Mulch ado about Thatch

I was having a chat with a client recently about thatch on their lawn. I mentioned the word thatch and the client ‘s eyes bulged as if said there were zombies in their shed. One thing a lot of people don’t understand is thatch is a naturally occurring integral part of your lawn. Excess thatch … Read more

July 2021 Lawns

Rain, Rain, Rain!   It certainly has been a wet month so far. The rain plus relatively cool-ish nights and warm days are causing lawns to grow like crazy! (Yup that is a proper horticultural term)   Ideally lawns should be mowed using the “1/3 : 2/3” rule. What this means is no more than … Read more

An Ounce of Prevention….

An Ounce of Prevention… I had a call from a colleague this morning about his trees. Every year he applies dormant oil / lime sulfur to his trees as a preventative. He is worried it may be too late as we have had such terrific weather this spring. We are now, April 3, 2020 in … Read more

Summer Lawn Care

So one my pet peeves is lawn care. There are a number of landscape designers who hate lawns and call them a waste of resources. I am agnostic as far as lawns go. I have seen louses with large lawns that looked good and houses with no lawns that look good. Healthy lawns have some … Read more

Audrey II

An interesting morning. I love mornings. I love spring mornings when the plants are all dripping from the overnight rain. There is a low cloud, it is misty and drizzly. We do our best to develop connections with our clients. We have a client that had an out-of-control wisteria in her back yard. She has … Read more

April Pruning

Spring is here. What an odd year we are having. The COVID-19 isolation is hurting many people very profoundly. Our business is hurting. But I’ll tell you something. I would rather be hurting in my business than be sick – or worse. And I would rather be at home than run the possibility of infecting … Read more

The Lawn Bandits

ban·dit /ˈbandit/ noun a robber or outlaw belonging to a gang and typically operating in an isolated or lawless area. “the bandit produced a weapon and demanded money” The bandit I am referring to are the ne’er-do-wells running around conning people into aerating their lawn. The weapon they use is “fear of loss” – your … Read more

Don’t be an April Fool

I just saw my first ad on Facebook referencing lawn fertilizer. It is far too early to fertilize your lawn. If one of the big box stores has fertilizer on sale, great, buy it and wait until late May to apply. Better yet go to a local garden centre and support a small business. They … Read more

December Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

December 2019 came in with a BANG! Many people in our business look at December as a time to relax and chill out but not us! We are hard at work planning for our biggest trade show – Landscape Ontario Congress! Plus we are getting our Christmas planters made up and installed. We have been … Read more

My November to-do list…..

Planning ahead…. We are in the last few days of November headed into the December pre-Christmas rush. These next few weeks are either really busy for people like us, or, depending on Mother Nature very slow. It is a very chilly and VERY rainy day as I write this blog. There are still a few … Read more