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DIY Ground Prep for Sod Installation from Van Beek’s

With these tips for ground prep for sod installation you can install your sod yourself, like a pro.

DIY Ground Prep for Sod Installation

How to Prepare Your Ground to Install Sod Like A Pro

When it comes to ground prep for sod installation, there are several factors to consider before starting your new sod installation project. Whether you are looking to repair patches in your lawn or hope to replace a whole area, these tips will leave you satisfied with your ability to create a lush green lawn that will thrive throughout the year.

Repairing Small Areas

For new grass to root ensure that it is laid over rich soil where the roots can pick up the nutrients needed to develop and grow. As mentioned previously, an additional layer of topsoil under your new sod will ensure that your lawn will root correctly for proper growth.

Keep in mind that applying a layer of topsoil and new sod directly over an existing lawn may look unlevel and can affect lawn health if water does not properly drain into the soil. To prevent this problem, you may wish to dig up the existing patch by hand or with a rototiller depending on the size of the area.

Replacing a Whole Lawn

Digging up the old grass with a rototiller will provide a fresh start on which you can grow your dream lawn. After tilling the lawn, be sure to grade with a rake to ensure that the lawn is level so that the water will drain correctly. As mentioned previously, an additional layer of nutrient-rich topdressing soil over the new base will ensure that your lawn will root correctly for proper growth.

After the application, running over the lawn with a roller will remove any air pockets that could affect the rooting process. Whether a small or large project, it is important to continue watering the newly installed lawn to help the roots grow into the soil.

You now know what it takes to install your own sod, but there are some more practical questions to consider before starting the job.

Frequently Asked Questions About Sod Installation

How long does it take to lay sod?

While the specific amount of time to lay sod depends on the size of the area, it should not take longer than a day. After tilling and grading the ground, it is a simple process to lay out the sod over the prepared ground.

When is a good time to lay sod?

You should be aware that it is most effective to lay sod during cooler seasons of the year, particularly on cloudy days. An ideal target range is between 12 and 18 degree Celsius when there is no risk of frost, but when the sun will not stress the new lawn.[1]

When should I start mowing my new lawn?

In general, you will want to wait a few weeks after installing sod before cutting it with a lawnmower. The lawn should be fully rooted into the soil before driving over it.

To find the soil and sod products that will help you create your dream lawn, contact the experts at Van Beek’s Landscaping Supplies.


[1] HomeGuides At What Temperatures Can You Lay Sod? Accessed March 2019. Available online:

How Early Can You Plant Grass Seed?

planting grass seed

If you’re looking to get ahead on planting grass seed, keep in mind that you still need the help of Mother Nature. So, what conditions and temperature does grass seed germinate in? For your grass seed to thrive, it requires the right amount of warmth and moisture. This is why it’s typically recommended to seed in the fall.

If you are seeding in the spring, know that it will take slightly longer for the seeds to germinate. Ideally you need two weeks of continuous daily temperatures that sit between 15 and 20 degrees Celsius. This should allow the soil to reach a temperature of 10 to 18 degrees Celsius.

When’s the Best Time to Plant Grass Seed?

The best time to plant grass seed really depends on what part of Canada you live in and environmental conditions. Pick up a metal thermometer and insert it into the ground approximately 7-10 centimeters. Do this for a few days for consistency and ensure no cold spells are on the way.

If planting indoors, you still need to use high quality soil that is the proper temperature as well. Leave the bags of soil somewhere in the house so they can warm up to the temperature that they need to be before planting anything.

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Different Grass Seeds for Various Weather

Depending on the temperature, different grasses work better in various environments, and you’ll need to follow specific rules to better their chances of survival.

The best grass seed for hot weather is Tall Fescues. This type of grass loves the sun, is drought-tolerant and has strong root systems. The best warm weather grass seed is Annual Ryegrass, also known as ‘nurse grass’, due to its ability to hold back weeds until other grasses can grow. It also germinates quickly.

