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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.


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
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.

Stone
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
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.

Tiles
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.


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.


Don’t Forget the Ottawa Hardscaping

Ottawa hardscaping is growing in popularity as more and more families are staying put for longer periods of time. Ottawa hardscaping is a great and affordable way to increase the value of your home and add curb appeal.  Zoryk’s would love the opportunity to sit down and review your Ottawa hardscaping options that are right for your property and fit your budget to create a customized hardscaping plan that will increase both the value of your home and your own enjoyment of your property.

Zoryk’s Ottawa hardscaping plan will incorporate the beauty and elements that make your property unique to add aesthetics and convenience. What exactly is Ottawa hardscaping?  It is anything that can’t be grown… including walkways, retaining walls, parking areas, decks, custom fireplaces, etc. Most commonly Ottawa hardscaping involves using natural stone and/or concrete.

For your home, Zoryk’s Ottawa hardscaping services include custom outdoor fireplaces, patios, retaining walls, driveways and walkways. Ottawa hardscaping incorporates nature into your design.

We can also provide Ottawa hardscaping to businesses that need walkways, parking areas, driveways and custom decks designed and built.

Whether you start thinking about Ottawa hardscaping now or later this year, it is a great New Years’ resolution to get your property in better shape.