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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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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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Pruning Shrubs & Evergreens

Pruning is an essential part of gardening. Correctly pruned trees, shrubs and evergreens will be superior in appearance, vigour and in flowering as compared to neglected plants. Pruning Tools Hand held pruners (secateurs)- are used to cut stems up to 13mm. in diameter. Scissor types cut closer than anvil types. Must be kept sharp so as to not crush or tear bark. Hedge Shears are used for trimming formal hedges to shape foliage. Gas or electric trimmers are used to shape shrubs, broadleaf evergreens, and evergreens. Lopping shears (loppers)- are used to cut stems and

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Fall Lawn Care

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Fall Lawn Care – September In September we recommend that lawns be core aerated, an application of TurfMaize and a final application of nematodes for grubs and/or cinch bugs. Core aeration improves the oxygen flow around the root zone of the grass, stimulates microbial activity, improves soil structure, improves water flow, brings nutrients to the surface and decreases compaction. Aeration is best done when the ground is moist with fall rains. Core aeration removes “plugs” of soil approx. 3 inches (7.5cms.) in length and deposits onto the lawn which will breakdown in about a week’s

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Chinch Bugs

Chinch Bugs Three species of chinch bug commonly invade turf grass in North America. Only hairy chinch bug (blissus leucopterus hirtus) occurs in Canada and is found from Ontario eastward. The chinch bug is a true bug, meaning it is a member of the order Hemiptera. Bugs are characterized by half wings, piercing-sucking mouth parts and a three stage life cycle (eggs-nymphs-adults). Life Cycle: Adult chinch bugs overwinter in protected places in and around turf grass. When temperatures reach 7 degrees C in spring they come out of hibernation and mate. Egg-laying begins 2 weeks

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Essential Hardscaping Design Elements

Essential Hardscaping Design Elements

In the past, hardscapes were traditionally utilitarian, a place to park the car or a pathway leading to the door, thus bringing a sense of order to the space. In today’s world, the attributes and the details of exterior landscaping are just as important as the interior spaces. Hardscaping can extend our living space to the outdoors effectively and beautifully. As a hardscaping contractor, Harmony Gardens Landscaping, considers the key elements that are required to create an attractive and functional outdoor living space. With so many houses looking virtually identical, the creation of an individualized

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