Why We Love Your Yard As Much As You Do

At Plantenance, we’ve been going strong for over 35 years now -three and a half amazing decades of doing what we truly love. A major part of designing and building award-winning landscapes relies on our relationship with our clients, or rather, with the families who trust our workmanship to improve their quality of life for years to come.  Here’s how we do it.

Measure A Hundred Times, Cut Once

We’re big on planning. Very big. From the get-go, we ensure our clients are included in every aspect of the creation (except for all the grunt work, of course!). And we’re huge believers in updating our clients constantly, so the only surprise they get is just how much more enjoyable life is with a remodelled back yard.

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Capturing your dreams in detailed 2D design.

Only The Best In Everything

Cutting corners is a cardinal sin of the landscaping world; our designs are beautiful, and they’re meant to stay that way. We back up our work with only the most passionate, talented team, state-of-the-art equipment, quality materials and a rock-solid warranty.

 

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The right tool for the job, always.

 

Maintaining Trust

We’re with clients every step of the way until the final reveal, and then some! We offer highly skilled maintenance to ensure your yard looks picture perfect years after we’ve remodelled it, and we maintain contact with our clients long after we’ve left them to sip mojitos on their new patio to ensure they’re satisfied.

 

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‘Talented, professional and passionate’ can be used to describe any member of our team!

 

If you’d like to experience speaking to landscaping experts with an excellent history of customer trust, quality workmanship and a positive customer experience, check us out at plantenance.com or give us a call at (514) 684-8235 or 1-888-9PLANTE. We’d love hear your garden remodelling ideas!

Spring Gardening Calendar

The Quebec Homeowner’s Spring Gardening To-Do List

While warm Spring weather can’t arrive quickly enough for us, there’s plenty to do in order to enjoy your yard on sunny days. If you do your own yard work, here’s a quick gardening checklist to ensure your outdoor escape is in tip-top shape this year. Check out our handy printable PDF Spring To-Do List at the bottom of the page to be on top of your game.

 

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While the cooler weather will allow you to plant these a little later, don’t wait too long to start seeding!

Germinate (April 4 – 14) 

Germinating seeds takes approximately 1-2 weeks, depending on the type of seed and the temperature, so start these seeds now:

  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Collards
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lettuce/Leeks
  • Mustard
  • Spinach
  • Tomato

Germinate (April 14 – 28)

As soon as the ground is thawed for a few consecutive days, seed the following :

  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cucumbers
  • Fresh herbs
  • Gourds
  • Annual flowers
  • Lettuce/Leeks
  • Mustard
  • Spinach

 

 

When there is no longer frost on the ground, sow the following :

  • Black-eyed Susans
  • Broadbeans
  • Candytuft
  • Cornflowers
  • Onions
  • Pansies
  • Peas
  • Poppies
  • Turnips
  • Radishes
  • Snapdragons
Sow in the garden (April 28 – May 11)
While you would usually begin around this time of year, ensure that there is only the very gentlest frost on the ground before sowing these directly into the garden:
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Kale
  • Potato eyes
  • Parsley
  • Radishes
  • Snapdragons
  • Violas

 

 

 Transplanting May 11 – May 30      

When you’re sure there will be no more frost, transplant your hardened plants (you can harden plants by bringing them outside while still potted to get them accustomed to the weather) : 

 

 

  • Tomato
  • Melon
  • Squash

Keep an ear out for the weather network and if you hear frost or storm warnings, make sure you cover your fragile crops with a sheet or some plant covers.

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The weather is finally clement enough for you to begin some serious maintenance in your yard. Getting it all out of the way now means you’ll have more time to enjoy the warmer, sunnier days down the road.

 

Check Your Deck

Clean stonework and asphalt paths and check for frost heaves to repair. Give your patio a quick look-over for signs of loose planks, areas to re-paint or re-varnish or cracks.

Clean Beds

While you wait for the ground to thaw, and your seeds to germinate, use this time to clean your flower and plant beds.
  • Remove all fall and winter debris;
  • Use compost produced in the winter to nourish the soil;
  • If need be, replace the edging to make everything tidy;
  • Rake the lawn to get rid of thatching
    • Bonus: if you moisten the thatching and keep it contained, you’ll have compost for next year

Gutter Clutter

Clean out the old leaves and debris that have accumulated in eaves-troughs and rain gutters. Bonus eco-points for adding the biodegradable matter to your compost and installing a rain barrel.

Mending Fences

Hose off your fences and check for loose pieces or signs of wear and tear to mend. While you’re at it, you may as well give the outer walls of your home a quick spray-down to freshen it up.

Mower Power

If you use a mower, make sure the blades are sharpened and make sure you have fuel for it. Do a quick maintenance check on your tools (and maybe get around to giving the garage a good spring cleaning if you’re so inclined).

Furnish Your Moments of Relaxation

Give your patio furniture a good cleaning, shop for extra needed pieces and clean off that grill (don’t forget the propane)… It’s finally time to reward yourself with a nice al fresco meal with family and friends to show off all your hard work!

DOWNLOAD OUR SPRING MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST HERE!

 

If you’re looking to enjoy your outdoor escape without having to lift a finger, check us out at plantenance.com or give us a call at (514) 684-8235 or 1-888-9PLANTE. We’d love to do the maintenance work for you!

 

 

5 Ultimate Relaxation Upgrades for Your Garden This Spring

 According to a recent Houzz Survey, home owners are looking to spend more time in their yard, as opposed to simply looking at it. From lower maintenance lawns to outdoor furniture, a good landscaper will help you ensure you put in less work, and get more enjoyment out of your outdoor escape.

