How to grow your own fruit at home

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HOME-GROWN FRUIT U-PICK   Many people enjoy going to the market to buy local produce but what’s even better is growing your own fruit trees and vegetables at home if you have the space to do so. Although you can easily buy fruit trees at your local garden centre, understanding how to properly plant and care for them takes a bit of research and sometimes trial and error. Growing up on the farm I was lucky enough to enjoy eating homegrown fruit from fruit trees such as crab apples, pears, bushes of elderberries, grapes, blackberries, currants and raspberries. They were all easily accessible and enjoyed by my family and our grandparents. My grandma made many elderberry pies over the years that we had the pleasure of eating. Having the opportunity to pick fruit from our own backyard is like nothing else and you certainly save money. The only drawback was the mess that some of them left behind, particularly the larger fruit trees. The beautiful flower blossoms add some vibrant colour to the spring landscape but once they begin to drop their fruit and leaves the mess and clean up begins. Cleaning up the fruit and leaves can not only […]

Why you should enjoy local produce or pay the price

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KEEPING IT CLOSE TO HOME   If you open any refrigerator most people have some form of fresh produce readily available to prepare daily meals. Why? That’s easy because it’s part of a healthy diet. Have you been thinking about growing your own vegetable garden? If so, now may be a good time to start, here’s why…… If purchasing fresh produce is part of your weekly grocery budget be prepared to see the costs increase over the next few months. California is a major exporter of fresh produce including grapes, melons, peppers, tomatoes and avocados. They are currently experiencing the worst drought they have seen in a very long time. Canada currently imports approximately $5 billion worth of produce from California every year. The majority of the organic produce we see on the shelves of our grocery stores in Canada is imported and the bulk of it is shipped in from California. How could this impact us in Canada? While it is uncertain exactly how much of an impact it will have, paired with the declining value of the Canadian dollar the drought that has hit California hard this year. It is expected to increase the cost of purchasing fresh […]

How to create flower beds for your home

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SPRUCE UP YOUR YARD   Flower beds are often used as beautiful focal points on the front lawns of many homes. People associate gardening with a lot of work and while flower beds will always require some maintenance, planning ahead can help to limit just how much. Now that spring has finally sprung you may be thinking about how you are going to spruce up your property this year. Adding a flower bed to your front yard or even in the back is a great, quick way to add some colour and liven things up a bit. Don’t worry, if you don’t know how to make a flower bed I’m going to share almost all of my secrets with you today. Think about the amount of maintenance it will require after the garden is installed and are you willing to commit to the upkeep. Why waste the money if you can’t maintain your flower beds? How much time are you able or willing to devote to maintaining the landscape of your home?   The perfect shape for your flower bed   After deciding on the location of your new flower bed you are going to have to decide what shape […]

How to build a rock garden with weed prevention

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SAVE WITH ROCKS AND MULCH   A few years ago I travelled to England and my first comment when we arrived at our destination was where is all of the grass? Not one single house on the street had a lawn, rather they had a rock garden. I was informed that being in walking distance from the Irish Sea the drifting salt water made it difficult to have vegetation growing on their properties. Instead everyone had rock gardens. It looked great! Rock gardens   Rocks gardens can look nice in the beginning but that can change quickly especially if not prepared or maintained properly. It’s not too often that we see entire properties transformed into rock gardens in North America though many people do enjoy the style and natural touch they can add to their properties. Unfortunately, there are too many rock gardens that have been neglected or not installed well that are now overgrown and full of weeds, in some cases you are barely able to see the rocks or stones. Why would you consider building a rock garden? If a rock garden is properly prepared and installed, it can be a relatively low-maintenance required addition to your landscape […]

Why just mowing the lawn is one step in property maintenance

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TAKE CARE OF WHAT YOU OWN   What makes green grass you ask? I can tell you there is more to a beautiful property than just mowing the lawn. It’s a bit of love and a bit of preventative maintenance that will bring out the greener grass that you crave all summer long. Last week’s post talked about common problems that you may see in your lawn and as promised I am going to talk about a few more this week. Spring lawn tips are great but maintaining your lawn all summer long takes time and money so get ready to put some effort into your property. What is lawn maintenance? Lawn maintenance is simply a term used to maintaining your outside property in order to bring the best out of your lawn and garden. Growing grass seems like an art and in a way it is because there are property services out there that specialize in growing grass and they are good at it. You can do the same if you do your research and take pride in your property knowing that just mowing the lawn is not all that it takes. While trying to maintain healthy, luscious green […]

How to keep weeds and other pests off your lawn

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WEED FREE CAN SAVE MONEY   A well fed and well watered thick lawn will crowd out weeds and be less susceptible to damage from pests and disease. Our bodies require fuel and adequate nutrition to function properly and fight off infection well so do our plants. In the first part of a two-week series I am sharing some tips on how to manage some of the problems that most commonly affect our lawns. Everyone has to battle some of the common problems I will talk about below but we can try to limit the problems with prevention. Last week I talked about how to keep the grass-green on your side of the fence and this week I want to talk about those pests that like to invade our grass such as the ever famous weeds. I have worked on many properties over the years and have dealt with each of the following problems multiple times. While it can be frustrating to look out your window and see a blotchy, sick looking lawn there are ways to repair without having to cost you an arm and leg. Preventative maintenance and proper care will get you a lot further in your […]

How to keep the grass green on your side of the fence

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GO GREEN THIS SUMMER   A lawn full of beautiful green grass that is free of weeds is something that many people strive for, while others are just happy to see green, even if it is a combination of weeds and grass. To the left is a backyard photo of a lawn that I’ve maintained with my business for the past 5 years. As you can see in my photo above the grass is green and lush and well-maintained. Now that you’ve started your spring garden in containers it’s time to think about your lawn. I follow all the tips I will be sharing with you today and throughout the next few months so make sure you are subscribed here so you don’t miss any of my upcoming landscaping and gardening posts. Spring clean-up has begun and whether you are ready for it you should prepare for some hard work with beautiful results. I’ll be sure and try to help you save some of your hard-earned money this season rather than waste it on playing guessing games around your property. To maintain a healthy green lawn maintenance needs to begin as soon as the snow has melted and the ground […]

How to start your spring garden using odd containers

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TIME TO GET YOUR GARDEN READY   Now that spring is around the corner it’s time to get your green thumb ready to start your summer garden. Growing your own garden is rewarding because it can save you a good chunk of money in your grocery budget. Another bonus is that you get to sit down in the comfort of your home and enjoy putting food on your table that you had a hand in growing.   Growing your own food is like printing your own money—Ron Finley   Start your garden seeds   My favourite time of year is coming where I get to start working on landscaping projects for my customers and to get my own vegetable garden ready. Looking outside today it is extremely hard to believe that spring is on its way, but it will be here soon enough. Around this time every year my Spring fever starts to kick in and I can`t wait to see the beautiful green grass that is hiding under the dreaded snow. As long as Old Man winter keeps making his presence known I will just have to deal with it and wait but in the meantime I’ll get started […]