Posts Tagged ‘Ottawa landscaping’

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.

Decorating Your Ottawa Yard for the Holidays

Make the outside of your Ottawa home as ready for the holiday season as the inside with these outdoor decorating ideas from Zoryk’s.

Wreath with Skates

Hang a wreath on your front door that welcomes visitors with a snowy sporty theme. Take an 18 inch foam wreath and wrap it with the sleeves of an old sweater. From the inside top, hang two ice skates to drape down over the bottom of the wreath. Add a bow and some snowflakes for a little pizazz.

Globes of light

To create natural woodland feel, you can still use those cement planters that dot your front and back porches, even as they fill with Ottawa’s freshly fallen snow! Grapevine spheres wrapped in mini tree lights become shimmering orbs when placed in birdbaths, urns, or on stair steps to cast an ethereal glow on your outdoor landscape for a unique effect that’s visible from the curb.

Lighted Burning Bush

Here’s an idea that will serve dual purposes! Start by gathering up the broken sticks and twigs left over from a windy day.  Place a string of coiled up tree lights on top of the soil in a dormant window planter. Then insert branches and twigs into the soil to create a bushy appearance, which, when lit, mimics a Burning Bush. These twigs will eventually make great tinder for your indoor fireplace.

Trellis Tree

Grab those empty trellis’ left over from your summer Clematis and put them to use. Take your deepest planter and wrap several strands of large bulb white tree lights around the top. Poke in some evergreen clippings to drape over the bottom lights. Then plant a trellis deep in the soil, and “climb” those large bulbs vertically, securing with zip ties, to get the look of large blooms. Mix in some mini lights to create the effect of climbing branches.

You can leave your wooden furniture out in the Ottawa snow for a few more weeks and dress them in boughs of evergreen and pine cones with mini tree lights as highlights for a homey feel.

Zoryk’s hopes you have the happiest of holidays and a worry-free new year knowing we’ve taken care of all your property maintenance needs.

Cold Weather Gardening: Landscaping During Ottawa Winters

Ottawa lawn care in the Fall tends to be all about raking, seeding, and feeding.  Frankly, its more of the art of maintenance the the art of lawn care – and the work as well as your yard can become pretty… blah.

Gardens can be a saving grace for your Ottawa yard as they can really shine in the cold, dreary, flowerless months between November and April. Creating visual interest in the winter lawn can be a surprising way to enjoy your Ottawa property year round! Zoryk’s recommends some plants that’ll catch the eye above the snowdrifts, beyond the usual berry-bearing bushes.

When thinking of the plants that contrast the dull colors of winter after the red leaves have fallen to the ground, imagine the intense flash of a Redstemmed Dogwood with the bare red stems expressed against a wall, or when mixed in with some yellow-stemmed dogwoods look like Fall never left. Many wintercreeper flowering plants have great winter color, too. This evergreen shrub, which grows when supported and turns reddish and purply in the cold.

Add the element of shape to an Ottawa Winter garden! Include weeping mulberry and corkscrew hazel shrubs, which have twisted, slender limbs, which add year-round interest to gardens

Boy, does wildlife come out in the winter, and our gardens can offer food and shelter to sustain life outside. Zoryk’s is fond of Persimmon trees for this reason! From mid-September, through Christmas and into the new year, tons and tons of this particularly delicate and delicious wild fruit can be harvested for eating or left on branches as a seasonal bird feeder.

Zoryk’s Landscaping services go beyond the typical growing months. With careful planning, including matching textures and colours to the natural elements of your landscape. Our softscape design services will help you bring even your outdoor spaces to life!