yard. If it constantly struggles during July and August, think about where you could cut back on it, and whether you really need that much lawn. If not, enlarging some of your gardens, creating a nice garden patio, or building a propane/natural gas fire pit area are just a few great ways to remove some of your lawn and replace it with usable, low-maintenance space. For the lawn areas that are kept, be careful not to cut them too short. Maintaining a height of 2.5-3 inches will help the roots grow deeper and retain more water, as well as create more shade for the soil to keep the temperature down.

Even though its these months when we all take off for summer vacations, this is when our yards are stressed out and working overtime! Help them out as much as you can by following some of these simple tips, and if it’s a little too much work than you want during the summer, don’t hesitate to call a landscape professional to take care of it.

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March 27, 2017  |  by Vandenberg's Landscape Design

Guest Post - Landscaping to Create Curb Appeal!

A big thank you to our friends at Vandenberg's Landscape Design for being our Guest Contributors to our blog this month! They are a full service landscape company who do everything from design, irrigation, turf, maintenance and more! At Kenorah we partner with them for many of our projects.

Gardening for Curb Appeal

How the front of the house shows from the street helps to create that initial wow factor, becoming a first impression for anyone coming to visit. Also, if you're planning on selling your home, it can have a big impact for your potential buyers. Use foundation gardens to anchor the house to the property and give it the feeling that it was designed with the surrounding nature in mind and not just placed on a lot.

Below are a few tips to create that effect, and keep your home looking great year round!

Soften the edges of your home

Whenever possible, try not to end the gardens at the corners of the house; This can further accentuate the borders of your home and define those edges. Instead, wrap the gardens around and passed the corners of the house to draw less attention to them and frame a view to the entryway. Don’t forget to plant with winter in mind! Keep at least 30% of those front gardens as strategic evergreen planting so the house is still accessorized during the colder months. This photo is an excellent example of how these gardens should soften those edges, and highlight the house rather than overpower it.

Create a simple garden

Not everyone has the time or interest to maintain an extravagant show garden. Without the proper care, a garden comprised of a wide variety of plantings can look busy and overgrown. Try to use repetition in plantings and create a unifying theme in your landscape. Six to seven varieties of plant in a front yard (not including your feature trees) are enough to build a beautiful low maintenance garden. Take each variety and place in large groupings. As the plants naturalize and grow together, it will create masses of colour flowing through the garden instead of single sporadic plants. When placed strategically, the dominant and repetitive colours in the garden can help draw your eye to specific features in the landscape.

The vibrant yellow Rudbeckia in this photo is offset on either side of the stream, and assists in leading your eye either up to the stone bridge, or down to the zen garden pond.

Be sure to check out Vandenberg's Landscaping's website and follow them on Facebook to see more of their work. Thank you to Matt and Trent for sharing some of your knowledge. Keep your eyes peeled for more blog posts from them in the future!

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