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Custom Landscaping Toronto PVC deck interlock05 300x201 Custom Landscaping and Deck Design by Toronto Decks and Fence CompanyWe recently responded to a call from a client in Toronto who wanted extensive landscaping performed in his back yard, as well as the design and installation of a new custom deck. He called us after learning of our sterling reputation as one of the premier landscaping companies in Toronto, and he wanted only the very best company to work in his lawn. He was reinventing his entire lawn and wanted our creative input as to where to go next, and we set up an appointment to sit down with him and discuss his design ideas and style preferences. After checking out his home and listening to what he had to say, we came up with a landscaping plan that added new hedges, several new trees, and a variety of other additions to his lawn. Our client also wanted a custom deck design created and constructed, and we recommended Toronto Decks and Fence company!

Learning about Toronto Deck Design so You Don’t Have To

In order for us to stand behind another company and offer our recommendation, that company has to stand out above the pack. They have to demonstrate their commitment to only producing the highest quality results and focusing exclusively on the satisfaction of their customers. They must take the same level of pride in their work that we do, and they should only hire workers and specialists with years of experience. When we at Custom Landscaping recommend a company, we are putting our own reputation on the line, and we don’t do that for just anybody! That’s why we are always proud to connect our landscaping customers with Toronto Deck and Fence for all their deck design and construction needs!

We scheduled an appointment between our client and the workers at Toronto Deck and Fence to sit down and discuss the best options for the client’s home. After a lengthy conversation and inspection of the client’s home, they got to work creating a custom design and returned a short time later with a plan that incorporated all of the client’s ideas and blended in perfectly with the landscaping work we had performed. The client was overjoyed with the result, and asked them to get started bringing the design to life right away!

When you call us at Custom Landscaping for all your landscaping needs, you are getting so much more than a simple lawn service. You are gaining a partner who is just as committed to making your lawn as beautiful as it can be as you are!

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For those of you out there who have having your custom deck designed and installed, the one question in your head may be, “Where do I start?” Since most of us are not professional deck contractors, we would be at a loss as to where to begin with our deck design. Do we look at materials first? Do we look at layout first? Or, do we perhaps look at both at the same time? Well, fret not, because we are here to help and guide you through the entire process.

Step 1: Make Sure That You Are Actually Allowed to Build Your Custom Deck

Some buildings and local building codes do not permit any additions to properties. To avoid disappointment, read up in advance on any legal proceedings you need to complete to obtain a permit to begin the construction of an addition to your property before you start planning out your custom deck. Also, do take note that your deck design must comply with your local building codes.

Step 2: The Style of Your Custom Deck

As any deck contractor knows, the very first step in deck design involves, choosing what style you would like your custom deck to be. This depends not only on your preference, but also on the style of your home. You wouldn’t want to have a rustic style deck with a modern style house, or vice versa.

The following are some popular styles you may want to consider for your custom deck:

  • Colonial – A colonial style custom deck borrows elements of classical architecture. A typical look would be having white molded railings, with the rail posts topped with decorative post caps. Colonial style custom decks are also often lined with accent features such as benches, planter boxes and sometimes even pergolas.
  • Contemporary – Contemporary style custom decks usually have one rule – less is more. As with most contemporary style designs, contemporary style custom decks are usually sleek and minimalistic. Deck contractors go for a sparse, modern design with clean lines and basic shapes. This makes the custom deck not only aesthetically pleasing, but also easy to clean.
  • Traditional – Traditional style custom decks usually resemble the traditional image of cottages out in the country. Traditional style custom decks normally employ the use of shapes such as octagons with chamfered corners to give the custom deck a ‘warmer’ feel, with softened sharp corners. To give a more ‘traditional’ feel, routered rail caps and trim moldings are often used, coupled with decorative post caps for rail posts.
  • Coastal – Especially for those who live by the sea, a coastal style custom deck can work wonders for opening up your view. With glass and cable rails, coupled with white railings to give a pristine, ‘coastal style’, the coastal style custom deck is perfect for blending into the landscape.

