Maintenance Services

Lawn & Garden Maintenance

There is no better time than now to secure your 2016 maintenance contract! Great Canadian Landscaping offers quality lawn and garden maintenance services to residential, strata and commercial properties. Let our team of skilled estimators and trained crews take care of all your lawn care needs. Speak to an estimator about any or all of these services:

North Vancouver Lawn & Garden Maintenance

Maintenance

  • Lawn cutting
  • Garden bed maintenance
  • Edging
  • Cleaning
  • Pruning
  • Leaf blowing

We Also Offer…

  • Snow clearing and de-icing services
  • Lawn installation and repairs
  • Paving stone installation
  • Landscape renovations and design
  • Fence and deck installation
  • Landscape lighting, and more!

*please note we restrict our residential lawn & garden maintenance services to North Shore residents only.

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Great Canadian Landscaping
Great Canadian offers landscaping services primarily to North Vancouver. Landscape lighting design and installation, outdoor BBQ kitchens and irrigation installation.
118 Garden Ave, , BC
North Vancouver, British Columbia
V7P 3H2
CA
Phone: 604.924.5296
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Season’s Greetings!

Christmas 2015

Happy Holidays from the team at The Great Canadian Landscaping Company!

We hope that you will have a safe and happy holiday season and New Year with friends and family. We appreciate your business and are excited to start our 16th year of business with you shortly.

Need help shoveling snow or deicing at your home or business this season? Please email sales@gclc.ca for a free quote or give us a call at 604-924-5296.

Once again, Happy Holidays from the GCLC team!

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6 Fall Lawn Care Tips

What YOU Need to Know:

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The grass is starting to grow more slowly, so our lawns may not be at the forefront of our minds. The thing is, lax lawn care now means a lacklustre lawn later!  Want to avoid playing doctor to your sick-looking grass in the spring? Listen up!  

  1.  Keep Mowing!

Continue to water and mow your lawn, as needed, throughout the fall. Then as the season draws to a close, drop the mower’s blade to its lowest setting for the last two cuttings of the year. That will allow more sunlight to reach the crown of the grass and there will be less leaves to turn brown during the winter. IMPORTANT: Remember to never trim off more than one third of the grass blades at any one time. If necessary, gradually lower the cutting height until the time of the final two cuttings.

  1.  Aerate the Soil:

Let oxygen, water and fertilizer have a hope of reaching your lawn’s roots by aerating in the fall.  A gas-powered walk-behind aerator can be rented, or if you don’t feel like doing it yourself, it can easily be hired out.

  1.  Rake the Leaves:

We know that this job stinks, but it’s important to remove fallen leaves from your lawn as soon as possible. If you wait until all the leaves have fallen to begin your raking duties, you’ll have a thick, impenetrable mat of leaves that have been soaked by rain and morning dew, and the lawn will suffocate underneath from lack of oxygen.  Let’s not even talk about fungal breeding. Gross, eh? Alternative: a lawnmower with a vacuum and/or a bagging system. With this method, it’s still important to remove the leaves as early as possible to avoid suffocating your lawn.

  1.  Fertilize:

Many lawn experts would agree that this is the most important fertilization of the season. While the grass blades have slowed in growth as the weather has cooled, the roots and rhizomes (the horizontal stems that grow beneath the ground’s surface) continue to grow at a feverish rate. A fall application of fertilizer delivers essential nutrients for the grass to grow deep roots now and to keep nutrients on reserve for a healthy start next spring. In mid-to-late fall, apply a dry lawn fertilizer to all grassy areas. Be careful not to miss any spots!

  1.  Fill in Bald Spots:  

The quickest, easiest way to do this is with an all-in-one lawn repair mixture.  Sold at most garden shops and home centers, this ready-to-use mixture contains grass seed, a special quick-starter lawn fertilizer and organic mulch. Use a garden rake to scratch loose the soil at the bald spot in your lawn. Then spread a thick layer of the lawn repair mixture over the area (Turf Soil / Seed Mix). Lightly compact the mixture, then water thoroughly and continue to water every other day for two weeks, unless mother nature is providing 10+ mm’s a day.

  1. Weed Control:  

If broadleaf weeds like dandelions have taken over your lawn, now’s the time to fight back. Weeds, like most plants, are in the energy-absorbing mode during the fall. There are many organic weed controls that can be applied during the fall. They’re drinking in everything that comes their way, even weed killers.

For more information, email sales@gclc.ca or visit our website here.

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Landscape Lighting Promo

Light it Up!

Did you know that switching your existing Landscape Light bulbs to LED’s can save you $500-1000 in the first year alone!

