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Strata Complex

We take pride in all of our sites, big and small! We love seeing our hard work shine and show itself! These complexes look awesome and it is all because of the amazing team!

Your yard could look this amazing too! Way to go Fraser Strata Care Ltd, keep up the hard and amazing work!

-Quality Matters

Office: 604-371-2787

Email: office@fraserstratacare.com

 

Bobcat and Product delivery Services

Do you have a project that needs a Bobcat? We at Fraser Strata Care Ltd offer Bobcat services for your landscaping needs. Did you know we also offer product delivery to your house for your “Do It Yourself” projects!!!

From Langley to Vancouver and Tri-city area we will help you! Let us help you with your landscaping or let us bring you the products! Sometimes homeowners really want to get into their yard and create a garden or do some landscaping but don’t know where to get started! It can be difficult to take on a large project or one of any size when you can get the gravel, dirt, and other garden products to the house. Fraser Strata Care Lts offers Bobcat services and will help deliver your garden projects to your house! If you have a “DO it Yourself” project and want to get started. Call us, fax or send an  email!! Office: 604-371-2787  Email: office@fraserstratacare.c  Don’t let anything get in your way of getting that beautiful yard, garden, deck, fence, path, driveway or retaining wall! Imagine the time and effort saved by calling Fraser Strata Care today!!

Landscape Construction & Renovations will provide custom designs, decks, patios, water features and hardscapes to provide an enjoyable outdoor experience. Landscape construction uses leading edge designs and build team specializes in creating unique outdoor living spaces.  We will continue to be differentiated from our competition by the service, design and build of our hardscapes.

Let our experienced and talented crews transform your property into a fresh new work of art. We use all of the latest technologically advanced and Eco friendly equipment to provide the most efficient experience. We realize your yard and its function is valuable and will work hard to expedite your project. We provide quality work that will stand the test of time.

Call for more information: 604-371-2787

We offer a vast selection of services for all divisions, types of landscape installations including:

  • patios
  • driveways
  • plants
  • trees
  • pathways
  • garden beds
  • retaining walls
  • fencing
  • drainage install and repair
  • top dressing and seeding
  • bobcat work
  • tree work (planting, pruning, removals)
  • Stump Grinding
  • Water features and Pond rejuvenation
  • snow removal and salting
  • Minor black top and pothole repair
 Call for more information: 604-371-2787
-Fraser Strata Team
Quality Matters

 

FREE aerating!

We are the reason the grass is greener on the other side of the fence! We’ve been keeping North Langley green for over 20 years! Our professional team would like to tend to your side of the fence and provide our complete landscaping services along with an initial offering FREE aerating!

Contact

Office: 604-371-2787

Email: office@fraserstratacare.com

 

6 Lawn Care Tips

At Fraser Strata Care Ltd. we have done extensive research on lawn care and have over 30 years plus experience! We have also followed research and found that a well landscaped lawn and curb appeal can add up to 20% increase in value on homes! A healthy lawn contributes to your property value and the overall appearance of your neighborhood. It provides a natural, safe surface where your family can play and relax. By following a few simple tips, you can or of course we can!! keep your lawn healthy, get the perfect lawn and environmentally beneficial.

Tip #1. Mow high and return the clippings

Mow high, preferably 2.5 to 3 inches. Mowing short weakens the root system and gives weeds a chance to compete with the grass. When the mower is higher the clippings don’t clump. As a general rule we the experts say to remove only one third of the leaf with each mowing.

Return the clippings. If you only cut one third of the leaf under dry conditions, the clippings will fall evenly on the soil surface. A mulching mower will further chop-up the clippings, which will help speed-up the decomposition process. Grass clippings are about 85 per cent water and don’t contain lignin. The soil microbes are able to breakdown leaf clippings more readily than they can decompose thatch. During the summer, clippings decompose and return nitrogen and other nutrients to your lawn. The decomposition is slower in cool weather. So the further north you live, the more you’ll need to monitor the build-up of clippings. (We can’t always do this on strata complexes).

Tip #2 . Watering

Water infrequently and deeply to encourage deep roots. It’s difficult to say how much water to apply since it depends on soil type, species of grass, mowing height, temperature, wind and other factors.

