Landscaping & Soil

Grey water is touted as the “new” source of water for landscapes everywhere. But is it really? Like overblown promises, there are some caveats to this statement. And again, soil is being ignored and abused if grey water is used without thought to the household cleaners in them, which REALLY damage the soil.


Written on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 in Landscaping & Soil

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Written by Cristina da Silva

In the last blog, I covered how to retain more water in the soil, by increasing organic matter and mulching. This week I’m covering how to water different types of soil. Let us make sure that every drop of water is used!

 

watering can and water barrel

Written on Thursday, August 13, 2015 in Landscaping & Soil

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Written by Cristina da Silva

In the previous blogs, I covered the merits of planting up slopes and the visual delight of terraced slopes. But which method works best for your site? How do we decide? According toUniversity of Nevada Coop Extension, the slope angle decides the method!

planted slope, Brampton, Ontario

Planted slope in Brampton, Ontario


Written on Thursday, September 11, 2014 in Landscaping & Soil

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Written by Cristina da Silva

In my last blog, I covered slope stabilizing native plants used by Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. But there are other ways to tame a slope. Some gardeners in Pittsburgh have tapped in to a 2,000 year old idea: terracing. Of course, the most attractive way to deal with a slope happens to be the most expensive.

terraced garden with stone retaining wall in Pittsburgh, PA

The Davidson’s terraced garden in Pittsburgh, PA


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Written by Cristina da Silva

Twenty years ago I decided to start a garden maintenance company. I was fresh out of university, and had worked at low-paying jobs in garden centres, seed companies, and landscaping and garden maintenance companies.  I had very little money to buy garden equipment, so could buy only the most essential equipment.

Corona secateurs

Corona secateurs, one of the 11 essential gardening maintenance tools.


Written on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 in Landscaping & Soil

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Written by Cristina da Silva

Life is always full of choices. Today, I had a couple of choices to make.


Written on Monday, October 24, 2011 in Landscaping & Soil

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Written by Cristina da Silva