The End is Near

The End is Near

By Erin Stackhouse

While the much of the country languishes under several feet of snow, here in Vancouver we are being teased by the first glimpses of spring. With recent double-digit temperatures, some trees are already blooming and weeds are already poking out of the soil. With all the action our city sees in early spring, it’s easy to forget the risk of frost still exists through the end of March. Now is the time to put together an action plan for lawns and gardens to take full advantage when growing season arrives. Following are a few activities worth taking into consideration.

Lawn Care
A Spring Tune Up addresses the primary issues experienced by lawns after a long winter. This includes moss removal and remediation with fertilizer, lime, aeration to reduce compaction, and an additional soil and seed where required.
Many lawns also suffer damage from European Chafer Beetle infestations, when the larvae are largest and most appealing. Keep an eye out for torn up or rolled back turf and monitor the damage. It’s best to deal with when the area is no longer increasing in size and turf can be restored without risk of further damage.

Plant Clean Up
If the fall season got away from you and a clean-up didn’t happen, you’ll be thinking about pruning your perennials and shrubs in preparation for growing season. Although fall clean ups are popular (largely for aesthetic reasons), this delay can be beneficial, as it prevents stimulation of new growth which then suffers from frost and cold temperatures. Leaves left in beds over winter further protect the ground from freezing and provide a layer of insulation to the roots beneath. These are factors to take into consideration when performing a spring clean-up; while some plants (i.e. grasses) can be cut back early without any consequence, pruning some woody plants is best left until the risk of frost has passed.

Garden Assessment
This is the perfect time to assess your garden’s potential. It’s still too early to be certain exactly which plants survived, but if you’re an avid gardener you likely have some ideas for new plants you want to experiment with. A successful garden is all about placement. Consider which plants on your wish list which plants will get the light and moisture requirements they need to thrive. You may need to move some plants around or consider dividing ones that are outgrowing their locations.
Spring is also a great time for addition of mulch, which will protect from water loss in the heat of summer, provide nutrients, and increase the visual appeal of your garden. This is an especially good time for application because plants are in their dormant state and the job is usually much easier! You may also choose to fertilize, but we recommend a good organic soil amender to provide the necessary nutrients without risk of toxicity. When applying synthetic fertilizers, it may be worth having soil testing done to ascertain whether any deficiency is present.

Hopefully these tips are helpful! If you have any questions regarding our services, please visit our Estimates page or email to In the meantime, enjoy getting those wheels turning while we wait for the onset of spring!

Now hiring for 2018

Now hiring for 2018

We are currently seeking applicants to fill a range of positions in our landscaping and maintenance crews.

From landscape installations to garden clean ups, residential to commercial, hardscaping to softscaping, paving installation to lawn cutting, big projects or small – you will have the opportunity to do it all.

Experienced landscapers are welcomed, but this is also a great opportunity for travelers looking for short-term work or locals wanting a new experience in a growing industry.

$15-$20/hr depending on experience.

8am Start, Monday-Friday.

If you are energetic, conscientious, and this job appeals to you then email your application- including a resume- to



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Fall Lawn Care

Fall Lawn Care

Lawn care may be low on your priority list right now. But there are steps you can take during fall that will be invaluable to your lawn’s health when spring arrives. Although growth has slowed and you can reduce frequency, it is important to continue mowing until grass stops growing, usually around the end of October. Using the lowest blade setting for the last two cuts is highly recommended as it will allow more sunlight to reach the roots. Here are some other useful tips from Yard Ventures Inc;


Fall is the optimum time to fertilize lawns (additional fertilizer in spring is also recommended). Although there will be minimal growth, the nutrients delivered now will reap rewards later.


Aeration ensures the roots are receiving much needed oxygen, water and fertilizer.

Leaf removal

Sunlight is crucial to a healthy lawn, and as the days grow shorter it is important to maximize exposure. Leaves left too long can cause significant damage so rake them up regularly.


The most environmentally friendly way to deal with weeds is by hand. Please not that the use of herbicides is prohibited in Vancouver.

Yard Ventures Inc can provide all of the above services. For more information contact us on 604-321-0212 or