Ottawa Landscaping’s Basics of Spring

For your Ottawa lawn care there is no more important time than right now – Spring.  It is now that you set the foundation for your lawn for the months to come – will your Ottawa lawn be strong and healthy or… meh?  If you want lush green lawns over the summer, it is time to start taking care of your Ottawa landscaping now.

Sounds like a hassle, right?   Well using an Ottawa lawn care company like Zoryk’s can relieve you of that hassle. We can manage and maintain your Ottawa lawn and help you have a beautiful lush green yard all season long. If you don’t want or cannot afford season long Ottawa lawn maintenance there are some ala carte Spring Ottawa landscaping services we can provide:

From simple to complex, Zoryk’s can meet your Ottawa landscaping design needs. We use our knowledge of the Ottawa weather to select the most appropriate  plants, shrubs, etc.

For any Ottawa hardscaping project, engage with Zoryk’s to get your walkways, patio’s, and gardens to a state you will be happy with for years to come.

No one likes to mulch, but landscaping your garden is imperative every year to help your plants thrive and make your yard look nice. We can not only mulch but help with weed removal so you can focus on other things.

Spring Cleaning for Your Ottawa Lawn

Spring clean up is upon us and with that and (of course) your lawn requires its own Ottawa landscaping clean up.

Whether you do this on your own or turn to an awesome provider of Ottawa landscaping services like Zoryk’s, you are going to want to get this handled:

Basic Ottawa Lawn Clean Up
Your Ottawa lawn has survived a rough winter – take some time to clear broken branches and debris from your trees and shrubs. Getting rid of dead areas or branches not only allows your healthy horticulture to grow, but it keeps diseases from spreading that may have cause the dead areas of your Ottawa lawn in the first place.

Plants and Weeds
Prune your trees, plants and shrubs from any damage occurring over the winter. How much should you prune?  Prune until you reach healthy stems. Shrubs need sunlight to thrive, so don’t be afraid to cut back layers to let that sunlight in to penetrate deep into your plants.

Dust Off the Mower
For the first mow of the season make sure it is set to a high setting for the first trim. Really what you want to do at this point of the year is encourage your Ottawa lawn to grow.  This trim will also give you (or us) a head start on revealing dead spots to tackle with other Ottawa landscaping methods.

Water, but Not Too Much 
Once your Ottawa lawn is thawed, keep your soil moist a once-a-week watering accompanied by fertilizer to help boost new growth.

Power Wash
The least fun of all tasks might be pressure washing your Ottawa hardscaping. Winter leaves behind general grime that needs to be cleaned off walkways, patios, etc.

For more Ottawa landscaping tips, give us a call and we’d love to come out and see how we can help.

Welcome to Spring, Start Your Ottawa Lawn Care Now

With the arrival of Spring come thoughts of barbeques, boating, NHL playoffs and of course… Ottawa landscaping.  And nothing is as boring, but also imperative, for your Ottawa lawn care spring as aerating and fertilizing. You can schedule with Zoryk’s for help with this as part of comprehensive Ottawa landscaping services or do it on your own. The one catch is if you are aerating as part of your Ottawa lawn care (which you should), my guess is you do not own an aerator – so either call Zoryk’s to save yourself the hassle or go in with neighbors and rent one for a half day at Home Depot.

Aerating is beneficial to do for your Ottawa landscaping the Fall or Spring – and a must.  You are in luck as aerating in the Spring helps your lawn “green up” faster as it allows water to get to your grass’s roots faster and recover from winter dormancy. It seems counter-intuitive that tearing up your lawn with an aerator makes your lawn greener… so how does aerating actually work to help your Ottawa lawn? Aerating facilitates oxygen, water and nutrients to get to your lawn’s roots. This helps your lawn be more durable and strong through summer drought months.

In case you watch sports… you may have seen a commercial or 100 about feeding your lawn, or fertilizing. Not only does fertilizing your lawn improve the short and long term health of your Ottawa yard, many applications include a pre-emergent to prevent crabgrass.

Zoryk’s would love to be your go-to source for all of your Ottawa landscaping needs, freeing you up to enjoy the fun that Ottawa summers provide.

Show Off Your Ottawa Landscaping and Stay Safe

There’s a part of every Ottawa landscaping project that is for us, and some for them.  What do we mean exactly?  Of course you spend time and money to make your Ottawa landscaping look beautiful for your own benefit. But a big part of Ottawa landscaping is to show off… not in a bad way, but it is your home and your yard – you want your Ottawa landscaping to be impressive.

But when do many people drive by your home to see said impressive Ottawa landscaping?  Night time.  So why not go beyond the basic lighting and install a system that not only shows off your brilliant Ottawa landscaping, but also keeps your family safe.

