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Autumn Horticultural Assessment

Post-Drought Lawn Repair The summer drought has left many lawns in and around Ottawa in need of repair. Thankfully the team at Harmony Gardens Landscaping is available to do horticultural assessments and provide the necessary fixes. Autumn is the perfect time to have core aeration and top dressing with overseeing applied. Newly laid seed thrives in the fall, as the weather is cooler, there is morning dew, and often a lot of rain. We use a diverse mix of seeds; germination will happen now and again in the very early spring. This makes for a

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The Soil Food Web

Human and animal health can be directly attributed to the quality of the food we eat. The quality of food is directly related to the health of the soil it was grown in. Which means that the health of the soil is related to the health of the biology living in it! It is possible to optimize your soil! “The soil food web refers to the complex relationships between the diverse groups of fauna and flora found in soil. These groups include bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes, microarthropods, and the larger plants and animals found in

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Landscaping In The Time of COVID-19

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Yesterday, the Harmony Gardens Team, along with Harmony Bear, wrapped up an interlocking job. The interlock brick was ordered 6 weeks before the job was due to commence. On August 10th, when the job was due to start, it turns out the brick that was in stock was not the correct colour. Further compounding the job was the fact the wall stone was not available, so a substitution had to be picked. Long story short, the interlock originally ordered finally arrived on September 16th. The HGL team picked up the interlock and then we all

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Fall 2020 Core Aeration

Core Aeration

Harmony Gardens Landscaping is highly recommending that all our customers have a fall core aeration of their lawns due to the drought we had this summer. Because we have applied turf-maize weed seed inhibitor last week to most customers’ lawns there is no increased chance of weed infestations with this fall’s core aeration since the weed seeds cannot germinate. Core aeration is the process of removing plugs of soil from the lawn. Its purpose is to increase oxygen flow around the root zone of the grass, stimulate microbial activity and to improve soil structure and

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Harmony Gardens Landscaping COVID-19 News & Policy

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April 22, 2020 To our loyal clients, The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and is having an impact on the health of our loved ones, the businesses we rely upon, and the communities we call home. As we navigate through these uncertain times, the team at Harmony Gardens Landscaping wants you to know that we are adhering policies and legislation put into place by the Government and local health authority. In Ottawa, commencing May 1, 2020, landscaping services will be deemed essential and therefore permitted. Ottawa Public Health has established guidelines to which we must adhere – 

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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

Calvin Cross Harmony Gardens Receives Jim Bauer Award

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?

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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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