 

 

1. Lawn Alternatives

Mowing the grass is not only a strain on ecological resources, but also on your back and on your precious weekend downtime. If a lush lawn isn’t high on your list of priorities, consider the following alternatives:

  • Hardscaping with paving stones or wood-decked relaxation areas
  • Long grass, succulent or low-maintenance plant beds
  • Artificial lawn (ProTip: especially useful if you have pups using the yard)

 

2. Fire It Up!

Camp fires bring us closer together, whether it be for a romantic evening or a family reunion… A fire pit or outdoor fireplace requires little maintenance if you have the proper safety measures in place, and is a great way to relax in your yard year-round!

 

 

3. Round the Clock Relaxation

If you’re not using outdoor lighting, you’re missing out on some serious landscaping know-how, as well as on some amazing ‘me time’. In addition to increasing safety and security, LED lighting creates that magazine-worthy curb appeal and allows you to enjoy your yard well after you’ve watched the sun set.

 

4. The Patter of Little Feet

Getting kids away from the digital era and playing outside these days is already difficult enough, but keeping them safe in the garden is just as important as keeping them entertained. Pool and yard fencing will ensure you can relax to the fullest while little ones expend their energy.

 

5. Outdoor Living

A few pieces of outdoor furniture can create a big, new room for your home, without needing a building permit. Add some overhead protection and some screening to enjoy the outdoors with some rain-proof privacy!

 

If you’re looking to enjoy your outdoor escape year-round, check us out at plantenance.com or give us a call at (514) 684-8235 or 1-888-9PLANTE. We’d love to do discuss your garden remodeling plans!

5 Ways to ‘Shed’ Winter Blues

Though the garden isn’t quite thawed and we’ve yet to see much greenery, the Plantenance team is gearing up for a busy season, and that means starting with a good cleaning of our ‘shed’! If you’re raring to do something about your outdoor escape, why not start with planning something great for your shed or garage?

1. 90% preparation, 10% perspiration

Using the right tool for the job can spare you a lot of frustration when it comes to yard work… That is, unless it’s dull, rusted, or worse, buried under a pile of junk. Treat yourself with a spring cleaning of your storage spaces and save yourself trouble down the line (unless you’re using Plantenance’s landscaping maintenance services, at which point, we’ve got you covered and you can transform your garage into the Batcave of your dreams).

2. Actually, A Batcave

Well, maybe not, but if you’re not using your garage as a storage or parking space, you might want to consider remodelling your shed or garage into a Man Cave or a She Shed. Good insulation for the cold season and that you’ve got a great view through the door will definitely make this the relaxation haven of your dreams.

 

3. Granny Flat or Guest Room

Alternatively, if your garage isn’t in use, but is detached from the house, you can turn it into a granny flat (useful to house everyone, from actual grandmothers to noisy teenagers and out of town guests, or even to rent out short term on AirBnB).

 

4. Curbed Appeal

Chances are, your driveway is in rough shape after the winter time, unless you had it redone recently. If you’re considering adding value to your home, giving it’s curb appeal a facelift, or getting a smoother ride into your home, begin planning your driveway remodel before the snow goes.

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5. Lighten Up!

‘Shed’ some light (last pun, promise) onto your garage or shed with some low-energy consumption LED’s. Not only will lighting really raise up your landscaping game. but it will ensure a secure and well-lit entrance to your home.

 

If you’re looking to enjoy your outdoor escape year-round, check us out at plantenance.com or give us a call at (514) 684-8235 or 1-888-9PLANTE. We’d love to do discuss your garden remodelling plans!

10 Drop-Dead Gorgeous Halloween Decorations To Up Your Curb Appeal

5 Summer To Fall Garden Must-Haves

If you’re looking to celebrate Halloween in style this year, we’ve compiled 10 eerily classy ways to decorate your home.

1. Add some sparkle and glamour to your doorstep with matte black paint and gold glitter.
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2. Lanterns & Lights; combine miniature pumpkins and candles in large lanterns, and switch up the contents depending on the Holiday. 

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3) Lace & Light – Wrap plain candle holders in dark lace to line the windowsills with ambiance.

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4) Welcoming Wreath – Add a pretty autumnal wreathe to your door (bonus: no need to take it down till Christmas!).

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5) Spook-Tentacular – Wave hello to visitors by adding an arm (or eight) to garden planters.

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6) Light The Way – Line your walkway with these light-up pumpkins to guide trick-or-treaters to your door.

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7) Read The Signs – Add some intrigue with lettered lanterns or a few spooky signs.

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8) Rung the Doorbell – A wooden ladder makes for a great way to showcase pumpkins and gourds.

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9) Blackened Branches – A few branches, spray painted black and hung above the door or secured in planting pots with foam, make for a stylishly spooky entry way. 

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9) Welcome Matte – An outdoor carpet with matte coloured leaves or prints makes for a great way to greet visitors. 

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If you’re looking to enjoy your outdoor escape year-round, check us out at plantenance.com or give us a call at (514) 684-8235 or 1-888-9PLANTE. We’d love to do discuss your garden remodeling plans!

October Gardening Checklist – Chill down the line

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Autumn is now in full swing; the air is crisp, the leaves are showing off their best colours and your yard is getting ready for the first sprinkling of frost.

We’ve compiled your October Gardening Checklist to make sure you have everything you need to get everything ready for Halloween and football season.

October Yard Care Checklist

For a printable PDF, click here!

If you’re looking for someone to remodel or maintain your outdoor space, check us out at plantenance.com or give us a call at (514) 684-8235 or 1-888-9PLANTE. We’d love to do the hard work for you!