Step 3: Materials for Your Custom Deck

After deciding on the style of your custom deck, the next thing you want to do is to decide on the specific design of your custom deck. Decide how exactly you want your custom deck to look. This includes not only the shape and the size of the custom deck, but also the materials that you are going to use in your custom deck.
Choosing materials can be a confusing time for those of us who are not deck contractors or deck builders. There are just too many available materials for us to choose from! Of course, your choice of style has already limited the range of materials you are going to choose from. For instance, if you want a traditional style custom deck, you should use redwood or cedar, which both have a beautiful warm look that gives your deck a warm and rustic feel.
But even if you have already decided on a particular type of wood, let’s say, cedar decking, you still need to decide which grade of cedar decking you are going to purchase.
This is where your budget comes in: do you want to choose a higher grade of cedar decking, which will definitely cost you a significantly larger amount of money or do you want to choose a lower grade of cedar decking, which will not burn as big a hole in your pocket? Of course, a higher grade of cedar decking looks better and is more durable, but you need to weigh the pros and cons. Is it really worth it?
If price is an issue, but you are worried about investing in a lower grade of decking only to have it spoil after a few years, hunt around for deck builders or deck contractors who provide you with warranties. Do take note of any specific factors or issues that may void the warranty as well.
Also, ensure that you apply a coat of finish to your custom deck after the deck builders have completed it. Do engage a professional deck contractor or deck builder for this, as applying finishing is a delicate process; a slip of the hand could cause your deck to have an uneven and unsightly appearance. Also, different types of finish are better suited for different climates. Do engage the help of a professional deck contractor to discuss what type of finish is ideal for your particular climate.

Step 4: Other Features and Issues You Should Consider

You should also consider adding lighting to your custom deck so that you can enjoy a relaxing evening outside without getting lost in the pitch dark. There is a whole range of lighting options to match different deck styles. For instance, a warm yellow light would be perfect for a traditional style custom deck. Also, a drainage system can be added to drain excess water, especially after a storm. This will help to maintain the condition of your deck floor.
The following are some other factors you might want to take note of when coming up with your deck design:

  • Potential Locations For Your Custom Deck – do consider issues of property and privacy when deciding on a location for your custom deck, especially if you are intending to install a hot tub on your custom deck!
  • Another important factor to take note of is that if built in certain locations, your custom deck will show signs rapid of wear and tear due to a high amount of exposure to damaging elements of nature, such as direct sunlight (specifically, ultra violet rays), rain, strong winds, and insects that attack wood. To prevent damage, consider using more durable materials (for instance, if you live by the sea, you can consider using low maintenance materials such as composites and PVC materials, which can easily withstand the strong winds).

Perfect deck design in Toronto is done with M.E Landscaping Only! Call us today.

There are many things that contribute to a home’s value, including those that you can and cannot control. You cannot control the walk-ability to nearby businesses, your neighbors, or how other people in the community maintain their properties or their style of Toronto landscaping. However, you can control the location in which you purchase, the interior features and upkeep of your own home, and any upgrades you choose to make to increase your home’s value. Another factor that has an effect on home values is the exterior presentation – or curb appeal, if you will.
Curb appeal refers to the exterior appearance of your home – how appealing it is to a passerby. If you’re looking to improve or retain your home’s value, consider making an investment in your home and property by enlisting the help of M.E Landscaping.

Landscaping is not a one size fits all term – each structure has its own look and feel, so you’ll want to include materials that complement the existing infrastructure. There are various components and options for landscaping and landscaping structures – while M.E Landscaping typically does include a selection of greenery and florals, custom landscaping is much more than popping some plants in the ground and calling it a day. Decks, arbors, trellises, driveway paving, and outdoor cooking stations are just some of the options you might consider as you investigate the various options that we offer. There are many items to consider and many choices to make to beautify your home’s exterior and increase your property value.