If you’re looking for the best cold weather grass seed, you should try Canada Blue Grass, as it grows very well in cooler temperatures. It’s also low-maintenance, grows in poor soil and doesn’t mind partial sunlight. For all weather grass seed, consider Bermuda, as it’s wear-resistant and drought-tolerant.

To get more information about the conditions and temperature grass seed germinates, contact the grass seed experts at Van Beek’s Landscape Supply.

Why is Landscape Budget Planning Important?


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.

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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.

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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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Grass Seed: What You Need To Know

If you want to plant a brand new lawn or you’re looking to fix dry patches, grass seed is a great way to improve the quality and growth of your lawn. Whether you’re an amateur gardener or an experienced lawn care specialist, grass seed is your companion when it comes to growing a lawn that is robust, healthy and beautiful.

What is Grass Seed?

Though the exact number isn’t known, it’s estimated that there are thousands of different species of grass, each with its own diverse characteristics and growth cycle.

Grass seed comes from stems of grass that have not been mowed and are allowed to grow tall. The seed heads, known as ‘inflorescences’ emerge and stick out to allow for pollination and then recede into dormancy. As the seed hardens or matures, they are then ready to be collected.

Signs You Need Grass Seed

If you’re creating a whole new lawn, grass seed is a much more affordable option than laying down turf. If your lawn is ragged or has dead spots, it’s definitely time to add some grass seed. The process of adding grass seed to an existing lawn is called ‘overseeding’.

How Does Overseeding Work?

After grass seed is applied to the soil, it needs to go through germination. This is a process where the seeds retain enough water to start sprouting blades of grass. There are multiple factors that can help or hinder the germination process. Some of these factors include:

  1. Soil temperature – For spring grass to thrive, the soil should be around 12°C.
  2. Seed shell thickness – Germination all depends on the outer shell of the seed, and when it’s ready to start the germination process.
  3. Moisture level – The amount of moisture has to be just right. Too little or too much can harm the seed and impede its ability to grow.
  4. Oxygen content – If the soil around the seed is too water-filled, the seed will be unable to obtain oxygen from the soil, which it needs to grow.
  5. Light source – The seed cannot be buried too far into the soil or it won’t be able to catch the sun’s UV rays. Without enough sun, the seed won’t be able to support the photosynthesis process.

When is The Best Time for Seeding?

The best time to plant grass seed in Ontario is between mid-August and mid-September. The mix of warm and cool temperatures encourage germination and root establishment. It will also have less competition from weeds trying to take its nutrients. You want to make sure the grass is well established before the chilly days of autumn and morning frost appear.

If you’re looking for a supplier that has a variety of types of fresh grass seed, look no further than Van Beek’s Landscape Supply in Oakville or Mississauga. Contact us today to grow your new lawn or replenish your existing one before the winter hits. We have a variety of high-quality grass seed products and our expert team are always ready to answer any questions you may have!

retaining walls backyard

Retaining Walls: How Do Know If You Need One?

A well-constructed retaining wall can offer functionality and beauty. They are everywhere, you may not even notice them, but they’re an excellent way to solve a landscaping problem while still keeping your property looking its best. The question is: do you need one? Let’s take a deeper look at retaining walls and what you need to consider before deciding whether it’s time to put one up on your property.

The Purpose of a Retaining Wall

Before you decide, you need to know what a retaining wall does. They have many different types of applications, such as:

Combat Soil Erosion

If you have a hill on your property, erosion will most likely be a concern for you at some point in the future. With help from water and gravity, a hill will start to erode over time. Installing a retaining wall can prevent some of that erosion by cutting down the angle of a slope and holding the soil back.

Add Useable Space

Again, if you have a hill on your property, a retaining wall can be installed to create a flat, usable area on the hill. They can also be used to build terraces and gardens.

Prevent or Reduce Flooding

If you live near water or possible flooding areas, retaining walls can slow down the flow of heavy rainfalls. You can also use them to help control where the flow of rainwater goes on your property.

