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!

Houzz’s To-Dos: Your October Home Checklist

OctoberHere’s Houzz’s complete home maintenance list for these last few weeks of October; if you haven’t started on these yet, make sure you finish them before Halloween!

5 Garden Must-Haves To Transition From Summer To Fall

5 Summer To Fall Garden Must-Haves

Canadians don’t scoff at colder weather; we embrace it! What’s better than the smell of a wood fire with the autumn leaves, or relaxing in an outdoor spa with a glass of mulled wine?

Here are five items to help you enjoy your outdoor escape for longer this year.

1. A Glass-Ceiling Pagoda
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2. Outdoor Movie Night

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3. Custom Outdoor Lights

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4. At-Home Spa Night

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5. S’mores Gallore by the FirePit

summer to autumn 4 (2)We recommend the use of a professionally installed fire pit to ensure your safety and to meet city by-laws.

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!

Houzz’s To-Dos: Your September Home Checklist

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To follow up on our September Gardening Checklist – Fall Into Relaxation blog post, here’s Houzz’s complete home maintenance list for these last few weeks of September!

After the Fall, Make Your Garden The Loveliest of Them All!

Winter blues bringing you down when you look outside and see nothing but grey and brown? Find safe haven in your garden; with a little planning, it can be as enchanting beneath a blanket of snow as it is beneath the summer sun!

Fairytale toolsheds are possible; maintain a clean exterior structure, and use it as a backdrop for a few fine-feathery grasses. These will give a softer texture to your garden, and will look lovely powdered with a fine layer of snow.

Arches, pergolas, pavilions and arbors Add height to your garden, and focus the eye towards a well-designed focal point, drawing it away from less decorated areas of the garden. If you are able to see through the frame, they will look ethereal in the frost, especially flanked with feathery long-grass and low shrubs.

Outdoor museum; sculptures and works of art will stand out even more in the wintertime. Make sure they are offset by shrubs or grasses, not hidden by them. Choose subdued tones, as too many bright colors may clash with the soft, natural colors surrounding them.

Take a seat; while you may not be as tempted to sit down to read a book in the winter time, a weather-protected bench can add panache to a garden. Hang a solar lantern above it, and it will create the illusion of relaxation without you having to brave the cold!

Leave room for your feathered friends! A few antique birdhouses in natural tones will add charm to a garden, while providing visiting birds with a place to weather the storm. Keep them close enough to the house so that you can casually observe their inhabitants.

Add a splash of red for visual interest. While keeping your yard in natural hues is a safe way to go, you may want to spruce it up a little with some Winterberry plants; these hardy shrubs will harbor bright red berries and attract even brighter birds to your yard during the icy season.

Bring the outdoors inside. Keep the exotic potted plants you’ve brought indoors as soon as the temperature dipped beneath 10ºC near windows. They’ll create a bright contrast to the white world outdoors, and they’ll benefit from the extra sunlight.

Looking to set up a garden as beautiful in the winter time as it is in the summer? Give us a call at Plantenance and it will be our pleasure to help!

(514) 684-8235 or 1-888-9PLANTE
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Don’t let your landscape dreams hibernate this winter!

So you’ve finally decided to landscape your property. Maybe you’ve recently purchased a new home and don’t know where to begin, especially if your present yard consists of nothing more than miscellaneous building debris, assorted rocks and just plain dirt.

Or perhaps you’re still somewhat uncertain as to what to do with the so-called “Landscaping” that you unwillingly inherited from the previous owners.

The secret to any truly successful landsca­pe project, one that adds to the enjoyment of your home and pro­perty by making it more attractive and functional, but can actually enhance the value of your home investment, is to first prepare a landscape design plan.

While it is true that most people who have some form of gardening experience are capa­ble of designing their own landscape with generally positive results, few homeowners possess enough knowledge and experience in creative design, horticulture, construction, soil sciences and site surveying, to effectively make the most of a given site.

When you consider that a well crafted landscape design or plan is crucial to the success of entire  landscaping process, it is advisable to consult with a professional such as a landscape architect, design/build firm or designer, to provide you with a set of finished drawings, plant lists or construction details appropriate for your particular dream project.

