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New Trend Raised Garden Beds

il y a 4 mois

Written by: John Tamasovics, Owner of CGM Lawn Care and Landscaping

Many of you may have heard of this new raised garden bed trend that only really gained popularity back in the summer of 2016. In summary, raised garden beds are above-ground, wood-bordered gardens in the shape of a box. These gardens are great for individuals living in dense urban centres with little greenery, or simply looking to add a contemporary touch to an outdoor landscape.

Needless to say, after reading the benefits of raised garden beds, you may be convinced to adopt this trend in your home this season.

Benefit #1: Plants are Easier to Organize

One benefit of having raised garden beds involves organization. Many garden growers with raised garden beds like to group their plants with vegetation that require similar watering techniques and exposure to sunlight. This enables the plants to thrive together and not be overwatered.

Many people also plant their vegetables or herbs in raised garden beds based on timing for when the vegetables will be ready to pick. Regardless of the way you choose to create your raised garden beds, they are certainly a great tool to use to get organized!

Benefit #2: Borders Keep Out Pests

Due to the boxed-in wooden borders of these gardens, and the fact that they are above ground, it is easier to keep out pesky pests from damaging your plants or vegetables. In addition, many gardens are made with a semi-permeable cloth underneath which allows for adequate water drainage during storms while preventing the soil from washing away.

Benefit #3: No More Back Pain!

Due to the fact that raised garden beds usually sit about two to three feet in height above the ground, you can still enjoy the leisure of gardening without having to strain your back by continuously bending over to weed, water, and tend to your plants.

With all of these benefits in mind, you may be wondering “what are the best plants to grow in these raised garden beds?” The answer is rooted vegetables such as carrots, beets, onions, and potatoes as well as herbs like basil, rosemary, parsley, chives, sage, and oregano. Be prepared however for quick growth! From experience, these herbs tend to grow quickly and in abundance when cared for so make sure to make use of them, or share with your neighbours!

If you are interested in building your own raised garden bed, the Internet and YouTube are great resources to use. You can also purchase raised garden beds at your local Home Depot or Lowe’s. Check out their online store for a full selection of their product offerings.

With that said we at CGM Lawn Care & Landscaping wish you the best of luck in planting this spring. Happy gardening!

Tips for Winterizing Your Home

il y a 9 mois

Written by: John Tamasovics, Owner of CGM Lawn Care and Landscaping

It is that time of year again! Check out the tips below for how to properly winterize your home. If you haven’t done so already, it may be worth your while to follow some of these guidelines to save you money and keep your home in tip-top shape through this harsh season.

Tip #1: Winterize Pipes and Sprinklers

This step is a critical one for those of you who migrate south for the winter, or if you own a pool house that will not be in use for the season. Winterizing your pipes and sprinklers will prevent pipes from freezing over, breaking, and leaking-all things that come at a great cost if they were to occur!

Prior to the climax of winter and the particularly cold temperatures, call your local plumber to take care of this task for you. They will turn off your water, clear the drains, and apply an anti-freeze solution to the piping. Put your mind at ease this winter!

Tip #2: Salt Your Driveway!!!

When you know a snow storm is approaching, it is a good idea to lay down salt pellets on your driveway, stairs, sidewalks, and patios prior to the snowfall. This will prevent ice from forming. Alternatively, you can shovel the snow immediately after a snowfall before it freezes over. If you need help with these tasks, feel free to give us a call at (519-990-7934). We can take care of all of your residential snow ploughing and salting needs!

Tip #3: Protect Your Plants

This step is best to do BEFORE the winter season. We touched briefly on this element in the fall blog post regarding protecting your plants with natural mulch made of leaves. Three things can be done to ensure your plants are protected:

Lay down mulch, ground up leaves, or bark to protect the roots and base of the plants.

Cover your plants and delicate trees with tarp or burlap. This will protect them from dying from the harsh winter winds. These materials can be purchased at most hardware stores or garden centres.

Give your plants lots of water before the winter season begins.

All in all, the winter season is not all doom and gloom. You can ensure that your landscaping and home will endure throughout this season. One final message: Get out there and enjoy the snow with your family! The following site is a great resource for families looking to enjoy the great outdoors throughout the winter season: http://www.parents.com/fun/activities/outdoor/snow-activities-kids/

Lastly, we wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season!