Generally when you switch to LED light bulbs, the initial cost up-front can seem like a lot. However, it is found that within 2-3 seasons the cost outweighs the benefits. The main benefit is you are using less power, the bulbs last upwards of 25,000+ hours and are cooler. All of these add up to savings in your pocket year after year. Considering that the average consumer uses their lights for 4+ hours per day, the light bulbs should last a minimum of 17 years before replacing based on a 25,000 hour lifespan.

As the winter season grows closer, it begins getting dark earlier and earlier, leaving your landscape in the dark. Now is the perfect time to install landscape lighting to illuminate your beautiful landscape and outdoor living spaces. Extend your living space and illuminate the landscape that you enjoy during the day into the evening. Path and accent lighting is key to having a safe and secure home. We would love to have the opportunity to come and discuss the LED options that are available from many of our preferred suppliers such as Hadco, Kichler and Focus Lighting.

Any landscape lighting package approved prior to or on November 20th, 2015 will receive up to $250.00 or the equivalent discount of 10% off the overall project*

Our landscape lighting services include:

  • Architectural and landscape lighting design
  • Annual and seasonal maintenance and adjustments
  • Security illumination and motion-activated perimeter lighting
  • Holiday celebration lighting
  • Existing system repairs and maintenance

*This offer is valid for residential clients on the North Shore and for any appointments booked between October 30th and November 13th, 2015

Call today to book a free assessment and consultation at 604-924-5296 or email us at sales@gclc.ca

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Watering Restrictions Dropped to Stage 1

Current Watering Restrictions In Effect

If you haven’t heard, Metro Vancouver reduced the watering ban last week to Stage 1! What does this mean for residents? Find out below!

RESIDENTIAL LAWN SPRINKLING ALLOWED:

Even-numbered addresses Monday, Wednesday, Saturday mornings 4 am to 9 am
Odd-numbered addresses Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday mornings 4 am to 9 am

NON-RESIDENTIAL LAWN SPRINKLING ALLOWED:

Even-numbered addresses Monday, Wednesday mornings 1 am to 6 am
Odd-numbered addresses Tuesday, Thursday mornings 1 am to 6 am
All non-residential addresses Friday mornings, 4 am to 9 am

OTHER RESTRICTIONS:

  • Outdoor car washing and boat washing with a hose with spring-loaded shut off only
  • Golf course operators requested to cut water use on fairways as much as possible
  • Artificial turf and outdoor tracks hosed for health and safety only
  • Cemetery lawn operators to use non-residential sprinkling times posted above

For more information, visit the Metro Vancouver website for updates.

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Vancouver Relaxes to Stage 2 Watering Restrictions

The water ban has now been lifted to stage 2 and we can start to water under the following provisions:

  • Private and commercial washing of driveways, sidewalks and parkades as well as pressure washing for health and safety purposes, but not for aesthetic purposes
  • Sports and sand-based playing fields may only use the minimum level of water needed to keep them in usable conditions
  • Lawn sprinkling is permitted once a week in the morning but prohibited during evening hours when demand is highest
  • Water use is also prohibited for public and commercial fountains and water features
  • For residences, even-numbered addresses may water their lawn between 4-9 a.m. on Monday, and odd-numbered addresses may water between 4-9 a.m. on Thursday
  • For non-residential property, even-numbered addresses may sprinkle lawns between 1-6 a.m. on Wednesday, and odd-numbered addresses may water lawns between 1-6 a.m. on Tuesday
  • Municipal parks must also follow the once-weekly lawn sprinkling times

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For help with your lawn and garden care needs give us a call for a free estimate! Book now at 604-924-5296 or email info@gclc.ca to set up an on-site consultation. North Shore residents only. Find out more about our irrigation and drainage services here.

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Watering Restriction Regulations

Stage 3 Lawn Sprinkling Regulations

Due to extreme weather conditions in the region and record lows in our reservoirs, Stage 3 Watering Restrictions have been in effect since July 20. It is expected that these restrictions may take place until the end of October. The Sunshine Coast has recently jumped to Stage 4, however Metro Vancouver is predicted as unlikely to move to Stage 4 due to residents conservation efforts. 

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Stage 3 Prohibitions:

  • Any lawn sprinkling whatsoever
  • New watering permits
  • Operation of fountains
  • Private pressure washing
  • Washing driveways and such for aesthetic purposes
  • Filling or refilling private pools, hot tubs and ponds
  • Washing vehicles besides windshields, licences plates and lights for safety reasons
  • Watering of trees, shrubs, flowers, decorative planters and vegetable gardens by sprinklers or soaker hoses is prohibited

What You CAN Do:

  • Hand watering using a spring-loaded shut off nozzle, containers or drip irrigation for shrubs, flowers and trees
  • Hosing outdoor surfaces such as driveways and sidewalks only for public safety reasons
  • Minimal watering for sports and school playing fields
  • Commercial pressure washing for health and safety
  • Minimal watering for golf courses
  • Commercial car washes

Not To Worry!

