Mother Earth Gardens and Design Inc.
"Creating and Maintaining Sustainable Gardens"
Mother Earth Gardens and Design Inc., located in Port Coquitlam, BC creates and maintains environmentally friendly
gardens recognizing that working with nature transforms a high maintenance landscape into an attractive labor and cost savings ecoscape.
What Does Working With Nature
Mean to You.
- This creates a healthy landscape for people, plants, birds, pets and beneficial insects. In turn it contributes to cleaner air and waterways. It attracts pollinators.
- It is cost effective as you will spend less money on fertilizers and pesticides and less time on weeding and watering.
- We use ornamental and native plants. Native plants attract wildlife, restore habitat and native plants are beautiful. We avoid invasive species.
- We use the right plant and plant it in the right place. We choose the most suitable plants taking into consideration the growing conditions, plant characteristics and any special ornamental effects. We use edible shrubs, vegetables and fruit trees.
- We create beautiful planters
- We create 'right plant right place' planting plans
- We create garden designs
- Shade gardens/Full sun
- Butterfly/Hummingbird gardens
- Vegetable gardens
- Scented/Unscented gardens
- Rose gardens
- Perennial gardens
- Color theme gardens
- Spring and fall clean up
- Planting/ pruning /weeding
- Monthly landscape maintenance
- Mowing lawns
- Residential maintenance
- Consultation services
The Garden in July
Water plants in containers daily in the morning or evening in hot weather. Water newly planted in ground plants regularly. Lightly watering plants causes surface roots to develop and in turn causes the plant to be vulnerable to drought. Watering deeply builds a deeper root system and in turn the plant becomes more drought tolerant. Mulch increases the water holding capacity of the soil.
Lift congested irises after flowering, divide and discard old rhizomes, trim leaves to 6 inches and replant leaving the rhizomes half buried and the leaves upright. Firm in well and water.
Remove spent flowers from annuals and perennials to promote extended blooming period.
Once delphiniums are finished blooming, cut the plant to ground level and feed to ensure a second blooming in fall.
Check for pests and disease and take steps as needed. Check the underside of leaves for colonies of white flies and aphids. Removal now prevents infestations later. Continue weeding regularly and ensure that the weeds don’t go to seed or you will have more weeds to contend with. Weeds are easier to remove after a rainfall. Turn the compost regularly and keep it moist.
Don’t harvest rhubarb after the 15th of July as the leaves and stalks become toxic due to a build-up of oxalic acid. Following the summer crop of raspberries cut back brown stems that have finished fruiting to the ground. Harvest strawberry crops. Remove unwanted runners and remove plants that have cropped for 3 years.
Harvest vegetables and water and feed regularly. Continue sowing lettuce, kale, peas leeks, bush beans, green onions and winter vegetables.
Prune hedges lightly to keep them neat. Prune deciduous shrubs such as weigela, mock orange and deutzia after flowering. Dead head roses for continual bloom.
Call Marian today at 604.617.3696