Leaves... Good or Bad

2017-10-12

Written by: John Tamasovics, Owner of CGM Lawn Care and Landscaping

There is a quote from Albert Camus: “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” I know many of you may not agree with this quote and take the first opportunity possible to pile those leaves up and dispose of them. If you are a reduce, reuse, and recycle type of person, and like to take care of spring and fall cleanups on your own, then you may be surprised to learn that these leaves can actually be reused to benefit your landscaping beds over the winter season.

Reusing Leaves:

One way to reuse leaves consists of shredding a good quantity of the fallen leaves from your yard and using them as natural mulch. Natural mulch has a similar functionality of regular mulch in that it provides a protective layer to the soil surrounding your plants. This enables moisture to be locked into the soil and provides a protective layer to the base of your plants as the harsh, cold winter progresses.

How to Shred Leaves:

For those of you who do not have a leaf shredder, there are a few ways that leaves can be shredded. One of these ways is to simply run your lawn mower over the fallen leaves one to two times and raking up the remaining shreds. Another way is to use a handheld leaf vacuum set to shredding capacity.

Word of Caution:

The key to reusing leaves is to provide a thin layer of protection to the soil. Having too thick of a layer of leaves can prevent moisture and air from reaching the roots of the plants. The moisture that is trapped under the thick layer of leaves can create unwanted fungus and rot. Excess leaves can therefore be either composted, or disposed of.

Reusing leaves is not for everyone. Keep in mind that there will still be cleanup necessary for the spring which requires refreshment of new, regular mulch to your landscaping beds. Regardless of the method you hope to use this fall, it is always helpful to know someone experienced in garden and lawn maintenance to help you prepare for the winter. Feel free to give us a call at 519-990-7934 to take care of your leaf clean-up and disposal for this fall. We save you time so you can get back to the things you really want to do!

Landscaping Do's and Don'ts

2017-07-07

Written by: John Tamasovics, Owner of CGM Lawn Care and Landscaping

Landscaping can be a tough project to tackle no matter the size and shape of your yard. Figuring out the right design, choosing the rights plants, and their placement can be a hassle.

If you are thinking of tackling a landscaping DIY project this year, here are a few do’s and don’ts to keep in mind when getting started.

DO’S:

  • Plan: whether it is a rough sketch or a professional design, you will want to plan exactly which plants you will use and where you will place them. The last thing you want to do is start planting and realize you positioned them wrong and have to re-plant them again. Transplanting a plant incorrectly can inhibit its ability to remain healthy and grow.
  • Keep in mind that plants grow: placing plants close together to fill in your garden may seem like a good idea, but when taking into account the fact that the average plant reaches growth maturity within ten years, your landscape beds may begin to look overgrown and lack a clean look.
  • Keep in mind climate: choosing plants that thrive in your local area, will not only be beneficial for the health of your landscape, but will also produce a cost-savings. A few appealing plants that can be purchased locally and thrive in the Windsor-Essex area include boxwoods, hostas, Morning Light Miscanthus grasses, rose bushes, and on the pricier side, Japanese Maples.
  • Protect the ground: laying down mulch or dark stone can create an appealing look to your yard, while will also protect your plants from harsh weather and weeds.
  • Think LOW MAINTENANCE: many of my clients that have chosen to do their own landscaping didn’t realize that although elaborate landscapes are truly breathtaking, there is also a lot of work that goes into maintaining them. Think about the weeding, trimming, mulching, watering, and other tasks that go into maintaining a yard. Have no fear if you took on a high maintenance project. At CGM Lawn Care and Landscaping, we will be happy to help you care for your yard!

DON’TS:

  • Plant trees or shrubs too close to walkways: a good tip when planting is to install plants 1 ½ to 2 feet away from walkways so as not to impede on their functionality. Boxwoods are a great plant to use to border garden beds as they only require trimming every month or so and will not obstruct pathways.
  • Be vine-obsessed: although vines add a beautiful touch to the home, be prepared to prune them on an annual-basis. It is never a good idea to let the vines overpower or climb the side of your house (especially if your house is made of brick and mortar). Vines can climb out of control and cover windows and gutters, and be a home to unwanted pests.
  • Plant trees too close to one another: a good tip when planting trees is to plant smaller ones at least twenty feet apart and large trees about fifty feet apart.
  • Let the lawn take precedence: recall that even lawns require frequent watering and maintenance which can be a challenge if you do not have an automatic sprinkler system installed. Incorporating garden beds throughout your yard-especially in the front of your home-will add attractive curb appeal.

