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White Picket Fence

White Picket Fence We all know that the “White Picket Fence” is a meaning of a perfect life. The white picket fence is a state of mind where a person blindly holds on to the idea of their perfect lifestyle, regardless of the inevitable life factors. Growing up in the Vancouver area the white picket fence always [...]

White Picket Fence We all know that the "White Picket Fence" is a meaning of a perfect life. The white picket fence is a state of mind where a person blindly holds on to the idea of their perfect lifestyle, regardless of the inevitable life factors. Growing up in the Vancouver area the white picket fence always reminded us of a perfect home and family and always wanted one of our very own! Well now you too can have one! Below is a great picture of one of our little White Picket Fences! This house now has a safe yard for their children to play and accents the house perfectly! It is clean and easily cleaned, there is really little maintenance with having a beautiful fence like this one. We also have a nicely shaped cedar hedge that we cleanly shaped! If you are wanting that perfect white picket fence and beautiful cedar hedge call us! Call for more information: 604-856-4123 When yo think of the white picket fence what comes to mind?  

Happy April Fools!

Happy April Fools! At Fraser Strata Care Ltd. we know how important it is to have professionals prune and shape your hedges in the Vancouver and Tri-cities area! We hope you all had a wonderful and very Happy Easter and family weekend. What a beautiful way to finish March and start April. Spring is in the [...]

Happy April Fools!

At Fraser Strata Care Ltd. we know how important it is to have professionals prune and shape your hedges in the Vancouver and Tri-cities area! We hope you all had a wonderful and very Happy Easter and family weekend. What a beautiful way to finish March and start April. Spring is in the air, plants are in bloom and we are gearing up for a fantastic season! We hope we are part of your season too! Happy April Fools everyone! -Team Fraser Call for more information: 604-856-4123

Top 5 Spring Landscaping Tips

Top 5 Spring Landscaping Tips Now that Spring break and the long Easter weekend have arrived, it is time to get outside and into your yard and conquer the Top 5 Spring Landscaping Tips! #1 Aerate your lawn If you haven’t already aerated your lawn, now (Spring) is the time to do it! This process involves [...]

Top 5 Spring Landscaping Tips

Now that Spring break and the long Easter weekend have arrived, it is time to get outside and into your yard and conquer the Top 5 Spring Landscaping Tips!

#1 Aerate your lawn

If you haven't already aerated your lawn, now (Spring) is the time to do it! This process involves special equipment that actually punches holes in your turf, creating air pockets to improve the health of soil and roots. The holes in the lawn will allow for the much needed nitrogen from the rain fall to enter into your soil and all sorts of microbial action! Aeration is best done when the yard has dried out, and hiring a professional to do the job is a wise idea!

#2 Dethatch your lawn

In British Columbia, Vancouver or the Tri-Cities we have a very humid and moist climate, where moss loves to grow. Thatch is the build up of dead grass and debris left on the surface of your lawn over winter. Removing thatch will allow the grass underneath to grow quicker and fuller as it will no longer act as a blanket. A thinner layer of thatch can be effectively removed by power raking. Some landscapers will dethatch or power rake during the process of aeration. Perhaps ask for a combo!

#3 Spring Clean Up - The Perennials

Perennials are great as they come back every year, and many gardeners will leave their plants in the fall, providing seed heads for winter birds and creating an attractive picture throughout the cold season. But when the weather turns in spring, your garden needs to be cleaned out and cleared up for the new growth to take place. Remove the dead foliage and stalks from last season leaving the roots in the ground, composting all but the diseased plant material. Destroy any bugs, larvae and other pests you find and avoid turning the soil too much — that amount of disturbance can kill off nutrients in the upper layers of soil.

#4 Mulch your Beds - Get it delivered

Layer your gardens with a generous amount of mulch — use chipped bark, wood chips or other natural mulch products — to help with moisture retention and reduce weeds. Consider mulch as an investment and spread it annually for a neater garden. Old mulch decomposes into the soil making it more fungally dominant a great growing condition while building soil, adding many necessary nutrients and feeds your plants, shrubs and trees. If you can't pick this item up get it delivered!

#5 Prune your Shrubs and Trees

Many shrubs and bushes can be pruned or trimmed in the spring to create an orderly, attractive landscape. Juniper, euonymus, forsythia and plenty of other shrubs need to be trimmed for good health and to avoid massive overgrowth. Being really careful and understanding what to do, use sharp pruning shears that have been well cleaned, you don't want to pass or contaminate your other trees or bushes.

