Answers to common questions
Maintaining your property can be challenging. Below is a collection of common inquiries we have come across over the years and we hope this information will be helpful.
If you have questions or concerns not listed, please contact us and we will do our best to address them.
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- Ask whether they have professional industry affiliations
- Make sure they have a proven track record of customer satisfaction
- Ask for client testimonials
- Do they carry appropriate liability coverages?
- Do they provide their employees with Workmans' Compensatition coverage?
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- Do they offer follow-up maintenance services?
Our goal is to able to work safely and efficiently to deliver a high level of client satisfaction and value.
- Defining a budget allows us to allocate the clients resources most effectively.
- Setting a budget allows us to help the client determine what is most important and helps to guide the client towards suitable alternative options towards their goal.
- In some cases we may be able to help clients set longer term goals with proper planning thru the use of design and consultation.
- Developing a budget helps to develop trust between us and the client.
When comparing quotes, keep in mind you get what you pay for. Our prices are very competitive and ensure you receive outstanding value.
Consider the following:
- We own most of our own equipment and maintain it on a regular basis.
- We have a full safety program, carry the highest liability protection in the industry and have WCB coverage so we can offer you peace of mind.
- We provide our staff with proper training, and have numerous certifications and licenses that must be maintained to serve our clients with year round service.
- We will be back the next year to carry on catering to our clients' needs.
Yes, MacIntosh Landscaping provides monthly billing for contracted customers. One-time customer will receive invoices upon job completion. The majority of invoicing is now done via email or paper bills but are sent out if requested. We accept payment in the form of Visa, MasterCard, and cheques. Clients can also pay their bill via e-transfer payments through most major banks.
Water features, green roof landscapes, hydro-seeding, brick paver and natural stone patios, retaining walls, rain gardens to name a few.
A well planned, well maintained landscape can increase the value of your home by as much as 15%!
Absolutely. A phased approach can make sense for budgetary or logistical reasons. We can work with you to create a vision for your property and then help you manage each aspect of the implementation so that the end result is a beautiful, cohesive landscape.
Even if you are not currently selling your home, it is a well known fact that any landscaping activity can immediately boost the overall value of your property. When you do choose to sell your home, a beautiful landscape can add thousands of dollars to the price. Think of your yard as your home. would you avoid cleaning the kitchen until you were ready to sell your home? A beautiful landscape around can make living there more enjoyable and promote a positive image to your friends and neighbours.
The cost of a sodded lawn is very much higher than when the lawn is seeded. In some cases, the consideration of immediate protection from mud and dust may outweigh the added cost.
A sodded lawn gives instant beautification as opposed to a seeded lawn that takes time to completely fill in.
Whether you choose to sod or seed, watering will be required to ensure that the seed germinates and the sod takes root.
MacIntosh Landscaping ensures proper installation of quality sod that will do well for your situation. We also offer watering services for larger jobs.
Late summer for the cool-season lawns and early spring for the lawns composed of the warm-season grasses.
When the new lawn must be planted in an off-season, it may be best to make thorough preparation and then make a seeding of temporary grasses. This serves to control erosion, mud and dust until the proper time to establish the adapted perennial or permanent grasses.
Your mowing frequency should vary according to how fast your lawn is growing. To keep your lawn healthy and thriving, you should try not to cut off more than 1/3 of the height of your grass plants in a single cutting.
If the grass is thin and considerable bare soil is showing, by all means leave the clippings on the lawn.
If you have a good solid dense turf and you get a flush of growth in the spring, then it may be a good idea to remove the excess clippings.
Lawn fungus diseases develop under the clippings so rapidly that it is possible to ruin a stand of grass by leaving the clippings on for even a few days.
Applying limestone to you lawn is a very effective way to help keep your lawn healthy.
In our area, generally speaking, soil acidty is very low. Proper soil acidity (PH) should be between 6.0-6.5. Most soils in the area have a PH of around 4.0-4.5.
Having a proper soil acidity (PH) allows your fertilizer to be absorbed by the plant more effectively.
Lime takes approximately 6months to work its way down to the actual soil. Pelletized lime is best to apply because it doesn’t blow away.