Deck Design

As you consider Toronto landscaping components to implement in your space, consider adding a deck to your backyard. Decks are a great way to extend your living area for socializing, grill outs, and relaxation.
Decks are traditionally built from treated wood that can stand up against the elements and harsh rays of the sun, but there are more options available today than ever before, such as IPE wood, recycled plastic and composite material. You’ll need to decide which material you prefer based on appearance, your preference for sustainable materials, upkeep and cost.
You must also choose the location and size for your deck structure. Most commonly, decks are built off of an area of the house with a door to easily access the deck or the house. One popular option is to build a deck directly off of the kitchen to easily move food and beverages back and forth between indoors and out. As for size, you likely want a larger structure, but need to keep in mind your overall property size as well. You don’t want a gulf that takes up your entire yard; make sure to leave space for grass or other elements, such as stone walking paths, pools, or planting beds.

Landscaping Design

When it comes to Toronto landscaping, we offer plenty of design options to choose from. M.E Landscaping typically includes plants, shrubs and greenery, but extends far beyond this to things such as fire pits, exterior lighting, water features, patios, sprinkler systems and more.
Outdoor fire pits are a great feature to add to your backyard or as part of a larger patio feature. This feature is an easy way to make great relaxing evenings at home all year round. Portable fire pits make an affordable, movable option for small spaces while built-in fire pits are an attractive selling feature for any home.
If working with a particularly large space, you might consider building an outdoor living room of sorts. There is a variety of patio furniture available on the market today including many pieces that are built for comfort and beauty – it isn’t simply metal frames any more. Accessorize furniture with smartly planned outdoor fabrics and throw pillows and then consider placing them around an outdoor focal point, such as a built-in fireplace. Typically made from stone, outdoor fireplaces are a great way to add beauty and a luxurious touch to your home.

Lighting truly finishes a space. As you consider your Toronto landscaping design, consider what type of environment you want your final space to become. If you will use it primarily during the daytime, then you likely need very little in the way of lighting design. However, outdoor living in the evenings is great for long conversations, parties, and relaxation. There are a variety of options, from paper lanterns to low garden-path accents to built-in spotlights. Lighting can transform any space and instantly set the mood – do not forget this important piece.
You might also consider water features, such as a built-in waterfall cascading over expertly arranged stones or flowing into a built-in pool, Water features provide ambient, calming noises and go a long way towards turning your back yard into a private oasis.
Of course, no Toronto landscaping design would be complete without greenery. A quality landscape designer will be able to recommend trees, shrubs, florals and more to bring in color, shape, and texture to your outdoor space.

Outdoor Kitchens

Outdoor kitchens are the ultimate in outdoor landscaping, providing function, beauty and a feeling of luxury. Outdoor kitchens continue to grow to new heights and can contain any appliance you can think of, from grills and cook-tops to sinks, full refrigerators and even ice makers.

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Stonework is a beautiful way to greet someone coming onto your property. Interlocking designs add style and are often the first thing your guests will notice when arriving to your home. There are many design options to choose from and can either be custom laid in individual pieces or by precut stones or fabricated blocks. Adding limestone between the interlocking pieces will prevent weeds or grass from growing through, keeping your beautiful design effortlessly flawless. Beyond the benefit of beauty, interlocking designs require minimal maintenance and will last for at least 15-20 years.
As you investigate your options for Toronto landscaping, consider the full array of options and materials available to you. The team of highly experienced and professional contractors M.E Landscaping possesses the necessary skills to add beauty to your home and property for years to come.

Choose M.E Landscaping for all your Toronto landscaping needs and you won’t regret it!

Custom Landscaping Toronto flagstone landscaping03 300x225 Use Armor stone landscaping to protect your homeIf your home or business features waterfront access, then you know how important it is to protect your property from the potentially extreme, damaging power that water creates. From waves that pummel the shoreline to sitting water that may be a breeding ground for bacteria or haven for mosquitoes, the ideal solution is a retaining wall made from armor stone landscaping.