Zoryk’s can help you choose lighting options like spotlights and flood lights that will both add a security element to your property and illuminate your wonderful Ottawa landscaping.

Make sure you pick the right lighting or get some help as you don’t want your Ottawa landscaping to be riddled with bulky lighting that is easy to trip over or bump into and break.  Recessed lighting is a great solution for Ottawa landscaping as these slick, stylish lights can be inserted into decking and paving to add subtle illumination at night, yet are guaranteed not to get in the way, leaving you and your family to enjoy carefree activities in the garden. Another great option are wall lights to illuminate your home and your Ottawa lawn.

Don’t go cheap when selecting outdoor lighting and settle for indoor lighting products as they can be a fire hazard.


Add Some Wow to Your Ottawa Landscaping

More and more Ottawa landscaping plans are being developed with water features incorporated.  Your kids may have moved out and you want to add some beauty to your Ottawa landscape.  Or maybe you just want to add some natural beauty and diversity to your Ottawa landscaping.

Now is the time to sit down with Ottawa landscaping experts to map out what a water feature might bring to your Ottawa lawn. We can help ensure the water feature looks like a natural part of your yard, not just an ad-on. And the water features we provide will bring less, not more maintenance to your Ottawa lawn care.   We’ll design a feature custom-fit for your Ottawa landscaping that will…

Reduce Stress and Deliver Tranquility 
Being near water reduces stress levels. But by near, we are not talking about a 20 minute drive downtown to sit by the river.  Sit by your own stress-reducing flowing water with Zoryk’s solutions for your Ottawa landscaping. There is science behind this stress-reducer.  Evaporating water produces negative ions that have been shown to improve moods and lower stress hormones. It is no coincidence that people flock to beaches and water to relax! It is savvy Ottawa landscaping that makes your home not only your castle, but a source of relaxation and rejuvenation.

Increase Your Property Value
Ottawa landscapes that have been professionally maintained and have unique elements like water features do a good deal to shoot your resale value up. These water features on your Ottawa landscaping not only increases your property’s appearance and value, but makes it more attractive to would-be buyers, which gives can you an edge in a competitive property market.

Block Out Noise
Water features added to your Ottawa landscaping basically serve as nature’s white noise machine.  You’ll be blocking out sounds of kids, cars, etc.

If you are interested in water features or any element of undertaking for your spring Ottawa landscaping, please make sure to contact Zoryk’s.

Ottawa Lawn Care Starts Now

Your Ottawa lawn care, when the time comes, will depend on multiple factors – not the least of which will be irrigation.

If you do not have an irrigation or sprinkler system for your lawn in place, the upcoming spring season is a great time for installation as Ottawa lawn care after installation is easier in the spring?  Why? The best time for growing grass is the spring and fall… but you certainly don’t want to take too many chances in the fall with digging up your yard as Ottawa lawn care could turn into mud care if an early winter comes.

So if you decide to make a sprinkler/irrigation system part of your Ottawa lawn care, there are some things you need to consider.

Consider your Ottawa landscaping. How is your Ottawa landscaping laid out now – or how will you be making changes to your Ottawa landscaping whereas irrigation will be needed. Are there obstacles like trees that are there for the life of your home or other areas that are just not changing?

Leverage Ottawa lawn care professionals for design. Zoryk’s or any other Ottawa lawn care company can help by sketching out how the irrigation system should be setup. Planning out the Ottawa landscaping and the Ottawa lawn care that will be needed will help you figure out what types of system you need all areas of your lawn.

X Factors. As with anything, irrigation systems for Ottawa lawn care come in different price ranges. And depending on the size of your lawn and the Ottawa landscaping you have, so to will the number needed of watering areas for proper lawn care.

Don’t ignore your irrigation system.  In order for your system to provide the right Ottawa lawn care, you will need to maintain the system in both the spring and the fall.

It is not as much work as it sounds, but if you would like help with this or any aspect of Ottawa lawn care, turn to Zoryk’s.

Comprehensive Ottawa Snow Removal From Zoryk’s

Winter feels like it will never end – so if you have had it with do-it-yourself Ottawa snow removal, Zoryk’s is here to bridge the gap between now and the eventual arrival of Spring.

Ottawa snow removal is a big job – and Zoryk’s can provide all of these services. From driveways to walkways, Ottawa snow removal from Zoryk’s will ease the pain that every snowfall brings while we wait patiently.

Ottawa snow removal from Zoryk’s starts with plowing – and plowing on a regular basis. When storms come along Ottawa snow removal is critical to take place multiple times throughout the storm.

Ottawa snow removal from Zoryk’s can also include shoveling or snow blowing your walks.

