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  • How to Ripen a Plum

    Posted on August 25, 2014 by admin in Garden Tips.

    Plums are one of summer’s true delights, but biting into a hard one can leave you with a puckered mouth. When plums ripen, they become sweeter and softer, making them much more pleasurable to eat. Steps Place the plums in a clean paper bag. Any paper bag will do, but it should be empty of all […]

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  • Curb Appeal

    Posted on March 14, 2014 by admin in Garden Tips.

    Putting your house on the market this spring?  With very little effort you can greatly improve the curb appeal of your property as can be seen in the pictures below. Here we weeded and re-shaped the garden beds, sharpened the edges and added fresh mulch. After we pruned and shaped the existing shrubs, Power raked […]

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  • Fairy rings

    Posted on October 3, 2013 by admin in Garden Tips.

    ‘Fairy rings’ are naturally occurring rings or arcs of mushrooms and we’ve been noticing a lot of ‘Fairy Rings’ on the lawns this past week.  The mycelium in the soil needs a lot of moisture to flower (we had over 100mm just this past weekend in Victoria), the perfect conditions for fairy Rings to pop […]

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  • Kiwifruit (Actinidia deliciosa ‘Saanichton 12’)

    Posted on August 22, 2013 by admin in Plant ID.

    If you are looking for a food producing vine other than grapes to cover your arbor, consider using Kiwi fruit. Kiwi fruits are attractive deciduous climbing plants producing delicious fruit rich in vitamin C. They are vigorous plants which are easy to grow in a sheltered sunny position in the garden. Kiwi require a male plant to […]

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  • Managing Lawns During Drought

    Posted on August 1, 2013 by admin in Garden Tips.

    The obvious answer to drought stress on lawns is to apply water. Deep, infrequent watering to the depth of the root system is the ideal situation. This should be done when lawns show the first signs of drought stress, such as wilting, darkening color, and footprints remaining after walking across the lawn. A variety of […]

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  • July weather record

    Posted on August 1, 2013 by admin in In the News.

    Today we were interviewed by our local TV news station regarding the impact of the dry weather on local landscaping, lawn care and gardening businesses in Victoria, BC. The impact of the dry weather is affecting more than just day to day business, the overall health of the lawns is suffering in this drought and […]

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  • Actinidia kolomikta (Kiwi vine)

    Posted on May 5, 2013 by admin in Plant ID.

    Actinidia kolomikta (Kiwi vine) Grow in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Best foliage color in light shade. Too much shade or excessive fertilization may diminish foliage color. Prune to control size. If growing at least in part for fruit production, plant one male for every three to four females. […]

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  • Great views

    Posted on April 23, 2013 by admin in Announcements.

    Some days, the view at work is just great!  The perks of mowing lawns in Victoria.      

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  • Return of GST

    Posted on March 12, 2013 by admin in In the News.

    As of April 1, 2013, the BC Provincial Sales Tax (PST) will be re-implemented and applied separately from the federal Goods & Services Tax (GST). Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) will no longer be in effect. Information about the tax changes is available at cra-arc.gc.ca/harmonization or from the BC government at www.pstinbc.ca.

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  • Certifications

    Posted on March 10, 2013 by admin in In the News.

    We are happy to announce that we now have a Certified Organic Land Care Professional on staff. After four years of studies and courses through Gaia College, Nicolene was awarded with a Diploma in Organic Land Care on Saturday evening. Ecological Landscape Design and the Organic Master Gardener certifications form the cornerstones of this qualification […]

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