Armor stone is a type of limestone blasted out of the earth in quarries and is used on shorelines and banks to prevent erosion and other damage caused by the natural back-and-forth action of large waves. These stones are key features seen on jetties – structures used to direct the flow of water — in large rivers, coastal shorelines and parallel to the downwind shores of major lakes leading to lighthouses and other structures close to water.

Because armor stone landscaping is derived from quarries, the stones themselves can be cut to different sizes, normally between one and three feet tall and weighing two tons or more. Each stone comes in different colours, ranging from grey to brown to yellow to shades of blue.

In most cases, building a retaining wall requires an experienced company with the proper equipment, particularly when large armor stones are being used. Remember, armor stones can weigh several tons each and must be moved with caution. If you’ve decided to build a retaining wall using armor stone landscaping or other types of rocks, here are some tips to follow to make the project a success.

  • Decide how much stone you’ll need, which is derived by calculating the cubic area of the wall itself. To do this, multiply the length of the wall by the desired height, which allows you to determine the square footage. Next, take the square footage and multiply it by how thick you want the wall to be, resulting in the cubic footage.
  • A retaining wall can never be created by laying the stones on the grass or other flat surface. You must first dig a trench, which must hold at least six to 10 inches of firmly compacted gravel – or enough so that half the height of the first layer of stone is below ground level.
  • Always use the biggest stones for the base of the retaining wall. It’s a good idea to sort the stones by size, grading into large, medium and small, with the smallest stones ending up as the top layer of the wall. These keep the wall balanced.
  • When building a retaining wall, make sure the stones lean very slightly toward the slope.
  • The final step is to cap the top of the stone wall with mortar, then put down another layer of thinner, flat stones on top. This should occur for the entire length of the wall, and the top stones should be tapped in place with a rubber mallet.

For more information on building a retaining wall with armor stone landscaping, call the experts at ME Contracting today.

custom landscaping toronto landscaping design Inexpensive landscaping improvements for your homeHome improvements, whether they’re inside or outside, don’t have to be expensive to be stylish or functional. Nothing adds new life to a bedroom or bathroom quite like a fresh coat of paint or window treatments. When it comes to outdoors, the front of a home can be spruced up with potted flowers on the front porch, solar lights along a flower bed, or even a new paver patio in the backyard or alongside the residence.

ME Contracting has designed and installed hundreds of patios and other paved surfaces in the Greater Toronto Area, and has been the interlocking contractor of choice for home and business owners across the region for more than a decade.

Unlike a concrete surface or wood deck, interlocking pavers come in a wide range of colours, textures, shapes, and sizes to choose from, each one adding beauty to an already attractive backyard or other green space. As an interlocking contractor with years of experience and hundreds of satisfied customers to call on, we pride ourselves not only on delivering a specific project, but also consulting on other exterior improvements a home or business owner can make which are relatively inexpensive but nonetheless add value and style.

Top five suggestions for inexpensive landscaping improvements:

  • A flower bed along the back of a house or bordering a deck or patio can add colour and beauty, especially with a mixture of flowers, shrubs, bushes, and small flowering trees. A variety of perennials and bulbs are essentially maintenance free, blooming each year. Planting flowers that seed themselves is another option.
  • Depending on where you live, there may be certain flowering plants, shrubs, and trees native to your area that may grow better given the weather and other environmental conditions. If you have specific questions, contact your local nursery or university’s horticultural department for expert advice.
  • As the preferred interlocking contractor in the area, we’ve installed hundreds of affordable and stylish paver patios and walkways over the years, each one tailored to a customer’s existing landscaping and architecture. Many of our most memorable projects have been integrating small paver patios in areas near trees or rock gardens – both ideal locations for outdoor furniture or even a hammock.
  • In our experience, many landscaping design features can be inexpensive and simple, yet offer the most “bang for the buck.” One such improvement are stones and boulders laid out along a walkway, flower bed, or even serving as a walkway themselves. This is especially true in the case of River Rock landscaping, which is extremely affordable and can blend in with a wide range of landscaping and architectural styles.

