It’s that time of year again! The BC Home & Garden Show 2018 runs from February 21-25 at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver. Just over a month away, Blossom Hill is gearing up for the biggest show of the year, we encourage you to visit us at booth 713!
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!
Preparing your BC property for winter is often an overlooked task, but has many benefits when done correctly. Although we are still technically in the middle of fall, we have already seen the first snowflakes start to fall and we are preparing for what could be a long and cold winter. Here are some tips on preparing your BC property for winter:
Even if you live in a small house in a dense suburb, there is no reason you can’t enhance the look and feel of your property by building a water garden in BC! Water gardens should look natural and fit seamlessly with your other landscape features. Achieving the right textures and colours can be difficult for the inexperienced, we recommend contacting a landscape design expert when building a water garden in BC.
A landscape site analysis in BC is incredibly important considering the often challenging conditions we face in this beautiful province. From experience we can tell you that even the most thorough analysis and plan can be thrown off by what we find unseen under the ground. However, landscape site analysis can help avoid costly mistakes.
Although we are not yet competing with the massive population concentrations in the mega-cites of LA, NYC and Miami, Vancouver is still a growing city and the entire Lower Mainland has seen its population levels increasingly rise over the years. Landscaping for privacy in Vancouver and the across the Lower Mainland is important for your own sanity and peace-of-mind. You need a place of serenity to relax and cut yourself off from the rest of the world, that place is usually your back yard.
Landscaping on a steep slope or hillside presents a few challenges that must be overcome with proper planning and forethought. In the Lower Mainland there are a number of steep grades, hillsides, mountains or even just small hills that we have built residential homes on. Often you will see steep driveways or even front yards that have a sharp downward angles. The home will of course be built level (we hope) but the landscape has to be held together otherwise gravity will come into play.