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Get Your Lawn Ready For The Fall

It is sad to accept the reality that summer is coming to an end when we see the leaves change and the temperature starting to drop. While there are months of cozy sweaters and warm drinks to look forward to, there’s one thing you shouldn’t forget: taking care of your fall lawn maintenance. There is a lot to do to get your yard ready for fall, but by following this guide and using our recommended products, you’ll be able to tackle everything on your fall “to do” list.

Don’t Stop Mowing

Just because summer has come to an end doesn’t mean you should stop mowing your lawn. It’s beneficial to continue mowing your lawn as long as possible into the fall months. Autumn is known for seasonal warm weather, when you feel the mowing season is coming to an end, drop your mower blade to the lowest setting for the final cuts. Keeping your grass short maintains optimal conditions for your lawn, so drop the blade gradually over the course of the fall season.

Aerating is Important

The ideal time of the year to aerate your lawn is during the fall. Aerating the grass allows oxygen, water and fertilizer to successfully reach the grass’ roots. Consider renting a powered aeration machine or hiring a professional to do this job for you if you have a very large yard.

Rake Throughout the Season

A key task to complete before winter is raking your leaves. This can be a particularly fun (but also tricky) task if you have kids who enjoy playing in a pile of leaves! Contrary to popular belief, you shouldn’t wait until all of the leaves have fallen before you start raking. While this means that you may have to rake the lawn more than one time, it’s better for the overall health of your grass. Letting wet leaves sit on the grass for an extended period of time will damage your sod and produce an environment of fungal diseases and pests.

Remember to Fertilize

The best time to fertilize your lawn is right before frost appears. Applying fertilizer in the fall helps your grass grow deeper roots, which is critical to ensuring your grass has the essential nutrients it needs to thrive – even in cooler temperatures. In order to fill bare spots, use a high-quality grass seed to help initiate new growth.

Set The Stage for Spring with Seeding

If your lawn was damaged from high heat or lack of irrigation during the summer a bit of lawn maintenance in the fall can provide you with full, healthy grass next spring. Don’t forget – before you start to remove all pesky weeds that may disrupt your lawn.

Contact the team at Van Beek’s for all of your fall lawn maintenance needs and products this season. With decades of experience, we’re well equipped to answer all your landscaping questions!

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5 Ways to Improve Your Lawn & Yard

Are you bored of the way your lawn and yard looks? Luckily, your grass can be greener on the Van Beek’s side! There are many ways to alter your lawn look to meet your personal design vision. Here are five ways to improve your lawn and yard:

Use multiple seeds and grass types

It is important to try different types of grass and seeds because some are more durable, while other types require varying amounts of sunshine and shade.

Add grading to your lawn

Adding different textures and surfaces to your lawn can create a unique look. More importantly, it can create better drainage throughout your property… no one says your lawn has to be flat!

Experiment with new shapes and lines

Add curves around trees, rock gardens, etc. this can make your lawn more visually appealing- don’t be alarmed if you don’t like the lines you create they are easy to change back!

Insert new lighting

Combining different light fixtures for functional or decorative purposes can create more usable space, make your home safer, and allow you to enjoy your grass for longer periods of the day.

Insert built-in pathways

Interlocking steps from your sidewalk to your house is a great way to keep visitors off parts of your lawn and create a charming feel to your property.

Improve Your Lawn & Yard With Van Beek’s Products

Triple Mix Soil

This combination of soil, peat moss, and compost is made to provide your garden with the vital nutrients it needs to thrive and prosper throughout the summer. It makes for the base of your lawn/garden and at Van Beek’s you can count on a constant supply with consistent characteristics: colour, moisture, and texture.

Grass Seed

It’s important to get grass seeds that will thrive quickly with minimum weeds. The seeds should be fresh, shade-tolerant, and free from contaminants. At Van Beek’s, we carry Speare brand products with many varieties of high-quality seed that meet the standards listed above.

Mulch

Add colour to your outdoor landscaping with Van Beek’s large selection of mulch. Mulch is spread after your foundation of soil/triple mix is laid. Spreading mulch comes with many benefits, including reduced weed growth and improving underlying soil health.

