Preparing for Winter in Calgary

Posted on October 17, 2017

Have you started preparing for winter in Calgary? You have created a beautiful landscape that you are proud of, but now winter is within sight and you are worried about your plants lasting through the cold. The real question is, how do we protect our gardens from ice, frost, and snow this winter, while still making our walkways accessible.

While it may appear that all activities in your garden have paused for the winter, there is actually a lot going on under the soil until it freezes. If you have planted new trees, bulbs, or other vegetation it’s important to ensure that they have the moisture, nutrients, and protection needed to survive the winter. The de-icing products that you use are also important, to ensure that your plants can resurface come springtime.

 

Why do you need mulch for your garden this winter?

Although mulch cannot completely protect soil or plants it will help to keep the soil at an even temperature and will act as insulation. Premium mulch reduces the amount of freezing and thawing and keeps it at a more consistent temperature.

In short, mulch has the following benefits:

  • Expand the life of your harvest.
  • Even out the temperature.
  • Protect the soil.
  • Conserve moisture in the soil.
  • The soil receives nutrients as the mulch decomposes.

 

Why do you need Pickled Mix and Sanding Chips for your walkways this winter?

So, you are protecting your plants with mulch; but how do we de-ice walkways without harming the plants? Eagle Lake Professional Landscaping Supply has released a premium Pickled Mix and Sanding Chips range that are specifically engineered to help your garden walkways this winter season.

The benefits:

Available for pick up and delivery, both in bulk and 1 cubic yard bags, the 7mm Wash Rock Sanding Mix and 5mm Rock Salt/7mm Wash Rock blend are ideal for use on sidewalks, driveways, and streets. Our blend contains 5% Coarse Road De-Icing Salt.
Please call 403-262- 5600 or email info@eaglelakelandscape.com for pricing.

 

Why do you need Ice Melt Spreaders to help spread your anti-ice blend?

Although Pickled Mix and Sanding Chips are used for traction and grip on walkways, we need to make sure that this is not applied near the plants and is evenly distributed. Even if you are using de-icer or another salt blend this tool will become your best friend. This Ice Melt Spreader tool is as the name suggests, it is used to ensure that the pickled mix and sanding chips, ice melt, or rock blends are spread evenly and accurately to the intended area. This product can also be used to spread fertilizer, seed, and any granular material.

2050P Estate Broadcast Spreader:

  • 80lb/36kg Hopper capacity– rustproof poly construction
  • EV-N- SPRED® 3-Hole Drop Shut-Off System
  • 100lb/45kg Load bearing capacity – what the frame will support
  • 10"/25cm pneumatic stud type tires on rustproof poly rims
  • Epoxy powder coated chassis
  • Heavy-duty High-Speed Gearbox
  • Rate Calculation Matrix
  • Optional:  3-sided Salt Deflector, Rain cover

Earthway Hand Spreader:

  • Rustproof poly 110 cubic inch/1.8 liter capacity
  • Adjustable rate control
  • High-speed hand crank gearbox
  • 5-Year Limited Warranty
  • Ergonomic handle and scoop front design

Please call 403-262- 5600 or email info@eaglelakelandscape.com for pricing.

 

Hopefully, this winter guide will help equip your garden for the winter, your soil, walkways, and plants. If you have any other questions on how to equip your garden for winter, please don’t hesitate to give the team at Eagle Lake Professional Landscape Supply a call on403-262- 5600!

 

Love Your Lawn: Top-dressing with Alberta Gold Black Garden Soil to Improve Your Lawn

Posted on June 2, 2017

A lush lawn needs healthy soil and ‘Top-Dressing’ or adding a thin layer of rich soil or compost over your lawn can improve the soil without damaging existing turf. Big Yellow Bag’s Alberta Gold Black Garden Soil contains the ideal blend of black peat moss and Class A compost to enrich existing lawns. Top-Dressing improves lawns as organic matter breaks down and filters through existing soil to improve texture and overall health.

Top-Dressing can:

  • Improve drainage and drought-resistance
  • Even out the terrain
  • Improve water holding capacity
  • Transform your lawn into organic, low-maintenance, healthy turf

When to Top-Dress:

  • Ideally in early fall or early spring to give your grass time to grow through 3-4 mowings before severe cold or heat, especially if overseeding.

How to Top Dress:

Step 1: Aerate

Lawns should be aerated every 2-3 years so start with a core aeration. This removes plugs of soil from the ground to leave channels for air, water, and top-dressing mixture to penetrate the lawn.

Step 2: Apply Top-Dressing

Shovel out small sections (2-3 shovelfuls) of Alberta Gold Black Garden Soil onto your lawn at spaced intervals. Spread the top-dressing mix ½” or less over the existing grass using the back side of a heavy garden rake, working it into aeration holes and covering low spots.

Step 3: Water and Adjust

Water the area well, let the lawn settle for a day or two, then go back with your rake and smooth out any hollows or bumps.

Step 4: Plant Grass if Needed

Replant grass in any bare spots. Existing grass should be able to grow through as much as an inch of top-dressing.