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What is a Natural Swimming Pool?

Imagine a garden pond filled with white and pink water lilies and purple irises and humming with a chorus of frogs and birds. Now imagine swimming in it. Alice Klein and Hannah Hislop take a dip in the world of natural swimming pools for your landscape ( article from http://www.theecologist.org/) Superficially, a natural swimming pool looks like…

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Why are trees so important?

THE BENEFITS OF TREES… (from http://landscapeontario.com/benefits-of-trees) Below are some quick facts on the benefits of trees and the equity value of landscaping. Trees improve health Trees improve moods and emotions, and they create feelings of relaxation and well-being. Trees provide privacy and a sense of security. Foliage helps to settle out, trap and hold particulate pollutants…

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Natural Playgrounds are on the rise in Ontario

There is a steady rise of natural playgrounds in Ontario.  They are turning up at school playgrounds to parks and even childcare centers.  The creation of natural spaces for play helps kids connect to nature, become more physically active and develop limitless opportunities for creative play.  Studies have also shown that natural play contributes to…

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Corporate landscape naturalization

This spring in Ontario, with little rain and drought-like conditions, continues to show us the flaws with large scale turf landscapes. Driving around Waterloo Region”s industrial and office parks one is already seeing lawns going dormant, and it’s only May.

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Soul Standard for Organic Land Care

Over the past several years the term “organic” seems to have taken on a life of its own.  We see it branded on everything from carrots to shampoo, clothing to coffee filters.  We generally believe that anything displaying this brand is natural, healthy and free from harmful substances.  We will even pay more for products…

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Sustainable landscape design: lawn alternatives

With a sense of urgency brought on by recent Province wide pesticide bans, 2012 will likely see more residents and local policy makers questioning not only the right to add chemicals to our lawns, but also the need for its very existence. You see, increased anxiety over pesticide & fertilizer usage is only one area…

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