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Why is Landscape Budget Planning Important?

landscaping

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.

landscaping budget

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.

Where is Firewood Sourced From?

firewood

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.

firewood

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.

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.

 

 

Make the right decision when you download your FREE copy of The Advantages of Sodding and Seeding.

 

 

 

 

The things you’ll learn

There are 4 criteria homeowners in Oakville and Mississauga usually consider when deciding to sod or seed their lawn for the year:

  • Money: Budget is always an important factor
  • Time: How to get the best results as quickly as possible
  • Quality: It has to provide value for the dollars and effort spent
  • Maintenance: Easy ways to keep your lawn looking great

The Advantages of Sodding and Seeding takes a closer look at each of these items and details what to expect if you choose to use sod or seed.

It’s a great starting point; especially if you’re new to planting and growing grass for your home.

Take a look inside

Here’s a small preview of what you’ll find inside your FREE copy of The Advantages of Sodding and Seeding.

Want to see the rest?

Then visit our special download page to request your complimentary copy right now.

Don’t forget about the topsoil

Using high-quality triple mix soil and proper ground preparation is essential for sodding or seeding.

That’s why your FREE copy of The Advantages of Sodding and Seeding includes a helpful section on getting the most from your soil.

It features 4 easy-to-follow steps along with a listing of the tools you’ll be using.

Whether you sod or seed your lawn, topsoil is perhaps the most important element you need.

The time and effort you make in soil preparation will drastically improve the performance and appearance of your lawn.

For more helpful topsoil tips:

How to get your FREE copy of The Advantages of Sodding and Seeding

It’s easy, fast, and free.

 

 

Visit our special download page and complete the easy-to-fill form (it takes less than 10 seconds).

 

 

 

 

As soon as you hit the DOWNLOAD GUIDE NOW button on that page, we’ll instantly email your copy straight to your inbox.

Ready to sod or seed? Let us help

Before you start sodding or seeding your lawn, we encourage you to read the following blogs:

And when you’re finally ready to begin, you can:

Contact us to learn more about our triple mix soil

Tackle These End-of-Summer Landscaping Jobs

Summer is over

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)
  • 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.

Grass seedSow some fresh grass seed

It’s still warm enough here in Oakville and Mississauga to seed (or reseed) your lawn with fresh grass seed.

Here’s what to do:

  • Work and rotate the topsoil
  • Spread the grass seed down as per its instructions
  • Cover the area with straw, compost or mulch
  • Follow a fall lawn care schedule of watering twice daily

The roots should start to grow quickly with grass filling in shortly thereafter. When this happens, reduce your watering schedule.

The benefit of doing this now: You’ll give your lawn a healthy head-start to survive the winter. Plus, it’ll look nicer, thicker and fuller once spring hits.

Spread one last layer of triple mix soil

Triple mix soil is an important and healthy combination of three important ingredients:

  • Compost
  • Sandy soil
  • Black loam

Fresh soil delivery will give your garden or tree beds the vitamins and nutrients needed to get through the winter.

Here’s a question for you: When was the last time you put down fresh topsoil?

If the answer is way back in the spring, your landscaping has devoured all the good stuff it needs.

In other words: Right now, your garden is hungry.

And the best way to keep it healthy and happy in fall and winter is with soil bags filled with new topsoil.

The benefit of doing this now: Summer heat and dryness can be hard on your lawn and garden. New triple mix soil helps with recovery and makes gardening that much easier come springtime.

Clean paving stonesClean and seal your interlocking patio stones

Did your interlocking stone pavers stain or discolour over the summer?

Yes?

Well, now’s the perfect time to clean and seal them before fall and winter arrive. Otherwise, they could lose even more of their colourful lustre.

If you want to tackle this job yourself, just follow these simple steps:

1.      Wash: Clean your patio stones completely with a garden hose or high-pressure washer. 2.      Mix: A bucket full of water and stain remover detergent until it’s nice and soapy. 3.      Dump: The water/detergent combo on your stones and let sit for 20 minutes.
4.      Scrub: Once the 20 minutes have passed, deeply scrub the mixture into your stones with a brush. 5.      Look: Any tough stains which are still there should be handled with a concrete stain remover product. 6.      Top-Up: Joints between stones should be filled halfway with polymeric sand.