One final improvement that can never be underestimated is simply keeping your yard or other area well groomed. This means regularly mowing the lawn, trimming shrubs, and weeding in flower beds and along any brick paver or other solid surfaces where vegetation may pop up from time to time.

Call M.E Landscaping today for your Toronto landscaping design projects

Custom Landscaping Toronto interlock driveway and pool deck01 300x160 How to repair driveway cracksLet’s face it. Cracks happen. In your driveway, that is. There are few landscape features outside your home that draw negative attention to it more than a cracked or damaged driveway. If you’re trying to sell your home, your realtor will tell you in between sips of her $5 double Mochachino that it hurts your “curb appeal” thanks to the weeds growing through the cracks. When your beer-bellied neighbor loses a flip flop and stubs his big toe on a slab of uneven concrete at the end of your driveway when cutting across to his car parked out front, he’ll angrily tell you it’s a tripping hazard – and threaten to call a city inspector unless you fix it.

In some cases, the obvious solution is driveway paving from the experts at ME Landscaping; in others, it may be possible to temporarily repair driveway cracks in a few simple steps until you can afford a permanent fix. For more than a decade, we’ve been the leading custom landscaping contractor in the Greater Toronto Area and have paved or repaired thousands of driveways, walkways, and other paved surfaces in a manner best suited to our customer’s needs.

For the average homeowner, it’s possible to repair small cracks or potholes in a concrete driveway with a combination of basic skills, tools, materials, and time. None of these are insurmountable; it’s really just a matter of how badly you want to do the work yourself, and how confident you are to get the job done.

What materials are needed for driveway repair?

For a few quick questions, call the driveway paving experts at ME Landscaping or check in at the contractor’s desk at your local home improvement warehouse. Once you describe the nature of the crack or the pothole, you’ll be directed to a ready-made or ready-to-apply product you can buy and take home for immediate use.
Make sure you have the right tools
Despite your best efforts, you’re not Mr. Miyagi from The Karate Kid and you can’t trim your front lawn with scissors used for an origami display. You need patience for that, or better yet – a lawn mower. To repair cracks or patch a pothole in your driveway, you need the right tools and materials for the job:

  • Concrete
  • Concrete float
  • Concrete patch mix
  • Cement
  • Cold chisel
  • Hammer
  • Finishing trowel
  • Garden hose
  • Work gloves
  • Wire brush
  • Pointing trowel

Is it a hairline crack, or something larger?

In most cases, hairline cracks can be fixed with the right mix of Portland cement and water, or even a polymer based product under the right conditions. Repairing larger cracks or holes takes more time and effort, but nonetheless can be accomplished if you’re careful and thorough. One of the biggest steps is first clearing out the crack or pothole so the damaged area is free of small stones or other debris.

Got questions about repairing cracks or other damage to your paved surface?

Call the driveway paving experts at ME Landscaping on 416-455-9296.

M.E Landscaping deck design Toronto 300x225 2013 Landscaping design trends to look forPerhaps because of a sluggish economy or not being able to travel for vacation or recreation purposes, homeowners are spending more time and money outside than ever before. And we’re not talking about “outside” as in parks or nature areas, but “outside” relative to their own homes. Whether it’s building a new deck, adding an in ground sprinkler system, or installing a brick paver patio, homeowners are coming around to the latest trend we’re forecasting to hit big in 2013 – outdoor improvements relative to new landscaping features around their home. ME Landscaping is the Greater Toronto Area’s number one landscaping company, and we can help you plan and design improvements to your outdoor area that will add colour, style, and functionality to your home for years to come.

