DIY Landscaping Projects

Posted on March 19, 2018

This is the year to embark on your Landscaping project. It has been a long winter in Calgary but Spring is almost here, and the team at Eagle Lake Professional Landscaping Supplies couldn’t be happier! The Eagle Lake Professional Landscaping Supplies team are all landscapers with a green thumb, and we are excited to help local Calgarians with their landscaping projects. Whether you are a business, organization or embarking on a DIY home project our team is more than happy to speak with you about your landscaping project.

According to The Bank Of Canada’s Consumer Trends Report, DIY landscaping is fun, and Gen Xers are particularly enthusiastic about home improvement and ‘doing it yourself’. These eager individuals have proven to have a hands-on, can-do attitude. With resources like Google, YouTube and many other pieces of technology, we have a wealth of information instantly accessible. Furthermore, in a Google Survey, they found that 1 in 4 DIYers landscape YouTube how-to videos.

If you have specific questions that you cannot find an answer to online, please feel free to bring your floor plan down to the team at 285177 Frontier Rd.

What type of DIY landscaping projects can Eagle Lake Professional Landscaping Supply help with?

We are happy to help with all projects, except landscape designing. We can, however, put you in touch with a contractor that can help.

Here are some of the ways that we can help:

  • Recommending soil for certain projects
  • Recommending sod for certain conditions
  • Choosing plants for your LiveRoof
  • Writing a Winter Survival Plan for your plants
  • Composting advice, and we can collect your scraps
  • Creating a plan for your vegetable gardens
  • Advice for choosing the best mulch to protect your plants
  • Recommending sod for your landscape space
  • Choosing Hardscape materials
  • Advice for choosing textures for your landscape like crushed rock and stones

 

Get in touch and we can help recommend the products for your DIY landscaping project

The friendly team at Eagle Lake Professional Landscaping Supply are always happy to offer advice, recommendations, and to refer you to your list of trusted contractors.

For more information please don’t hesitate to contact us at Eagle Lake Professional Landscape Supply.
Call 403-262- 5600 or email info@eaglelakelandscape.com.

Waste Management Drop Off Location

Posted on December 19, 2017

Are you looking to drop off grass clippings, food waste or other compostable goods? Eagle Lake Professional Landscaping Supplies is a local waste management drop off spot. Whether you are a business, organization or green home we are more than happy to take your compostable goods.

This is an important read for local Calgary businesses and organizations. The City of Calgary requires all businesses and organizations to separate food and yard waste from the garbage for composting or diversion.

As of Nov. 1, 2017, businesses and organizations are required to separate food and yard waste from the garbage for composting or diversion. Business owners and property managers are responsible for setting up a food and yard waste program. 

For the responsible homeowners or tenants looking to give back to the environment, we have a waste management from off location that is accessible the general public. Visit us at 285177 Frontier Rd.

What type of waste does Eagle Lake Professional Landscape Supply accept?

We are happy to accept all biodegradable goods at our facility. We have a list of the types of goods that we accept at our facility.

Here are the food products that we accept:

  • Plate scrapings
  • Meat, fish, shellfish and bones
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Bread, noodles, rice, beans and grains
  • Eggshells and dairy products
  • Jams, sauces and salad dressings
  • Pastries, cookies, cakes and muffins
  • Nuts, seeds, chips, popcorn and candy
  • Cooking oil

Here are the paper products that we accept:

  • Paper plates, paper towels and napkins
  • Coffee filters and tea bags

Here are the yard waste products that we accept:

  • Leaves, branches and pruning
  • Plants and weeds
  • Grass clippings and sod

 

Why drop your compost off at Eagle Lake Professional Landscape Supply?

Composting with Eagle Lake Professional Landscape Supply means that you will save time and money. With 25% lower prices than the City of Calgary’s drop prices and with shorter lines you can easily drop off your waste at the Frontier Rd facility.

For more information please don’t hesitate to contact us at Eagle Lake Professional Landscape Supply.
Call 403-262- 5600 or email info@eaglelakelandscape.com.

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.