Interlocking Stone Pavers

At Van Beek’s, our interlocking stone pavers are industry quality stones that can transform your lawn into a usable outdoor living space. With our versatile, durable, and easy to maintain materials, you can count on us to improve your outdoor space… so you can enjoy the outdoors more!

Upgrading your lawn is only limited by your imagination! Whether you’re looking to spruce up your lawn or improve your outdoor design, our simple tips can help update and modernize your yard. Contact us or call 1-866-778-5824 to speak with a lawn care expert today, we’re here to help you achieve the lawn and yard you’ve always wanted!

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Top 5 Reasons You Should Get Soil Delivery

Garden season is upon us once again! It’s time to get out our gloves, seeds and tools ready, but what about soil? Nobody wants to make multiple trips to the garden centre to lug around heavy bags of soil. Well, that’s where Van Beek’s soil delivery comes into play. Here are five reasons why you should get soil delivery this spring:

Save Time

Having a bulk amount of soil on hand saves you multiple trips to your local landscaping and garden centre. This gives you more time to work on your yard, lawn and gardens.

Save Money

You can save more money when you buy in bulk. Buying multiple bags of soil can be costly, as well as inconvenient. Instead, use Van Beek’s landscape material calculator to figure out exactly how much soil your gardens will need. Having your soil delivered allows you to order as much as you want, which means nothing goes to waste.

High Quality Soil

Not all soil is created equal! If you want a large quantity of great soil, having it delivered from Van Beek’s is the way to go. Our soil is all natural and weed-free, an ideal blend of loam, organic material, and sand that has been composted for over two years for added richness.

Less Strain on Your Body

Having your soil delivered means you can have it placed where you want it, with no need for constant trips to and from your vehicle or garden centre to grab more soil. Take the load off your body and keep your muscles intact. Your back will thank you!

Soil Delivery When You Need It

When you get into landscaping and gardening mode, you don’t want to have to stop because you’ve run out of soil and lose all the motivation and momentum you had. Having bulk soil delivery helps ensure you’ll have the soil you need to finish the job.

Types of Soil We Deliver

  1. Triple mix

At Van Beek’s, we have been using the same formula for over 50 years to give your gardens the vital nutrients they need to flourish. Our triple mix is organically tested for moisture content and fertility. It is also thoroughly screened to ensure that it remains virtually weed-free.

  1. Topsoil

The backbone of a healthy lawn or sod is good topsoil. Van Beek’s Topsoil will offer your gardens nutrients to provide new life, increase resistance to weather and diseases, increase root strength, balance porosity for proper drainage, and improve your landscape’s overall appearance.

  1. Custom mix

No one knows your lawn and garden like you do, so why not work with the specialists at Van Beek’s and create a custom mix? We can help your garden get the nutritional requirements it needs to thrive!

Whether you’re looking to spruce up your personal gardens or you’re a landscaping business looking for a great soil delivery service, look no further than Van Beek’s soil delivery for all of your soil needs. Our delivery services will save you time, money and hassles. Also, make sure to check out all our other incredible products our team has to offer. Contact us or call 1-866-778-5824 for your soil delivery today!

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Garden Tips 101: Topsoil, Triple Mix & Mulch

Spring has sprung, and that means it’s time to get our green thumbs ready for some gardening. Whether you’re a novice or experienced gardener, it’s important to know how to get the best out of your gardens, plants and flowers. Using the right materials for the job is a great way to start. With that in mind, here are some guidelines to better understand the difference between topsoil, triple mix and mulch.

Soil vs. Dirt

Let’s start with some basics. There is a monumental difference between dirt and soil. Dirt is a substance that consists of mud and dust. Not a very fertile material to use on your plants.  Soil, on the other hand, is made up of sand, clay, silt and organic material. This is what enables plants in your garden to grow. It’s a common myth that garden soil is a living compound, but this is simply untrue. Soil can offer nutrients and life to other things, but it alone is not living.

