Gardening Tips...

Spring is here!

What Do I need To Do?

There is no doubt that Spring has sprung in Georgina. The ice on the lake is gone and the bulbs are starting to flower.

Everyone wants to get started in their gardens. Now is the time to:

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  • Clean up your gardens, rake leaves and trim dead, broken tree limbs. Wait until the soil has dried
  • Pull out weeds as they appear
  • Get your lawn and garden ready
  • Brighten up the bare spaces in your gardens with some pansies or put a container full of violas on your doorstep
  • Plan to top dress and seed your lawn; talk to Angelo about how much top soil you need; we can deliver it or you can pick it up
  • Get your grass seed; we have all purpose and specialty seeds at bulk prices
Getting your Lawn and Garden Ready

What kind of soil do you need?

Soil is probably the most important factor in determining the success or failure of your garden. It needs to have both nutrition for the plant and the right texture for the plant to flourish.

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Soils are usually described as sandy or clay-like. Sandy soils have very large particles which make it easier for the plant roots to move freely, sometimes too much so. At the other end of the range is clay. Clay soils have particles that are so small they pack together tightly and leave little room for water, air or roots. An easy test for soil texture is to make a ball of damp garden soil. If it breaks apart when you tap it, it's sandy. If you can press it between your thumb and finger and make a ribbon, it's clay.

Most soils are somewhere in-between. What you are ideally going for is called a sandy loam. It should be light and allow for air and water movement. The best texture is like a fine bread crumb. This usually happens when there is plenty of organic matter in the soil.

Both dry sandy soils and heavy clay are improved by adding plenty of organic matter.

How can I improve my soil?

Duck compost is a great choice for many gardeners.

  1. It retains moisture
  2. It has no odour
  3. It contains no weeds
  4. It contains needed nutrients
  5. It helps break down clay soil

Peat moss is inexpensive and works well to loosen the soil. It can be very messy to work with so wet it first to make it easier.

Sometimes you just need to add soil. For gardens we recommend our high quality Triple Mix.

What is the difference between Triple Mix and top soil?

Top soil is the upper, outermost layer of soil, usually the top 2 inches (5.1 cm) to 8 inches (20 cm). Because it doesn't have the compost or peat moss mixed in, it will be heavier than triple mix. Top soil is great for top dressing your lawn, or filling in low spots but shouldn't be used as your primary garden soil. For that you need triple mix.

Triple mix is a combination of top soil, compost and peat moss and it's the universally accepted soil mixture. Use it for ornamental gardens, fruit trees, roses, evergreens - anything. You can get it at Leslie Gardens. If you are just planting a few plants, a bag or two is probably enough but we also sell Triple Mix in 1/2 yard and yard quantities.

How much soil do I need?

LENGTH' (L) (in feet) times (x) WIDTH' (W) (in feet) times (x) DEPTH" (in inches) divide by 12 divide by 27 equals (=) number of yards of soil.

L' x W' x .25" / 12 / 27 = number of yards of soil

eg. 40' x 50' x .25" / 12 / 27 = 1.5 yards of soil

How do I top dress my lawn?

The secret to a weed free lawn is to have lots of grass growing so that the weed seeds are not able to germinate. To encourage a lush lawn, we recommend top dressing and overseeding. This means putting down some soil and then sprinkling some grass seed. Leslie Gardens can help you with both. You can use top soil as the dirt or you can use Triple Mix. Some people may want to use compost. See the formula above to determine how much you need or come ask our friendly staff to help you determine your needs.

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Before overseeding, mow the lawn to a short height and rake to remove debris and thatch. Loosen the ground in bare or thin areas and apply fine, clean topsoil. When seeding, pick a calm day, divide the seed into two equal amounts, and apply half in one direction, and half in the opposite direction. After applying the seed, lightly rake or roll the surface to ensure good seed to soil contact. Do not compact the soil too heavily or bury the seed too deeply. A planting depth of 2 mm (1/16 inch) is ideal.

You will need to keep the soil moist to a depth of 2 cm (3/4 inch) until the seed has established. Avoid puddles when you are watering.

Overseeding your lawn every year will help thicken and improve the appearance of your lawn. If your lawn is thin and patchy, overseeding is the best way to fill in these bare spots.

We have all these products available and our knowledgeable staff can help you decide which one is best for you.