A complete plan will bring together the various elements of your yard, from house to patio to gardens and trees. In addition, planning allows you to visua­lize the final results of your proposed project, saving you valuable time and money by avoiding costly “trial and error” mistakes and unexpected expenses.

After all, it is undeniably cheaper and less frustrating to make modifications on a sheet of paper than to do so on site once the work is in progress, or even worse, once the project has been completed!

Don’t Wait – Grow Your Ideas Now!

Now that the “secret” to achieving that forever beautiful landscape has finally been revealed, “when is the best time to begin” one might ask? Truth be known, the fall and winter is in fact, an excellent time of the year to take those first steps towards realizing the design of your dreamscape!

Why you ask?

The demand for professional landscape services has been “growing” at a tremendous rate. Reputable landscape design/build firms have already begun booking projects for spring and summer installation. Clients calling in the spring are disappointed to discover that they are in fact, already late.

Developing a landscape plan now allows you to efficiently researching your project materials and affords you the time to select and retain the services of a dependable and competent landscape professional. Moreover, pre-season planning allows greenhouses and nurseries to ensure that your desired plant selections are available early in the coming season and with the required sizes and quantities.

In the so called “off-season”, many landscape design/build firms and suppliers are more inclined to offer promotional pricing, including guaranteed pricing and project start dates into the following season. Besides the obvious cost savings, you benefit from a more stress free planning of your landscape.

Pre-season planning of your landscape project affords more time for the creative process between the client and the landscape designer, and allows adequate time for more thorough project revisions.

In fact, by planning your dream landscape now, you benefit from an increased appreciation of your landscape creation. With the potential for an early season installation, you have the advantage of maximum seasonal enjoyment from that new patio or deck, and can delight in the natural transformation of the sizes, shapes and the seemingly continual blooming of the various plants and perennials flourishing within your gardens.

When you think about it, what better way to pass those long, cold and dreary winter days, than to imagine the pleasure and happiness you will enjoy from the perfectly planned combination of colours, textures, sights, sounds and magnificent smells, emanating from your personal backyard space?

DON’T MISS OUT ON OUR LIMITED TIME DESIGN OFFER!

Contact our Design + Inspiration Centre today at 1-888-9PLANTE and discover how the Plantenance team of landscape designers and craftsmen can create your perfect, one of a kind, outdoor living escape.

Burlap’s In Fashion This Winter

Winter’s inevitable, and just as you may, your plants will soon yearn for warmer weather. Without protection, they’ll have to battle the wind, the cold, the sun, the dry weather, salt damage, frozen water supplies and even hungry herbivores… Burlap to the rescue!

Winter in Quebec and Ontario means less tender loving care for our plants: we’d rather be bundled up in our warm homes, and so do our plants. Come the spring, if you don’t want to see sun scald on bark and burnt evergreen foliage, you may want to make sure your plants are as snug as you are when flurries abound.

Here’s the 101 on burlap screens for your tender evergreens:

  • Build a quick wooden frame to support the burlap and keep it from rubbing and damaging the foliage; a few stakes stuck in the ground to make a tent-shape should do the trick;
  • Don’t wrap your plants too snugly, and leave an opening at the very top of the wrapping; mummy-wrapping them with no room to breathe will cause them to overheat on warmer, sunnier days;
  • The south, southwest and windward sides will be the most vulnerable to wind; make sure those sides are the best protected. If your yard is particularly windy, a little extra burlap than usual will go a long way;
  • Plain burlap, snow fencing or plastic mesh fence are good materials to use; the key is to keep your plants safe from the wind and sun

Don’t let your landscape dreams hibernate this winter! Thinking of treating your yard to a remodel next year? Save money, time and energy by making inquiries now.
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Plants To Burlap Wrap

  • Young or newly planted evergreens;
  • Rhododendrons
  • Azaleas;
  • Cedar
  • Dwarf Spruce.

Burlap’s a quick, inexpensive way you keep your plants warm and ready to spring back in all their glory when the warm weather comes.