Horticulture: A great way to revitalize the landscape

Flowers in a garden showing Horticulture. revitalize the landscape

Revitalize The Landscape


It may seem obvious, but it’s worth noting here.


There is a direct correlation between an unmaintained landscape and the increased work required to restore it.

Many people may shake their heads and say, “Well, of course!” is. Overgrown landscapes require serious work. The first question is where and how to start.


First, assess your current situation to understand what is still valuable. You also need to decide what is worth preserving and what needs to be removed. At this time, we cannot cut everything back and hope for the best. It’s time to make major changes to revitalize the landscape and get rid of plants that no longer serve you.


If you’ve been a little lazy in tending your garden, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and clean it. Here are some helpful tips.


Think of revitalize the landscape as a complex dance of nature


Now, this may sound difficult, but hear me out. All landscapes are dynamic, all their elements are constantly moving, growing, reacting to environmental conditions and each other. All these partners in the dance of nature can be grouped into layers of revitalize the landscape, from the tallest trees to the lowest shrubs. Take a closer look at these layers to see how they affect each other. Some of the more aggressive plants can be seen as “leading” in the dance, while others are “following”. Which plants will have the greatest impact and which plants will respond? 


Decide who will stay and who should leave. Now that you understand how all the plants affect each other and revitalize the landscape as a whole, it’s time to take a closer look at them and decide which plants you can keep and which ones you need to remove. 


Sometimes we form emotional bonds with certain plants, especially trees. This can be difficult as these plants may have been planted for a reason or simply have been with us for years like old friends.

But when your property or garden is overgrown, someone has to go.

The easiest way to determine this is to know what needs the most maintenance and what is worth the most. If the plant requires constant pruning, it can be a tipping point and easier to prune. Of course, there are exceptions. 


If you have a garden full of perennials, it’s much easier to transform it than a flowerbed of shrubs. Perennials are like gardens on wheels, and most plants can be easily dug up and moved around. Be prepared to “edit” and change it from time to time. However, try not to move the plants too often. Otherwise, you won’t know what works. It takes several years for perennials to take root and grow. Be careful with your movements.

Timing is everything


It is one thing to simply remove plants, that is, to remove them, and one thing to transplant them. Timing is important.  Mid-March to early May is a good time as most plants have just awakened from a long hibernation and have had time to recover before the summer heat sets in. Similarly, September and October are good times to transplant as plants go dormant in preparation for winter. However, they still have time to develop new food roots and absorb water from the still-warm soil. Every year is different. Observe the plants and let them guide you. 


If you have plants you’d rather relocate than remove, plan first. We always want to be aware of what happens next. Do you have the right tools and materials to successfully dig, transport and replant the plants? Do you know where they go? Can I help you with something? Once the plan is put into action, the plant must be able to be dug up, transplanted, and put back into the ground quickly and carefully, without weakening or damaging it. And remember, a consistent and predictable watering schedule is key to a successful transplant. Don’t expect rain.

Know your Garden


Different plants will have different needs. Some plants need to be transplanted in the fall rather than spring. Some plants need to move during hibernation to survive. Some plants are incompatible with each other. Don’t waste your time here. Your chances of success are much higher if you understand the specific requirements of the facility involved and what you need to do to keep all risks low. Please take some research on it. 


Gardening is fun and can add value


Gardening is one of our favourite things because gardening takes what already exists and adds value and beauty through intentional design, action, and care. 


Our team finds deep satisfaction in transforming an overcrowded, overgrown garden into a more expansive inviting space. Gardening is like decorating a new room with your favourite furniture from your basement. 

The trick is to keep track of your maintenance after gardening is complete and keep your landscape clean and beautiful. 


Contact us for your next gardening job.