Just let your lawn go brown – don’t worry, it’s not dead, just dormant! The grass will green up in the fall after some good rain.

If you need help or advice on your lawn or are looking for a change, call today to set up a free on-site consultation!

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European Chafer Beetle Epidemic Hits the North Shore

Don’t Let the Chafer Beetle Wreck Your Lawn: Find Out The Benefits of Artificial Grass!

The Great Canadian Landscaping Company is proud to install Bella Turf artificial grass to defend your lawn against the destructive Chafer Beetle!

What’s the greatest benefit of artificial grass? The animals aren’t tearing it up and making a mess!chafer beetle

Did you know that there are millions of European Chafer larvae waiting patiently underneath your lawn that emerge every July? Luckily, we have crows, racoons and other animals eating a good amount of them before they are able to mature into reproducing beetles. Unfortunately, this is creating an epidemic for thousands of lawns across the Greater Vancouver area, causing them to be torn up and destroyed right from the roots.

Although you may see the animals that are destroying your lawn as the greatest offender in this epidemic, they are actually helping slow down and prevent the Chafer Beetle infestation. Once fully matured, a female European Chafer beetle can lay anywhere from 20 – 60 eggs. This is why the Chafer Beetle has quickly become an invasive species creating substantial damage to local properties.

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The European Chafer Beetle, how it all started and why it is now becoming an epidemic.

The North American infestation occurred in the early 1940’s when it was brought in from Europe. This infestation didn’t affect the Vancouver area until much later in 2001, when it was shipped from the east in gardening supplies that had eggs unknowingly embedded within it. These eggs were able to bypass inspection due to the size of the eggs and the difficulty in spotting them in comparison to larvae that has further developed.

Once these eggs had successfully infiltrated the soil, they began to spread throughout New Westminster, beginning the infestation. This invasive species has grown exponentially each year causing damages due to a variety of reasons including the aforementioned 20 – 60 eggs mature beetles lay yearly.

With only a 1-year life cycle, the European Chafer Beetle eggs are laid a few inches below the grass following the mating period in June and July. These eggs take only 2 weeks to hatch, in which time they start feeding and cause the grass to turn yellow.

The newly born Chafer grubs feed until around November, after which they move deeper into the ground, rising again in March and May for feeding. In early June the grubs migrate deeper into the ground to pupate and by late June the beetles rise to the surface to begin their mating process.

Guaranteeing a Chafer Free Lawn

Don’t let your lawn fall victim to the onslaught of the European Chafer Beetles

If your lawn is struggling to survive the chafer beetle season, it might be time to consider some ways of eliminating this issue once and for all. Although there are many band-aids on the market to reduce the European Chafer Beetle’s population, there is only one method with a proven 100% success rate that will guarantee your lawn survives the season.

All of Bella Turf’s artificial grasses come with a European Chafer Beetle Free Guarantee. They require no chemicals or seasonal planning to prevent a Chafer beetle infestation; in fact, they require practically no maintenance at all!

If your lawn has been damaged due to the chafer beetle, don’t take the same risk again next year – contact The Great Canadian Landscaping for a free estimate on installing your own lawn that is 100% GUARANTEED green 365 days of the year.

Bella Turf comes in variety of textures and colours to suit any budget. On our supplier website there are installation videos and examples of beautiful lawns and putting greens.

Artificial Grass has come a long way in recent years, with developments in color and texture. Most people won’t even realize it is artificial grass. You will be the only one that will know you have an artificial lawn. There is no need to water, no fertilizers required and no mowing. *Bella Turf is also great for shady areas where turf has a hard time growing and for high sun areas where grass tends to brown out from lack of water.

Not only do you save money in the long term, but you will save water and eliminate unnecessary fertilizers and pesticides, which is better for the environment.

Interested? Book an estimate now by emailing sales@gclc.ca or call 604.924.5296 today!

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Water Conscious Landscape Solutions

Get Your Dream Yard!

It isn’t too late to get your dream landscape this summer season! Now is the perfect time to consider water conscious landscaping solutions so you never have to worry about watering restrictions again. There are plenty of modern and creative ways to create a beautiful landscape that is guaranteed to enhance curb appeal and save our precious resources. You may consider adding rockery, artificial turf and shrubbery to do away with that lawn for good! Other eco-friendly alternatives include groundcover options, clover and installing vegetable garden beds.

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For a free quote on how to transform your landscape, give us a call today at 604-924-5296 or click the link below!

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