I always try to check out all the industry trade shows to see what the newest and latest trends are in the green industry. Last years show in Abbotsford delivered a couple of interesting tidbits Artificial Turf has some serious issues. Besides its high cost there area lot of other concerns that should make homeowners think twice before replacing their lawnPersonally I've had a couple of my customerscomplain about staining and burned spots
A new idea combining composting and vertical gardening caught my attention This box would look great on your patio or deck. and would provide you with a show garden and a place to get rid of your green kitchen waste I met the inventor of this box and was totally impressed with his concept combining urban gardening and composting. In addition these boxes are constructed locally and the quality of the woodwork is superb. They can even use wood from fallen trees on your property in the construction
Finally the highlight of the show. What this has to do with gardening I don't know. But this 56 Pontiac threw me down memory lane. This was the first car I ever owned . I paid $ 20 yes twenty bucks for a less pristine model this car when I was 15 years old
EUROPEAN SCHAFER BEETLE IS ON THE MARCH . FIRST SPOTTED IN NEW WESTMINISTER IN 2001 THIS UNWELCOME EUROPEAN IMMIGRANT IS SLOWLY SPREADING ACROSS THE LOWWER MAINLAND LEAVING A TRAIL OF RUINED LAWNS IN ITS WAKE
I NOTICED A PATH OF DESTRUCTION ALONG CAMBIE STREET ON MY WAY TO A TRADE SHOW IN VANCOUVER LAST MONTH . I'AM NOT TALKING A FEW BLOCKS. THIS WENT ON FOR MILE AFTER MILE, BOULEVARDS AND RESIDENTIAL LOTS ALIKE
ALONG WITH ITS COUSIN THE EUROPEAN CRANE FLY LARVA
THESE GRUBS CAN TAKE OUT A LAWN IN A WEEK-END LEAVING THE CROWS PICKING THROUGH THE CHAFF
A WELL MAINTAINED HEALTHY LAWN IS YOUR BEST DEFENSE AGAINST
IF YOU NOTICE GRUB DAMAGED LAWNS IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD
THE INTRODUCTION OF BENEFICIAL NEMETODES CAN HELP CONTROL THE POPULATION OF DESTRUCTIVE LARVA IN YOUR LAWN
I BELIEVE PRO-ACTIVE HOMEOWNERS CAN AVOID A COSTLY LAWN REPLACEMENT BY WORKING WITH LAWN CARE PROFESSIONALS
TO MAKE SURE THEIR LAWN IS WELL NOURISHED , AERATED, AND FREE OF EXCESSIVE THATCH
When traveling through the wine country in Washington State we noticed a few wineries with wood burning pizza ovens. They were used for wine events and private entertaining. Great conversation pieces and amazing pizzas from the 800 degree temperatures produced
What a great alternative to the traditional outdoor barbecue which can be very pricey with the granite tops. Check out the fireplace in this one.I know I want one of these babies in my yard.
Sauna Therapy for Detoxification and
Healing by Lawrence WilsonInfrared
sauna therapy is one of the least costly, safest and most powerful ways to
eliminate toxic metals, toxic chemicals and infections."
When choosing the right type of cedar tree to plant
in your yard the first consideration is...
Why am I planting this hedge and what are the
site conditions in the planting area to be hedged
how much sun is available and what are the soil
and drainage like.Are you planting for noise
reduction and privacy or purely esthetic reasons
A cedar hedge is a long term investment in your
yard and becomes a valuable landscape feature
when it matures. After deciding on the type of
cedar you want make sure they are properly
planted in well drained soil with bone meal.
The hedge should be watered with a soaker hose
the first summer untill the roots are established.
Thuja plicata (Wester Red Cedar) is a fast-growing conifer
It forms a dense evergreen hedge of any height and size if it is trimmed
Thuja foliage has a pleasant, apple aroma when crushed.
Can be cut
back into old wood and will re-shoot.
In a cold winter the foliage turns a
Any free-draining soil in sun or partial shade.
