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Landscaping for staycation due to COVID-19

The benefits of working outside are well documented for physical, mental and social well-being. During this Covid-19 pandemic wouldn’t it be nice to be in the fresh air of your front yard talking with your neighbours whilst maintaining physical distancing, picking your own tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, Swiss chard, kale amongst your flowering perennials, picking berries off of your shrubs and fruit off your fruit trees walking your pathway thru ornamental grasses; sitting at your bar set with a beer or glass of wine soaking up the warm sun, producer of your Vitamin D. Low maintenance,

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Harmony Gardens Receives Jim Bauer Legacy Award

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The Jim Bauer Legacy Award is awarded to a professional Landscape Ontario member in good standing that has given 20 years or more towards the advancement of the Horticultural Industry within the community. Harmony Gardens Landscaping Inc. was presented with this award of distinction by the Ottawa Chapter of Landscape Ontario for their dedicated work and advancement of eco-friendly, sustainable practices. As a leader in sustainable landscaping methods, sharing and educating the public they are forging the way to deal with harvesting rainwater, managing storm water, adapting to a changing climate, maintaining harmony within each

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Four Principles of Sustainable Landscaping

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#1 Treat Water as a Resource The demand for water is high. Rainwater is usually treated as “waste” and allowed to flow into gutters and sewers. A sustainable landscaping approach sees water as a valuable resource. With proper design and plant selection the need for irrigation can be reduced or eliminated. Methods of rainwater harvesting can include the use of bio-swales, rain gardens, proper grading, above ground rain barrels, capturing storm water on site and using it for irrigation, use of permeable pavers in the landscape, capturing rain water in below ground tanks and cisterns.

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What is sustainable landscape design?

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The main goals of sustainable landscape design are to minimize both the input of resources and the output of waste in our yards and gardens. In order to achieve these eco-friendly aspirations, we treat water as a resource, value the soil, preserve and conserve materials. Whether starting your landscaping from scratch or revamping an existing yard you can make choices that are sustainable. Some strategies include rainwater harvesting, storm water management by decreasing runoff, using re-cycled materials in landscape, mulching your flowerbeds, installing permeable interlock pavers, using natural stone such as flagstone, plant drought tolerant

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Harmony Gardens Landscaping Practices Low Impact Development (LID)

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Low Impact Development (LID) Low impact development is an eco-friendly sustainable way to landscape. It is not about one best solution but rather all the solutions. You may not be able to do everything on every property, but doing a bit of as many environmentally sustainable techniques as you can makes a landscape impact the planet in a positive way. Avoid off-site disposal: Moving material on and off properties can affect carbon footprint in a big way. Removal of soil can affect the ecosystem thus balance and harmony. Some removal maybe necessary but complete removal

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Did You Know?


DID YOU KNOW… Bees prefer blue and yellow flowers. Plants offensive to bees are leeks, onions and garlic Plants poisonous to bees are mountain laurel, snow-on-the-mountain, rhododendrons, wild aster and boxwoods Watering your plants for lengthy periods rather than shorter ones encourages strong, deep roots. This includes grass/sod. Mulching regulates soil temperature, soil moisture as well as prevents weeds. Mulching protects your plants from extremes in soil temperatures and soil moisture. When watering use a drip irrigation system such as a soaker hose to deliver water to the base of the plants where needed. Will

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How to attract pollinators to your yard = Save the Bees

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ASK AN EXPERT How to attract pollinators to your yard = save the bees Gardeners can create pollinator-friendly gardens by growing native plants and eliminating pesticide use. Encouraging the preservation of heritage plants emphasizes the importance of creating pollinator habitats in home landscapes. If you want a healthy garden then you need insects. The best way to ensure insects are present is to have flowers that bloom for the entire season. Thus gardeners should plant for sequential blooming from spring thru to autumn. While planting nectar-rich flowers to attract pollinators, including the hummingbirds, is important

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Gardening in a Changing Climate

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  ASK AN EXPERT Gardening in a Changing Climate Although gardeners are accustomed to coping with variable weather conditions we are now experiencing warmer-than-usual summers and winters with skimpy snow cover have gone from the exception to the expected. Fundamentally today’s climate is much different from that of 10 to 15 years ago and climate is not changing equally across the country either. Our toughest trees are becoming stressed by droughts and thus weakened which makes them more susceptible to pests and disease. With less snow cover in the winter it is now vital that

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Xeriscaping = Drought Tolerant Garden

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  ASK AN EXPERT Xeriscaping = Drought Tolerant Garden Helping plants survive drought use to mean turning on the sprinkler at the end of a hot day. There is a more water efficient way of gardening that saves water and time. The goal of xeriscaping is to build a sustainable garden that helps plants survive dry periods on their own, without relying on supplemental watering, fertilizer and other maintenance tasks. There are four key elements that make a xeriscape garden successful and beautiful. 1) Get to the root: Shallow rooted plants are more dependent on

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Designs for Landscaping a New Home or Revitalizing an Existing Home

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The best landscaped property is the one that began with a good plan. It is vital that your ideas, likes, dislikes, wants, needs, desires, wishes are explored and implemented into your landscape design. It is imperative that your existing space be looked at for focal points, vantage points, scale and functionality as well as theme, colour, texture, light and safety concerns. Our designer will consult with you to ensure that all these concepts are implemented into your design. Your design will specifically note the practical hard surfaces like steps, walkways, patios, and driveways required within

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Creating a Sanctuary in your Backyard

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Creating a Sanctuary in your Backyard Create your own urban oasis by making your outdoor space functional and inviting. Harmony Gardens Landscaping can design and build your backyard sanctuary. From hardscaping features such as interlock patios, walkways to retaining, garden walls, outdoor kitchens, fire pits, hot tub pads, pool surrounds to wooden pergolas, dividers, trellises.  We can build and install water features, flowerbeds, butterfly gardens and your special oasis. Our design will incorporate these eight tips for creating your exotic sanctuary that you will never want to leave. Landscaping will give you the true meaning

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Winter Protection for Your Plants

Are you ensuring winter protection for your plants? Some tender perennials and shrubs need protection from the elements in winter. Plants may need protection from the sun, the wind, the harsh cold, rodents, salt and snow load. Protecting plants from one element may create a weakness in other areas so it is important to keep all elements in mind when protecting your plants. Once you know what you are protecting your plants from you can ensure you have the correct winter protection for your specific needs. SUN: The sun can cause major damage to plants

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Put Your Perennials to Bed for the Winter

In the fall after frost you should put your perennials to bed for the winter. It is important that: 1) Cut back your perennials and old growth. Leave about 2” above ground so you can remember where your plants are in the spring. Ensure all the plant leaves are removed and stems have a clean cut. 2) Prune shrubs to shape, remove dead wood, and to withstand snow load. 3) Remove all solid leaf debris and other waste from the garden. So ensure beds are weeded and cultivated. This is especially important if you have

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Winterizing Your Lawn

Winterizing Your Lawn It is important to prep your lawn for winter weather in October/November. A little TLC is all your lawn needs before the long winter ahead so the grass will come back lush and beautiful in the spring. 1) First it is important that the lawn have a final mowing at a height of 2 ¾” to 3”. 2) Rake up the leaves from the lawn and dispose of so as to decrease leaf moulds, disease and suffocation of grass. 3) Winterizing fall fertilizers are important to help your lawn overwinter. Fall formulations

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