Fall Landscaping in Calgary

It’s been a long hot summer here in Calgary, but it looks like the hot spell has finally broken. Summer vacation is coming to an end, the kids are going back to school and this is a great time of year to plan a landscaping project.

What’s on your garden wishlist?

Over the summer you’ve probably had the chance to think about what you want from your yard, so this is a good time to make a wishlist while it’s still fresh in your mind.

You probably know where you want the deck or patio, where the grass and beds might go – but when planning your landscaping project, try to think not just about form, but sensation:

  • Don and Donna patio resized 300x192 Fall Landscaping in CalgaryDo you picture the clean lines and formal shapes of wood or brick, or the informal irregularity of stone?
  • Are you hoping for low maintenance or do you relish the thought of
    dirt under your fingernails?
  • Do you want clear open lawns for your children to run on, or hidden treasures to be explored?
  • Do you want plants that provide neat structure, or do you prefer the
    lush verdance of something a little wilder?

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If you can communicate how you want your yard to feel, and what that means to you, that’s a great starting point for a conversation with your landscaper.

For ideas and inspiration on how to create something truly unique and personal in your own yard, talk to Tarance Zak at Greentree Landscapes. Call Tarance on 403-650-5635 now or email tarance@greentreelandscapes.com.

Greentree has been landscaping in Calgary for over 20 years, and we have a long list of happy clients.

 

 

 

 

Landscaping for Curb-Appeal

They say first impressions count – and that’s certainly true when it comes to your home. A beautiful front yard sets the tone for your home both inside and out, and even a small front yard can be made unique and dramatic with a little imagination.

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Here are some ideas for creating a sensation with your front yard:

  • Make a feature of your steps. Cement front steps leading to a wooden deck can look great, but a walkway made of stone or brick steps that wind around colourful beds will set your home apart from the neighbours’ – and as a bonus they’re more comfortable to walk up!
  • Less grass and more beds. A single flower bed is a staple of the typical front yard, but when you add more beds, and unique and distinctive plants it creates a warm, friendly approach.
  • Create a sitting area – a bench underneath a tree, possibly surrounded by frangrant perennials and shrubs is a relaxing place to sit and watch the world go by, and an inviting sight for your visitors.
  • Consider a small water feature. Obviously you don’t want to put deep water in your front yard, but a small water feature will be pleasing to the eye and the ear, and will attract birds and butterflies.

These are just some of the things you can do to make your front yard unique and more welcoming. For more ideas, call 403-279-9791, or email tarance@greentreelandscapes.com for a free consultation.

Here at Greentree Landscapes we have been helping Calgarians create beautiful, functional front and back yards for over 20 years. Our experience, and our reputation, is your guarantee of quality.

 

How to Choose a Landscaper

Gardening season is almost upon us here in Calgary, thank goodness! If you’re looking at landscaping this year, you’re probably already thinking about how to choose the best landscaper.

Whatever you do with your garden, you want something beautiful and durable that you will be able to enjoy for many years to come. Here are some tips to help you make the best choice:

  • Look for experience. Does the company have a proven track record? They should be able to provide references, and have a portfolio of past projects to show you.
  • Make sure they are reputable. Membership of LANTA (The Landscape Alberta Nursery Trades Association) is your assurance that this is a reputable company with a good name in the industry.
  • Compare apples to apples. If you’re getting several quotes, and one is considerably cheaper (or more expensive) you’ll almost certainly find that they aren’t quoting for the same thing. The quality of materials, and the steps in the construction process can vary considerably – and it’s important that you know what your quote includes.
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Remember – if you don’t get Tarance, you don’t have the real Greentree!

 

Greentree Landscapes has been landscaping in Calgary for over 20 years, and we have a very long list of satisfied clients!

Call 403-650-5635 to talk to Tarance about your project, or email us now for a free consultation and estimate.

Landscaping with Stone and Rock

Stunning Features Using Natural Materials

Here in Calgary we might not have the wealth of plant choices available to our more temperate neighbours, but when it comes to creating statements with rock and stone, we’re limited only by our imaginations.

