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Preparing the Garden for Winter

Preparing for the winter always starts with the soil. Once all of the leaves have been cutback then you can see the soil. If you have larger spaces in the perennial garden, an annual garden, or vegetable garden it is a good idea to take a shovel or spade and dig down at least six…

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It’s Time for You To Enjoy Your Hard Work!

July is truly my most treasured time in the garden. There is so much abundance. The flowers are resplendent, the animal and bird watching are great fun, but most importantly there are people. I have long said in my landscape design courses that people get caught up in designing great flower beds, butterfly gardens, or…

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#3 of the Top Ten Things You Need to Know Before you Landscape by Donna Brown

Architectural guidelines The architectural guidelines are rules set in place about the design of your front yard. The landscaping in a neighborhood can enhance the feel of the community, or it can make a neighborhood look disjointed by having a number of different styles and elements.  The guidelines are put in place to try to…

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Keep Your Yard the Envy of the Neighbourhood

When a space has been created for optimal growth, everything wants to  grow – including weeds. There is a perception that if you have your yard landscaped it becomes maintenance free for life. In order to keep your yard the envy of all the neighbours work is required. The best way to do this is weeding!…

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‘Tis The Season for Ants & Aphids

There are hundreds of diseases and pests out there but there are just a few that are common to everyone’s garden across the prairies. Ants Ants strangely are reviled as the greatest scourge to gardener-kind, but actually don’t cause that much damage. They injure plants only when they are burrowing through the soil, or creating…

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Spring Flowering Shrub Trimming – Now is the time!

Spring Flowering Shrub Trimming – Now is the time! Spring flowering shrubs are all shrubs that flower before June 21. These include your Forsythia, Prunus (Nankings, sandscherry, etc), white flowering spirea and lilacs. In early April, we did thinning. That is where you remove whole branches to air out the shrubs allowing them to breathe,…

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Weeding can be Your Path to Enlightenment by Kevin Napora

I read a wonderful Zen book recently that glorified not the attainment of one’s goal but the path towards those goals. It went on about how we need to take the time to enjoy the journey and as goals come and go, the enjoyment of the journey remains. I am positive this man never spent…

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