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24 May 2017
Mulch Ideal Yard

What Kind Of Mulch Is Ideal For Your Yard?

Spreading layers of mulch over your yard bed is the shortcut to worrying less about your yard. This is because mulches help in water and heat retention in the soil. They also keep unwanted grubs and weeds at bay. Out of numerous options, the best mulch can make a drastic difference in your yard. So find out some of the best mulch for yard mentioned below.

Organic Mulch

Organic mulches are loaded with advantages. These mulches restore moisture and nutrients in the soil, rather add more beneficial nutrients that a plant needs. These mulches create a barrier between the harsh weather and the plant roots. They create a layer so that the soil doesn’t directly splash on the plants during rain and snowfall. This also means that organic mulch prevents soil erosion. As these mulches have organic content, they attract and encourage the growth of beneficial microorganisms and insects. These mulches decompose over time, thus improving the quality of the soil. But, this means that you have to add more mulch to keep your vegetation healthy and safe. Most of these mulches are the leftovers from kitchen and garden. You can obtain them as and when needed for free to very low cost.

Some of the easily available and widely used organic mulches are:

  1. Fresh Wood Chips or Sawdust

  2. Seaweed

  3. Cocoa Hull

  4. Straw or Hay

  5. Grass Cuttings and Clippings

  6. Bark Pieces or Shredded Bark (Especially Pine Barks)

  7. Fallen Leaves and Branches

  8. Mushroom Leftovers

  9. Alfalfa

  10. Well-rotten Manure

  11. Newspaper or Cardboard

  12. Compost

Inorganic Mulch

Inorganic mulches are generally added to add a barrier against weed and animals and birds. As these mulches do not decompose, they do not affect the fertility level of the soil or add nutrients to the soil. These inorganic mulches are also used to decorate the yard while keeping it safe from extreme heat or cold temperature. Inorganic mulches tend to survive for a longer period. If applied closely or fastened properly to the soil, these mulches don’t move from their place due to wind, rain, foot traffic, or animal movement. The drawback of choosing inorganic mulch is that they do not control perennial weeds. So, in order to do that, you will have to spray chemicals regularly. Also, these types of mulches are more expensive and difficult to apply.

Some very common inorganic mulches are:

  1. Pebble or Gravel

  2. Pumice Rock

  3. Weed Cloth

  4. Colorful Polyethylene Sheet

  5. Landscape Fabric

  6. Rubber Pieces

So why wait? Mulch your yard today and become a gardener pro! The selection of your mulch should depend on the frequency of weed attacks, quality and pH value of your soil, weather in your region, and the plants you have. If you are unsure of the type of soil you have or which mulch will suit the best, you can get in touch with our professional landscapers. They will visit your house, inspect your yard, and suggest the right mulch for prettier and healthier yard.

02 May 2017
Commercial Landscape Design

7 Commercial Landscape Design Ideas

Any landscape area that is aesthetically designed, contributes to the overall beauty of the residential or commercial space. A good commercial landscape design should be a combination of the functional aspect and aesthetics. The design should enhance the overall look and image of your building but the design elements should also serve as a functional purpose. Here are 7 commercial landscape design ideas to consider when you plan designing your commercial landscape area.

  1. Plan the Signages

Your entryway signage is the first element that your clients and visitors will look when they visit you. And as they say, the first impression is the last impression, which is why you need to ensure that your landscape area is inviting enough. You can also install various signages to direct your visitors to the landscape, parking, or main entrance area. Hence, it is crucial to be creative with the signages. In most cases, the signage is a permanent fixture that business owners don’t modify or replace. So plan smartly and create the best signage at the first go.

  1. Add Colors in Patterns

Keeping in mind that your property is a business space and not a residential property, you must limit the usage of colors. Using too many colors will attract the visitors, but it won’t match the seriousness of a business place. Choose limited colors, and plant annual and perennial flowers in patterns. Simply planting beds of flowers and shrubs will make the space look like a garden. Strategically, plant them in patterns so that they look well-organized.

  1. Switch to Low Maintenance Plants

As a business owner, it may become difficult for you to maintain your commercial landscape. Hence, select the low maintenance elements for your yard.