Rate of growth:
up to 75cm (2'6") per yea
From the Western Red Cedar family, the Excelsa
Cedar is a tall and wide
It can reach heights of over 30 feet in the long run
grow as wide as 10-15 feet. It is a moderate
to fast growing tree (2-3’ per
year) that maintains a steady pyramid shape.It is a great tree (‘two story’
privacy tree) alternative to smaller, slower growing white cedars if a privacy
hedge is desired in less time. It acts as a great windbreak and is deer
resistant. It is suitable in urban, rural and semi-rural environments.The
Excelsa Cedar has a rich, dark evergreen foliage that may turn slightly golden
Winter do to the cold. It grows well in all soil types and prefers moist
climates.The Excelsa Cedar is hearty in zones 5-8.Other Names:
Thuja Plicata, Western Red Cedar, Aborvitae Excelsa
PROGROWS WELL IN
FAST GROWING / GOOD FOR NOISE BARRIER AND WINDBREAK
Thuja occidentalis 'Emerald', also called
'Smaragd' This is my choice for most of the plantings I do because
of its lower maintenance requirements and dark green foliage.This hedge will tolerate partial shade and doesn’t grow as
wide as the Western Red.
Make sure you don’t plant trees too closely together(1.5 to 2 ft ) spacing’s between tree
centres for 5’ft to 6 ft specimens
'Smaragd' is the ultimate low-maintenance hedging plant. Planted in a row, the
top can be trimmed to the height required but the sides of the trees will never
need trimming. Thuja 'Emerald' is evergreen and forms a neat screen of dense
dark green foliage. It is very hardy and wind tolerant. It is not
used very often in the UK as a screen but is commonly used in the USA where
temperature extremes are much greater than here. Any free draining soil in sun
or partial shade. Rate of growth: up to 45cm (18 inches) per year.
The emerald green arborvitae, also known as an eastern white cedar, is an
evergreen tree characterized by its dark green foliage. The cedar grows in just
about any soil they are planted in and grow well in areas that are subject to
high atmospheric moisture. They grow best in full sun.They are most commonly
used to create privacy screens and noise barriers due to their tendency to grow
thick/dense. Emerald Cedars are very low maintenance tree that require pruning
only once per year.At maturity the Emerald Cedar can reach heights above 20
feet growing at a typical rate of roughly one vertical foot and 4-6” of
horizontal width per year. They usually grow in a pyramid shape The emerald
Cedar is hearty in zones 3-7.Other Names: Smaragd, Emerald
green arborvitae, Thuja occidentalis ‘smaragd’.
MORE EXPENSIVE THAN OTHER VARIETALS
NOT AS DISEASE RESISTANT AS OTHER VARIETALS
The Pyramidalis cedar is a multi-stemmed columnar white cedar that grows
tall and lean to a maximum height of around 20 feet and a maximum horizontal
spread of 7-8’. It has a shallower green colour foliage than the Emerald cedar
and stays evergreen all year long. It prunes well and is a relatively low
Like the Emerald, the Pyramidalis cedar prefers full sun and average levels of
atmospheric moisture. It is not very picky in terms of soil type or pH level it
grows in and is quite tolerant of urban pollution making it a great privacy
cedar tree along busy streets.The Pyramidalis Cedar is hearty in zones 3-
PRO: GROWS WELL ALONG DRIVEWAYS AND
ROADS LIGHTER GREEN COLORS SETS THEM
APART FROM OTHER CEDARS CAN MAKE AN INTERESTING
SPECIMEN HEDGE WHERE NOISE AND PRIVACY IS NOT AN ISSUE
CON: REQUIRES MORE LIGHT THAN OTHER VARIETALS
TO MAINTAIN EVEN FOILAGE BECAUSE OF MULTIPLE STEMS IS
MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO SNOW DAMAGE
high return landscape investment is low voltage outdoor lighting. Again go
quality if you want to add value to your property. Avoid cheap fixtures from
the chain stores which invariably break and burn through expensive bulbs like
Post Media News:
from an article by "Build it Right" Mike Holmes
"The lighting around your house influences a lot of things including safety and curb appeal"
"Can poor outdoor lighting stop a sale? No but it sets the tone on how the buyer sees the rest of your home and may result in a lower offer"
"If you have a long driveway you can add lights along the way which helps guide drivers at night"
"You should also have plenty of lighting in your backyard around patios decks and sheds"
HIRE A PRO
When it comes to lighting your home’s outdoor spaces, don’t overdo a
good thing. Excessive exterior lighting can make your home look like a
prison yard, and light pollution is a real concern for any neighborhood. To achieve a warm, welcoming look, as well as optimum
lighting, consider using the services of a lighting design specialist.