Gardeners need to pay attention to details when planning gardens in Calgary, as our unique weather patterns, climate, and other factors can contribute to success or often failure. Gardens that don't wick water can retain too much water and drown plants. Gardens with too much sun and drainage can dry out. Plants with specific sun requirements must be planted in the right places or risk dying. Are your gardens killing your plants?
Gardens can be a place of oasis and beauty, but often in Calgary they cause frustration when flowers die, dry out, wilt, or drown. Have you checked everything and become frustrated with your garden? If some mysterious force is keeping your garden down, it can be tempting to remove it and sod over. But there is hope! You may be able to restore your garden with the help of certified botanists from Evergreen Ltd.
Are you frustrated that your garden is not blooming, doesn’t seem to be thriving, or that your flowers and growth are underwhelming? Depending on the soil's nutrition level you may need to fertilize your garden, and while some chemicals may be a tempting resolution, high concentrations, imbalanced formulas, and made-in-a-lab solutions could make problems worse. Fertilizing with chemicals can cause burning or dehydration.
Gardens can be fickle in the best of times, but if you're experiencing problems with plants drying out or not getting enough water, it could be there hasn't been enough rain in Calgary or you've been too busy to make watering a priority. Forgetting to water your plants once in a while can be fixed with some discipline, but if it's becoming difficult to keep track, it can be burden keeping your garden lush and healthy with regular watering.
Weeds are so annoying! You can have the perfect spot for your garden, the best mix of plants, sunshine exposure, a fertilizing and watering plan, and inevitably, weeds just show up uninvited! Weeds cause all kinds of problems, they steam nutrients, water, and sunlight from your intended plants, causing them to ail and die. Worst of all, some weeds LOOK like flowers- it can be hard to tell what to pull and what to leave.
Selecting the right soil for your garden can be a challenging task- there are so many brands, different packaging that markets towards flowers, grass, vegetables, some that have organic nutrients, some with chemicals… how do you get started? Soil selection may seem straightforward if you haven't looked to deep into it, but there is a science behind getting your garden started off right, and soil is a huge factor in your garden's success.
The garden you're dreaming of is at your fingertips, but selecting the right location for your garden can have its challenges. Should you start with what plants you want? Or start with the garden location? What conditions should you be paying attention to, like sun exposure, rain exposure, and surrounding plants or trees? Do you enjoy gardening as a hobby, or do you need low maintenance? So many questions! Where to start?
Gardens are a ton of fun when you have a green thumb and some time to spend on them, but what about when life gets busy? Or what if you love owning a beautiful garden but just don't have the passion to keep it up all year round? If you've started off with a beautiful garden but over the season you've had trouble keeping up with it, consider a low maintenance garden that is hearty and can thrive in Calgary's unique weather and climate.
Flowerbeds come in many configurations, and it can be overwhelming to try to understand which will perform best for your garden. Wicking flower beds? Raised? In-ground flower beds? Which works the best for the plants you envision in your yard? Which will retain the moisture you need without drowning your plants, and which has a propensity to dry out the easiest? Selecting your flower bed type is key to ensuring your garden's vitality.
Beautiful gardens can add beauty, color, and life to any property, yet they can be very difficult to maintain unless you're a passionate gardener with lots of time on your hands. All gardeners need to consider the water exposure of their gardens and ensure the right plants populate them. But how can the right flower bed make your garden watering and maintenance easier? Is there a self watering garden that doesn't get regular rain?
Raised flower beds can add beauty, geometry and curb appeal to your yard, but they can be a challenge to plan and install. Raised beds can be constructed from wood, aluminum, or pre-cast stone to match the aesthetics you are interested in, but you may need a landscape designer to help you with estimating materials, levelling garden walls, and creating the look you want. Raised beds tend to lose water quickly, and can be difficult to maintain.
In ground, or traditional flower beds are one of the simplest garden beds you can use. They use the soil in your existing yard, which can be exposed easily be removing grass covering. While these are one of the easiest gardens to get started with, they do struggle to thaw in the spring and can freeze over easily in Calgary's harsh winters. When your garden is frozen longer, your planting season is shorter.