  1. Install a Focal Point

A focal point structure can be anything that stands out from a standard, usual landscape. You can install a water feature like a small waterfall, a statue complementing your business, a huge vase, or any other accessory. This will draw the attention of your visitors and increase the aesthetics of your property.

  1. Keep in Mind the Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Gardening

Think about nature as well while designing your commercial landscape. Choose LED lights that cause less harm to the environment. Switch to sustainable backyard techniques to make sure less bio wastage is done and you make the most of the natural methods of gardening and yard maintenance.

If you are looking for help or ideas for your commercial landscape design, call us today! Get in touch with our Edmonton professional landscapers and we will help you plan your commercial landscape area beyond a simple lawn bed.

20 Apr 2017
Backyard Look Stunning

How to Make Your Backyard Look Stunning?

The backyard of your house complements the landscape of your house. Transforming and making your backyard look stunning also defines your personality and lifestyle. So, it becomes important to pay more attention to the way you decorate your backyard. Take a look at some simple backyard design ideas mentioned below.

Choose Annual and Perennial Plants

Both, annual and perennial plants require less maintenance and extra care. Also, these plants, especially a huge variety of flowers bloom with bright colors. So why not add a dash of colors to your backyard by planting these low maintenance flowers.

Don’t Leave the Trees Alone

Trees that stand in isolation in your backyard can look random and pointless. If you have more than one tree in your backyard, connect them with a planted bed of plants, shrubs, and creepers. A curved or patterned plant bed will look even better.

Create a Shady Dining Area

If you don’t want to connect the trees with flowers and shrubs because you have too many trees in your backyard, you can create a shady dining area. No, there’s nothing bad about this shady area. Simply place your dining table, chairs, side tables, and other furniture under the shade of your trees. Lay your meals and enjoy the perfect sunlight on your table.

Consider Gravel Over Lawn

If you don’t want to maintain a lawn, you can lay colorful gravels on the ground. Gravel is low-maintenance, durable and relatively inexpensive. You can also hide or cover dead spots and areas that receive foot traffic defect with gravel.

Avoid Mistakes

  1. More fertilizer means better plants, No! Providing your lawn with too much fertilizer causes the plant and grass roots to grow excessively. This means you’ll have to mow your grass and trim your plants more frequently than normal. Hence, use a little amount of fertilizer that suits your plants and grass.

  2. If you think that simply planting your vegetation and placing accessories and furniture around them is all that you have to do to have a beautiful backyard then you are wrong. If you have beds of plants and flowers, it is important to edge them. You can edge them with tiles, stones, or even a garden hose. Think, plan, and plant everything strategically.

  3. Improper plant placement is another common mistake. Before randomly planting your saplings, pay attention to the little tag that you get when you buy the plant and check for plant requirements. Accordingly, plant them.

Need more help in transforming your backyard into something extremely eye-catching and stunning? Contact our Edmonton landscaping professionals and we will be there to help you in your backyard revamping project.

13 Apr 2017
yard needs maintenance

13 Signs Your Yard Needs Maintenance

Keeping the yard healthy and beautiful throughout the year is something every homeowner wishes. But often, people fail to maintain their yard due to lack of time or various other “excuses”. If the yard outside your window worries you more than anything, it’s time you consider professional yard maintenance.

  1. Dying Vegetation

Your yard needs maintenance when you find that your plants, shrubs, trees, and even lawn grass are turning yellow or brown and withering too fast.

  1. Uneven Dead Patches

Your yard needs maintenance when you find bald yard patches or patches with withering plants and grass surrounded by healthy, lush plantations.

  1. Weed and Crabgrass Invasion

Your yard needs maintenance when you find unwanted crabgrass and various kinds of weed growth on the fallow land of your lawn, dead patches, or around your plants and shrubs.

  1. Overgrown Vegetation

Your yard needs maintenance when you notice your trees, shrubs, plants, and grass have crossed the desired heights and have become too tall and unmanageable. This can occur when you don’t regularly maintain a perfect lawn level.

  1. Lawn Diseases

Your yard needs maintenance when you find your lawn turning yellow or brown, even after proper maintenance of your plants, shrubs and trees.

