LANDSCAPING BLOG

Welcome to Summer!

June 21 – marks the first day of summer and it’s also the time to give up on dead things. As all gardeners are filled with hope and mercy, we keep wishing life into dead things. But no matter how much water and fertilizer we give that dead rose, or struggling tomato, it isn’t going to…

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Using Feng Shui in Landscape Design

Outdoor Feng Shui Outdoor Feng Shui is primarily about blocking negative energy (views and noise) to protect the house and then guiding positive energy (feelings) into the yard. This is done by creating a landscape design with soft flowing lines that meander through the yard and incorporate all elements of nature. Water and water features…

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Infill Landscaping Tips on CTV Edmonton with Alair Homes

We joined Alair Homes for their monthly ReKnows segment on CTV Morning Live with Paul McGavigan and Matt Nodge to talk about all the key considerations that go into landscaping for infill homes or developments. Our own Adam Sproule and Jason Stubbs shared some great tips, and visited an infill property in development to show…

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#2 of the Top Ten Things You Need to Know Before you Landscape

Landscaping is an INVESTMENT It is important to create value in your home by following the previous 8 tips.  Materials that are durable and techniques that create an easy to maintain property are a good investment so it is important to budget to spend money on quality in order to create something that only gets…

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What You Need to Know Before You Landscape – Grading

If this was a top ten tips you need to know before landscaping, this would be tip number one! Drainage is the most important aspect of any landscape, and proper grading ensures proper drainage. Poor drainage can cause issues with structures in your yard, including your house, garage and sheds. It can also cause soft, wet spots…

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October Landscaping: Perennial Cutbacks

October Gardening Tips: Perennial Cutbacks By Kevin Napora From his book, “The Perfect Time to Garden” For some families, Christmas is their biggest celebration, for others maybe an anniversary, but for my family, it is Thanksgiving. Our tradition is that everyone contributes only homemade dishes, preferably with food that you grew or collected. Even now,…

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A Dream or A Memory

A Dream or a Memory By Kevin Napora From his book, “The Perfect Time to Garden” On occasion, I have these incredibly vivid dreams where I can hear, smell and feel the places I am in. They are so precise that I really get confused as to whether I am reliving a memory, or dreaming…

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The First Step of Garden Design

The First Step of Garden Design   Back through the cloudy fog of time, through those misty water-coloured memories, I can still remember one of my very first lessons in Garden Design. Sat in a classroom at the Royal Horticultural Society‘s Wisley Gardens in England I was given a rectangular, wooden box. The brief was…

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Residential Lot Grading

Protect Your Home’s Foundation For Peace of Mind Spring is right around the corner – hopefully. Most people can’t wait for the change of season but for people with water drainage problems in their yard this is a time of year to dread. I am talking today about the snowmelt in your yard. If you…

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Garden Lighting Brings Your Garden Back to Life

In early January, there was a great article in the Edmonton Journal that talked about the brand new idea of subtle lighting in Edmonton’s downtown core. This is something that made me smile, because Edmonton’s landscape designers have been incorporating low voltage outdoor lighting into gardens for years now. A concern that I had always…

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