There you have it Top 5 Spring Landscaping Tips for you to complete over the Spring and Easter Break! (Or really soon!!)

If you are unsure and want the best for your trees, shrubs or hedges or you don't have the time please call us or send us an email we would love to help! Office: 604-856-4123 Fax: 604-856-4126 Email: office@fraserstratacare.com
-Team Fraser

4 Landscaping Tips to match your lifestyle

Landscaping can glamorize a home and give it curb appeal making a lasting first impression! When first thinking about landscaping in the Vancouver area we must first decide the purpose for the design, you might want to have privacy with a new fence, or noise control, curb appeal, a deck to entertain while others may [...]

Landscaping can glamorize a home and give it curb appeal making a lasting first impression! When first thinking about landscaping in the Vancouver area we must first decide the purpose for the design, you might want to have privacy with a new fence, or noise control, curb appeal, a deck to entertain while others may want to grow food not lawns or maybe a combination! Whatever the intention, without a proper plan your efforts might not be enhancing a home it might hinder and end up making a lot of extra work for you in the end. Tip #1. Make a proper plan Planning is crucial for any project to really go well! Taking pictures or keeping clippings from magazines for the type of landscape you like, writing down certain colours and feelings of how you want to feel will help landscapers tremendously! Building a portfolio will give your landscaper a great understanding of the look you are trying to accomplish. Do a little research if you would like on the type of trees you like and understand the root structures, if they are evergreen, deciduous or if you want colour year around, it is a good idea to visit nurseries, parks and maybe even take some pictures of yards and landscapes that you really like! Perhaps the landscaper might even take you to a nursery to check out some of the plants to get a better feel for what the client likes and will put it together for you! Tip #2 Landscape must match your lifestyle  Be realistic: It’s important to acknowledge what is possible as well as not to go overboard with too many design features. Match your lifestyle and your financial comfort. Each Landscape design different and unique to its own and with every design comes maintenance. Realizing that this is the reality some will spend considerable amounts of time pruning, spraying, digging, weeding, mowing depending on the design......Perhaps all this work doesn't fit your lifestyle, and you want a low maintenance landscape. Or better yet keep a well manicured design by setting up a scheduled yearly service. Tip #3 Think in phases: Not everything has to be done all at once. If you budget for one or two renovations every year, you may find that the overall landscape makeover is more affordable. Budget isn't always an issue, so getting back to Tip#1 a well laid plan will help with an open communication. This will help communicate with the home owners what the team is doing and what stage they are at for completing the job. Tip #4Consult a landscaping professional: It will work out far cheaper than having to remove and redo a badly done job. Besides, the landscaping designer will be able to advise you about how best you can phase in the installation. Or better yet do it for you!   We understand our clients and work closely through every step of the landscaping process, creating the perfect landscape to match your lifestyle! -Team Fraser  Office: 604-856-4123 Fax: 604-856-4126 Email: office@fraserstratacare.com  

Maybe next time call the professionals! Fraser Strata Care Ltd.

Maybe next time call the professionals! This past weekend we went for a beautiful drive through the Fraser Valley. We ended up in the hills, a really beautiful area with big properties and great homes when we stumbled across this cedar hedge!! This trim job and hedge shaping wasn’t just done to one poor cedar [...]

Maybe next time call the professionals!

This past weekend we went for a beautiful drive through the Fraser Valley. We ended up in the hills, a really beautiful area with big properties and great homes when we stumbled across this cedar hedge!! This trim job and hedge shaping wasn't just done to one poor cedar tree but to all of them and they surrounded the entire estate property! I must admit I do appreciate the similarity and uniformity of all of the cedars, quite impressed really...if thats really the look you are going for??? However if this wasn't the look you really wanted to achieve there is still hope! We can fix this! and maybe next time call the professionals! Fraser Strata Care Ltd. Office: 604-856-4123 Fax: 604-856-4126 Email: office@fraserstratacare.com

When to prune?

When to prune? This is a popular question, especially around spring time and the fall. As the trees start to bud people start thinking about their garden and yards and similarly as winter sneaks in we want to put our gardens and trees to rest. If you live in the Lower Mainland to Vancouver, BC [...]

