Like any home project, starting a landscaping endeavour can be a lot of work and you need to have a plan in place to help ensure things go smoothly. A project can go off the rails quite easily, so having a landscape budget can help in a variety of ways, including:
Helping to keep costs in check
Letting you know how much you need to save up or spend
Helping to make sure you have the best work done at your price point
Allowing you to find out how much things really cost
How Much Should I Budget for Landscaping?
Before any tools are brought out, make sure you know what you need and how much of it will be used. When it comes to soil, mulch, compost, landscape mulch or topdressing, use our material calculator to find out exactly how much of each product you will need. This not only cuts down on wasted product and but also helps you save money. Have a landscaping budget template in place and stick to it.
Create a Priority List
You may have a variety of projects you want to do around your home but you need to prioritize what needs to be done first. Consider what you want to see finished first, whether that may be the entranceway at the front of the home, more intricate detail or comforts in the backyard or if you’re looking to add curb appeal due to moving.
Minimize the Stress of Finishing Projects
Taking on projects around the home should be fun. You should never feel stressed out or concerned about getting a project done. If you can’t complete all the projects in spring that you would like to due to timing or budget restraints, you can always split them up and do some in the summer instead. Regardless of the season, plan to put away money towards a landscaping budget for new construction and wait until it’s financially feasible to begin.
Start your landscape budget planning today and contact the landscape material experts at Van Beek’s Landscape Supply for more assistance and advice.
In Canada, we are very lucky to have roughly 9% of the world’s forests. Many different types of firewood come from specific areas. Softwood, which derives from coniferous trees, is generally from British Columbia. Hardwood, which is from deciduous trees such as birch, maple and oak, is primarily found in southern Ontario and Quebec.
Different Types of Firewood
With so many different types of trees, it may seem difficult to know what the best choices for firewood in Ontario might be. Here are some questions about an assortment of various woods to help you decide what makes good firewood and which ones you may want to avoid.
Is maple good firewood?
Maple is a solid choice for firewood as it is readily available, provides good heat, burns cleans and splits well.
Does cherry make good firewood?
Cherry firewood has an exceptional aroma, splits easy and supplies moderate heat, but it does tend to spark more than other hardwoods, which could lead to issues when burned in an open fireplace.
Is oak good firewood?
Oak has a higher energy content per cord and releases more heat, as well as providing longer lasting fires and coal beds than some hardwoods.
Does pine make good firewood?
Pine ignites easily which makes it great for kindling. It also produces a hot flame that burns rapidly. It can be messy to work with but it smells great.
Help Stop the Spread of Tree Diseases to Different Areas
Diseases and pests are the biggest culprits that can severely hurt trees. To help avoid spreading these issues make sure to:
Burn the firewood where you buy it
Buy certified and heat-treated firewood where available
Gather it yourself if regulations permit
Check with all parks and campgrounds about their firewood rules
For all of your firewood needs and more, make sure to contact the professionals at Van Beek’s Garden Supplies.
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.
The tools you need
Take a look around your garage, shed or workshop.
There’s a good chance that you already own everything you need to have your interlock project looking its best in no time.
Natural Mulch: Organic mulch is usually made from wood chips. As a natural product, it’ll start to break down by the end of the season. To maintain its appearance and strength, it’ll need to be replaced on a yearly or bi-yearly
Rubber Mulch: Rubber does not decompose or break down. In other words, rubber mulch only needs to be laid down or spread once.
Advantage Rubber Mulch: Once rubber mulch is in place, there’s a good chance it’ll stay there. Even heavy rainfall or windy days won’t dislodge rubber mulch from its bed. If you’re looking for an easy, long-term mulch solution for your garden, choose rubber mulch.
Natural mulch is better for soil health
Natural Mulch: Wood mulch (like BC cedar mulch) is organic and naturally occurring. It also feeds topsoil important and beneficial nutrients. Furthermore, natural mulch continues to fertilize your garden soil, even while it’s breaking down.
Rubber Mulch: Normally, rubber mulch is made from recycled pieces of tire. It does not provide any nutritional benefit to your garden or soil.
