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Monday, June 13, 2022 - Chemical-Free Ways to Keep Weeds and Pests Out of Your Garden

There are few things more rewarding than growing a garden. Whether it?s food to feed your family or beautiful flowers and foliage to adorn your backyard, the act of gardening can be very enjoyable and even therapeutic. But what happens when destructive, intrusive, and uninvited guests show up? In an instant, pests and weeds can destroy all your hard work. Let?s explore the most common pests and weeds you?ll encounter in your garden and how you can ward off these unwanted garden invaders this ... Full Article...
posted in Gardening tips at Mon, 13 Jun 2022 21:16:32 +0000

Tuesday, June 7, 2022 - 11 Ways to Deter Bugs in Your Backyard

As much as we all love Canada?s hottest season, summer also means one thing?bugs. From mosquitoes and cluster flies to earwigs, insects are the unpleasant reality we suffer each year. While it may be impossible to avoid their presence altogether, especially in rural areas, here are 11 ways to deter them and even reduce their populations so you can spend more time enjoying your yard. 1. Landscaping matters Maintaining a well-groomed yard is one way to discourage unwanted denizens. Keeping your ... Full Article...
posted in Gardening tips at Tue, 07 Jun 2022 19:53:20 +0000

Sunday, July 4, 2021 - 4 DIY Bird Feeders and Birdhouses to Make Your Yard Sing

There?s one kind of home with a view that already comes mortgage-free: a bird house! With spring in full bloom, we?re sharing some tips about backyard birds, what you need to know about birdseed, and how to make a bird feeder or birdhouse. Create a safe and happy haven for birds this spring and summer, and enjoy all your new feathered friends! A feast for a finch Feeding wildlife is usually discouraged, but backyard birds are an exception to the rule. Since birds don?t become dependent on ...
posted in Gardening tips at Sun, 04 Jul 2021 18:16:37 +0000

Monday, March 8, 2021 - Backyard makeover: it's time to start planning your 2021 landscaping projects

Calgary is still stuck in the throes of winter, but many homeowners are already planning their landscape projects for 2021 to ensure they have an outdoor space to enjoy this summer. Alison Atherton, co-owner of Project Landscape, says there was a sudden surge in demand for landscaping work last summer, as many Calgarians scrambled to adjust to COVID-19 restrictions and more time spent at home. ?The idea was to create resort-style living, some sort of oasis in your backyard to enjoy while you ... Full Article...
posted in Gardening tips at Mon, 08 Mar 2021 17:19:20 +0000

Friday, July 10, 2020 - 6 easy ways to spruce up your garden this summer

Despite the gradual reopening of businesses and other public spaces as part of Alberta?s relaunch strategy, COVID-19 still loom large in our daily lives several months into the pandemic. As a result, the humble backyard might be where many Calgarians spend much of their time outdoors this summer ? whether they?re seeking sanctuary or a place for small, physically distanced gatherings with friends and family. So, there?s no time like the present to make the most of that space. Here are six easy ... Full Article...
posted in Gardening tips at Fri, 10 Jul 2020 18:23:06 +0000

Thursday, July 2, 2020 - 7 tips for planting a food garden

The City of Brampton, Ontario recently launched Canada?s first city-wide backyard garden program, designed to help alleviate food insecurity in the area due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative encourages citizens to grow vegetables, herbs, and fruit outdoors and donate their harvest to local food banks. The Brampton Backyard Garden Program supports residents with free soil and seeds, along with tutorials and gardening tips.  ?Gardening has the potential to build communities,? ...
posted in Gardening tips at Thu, 02 Jul 2020 20:08:33 +0000

Thursday, June 25, 2020 - From seed to salad: How to grow your own produce

As self-isolated gardeners in charge of our own personal food security this summer, it?s good to know which vegetables are fast from seed and which ones are oh so slow. Sprinkle radish seeds directly into your garden soil any day now (or in a 45-centimetre pot on your sunny, sheltered patio) and they will sprout in 2-5 days. You can start slicing and serving the spicy red balls a month after they sprout. Alternately, you could seed asparagus seed right now, grow them for a month indoors under ... Full Article...
posted in Gardening tips at Thu, 25 Jun 2020 21:35:32 +0000

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 4 Landscaping Ideas for Your Front Yard

Even if you can?t tell a tulip from a turnip at the garden center, you can still create eye-catching curb appeal by paying attention to the basics of good landscaping, especially in the front yard. Ignoring your front yard ? or doing something that?s out of character with the neighborhood ? can jeopardize the assessed value of your home. Landscape economist John Harris says good landscaping can add up to 28% to the overall value of a house and cut its time on the market 10%-15%. Here are the ... Full Article...
posted in Gardening tips at Thu, 20 Jun 2019 20:14:52 +0000

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 7 Landscaping mistakes

Before you rush into planting your dream yard, keep a few tips in mind. You can just picture it: a pretty cottage garden overflowing your front yard, with tons of heavy, scented blooms. Well, at least you can picture it with your eyes closed. With your eyes open all you see is a bit of patchy grass and a few scrubby shrubs. Yuck. You need some color, stat. That desire, though, is often what causes so many homeowners to waste money and time. Keep disappointment away by avoiding these seven ...
posted in Gardening tips at Wed, 19 Jun 2019 16:53:56 +0000

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 5 Awesomely Easy Landscaping Projects

No need for fancy DIY skills, a lot of money, or a ton of time to pull off these yard upgrades. It?s your yard -- yours to do with as you wish. And while that?s great, that doesn?t mean you have to be one of those people who spends every spare moment in their yard, sprucing it up.  But, still, your landscaping could use a little something. But something easy.  Here are five totally doable projects that your budget will barely notice, but your neighbors definitely will: #1 Add Some (Tough) ...
posted in Gardening tips at Tue, 18 Jun 2019 17:57:45 +0000

Friday, June 14, 2019 - Putting up a fence

As summer starts to arrive in Calgary, homeowners might be looking ahead to the warmer months and the possibilities for home improvement or building something new on their property. Many of the most popular projects involve fences, whether building new or breathing life into an old one. However, fence building can be fraught with frustrations: Who is responsible for fence construction between two properties? What are the costs? What should it be made of? Here are some key considerations to ...
posted in Gardening tips at Fri, 14 Jun 2019 18:53:44 +0000

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