Tip #3. Pests

A healthy, vigorous, dense turf is the best defense against invasion by weeds and other pests. Check your lawn regularly to catch problems early. Usually the presence of a few insect pests or weeds is not cause for concern. Insects rarely damage healthy lawns in British Columbia (Vancouver and Tri city area). Most insects you’ll find in your lawn will either not be a problem or may even be beneficial. If you’re concerned that insects may be causing damage, consult us the lawn care professional.

Tip #4. Fertilizing

Ideally, a home lawn only needs to be fertilized when nutrient levels drop below what’s needed to maintain it in a healthy condition. Compost will add organic matter and provide the major and minor nutrients in a slow release form. Organic fertilizers such as activated sewage sludge or steer manure also supply all the nutrients needed for healthy growth.

Inorganic commercial fertilizers usually contain the three major nutrients: nitrogen (N) to promote leaf growth and dark green color, phosphorous (P) for root growth, and potassium (K) for stress resistance. The three numbers on the bag represent the percentages of each of these elements – always in the order “N-P-K”. Unless the instructions say otherwise, inorganic, commercial fertilizers must always be watered-in after they have been applied. Otherwise, you’ll burn your lawn.

The type of grass, type of soil, age of the lawn, weather conditions and other factors mentioned above, such as returning clippings and watering frequency, will all determine rates and timing of fertilizer applications. A soil test by a professional laboratory is the only sure way to access nutrient needs accurately.

Tip #5 Repairing weak spots

A healthy lawn will usually repair itself. With proper watering and fertilizing, thinned areas, small gouges and dead spots will fill in. Kentucky blue grass turf thickens quicker after damage than other less aggressive species such as creeping red fescue. That’s why turf professionals use it for golf tees and playing fields that suffer frequent damage. Reseeding is also an option as well as creating a beautiful stone path or pathways! or maybe a deck!

Tip #6. Shade

Lawn grasses need at least 4 hours of direct sunlight for healthy growth. If the lawn receives much traffic, it should get 6 hours of direct sun daily.

Recap and some extras:

Select the right species of grass to ensure you’ll have a healthy lawn in shady areas. Creeping red fescue tolerates shade better than Kentucky bluegrass. Mow high, don’t mow any shorter than 3 inches in the shady areas of your lawn and return the clippings when possible. Water occasionally, it will take as long as there is sun! Pests don’t really like grass, but if you have a problem consult the experts. Fertilize and water shady areas less than the sunny part of your lawn. If you’re having difficulty maintaining grass cover in areas where people walk, put in a stone or bark chip path to keep traffic off the grass. Often shade-tolerant ground covers are an excellent alternative to grass in shady areas that don’t need to carry traffic.

-Team Fraser
Quality Matters!

Contact

Office: 604-371-2787

Email: office@fraserstratacare.com

 

Plants for Sunny Dry Areas

Living in a very wet and humid climate it is hard to sometimes believe that there are arid places in BC! However even from Vancouver to the Lower Mainland there are dry and arid spots in many if not all yards and gardens. Below is a quick list of trees, shrubs and plants that enjoy this condition!

Evergreen Trees

  • Pines (Mugho, White Pine, Scotch Pine)
  • Arizona Cypress (Cupressus Arizonica)
  • Madrona (Arbutus Menziesii)

Deciduous Trees

  • Red Oak (Quercus coccinea)
  • Chesnut (Cstanea)
  • Flowering Peach (Prunus mume)
  • Silver Maple (Acer negundo variegatum)
  • Catalpa
  • Hawthorne (Cratageus)
  • Mountain Ash (Sorbus aucuparia)
  • Siberian Elm (Ulumus pumila)
  • Larch (Larix)
  • Lime (Tilia)

Evergreen Shrubs

  • Evergreen Barberry (Berberis Wilsonae, Darwini, Julianade)
  • Heaths (Calluna vulgaris)
  • Ceanothus
  • Cotoneasters (Franchetti, microphylla, dammeri)
  • Broom and Spanish Broom (Cytisus)
  • Euonymus Radicans
  • Mexican Orange (Choisya ternata)
  • Holly Mahonia (Mahonia aquifolium)
  • St. John’s Wort (Hypericum)
  • Veronica (Buxifolia, traversi, pageana)

Deciduous Shrubs

  • Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergi)
  • Smoke Tree (Rhus cotinus)
  • Lavender (Lavandula)
  • Tamarix (Tamarisk)

Perennials

  • Sun Rose (Helianthemum)
  • Anemone Japonica
  • Catmint (Nepeta mussini)
  • Yucca

If you have any questions, tips or would like to tell us about something please drop us a line check us out on Facebook !

