4 Reasons You Should Hire A Professional Landscape Company

If you’ve made the decision to invest in your property by improving your landscaping, don’t make the mistake of trying to do it yourself.  Take advantage of the skills and experience of a professional landscape company in order to get the most out of your budget.  You can actually save time and money by counting on the experts.  Here’s how:

  1. Thoughtful design. Having a well thought out design for your space will ensure that you will get adequate sunlight and drainage for your plants, as well as properly integrated seating and entertainment areas for your family and friends.  Experience plays an important role in making sure all of your features work well together, and that you end up with an outdoor area that is both beautiful and functional.
  2. Choosing the right materials. Our experts know what plants and materials will work in your climate and environment.  Not only will this help your yard to look its best, but it will also save you the replacement costs for stonework or greenery that simply doesn’t work in your yard.  Add to that the fact that professional landscapers often have access to volume discounts and a wider variety of inventory, and you’ll find that you’re likely coming out ahead on costs.
  3. Count on proper installation. Many outdoor renovations can seem like a relatively simple DIY project for homeowners, but unless you have experience or happen to be exceptionally handy, it’s best to leave the landscaping to the pros.  We have the knowledge and expertise to install your plants, stonework and features to exacting standards that will look great and last a lifetime.  The cost of materials is a definite investment, so don’t leave the results to chance.  Trust our team to make sure your yard project turns out just the way you want.
  4. Benefit from a set timeline. Many homeowners begin a home improvement project, but simply don’t have the time to devote to completing it.  In many cases, these landscape renos end up dragging on for weeks and months on end, to the frustration of all involved.  Using a professional means you will have a set timeline for completion, and you will get to keep your free time for things you actually want to do – like enjoying your newly revitalized outdoor space.

Get the job done right, on time and on budget with the friendly and talented team at Okanagan Yard Works.  Contact us for a free consultation today!

Landscaping for Urban (Read: Smaller) Properties

Most discussions on landscaping invoke visions of a sprawling estate with rolling hills, a thicket of trees and winding pathways leading to a perfect oasis.  Not every space is created equal, however, so what about people living in urban or city areas who have considerably less real estate to work with?  Even though your property is smaller in size, it can still pack a big punch with a few landscaping ideas from Okanagan Yard Works.

Consider scale.  When designing your layout, think about how the size of your materials will compare to the size of your house and yard.  If, for example, you put a giant pond in your 20 x 50 backyard, it just isn’t going to look right.  You could, however, build in a beautiful water feature like a fountain or waterfall that would fit perfectly into your yard.  Choose trees and shrubbery that won’t crowd your yard, and make sure your patio furniture is scaled to size as well.

Use hardscapes or gardens instead of grass.  If your front lawn is on the petite side, think about using hardscapes like interlock or natural stone, complemented by colourful gardens to replace your lawn.  It can reduce maintenance while also giving the front of your home more curb appeal.

Use colour.  Colour in small spaces really stands out and draws the eye towards your features.  Invest in perennials that add some pop to your yard, as well as trees and shrubbery that have some veining and colour variations to create a little more interest.  Cushions, carpets and even outdoor tiling can tie in with your garden theme for a really polished finish.

Hire a professional.  If you are planning to revamp your outdoor space this year, but need a little help and inspiration get it just right, hire the professionals at Okanagan Yard Works.  We have the skills and experience to help you create the look you are after, and to complete your outdoor remodel exactly the way you want.Call us for a free consultation and see how we can make your small space feel like your own fabulous retreat.

Why Fall is the Perfect Time to Plan your Backyard Makeover!

It’s hard to imagine that summer is over.  The leaves are falling and the air is colder, meaning it will be months before we get out to enjoy our backyards again.  If bidding adieu to your outdoor space until next spring doesn’t make you just a little bit sad, perhaps it’s time to consider a landscape makeover to turn your property into your own summer oasis by next year.

Fall is the perfect time to plan and execute a backyard makeover:

  1. You are using your outdoor space less, so landscapers won’t be in the way of your day to day life.
  2. Landscape professionals are generally less busy in the fall and early winter, so you may have more success with availability than you would in the summer months.
  3. Many bulbs and plants require planting in fall in order to flower in spring – allowing you to have colour and vitality in your gardens from the very beginning of the season.
  4. Complete stonework, retaining walls and structures with plenty of time to allow grass and greenery to grow.

