Lime and Moss Control

Spring is approaching, time to prepare! It’s easy to let our minds grow dormant over the cold winter season, which in turn allows us to forget about our lawns and gardens for the moment. But now, as the snow is melting and the weather turns warmer, it’s time to turn our attention back to our yards. Moss will have found an easy time to sneak in over the season, and your soil may be lacking in the calcium it needs to flourish properly, which is why now is a great time to look into spreading garden lime onto your garden and lawns.

Agricultural lime, more commonly known as garden lime, is a soil additive that is created by grinding down limestone, and is very high in calcium. Garden lime’s primary purpose is to assist with high acidity levels found in the soil by increasing the soil’s pH balance. By doing so, it also allows for calcium and magnesium to find access to the plants, which helps them grow and flourish.
Some tips on figuring out whether or not your soil actually needs lime is by conducting a soil pH test, or by paying attention to the other kinds of plants that are growing in the area. Plants such as heather, rhododendrons, and camellias will flourish in soils that have high acidity, whereas legumes will have a much more difficult time growing. By applying lime to your garden soil, it will also increase the work-ability of the soil. However, not only is lime beneficial to your plants and garden, it also can play a major role in revitalizing your lawn after a long winter.

We all know how easy it is to become indifferent towards your lawn over the winter, which also makes it easy for moss to get a head start on you. Thankfully, if moss has completely overtaken your lawn already, early spring is the perfect time to get started on it’s removal!

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Much like the plants that were earlier discussed, moss either thrives, or ceases in certain conditions. When grass is over watered, frequently in the shade, not aerated or de-thatched often enough, this creates the perfect environment for moss to grow and spread like wildfire. There are many tactics to go about moss removal; including aerating, de-thatching, seeding thin areas, and fertilizing – but often times, the most effective strategy is simply to lime the grass. When the acidic soil starts to control the amount of nutrients and calcium that finds it’s way into your grass, it leaves little loopholes for the moss to sneak in. Just as you would with your garden, test the soil’s pH balance to address it’s acidity level. If the pH is below 6, the soil is acidic. Purchase a lime that is calcium-based, and spread it on your lawn twice each growing season for best results.

If winter has managed to get a few steps ahead of you this season, fear not! Early spring is the perfect time to get started on preparing your lawn and garden for your best growing season yet. For questions, quotes, and estimates, please contact Landscape Away and we would be happy to assist you in your Springtime garden endeavors!

Fall Maintenance Package

Even though the sun is out and the heatwave is finally here, you might be noticing those leaves starting to drop around you. Now is the perfect time to start thinking about booking your fall maintenance package from Landscape Away. Our special fall package includes fall thatching and re-seeding for only $99!

Unsure what thatching is? Thatch is the building up of material that can include things like dead grass, leaves and stems. The removal of thatch involves using a rake or power rake depending on the size of your lawn and pulling the material out from the grass. This is important because a build up of thatch in your yard can prevent growth of grass and can cause your grass to become unhealthy. When thatch is removed it encourages grass to thicken and helps to make it stronger!

 

It's All About The Maintenance

 

Re-seeding is a vital part of helping your worn out lawn return to tip top shape! Re-seeding is just simply spreading grass seed over an existing lawn. As your lawn gets older, thinning is normal, especially if it’s used quite often. Re-seeding helps to encourage growth and thickness with your grass.

If you’d like to read some tips on the re-seeding process check out this quick 5 step program on Reader’s Digest.

You can also find some more information on the thatching process here.

So what are you waiting for it’s time to book your fall package now! Contact us!

At Landscape Away we see a lot of backyards and one thing that dates a home, no matter what you have done to update the inside, is dated landscaping.  Recently a client asked us to remove the 90’s style landscape ties to update the look of their worn out staircase to match the rest of their renovations.  It was a pretty straight forward job, removing the old landscape ties that screamed 1990’s, replacing them with updated square ties that fit much better and create a cleaner look.

 

 

 

We cleaned and re-used some of the existing concrete stone and re-surfaced the steps with sand and a level.  We took the opportunity to re-compact the staircase as preventative maintenance and to ensure a strong finished product. What a difference the staircase has made to their back yard!  No longer a dated eyesore, the new staircase will last for years to come.  A job like this took half a day with our crew and was well worth the time and effort.

 

 

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It’s always a good time to start thinking about updating the landscaping at your home.

Give us a call and see how we can help bring your landscaping from the 90’s to the present day!

Be Cool This Summer

Cool ways to beat the heat this summer.

 

With the rain that’s been falling throughout the Fraser Valley these last few weeks summer might be the furthest thing from your mind. However summer is fast approaching and now is the time to turn your yard into the perfect summer hangout spot. We have some great ideas on how to prepare your outdoor space and keep cool during the summer heat wave!

 

Shade Trees – May’s record temperatures is a good indication of what lies ahead for us this summer. The global warming trend has changed the way we plant and prepare for summer here on the West Coast and more and more emphasis is being placed on staying cool. One great way to stay cool and still enjoy the outdoors is to plant shade trees. These types of trees can help to drop the temperature by up to 10 degrees under their canopies. Finding the right spot and maintaining your tree properly are crucial to making sure it thrives and maximizes it’s cooling effects. These trees can also reduce the heat reflected from paved areas, like concrete patios and driveways. As a bonus, shade trees attract and sustain wildlife and trees can even help to increase your property value! For some help on selecting the perfect tree for your yard check out this guide from Brian Minter.

 

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Plants –

Now that you have created some much needed shade, working plants into the mix will help to not only create some colour and ambience but also promote cooling.  You need plants that with thrive in all that new shade and there are plenty of options out there:

Fuchsias love the shade and can help to hold moisture in the areas they are planted.  Allowing them to benefit other plants around them.  Planted off the ground because of their cascading foliage fuchsias create added shade for the garden life below.

 

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Auntie Dogma’s Garden Spot

 

Perilla – plants (Perilla is a herb of the mint family) have great ground cover and offers much of the same benefits of those above.  Added bonus is that the plant can be harvested for cooking. For more edible plant options you can find a complete list here  There’s bound to be something that works for you!

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Cooling Snacks –

Another way to keep yourself cool this summer is to be prepare cold salads, icy drinks and traditional summer treats like frozen yogurt and homemade ice cream.  Planting the right edibles like berries, fruit trees and mint you can make all sorts of variations of the above?  Check out this simple recipe for deck side Strawberry Mojito’s from Vanilla And Bean. Load up on mint in this recipe, the perfect ingredient for summer as the menthol triggers cold receptors in the skin, producing a cooling effect! Which makes it the perfect excuse to mix up some mojitos!

 

Strawberry Mojitos

Recipe found on vanillaandbean.com

 

Hopefully these tips can help to make your summer a cool one!