Our Professional Gardening Services
We pride ourselves with offering meticulous, experienced gardening service. We take on each new garden project with enthusiasm and pride. Offer gardening services to those that may need us for a spring cleanup, fall cleanup, or just your annual yard or garden cleanup. Possibly taking lots of stuff to the dump for you as well.
If you are thinking of selling your house call us for a landscape staging. Covering your dead brown lawn with hay should not be an option. Take advantage of my 9 years in real estate (past life) with my understanding of selling and buyers coupled with my 11 years in landscaping.
Experienced shrub and hedge trimming keep us busy through to the beginning of September.
We end the season with a fall cleanup which includes cutting down perennials and leaf removal to the roadway or to the city dump.
Index Links to Topics on this Page
- Spring Cleanup
- Fall Cleanup
- Landscape Staging to Help Sell Your House
- Garden Edging Service
- Applying Mulch to Garden
- Removing Dead Shrubs and Small Trees
- Old Wood/Stuff to The Dump
- Garden Weeding Service
- Gardening Service Rates
Our Customer Reviews
Most of our customers have been with us for 6 to 11 years and many of those customers would vouch for us if you wish references. Please see our reviews on Google+, Yellow Pages, Facebook and our Website ‘Review Page’ as well as other Local Business Directories. Our work takes us all around the neighbourhoods of Mississauga south such as Lorne-Park, Mineola, Port Credit, Applewood, Lakeview and Clarkson. So we may have done work for someone you know or a neighbor living around the corner.
Our Commitment to Detail
What we can get professionally done in a few hours may take some homeowners a whole weekend. We will actually clean up the mess, clippings and bag everything. We have a track record of completing good gardening service work and satisfied customers.
Invoices are supplied after we have completed your gardening service and you pay only when you are satisfied and we take cheques of course, or e-mail bank transfer.
Our spring cleaning usually starts as soon as I can safely remove the plow from my truck the first week April.
I will go to your home with one or two respectable looking helpers depending on the gardening job or the time of the year.
- Customers may want their lawns raked (we have a great power rake) to be ready for lawn fertilizer and their first lawn cutting.
- We will cut down the old perennial and hostas, minding to not step over the new buds.
- Cleaning up flower beds from the last of your neighbour’s leaves that blew over the fence.
- Many customers want a new crisp edging of their flower beds and we will start at one end of your garden and work right around. We can possibly turn over the soil if you wish (not the easiest of tasks).
- We can remove or thin out any overgrown perennials or dig out a dead shrub with the roots.
- Our gardening service will clean up the mess with care taken to not step over all your flowers in the process.
- Get your lawn ready with a special power-rake machine that is great for raking the old dead winter grass.
Fall is a great time to cut down all your frost bitten hostas and perennials. We can usually get this done in early November.
We have years of experience and are knowledgeable about which plants need to be cut and which do not. As I have mentioned earlier, do not wait till spring to cut your hostas and perennials.
I feel very strongly about getting these plants cut down in the fall. If you do not cut them down the sprouting buds in the spring may get trampled on if you do not happen to get your spring cleanup done early enough.
Hostas can grow from nothing to two inches out of the ground in days. So get them cut down in the fall and you will avoid stepping on them in the spring.
The labour money you think you are saving in the fall is not worth the trouble. We do not want to be the workers apologizing in the spring for stepping all over the new early buds.
Timing for Leaf Cleanup
Everyone’s leaves seem to fall at all different times, from mid October to 1st week December. Most falling prior to November can be mulched up with the lawn cutting.
The problems lie in dealing with the late trees like Beech, Oak and certain Maples trees that can be hard to manage. Rest assured and we give you our word that your leaves will get taken care of even if the last leaf is the 2nd week of December (like one customer last year).
In many neighbourhoods the leaf removal trucks are done before the last leaves fall. So I bag them up and take them to the city dump. There may be a small premium cost to cover the bags and extra time to fill the bags but nothing much. The photo below shows us dropping off a trailer full after the City leaf removal trucks had completed their final pickup. We have all the necessary equipment to do a great job. Don’t stress it, we will get it done
There are many years we are driving up to the dump every day after the trucks have gone with full loads. So relax and let us handle it for you. We charge one amount for the entire fall season and come around as many times (usually weekly) as we need to in November and December to collect all your leaves.
New house – Just moved in and need some help?