When to prune? This is a popular question, especially around spring time and the fall. As the trees start to bud people start thinking about their garden and yards and similarly as winter sneaks in we want to put our gardens and trees to rest. If you live in the Lower Mainland to Vancouver, BC our trees are budding! From bushes, trees, fruit baring vines the question remains the same! When to prune? We have been asked many questions about lawn care and landscaping but this one really is popular so we thought we would share some light! One day we were asked about pruning kiwi vines and found a wonderful article here. According to the article winter pruning should take place the last week in January or the first week of February. Kiwis form fruit on one year old wood just like grapes. Because kiwis grow so rapidly, Summer maintenance pruning after flowering is necessary. So there you have it for kiwis....but what about everything else you ask?? I hope you have awhile! In all seriousness, each plant, tree and bush should be properly cared for and if you are unsure get an expert to help! Office: 604-856-4123 Fax: 604-856-4126 Email: office@fraserstratacare.com

Quick Tips: Trees and Shrubs to Prune in Late Spring/Summer, After Bloom

  • Azalea (Rhododendron species)
  • Beautybush (Kolkwitzia amabilis)
  • Bridal Wreath Spirea (Spirea x vanhouttei)
  • Flowering Crabapple (Malus species and cultivars)
  • Forsythia (forsythia x intermedia)
  • Hawthorn (Crataegus species and cultivars)
  • Hydrangea, Bigleaf (Hydrangea macrophylla)
  • Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)
  • Magnolia (Magnolia species and cultivars)
  • Mockorange (Philadelphus coronarius)
  • Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia)
  • Rhododendron (Rhododendron species)
  • Serviceberry (Amelanchier x grandiflora)
  • Slender Deutzia (deutzia gracilis)
  • Weigela (Weigela florida)

Trees and Shrubs to Prune in Early Spring, While Dormant

You can still get your pruner out this spring to shape the following list of trees and shrubs, while they are still dormant.
  • Bradford Pear (Pyrus calleryana)
  • Butterfly Bush (Buddleia Davidii)
  • Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)
  • Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida)
  • Flowering Plum (Prunus blireana)
  • Glossy Abelia (Abelia x grandiflora)
  • Golden Rain Tree (Koelreuteria paniculata)
  • Honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissiam)
  • Hydrangea, Peegee (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora’)
  • Potentilla (Potentilla fruticosa)
  • Redbud (Cercis canadensis)
  • Spirea (except Bridal Wreath) (Spirea japonica))
  • Wisteria (Wistera species)
We found a great article for homeowners a guide on When to prune and can be found here click this!! The link we provided has a great guide of many kinds of plants, bushes and trees for when to prune! Good luck and we hope to hear from you! Let us take care of it for you so you can go and enjoy the sunshine!! Office: 604-856-4123 Fax: 604-856-4126 Email: office@fraserstratacare.com -Team Fraser Quality Matters!
 

Facebushed!

If you don’t want this (face bushed) to happen to you, call us!! Enjoy hahaha! We have all the right tools, tree removal services and bob cat services to help you achieve the perfect garden, yard and landscape. Don’t get facebushed!! Call us  Office: 604-856-4123 -Team Fraser Quality Matters…..and so does your face!!  

If you don't want this (face bushed) to happen to you, call us!! Enjoy hahaha! We have all the right tools, tree removal services and bob cat services to help you achieve the perfect garden, yard and landscape. Don't get facebushed!! Call us  Office: 604-856-4123 -Team Fraser Quality Matters.....and so does your face!!  

Hedge Shaping and when to prune?

Hedge Shaping Now that the sunshine has arrived I’m sure we aren’t the only ones getting outside and starting the yard cleaning and planning for a long warm sunny season. Shaping and pruning hedges takes years of practice and an artful eye;) This just happens to be one of our specialties! As we do offer [...]

Hedge Shaping

Now that the sunshine has arrived I'm sure we aren't the only ones getting outside and starting the yard cleaning and planning for a long warm sunny season. Shaping and pruning hedges takes years of practice and an artful eye;) This just happens to be one of our specialties! As we do offer many services!! The most important step in starting a new hedge is first the location and placement of the tree. Then the first shaping of the tree happens the next season after planting. For example, a hedge 5 feet high should be 2 1/2 feet at the base and about 1 foot at the top to be in good proportion. The top of the hedge should be trimmed slightly rounded or pointed. This allows sunlight to reach the lower branches and allow for photosynthesis. If the top becomes as wide or wider than the base, the lower portion is too shaded and produces thin weak growth. A taller hedge requires more attention to maintain proper shape and taper. Be ready to maintain or hire a professional :) Annually you will want to thin out a third to a fourth of the oldest branches with hand pruners or pruning saws. In addition to regular trimming, cutting these branches back to the parent stem at the ground or to a lateral, or side, branch in the spring will really help especially before growth starts.

