Mother Earth Gardens and Design Inc.
"Creating and Maintaining Sustainable Gardens"
What does working with nature mean to you.
This creates a healthy landscape for people, plants, birds, pets and beneficial insects. In turn it contributes to cleaner air and waterways. It attracts pollinators.
It is cost effective as you will spend less money on fertilizers and pesticides and less time on weeding and watering.
We use ornamental and native plants. Native plants attract wildlife, restore habitat and native plants are beautiful. We avoid invasive species.
We use the right plant and plant it in the right place. We choose the most suitable plants taking into consideration the growing conditions, plant characteristics and any special ornamental effects. We use edible shrubs, vegetables and fruit trees.
Mother Earth Gardens and Design Inc., located in Port Coquitlam, BC creates and maintains environmentally friendly
gardens recognizing that working with nature transforms a high maintenance landscape into an attractive labor and cost savings ecoscape.
We create beautiful planters
We create 'right plant right place' planting plans so the garden will thrive
We create garden designs
Shade gardens/Full sun
Color theme gardens
We provide spring and fall clean up
Planting/ pruning /weeding
Monthly landscape maintenance
Variegated Red Twig Dogwood
Cornus Alba Elegantissima
This four season plant provides bright red twig color in the winter, variegated leaves from spring to fall and white spring flowers followed by berries in the late summer.
The Garden in Winter
Winter is a great time to look at your garden and decide if you would like to make some changes for the new season to enhance your garden. The perennials have died down and the leaves have fallen giving you a pretty good idea about the changes you may want to make. If the weather is good it also is a good time for outdoor construction such as fences or any repairs that need to be done.
Protect tender plants from ice and freezing temperatures by covering them. In the lower mainland snow generally is pretty heavy due to the excessive moisture. Remove snow from shrubbery and hedges to avoid breakage of plants or the disfiguring of hedges and shrubs. Check newly planted tree ties and other plant supports to ensure that they are secure and will not be toppled over by strong winds or heavy snow.
Vines such as wisteria, grapes and the trumpet vine should be pruned when dormant in the winter. Prune fruit trees and bushes and spray with dormant oil at the end of January if the weather is mild.
Check greenhouse plants regularly. Remove dead or infected plants. Water plants sparingly in the morning. Keep bird feeders filled. Birds will rely on you for food once you have given them food in the past.
Winter is a good time to browse the seed catalogues, plan your vegetable, herb and flower garden. It is a good time to order seeds to ensure they are available. It is always best to use seeds from a reputable company this way you will know that germination will be good and that the plant will be healthy. I like to use West Coast Seeds since the seeds are organic and the seeds are picked from the area I live in. Lettuce, spinach and early greens can be planted in a cold frame near the end of January.
If not yet done this is a good time to service the lawn mower and other power equipment. It is also a good time to clean, sharpen and oil your garden tools.
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