Office: 604-856-4123
Fax: 604-856-4126
Email: office@fraserstratacare.com

-Team Fraser

Quality matters!

“Fraser StrataCare has been working for our Strata of 191 townhomes in Surrey for the past two years.  Prior to them coming on board, we had many issues around our complex related to landscaping.  Fraser StrataCare has improved the landscaping of our Strata significantly and continues to provide exceptional service and is proactive in their approach to ensure our landscaping is well maintained.  We would highly recommend them for any size complex”.

Karen Reid Sidhu, President Terrane

 

“I have been working with FSC for over 7 years.  FSC have always supplied an honest day’s work, have always been adaptive to our needs and provide excellent value to my clients.  They are well structured, well managed and easy to deal with.  Management at FSC is conscientious about  planning and advises my clients of future issues in a proactive fashion.  Among strata landscaping firms, these guys are top notch.”

Brendan Materi

“Fraser StrataCare has done our strata landscape maintenance for the last10 years or more. During my 5 ½ years of responsibility we have had a pleasant relationship. Their crew has been doing excellent landscape maintenance work. They respond positively when special maintenance requests are made”.

Ted Janzen – On behalf of Churchill Park Council

 

“Stoneridge Strata is a 15 year old community of 36 homes of which 26 are detached and 5 are duplex style units.  Over the years, Stoneridge has employed several different landscaping companies.  They all promised the best service for the most reasonable price.  However, once the contracts were signed, the problems and excuses for poor performance were always the same.

Fraser Stratacare Ltd. came to our attention around this time period and a decision was made by council to give this company a try.  Right from the beginning, the quality and service exceeded all previous landscaping companies.  One of the main differences is that Fraser Strata care Ltd. employs their staff full time.  This enables employees to have a career in landscaping which means steady employment, benefits and progression if deserved.

Stoneridge Strata has retained the services of Fraser Strata care for approximately 5 years to date and overall we have been very satisfied”.

Derek Hudson, President

Stoneridge Council, Surrey, B.C.

Thank you for the kind words! Fraser Strata Care Ltd believes in building long term relationships, by providing the best quality service all the time! For a quote, consultation or services please contact us!

Office: 604-856-4123
Fax: 604-856-4126
Email: office@fraserstratacare.com

Thank you team Fraser!

Quality Matters

A full season of Blooms – Part 1

April Blooms

We have  a lot of people with requests for a full season of blooming flowers. This is a big task to understand and can be overwhelming to most to event start researching or thinking about this. Many have tried and still can’t seem to get the right combination of blooming flowers at the right time. So lets be seasonal and we will post a list every month! (This round we are leaving out the technical Latin terms… if you want them just ask!)

Here is a list for the month of April on the Pacific Coast

Bulbs – Daffodils (That are lining the highways by now!) narcissi, muscari, hyacinths, scilla, tulip, aenome.

Perennials –  Aubretia, allyssum saxtile, primulas, saxifrage.

Shrubs – Flowering Quince, Pearl Bush, Spindle Tree, Viburnum Carlesi and Burkwoodi, Broom, Bridal Wreath Spiraea, Daphne Burkwoodi and cneorum, Japanese Azales, Rhododendron Hybrids, Flowering Almond.

Trees – Flowering Almond, Flowering Crabapples, Cherries

This is just a quick list of April Blooms, if you have any you would like to share please leave us a comment, drop us a line or join us on Facebook!

Office: 604-856-4123
Fax: 604-856-4126
Email: office@fraserstratacare.com

-Team Fraser

Quality Matters