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.

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.