Post-Storm Tree Care
It’s no secret that the Fraser Valley took a hard-hit with the devastating ice/wind storm. And with all that wind and ice came a whole lot of destruction. We have seen the outcome of our recent winter blast, and it has not been friendly to the trees in the area. That is why we wanted to discuss the importance of having a professional examine those trees, and assess whether they are able to be saved, worth being saved, and how to determine whether or not they are dangerous.
The very first thing that you should be on the lookout for is hazardous trees and branches. Trees that are leaning with roots beginning to pull should be called in about right away, particularly if the tree is angled on a path towards housing, fences, vehicles etc. The second thing to be on the lookout for are the dreaded “widow maker” branches. These branches are detached from the tree, but tangled up in the remaining branches. A simple gust of wind or a shake of the tree can send these branches dangerously crashing down.
So, you’ve found a tree on your property that you’re hoping to be able to save… the first step would be to call a professional. Then, there are a series of steps and questions that we explore to determine what trees can be repaired, and what trees need to be removed. For example, trees that have the following characteristics would likely need to be removed:
Trees that have large splits or are missing large branches.
Trees that have more than half of their branches or limbs missing.
Trees that are leaning, or have uplifting roots that are threatening give way.
Trees that have cracks in the main branches.
However, that’s not to say that any tree with broken branches is beyond saving. Often times, smaller, cracked branches and limbs simply require some cleaning up. Stressed and minor damaged trees that have arms missing from them just need some good pruning. Remember to continue feed and water these strained trees, as their chances of recovery is much better with quality nutrients in order to survive and thrive!
The reason why it is so imperative to have a professional called in right away to assess these damages is because people often opt to take matters in to their own hands, and often make the wrong decisions. Whether it be loping off branches that are still viable, removing trees that could still flourish, or dangerously removing branches that they are not equipped to handle… it is always best to call an expert and get their opinion.
We are available and prepared for all quotes, assessments, and tree removals here at Landscape Away, and are happy to help with the post-storm damage here in the Fraser Valley! Call us today!
With winter idly approaching, what you do in your yard during the mellow, fall weather prepares your garden for success in the spring! Here are four of the best, basic tasks that you need to complete before the first frost hits to ensure that your personal oasis will be awaiting you when it comes time for the flowers to bloom.
1. Dethatch that grass!
As thatch is a cumulative layer of bits of dead grass and organic matter that separates the soil and the green grass, de-thatching is the important process of removing this matter before it becomes a problem. Although some thatch in moderation is not necessarily a bad thing, it can eventually become harmful to your lawn as it makes it more difficult for the roots to grab on to the fresh soil. Convex and power rakes may be used in the dethatching process, and can often be rented from your nearest hardware store. It is best to do this work in cooler weather and when the soil is mildly moist, which makes Fall the perfect time!
2. Give your lawn the nutrients it needs.
Fertilizing your lawn in the fall is the perfect opportunity to take some proactive steps in your landscaping care. Taking care of your grass in the cool seasons keeps it growing longer and healthier, making it a lot easier for your lawn to have the nutrients that it needs to liven up again in the spring time. Fertilizing your grass now means effortless revival once the snow melts.
3. Prune, prune, prune.
Fall is one of the best times to correct some of those overgrown bushes. Once the leaves and blooms have fallen off, you can see much more clearly just where either the mistakes of the last pruning sessions were made, or simply where more attention needs to be. In addition, removing dead or broken branches with infections not only allows for a more aesthetically pleasing aspect to your yard, but leads to a healthier plant in the spring with no further rot or disease.
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!
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.
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!
If you have a rental property the idea of landscaping has probably crossed your mind at some point. You may have thought about doing the work yourself but become overwhelmed at the idea of taking on the extra work project. Or maybe you have multiple properties and this is just not an option for you. This is where a landscaping company comes in and the many reasons as to why you should hire one for your rental property.
Time Management –
When hiring a landscaping company it ensures that your property is kept up and is always looking the best that it can. It can be a lot of work to maintain a garden, especially if your rental property comes with a lot of land. You may not have the time to maintain the property and your renter’s may not be willing to take the time to do it right either. Lets be honest here, in most cases renters won’t take as good of care as a home owner, and we all know what happens to our west coast foliage left un-attended. A landscaping company takes this pressure away from you.
Preventative Maintenance –
Not only saving you time but money. As a tenant may not take the same care as a homeowner would, often things get left un-done or unattended to. Over grown or rotting foliage can promote an issue with pests. Falling leaves can clog water ways and gutters that have the potential to back up on the home owner and cause damage. A landscape company would be able to alert you to these potential issues before they become a costly repair. Especially important if you are managing properties out of town.
