12Dec2018
4 Ways to Create the Best Holiday Yard in Your Neighbourhood

4 Ways to Create the Best Holiday Yard in Your Neighbourhood

One of the best parts about the holiday season is seeing the dazzling and colourful decorations light up the dark and dull nights. And it’s always fun to see people really get into the spirit of the season with elaborate and creative displays across their front yards. If you’re eager to make your home stand out this season, here are four ways to create the best holiday yard in your neighbourhood.

Plan Before Getting Started

It’s always helpful to have an idea of how you want your home to look like once it’s all decorated. This also helps keep your final display looking cohesive. So start by thinking of a specific theme. You can choose one by focusing on your favourite aspect of Christmas, whether it’s Santa and his reindeer, a nativity scene, the Grinch, or the classic red, white, and green combinations.

Think About Where to Place Your Lights

Next up, plan our your light display by walking to the curb and taking a few moments to look at your home from a distance. Consider where you’d like to hang your lights and where the best spots are for them to be seen from the street and sidewalk. Lights are a great way to accentuate favourite features of your home and garden. You can place strings of lights in your windows, wrap them around your tree, and place colourful spotlights throughout your garden.

Don’t Be Afraid to Go Bold!

To really create the best holiday yard in your neighbourhood, you need something a little extra that will make people stop and say wow. You could consider a giant inflatable Santa, an electronic reindeer set, holiday-themed music, or doing something fun and unique with your lights. Think outside the box and don’t be afraid to go bold with your decorations.

Light Up Your Walkway

Another simple idea is to use lanterns (battery-operated or solar) and place them along with your walkway or front porch steps. These can instantly make your exterior look magical while also making it easier to get to and from your front doorway.

Add some holiday magic and cheer to your yard this year by taking the time to plan it out first. Consider your theme, placement of lights, and adding something extra special and unique to give it that “wow” factor.

30Nov2018
Retaining Wall Upkeep for Colder Weather

Retaining Wall Upkeep for Colder Weather

Retaining walls serve an important purpose — they contain soil and prevent erosion while retaining the difference in the level ground. And, for some properties, they’re installed to simply enhance the aesthetics of the exterior. Either way, performing some regular maintenance is always recommended to prevent any damage from occurring to the wall structure. To get yours ready for the winter, here are some tips for retaining wall upkeep for colder weather.

Inspect Drainage & Repair if Necessary

Whether you have a big retaining wall or a smaller one, having adequate drainage is important. That’s because saturated soil becomes very heavy, and it can place a whole lot of extra weight on the wall. If your wall is old or hasn’t been designed to allow water to percolate and drain through it properly, it can cause the wall to deteriorate. So keep an eye on it regularly.

Check for Excessive Settling

As moisture and soil mix and move, the retaining wall will naturally shift and resettle. However, too much movement can highlight a problem. Inspect it for any low lying areas. If you notice some, dig out the soil and mulch to replace it with new soil or gravel and a wall liner. This will help fix the grading issue and prevent shifting.

Maintain Surrounding Landscape

Believe it or not, your surface treatments, like the grass, vegetation, and ground cover, play an important role in protecting retaining walls. The vegetation helps to capture and absorb water while preventing soil erosion. So keeping your turf in good condition is necessary for protecting your wall. Take a walk through to see what areas could use new sod, seed, and attention to encourage better growth once the spring arrives next year.

Avoid Using Salt or Deicers Near Wall

During the winter, try to avoid placing any salt or deicer on or near the wall as these can damage the surface of it. Avoid piling any snow and salt residue on or near the wall. Instead, redirect it away so it can eventually melt without impact it.

You may not give your retaining wall much thought, but it plays an important role in stabilizing the ground level and landscape around it. To have your wall inspected, or to have your retaining wall upkeep for the cold weather taken care of for you, give us a call! Our team at Grow Green can perform any maintenance or repairs that it may need.

18Jul2018
our top 5 benefits of a full fledged landscaping renovation

Our Top 5 Benefits of a Full-Fledged Landscaping Renovation

Are you tired of having to upgrade or maintain a portion of your landscape each year? One year it’s the patio stones, the next it’s the retaining wall, then the pool area and no matter how much work you put into it, it can feel impossible to keep up and achieve that polished looking yard that you’ve been dreaming of. If this sounds familiar, then it might be time to engage in a full-fledged landscaping renovation.

Starting fresh can improve the overall appearance of your property and reduce the hassle of constant repair and maintenance that takes away from your precious summer weekends. To help you decide if this is the right option for you, check out our top five benefits of a full-fledged landscaping renovation for your home exterior.

Save Time

Do you spend a majority of your summer fixing up your hardscape elements or re-designing a damaged garden after a hard winter? If you have an outdated landscape design, chances are you’ll need to spend a significant amount of time and money trying to fix it up year after year. Instead, save yourself the effort and get the entire landscape improved in one go so you can finally just sit back and enjoy it.

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18Jul2018
5 things to look for in your next landscaping contractor

5 Things to Look for in Your Next Landscaping Contractor

Hiring a landscaper is the best way to improve your home’s exterior without having to dedicate your summer weekends to doing it all by yourself. But before you sign on the dotted line, it’s important to understand what you both want and need. Asking the right questions can make all the difference in helping you avoid any costly regrets. When it’s time to find a contractor to makeover your property, here are a few things to look for.

Check the Cost

Of course, one of the main items that homeowners are predominantly concerned about before they consider hiring a landscaping contractor is the cost. Having a contractor that meets your budget is important. That being said, choosing the lowest price is not always the best solution. “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.” It is also important to feel comfortable and have a real relationship with your contractor.

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