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Transform Your Outdoor Spaces with Elite Gardening Services

At The Gardener Landscaping, we believe that every outdoor space has the potential to become an extension of your living space. A place to gather with friends and family and enjoy the warm weather together.

However, as homeowners ourselves, we also know how the list of things to do in the yard can quickly make closing the door on that extra space easier than facing the upkeep.

Our Elite Gardening Services are designed to give you back your weekends so you can enjoy your lawn and gardens all season long without sacrificing your summer afternoons.

Enjoy beautiful gardens throughout the seasons with professional garden maintenance.

When it comes to gardening, attention to detail is key. Our elite gardening services are designed to keep your garden looking neat, tidy, and healthy. We know that you take pride in your property, and we are committed to providing you with the highest level of service and expertise.

Elite Gardening Services include:

  • Professional Weeding: Removing unwanted plants and weeds from your garden to ensure optimal health and aesthetics.
  • Cultivating the Soil: Loosening and turning the soil to improve its structure, making it more conducive for plant growth.
  • Raking and Spreading Mulch: Evening out the soil surface and applying a layer of mulch to conserve moisture, reduce weeds, and enhance soil quality.
  • Edging Garden Beds: Creating clean lines and boundaries around garden beds to define spaces and prevent grass from invading the planting areas.

You can also choose to add on any of the following, depending on your needs:

  • Garden Clean-up or Renovation: Revitalizing outdoor spaces by clearing debris, removing dead plants, and making improvements for a fresh, new look.
  • Splitting and/or Relocating Perennials: Dividing perennials to promote healthy growth and rearranging them to optimize garden design and space utilization.
  • Garden Design and Planting: Crafting and implementing a tailored garden layout that incorporates a variety of plants for a visually appealing outdoor area.
  • Adding New Soil or Mulch: Enhancing soil health and garden appearance by incorporating fresh soil or applying mulch to beds and around plants.
  • Shrub and Hedge Pruning: Trimming shrubs and hedges to shape them, encourage growth, and maintain a tidy appearance.
  • Shrub & Garden Fertilizer Applications: Applying fertilizers to nourish shrubs and garden plants, promoting vibrant growth and bloom production.

Why Choose Our Elite Gardening Services?

  • Customization: Your garden should be as unique as you are. Our services are fully tailored to meet the specific requirements and desires of each client, ensuring no two projects are the same.
  • Expertise: Our team is comprised of seasoned gardening professionals with a passion for creating beautiful landscapes. We bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to every project.
  • Quality Materials: From the plants we select to the tools we use, quality is at the heart of everything we do. We choose sustainable, high-quality materials that ensure the longevity and beauty of your garden.
  • Satisfaction Guarantee: Your satisfaction is our top priority. We stand behind our work, guaranteeing that you’ll love your new outdoor space.

It all starts with a consultation.

Every landscape is a little different. That’s why we start with a complimentary detailed design consultation to understand your preferences, needs, and the character of your space.

  • Initial Contact: The consultation process begins when you reach out to us, either via phone, email, or our website. We’ll set up a convenient time for you to meet with one of our landscape designers.
  • Pre-Consultation Preparation: Before the meeting, we often encourage homeowners to gather any ideas, photos, or plans they might have. This helps our designers get a clearer picture of your style preferences and what you envision for your space.
  • Site Assessment: During the consultation, our designer will visit your property to assess the current landscape. This includes evaluating soil conditions, sunlight patterns, existing vegetation, and overall topography. Understanding these elements is crucial for recommending the best plants and layout designs that will thrive in your specific environment.
  • Discussion of Needs and Desires: This is your opportunity to express what functions you want your outdoor space to fulfill, be it entertaining, relaxing, or maybe a bit of gardening. We’ll discuss your aesthetic preferences, maintenance expectations, and any specific needs such as privacy, child-friendly spaces, or areas for pets.
  • Budget Consideration: We’ll discuss your budget to ensure that our designs align with what you’re comfortable investing in your landscape. This is where you can ask questions about including additional services and how they will affect your budget.
  • Proposal and Estimate: We’ll provide you with a detailed proposal and estimate that outlines the scope of work, project timelines if applicable, and costs associated with the design and installation phases.
  • Scheduling and Next Steps: If you decide to proceed, we’ll outline the next steps, including a timeline for the commencement of work. We ensure everything is planned according to your schedule and convenience.

