Posts Tagged ‘planting’

Spring Gardening After a Hard Winter

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

Pruning small trees and shrubs in February, during the dormant period, is a safe time to make cuts. Avoid pruning shrubs that are about to flower, as you will lose the buds. Use your handsaw and secateurs to improve access, shape, or remove branches broken by snow loads. Cut back any of last year’s perennials that were left for winter interest such as coneflowers or ornamental grasses. Cut to within an inch of the crown of the plant.

Damage and Debris Removal
In winter or early spring remove fallen leaves, branches, breakage from snow, and dead portions of Chafer grub damaged lawns. Rake up debris from the lawn and garden beds and dispose of as much possible in the green bin. Note that homeowners can call 311 and request the largest green bin available or order a second bin. Piles of debris left on the lawn will kill the emerging spring grass beneath it and becomes a nesting site for slugs and insect pests.

Add Composted Mulch
With spring on its way, a layer of composted mulch installed on the planting bed will help to suppress weeds, retain moisture, and moderate soil temperature. If your soil is light brown or yellowish in colour, this is a telltale sign that you need to use bark mulch as a top-dressing to add vital nutrients to your garden.

2017 is the year of ‘Soundscaping.’ Plant trees or shrubs that have dense lower branches in order to buffer your garden space from urban noise. Leaves, trunks and branches serve to disperse sound waves. It’s no surprise that trees are once again in the spotlight for their health benefits.

Jessica Salvador is a Certified Landscape Horticulturist. She is Co-Owner of Higher Ground Gardens with Christian Kessner, a Certified Landscape Technician

I Dig Dunbar

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Help Create Beautiful Gardens throughout Dunbar Village.

Spring is here!  Dunbar Village is restarting its “I Dig Dunbar” project.  They would like to see Dunbar Village bloom with gardens of herbs, perennials, and perhaps some annuals, but they need your help to design these gardens.

Here’s What to Expect:

1. Let Dunbar Village Business Association know if you would like to design a garden by emailing or by leaving a voicemail at 604-635-1836  They will assign plots on a first-come-first-serve basis.

2. Using their list of suitable plants, start sketching out your garden design. Submit your design by email, fax or mail.

3. Once the Dig Dunbar Project Coordinator has had a chance to review your design, they will make arrangements using volunteers from the community to do the planting.

4. The Dunbar Village Business Association will purchase the plants (through the generosity of KJM Country Gardens) and will also provide watering throughout the summer.

5. Volunteer garden designers and planters will be acknowledged for their contribution to the Dunbar Village streetscape with signage at the plots.

More details:

Planting days will be scheduled in sections throughout the coming months and will continue through the years as they make more planting areas available.

Twice a year the planting areas will be cleaned up or have plants added.

Once a garden plot has been assigned, designers have 7 days to submit their plan.  If no plans are received within that time, then the plots will be assigned to another designer.

If you would like to be part of the volunteer planting team, contact or leave a message at 604-635-1836