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We have continued the work on the “Front Yard Oasis” this fall. The design is coming together and it is even more stunning then the computer generated design. We have continued excavation of the river bed. What we originally thought would be 3 to 4 more yards of waste has become 9 to 10 yards of excavation. Painstakingly done with shovels and wheel barrows. The yard is very rocky so we have sifted through much of the waste to keep the larger rocks to incorporate back into the dry river bed we will be creating.
The garden bed areas are now all installed and filled with organic soil, peat moss, bone meal and blood meal…and are ready to plant. A path way will be installed to run along the river bed to allow stepping access to the garden areas and to visually separate the patio from the river bed. The path will consist of 3 inches of rainbow rock that has been purchased at “Hillside Stone & Garden” near Duncan BC. We will be using low edging along the pathway that Beryl – our garden owner has purchased. It will help to define the edges of the river bed and the pathway as well as the patio and will keep the decorative rock from mixing with the river bed. We excavated the path down to approximately 3 1/2 inches to ensure the path will be slightly lower then the patio so the stone will not migrate onto the patio.
These are the original designs on paper. In a future post I will post the original designs with the actual designs to show the evolution of creating a garden space and how similar and also how different it becomes. There will be many areas that mirror the designs but also differences as there are always changes and challenges that come with such an undertaking.
Call us today to do all of your fall clean up including pruning and trimming your hedges, shrubs, annuals, perennials and take away the waste. When your bill is $500, you will receive a $50 gift card. Book $1000 or more and receive a $100 gift card…choose from prepaid visa, BC liqour store, grocery gift card, Home Depot, Home Hardware, etc…
Do you have a small clean up job…then book 2 hours with us and receive $10 off of your bill!
We will beautify your outdoor space, take away the waste, plant your spring bulbs, plant a hedge or a single tree…whatever you desire…we will create it! Now is a great time of year to have your gardens re-designed or a new garden installed…we do both hardscaping and softscaping…and we are good at it! We love what we do and would love to show you. We will winterize your gardens to ensure they thrive over the winter and into next season. Add mulch to protect the roots from winter weather, great for weed management and will beautify your outdoor space!
Call Kathleen for a free estimate today! 250-802-0461
Recently, I took a phone call from a garden owner wanting some advice on how to insure his fruit trees would have a good pollination which correlates to a higher yield of fruit. It is quite simple really. He explained to me that his fruit trees are in an area of his property completely separate from his flower beds and flowering shrubs. He has fenced in the area to keep deer and other plant eating rodents out and has struggled for two years with low fruit yields. The trees themselves are quite healthy and growing well. They just have not produced the amount of fruit he felt they should.
I explained to him, the past year of strange weather did not help. Here on Vancouver Island we had a very late spring, many of the flowering trees and shrubs were 6 weeks behind because we had such a cold winter and a late one at that. So when the pollinators (bees, ladybugs, butterflies,etc) have come to your garden and cannot find food, they move on.
Plants give off what is called “Pheromones” which are used for many things…one of which is communication among plants and with insects. When the plant starts to flower and needs to be pollinated for sustainability, it releases its pheromones into the air to attract pollinators. So to increase the pollination processes in your garden and off set things like cold winters, late bloomers, etc…choose companion plants to grow with or near your fruit trees that will increase your trees chances of getting a high pollination count. Choosing flowers that bloom for long periods of time to overlap with the fruit trees helps encourage pollination. Choose daffodils, garlic, lavender, rosemary, marigolds or heather. They will not only attract the right pollinators to your garden but also deter pests with their strong odors and help to keep your garden healthy for years to come.
Also…these choices are also deer resistant. I have never seen deer eat these plants so it just might help to keep your plants from being eaten.
