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!

 

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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!

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.

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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.
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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.A-Frametent

 

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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.

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