Always apply lime at the proper rate. Generally speaking, lime should be applied at 14kg per 1000 sq. ft. so a 10,000 sq.ft. lawn requires 10 bags.
In the early spring and fall. Read the instructions on your fertilizer label. Some formulations require application to a wet lawn, others may need to be watered after the fertilizer is applied.
Grass and other plants grow better in nutrient-rich soil. If the soil in your yard has a low nutrient level, adding a layer of compost and topsoil will give your grass more of what it needs to grow. In some cases, a total renovation may be required.
A basic lawn care program may be all you need to help bring your lawn around. We'd be happy to assess the situation and offer recommendations.
Aerate your lawn once a season, early in the year when your grass will grow quickly, to fill the holes you make in the soil. This is also a great time to apply limestone since it will get down in the holes and start to improve your PH faster.
Yes. This is called dormant seeding, and has been practiced for many years with a great deal of success.
Many times it is more convenient to cultivate (aerify the lawn) the soil late in the fall, lawn lime it and fertilize it, and sow grass seed even though one does not expect to see the grass seed germinate and grow until the following spring.
Yes. The good sod in the low spots can be cut out or peeled back with a spade or sod lifter. The soil underneath should be loosened and fertilized. Extra soil can be brought in to bring the low spot to a level grade, and then the sod can be replaced, tamped down firmly and watered.
Another way to do it without removing the sod is to use a fork implement to raise the sod. Then by frequent applications of screened topsoil, the level of the low spot can be brought up and the grass can be kept growing through the fine topsoil until you effect a final repair. This will have to be done over a period of time.
Go on garden tours and study the gardens you gravitate toward, whether formal or more relaxed.
Take note of the plants you like and the time they bloom and also of the mature size of the plant you are planting. Remember a cute little plant can grow into a monster and you will end up having to remove it in a few years if the plant is not planted in the proper location.
For inspiration, check out our Ideabooks on Houzz.
Trees are not only important for using up carbon dioxide and giving off oxygen for us to breathe. They provide shade and can lower the temperatures on a hot sunny deck by 10-15 degrees.
Trees close to the house help to conserve energy by cooling the home in the summer (which means turning down the air conditioner) and provide shelter from winds in the winter to help keep our homes warmer.
Trees also help to prevent erosion. A properly planted, well established tree can help filter water, their roots can help to absorb excess moisture and prevent washouts from heavy run off.
From a landscape beautification standpoint, trees look nice and can add curb appeal and value to your home.
The point of mulch is to shade the soil, which preserves moisture and keeps weed seeds from sprouting.
Mulch is a protective covering used on beds and in other landscape areas to protect plants from weather, keep soil moist, beautify, help to suppress weed growth, warm up soil for early season use, conserve water and to reduce soil erosion and compaction. Mulch is also used for beautification of landscaping.
Many types of mulch products can be used. Organics, compost, rubber, plastic or gravel are just a few common mulch materials that are popular. Some are temporary due to decay, while others are long lasting. All require follow-up attention for best results.
It is incorrect to believe that once mulch has been placed onto the landscape the job is done. Proper care of mulched areas means maintaining the quality of the original materials so that they work as desired. This means regularity cultivating and raking the mulch to prevent it from becoming too compact.
Since mulch is exposed to the elements of sun, wind and rain, it will deteriorate over time. Problems may also develop with unattended mulched areas. Re-mulching annually or twice a year can prevent many problems from developing. It is important that mulch be in good condition to function as intended.
What to watch out for:
- Weed seed growth
- Other problems that can hinder plant success
Additionally, mulches should be kept a certain distance from buildings and trees to avoid unwanted damage. Layers should not be above two inches in height for maximum effectiveness and to allow air and water to circulate.
In the past it was common practice to install fabric before applying mulch materials but over the years it has been found that the roots of the plants will grow into the fabric forming a thick dense mass of roots. If you are re-mulching and have fabric you should remove as much of it as possible to allow plants to breath and allow the roots to establish in the soil. Make sure you cultivate the soil before applying new mulch to prevent compaction. It is still a good idea to place fabric under walkways, decks, patios where gravel is going to be placed.