Greentree 10A Patios v02 300x199 Landscaping with Stone and RockRocks and boulders can be used to create a unique front-yard feature, or to terrace a sloped side yard, creating the setting for a creek or dry riverbed.  Some carefully placed rocks can also provide a quiet place to sit, or a backdrop for showcasing your favourite plants.

A flagstone patio sporting the textures and colours of real stone feels wonderful beneath bare feet and provides a stunning setting for relaxing evenings around the firepit.  Curved pathways or retaining walls in granite, rundle or sandstone are distinctive and unique.

While they’re not technically natural rock, it’s worth mentioning here that there is also a huge variety of interlocking brick and patio blocks that give the look and feel of rock with a uniform shape and size that lends itself to a more formal style.

So if you’re looking to create a statement with your landscaping, consider the ways rock and stone can be used in your yard to create beautiful, functional features.

Here at Greentree Landscapes, we specialize in building exquisite landscaping features in rock and stone for those who want something out of the ordinary.  Greentree has been landscaping in Calgary for over 20 years, and we have a long list of satisfied clients.

Call 403-279-9791, or email us now, to book your free consultation and estimate.

Landscaping For Winter Interest

Landscape Design for Every Season

It’s hard to start thinking about winter, but no matter what time of year you’re planning your landscaping, you should consider what your yard will look like in the off-season.  Goodness knows, it’s long enough here in Calgary!

That’s why one of the most important considerations in any landscape design is a balance of colours and textures and conscious planting for the seasons.

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Mountain Ash berries add a splash of colour and attract birds

  • The sight of early spring blossom is enough to cheer anyone’s spirits after a long winter.
  • Summer flowers and the textures and colours of varied foliage are a gorgeous sight as the season progresses.
  • Plants with colourful fall foliage might herald the end of summer, but we love them all the same.

But what of winter?

Just because you’re mostly inside in the winter, don’t forget to consider the view from your windows.  There are so many ways to ensure that your yard looks beautiful in any season:

  • Evergreens stay beautiful all year and are an important element in any yard.  But there’s so much more…
  • Consider trees with different coloured bark, such as the deep bronze of amur cherry and the white of paper birch.
  • Look for trees that have a more interesting shape, such as burr oak and ohio buckeye which have a fascinating, gnarled structure that really looks great once the leaves have fallen.
  • Consider adding levels and layers, which will all add visual interest to your yard, even under a coating of snow.

Tarance Zak of Greentree Landscapes is an expert in creating beautifully crafted landscaping that looks great year-round.

For a free consultation and estimate, call Tarance on 403-279-9791, or send an email

Fall Landscaping

Why Fall is a Great Time to Landscape Your Yard

It’s starting to feel like fall here in Calgary – the nights are getting cooler and the leaves are already yellowing.  If you’ve been considering a landscaping project, this is a great time to get it done for many reasons:

Plant in Fall for Happy, Healthy Plants

This is a great time to plant and your plants will have a headstart once the spring growing season kicks in.

Be Ready for Spring

With your landscaping done this fall, you’ll be ready to simply pull out the barbeque and the patio set in order to enjoy your beautiful yard at the first signs of spring.

Enjoy the View This Winter

A landscaped yard is so much nicer to look at, even under a coating of snow.

Fall Landscaping Tips:

  • Think about fall colours.  Consider the beautiful golds and reds that plants like larch and sumac will add to your yard in fall.
  • Once your plants are in, water them well until the ground freezes, to protect the roots during the winter.

Greentree Landscapes has been making Calgary yards more beautiful for over twenty years.  We specialize in finely crafted details such as brick or stone patios, walkways and retaining walls.

Call 403-279-9791 or email us to book your in-yard consultation.

Landscaping for Your Lifestyle

Your Yard Should Reflect the Way You Live

Just as your home is a unique reflection of your style and personality, so should your yard be.  That’s why it’s important to consider every aspect of your lifestyle before planning a landscaping project:

What is Your Landscaping Personality?

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  • Would you prefer a mini-forest or one dramatic specimin tree?
  • Would you choose splashes of bright colour or single-shade drama?
  • Do you want to put in shrubs, trees and bark mulch to be admired from the patio, or are you more the type to be out in the garden planting annuals each year?

