Silver and Gold Magazine Spring 2015 - Page 11

cedar springssilvergoldad_Layout 1 2015-02-19 1:40 PM Page 1 “Do something every day that you don’t want to do; this is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.” SENIOR RATES STARTING AT $20.50 BI-WEEKLY – Mark Twain and debris that have accumulated against the foundation. This will help keep ants and insects away from your home. Prune any plants that are touching or rubbing against your foundation – over time they will grow into the mortar on the brick siding if not pruned. Once the leaves and debris are removed, continue to rake under shrubs and hedges by cleaning out dead leaves and branches, followed by raking out the thatch out of the lawn (Thatch is referred to as the dead grass and clippings from the previous year). Next, focus on digging new edging for your garden beds. Spring is the easiest time to do this because the ground is much softer than during warmer summer months. If you are unsure of how to dig a smooth edge, lay a garden hose in the shape that you’d like to follow and then dig the edge 4 to 8 inches deep by following the shape you designed with the hose. The edge will help retain water for the garden plants. Fertilizer is “food” – Just as our body needs fuel for energy, all plants and lawns need nutrition at certain times of year. The lawn needs to breathe, so every two years aerate it in order to help it “breathe” and allow water to penetrate right down to the roots. 905-632-4800 GELDERLANDS INC. Landscape Design <-> Property Maintenance The best times for pruning are during the months of January, June and July. Remember to always prune the 3 D’s: Dead, Damaged and Diseased branches. Soil should also be added to any tree roots that have grown up above the lawn’s surface. Additionally and after your gardens are fully prepared for the coming warm weather, add a good nutrient such as mulch, which should be 3 to 4 inches thick. Does it sound like a lot of work? It may seem overwhelming at first but if you are organized and are able to tackle one task at a time, you will soon reap the rewards of a beautiful garden. If it does become too much, help is always available just don’t be afraid to ask for it! • Landscape Our team of professionals Problem Solvers can help with... Property clean up Landscape repairs 905-637-1509 (Seniors Discount) Garden & patio design DT Burlington Mulch, pebble & soils Brandon Gelderman is a landscape designer for Gelderlands Inc., Burlington. 905-637-1509 Enhancement & restoration “Brandon you continue to amaze us with your outstanding customer service” – Don Crossley “You do a fantastic job, it looks very professional, and you go beyond the call of duty” – Steve Sibley Spring 2015 11