The ideal percentage of components in your soil breaks down like this:

  • Sand – 38%
  • Silt – 38%
  • Clay – 19%
  • Organic – 5%

What’s the Difference Between Topsoil, Triple Mix & Mulch?

Who hasn’t been in a garden store staring blankly at what you think would be best to put on your garden? With so many different products, it can be an intimidating choice. Here is a brief summary and description to better understand what your specific garden needs to flourish:

Topsoil

This is a great place to start when you’re levelling your landscaping, grading your property, filling holes, or preparing a base when laying down new sod. A good topsoil is made from a clay and sand mix that has been thoroughly screened so it doesn’t contain any clumps or added debris. This ensures you’ll have an aligned turf with a durable foundation.

Triple Mix Soil

Triple mix soil generally consists of 1/3 soil, 1/3 peat moss and 1/3 compost. This combination is widely known as meeting most planting needs. Due to the moss and compost, it is more airy than regular topsoil, which is excellent for your plants – as it holds more air and water.

Make sure to always read the ingredients on the side of the package to make sure the amounts will meet your plants’ needs.

Mulch

Mulch is like the icing on a cake. After laying a strong foundation of soil and/or triple mix, you spread mulch on top of the soil and around your trees and plants.

Mulch has numerous benefits, such as:

  • Conserving and improving the health of the underlying soil.
  • Reducing weed growth.
  • Insulating roots.
  • Adding visual appeal.

Mulch comes in a variety of forms. Pebble/rock, straw, grass clippings and landscape fabric work well, but the most common mulch includes wood chips and shredded bark. It’s best to do some research beforehand, so you know what’s best suited for your garden and plants’ needs before deciding on an option.

Order Premium Soil at Van Beek’s

The team at Van Beek’s Garden Supplies are here to help you choose the right soil and mulch for your garden and landscaping. We can answer all your questions when it comes to garden products, design ideas, or landscaping advice. We’ve been helping homeowners and contractors with their gardening needs since 1962. Contact us today to place your order and have soil, mulch and landscaping supplies delivered right to your door!

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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:

Dethatching

After months of piled up snow and frozen soil, your lawn could really use some fresh air. Untouched leaves, thatch, and other debris can suffocate your grass and its roots, prolonging the recovery of your yard. Dethatching is an essential part of any spring landscaping and gardening routine, as it increases airflow and reduces unwanted pests such as grubs and chinch bugs.

Clean out the Garden

Much like dethatching, cleaning out your garden in the spring can make for a healthier yard. Compacted soil, mulch, and other debris make it difficult for plants in your garden to grow. It’s important to clean out your garden every year as part of your spring cleaning.

Add Mulch to Plant Beds & Tree Wells

Once you’ve cleaned up your plant beds, tree wells, and garden, make sure to lay down a generous layer of mulch. Mulch helps lock in moisture and prevents your soil from drying out, providing a nutrient-rich environment for your plants to thrive in. Additionally, mulch can make your garden look more appealing while deterring weeds and surface pests to develop.

Prune & Trim Shrubs

Plants and branches can get out of hand if left untouched for too long. Part of your spring landscaping and gardening routine should involve touching up parts of your garden and plants to ensure everything looks clean and tidy. Take a few hours to scan over your garden and yard, then trim down any areas that look overgrown or messy. This eliminates dead branches and makes room for new plant growth during the spring.

Touch up Landscaping & Hardscaping

Finally, the last step of your spring landscaping and garden routine should involve touching up areas of your property that look a bit out of order. This includes plant beds, lawn edging, patios, and any other landscaping or hardscaping features around your property. Doing so will make your property more appealing and safer for guests.

Spring is an exciting time of year, and it plays a huge role in how your property looks over the coming seasons. Many people neglect their lawn and garden, but a little spring cleaning and maintenance can drastically improve the look and feel of your property.

At Van Beek’s Garden Supplies, we are a trusted supplier and retailer of gardening and landscaping materials in Southern Ontario. We provide expert advice on high quality products and tools you need to bring your property back to life. Contact us or call 1-866-778-5824 for more information on garden and yard maintenance today!