Rain Proof Landscapes in Vancouver

Major downpours can have damaging effects on your landscape, and the environment. As every person in the Lower Mainland is aware, we are probably in for some serious rain in the next few months. However, with a few modifications you can minimize soil erosion and manage storm water runoff on your property.
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Backyard Skating Rink in BC

What could be more Canadian than enjoying winter on your own backyard skating rink in BC? Perhaps if you added a beaver licking maple syrup off a hockey stick, but for those willing to settle for a skating rink here are a few tips for your very own ice experience.
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How to Protect your Patio from the Frost

In a climate with a steady source of rain and potentially freezing temperatures at night (welcome to BC), your patio is at risk for “frost heaves.” In these conditions, water will freeze underneath your patio’s foundation and cause ice wedges (frost heaves) to form and push the foundation up. In the worst cases the patio could lift high enough to separate it from the house.
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I wish to thank Blossom Hill and staff for a job well done last summer. They listened to my ideas and offered suggestions. They were flexible in terms of how I wanted to approach the landscaping work. They paid attention to detail for placing the right plant in the right place. They have an artistic…
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