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 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.

It’s Almost Landscaping Season in Calgary

Plant Big Trees for Calgary’s Short Growing Season

We have just come from The Horticultural Society’s Garden Show, where our sister company, Larchwood Nurseries had a booth.

The weather was uncooperative to say the least – it was cold and trying to snow on Saturday, and by Sunday we had a solid 2 or 3″ of the white stuff on the ground.  To get to the show visitors had to navigate a mixture of slush and ice on Calgary’s roads, so thank goodness Calgary gardeners are a determined and intrepid lot!

It was a great show with lots of excitement about Spring, which will surely arrive eventually.

As always we’re very excited about Larchwood Nurseries‘ trees which are grown right here in Alberta in root control bags.  Using this unique growing method they’re able to grow large, healthy trees that have just an 18″ rootball and weigh only about 130lb.  That’s light enough to pick in a 1/2 ton and plant without the use of machinery.

We use Larchwood’s trees in our own landscape design and construction projects whenever possible because they’re large enough to create instant impact in a yard.  Our clients love the fact that they establish quickly and are easy to look after.

If you would like to see the trees available from Larchwood Nurseries, visit their website at www.larchwoodnurseries.ca.

At Greentree Landscapes we’re all primed for the upcoming season and we’re booking up fast.  Call 403-279-9791 or email us soon to arrange for your consultation or free estimate.

And remember … Greentree Landscapes has been landscaping in Calgary for over 20 years and we have a long list of very satisfied clients.  Our experience and expertise is your guarantee of satisfaction.

 

Watering Your Plants for a Healthy Winter

To water or not to water? What is the deal with watering at this time of year?

 

Water Sparingly During the Early Fall

Now that Fall is here your trees and shrubs need less water than they did during those hot summer weeks.

In fact by cutting back on the irrigation you will be giving your plants the chance to begin their dormancy and harden off in time for the cold weather ahead.

Water Well Before Winter

Once the deciduous trees and shrubs have lost their leaves, that’s the time to give both your evergreens and your deciduous plants a good watering.

That moisture around the roots will help protect your plants all winter long, and will help to avoid that winter die-back which is the curse of all gardeners.  Of course, it’s particularly crucial here in Calgary to provide protection from our winter Chinooks.

Remember, too, that if we get a warm spell during the winter, or early spring you can water again then.

Look to the health of your plants now, too.  A healthy plant will stand a better chance of surviving the winter than a weak one.

It’s not too late to get your landscaping and your plants in before winter!

We’re looking forward to a long, mild Fall, so there’s plenty of time to make sure your garden is ready to enjoy at the first sign of Spring.

Greentree Landscapes has been making Calgary gardens beautiful for 20 years.   Call 403-279-9791 or email tarance@greentreelandscapes.com to book your free consultation.

Plus … our sister company, Larchwood Nurseries has a wide selection of large trees – check out their Fall Sale and save 50%.

 

Landscaping in the Fall

How to Make the Best of Calgary’s Short Gardening Season

What a fabulous summer we’ve had here in Calgary!  We had weeks of wonderful hot, sunny days which more than made up for that long, wet spring.

Now that the leaves are turning and the evenings are getting cool, it definitely feels as though Fall is here.  So, if you didn’t get your landscaping done already you may be wondering whether it’s just best to wait until next year.

Fall is a Great Time For Landscaping

Before you close the doors and dismiss the garden for the season, here are some great reasons why you should consider getting your landscaping completed before the onset of winter:

  • Calgary Springs are not always landscaping friendly! Those long, wet springs can make for slow work and frequent delays.
  • Get a Jump on the Growing Season. Our growing season is short enough, and when you don’t plant until the spring or summer you can’t expect much growth that year.  When you get your plants in before Winter, that gives them a bit of a head start and you’ll enjoy the summer season with plants that are more established and less needy.
  • Enjoy the Chinooks. When it suddenly goes up to +15 in February, it’s great to be able to get outside for some much needed fresh air.
  • Beat the Rush. Everyone wants their landscaping done in the Spring – if yours is already in you’ll be ready to head outside and enjoy the whole season.

If you’re considering landscaping either this Fall or next year, you’ll want to talk to the experts at Greentree Landscapes – Calgary’s choice for creative landscape design and construction.  Call Tarance on 403-279-9791 for a free consultation.

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