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 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

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.

 

 

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.