Weed barriers – Hate them or Hate Them

Why Weed Barriers Do Not Work: Why I despise them! Weed barriers, also known as weed mats or landscape fabric, are (unfortunately) commonly used in gardening and landscaping theoretically to prevent weed growth. These barriers are designed to block sunlight and limit the availability of nutrients to weeds (and your garden plants), thereby reducing their … Read more

Indoor Tropical Plants

So why indoor plants?  Have you ever sat in a dentists or doctor’s waiting room? And the anxiety builds and builds as you stare at chrome edged partitions, tiled floor, bright lights with the background noises of phones ringing, announcements and the HISS of the HVAC system? It noise is nerve wracking.  Have you ever … Read more

Fall Lawn and Garden Thoughts

Fall is an important time for lawns and gardens.   In general, fall is a great time to plant perennials, shrubs and trees. The later in the season we get, the greater the chance of “frost heave” with newly planted items. If you fall plant in October onward, please, please, please put a thick layer … Read more

Garden Revival – Summer 2023

One of our favourite things to do is revitalize gardens. Here is a garden in Mississauga we worked on this summer. We built a front landing, steps and a glass railing a few years ago. They had us back for this one!  Refurbishing a garden is fairly straightforward. The design is important but knowing how … Read more

Spring Pruning of Conifers

These are the candles on the Dwarf Scots Pine.

I have to say we are at the end of the time to complete this garden task BUT complete it we must. What I am about to share with you is a pruning technique called candling. This process needs to be completed before the growth starts to harden off. This is a photo of some … Read more

Ice Melters And You (r landscape and plants)

Large stockpile of road salt.

This weather brings us the perfect conditions for ice. This is an awesome event if you’re planning on skating or playing hockey – not so good if you are off to get the groceries. Being a Canadian, having lived through a few winters I understand the need for ice melters.   De-icing material, salt, ice melter,….. … Read more

Why Interior Tropical Plants?

How interior plants improve the indoor experience.

It is all about bringing nature inside. I have heard designers talking about using Biophilic design concepts. I think it is absolutely fantastic that we are now understanding what humans NEED to survive and thrive in an indoor setting. 

Weed Barriers and Landscape Fabric

Weed Barrier and why it is BAD – and doesn’t work…  AKA – Landscape Fabric, Geotextile.  And what you should do instead….    As a landscaper, I always dread each time a client asks us to install weed barrier. Landscaping brings a lot of challenges and weeds in gardens are among the greatest. Too many … Read more

The Spring Garden – Planted in the Fall!

Spring Garden

Every spring the landscape wakens with the wonderful colours of spring flowering bulbs. We all know them; tulips, daffodils, crocus…. and so many more.