The Hidden Benefits of Evergreens

The Hidden Benefits of Evergreens by Rob Sproule Energy Conservation Privacy Wildlife Air Quality They’re big. They’re foolproof. They kill the grass. But what else do you know about evergreens? How about that they can reduce your gas bill and keep bug-eating birds around? Let’s dig deeper: “A tree with strong roots laughs at storms.“ – Malay Proverb Okay, evergreens aren’t the sexist gardening topic. They’ll usually just “there”. But they’re so much more than ornamental. Did you know their other benefits? Energy Conservation: We’ve heard about how big canopy trees, like Elms and Willows, help shade and cool homes…

August 1, 2017 by admin; Comments 0 Read More >

New-Home Landscaping

New-Home Landscaping by Rob Sproule for the Edmonton Journal Starting Out Landscaping Hardscaping Few feelings can match the euphoria of moving into a new home. Open, immaculate rooms and bare yards resonate with an intoxicating sense of potential. Homes are where our life’s dreams happen. Getting started can be overwhelming, so when it comes to your yard my first piece of advice is to pace yourself. Enjoy this milestone with your loved ones and don’t feel like you need to go from clay to show garden in a month. Starting Out: Take a breath, brew some coffee, and talk with your…

July 18, 2017 by admin; Comments 0 Read More >

Growing Bugs Bunny Sized Carrots

Growing Bugs Bunny Sized Carrots By Rob Sproule Growing Carrots Thinning Harvest & Store Easy to grow and full of goodness, the humble carrot has been a quiet staple of dinner our whole lives. Here are the tricks to growing them plump and sweet…. “Oh, carrots are divine you get a dozen for a dime it’s maaaagic!” – Bugs Bunny Growing Carrots: If you’re growing edibles this year, chances are you’re growing more of them in containers than you used to. And that may be opening up more space in your garden for – you guessed it – root veggies.…

July 12, 2017 by admin; Comments 0 Read More >

Heat Waves

Heat Waves By Rob Sproule 
When to Water, and When Not To Keeping Roots Cool Minimizing Heat Stress When a heat wave hits, it’s not just humans and pets who get uncomfortable. Prolonged high temperatures bring a lot of stress to gardens, but there are easy things that you can do (and avoid doing) to help your plants beat the heat. “If you saw a heat wave, would you wave back?” – Steven Wright When to Water, and When Not To: Try to water first thing in the morning. It can seem like a chore, but a walk around the…

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