Just moved into a new house with a yard that has not been tended to for a number of years. Don’t cry! With our great get it done attitude, we will make the yard look great. We will help clean things up for you.
Let our experienced gardening service get that overgrown back yard in shape for you. We can dig out old out of control plants, trim overgrown shrubs – without killing them.
Remove an overgrown hedge to give you back your yard. Possibly extend your yard lots.
Landscape Staging to Help Sell Your House
Let us help make a great first impression
Cleaning up the yard and fixing up a few things around the outside of the house is just as important as staging the inside of the house. It is the first thing they see. I do not think that covering the yard with old hay works.
I bring to the table 9 years as a full time Real Estate Agent, 12 years customer service and 11 years as an Analytical Landscaper.
- We can trim or remove an old hedge
- Pull out old ugly perennials, weed and mulch the garden to make it look great.
- Add an edging to the lawn around the garden. Every little bit counts.
- Mow a lawn down short (yes, short) to make all look healthy
- Add a few rolls of sod to repair a lawn in an area
- Trim shrubs from looking too large and out of control to something pleasant to look at from the curb. (Yes, it will look nice).
- Pull weeds from lawn and garden to make all look healthy. (We may know different)
- Clean up every nook and cranny to impress any discriminating buyer.
- We can repair a fence and the gate that is falling down.
Garden Edging Service
Edging, either cleaning one up or creating a new one is sure to give your garden a fresh look. There are two ways of making the edge, one is to cut down straight the other is on an angle.
When making a Garden Edging I prefer the angle as it is easier to cut the lawn and not fall into the trench. We can do whatever you wish, everyone has a preference. We try not to take any more lawn away as we cut into the ground, just keep the existing line and remove any new growth to keep it strait. This can help the whole area look nice.
To maintain a nicely manicured edge it will need to be attended to a few times a year with your other gardening services.
Applying Mulch to Garden
Applying mulch, we will order the mulch ourselves from the better gardening centers depending on what type you want: Black cedar, natural cedar, or try Hemlock for a unique look.
We can also apply 4 or 5 yards of small pinewood chips that is perfect for a children’s play area, or cleaning up under a wooded area. Some of the lesser expensive bright red and black ‘mulch’ is made from old skids and other garbage wood, and I find it looks cheap as well.
We purchase our mulch from Islington Nurseries and Van Beeks Garden Supplies. Both have quality natural looking products at reasonable costs. They do however each have different products which is why I use both. Delivery is usually approx $80. We will arrange to have it dropped on your driveway onto a tarp and then have it distributed to your garden that day.
If you only need a few bags of mulch, Canadian Tire have a great natural cedar mulch in bags
You should be applying the mulch at least 3 inches thick when first applied. Any less and you will still have weeds coming thru. The 3 inches applied will usually get compressed with rain and time to an inch or so thick on your garden.
You will still have some sporadic taller weeds after a while but for the most part they become manageable. Still have to reapply the mulch every year however. My wife wonders where it all goes? I suppose it decomposes and gets cut up with the lawnmower. You will not have to reapply 3 inches worth every year but it does need to be topped up annually.
Perennial Planting and Maintenance
If you are having trouble keeping all your lawn looking good replace it with perennials, ground cover and walking stones. They may take a little time and money to establish but for the most part they are maintenance free after they have matured.
Most perennial get cut down in the fall except for my favorite Periwinkle which needs no attention and can be stomped all over in the fall when you are getting rid of your leaves.
Hostas have to be my favorite. They grow easily and there are so many different colors and sizes. (I have over 15 different kinds on my property) In the fall you just cut them out. They also need little water and they grow well in the shade and can be transplanted at any time. Many varieties have difficulty growing in the sun.
Actually it takes a very special type to grow well in the sunlight, that is possibly their negative trait that they do not grow well in sunlight.
Stone Flower Box
We can help plan, create and purchase all that is needed for a stone planter to go around your tree that you never seem to be able to grow grass around. Fill it with soil and either periwinkle or hostas as they grow well under a tree with little water. This may cost a little up front for the gardening service but it then become a focal point and no longer require the work you had trying to grow lawn. Will look great and no work.
Small stone flower box
We can recommend certain shrubs, perennials and annuals that might be suitable, as we have some dependable easy maintenance favorites. Annuals can be used to fill in the areas while the perennials and shrubs grow into their new areas.