Zoryk’s can also speed up your Ottawa snow removal by using de-icer before a storm and after you are done shoveling can really make a difference.

Don’t let all these storms get you down – Zoryk’s can make your life so much easier with Ottawa snow removal.

Ottawa Hardscaping: Picking the Right Paver Material

Picking pavers is a big part of any Ottawa hardscaping project. Last week we discussed colour considerations.  This week, we go into what materials choices you have for your Ottawa hardscaping paver choices.

Before we get into the myriad of materials for your Ottawa hardscaping project, keep in mind that in general smaller pavers are used for smaller areas and larger driveways and courtyards provide an opportunity to use larger pavers.

Bricks are of course a classic look and available in a variety of colours and finishes. Bricks blend nicely with most settings and provide you with the opportunity to design/arrange them in a variety of ways to bring your Ottawa hardscaping a special touch.  Brick pavers are not as porous as other materials and therefor stain less.

Poured concrete
The most basic material for Ottawa hardscaping, it can even be used by do-it-yourselfers.  Zoryk’s can help spruce this Ottawa hardscaping option up by providing colour-bonding elements.  Zoryk’s can also provide stamped concrete to give your patio, etc. some sizzle.

Concrete pavers
An extremely popular option as concrete pavers come in a huge variety of shapes and styles.  There are options that even simulate the look and feel of natural stone.  These pavers are stronger than bricks and provides your Ottawa hardscaping with an interlocking surface.

Perhaps the must stunning (depending on your taste), but definitely the most rugged look for pavers. Natural stone comes in a wide range of colours and designs as nature is a wondrous source for Ottawa hardscaping materials.

Gravel is the best option for the price-conscious. It is great for a “start” to your Ottawa hardscaping project as you can place future options over this base.

Outdoor tiles come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and colours.

Zoryk’s is well-versed in using all of these materials in Ottawa hardscaping projects. We would welcome the opportunity to sit down with you to discuss your options.

Ottawa Hardscaping: Picking the Right Paver Colour

A big part of Ottawa hardscaping is the selection of the right pavers for your patio, walkway, driveway, etc. Colour, shape, contrast, size and materials are all things you need to consider when selecting pavers for your Ottawa hardscaping project.

Colour choice is critical for a few reasons.  One, it is not like paint colour or landscaping that should you change your mind it is painful, but doable.  Your choice of colour for your pavers is something you will live with for many years, and it should match both your taste as well as the aesthetics of your home and property. Use a colour chart page you to narrow down your choices and think big picture if this is part of an overall Ottawa hardscaping project.

Looking at your roof tile colours can be a good starting point.  Or perhaps you want to look at your house trim and compliment that. One thing you will want to avoid when selecting a colour is getting pavers that are darker than your building… you want pavers, as with any Ottawa hardscaping to complement, not compete with your home/building.  Keep in mind that a darker paver colour will make your home “blend in” more with the landscaping while a lighter colour will accentuate your home. What do you want to show off? Your house or your landscaping?

A great way to spice up the Ottawa hardscaping design and avoid monotony is by combining two paver colours that work well together or using a colour blend.

A darker colour of pavers used in your Ottawa hardscaping project will stain less easily. What kind of special circumstances are unique to your property?  If you have a sprinkler system with a high level of iron/rust it it, this will create staining – so your coulour choice should be earth tones.

As with any Ottawa hardscaping project, small details are critical.  With large driveways a subtle colour contrasting border can be a big wow factor.  Zoryk’s is well-versed in providing paver design and installation – we’d love to discuss your options with you.

How To Select an Ottawa Hardscaping Contractor

For Ottawa hardscaping, it’s easy for us to say… pick Zoryk’s and you are done.  But whether you turn to Zoryk’s or not, here are some things you must consider when selecting a contractor for Ottawa hardscaping.

  1. Does the contractor you are hiring conduct the Ottawa hardscaping themselves or rely on subcontractors?
  2. Does the contractor warranty both the labour and the materials used for Ottawa hardscaping?
  3. How long has the contractor been providing specific Ottawa hardscaping services (i.e. installing pavers)?
  4. Is the contractor licensed and accredited in Ottawa hardscaping disciplines?
  5. Have they been trained by the Ottawa hardscaping materials manufacturer(s)?
  6. What percentage of the contractor’s business is providing the Ottawa hardscaping service you are hiring them for?
  7. What does their portfolio of Ottawa hardscaping look like? They should have photos that show off their Ottawa hardscaping work.
  8. Can they provide you with references of people they have provided similar Ottawa hardscaping projects?
  9. Is the contractor properly insured?

If you have decided to move forward with Ottawa hardscaping – congratulations, this is a great way to increase both your enjoyment of your property and your resale value.

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