Spring officially starts on March 20th, 2018, but we are already seeing the clouds clear and the weather turning much warmer. With longer and warmer days, it is a good time to ask yourself is your BC landscape ready for spring?
There is a ton of productive agricultural land that is wasted on the cultivation of lawns and shrubs across the Lower Mainland. While there is nothing wrong with having that perfectly manicured lawn, why not create an edible landscape in BC as well? Beauty and bounty can work together if you take the time to design a multi-functional space that includes form and function.
Wind can cause a number of problems for your home. Many parts of BC are exposed to the wind, and they are not limited to coastal cities that face wind off the ocean. The Fraser Valley can act as a wind tunnel as well and any property owner in the flat areas of the valley will tell you how much wind they experience. Landscaping windbreaks in BC have a number of advantages, the main benefit is reduced heating costs for your home.
Happy New Year from all of us at Blossom Hill Landscape & Design! We hope you enjoyed the holidays with your friends and family. As we have barely scratched the surface of 2018, now is a great time to discuss Fraser Valley landscaping in the New Year. Even though the ground is still frozen and covered with snow, it will soon thaw and there are several things that should be done to get your property ready for spring. Provided it doesn’t know again, if it does see our article on Preparing your property for winter!
Merry Christmas from all of us at Blossom Hill Landscape & Design. As 2017 comes to a close, we wanted to take a look forward at some landscaping design trends for the New Year. 2018 promises to be an exciting year as we push the envelope with new designs and ideas to keep your property looking fresh and inviting!
Xeriscaping is when you design a landscape to be water efficient. Primarily it started in areas prone to long droughts (California, New Mexico). Xeriscaping in the Lower Mainland and across Canada is becoming more popular to its simplicity, efficiency and sustainability. In BC we often see a deluge of rain between September and June, but the hot season is slowly growing and we have seen an increase in temperatures over the years.
When designing your landscape it is easy to only focus on the growing season and forget about the long winter. In BC we have been blessed with relatively mild winters for a number of years, until the 2016/2017 winter season. Meteorologists are predicting an increase in cold weather this year again. Designing a winter landscape in BC means you are planning to enjoy your landscape in all seasons, not just when the flowers are blooming!