How do I plan my revitalized yard space?

In order to design the perfect outdoor entertainment area, it’s important to think about how you would like to use your yard.  Do you like to have friends over in the afternoons for barbeques, or for late-night cocktails on the patio?  Do you have small children who need space to play, or pets who may damage grass and foliage?  Are you looking for a water feature for ambience or a fire table for sipping hot cocoa on a cool evening?  All of these are important considerations that help to shape the look and feel you are after for your yard.

Armed with your ideas and our expertise, we can help you to design the ideal space to entertain, relax in and enjoy.  We will advise you on feature placement and materials, plant choices and irrigation systems to ensure that your final product is everything you wanted- and more.

Get ready for spring by planning your backyard getaway this fall!  Give us a call to book your free consultation.

Why You Should Invest In An Irrigation System

Many people see an in-ground irrigation system as a luxury reserved for country clubs and golf courses.  The truth is, a good irrigation system can be affordable and cost saving at the same time – all while keeping your yard in perfect condition.

Save Money And The Environment With Water Conservation

Skilled landscapers can design an irrigation system that will deliver just the right amount of water to key areas in your yard.  This means a calculated amount of water to be dispersed at regular intervals, with no waste.  The days of running a hose across the lawn and watering for hours on end are a thing of the past.  Controlling your water usage helps to keep your water bill down while not overusing this valuable resource.

Protect Your Plants With In-ground Sprinklers

We all know plants need water to survive, but too much or too little can be deadly to your lawns and gardens.  Too much water, and the plants can rot and die.  Too little, and they wither away without much hope for recuperation.  A custom sprinkler solution will help to avoid these common gardening mishaps and save on the cost of replacing your beloved perennials.  Give up the arduous task of manual watering, and enjoy the lush, beautiful yard you deserve.

The Pros Know

Expert landscapers know how to get the results you want from your irrigation system.  Whether you live on a sprawling country estate or a modest city lot, you’ll want the right number of sprinkler heads, spaced for optimal benefit and minimal water usage.  We will measure your space, check your water pressure, and develop a unique design suited for your home.

Having your sprinklers professionally installed by an experienced landscaping crew means you are guaranteed to have a system that accounts for high and low areas of your yard, and ensures there are no dry spots or pools of standing water – both of which can damage your lawn.  Leaving it to pros ensures you have a quality product that will function properly, and will last for many years to come.

Excavation Services for Home Owners

Many of our clients are surprised to hear that we offer excavations services for many different home improvement projects.  This is because excavation is more commonly associated with large scale projects and commercial construction.  There are, however, many applications for residential use that will help to make your job more cost effective and efficient, and which will deliver much more consistent results than excavating by hand.

Landscape Clearing

Excavation is a great way to begin your landscaping project.  It allows us to work with a clean slate and to give you the finished look you want for your home.  Through the use of excavation you are no longer limited to the current layout of your yard, but instead can customize your space to suit your personal taste.

  • Shaping earth to accommodate your landscape design
  • Removing debris
  • Clearing any unwanted plants and structures

Driveway Excavation

If you are considering a new driveway or stone pathways in your yard, hiring an excavation expert will help you to get the perfect finish every time.  Whether a gravel drive, a flagstone walkway or a paved parking pad, it’s important to start with a smooth level surface to prevent buckling and heaving that can shorten the lifespan of your investment.

Repairing Foundations

If you live in an older house, chances are you’ll have to have repairs to your foundation at some point or another.  While this is never great news to hear, it’s good to know that you can improve safety and efficiency by hiring an excavation team to get to the root of the problem.

Prepping for Construction

The first step in starting a home renovation or construction project is clearing the land and getting the area ready for the build.  Our expert team is familiar with construction code requirements and will work with your contractor to ensure that your reno moves forward without delay.

  • Digging basements
  • Clearing trees
  • Removing existing structures
  • Demolishing sheds and out buildings
  • Prepping for Pools or Hot Tubs

If you are planning home improvements that require excavation, trust the experienced team at Okanagan Yard Works to deliver quality service and impeccable results.