When to Prune:

There is always much debate on when the best time to prune is. Here it is simply put: Shrubs used for hedges, except evergreens, can be pruned almost anytime. Slow-growing hedges that require one annual pruning can be sheared after they have completed their season's growth in early to mid-June. Fast-growing hedges can be trimmed two or more times, in early June, mid- to late-July and early to mid-September. If you are unsure and want the best for your trees, shrubs or hedges please call us or send us an email! Office: 604-856-4123 Fax: 604-856-4126 Email: office@fraserstratacare.com Enjoy the sunshine! -Fraser Team Quality Matters  

Landscape Design and Installation

Have you always wanted that picture perfect landscape? We know how overwhelming it can be going to a garden centre and trying to choose plants, trees and products to make that perfect landscape design. Many will keep going to their local greenhouse to buy plants and enjoy their time but never reach their design they [...]

Have you always wanted that picture perfect landscape? We know how overwhelming it can be going to a garden centre and trying to choose plants, trees and products to make that perfect landscape design. Many will keep going to their local greenhouse to buy plants and enjoy their time but never reach their design they have in their minds. From Langley to Vancouver we have been customizing landscape designs and installing beautiful systems that compliment the lifestyle of the home owners. Sometime the best way to get started is to start taking pictures of some landscapes that your really like, build a type of design portfolio. Then we can take it from there!! Call for more information: 604-856-4123 The choices of plants, soil amenders, flowers and how they will all look and work together will be up to the professional to ensure your landscape works well together. If you want a flowering garden throughout the year a lot of time and planning must go into the overall yard as all flowers bloom at different times of the year. Perhaps you always want colour in your yard so we must think about the leaves and how they will turn or fall and if you will have to replace them every year.... There really is a lot to think about and it really matters on how much time you are able to invest into your yard and that will all be taken into consideration! The landscape has to compliment with your premium lifestyle and the outdoor elements, we take great care in planning and throughout the installation process. Our landscape design and installation for a perfect yard system is customized to your needs. We love being outdoors and want you to love entertaining in your beautiful yard outside too! Call for more information: 604-856-4123 Thank you and start taking those pictures!! -Fraser Team Quality Matters    

How to get the perfect Lawn

How to get the perfect Lawn in 3 easy tips! Well if you are like us then you are continually cutting, mulching, trimming, edging, liming, testing the PH and watering on a precise schedule to make sure your grass is greener on your side of the fence! If you really want to know how to [...]

How to get the perfect Lawn in 3 easy tips! Well if you are like us then you are continually cutting, mulching, trimming, edging, liming, testing the PH and watering on a precise schedule to make sure your grass is greener on your side of the fence! If you really want to know how to get the perfect lawn here are some tips to follow. From Langley to Vancouver if you want the perfect lawn try these 3 easy tips! 1. Grass cutting and trimming: In order to keep a well manicured lawn they should be maintained in a healthy and vibrant style. The lawns would be cut right to every edge and edges will be string line trimmed flat and vertical trimming of lawn edges will be performed bi-weekly throughout the season to keep them sharp. A schedule as mentioned earlier must be applied and carried out. 2. Lawn Cutting set a schedule: March to Mid April:  Bi-weekly Mid April to October:  Weekly November:  Bi-weekly Frequency of mowing and trimming in some or all areas may be reduced during the dryer months. All lawns shall not be scalped to avoid damage to the grass ensure that your mowing equipment is appropriate for the conditions. Make sure that all lawn clippings are collected and disposed of or appropriately mulching may be utilized depending on conditions to improve lawn and soil nutrients and condition. Make sure all debris are cleared from roads, sidewalks and patios by use of blowers upon completion of mowing and trimming 3 Lime: Lime (Dolpril) can be applied to all lawn areas in early Spring and must be applied evenly with professional mechanical spreading equipment to achieve the appropriate soil PH date(s). If this is something you want to achieve we can help you, please Call for more information: 604-856-4123 The Fraser Team - Quality Matters!