Happy Gardening…see you in the garden or the garden centre! 🙂
We are fast approaching the end of garlic planting on Vancouver Island. Ideally it is best planted during the month of October but can still be put in now. Garlic is easy to grow and can be planted in pots, raised beds or direct into the ground. Planting in a pot I would suggest using a pot with a depth of 8 to 10 inches to allow for plenty of root space. Just place the separated cloves and plant approximately 3 inches in depth and 4 inches apart for best results. Use only organically locally grown garlic as many of the grocery store varieties have been sprayed with chemicals. Plant in organic soil and harvest next year.
Ladysmith Health Food store has an abundance of garlic for sale and very reasonably priced. They are located on 1st Ave in downtown Ladysmith.
One of the biggest challenges of gardening is how to protect our precious plants and trees from being eaten. On Vancouver Island, (a temperate rainforest) it is one of our greatest challenges. We do not get the cold snowy winters with inches of frozen ground and plants dying back until spring. Rather, we have greenery all year and can garden year round most years. This creates a greater challenge as the deer and other rodents too are active and seeking sustenance all year long. The deer have a natural mechanism built into their DNA that allows them to remember where they found food and to pass this information on to their off spring, as do other creatures. The deer population on Vancouver Island is at an all time high due to the increased human population pushing the boundaries of nature and with less predators lurking in their midst, the deer have thrived. Our gardens represent a bounty of unlimited greens all year long!
There are many ways to minimize the damage done by deer and other plant eating critters. I would strongly recommend using as many as possible to manage if not eliminate the problems or at the very least to successfully protect your garden gems. Yes, the deer are beautiful and are protected so minimizing the appetite of these gracious creatures is a must to protect your gardens and create harmony for all. Keeping deer at bay from the garden is important for many reasons, not only to protect your plants, but to minimize the risk of Lyme’s Disease from the dreaded ticks that deer can carry. I have compiled a list of how to control deer and other rodents in the gardens to help keep you, your pets and your plants safe!
This summer we did a small pruning and clean up at a property and saw the full extent of the damage deer can do in a short span of time. This cedar hedge is obviously to the deers liking. Planting cedrus or true cedars will help minimize the damage done by deer. Often deer will taste fresh new shoots on trees and plants…even the ones they are not supposed to eat but will not eat much more then a taste.
Good luck in your garden…see you in the garden or the garden centre!
The work has continued over the summer for this front garden oasis. The project was put back weeks because the summer was too hot to pour the cement for the patio. The patio consists of 1080 square feet of stamped cement. Two colours were chosen for the patio to add visual appeal and separate areas of the patio for seating. It is coming along but still has a ways to go. The patio turned out perfect! Thanks Mike and Jacko…great job!
With the patio now poured, we have excavated around it to place a dry river bed that will run along the edge of the patio. This will add interest and will act as drainage when the heavy rains come to ensure that water does not pool on the patio.
On each side of the patio we have constructed garden beds to compliment the entire yard, which will add colour and interest. The garden owner wants no grass to cut and as low maintenance as possible.
We do regular lawn maintenance for Teresa and Patty and were ask to clean the garden bed along the house. It was a 2.5 hour job and had a truck load of waste to take away. Happy planting Teresa 🙂
We took on a property maintenance job on Thetis Island and have continued the maintenance all summer. It is a stunning property with a breathless view on acreage. It is as close to nature as you can get. The gardens are beautifully designed and we are blessed to work in such a beautiful place for lovely people. Thank you Jim and Kelly for hiring us…it truly is a pleasure to work for you. We worked there on Friday and were surprised to find a bird’s nest on the ground in the long grass. Each year we have an aha moment with nature and this is that moment this year. We hope we did not disturb the nest too much. The birds were so tiny they did not even have their eyes open yet. Mama bird was nowhere around so we hope she came back undisturbed.
The work continues on the new front garden design with a large patio…actually two patios of poured and stamped cement of different colours. We brought in a small excavator and took out approximately 9 yards to level the ground and prepare it for the bender board to pour the patio. The yard is almost ready for the cement and then the dry river bed. We will have to take out another 2 to 3 yards of soil to level the ground beyond the patio for the dry river bed but it is slowly coming together.