The final step is to apply the interlock sealant of your choice. Don’t use too much and always follow the directions on the label. If necessary, add a second layer once the first has dried completely.

Planting can boost curb appealSmall touch-ups to improve curb appeal

These are little jobs which can have a big impact on the look and feel of your outdoor landscaping:

  • Paint: Any dull or worn out areas should be spruced up with just a little bit of paint

 

  • Mulch: New mulch will revitalize your garden and provide an extra layer of protection against the cold

 

  • Plant: Getting late summer flowers and fall flowers in the ground now gives them ample time to adapt to your topsoil and bloom in full

 

  • Replace: Any burnt out bulbs in your home landscape lights should be replaced now before it gets too cold and dark out

Need help tackling this list? Come to Van Beek’s

Whatever jobs you want to finish before summer officially ends, Van Beek’s has you covered:

To start, you can contact us with any questions you have. We’ll get back to you ASAP with the answers you’re looking for.

Or, if you already know what you’re looking for, request a FREE quote. Again, we’ll be in touch quickly with the information you need.

Contact us to learn more about our triple mix soil

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.

 

There are other benefits to using interlock pavers, which you’ll discover in your FREE copy of Why Interlocking Pavers are Better than Poured Concrete or Asphalt.

 

What you’ll find inside

Inside Why Interlocking Pavers are Better than Poured Concrete or Asphalt, you’ll learn about the three most important factors to consider when planning your outdoor project:

  • Fleibility: Do you have multiple design options available to you during installation?
  • Care: How easy is it to maintain and protect interlock, asphalt or poured concrete?
  • Safety: What (if any) are the safety risks associated with whatever product you choose?

And since Oakville and Mississauga can be subject to extreme weather conditions or changes, this FREE guide also looks at the impact it may or may not have.

Get a sneak peek

Here’s just a snippet of what’s inside your FREE copy of Why Interlocking Pavers are Better than Poured Concrete or Asphalt:

To see everything, just visit our special download page to instantly get your FREE copy.

The reasons we put together Why Interlocking Pavers are Better than Poured Concrete or Asphalt

As mentioned at the top of this blog, we think interlocking stones are the way to go.

In fact, we carry a large selection of interlocking stone products form Canada’s top brands, including:

  • Unilock
  • Permacon
  • Navascape
  • Best Way Stone
  • Triple H

Over the years, lots of people have come to us with questions about interlock pavers; especially when compared to concrete and poured asphalt.

That’s why we put together Why Interlocking Pavers are Better than Poured Concrete or Asphalt; to give you an easy-to-use guide you can refer to anytime.

How you can get your FREE copy

We’ve made it incredibly easy to instantly get your own copy of Why Interlocking Pavers are Better than Poured Concrete or Asphalt.

  • First, visit our special download page.
  • Then, complete an easy-to-fill form (it takes less than 10 seconds).
  • Finally, click the “DOWNLOAD GUIDE NOW” button on the page (you can’t miss it).

That’s it. You’re done.

We’ll instantly email your own copy straight to your inbox.

Want to know more about our interlock paving products?

Have questions about interlocking pavers or similar products like rock flagstone?

Contact us with whatever you’d like to know (including asking for a FREE quote) and we’ll get back to you ASAP with the info you need.

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Summer Interlock Cleaning Tips

Beautiful patio

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.

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.

  • Screwdriver (flathead is preferable)
  • Cup or bucket of water
  • Landscape broom
  • Leaf blower
  • Dollar store spray bottle
  • White vinegar
  • Rubber mallet
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Polymeric sand

Polymeric sand is importantWhy polymeric sand is so important…

Just like extra triple mix soil or grass seed, having access to a supply of polymeric sand is crucial to interlock stone care and maintenance.

Here’s why:

  • It stays in place: Water, wind and runoff can dislodge or loosen joint sand. Polymeric sand is made with quartz or silica, meaning it binds in place and stays there.

 

  • Fewer weeds: Weeds grow when seeds blow into place and take root. Polymeric sand helps to prevent water and seeds from settling between your stones.

