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Jump Start your Spring Gardening

Sometimes it seemed like the winter of 2013/2014 would never end but believe it or not the days are getting warmer and longer and the official start of spring is just around the corner. Northern growing zones start to come alive in May, and now is a great time to get back out into the […]

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May Gardening Tips

“It is shaping up to be a soggy Victoria Day weekend in Calgary and southern Alberta but that likely won’t stop a legion of hopeful green thumbs from descending on garden centres.” Have you been wondering which plants to plant now and which ones to plant later? How about vegetables? Shrubs? This article from CBC News […]

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Fruit Trees that Grow Well in Calgary

Spring is finally in the air and days are getting longer and warmer. It’s still way too early to start planting seeds outdoors but it’s never too early to start thinking about what types of trees or shrubs could grace your yard this year. It’s a real treat to eat fresh fruit that you’ve grown […]

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Don’t put the Snow Shovel Away Just Yet

Sometimes it seems like a Calgary winter will never end and some years, we get a little taste of winter every month. Spring is just around the corner and we’re enjoying the occasional day that’s just mild enough to lull us into a false sense of security. Don’t get complacent though, because old man winter […]

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The Science of Snow and Ice Removal

  City works crews and snow removal companies will likely heave a mighty sigh of relief when the winter of 2013/2014 is finally over. It’s been a particularly difficult one so far for the people tasked with keeping Calgary’s roads, sidewalks, and pathways safe. After a snowfall or a sudden thaw and freeze cycle that […]

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How to Remove Salt Stains from Concrete

Springtime is wonderful: the snow is melting, plants are growing… but winter leaves behind it’s mark: a white crust of salt stains on your driveway and sidewalks. Here’s a great tutorial on how to remove those pesky stains without harsh chemicals, ensuring your property will look its best year round.

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Combat Ice the Natural Way

Have you ever used salt based ice removal products and when spring arrived noticed that your sidewalk was chipping and crumbling or your lawn was damaged? Salt is a very effective ice buster but it and some other ice removal products can literally eat your sidewalk and kill your grass. When rock salt melts, it […]

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Protecting Landscaping from Chinooks

Many people in winter bound parts of Canada envy Calgarians for the Chinooks that give them periodic, albeit temporary relief from cold winter weather. However, the sudden warming that occurs during a Chinook can be disastrous for many plants. Is there anything you can do to protect your landscaping from the effects of a Chinook? […]

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5 Star Landscaping Snow Removal Services

Just because gardening season is over doesn’t mean it’s time to put your 5 Star Landscaping fridge magnet away in a kitchen drawer. Did you know that during the winter, 5 Star puts the lawnmowers and pruners away and brings out the snow and ice removal equipment? Did you also know that in the City […]

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Preparing Garden Tools for Winter

Ahhh, the lowly garden tool – you probably don’t think too much about their care and maintenance. Gardening tools aren’t cheap and after a season of heavy use, it’s always a good idea to perform a little TLC and preventive maintenance before putting them away for the winter. A few simple tricks will keep them […]

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