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Top Spring Garden & Landscaping Tips

With winter weather slowly starting to fade, each day brings us a step closer to the warmer weather and extra sunlight of spring. After months being cooped up inside avoiding the frigid temperatures, the long-awaited change of season is almost upon us. As much as we might appreciate the arrival of the spring weather, nothing needs it more than our gardens and yard. The freezing, harsh winter conditions can leave your lawn and plants damaged. Fortunately, with the right tools and techniques, you can have your property looking luscious and healthy once again. Here are a few spring maintenance and clean up tips to get your garden and landscaping looking like new.

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Backyard Dreaming: 5 Ideas to Get You Excited For Spring

It may be bone-chilling cold right now, but spring, with its colourful blooms, pitchers of icy lemonade and—most importantly—delightfully warm weather, is just around the corner. Bust out of the late winter doldrums and dream of your perfect backyard landscape setup instead. Not sure where to begin? Here are 5 fabulous ideas oozing with refreshing recreational charm and expansive grill zones to get you on the path to paradise before the snowflakes finish falling. Spring may be a few months away, but you can start planning your weekend barbecues right now.

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How to Clean Your Artificial Grass and Prepare It for Spring

As the snow melts, it can leave mud and debris behind on your artificial grass, and leave it feeling a little smushed. Before you start entertaining in spring and summer, it’s wise to clean up the lawn. Plus, as you spend more time outside you may end up spilling on your synthetic grass. You need to know how to clean that up too.

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4 Reasons to Plan Your Spring Landscaping Right Now (Infographic)

It might still feel a bit chilly out there right now. And you may not be thinking about your spring landscaping project. Unfortunately, Van Beek’s Garden Supplies can’t help with the cold. But we can help you get ready to start landscaping once the warm weather arrives. In fact, we highly encourage you to plan your spring landscape project right now, even when it’s dark, damp and chilly outside. Here are four reasons why now’s the perfect time to start planning.

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How to Protect Your Landscaping From Winter Damage

We all know we need to protect ourselves in the winter. Hats, gloves, scarves and boots are essential during the colder months. But what about protecting our property? Similarly, our lawns, shrubs, trees and stonework need to be properly maintained and protected. Here are some landscaping winter prep tips that will help your landscaped property survive the winter.

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Putting Your Garden to Bed for Winter

During the warmer months, many people spend a lot of time working on their gardens and landscaping. When winter arrives it’s important to ensure your garden and landscaping are properly prepared for the cold and snow. Here’s how you can protect your gardens and preserve your efforts:

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How We Prep Our Firewood For You To Store

Guarantee you always have the best quality firewood so you can ensure convenience, efficiency and safety whether you use a fireplace, stove or furnace. If you burn wet wood or pieces that are incorrectly sized it can cause frustration, improper burning and potentially create a dangerous chimney fire due to a buildup of creosote deposits. Proper planning, seasoning and storage are fundamental to keep your wood burning warm and bright.

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We Have a New eBook. Download Your FREE Copy of The Advantages of Sodding and Seeding

Early fall is a good time to rejuvenate your lawn. A question we get asked often at Van Beek’s Garden Supplies is whether sod or grass seed is best. The short answer is that both can be effective in growing lush, thick and very green grass around your home. It just depends on what you want for your lawn, how much time you have and your budget.

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Tackle These End-of-Summer Landscaping Jobs

September’s almost here at Van Beek’s Garden Supplies and with it comes the unofficial end of summer. (For the record, the actual end of summer/first day of fall is Friday, September 22). In the next couple of weeks, back to school will be in full swing, the busy holiday season will start (Thanksgiving is around 6.5 weeks away), and outside temperatures will gradually get cooler. Which means you won’t have much time to work in your garden. So before things get too hectic, make sure you take care of some small (but very important) end-of-summer landscaping jobs.

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Have You Gotten Your FREE Copy of Why Interlocking Pavers are Better than Poured Concrete or Asphalt?

Before summer ends, you’d like to update your patio or driveway. That way, it’ll be perfect when the warm weather in 2018 hits. But you aren’t sure if you should replace your interlocking stone pavers or go with something new, like poured concrete or asphalt. At Van Beek’s Garden Supplies, were partial to the beauty and visibility interlock paving stones offer.

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Summer Interlock Cleaning Tips

Will your backyard patio be busy with barbeques and parties this summer? If so, you’ll want to keep those interlocking stone pavers looking sharp, clean and weed-free all season long. Maintaining a good looking patio goes beyond pulling out the power washer every couple of weeks (even though that does help). With just a little bit of extra time and effort (and these easy-to-follow tips from Van Beek’s Garden Supplies), you’ll be able to clean your interlocking stone pavers just like the pros do; but at a fraction of the cost.

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Have YOU Downloaded Your FREE Copy of How to Identify & Avoid Poor Topsoil?

At first glance, most topsoil found in soil bags looks the same. Unfortunately in many instances, it’s only until after you get your soil home that you realize it’s of poor quality and won’t be beneficial to your garden. Even more frustrating is trying to return unsatisfactory topsoil. It can be a pain. The best way to ensure that doesn’t happen to you is to know what makes superior topsoil before you purchase.