Keep in mind that landscaping is an art form. It takes time to create the perfect design and install. If you are weary about installing landscaping on your own, we provide quality landscape design and build services at a competitive price. In addition, we have an experienced landscape designer who has been in the industry for over twenty years. We are here to save you time so you can get back to the things you really want to do!

Top 3 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Lawn Care Expert

2017-05-07

Written by: John Tamasovics, Owner of CGM Lawn Care & Landscaping

It is never not a good time in the year to think about your yard. The spring season is in full swing and with the summer quickly approaching, we will soon be bombarded with even more “to-do’s” on our to-do lists. With this in mind, if you are debating on hiring a lawn care expert to oversee the care and maintenance of your yard this year, or maybe you are simply looking to freshen up your garden beds, look no further than this article, as we explore reasons why YOU should hire a lawn care professional this season.

Reason #1: Save You Time

Many people do not realize how time consuming lawn care actually is. First, it begins with you attempting to research the best equipment, care, and techniques. Secondly, the time you take going to the store to find and buy the suggested equipment, fertilizers, and tools needed to get your lawn to look as perfect as the ones you see in the Youtube tutorials. And finally, the time you actually invest on a weekly-basis in cutting, trimming, and weeding your lawn. Lawn care is a commitment. According to the Chicago Tribune, the average American spends about 70 hours each year on lawn care and garden maintenance. For those of you who work 30-40 hours a week, this is a huge time-sucker out of your summer. One thing we like to do at CGM Lawn Care & Landscaping, is save our customers time so that they can get back to the things that really matter. It takes virtually minutes to simply call our company for a quote-we take care of the rest!

Reason #2: Make Your Neighbors Jealous

For many, lawn care is a trial and error process in getting the grass to look perfectly green, prim, and proper. Often times, environmental conditions, climate, and the quality of soil are key factors that impact how your grass grows and looks throughout the season. Luckily, when you hire a lawn care company to care for your yard, you are guaranteed to have professionals with the proper tools and equipment, knowledge, and expertise managing your property. Some recent new services that our company has to offer include fertilizing and aerating. The best part is it is effortless and stress-free on your end! The grass really will be greener on the other side (from your neighbor’s perspective of course).

Reason #3: Save Money

Did you know that a regular John Deere riding lawn mower can cost anywhere between $1960 and $3500 Canadian?! Or, that a high-quality piece of aerator equipment can cost upwards of $3000?! These costs do not even account for the additional costs spent on having to repair and maintain this equipment. Most repair service providers charge an average of $65-$80 per hour! And we all know the saying “time is money.” The great thing about hiring a lawn care expert is that it truly is a cost-effective investment, as we subsidize our overhead costs across the number of properties that we do. This means, that we use the high-quality performance grade equipment on your lawn for an extremely miniscule fraction of their cost. The best part is that you do not have to invest your own money into purchasing and maintaining this equipment. Saving an upwards of several thousands of dollars sounds like a deal to me!

Overall, think about the time, money, and effort that you will save by simply allowing a lawn care expert to manage your property for the season. Lawn care season has begun. I encourage individuals who are considering this alternative to give us a call at 519-990-7934 for a free quote. At CGM Lawncare & Landscaping, we care about your time. We want you to get back to the things you really want to do.

Meet the Owner of CGM Lawn Care & Landscaping

2017-05-07

John Tamasovics: Owner and Operator of CGM Lawn Care & Landscaping

John Tamasovics is a young and aspiring lawn care, landscaping, and business professional. One thing John is known by many for is his impeccable work ethic. Always a hard worker, from a young age, John worked diligently with his Nonno in running a small family business managing approximately ten properties over the course of each summer for four years. During this time, John learned the basics of how to manage and maintain lawn care properties, and how to effectively operate state-of-the-art industry equipment. In June of 2015, while John was undergoing his Business Administration Degree at the University of Windsor, he established CGM Lawn Care & Landscaping. In just a two-season period, John has grown his business to provide a variety of services including lawn care, core aeration, sod installation, landscaping design and construction, fertilization, yard cleanup, and planting. In addition, CGM Lawn Care & Landscaping also makes use of performance grade snow removal and salting equipment for residential properties each winter. The business has, and continues to grow quite rapidly.

In terms of John’s long-term goals and dreams, John hopes to grow the business and invest in real estate. Overall, John loves providing his service to his current clients, and looks forward to building relationships with new ones. His passion for customer care, and saving individuals and families time during the year, is exhibited in each new project John takes on with CGM Lawn Care & Landscaping.