One of the ways a top landscaping company succeeds in a competitive environment is by differentiating themselves from competitors, and we do that by offering a complete range of services from landscaping architecture to patio and deck design to complementary services like driveway paving and lighting and irrigation systems. There’s more to winning customers and growing a business than just installing a new deck and accepting payment. What sets us apart from the competition? Quality, innovation, and affordable products and services, but also our devotion to helping home and business owners visualize the possibilities for their outdoor areas.

Here are some landscaping trends to watch out for in 2013:

  • Tastefully returning an outdoor area to nature. No, that doesn’t mean ignoring weeds, but rather integrating plants native to where you live into your landscape design. In Metropolitan Toronto, that could mean grasses and sedges (Big Bluestern, Gold Fruited Sedge), wildflowers (Pearly Everlasting, Wild Strawberry), or shrubs and vines (Black Chokeberry, Swamp Rose).
  • Smaller vegetable gardens contained in planters on patios or decks, window boxes, or even in “raised” beds that are either ground level, or actually waist high for easy access.
  • Because homeowners are spending more time outside with their loved ones, we expect to see a greater emphasis placed on outdoor gathering and entertainment areas such as outdoor kitchens and gazebos.
  • Reducing the size of lawns. Let’s face it. The greener you want your lawn to be, the more it costs to maintain it in terms of watering, weeding, and keeping insects and other critters from destroying it. Many homeowners are dialing back on actual green space, and instead replacing it with patios and small rock or flower gardens.
  • A return to natural materials relative to overall landscape design. The look and durability of natural stone like River Rock and Flagstone and recycled wood materials will enjoy a resurgence in the next few years as consumers adopt a more eco-friendly approach to their outdoor areas.

Whether you’re interested in major or minor improvements to your outdoor area, the expertise of an experienced and an award-winning landscaping company is critical in meeting a customer’s goals and budget.

Contact ME Landscaping today at 416-455-9296 for landscaping design in Toronto.

 

Custom Landscaping Toronto patio deck with landscaping01 300x225 Planting the right grass in OntarioAs many landscape professionals will tell you, and homeowners will grudgingly admit, growing a lush, green lawn anywhere in Canada is challenging at best – and near impossible at worst. Winters in the Greater Toronto Area have something to do with it, as we routinely get hammered with several feet of snow each season, and experience temperatures in January that rarely get above 29 degrees Fahrenheit and often plunge below 17 degrees Fahrenheit. February is just as bad. Landscaping design is a key component in having a green, thick lawn as it takes into consideration the type of seed best suited for a particular soil, where the seed should be planted, and what kind of irrigation system will be most beneficial and cost effective.

At ME Landscaping, our talented and experienced design professionals can help you select the type of lawn that works best, and create an overall landscaping design plan that suits your needs and budget. Perhaps not surprisingly, the best types of grasses to grow in Canada are those adapted to cool-season temperatures because summers are short and winters can be brutally cold with lots of snow and biting winds. When cared for properly, cool-season grasses grow the most in spring and fall, slow down in summer, and go on hiatus in the winter. In many respects, this is similar to how certain mammals hibernate in the winter. Canada’s best grasses thrive in temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, but have also evolved to survive freezing winter temperatures.

What are the best types of grasses to plant in Metropolitan Toronto? The top contenders are Kentucky Bluegrass, Fescues, Bent grass, and Perennial rye grass.
Kentucky Bluegrass is legendary for its ability to thrive in cooler temperatures, and our customers love it for its dark blue-green colours and canoe shaped blades. The ideal height to keep this type of grass at is between two and a half to three and a quarter inches tall.

Key characteristics:

  • Hardy but not drought resistant, so water regularly.
  • Disease and pest resistant.
  • Needs more fertilizer.
  • The roots are shallow, making it a good “showplace” lawn but not one that thrives in high traffic areas.
  • Fescues are fine and tall with bristly, medium green leaves.

Like Kentucky Bluegrass, fescues should be kept no taller than three and a quarter inches.

Key characteristics:

  • Needs deep and frequent watering, but not to the point where the soil is visibly soggy.
  • Grows well in shade.
  • Resistant to foot traffic.
  • Landscaping design professionals often mix it with other kinds of grasses, and it performs well under less than ideal soil conditions.