What Are Your Priorities?

  • Outdoor cooking and dining?
  • Entertaining?
  • Large play areas for children?
  • Spaces for pets?
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  • Dramatic features such as ponds and walls?
  • Areas for toolsheds and compost bins?

Before contacting a landscaper it’s a good idea to consider the answer to these questions and formulate a firm idea of what you want from your outdoor space and what your landscaping style is.

Having said that, at Greentree Landscapes we have the experience and creativity to help you explore your priorities, determine your style and design a yard that is uniquely you.

We know what questions to ask, and in our initial consultation we offer ideas and advice on how to make the most of every space, for every taste.

We are artists designing and creating personalized landscaping for discerning homeowners.

Call 403-279-9791 or email Tarance to book your free consultation.

Landscaping a Tricky Side Yard

The side yard is one of those truly difficult patches of land.

In most Calgary lots the side yard is a narrow strip that doesn’t get much sun and where not much will grow.  One side is the main access to the back yard, and the other side is just something of a conundrum.

But don’t despair, your side yard doesn’t have to be a wasteland that you avert your eyes from whenever you’re unfortunate enough to have to go by.

Here are some tips for making the most of a tricky side yard:

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A plant-free side yard can become a beautiful feature by adding a creek and pond

  • It’s usually difficult to get grass to grow in a side yard, but if it is positioned to get enough sun for grass, then you should install an irrigation system to provide water.
  • Where even grass won’t grow, a side yard can be made attractive and functional with an interlocking brick pathway, or either rock or bark mulch.
  • Add some colour to your side yard with containers of colourful annuals.
  • Add some functionality to the side yard with a shed.
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A wider side yard will have room for a comfortable path as well as beds

Tempting as it can be to ignore the side yard and concentrate on those areas of the yard you spend most time in, remember that the ‘gateway’ to your yard is important in creating a first impression.

At Greentree Landscapes we have over twenty years of experience in helping our clients create beautiful spaces in every part of the garden.

Our specialty is finely crafted brick and stonework.  Call 403-279-9791 today or email tarance to book your free consultation.

And remember … there is only one Greentree Landscapes.  If you haven’t got Tarance Zak, you haven’t got Greentree Landscapes.

Retaining Walls for the Calgary Garden

Tame a Slope for Drama and Appeal

Few Calgary yards are completely flat, but that doesn’t have to be a problem.  A beautifully planned and built retaining wall will become an attrractive feature in your yard, creating structure and texture.

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  • Retaining walls can be used to terrace a steep slope and provide flat areas.
  • A retaining wall is the perfect way to enclose a patio or terrace.
  • Raised beds create character and allow you to accentuate plants or features.
  • Raised and terraced areas are easier to reach and maintain.

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There are so many materials to choose from, including a variety of styles and colours of interlocking brick, stone and wood.

Whatever your style, a professional landscape design and construction company can ensure that your retaining walls and raised beds are built for lasting beauty and durability.

Greentree Landscapes has over 20 years experience creating beautiful retaining walls and raised beds of the finest quality and craftsmanship.

Call 403-279-9791 or email Tarance Zak to ask about getting a free estimate for landscape design and construction.

 

 

Calgary After The Floods

Our Best Wishes To All Our Fellow Calgarians

After the recent floods we just wanted to send some good wishes out to Calgarians: to all those who have lost so much and who have so much work ahead of them trying to rebuild their homes and lives; and to all those who pitched right in and did everything they could to help.  If there’s anything positive we can take away from this tragic event it’s the confirmation that people really are good and there’s a lot of kindness and compassion out there.  While we were down in Elbow Park helping with the clean up we were astonished by the number of people out supporting those affected and what a great job everyone was doing of keeping their spirits up even in the face of such devastation.

What a wonderful city!

Now the weather is so warm it’s hard to imagine what it was like a little over a week ago.  The water ban has been lifted and Calgarians are enjoying some beautiful gardening and landscaping weather.

And of course it’s almost time for stampede – Come Hell or High Water!

Happy Stampede Calgary.