Signs You Need a Retaining Wall

  1. Location of your home

If your home is at the bottom of a hill or at the bottom of a steep incline you should definitely consider installing a retaining wall, especially if there is a very tall or steep incline.

  1. Your foundation is at risk

If you even suspect that the erosion of a hill around your home could impact the foundation of your home, a retaining wall should be installed. Erosion on a slope can compact an uphill foundation.

  1. Peace of mind

There are many things that can happen to the land around your home. A retaining wall can prevent any sort of mudslide or ground shake that could affect your home. They can offer you and your family stability and peace of mind when it comes to your property.

What Type of Retaining Wall Should You Install?

You have a few options when looking at retaining walls:

Timber walls – This is your least expensive option. However, they also won’t lost as long due to the moisture from the soil wearing down the timber.

Poured concrete or interlocking blocks – This style of retaining wall will cost you slightly more. It offers some durability and strength,  but very little visual appeal.

Natural stone – The most visually attractive option, the variety of colours and contours will add a ton of style and character to any landscape. It also offers long term durability.

If you’ve decided that your home needs a retaining wall, look no further than Van Beek’s. We have the great high-quality products to help you create a visually appealing and functional retaining wall. Contact us or call for a FREE estimate!

interlocking pavers patio backyard

Why You Should Choose Interlocking Pavers for Your Home

If you’re considering replacing a driveway or patio this summer, consider choosing interlocking concrete pavers. Interlocking concrete pavers are a multi-diverse product produced in a variety of colours and styles to work with the existing architectural design of any home. Interlocking pavers offer many benefits to homeowners. Here are a few of the top reasons to choose interlocking pavers for your home this summer:

Durability and Strength

When installed correctly, your interlocking pavers will look beautiful for a long time. They will generally last longer than poured concrete and asphalt. All it takes is proper maintenance and quick repairs (when needed), and your interlocking pavers will hold their strength and appearance for many years.

Easy to Maintain

Like anything, with proper maintenance, you can have your interlocking pavers looking strong and beautiful for years to come. Here are some tips on how you can keep your interlocking pavers in optimal condition:

  • If you don’t already have one, get yourself a power washer. You’ll need it to remove any stains or spills that occur on your interlocking pavers.
  • Don’t forget to get any fragments of debris that may be stuck between the stones. This will allow more space for polymeric sand to sit, which provides stability for the pavers.
  • Speaking of polymeric sand, make sure to keep a bag on hand to fill in any gaps in your pavers, that may appear over time.

Enhance Your Home’s Appearance

Interlocking pavers offer more of a distinguished look to your home than asphalt or poured concrete can. A huge benefit of pavers is they can be personalized to suit your home through complementary colours, such as beige, coral, or a diverse blend of darker colours. Pavers can also suit any home’s style, due to the different designs you can choose from and make with them. Intricate designs can be made in the middle of a driveway or patio to add extra charm.

The Price is Right

Interlocking pavers are extremely affordable when you look at what they add to the appearance of your home, and how long they last. It’s a much more affordable option than natural stone, and pavers are also cost-efficient when compared to other, less durable options.

Add Curb Appeal and Resale Value

The most important thing is that you find your home beautiful, but it doesn’t hurt for others to find it stunning as well. Interlocking pavers are visually pleasing and add an extra element of beauty to any home. Pavers add resale value for when and if you decide to sell. A potential buyer will see the pavers and know if they buy your home, they will not have to deal with the hassle of installing a new driveway, or patio. For buyers looking for a move-in ready property, interlocking pavers can be the deciding factor between your home and someone else’s.

Interlocking Pavers for Your Home

If you’ve decided you want to install interlocking pavers, make sure you get the top of the line products from the best supplier. At Van Beek’s Landscape Supply we have a trusted, professional team of experts ready to help you complete your interlocking paver project. Contact us today, so you can begin your outdoor renovation and add a little extra value to your home!

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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.


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:


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 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!