Bent grass gets its name from the fact that its deep green, fine textured blades will bend at only a few inches tall. Despite is diminutive nature, this type of grass is popular with golf courses and grass tennis courts. Key characteristics:

  • Must be watered each week during the growing season.
  • Needs to be cut regularly to prevent stems from forming thatches and thick mats.
  • We recommend using a lawn mower with a very sharp blade.

Fine textured, dark green, and with a glossy appearance, Perennial rye grass is another favorite among Toronto area homeowners. As with Kentucky Bluegrass, Perennial rye grass should be kept no taller than three and a quarter inches. Key characteristics:

  • Has shallow roots.
  • Needs consistent watering.
  • Disease tolerant.
  • Holds up well in high foot traffic areas.
  • Grows nicely in full sun or shade.
  • Germinates and grows quickly, and is often mixed with other grasses.

Many of our customers ask about the benefits of sod. While farm grown sod has many advantages over seeded lawns, planting grass seed is a smart, economical method to revitalize a lawn or start a new one when regular lawn maintenance has failed. In fact, we have many customers with lush, rich lawns who swear by the principal of over-seeding their lawn in the early spring and mid to late fall. That kind of strategy may or may not work for many reasons, but one thing every homeowner can do to give their lawn a good start is to prepare the soil before planting seed. This is a vital part of any successful landscaping design project, and is something that most homeowners can accomplish with a bit of hard work, the right equipment, and time.

There are six simple steps to preparing soil before planting seed:

  1. Use a rake or other lawn tool to loosen the soil to a depth of four to six inches. A hand tool or shovel may be necessary to break up clumps of hard soil, not to mention removing rocks, roots, and other debris that could prevent seed from growing properly. Don’t be afraid to moisten the soil to make it easier to remove clay, rocks, or hardened soil.
  2. Call your local university, community college agricultural department or garden supply center and get a soil test to determine the soil pH and fertility. Based on the results, it may be necessary to add fertilizer or other soil amendments to get the soil healthy before planting.
  3. Rake the soil to make the area where the seed is to be planted level. If you’re going to plant seed near the house or another structure, make sure the grade is on a slope and runs away from the residence. Low spots should be filled and compacted.
  4. Spread a layer of top soil evenly across the area to be planted.
  5. Use a mechanical spreader to distribute the seed of choice, making sure you rake gently and cover the seed with a thin layer of soil.

The final step is to water the grass seed lightly up to twice a day until the grass has grown to a height of two inches. An inch of water can be applied with each watering, the frequency of which can increase as the roots take hold and the grass becomes more resilient.

M.E Landscaping interlocking toronto 300x181 Top questions to ask before getting your driveway pavedDriveway paving is serious business. If done right, a properly paved surface will add value and functionality to your home or business for years to come. And with the proper maintenance, a paved driveway could last for decades. At ME Landscaping, we’ve worked with hundreds of satisfied residential and business customers on driveway paving projects, each one completed to exacting specifications, and with attention to detail and superb customer service.

Whether you’re considering a driveway paving project on your own, or you’re in the market for the most qualified contractor possible, there are many questions you should ask before getting started.

Here are the top questions customers ask about driveway paving:

  • Should I seal my new concrete driveway? We always recommend that customers apply a high-quality sealer to all new exterior driveway paving, especially in the Greater Toronto Area with is significant freeze-thaw conditions. This helps protect the concrete from moisture, chemicals, grease and oil stains, and color fading. Always apply sealer based on the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • What if my driveway cracks? If driveway paving has been handled by a licensed contractor, chances are good your drive has a warranty for workmanship and other factors; call the company immediately. One way to protect against cracking is through the use of joints, which are really “planned” cracks that allow for contraction and expansion, minimizing chances for random cracks. Keep in mind, however, that joints will not protect the driveway from sustaining cracks elsewhere, but even small cracks will not lessen the long-term durability of your driveway. If you have questions about how to prevent random pavement cracking, call us today for more information and tips on how minor cracks can be fixed.
  • The color isn’t what I expected, now what? Matching the colour of concrete isn’t like taking a swatch of fabric to a paint store and getting paint to match a particular colour. All driveway paving will experience colour variations, and it’s nearly impossible to match poured concrete to a showroom sample, your neighbor’s driveway, or even photos or other samples. The colors of a poured concrete driveway can also be affected if more than one load of concrete is required, but these variations are minor and will usually fade over time.
  • Do you offer a warranty? Yes. At ME Landscaping, all of our work is backed by a 100 percent customer satisfaction guarantee. We offer a warranty on workmanship, while most of the materials we use are backed by individual manufacturer warranties. Please contact us today for more information.
  • How do I find the best contractor? The number one way to find the best contractor is to look for work samples right in your own neighborhood. Be sure to ask for references, or even call a local builder to see who they’ve worked with in the past. Make sure to ask how long the contractor has been in business, if the company is licensed and insured, and how many driveway paving projects they’ve completed successfully.

ME Contracting is the Greater Toronto Area’s number one company for landscaping and outside construction projects, including driveway paving, patios, decks, and many other projects.

Call us today at 416-455-9296 for driveway paving.

 

custom landscaping toronto interlocking 300x122 Enjoy the benefits of an interlocking patioTimes are tough for everyone, and in an effort to spruce up and add value to their residence, many home owners have installed an interlocking patio as an alternative to other patio construction materials like concrete, wood, or composite surfacing.

At ME Landscaping, we’ve installed hundreds of interlocking patios for customers all across the Greater Toronto Area, and we’re committed to quality, value, and customer service. There are two steps to having the interlocking patio of your dreams installed: Select a reputable company with expertise and the best trained staff; and choose the right pavers, which are available in hundreds of colours, shapes and sizes, and finishes to meet any style or budget.

For decades, the default material of choice for a patio or other hard surface area has been concrete because of its low cost and ease of installation. But as many homeowners can tell you, concrete isn’t indestructible. It can crack due to the change in weather, particularly freeze-thaw cycles, damage from chemicals, poor installation, or even pressure and weights it wasn’t designed to handle. This can result in broken sections that can only be repaired by starting from scratch. This can be prohibitively costly for some customers, making an interlocking patio a better option for many reasons.

What are the advantages of using pavers for an interlocking patio?

  • An interlocking patio has lower repair costs, relative to concrete. If a concrete patio is cracked, entire sections may have to be dug up and replaced; but if an individual paver is damaged, all you have to do is remove it and put a new one in its place. If you’re worried about ongoing maintenance or even replacement expense, pavers offer a low-cost option to other patio materials that can last for decades with the proper care.
  • Pavers are naturally low maintenance. See a weed? Pull it out; if you can’t get to the root, carefully pry the paver lose, remove the weed, spray weed killer into the hole in the ground where the roots may be hiding, and put the paver back. For the most part, pavers naturally prevent the growth of weeds and are easy to clean.
  • An interlocking patio is highly durable. At ME Landscaping, we work hard to make sure paver patios do not chip, crack, flake, expand or shrink, and are extremely flexible under brutal weather conditions, especially in the Greater Toronto Area with its regular freezing-thaw cycles. Thanks to their density, pavers are very strong and can withstand pressure of heavy loads from vehicles and other items placed on them.
  • They are aesthetically appealing. At ME Landscaping, our expert designers can help you select the right pavers to match existing landscaping or other home features.

An interlocking patio offers distinct advantages over other kinds of patios, but the key to having one successfully installed is working with a company you can trust and has years of experience with this kind of work. If you have questions or are interested in a no-hassle consultation, please contact us today or visit us online.

M.E Landscaping has been the interlocking contractor of choice in the greater Toronto area. call us today and learn how we can help you to

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