 

  • Ant control: Regular brick sand is a haven for ants to nest and dig into. They’ll have a much tougher time digging into the binding materials of polymeric sand (in fact, they may stay away).

Polymeric sand…and how you should apply it

First, get rid of any weeds or grass that’s growing between your patio stones.

Using the flathead screwdriver, dig deep between the stones and pull the weeds out from the root (otherwise they may just grow back).

And if any moss or grass is growing on top of the stones, use the screwdriver to scrape that off too.

When you’re done, apply the polymeric sand by:

  • Pouring sand into the joints
  • Sweeping any excess into the joints (using the landscaping broom)
  • Tapping the stones to settle the sand (with your rubber mallet)
  • Blowing away excess sand (that’s where the leaf blower comes in)
  • Misting away the stones and sand four times in the next hour (with water and spray bottle or the mist setting on your garden hose)

Lastly, make sure there’s no rain in the forecast and wait at least 24 hours before using your patio.

Weed growing through patio stoneHow to keep weeds at bay

Sometimes, weeds will creep through between your stones.

You could reach for an herbicide or weed killer product. But that’s not very eco-friendly (nor is it safe for children or pets).

A combination of white vinegar and dishwashing soap will do the trick without the cost or inconvenience of an expensive or smelly chemical mixture.

The best part? It can be done in three easy steps:

  • Fill your spray bottle with vinegar
  • Add a teaspoon of dish soap
  • Fire at will at those pesky weeds

To make sure your homemade weed killer is effective, spray the weeds when they’re dry and when it’s sunny outside.

Contact us for all your patio stone needs

Whether you want to install brand new interlocking stones, are looking for pattern ideas or just have questions, we’ve got the products and advice you need.

There are plenty of ways you can start with Van Beek’s:

Contact us to learn more about our triple mix soil

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

Good vs. bad 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.

Get your FREE eBook

 

 

That’s why you should download your FREE copy of How to Identify & Avoid Poor Topsoil, courtesy of Van Beek’s Garden Supplies.

 

 

 

What you’ll learn inside

Organized like an easy-to-follow checklist, How to Identify & Avoid Poor Topsoil lists five crucial elements which make up the best triple mix soil for your garden:

  1. Colour
  2. Levels of organic matter
  3. Scent
  4. Texture
  5. Debris proportion

The importance of each of these factors is carefully explained, along with tips and hints you should look for when choosing topsoil.

How to Identify & Avoid Poor Topsoil is the must-have, take-along resource you need each and every time you arrange for topsoil delivery right to your front door.

Take a sneak peek inside

Easy to read and stylishly designed, How to Identify & Avoid Poor Topsoil helps clear up any misconception that “topsoil is just dirt.”

Here’s a snippet of what you’ll find inside:

Topsoil eBook sneak peek

To see everything, all you have to do is download your FREE copy of How to Identify & Avoid Poor Topsoil right now.

Van Beek's Triple MixWhy high-quality topsoil is important

Premium triple mix soil is full of crucial vitamins, minerals and nutrients your plants, grass seed or flowers needs to grow.

If the soil product is lacking in any of these items, your garden won’t grow as strongly or as beautifully as it should.

And if the soil is really bad, your landscaping may not grow at all.

From calculating the right amount of soil you need to spreading it down properly, topsoil is perhaps the most essential element of your garden.

That’s why we put together How to Identify & Avoid Poor Topsoil; to ensure you get the best topsoil for your home right off the bat.

Get your FREE copy nowHow to get your FREE copy of How to Identify & Avoid Poor Topsoil

We’re not going to make you jump through hoops to get your FREE copy of this guide.

In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

We’ve made it incredibly easy for you to receive How to Identify & Avoid Poor Topsoil:

  1. Visit our special download page
  2. Fill in the form (you can do it in less than 10 seconds)
  3. Hit the “DOWNLOAD GUIDE NOW” button on the page
  4. Check your email for your FREE copy

That’s all there is to it.

Why choose Van Beek’s famous triple mix soil

Now that June is here, it’s the perfect time to spread fresh topsoil all over your gardens and tree beds (if you haven’t already).