  1. Unhealthy or Inappropriate Soil

Your yard needs maintenance when you notice soil erosion in your yard. Also, look for hard, compacted soil or saline soil. Such soil types will stunt the growth of your vegetation.

  1. Increasing Insects and Pests

Your yard needs maintenance when you see the multiplying population of pests, insects, worms, etc. Some pests and insects are beneficial for your yard, but many are not, especially when they are in larger numbers.

  1. Grubs and Rodents Sightings

Your yard needs maintenance when you find milky-white beetle larvae feeding on grass roots and rodents roaming around in your lawn. These animals can entirely destroy your lawn and leave dead spots.

  1. Poor Drainage

Your yard needs maintenance when you find pooling or puddles of water in certain parts of your lawn. Constantly running off of water also signals you have a poor drainage problem.

  1. Swampy or Marshy Yard

Your yard needs maintenance when you find soft but swampy soil in your yard. Poor drainage along with rainfall or waterlogging can lead to a swampy, muddy, or a marshy yard.

  1. Inadequate or More Than Needed Irrigation

Your yard needs maintenance when you notice that your yard is receiving less or more water. Vegetation can die due to excessive water or due to drying if it receives less water.

  1. Sunlight Problems

Your yard needs maintenance when your yard receives less or a lot of sunlight.

  1. Unmaintained and Unmanaged Yard for a Very Long Time

Your yard needs maintenance when your lawn is neglected or unmaintained for a very long time. You will find out growing or withering plants, shrubs, grass, uneven lawn structure, and too many pests and animals.

Being tolerant to these yard problems and avoiding them is not good. You can always hire our Edmonton professional landscapers to completely transform your yard or keep it well-maintained.

10 Apr 2017
Landscaping design issues

Landscaping Design Issues and Solutions

You don’t have to be a professional to discover your yard or lawn has a problem. Some design issues are easy to identify. Landscaping design problems can be the cause of spending money for maintenance and repairs. These design problems may also be due to lack of proper maintenance of your yard. Here are the five most common landscape design problems and some ways to fix them.

Compacted Soil

Compacted soil resists moisture and its unable to receive the air. This soil also results in an unproductive landscape as the plants, shrubs, and trees don’t get enough nutrients from the soil. This soil blocks the plant and tree roots deep into the soil. There’s only one advantage of compacted soil, it doesn’t wash away and causes soil erosion.

Solutions: Aerating the soil is the best way to fix compacted soil. If you don’t want to get into aerating and landscaping, you can simply add earthworms to the soil. This may take time but the result will be that you’ll obtain aerated, loose soil with enough natural manure.

Small Landscape

A small yard can limit your landscaping design ideas and refrain you from adding many aesthetic aspects to your yard. You not only have to think twice before planting your vegetation but also have to consider enough space to take care of the yard.

Solutions: You can switch to designing in inches rather than feet. This will help you to plan and design in a better way. Create multiple focal points that will make your yard appear bigger, like a small pond. You can also install an artificial waterfall, an outdoor seating area, etc. The vertical garden is the best option for smaller yards.

Poor Drainage

Different poor or inefficient yard drainage problems include water run-off, standing water (pooling of water), muddy yard, etc. These problems can destroy your landscaping and turn your backyard into a swamp. Not only this, poor drainage may also spoil the quality of the soil.

Solutions: Grading or sloping the yard is the best way to divert water away from the landscape. You can construct a French drain, underground dry well, corrugated tubes, or a grassy swale to direct water elsewhere in or outside the yard. If you have a large yard, you can construct a small pond in the area where water typically accumulates. Building a small pond will also act as a focal point to your landscape.

Here, at Songbird Yard Service, we can help diagnose landscaping design issues and suggest and create lasting solutions for each. We offer solutions and troubleshooting advice specific to your unique site challenges. Addressing all the problems in your landscape with the help of our Edmonton landscaping professionals will help you create that perfect, inviting space for your house.

31 Mar 2017
Summer Landscaping

Summer Landscaping and Lawn Care Tips

The harsh and hot summer can ruin your lawn. The warm weather steals nutrients along with the beauty of your landscape. Below are some lawn care tips that can help you in making your lawn healthy throughout the hot summer season.