NEVER use solid plastic under anything. It does not breathe and will prevent water from penetrating the soil.
Annuals are plants that only last for the season and will not come back. You can mix the self-sowing kind, like larkspur, poppies, and bachelor buttons, into your perennial beds a bit earlier than the store potted type because the seed takes time to germinate.
Remember not to plant the annuals to soon as the last spring frost can easily ruin your investment.
Late winter or early spring are good times to do this because if you leave the tops on through the winter, they help protect the crowns from freezing, and they provide habitat for birds. The more we follow nature, the better. Nature doesn't cut everything back in the fall.
Hardscaping consists of landscape features such as stone walls, walkways, fences, pergolas, arbors, ponds, etc. These features create the framework for your landscape design. Once you have your hardscaping done, you soften it with plantings, turf grass, mulch known-as softscaping.
For inspiration, check out our Ideabooks on Houzz.
During our initial meeting our goal is to gather from our customer what they have in mind for their project. We want to know what you’d love to see, what you don’t like about other hardscape designs, and everything in between. While some hardscape and landscape companies will try to guide you towards ideas that are more profitable for them, we pride ourselves in putting our customer’s desires first and foremost so they’re sure to get decades of enjoyment and memories from their outdoor living space.
For inspiration, check out our Ideabooks on Houzz.
Of course! At the time we present our design and pricing proposal to you, we’ll gather samples as well.
We schedule a second meeting at your home where we bring a variety of materials, colours, and textures along. This exciting phase is where you really get to see your project come alive and is a very beneficial and important step in finding materials that match your tastes, your home, and your landscape. We will also discuss add-ons, recommendations, and other details that will make the project a success.
Interlocking pavers is a somewhat misleading term and does not refer to the pavers themselves. It is the system that combines the base, bedding sand, pavers, joint sand and edge restraint to create a unified, flexible pavement.
Sealers offer many advantages: they help resist stains, make stain removal easier, enhance the color, and bind the sand in the joints to make it difficult for weeds to germinate. Sealers, however, are topical products and must be reapplied regularly (generally every 3-5 years). Before sealing, the installation must be thoroughly cleaned and completely dry.
The construction process can be noisy. Nearly all of our work produces dirt and dust so we advise to keep doors and windows closed and remove outdoor furniture from the construction area. Please be patient because the end result will be more than worth the short-term disruptions.
There are a few factors that determine how high you can build your retaining wall. One is the soil that you're building the wall on. It's important to consider the grading, the state of the soil, the slope of the site, groundwater, and the presence of surcharge loads. We will work with you to design every aspect of your new retaining wall and ensure that it is built properly.
You may be required to obtain a building permit for your retaining wall. Consult your local building department for specific requirements or just call us!
Waterscaping is a term referring to any work done on a property involving a water feature.
Aside from the aesthetic benefit, waterscapes benefit property owners in numerous ways. The relaxing new noise of bubbling water will help to drown out noise pollution. Many animals like squirrels and birds will also delight in your new waterscape. Waterscapes often increase the resale value of both commercial and residential properties.
Mosquitos only lay their eggs in stagnant water so the rippling surface of your waterscape won’t attract any buzzing bugs. Beautiful insects like butterflies and dragonflies do like the cooler air of waterscapes though.
Maintenance varies depending upon the plant material within the landscape. The client will play a role in determining the amount of maintenance they wish to have when selecting the type of landscape and plant material in a new landscape. The consultation with MacIntosh Landscaping will allow you to express maintenance concerns. We offer a full maintenance program, bi-weekly or monthly bed maintenance and shrub pruning, that caters to your specifc needs.
Yes. Trees and shrubs develop better when they are getting the nutrients they need. We can make the fertilizing part of any maintenance package.
Pruning allows trees to grow more evenly, without low branches or crossing branches that may damage the overall health of the tree. Shrubs need to be pruned on a regular basis to keep them from overgrowing. Pruned shrubs will grow more vigorously because the damaged parts are always being removed, allowing more sunlight to reach to inner part of the plant. Pruning will also reduce the risk of disease by removing dead material.
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