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What is included in a Deerwood Landscaping Lawn Maintenance Package?

Post Date: August 9th, 2012

 

This blog post tries to answer the question,” What is included in your lawn care package?”

1) What does your lawn look like now, and what do you want it to look like?

landscape design before landscape design after

 

For any new lawn care projects, we always start by visiting the sites to get an idea of what needs to be done before making any recommendations. We’ll have an open conversation where you can tell us about the current condition of your lawn and garden and what your goals are for your lawn maintenance package.

 

How is your lawn used?

You can also tell us how your lawn and garden are used during the various seasons so we can optimize our services for your needs.

 

kids playing with dog on lawn

 

Perhaps you have children or pets who put a lot of stress on the lawn during the summer. Or you might have a shady lawn that makes for a moist lawn in the fall. After figuring out what the lawn needs vs. what you can do without, we can move on to recommendations.

2) Selecting the Right Lawn Services:

Depending on the needs of your property, here are some examples of lawn care services available to you:

-  lawn cutting and edging
-  leaf blowing
-  pruning and trimming
-  clearing clippings, prunings and dead plants
-  weeding of the flower beds
-  fertilizing, liming and moss killer if necessary
-  aerating and power raking (either at the start or the end of the year)
-  ongoing top dressing and re-seeding bare spots
-  moss control

3) Setting the Budget:

After evaluating the property and determining what type of work your lawn needs we’ll provide you with a quote. The cost will vary depending on how large your property is and how long it will take our lawn care specialists to do their work.

 

Typically we’ll start our lawn care projects by cleaning everything and addressing moss, bald patches and unhealthy soil. After the initial clean up, a basic package will start at $30 per cut and go up from there depending on the size of your lawn and garden.

4) How can you help with the upkeep of your own lawn?

It’s important to mention that watering will be your responsibility. Please follow the watering restrictions in Vancouver.

 

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At the time of writing, here are the lawn sprinkling regulations for when you are allowed to water your lawn in Greater Vancouver.

 

Residential:

-  Sprinkling is permitted between: 4 a.m. – 9 a.m.

-  Even-numbered addresses: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday

-  Odd-numbered addresses: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday

Non-residential:

-  Sprinkling is permitted between: 1 a.m. – 6 a.m.

-  Even-numbered addresses: Monday and Wednesday

-  Odd-numbered addresses: Tuesday and Thursday

-  All non-residential addresses can also sprinkle 4 a.m. – 9 a.m. Friday

The lawn sprinkling regulations are in effect from June 1 to September 30. If you water your lawn outside of the regulated days and hours listed above, you may be fined.

 

Sources:

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City of Vancouver

Metro-Vancouver-Logo

Metro Vancouver

 

man pulling weed from lawn

 

Our services include weeding for flower beds and gardens but you can help out by doing the weeding on your lawn if you spot them growing.

 

Tip: In Canada, weed n’ feed products have been banned as of the end of December 31, 2011 by Health Canada. These are products that kill weeds and fertilize the grass simultaneously which is not in line with lawn care best practices. These products do very different jobs and must be applied separately with appropriate timing.

 

Summary:

Instead of offering packages, we treat each one of our clients has a custom assessment to see what their lawn and garden needs. If it doesn’t require it, then we’re not going to charge you for it. We’ll spend the time on things that your lawn and garden actually needs and we will work with you to tailor a package that fits your budget.

 

Give us a call if you’re interested in scheduling an estimate!

 

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When to plant grass seeds in Vancouver

Post Date: July 5th, 2012

lawn seeding

 

Did you know that there is an optimal time of year when to plant grass seeds in Vancouver’s Pacific Northwest climate? Most people don’t, which often leads lawn owners to plant at less than optimal times without making the necessary adjustments. The result will be wasted grass seeds, not to mention the wasted time preparing the soil, terrain and pest control measures.

 

Grass seeds need good soil conditions in order to grow and germinate. With this in mind, make sure that your soil is at the correct depth. The bare minimum soil depth for a healthy lawn is 10 cm (4 inches); however, you should aim for 15 cm (6 inches) for deeper root penetration. Note that freshly added topsoil will compact up to 50% over the first year after its installation so be aware of this when buying your topsoil. Prior to planting the seeds, aerate your soil to help prepare it for better moisture retention and breathing.

 

So in Vancouver, and any area in the Pacific Northwest, the best time to plant grass seeds is in April. This is usually the time before summer arrives, bringing dryer soil conditions with it. If you do end up planting grass seeds in the summer season, just be aware the you will have to use a bit more water to maintain soil moisture. Be environmentally responsible and remember to water only during the allowed times.

 

Keep Your Soil Moist

lawn sprinkler

Photocredit: mikemol

 

At the time of writing, here are the lawn sprinkling regulations for when you are allowed to water your lawn in Greater Vancouver.

 

Residential:

- Sprinkling is permitted between: 4 a.m. – 9 a.m.

- Even-numbered addresses: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday

- Odd-numbered addresses: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday

 

Non-residential:

- Sprinkling is permitted between: 1 a.m. – 6 a.m.

- Even-numbered addresses: Monday and Wednesday

- Odd-numbered addresses: Tuesday and Thursday

- All non-residential addresses can also sprinkle 4 a.m. – 9 a.m. Friday

 

The lawn sprinkling regulations are in effect from June 1 to September 30. If you water your lawn outside of the regulated days and hours listed above, you may be fined.

 

Sources:

City of Vancouver Logo

City of Vancouver

Metro-Vancouver-Logo

Metro Vancouver

 

Keep in mind that if you aren’t able to keep the soil wet enough, weeds are more likely to develop before the grass has a chance to gain a foothold in the soil. This is especially common you when have just power raked your lawn and have a lot of patches of soil without any greenery yet.

 

Plant During Fall

Another option is to plant your grass seeds during early fall. During this time of the year, Vancouver’s temperature will be comparatively moderate. As a result, your plants will require less watering. When you start planting grass seeds, it is helpful to apply fertilizer to for a better start. You can add more fertilizer after 3 or 4 weeks so that the lower parts of the root can get the nutrients they need from the fertilizer.

 

You Can Lay Sod Anytime

laying new sod

 

Even though before or after summer is the best time to plant grass seeds in Vancouver, you can lay sod any time of the year. With careful preparation, you can keep the sod intact just in time for when you start planting grass seeds on your lawn.

 

If you need assistance in planting grass in your lawn, contact us and we will be very happy to talk about your lawn’s particular situation and find the best service get your lawn looking the way you want it to.

 

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