Many homeowners mow their grass short to minimize the frequency of mowing. But, the blades need to be set as high as possible during summers. Taller grass blades provide more insulation from summer heat and reduce water loss from your soil. They help in retaining the moisture not only in the soil but also in the plants’ roots. But, don’t let your grass grow too long as it will absolutely restrict sunlight to reach the soil surrounding the plants. Hence, mow at 3 to 3.5 inches to maintain the perfect lawn level. You can redistribute the grass clippings across your lawn that you obtain from mowing. These clippings will act as a layer of mulch and supply additional nutrients to the soil.


Most homeowners think that summer means you need to water frequently, but the way of watering is more important than the frequency. Water your lawn deeply and infrequently. Over-watering the lawn can affect the growth of plants. A drip irrigation system can help you in watering your lawn. Drip irrigation also eliminates the chances of evaporation as it waters your lawn slowly but effectively. Water your lawn early in the morning and in the evening to avoid evaporation and absorption of water by the soil. Keep in mind that ideally your lawn should get at least one gallon of water per day.

Treating Diseases

The most common types of summer lawn diseases are dollar spot, brown spot, and Zoysia patch. Check for any unusual spots on the leaves, decaying limbs of your plants, and withering grass blades. Call our professional landscapers if you find it difficult to identify lawn diseases. Our professionals will closely inspect your lawn, identify the diseases, and suggest best ways for treating them. They will also spot any dangers of early lawn diseases and help you maintain a healthy, disease-free lawn.

Eliminating Weeds

Eliminating weed and controlling its growth is one major aspect of summer landscaping. Weeds and crabgrass steal nutrients from your lawn and make it look ugly and disorganized. Walk through your lawn and carefully survey it. This will help you spot the weeds and crabgrasses that are already there in your lawn. You can either handpick them or use correct herbicides and weed killers. If you choose to handpick them, make sure you pull out the roots as well along with the visible parts. But, if you plan to use chemicals, there are two basic types of lawn treatment – pre-emergence weed control treatments and post-emergence treatments.

Does this sound like too much lawn work? Give us a call and we will take care of your summer landscaping. Our professional landscapers specialize in various Edmonton landscaping services that will help you create beautiful lawn round the year.

29 Mar 2017
Commercial Landscape

How to Maintain Trees in Your Commercial Landscape?

Trees are valuable assets to any property as they take a long time to establish and once they grow, they increase the beauty of the landscape. Do you have mature trees, growing trees, or both on your commercial property? Find out how you can maintain them and keep them healthy for a longer period of time.

Make Watering a Habit

Whether you have mature trees on your commercial yard or growing ones, watering is the most important thing that you will have to take care of. Every tree has different water requirements. With the help of our professional landscapers in Edmonton, identify the requirement of each tree type on your property and water them properly. Also, keep in mind that inadequate water is harmful to the tree but too much water is equally bad.

Prune the Trees Wisely

Pruning trees removes the excess weight of the tree crowns and reduces the likelihood of breakage and damages. Prune and remove crossing branches, dead or damaged limbs, and low-hanging branches. Prune fruit and flower trees every 1-3 years, deciduous trees every 5 years, and evergreens only when needed. Professionals suggest pruning in summers or winters. It’s best to avoid pruning in the fall.

Protect Trees’ Barks and Roots

The bark of your trees are the natural protective shields to the stem, whereas the roots are essential for plant growth. Make sure you or your landscapers don’t hit the trunk of the trees to keep them safe from injuries.

The tree roots absorb the necessary nutrients from the soil and provide it to different parts of the tree. The best way to protect and keep the roots safe is by taking proper care of the soil around the tree.

Maintain Healthy Soil

Test the soil around the tree trunks to determine what nutrients are needed, how much to apply, and when. Once you know, fertilize accordingly using granular or liquid fertilizers. You can also add layers of mulch to provide the necessary nutrients. Mulch protects the soil from extreme weather temperatures and helps to keep weeds away. Maintain a 2- to 4-inch layer of purchased or natural mulch. Natural mulch includes the leftover of the plants and trees.