Removing Dead Shrubs and Small Trees
Removing shrubs or a small tree under 15 ft including the root ball, we will make every effort to pull it all out instead of grinding it down. It is also common to leave it, but with a little effort we can usually get the root ball out
We offer early spring transplanting but no guarantees, sometimes it is better to just buy a new shrub, but done early enough should be fine. We may recommend not doing any past beginning May. Hostas can be moved anytime.
Old Wood/Stuff to The Dump
If you have a yard that requires lots of work to cleanup and may require a few loads being taken to the dump we can help with that as well. You Maybe thinking of selling (or not) but, the less junk you have lying around the better. You will be amazed at your yard when we are done!
Garden Weeding Service
If your garden is very large and has not been weeded for some time it can be a real challenge. Had you been keeping up with the garden weeding you might have it under control. If not, then even a small area will be time consuming, and as you may well know, most all the weeds will be back. It takes repetitive hard work to get your garden under control.
It may not always be a gardening service job or challenge that we wish to take on. It is a tiresome job, difficult to motivate even the best of workers and quite frankly I feel terribly guilty assigning someone this job. A good worker will be bored, angry and want to quit. Poor workers will be no good, they are too slow, on their phone all day, and we will both want to fire them.
Remember no one likes picking weeds any more than you do. We do not have many illegal migrant workers here in Canada or any ‘Dalits’ that will do a good job for minimum wage and still show up for work the next day. Many people assume that since we are gardeners we should be more than anxious to take on their 12 hour weeding job. No, I’m Sorry.
Our Garden Weeding Stipulations
If your garden weeding involves incorporating it with many of our other gardening services and if it is only a small percentage of the work required than we would be happy to help you get it cleaned up.
We will not take on any job that requires mostly weeding! Most gardens will need to be maintained 2-4 times a year to be manageable. If there are lots of bare dirt spaces. My suggestion is to get rid of as many bare areas in your garden as possible. Mulch works great if applied heavily and maintained yearly. People that say that mulch does not work have not applied it heavily enough to their garden. I have seen 1st hand gardens with very little mulch and those gardens with lots.
You may also may want to try applying a ground cover. Hostas and decorative rocks will help take up some space between your perennials and shrubs as well. Changing things up is what I would advise if your weeds are plentiful and your spare time is not. If your garden does not look good year after year, then the status quo is not working!
But any solution will cost money and take up someone’s time. There are no quick or magical remedies and we do not offer any.
Gardening Service Rates
Our gardening rates are very competitive, but we also do a great job and charge accordingly. Many of our customers have told us that good gardeners are not easy to find. We have all the proper equipment and tools and have learned how to plan a job so that we can complete it in better time.
Unless a flat rate for your gardening project has been agreed to, we also offer an hourly rate. We can discuss both rates with you.
If we are charging you by the hour within 5 – 10 minutes after arriving at your house the hourly charge clock starts, I am sure you understand that I cannot afford to have my workers standing around while we chat and design yard garden projects for 45 minutes. However, I am only too happy to discuss all the gardening plans and projects you would like us to complete, but hourly charges will apply.
We will have most likely discussed on the phone or by email most of the gardening jobs you would like us to do when we get to your home, so we will be working on your garden shortly after arriving.
Either way our customers are always happy with the results. I have stayed in the landscaping business not for the money (God Forbid) but for the satisfaction I get with what we can achieve and create with our work.
There is a minimum one hour minimum charge (2/3 workers X one hour) for any work requested. So find all your gardening work to keep us busy.
We will not show up and waste time at your home, we are always busy with customers waiting on our gardening service and have no time to waste!
What is your Landscape Contractor Missing?
The landscape construction crews that you see working in your neighbourhood moving decorative stones, pavers and dirt around very seldom have taken the time to consider what the plants, trees and shrubs they are planting going to look like in 5 or 10 years time. They have not considered the environment they are planting in, or how close everything is to the fences and house. They are after all construction workers, not gardeners. Their stone work looks great! Everything else looked great and manageable on the initial design plan, as well as the first week it was all planted. Did they give the homeowner a 5 or 10 year overview of the yard as well.
5 years down the road the customer is wondering what went wrong? My answer: At least consult a knowledgeable gardener that will take into consideration your property and the growth expectancy of all the landscape items. We can give you an idea what everything will look like when mature. Let the construction workers do the stonework. You may ever save a few thousand dollars.
Gardening requires knowledge, experience, a vision and courage to have experimented with ideas and witnessed the results. We have witnessed!