DIY Landscaping Projects Homeowners Should Do This Fall | Easy Ideas & Materials To Use

We all typically tend to focus on completing landscaping projects in the spring so we can enjoy the fruits of our labours when summer arrives. However, a perfect time of year to start your next DIY landscaping project is in the fall. First, you’ll have cooler weather to work more comfortably. Second, you won’t feel as rushed trying to get everything done before the May 24th long weekend rolls around. Here are some DIY landscaping projects ideal to tackle this fall. The Perfect DIY Outdoor Kitchen As barbecue season winds down it can be hard to hang up your apron … Continue reading DIY Landscaping Projects Homeowners Should Do This Fall | Easy Ideas & Materials To Use

The Complete Landscape Lighting Guide

Lighting plays a key role in your landscape scheme. It not only helps keep your property safe and secure but also adds drama and sets the tone for your outdoor space. Here is our complete landscape lighting guide to help you incorporate light into your outdoor space. Landscape Lighting Ideas Before you get started, you may want to consider how and where you’d like to use landscape lighting. Some popular landscape lighting ideas include: Your Home: Homeowners are adding nighttime curb appeal to their houses with lighting. When placed evenly along the foundation, you can draw attention to key elements … Continue reading The Complete Landscape Lighting Guide

Ideas for Landscaping Around Your Air Conditioner

Your air conditioner’s exterior unit may not be pretty, especially in comparison to the garden surrounding it. How can you make your space a bit more attractive, without impinging on the air conditioner, which needs to easily disperse heat and draw in the air? Here are some ideas for landscaping around your air conditioner. Distance Plants need to be two to three feet away from the air conditioner. Otherwise, they block airflow, which will make the unit retain heat and undermine its energy efficiency. If you plan to add plants around the unit, you will need to ensure that once … Continue reading Ideas for Landscaping Around Your Air Conditioner

Natural vs Manufactured Stone Veneer

Not all of the stone that you see on the exterior and interior of homes is a natural stone cut from the quarry. Much of it is manufactured stone or stone made from cement aggregates for texture and pigments for colour. Both products can be used for fireplaces, home exteriors, landscaping, and much more. But which is right for your project? We’ll compare natural vs manufactured stone veneer so you can make an informed decision. Beauty and Texture One of the most important factors in your decision will, of course, be the look of the final product. Nothing compares to … Continue reading Natural vs Manufactured Stone Veneer

Outdoor Fireplace Trends

Are you wondering how to use your patio in the winter? Adding an outdoor fireplace can make your space warmer and more comfortable even when it’s snowing outside. In fact, there’s something quite peaceful and romantic about being outside next to the fire when it snows. If you’d like your own outdoor fireplace, but you’re not quite sure where to start, check out these outdoor fireplace trends to get inspired. Rustic, Circular Firepits Your outdoor fire feature doesn’t have to be too complicated. Lately, rustic and simple circular firepits have been all the rage. Choose a smooth, simple stone like … Continue reading Outdoor Fireplace Trends

How Much Salt Do I Need for My Driveway?

Do you find that you’re pouring more and more salt on your driveway? You should only need 15 ounces of salt or about the salt that would fit in a small coffee mug, for every 20 feet of driveway you have. You’ll need 15 ounces per day for every day that you’ll expect to need to break up or prevent ice. You can find out how many days it snows on average in your town. If you’re in Ontario, 40 days of snow is a good estimate.  That’s 720 ounces of salt, or 45 pounds of salt, for every 20 feet of … Continue reading How Much Salt Do I Need for My Driveway?

Winter Landscaping Trends and Ideas

It can be a challenge to design a landscape that will look good for the whole Canadian winter. However, while some plants become brown and drab once the snow arrives, others bloom or at least maintain their visual interest. Placing a few of these plants in your yard will make your landscape look livelier in the winter. There are also some other winter landscaping trends that can help brighten your winter landscape. Winter Landscaping Trends Here are some popular landscaping trends that can help up your winter landscaping game: String lights: Lights aren’t inherently connected to Christmas. You can use … Continue reading Winter Landscaping Trends and Ideas

Benefits of Interlocking Brick vs Natural Stone

Once you’ve chosen interlocking for your project, you have another choice between brick and natural stone. Both are beautiful, durable materials that can make your driveway, garden, patio, or other hardscaping features look lovely. So, it may not be obvious to you which you should choose. Here’s our quick guide to comparing the benefits of interlocking brick versus stone so that you can make your decision. What is the Difference Between Natural Stone and Brick Interlocking? The basic difference between these two materials is that brick interlocking is made from concrete or other compressed stone materials, while natural stone is … Continue reading Benefits of Interlocking Brick vs Natural Stone

How to Use a Fire Pit Table

Fire features have become as popular as water features for backyards. In Canada, a fire feature can allow you to extend the useable season of your yard, keeping you warm when things get cool, or even when snow is on the ground. If you’re considering adding a fire pit table to your green space, it is important to place it with safety in mind. Here is how to use a fire pit safely in your space. Can You Put a Fire Table in a Screened Porch? No, it is typically not safe to use a fire table on a screened … Continue reading How to Use a Fire Pit Table

Do You Mulch in the Fall?

Yes, you should mulch in the fall, even though you can mulch at other times of the year as well. As fall arrives, the temperature gets less consistent, frost arrives, and moisture leaves the ground. Mulching your garden in fall can help protect your most cherished plants from damage as the seasons change. Plus, they will suppress weeds in the spring, making mulching leaves in fall one of the best ways to have a better garden in the spring. Here is what you need to know about the benefits of mulching in the fall and how to do it. Benefits … Continue reading Do You Mulch in the Fall?