Identify and Eliminate Damages

You may often see various pests, insects, and diseases that affect your trees by either damaging or killing them. Find out if the leaves, fruits, or flowers of your trees are turning yellow or brown from their original color or the growth is much less than the previous year. These symptoms can be the first indicators that the trees are infected and should be inspected in detail. Call a certified arborist to identify the cause of these damages and ways to eliminate them.

Every commercial landscape is different and requires separate maintenance and landscaping. Get in touch with our Edmonton commercial landscapers to know more about maintaining trees and carrying out a customized tree maintenance program in your commercial landscape.

28 Mar 2017
Hiring Professional Landscapers

Benefits of Hiring Professional Landscapers

Just like the interiors of your house, the exteriors must also look appealing and suit your personality and lifestyle. Everybody deserves a perfectly designed and well-maintained landscape. Whether you indulge in landscaping and maintenance regularly, or you rarely step in your lawn, you must hire professional landscaping services. The professionals can create a beautiful landscape area as per your requirements. Let’s look at the benefits of landscaping services and why you must hire them.

Time-Saving and Cost-Effective

When you take a landscaping project in your own hands, you may take a long time to complete it. Also, when you’re unaware of the right plants, tools, equipment, materials, and products, you can end up spending more than you actually should. Hiring professional landscapers can help you save both time and money. They know the exact way to complete the landscaping tasks. Hence, without wasting any time, they complete the tasks within the set timeframe. When you choose to work with a professional, you won’t need to purchase any equipment or materials. They give an estimated cost of the entire project which is comparatively inexpensive and less time-consuming.

Informed Landscaping Services

Professional landscapers exactly know how to identify and deal with various landscaping problems. Their professional way of working ensures that they complete all the landscaping projects properly, keeping in mind all the precautions. Many homeowners may not know how to fix such problems. Some even fail to identify the actual problem or its cause.

Use of Right Elements

A wide variety of seeds, plants, flowers, yard decoration, and accessories are available in the market. Homeowners may get overwhelmed by the variety and pick up elements that won’t suit their landscape. Professional landscapers can help you pick up the right plants, shrubs, trees, and accessories for your lawn or yard. They will use their knowledge to inspect your yard and then suggest the best elements for your landscape.

Experienced Working

Experienced professional landscapers know the entire landscaping process in-and-out and hence, they can easily help in planning and managing your landscaping project. They deliver the best quality work. They make sure that the least amount of mess and problems are created while working on the landscaping work. They also provide the best and appropriate expert advice for future landscaping maintenance.

Reduced Risk of Injuries

If you are not used to landscaping and gardening, you are more likely to get injured during the project. Improper use of tools, equipment, and materials can be a safety hazard for you. Also, if you work without proper precautions, you may develop cuts and scratches, tan, sunburns, muscle pull, etc. Hiring professional landscapers can reduce the risk of injuries and health problems.

When you hire professional landscaping services, you can rest assured that your dream landscape will be designed without any trouble and worries. So why wait? Call our professional landscapers today and select from Edmonton landscaping services we provide.

27 Mar 2017
Commercial Landscape

How to Add Aesthetic Value to Your Commercial Landscape?

Making your commercial landscape attractive can be a time-consuming practice but is extremely necessary. A beautiful commercial landscape can be a stress-buster, attractive element for clients, and security-providing feature for your business. Here is how you can increase aesthetic value to your commercial landscape.

Improve the Parking Space

The parking lot and the garage area generally looks dull and uninviting. You can start with updating this utility space. Clean the parking space, paint it, and place correct signage to make it look vibrant.

Update the Features

Various features on a commercial landscape are gates, pathways, benches, lighting, fence, and signboards. Update some or all of them to revamp your landscape. These features contribute majorly to the aesthetic value of your commercial landscape. Plan effectively, choose a theme, pick up contrasting colors, paint, decorate, and update them, and your property is ready to look attractive to your visitors and employees.

Plant Selectively, Decorate Creatively

Select plants and trees that will require less maintenance and care, and still look pretty. Plants like morning glory, crepe myrtles, and hostas require less amount of care and maintenance. You can include accessories like statues, water features, pots, decorative stone, etc. to increase the aesthetic value with no maintenance.