Advantage Natural Mulch: An easy pick here. Once the mulch has decomposed fully, grab a tiller to mix it in with the soil. If you want to make sure your garden gets as many nutrients as possible – for as long as possible – choose natural mulch.
Natural Mulch: Nothing quite matches the natural colour of wood chips. Over time however, that colour will fade and dull. The changing, weakening colour will impact the look and feel of your garden.
Rubber Mulch: Rubber mulch comes in a variety of colours which may not be available organically or naturally. Those colours will not fade or lose their lustre over time (our rubber mulch comes with a 12 year colour-lock guarantee!)
Advantage Rubber Mulch: Both natural and rubber mulches offer bright colour options. In this instance, the criterion is lasting colour. Rubber mulch’s synthetic composition guarantees enduring colour. If you want bright garden or tree beds for many years, choose rubber mulch.
Ease of Use
Natural Mulch: Because it breaks down over time, wood mulch can be tilled in to the soil. This makes it a bit easier to change or add to your garden each season.
Rubber Mulch: As an inorganic product (and because of its expense) you won’t want to mix rubber mulch into your soil when you’re working in the garden each season.
Advantage Natural Mulch: Being able to mix natural mulch with your soil will make it easier for weeding and adding new plants to your garden beds! Rubber mulch would have to be removed and placed back on top of the soil. If you like to keep changing and adding to your garden beds with ease, choose natural mulch.
Rubber mulch keeps pests away
Natural Mulch: Small animals and termites are attracted to some types of wood mulch. You may have to take extra precautions to keep pests out of your garden beds.
Rubber Mulch: Garden pests aren’t normally attracted to rubber. And even if they tried, they’d have a hard time consuming or nesting in it.
Advantage Rubber Mulch: There’s a good chance that once you finish spreading rubber mulch, pests and critters won’t be bothered with it. If you want to discourage animals from interacting with your landscaping, you may want to use rubber mulch.
Rubber Mulch: Synthetic mulch is inorganic by nature. It’s more of a decorative than functional or beneficial element and while uncommon, rubber mulch can leak small amounts of some chemicals (like zinc) into your soil. For that reason it should be used with caution in certain installments (like vegetable gardens).
Advantage Natural Mulch: Wood mulch has a versatility which rubber products can’t compete with. You can place natural mulch anywhere in the front or back of your home without worry. If you want mulch that can be easily used in any location, select natural mulch.
When azaleas finally bloom, they can do so in shades of red, pink, white and more.
How Van Beek’s can help with your Azaleas
Ideally, azaleas grow in acidic soil. Adding cedar bark mulch to your black garden soil will help create that acidic environment; especially if you’ll be planting them near your home’s foundation. Concrete stones can leach lime and neutralize acidic soil.
A beautiful bouquet of chrysanthemums.
Chrysanthemums (or simply, mums) are simply good looking flowers that’ll definitely get noticed once they’re in your garden.
In fact, sometimes they’re known as “the showstoppers.”
Spring is the perfect time for planting mums because the conditions are perfect:
Sunlight: In spring, the sun is up early. Mums love getting 5-6 hours of sun each day.
Soil: Fertile soil that’s well-drained, sandy or loamy. You want a pH level around 6.5.
Fertilizer: Mums are tough, so they don’t need much more than a light feeding every so often.
Planting chrysanthemums right now also delivers two more benefits.
Firstly, the earlier you plant them, the better chance they have of surviving the upcoming winter.
Secondly, in fall, when other plants have died, mums will still be going strong, showing off their bright colours.
How Van Beek’s can help with your Chrysanthemums
Mums will grow beautiful and strong in triple mix soil from Van Beek’s. Soil that drains well and has sandy elements to it will provide chrysanthemums will many of the nutrients they need to thrive.
Want a colourful Canadian garden this spring? Come to Van Beek’s
If you want to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday – and have a beautiful garden too – then Van Beek’s wants to help.
A wide selection of products for you to choose from
Knowledgeable experts ready to answer your questions