And for over 50 years, our premium triple mix soil blend has beautified homes all over Oakville and Mississauga with: 

  • Naturally sterilized, weed-free composition
  • Organic testing for fertility and moisture content
  • Nutritional balance
  • Proper structure to promote root growth

Rich, dark and strong, our triple mix soil bags are the perfect starting point for this summer’s outdoor projects.

Need topsoil? We’ve got you (and your landscaping) covered

Downloaded your FREE topsoil guide?

Calculated how much you need for your garden?

You next step is to arrange soil delivery from Van Beek’s.

To start, you can:

Order your topsoil

Topsoil Tasks to Tackle this Long Weekend

Victoria Day

Have a great Victoria Day 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.

Job 1: Download your FREE copy of How to Identify & Avoid Poor Topsoil

At first glance, all topsoil may look and feel the same.

But when you download your FREE copy of How to Identify & Avoid Poor Topsoil, you’ll know what separates good soil delivery (like the kind you’ll get from Van Beek’s) versus low quality, poor-performing topsoil.

Other things you’ll learn inside this FREE guide include:

  • 5 factors to consider when buying topsoil
  • How good topsoil can help your garden grow
  • How bad topsoil can negatively impact your landscaping
  • Easy-to-perform tests you can do anytime on your soil

Before the long weekend gets here, make sure you grab your FREE copy of How to Identify & Avoid Poor Topsoil and keep it with you when you arrange topsoil delivery.

Job 2: Calculate how much soil you need

When it comes to bulk soil delivery or soil bags for your garden, you don’t want to buy too much or not enough.

An easy and smart way to get an accurate estimate on how much soil you need for your lawn or garden is to use a FREE soil calculator.

It’s easy. Just grab a tape measure and enter the length and width of the garden bed or area you want to fill.

Then, decide how deep/thick you want the topsoil to be.

Once you have all those numbers, enter them in the landscape material calculator and you’ll have a clearer picture on the amount of topsoil you’ll need.

Job 3: Find a good place to store your soil

Before you arrange for topsoil delivery (we’ll get to that later), you should find a good place to store any extra soil you won’t be using this long weekend.

You could leave it out in the open, but it’s not generally recommended due to three factors:

  • Sun: If topsoil gets too hot, the sun will dry it out completely
  • Rain: Too much rain will wash away your soil supply
  • Wind: Those windy spring days can blow some of your topsoil away

If you have an enclosed shed, it’ll be a perfect place to keep your topsoil nice and dry.

Plus, storing your soil indoors will keep it clean and free of pollutants like dust or weeds.

Just make sure your shed doesn’t have any leaks in the roof and that the landscaping topsoil is placed on high, level ground.

Book topsoil delivery

Get soil bags delivered to you

Job 4: Book your topsoil delivery

You know what to look for when selecting a good quality topsoil mix.

You’ve figured out how much you’ll need.

You’ve got a dry, clean and safe place to store it.

The next job you’ll need to take care of is to arrange to have Van Beek’s deliver soil right to your home.

How it gets there is completely up to you. Choose from:

  • Soil bags: Highly convenient, soil bags make it easy to store, move and access your supply
  • Bulk delivery: Your order is dumped on your driveway; perfect for front garden use and easy shoveling

In case you’re wondering; we’ll make sure your topsoil order gets delivered in time for the Victoria Day long weekend, no matter where you live in Oakville, Mississauga or surrounding areas.

Topdressing

Top dress with fresh soil

Job 5: Topdressing the garden

In the winter and first part of spring, your garden topsoil has been exposed to a variety of temperature changes and natural elements (snow, wind, rain, cold, etc.).

So right now, it might look a bit dull and old.

With your newly fresh supply of topsoil, you can instantly revitalize the look and feel of your garden.

At the same time, you’ll give any plants, flowers and annuals you want to plant a fresh source of food.

You aren’t looking to overfill your garden beds. Rather, you want to smooth out and level the soil surface.

Topdressing the garden also helps with:

  • Thatch: Dried up stems pile up on the soil surface not only look bad but they also prevent water from reaching plant roots
  • Root development: It’s much easier for roots to take hold in fresh, nutrient-rich soil than it is in dry, nutrient-poor conditions

Let us help you with all your soil needs this Victoria Day weekend

If you already know:

  • How much topsoil you’ll need
  • How you want it delivered
  • What/how you’ll use it

Contact us for a FREE quote or to book your topsoil product delivery.