Happy Neighbours –
Having a well maintained garden and yard also helps to keep your neighbours happy too. No one likes to live next to a property that is not maintained to same standard as theirs, so if your property isn’t well taken care of your neighbours may start to complain. With your landscaping company maintaining the property this will help to prevent your neighbours from becoming unhappy.
Security is a BIG positive to hiring a landscaping company. It will allow you to have an extra set of eyes on your property. This can help to make sure that your property is still in top shape whether your property is currently vacant or has renters living in it. With busy schedules it can be tough to find the time to check up on your property and that’s where a landscaping company can benefit you. An extra set of eyes to notify you of anything that might be suspect happening in your rental property can ultimately save you a lot of grief. Acting as a deterrent to those renters that have less than good intentions with your property, sometimes by just letting potential renters know that landscapers will be on site weekly, will filter out un-desireable tenants.
Having a great looking yard can also help to increase the amount of your rent. You can work the costs of your landscaping into the rent as most renters will be willing to pay more to live in a good looking property over a run down looking one.
Hiring a landscaping company has many benefits and these are just a few of them. Paying that little bit extra a month to have your property maintained by professionals can only benefit you and your rental property in the long run.
Call us for a Free Quote on your Rental Property Maintenance. Landscape Away
What does time mean to you? It means a little something different to each of us in terms of how we use it and want to spend it. Time can be measured in money, we have all heard the term “time equals money” and there is some truth to that. It can be measured in the most literal way by the ticking of the clock. One of the most meaningful ways to measure time is through moments, moments with family, moments doing things that ad value to our lives, moments enjoying life and moments carved out of your day to share with someone you love.
So when I get that call to come out and quote on a job what I often really hear is “can you come out and show us how we can spend more time doing things that matter most to us.” There are only so many hours in the day, with work, kids, family and other obligations taking up most of the day it becomes difficult to find that time that is so important to each of us to spend doing meaningful activities that ad value to our lives.
It is part of the reason I love what I do. Besides the love of working out doors and creating beautiful spaces, I am so rewarded at the end of the day knowing that someone came home after a long days work and was able to sit on the deck and share some time with family, loved ones & friends in a yard or garden that Landscape Away looks after. Knowing that my clients got to spend a little more time doing what they love because we took care of the yard that day is a great feeling.
Call us for a quote, you will be surprised at how affordable our services are. Best of all included in our services is Free Time to spend anyway you like.
This spring is full of promise as the whole idea of outdoor living really takes off! As our homes seem to be getting smaller and our interior lives simplified there is a huge push to live outside and create not only seasonal space but year round outdoor living spaces that incorporate the needs of individuals and families. Have a look at some of the hottest emerging trends in outdoor space as outdoor living takes on a life of it’s own for spring 2016.
1. Colour has always been at the forefront of gardens but this season the trend lends itself to the surrounding foliage. With bold backdrops from the colour of your house and fence, to a brightly painted arbour or gate we will begin to see self expression create a backdrop to the foliage in a less traditional way.
2. More Veggies, Less Fleurs
With Sustainability still a big buzz word and garden lovers looking for unique ways to work small backyard gardens to their fullest, the idea that flowers and veggies need to be separated has been thrown out the window. Not only do flowers and veggies compliment each other in the garden scape, but often by placing certain plants side by side you can ward of pests that avoid certain foliage and will be less likely to eat your heirloom tomatoes or leafy kale.
3 Succulents and Rock Gardens
As we begin to see the warming trends on the West Coast and increased water restrictions throughout the summer months this trend is just getting started. A Garden the requires very little water and yet provides the backdrop to warm evenings and family BBQ’s is high on the Eco Families list of priorities for sustainable living.
4. Inside goes outside in a big way.
Outdoor living spaces have been gaining momentum over the last few years, but now those spaces have really moved the inside outside. From outdoor kitchens, large dinning areas and cozy outdoor furniture the idea of the outdoor space has evolved into a seasonal lifestyle for taking advantage of the warmer months.
5. Making Childhood Memories. A space for kids to play, learn and thrive outdoors, more families are trying to recreate that nostalgic childhood experience by incorporating an outdoor world for kids. Tree houses, tire swings, canvas tents to sleep under the stars. A real focus on kids getting back to nature and the idea of play is key to this trend that we hope to see continue in years to come.
6. Bowser also takes centre stage this spring with areas that are created specifically for your four legged friend(s). Safe from poisonous plants, or harsh chemicals organic leads this charge with not only children’s safety but also our furry household members. Creating a space for your dog to engage and explore while keeping him comfortable is key. Water features that double as cool flowing water for the dogs on those hot days, a place to dig, run, wrestle depending on your pets breed and needs. Remember to create a shady spot for fido to spend those dog days of summer out of the heat and keeping cool.