2018 Landscaping Tips

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Are you tired of staring at the cold, bleak landscape outside your front door? We’re happy to tell you that March is the perfect time of year to begin your garden planning. This is an ideal month to seek colourful inspiration and ideas for your residential landscape projects before you connect with the experts to bring your garden to life.

At Green Thumb Landscaping, we know that there are lots of aspects to consider when it comes to your gardens and landscaping. Here are some landscaping tips that can help you to shape your plans:

Climate Appropriate Plants

Before you begin flipping through magazines or checking out Pinterest, we recommend you ask yourself a few key questions:

What zone/region am I situated in?

  • There are plant hardiness zones that indicate which plant species will grow and thrive in particular areas of the province and country. Natural Resources Canada has a great website to assist you in determining which plants will do well in your area. Click here to view their recommendations.

Can my plants handle climate change?

  • Climate change continues to impact our world and this means that plants are facing weather-related challenges on a regular basis. This can include pests, wind, drought, and extreme heat.

Will my gardens be manageable?

  • Plants, shrubs, and trees all require different levels of maintenance. It will be important to note how much sun, shade, water, and space each type of plant requires in order to ensure that it will thrive.
  • Then, after planting, it is important to take into account when to water, feed, and prune to keep your plants healthy and looking beautiful.

Landscaping with Natural Materials

Using natural materials like stone, mulch, and wood to enhance your garden is something that never goes out of style.

Whether you’re interested in smaller/partitioned gardens, container gardens, or creating a focal point, using natural materials is a beautiful and effective way to add landscaping elements to your garden and property.

Wooden arbours are making a big comeback on residential properties. Arbours can be built to suit any home, they can be small or long, and they will add charm and character to your garden. Arbours can be used in a variety of ways, including:

  • As an entrance to your yard or garden.
  • As a pathway through your garden or property, or along the side of your home.
  • As a seating area.
  • As an addition to a fence.

Natural stone is always on trend for outdoor seating and dining areas. Incorporating natural stone in your yard to establish an outdoor living or dining area looks beautiful, is easy to clean, and is great for placing a table, outdoor couches, and chairs. Natural stone can be used in a number of ways, including:

  • As a pathway through your garden.
  • As a design element or path around the exterior of your home.
  • As a way to define a seating or dining area.

Mulch is important for any property. Adding mulch to your garden and landscape is more important than ever for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Keeping weeds from growing.
  • Helping to retain moisture in the soil for your plants.
  • Improving soil texture.
  • Defining a garden space by adding colour, texture, and shape to your beds.

Planting new gardens and designing new landscaping is exciting and will add beauty and enjoyment to your home, but gardens do require time and attention to flourish. There are many regular and time-sensitive activities that need to be done to ensure that your gardens stay healthy, and this can be quite time-consuming.

There are so many things to consider when making changes and improvements to your landscape and it can be difficult to know where to start. Leave the tricky stuff to us. The team at Green Thumb Landscaping know which plants and natural enhancements will work best in your property — and we are experts at maintaining landscapes. Contact us and we’ll help you plan your gardens and ensure they look beautiful.

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