If you have questions about:

  • The topsoil we carry
  • How topsoil should be used in your garden
  • The composition of our triple mix soil

Ask us any questions you have or download your copy of How to Identify & Avoid Poor Topsoil.

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

The great debate

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.

Longevity

  • 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

Natural mulch is better for soil health

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.

Lasting colour

  • 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.
Black Rubber Mulch

Rubber mulch keeps pests away

Pest prevention

  • 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.

Versatility in usage

  • 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.
Types of mulch

We have all the mulch you need

Whatever mulch you want, we’ve got

From brown rubber mulch to hemlock mulch – and everything in between – you’ll find the right mulch for your landscaping needs.

If you know what kind of mulch you want, contact us for a FREE quote.

If you want more information on our mulch products, simply ask any questions you have. We’ll get back to you ASAP with the answers you need.

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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.

Trillium

Beautiful white trillium flower

Trilliums

The official flower of the province of Ontario (where Van Beek’s Garden Supplies is proudly located), the trillium is easily identified by its three common elements:

  • Three leaves.
  • Three sepals.
  • Three petals.

(Perhaps that’s why the trillium is also known as the “trinity flower.”

Trilliums come in a variety of colours. Of course, in Ontario, we’re accustomed to seeing the white trillium (but they do come in pink, red and purple too).

Relatively easy to grow, it isn’t uncommon for a trillium plant to live for up to 25 years.

How Van Beek’s can help with your Trilliums

Trilliums love and thrive in nutrient-rich soil. Our patented triple mix soil formula has balanced pH levels and allows for proper drainage; an absolute necessary when planting trillium bulbs.

Purple petunia

Vibrant purple petunia

Petunias

An annual plant (meaning their entire life cycle – from seed to flower – lasts just one season), petunias are colourful and delicate.

They can also be quite tall, too.

In the right environment, surrounded by rich topsoil for sale and mulch, petunias can grow up to 15” in height.

Here are some other petunia planting tips:

  • They like full sun. Try not to plant your petunias in shady areas.
  • Loose soil is best. Rich soil that drains well is ideal to help them grow and thrive.

Lastly, you may want to add some fertilizer products when first planting them. Afterwards, you can continue to use fertilizers once a month.

How Van Beek’s can help with your Petunias

Organic mulch from Van Beek’s helps prevent weed growth. Weeds can take nourishment and water away from petunias. Wood chips are especially effective at reducing evaporation.

Sunflower wearing glasses

A tall, rich and golden sunflower.

Sunflowers

Nothing says spring (or summer, for that matter), like sunflowers.

Before you start planting them, though, you’ll want to check the temperature outside.

Sunflowers grow best at a minimum temperature of 18⁰C, so you may want to wait for it to heat up before planting your sunflower seeds.

Of course, you can also start planting sunflowers indoors and then transport them to your garden.

But keep in mind that sunflowers are sensitive. So make certain the temperature is warm enough for them to survive before you move them outdoors.

How Van Beek’s can help with your Sunflowers

Since sunflowers like heavy mulch, bagged mulch delivery will provide more than enough material. In hot weather, soil can dry out quickly. A thick layer of mulch keeps soil moist (and looks good too).

Azaleas

Lovely pink azaleas.

Azaleas

Found in gardens throughout Oakville, Mississauga and throughout Canada, azaleas are popular for a variety of reasons:

  • Unique, glossy leafage which appears to have a shine to it.
  • Large clusters of funnel-shaped blooms.

Perfect if you’ll have potted plants in your outdoor landscaping, azaleas are relatively easy to plant (with around a 6 week blooming period):

  • They only need to be fed plant food once a month.
  • The soil must be kept moist throughout growth and bloom season.
  • Rich, black garden soil will provide all the nutrients they need.

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.

chrysanthemums

A beautiful bouquet of chrysanthemums.

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.

We have:

  • A wide selection of products for you to choose from
  • Knowledgeable experts ready to answer your questions
  • Delivery available if you need it

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