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ByKevin Post

Four tips to help your landscape to look good after winter

Now that Halloween has come and gone for Southern Ontario, we will soon start seeing the white stuff falling from the sky. For some this can be a welcome sight, for others it means heavy jackets, salt covered boots, and long hours removing snow.

Halloween evening

Lots of candy for Mr Lego Man.

Here are a few quick tips to talk with your landscape and snow removal contractors to help your landscape to look its best after winter is over.

  1. Snow Removal
    • Define areas away from your planting beds to place the large amounts of snow throughout the winter. Monitor these areas to ensure your contractor is keeping the snow away from those areas.
    • Check out this blog for more tips:
  2. Salt
    • Become a Smart About Salt (SAS) certified site.
    • Check out this blog for more info about becoming an SAS certified site and additional tips to reduce salt:
  3. Wrap your evergreens
    • Wrapping your evergreens with burlap cloth to reduce salt burn.
    • Also, the wrapping holds the evergreens together and shields the plant from crushing snow and/or ice loads which can pull down and break the branches.
  4. Springtime
    • Rinse the salt away with water from planting beds next to heavy salt use areas, such as near the main walkways leading to entrances.

I hope these suggestions help to keep your landscape looking its best after the winter. Sign up for our newsletter for more tips regarding all aspects of the landscape from site plan approval process for new developments, trail design tips through to maintenance tips like this post.

I appreciate your time in reading this post and look forward to your comments, questions and the tips you have found useful.

Sincerely,

Kevin Post

Beyond The Post

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ByKevin Post

Thoughts – Lost Knowledge of the Landscape

It is very interesting that over the last 3 to 4 generations, we have lost our connection to nature. Our lives used to depend on this connection to nature and the landscape. If we did not know about the surrounding plants and animals, where to find them, when the best time to eat them was, we would die of starvation or disease.

Forest trail

A early fall walk along a forest trail – If you know what to eat, forest and wild fields are full of food. If you don’t eat wild edibles, spending time in nature reduces stress and your blood pressure.

What if we could increase our knowledge of the landscape? Would we become more connected with nature, with each other?

Not only does spending more time in nature reduces stress, depression, quicker hospital recoveries, and even reduce ADD/ADHD symptoms, among many other positive healthy “side effects” it could theoretically save your life too. It always pains me to hear that a lost hiker or hunter died of starvation when they were surrounded by so many healthy and extremely nutritious plants.

Our fore-parents knew much about the plants, the trees, the topography, the path of the sun, the moon, and the stars, and the landscape. A skill that is becoming lost in our modern lifestyle. Few people are keeping these skills alive and are harvesting the weeds that grow in urban areas to eat. Most of these plants were brought here by our fore-parents whom settled these lands for their survival. Just like we go to the supermarkets today for a head of lettuce, our fore-parents brought with them plants to grow in their gardens plants like dandelions, lambs-quarter, purslane just to name a few.

As a landscape architect and outdoors person, I have a great interest in expanding my knowledge about the landscape. I am always learning more about how to use the landscape to improve all aspects of our lives such as increasing our fitness, which plants eat for nutrition and/or for health, how each plant fits into their related ecosystems and habitats, how the topography influences the environment and peoples’ movement through it. I am constantly learning and applying my knowledge to my landscape designs.

For more information about health benefits of nature see:

https://www.asla.org/healthbenefitsofnature.aspx

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Sincerely,

Kevin Post
Beyond The Post
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