Author Archives: Jessica Salvador

About Jessica Salvador

Jessica has spent over ten years in the landscaping industry in nursery production, landscape maintenance and garden centre sales. She graduated in 2002 from the highly recognized horticulture program at Capilano University as a Certified Landscape Horticulturist. Higher Ground Gardens, your West Side Vancouver gardening and landscaping professionals for hedge trimming, pruning, bark mulch delivery, yard clean up, and on going gardening and landscaping maintenance. Gardening Vancouver, The Garden Pro's to call from Spring through Fall.

Q & A: Hedge Trimming Vancouver

Q: How often do you need to trim your hedges in Vancouver? A: Most formal hedges require two trimmings a year. Rapidly growing plants can require four to six trimmings a season (privet, English laurel). It is recommended to trim … Continue reading

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Easy Spring Gardening Techniques

Top 4 Easy Spring Gardening Techniques to quickly clean up your yard in spring. Quick Cut Backs Give the garden a spruce-up by removing dead branches from shrubs and cutting back ornamental grasses and perennials that were left over winter. … Continue reading

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Landscaping Encroachment: City of Vancouver Gardening Guidelines

Did you receive a “Landscaping Encroachment” letter from the City of Vancouver requiring you to trim back a hedge that is impeding the city sidewalk? You have 30 days to get the work done yourself before a City crew comes … Continue reading

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Pressure washing for decks, driveways, walkways and concrete stairs.

Looking for a pressure washing service for your deck, driveway, walkways or concrete stairs? Our pressure washing crew uses commercial machines with high-PSI cold-water power washing nozzles and surface spinners to clean your property. Pressure washing is the most effective … Continue reading

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Gardening Vancouver: Adding Lime and Manure to Garden Beds in Spring.

Gardening in Vancouver has its unique challenges, one of which is the effect that high rainfall has on gardens and lawns. High rainfall causes gardens to become acidic as the rains of winter gradually wash away nutrients from the landscape. … Continue reading

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Primp and prune the garden in spring to reap the rewards come summer.

Treat your plants to some TLC. Check for dead branches or winter damage and prune them cleanly. Trim perennials or grasses that have been left through winter. Formal hedges benefit from a trim and look clean with manicured, straight lines.  … Continue reading

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Play Dirty and Let the Kids Dig In

2014 is the year to end Nature Deficiency Disorder. Get out there, get dirty and get the kids and grandkids involved. Make mistakes and watch the garden recover. Grow some food and keep your neighbourhood gorgeous. Nature Deficiency Nature Deficiency … Continue reading

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What To Do When Garden Series: Fall

October Gardening Weeks 1, 2, 3 & 4 Garden Beds: ▪ Continue to keep all garden beds weed-free. ▪ Water plants as required. This is necessary if the fall is dry, and will help plants overwinter. ▪ Adjust automatic watering … Continue reading

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Fall Hedge Trimming

Cutting established hedges A properly maintained hedge should have a relatively light amount of growth to be trimmed in fall. This is easily done with a pair of well-sharpened powered hedge clippers. Powered hedging shears are very effective when used … Continue reading

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What to Do When Garden Series: Early Fall

September Gardening Weeks 1 & 2 Garden Beds: Check plants, shrubs and trees for pests and spray as required. Using an insecticidal soap such as Safer’s is an effective and environmentally safe way to get rid of unwanted pests. Maintain … Continue reading

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