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Topsoil Tasks to Tackle this Long Weekend

Finally, the first long weekend of the spring is just around the corner. (Before we forget, we’d like to wish a very Happy Victoria Day to you and your family). The weather’s expected to be perfect; meaning you’ll be able to spend plenty of time outside to work on your garden or landscaping. The most logical place to start is with your triple mix soil. That’s because without fresh, nutrient-rich topsoil from Van Beek’s Garden Supplies your plants won’t look as good or be as strong as they could be. Before you start planting, weeding or watering your lawn this weekend, make certain to take care of these important topsoil jobs.

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Natural Mulch vs. Rubber Mulch: What Type of Mulch Should I Use? A Side-By-Side Comparison

At Van Beek’s Garden Supplies, one question we hear quite often is “what type of mulch should I use?” After all, we carry both rubber and organic mulch products – and each mulch type has its own advantages and disadvantages. What they all have in common, though, is an ability to protect your triple mix soil and beautify your garden too. So whatever choice you make for your landscaping, you can rest assured it’ll be a good one. On the other hand, if you’re having a tough time deciding between, say natural black mulch or black rubber mulch, take a look at how organic and synthetic mulch compare to each other.

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Great Canadian Flowers for Your Garden

The spring gardening season is here. It’s time to spruce up your landscaping with colourful plants, flowers and more. And because 2017 also happens to be Canada’s 150th birthday, here are some terrific Canadian flowers you can add to your triple mix soil this year.

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All About Grass Seed

With the first day of spring just around the corner (Monday, March 20), now’s a perfect time to restore your lawn sod with fresh grass seed from Van Beek’s Garden Supplies. Here’s what happened to your lawn over the winter: Cold wind may cause grass to lose moisture, frozen roots under the triple mix soil prevent water from reaching the grass blades, heavy snow might have “suffocated” or compacted your grass and ice buildup can damage grass due to trapped carbon dioxide. With warmer temperatures on the way, however, your lawn is ready to receive new grass seed. Here then are some tips designed to help you get the most from your grass seed.

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What’s Happening To Your Topsoil Right Now?

It’s bitterly cold out right now. Thankfully, you’re indoors. All warm and cozy. And before winter truly hit in December, you took the time to prepare your backyard for winter by wrapping trees in burlap sacks and bringing fragile plants indoors. Unfortunately, though, your triple mix topsoil from Van Beek’s Garden Supplies needs to stay outdoors all winter long. So what’s happening to it? And how will you take care of it once spring arrives? Read on to find out.

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5 Reasons to Install Artificial Grass this Year

This winter is doing a number on your sod – again. You just know that once the spring thaw arrives, you’ll have dead grass and bald patches all over your lawn – again. And you’re tired of dealing with it – again. If you’ve been thinking about installing artificial grass and turf from Van Beek’s Garden Supplies on your property this year, here are reasons why you should finally make the switch.

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Get Your FREE Copy of Don’t Pick the Wrong Firewood For Your Home this Winter

Firstly, everyone at both Van Beek’s Garden Supplies locations in Oakville and Mississauga want to wish you all the best in 2017. And because it’s January, that means cold, snowy weather and bitter wind chill temperatures too. It’s also the perfect time to stay indoors and keep warm by a toasty, roaring fire.

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Happy Holidays! Looking Back at 2016

It’s almost the end of another year here at Van Beek’s Garden Supplies. And looking back on 2016, there was plenty going on at both our Oakville and Mississauga locations. So as we wish you the best of the season (with an eye towards 2017), let’s take a look back at the year that was. After all, because of great customers like you, 2016 turned out to be a terrific year at Van Beek’s.

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How to Split, Stack & Store Firewood

Finding a place for your firewood is much more than just sticking it in an unused corner of your garage or shed. There’s an art and science behind it. The art aspect comes from having a nice looking pile (no matter how big or small) that’s easily accessible. The science part involves storing it a dry location (because wet firewood, frankly, is a waste) with plenty of air circulation. After you pick up your firewood from Van Beek’s Garden Supplies, make sure it’ll last all winter long by following these splitting, stacking and storing tips.

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The Best Things to Plant in Fall

Traditionally, spring is the busiest gardening season here at Van Beek’s Garden Supplies. The second busiest? Autumn. Planting in fall provides a few benefits which you just can’t get any other time of the year: Cooler air temperatures are easier on plants and gardeners alike Triple mix soil is still warm enough to allow roots to grow until the freeze hits Fall has more predictable weather than spring Pest and disease issues tend to dissipate by fall And perhaps most importantly, autumn tends to be a more relaxing season than spring. If you’re looking to add to your garden before the fall planting season ends (usually around six weeks before Oakville or Mississauga gets hit with the hard frost), here are some great suggestions.

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Seven Fall Backyard Clean-Up Jobs

Thoroughly cleaning up your yard this autumn accomplishes three important objectives. Restoration after a very long, hot and dry summer, preparation for spring maintenance once winter is over and presentation to ensure it looks warm and welcoming. A little bit of hard work now (with some friendly help from Van Beek’s Garden Supplies) will make sure your yard is ready for the cool days ahead. The best way to tidy up your landscaping is from the top down. So that’s where we’ll begin.

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Artificial Turf FAQs

Tired of constantly watering and fertilizing your sod, only to watch it go brown and die? Thinking about replacing your lawn with artificial grass & turf? You’re not alone. Many people have contacted us here at Van Beek’s Garden Supplies wanting to know more about it. To help you out, we’ve put together an FAQ list on all things artificial turf. If you don’t see you particular question answered here, tell us what you want to know and we’ll be in touch with the information you need.

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