Take Care of the Yard

Once you cover your commercial yard with plants and trees of your choice, it is important to take proper care of them. On a regular basis, rake the yard to remove debris and dead leaves, branches, and other plant leftovers. Fertilize and mulch the soil and water the vegetation as and when needed. Trim and prune the lawn, plants, shrubs, and trees so that they don’t outgrow and block the pathways or make your yard look unorganized.

Consider Spending Time Outdoors

If you have a big lawn or yard area on your commercial landscape, you can convert it into an outdoor cafeteria or conference room. This way, you can occupy a large part of your property without worrying about decorating it. Also, an outdoor cafeteria is loved by the visitors as well as the onlookers.

Keep the Landscape Neat and Organized

Once you have designed your commercial landscape, make sure you keep it clean and organized all the time. Clear the garbage regularly, keep the vegetation maintained and manicured, repaint the features whenever necessary, and keep the entire landscape clutter-free.

Don’t Overdo

Keep in mind that you are landscaping for your commercial property and not for your house. Don’t make it too fancy with too many colors. Keep the elements limited and use a limited variety of plants. Decorating your commercial landscape more than it is needed and by including many features at a time will make your landscape clumsy. Place limited but elegant landscape accessories.

It is okay if you or your employees don’t have time to perform these maintenance activities. Contact our Edmonton landscaping professionals and we will take care of your property. You can free yourself from worries while we will help you increase the aesthetic value of your commercial property.

02 Mar 2017
maintain landscape area

How to Maintain Your Landscape Area in Harsh Weather Conditions?

The most common harsh weather conditions are windstorms, heavy rainfall, excessive heat, frost or heavy snowfall, drought, etc. These conditions can be dangerous for your yard and can damage its aesthetic value. Below is a list of things you can do to protect your yard from harsh weather conditions.

Landscape Maintenance Against Heat

  • Plant tall, shade-providing plants like sunflower, evergreen loquat, Taxus baccata, corn, etc. Grow plants that need less shade (lettuce, spinach, beet, etc.) under them.

  • Create a shade for heat-sensitive plants by constructing a framework over the plant heights. Cover this framework with burlap.

  • If you have newly grown trees in your yard, paint their trunks with white latex paint to reflect sun rays.

  • Spread 2-3 inches deep organic mulches like pine bark, wood chips, or shredded newspaper. Avoid plastic-based mulches.

  • Remove all the metal and plastic accessories and decorative objects from your yard.

Landscape Maintenance Against Drought

  • Clear your yard and plant drought-resistant plants, shrubs, and grass like sunflowers, portulacas, marigolds, clover, etc.

  • Water the plants less often, slowly, and deeply to encourage the deep root growth.

  • Spread a 3-inch layer of shredded leaves and insulate the soil before hot weather arrives.

  • If you are permitted to use only a limited amount of water, reuse water from kitchen sink and bathtub to water the plants.

Landscape Maintenance Against Frost

  • Spread 3 inches of shredded bark, leaves, or straw and cover it with chicken wire or tree branches to protect the layer from wind.

  • Cover the small, delicate plants with plastic bags to protect them from snow and harsh winds.

  • Place a thick blanket or quilt over strong plants to trap soil’s heat.

  • Water the plants more often as this can protect the plants against the cold wind when the water freezes.

Landscape Maintenance Against Windstorm

  • Put stakes around plants and trees and cover these tall stakes with burlap or tie plastic screenings around them.

  • Don’t cut trees that are up to 30 feet away from your yard. Plant fast growing trees as trees obstruct the wind flow.

  • If you have newly grown trees, wrap their trunks with commercial tree wrap or strips of burlap.

  • If you live in a place where high winds and windstorms are common, prune deciduous trees to allow the strong winds to flow through their branches without causing any damage.

Landscape Maintenance Against Rainfall

  • Rake and clean the entire yard to remove debris and dried leaves.

  • Check the drainage system of your yard. Repair it if it is not in a good condition.

  • If you have shallow pits around your plants, fill them with soil or mulch so that water doesn’t accumulate during heavy rains.

  • DO NOT water the yard unless it becomes extremely dry.

If you face any problem in your yard due to the harsh weather conditions, feel free to contact our Edmonton professional landscapers. They will be there at your yard’s rescue and make sure that it is healthy again.