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Curb Appeal Garden ing

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Bonnie Gough  March 2017

“What is a Curb Appeal Garden Makeover?”

In short, it’s an overall improvement to your front garden (or front yard, house frontage, etc.) to give your home more “Curb Appeal”, meaning your house looks great from the curb!!

Even small urban gardens can get messy with tangled weeds, crab grass, overgrown shrubs and perennials. Busy families want to be able to enjoy their gardens, not work all weekend in them! That’s where Gardens by Bonnie comes in.  Gardens by Bonnie can do the following for your garden:  clean-up, fix-up, weed, untangle, refresh, enliven, rejuvenate, improve, renew, update, revive, renovate, revitalize, invigorate … yes, just about any type of improvement! 

Outdoor living in Toronto is a brief few months between May (if we’re lucky) and September. With the right garden set up, your family and friends can enjoy months of serene, easy living, right here in Toronto!! Let Gardens by Bonnie help you with ideas, and move you outside to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine!

If you have time to read through the rest of the Gardens by Bonnie website, Services, Before & After, Portfolio, Gardening Tips, or About, you’ll realize that we are not like your typical Garden Landscaping Company.  We focus on gardening and plants rather than grass.

Here are Bonnie’s Top 5 tips for a low maintenance garden in Toronto:

1.  Remove grass lawn areas that are not used or needed.  Uses or needs might be for children to play on, for pets to play on (and do other things on!), or for very large garden areas. Replace the grass with either hardscape and/or low maintenance shrubs or ground cover.  Relatively inexpensive hardscape might be colourful pea gravel, or crushed rock. For a little more money mix with flag stones, or completely pave with interlocking brick or stones.

2.    Limit the number of perennial flowering plants. Flowering perennials generally require maintenance in year 2 or 3, and the more invasive ones can completely take over a large area within a year or two.

3.      Plant evergreens and shrubs. Evergreens and woody shrubs can be a bit more expensive to purchase initially,but they save you money in the long run. If you have limited space for your garden, or to limit the amount of trimming, cutting and maintaining, plant slow growing or dwarf varieties of shrubs/evergreens. They can sometimes be a little more expensive but will save you time and effort in later years.  

4.      Make sure you have easy access to a water supply, or set up a watering system. Plants need water, and if it requires lots of effort for you to provide it (e.g. you have a broken old leaky hose or no hose just a watering can) then chances are you’ll never have enough time and your plants will either die or look awful. Invest in a good hose, make sure it’s easy to access, long enough to reach all parts of the garden, and has a good quality hose nozzle attached. Even easier is if you can set up a sprinkler which you can either turn on manually or set up on a timer.  For large gardens, if you can afford it, an in-ground sprinkler system is optimal.

5.      Add lots of organic mulch to garden areas in the spring to limit weed growth & retain moisture. Mulch serves a number of purposes to reduce garden maintenance.  It helps prevent weed seeds from getting established, and suppresses weed growth throughout the season. It also helps retain moisture in the soil, reducing the need to water as frequently during dry spells. It also provides a neat, clean look to improve the overall appearance of a garden.I'll be expanding on these five points in future posts, as there are a number of things experience has taught me when creating low-maintenance gardens. Stay tuned!


Curb Appeal Garden Design Landscape Services in Toronto

Add more Curb Appeal to your home! Gardens by Bonnie garden design landscape services is the answer. A Toronto based company, we provide custom garden design & installation, planter design & installation, and a variety of landscaping services to help you have a low-maintenance garden. We are passionate about creating more beautiful neighborhoods for everyone to enjoy! Talk to Bonnie. She can help with your landscaping design ideas, outdoor decor ideas and provide the gardening & landscaping services you need. With her help you can have a beautiful garden you will be proud of and can enjoy immediately! When selling a home, our Curb Appeal Gardening Services will add value to your property and help sell it faster! Allow Bonnie to answer your landscaping questions and provide garden landscape design ideas, garden landscape renovation, garden clean-up, maintenance advice, and more!


July 2017 :  For new clients wanting a quick estimate on a garden "refresh" (weeding, pruning, overall clean-up) please email Bonnie with a few pictures of the garden, along with your postal code.  bonnie@gardensbybonnie.com

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July 2017

This is our busiest time of year, and we LOVE it!

Please email me with your postal code and some pics of your garden for a quick estimate!  bonnie@gardensbybonnie.com

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Gardens by Bonnie
Aldergrove AveToronto, OntarioM4C 1B3CA
Phone: 647-854-5595 Website: https://www.gardensbybonnie.com