At The Gardener Landscaping, we’re dedicated to creating outdoor spaces that resonate with beauty, harmony, and personal expression. Through our elite gardening services, we’re ready to transform your garden into a stunning landscape that you’ll love for years to come. Contact us today to start your transformation journey.

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The Gardener Landscaping 2024 Team

A Fresh Season, A Fresh Start

In our dedication to bringing your dream gardens to life, we are thrilled to announce the expansion of our leadership team with two key additions:

  • A new Horticulture Manager on board to assist in leading our horticulture division
  • A new Care Manager to work 1:1 with our clients so they’re involved in the process every step of the way.

These changes come at a perfect time as we gear up for the busy season ahead.

Meet the 2024 team

With our new team members in place, we thought it was the perfect time to re-introduce our management team. This month on the blog, we’re covering each of the managers you’ll be interacting with in 2024 and sharing their top tips, favourite plants and more.


Q. What is your name and title, and what do you do at The Gardener Landscaping?

Hi, I’m Jim Edmonds, and I am the president here at The Gardener Landscaping. My wife Fiona and I have enjoyed growing this company for the past 20 years, and we are thrilled to be celebrating our 20th anniversary on March 26th, 2024

What is your top tip for homeowners to take care of their yard?

My biggest tip would be to get a good start on the season, as things can get away from you quickly. In the Spring everything begins its new growing journey including the unwanted varieties of plants (aka weeds) so it’s so important to get into the gardens early to prep them by edging your beds, weeding, adding nutrient-rich soil or enriched mulch into your garden beds to help replenish the tired soil that will allow you to get the best results for all of your plants. Your lawn also needs a kick start after being dormant all winter and getting pounded by the winter snow and winds; it needs a good raking, aerating, overseeding and fertilizing.

What’s your favourite flower/shrub to install/why?

It’s so hard to pick just one, but I’ll go with the Hydrangea. These plants are amazing and versatile as they can be cut and put into a vase to brighten someone’s day, planted in your front or back gardens and are also great for winter planters to give texture and beauty. Whether you like the classic white blooms or the impressive colours, hydrangeas rarely disappoint! They prefer partial sun with full sun in the morning and full shade in the afternoon but they are very resilient even when not in the ideal setting.


Q. What is your name and title, and what do you do at The Gardener Landscaping?

Hi, I’m Fiona Edmonds, serving as the Vice President at The Gardener Landscaping. Over the past two decades, my husband Jim & I have nurtured this business from its inception, embodying the values of dedication, perseverance and commitment to excellence. Our journey has not only enriched our professional lives but has also served as an example for our family, demonstrating the importance of having a dream, hard work, and sacrifice in achieving one’s goals.

What is your top tip for homeowners to take care of their yard?

Effective yard/garden maintenance starts with careful planning. Consider the ‘Sleep, Creep, Leap’ phases of adding new plants and plant accordingly. What may look small when planting can leap in the 3rd season.  Avoid overcrowding by giving each plant enough space to thrive. By planning ahead and planning thoughtfully, you’ll create a beautiful and sustainable outdoor space for years to come. Also, fertilizing your garden annually will encourage healthy growth.

What’s your favourite flower/shrub to install/why?

Since Jim mentioned Hydrangeas, one of my faves, I also love Lilacs. The sweet scent in the spring signifies that spring is here and summer is just around the corner. Many new varieties rebloom in midsummer and are more compact, perfect for smaller gardens. Lilacs love full sun and also attract butterflies as an added bonus.


Q. What is your name and title, and what do you do at The Gardener Landscaping?

Jesse Baadsvik, Operations Manager overseeing the day-to-day activities, logistics, and resources to ensure smooth functioning and efficiency in our company. As well as customer relations, sales, quality control and more.

What is your top tip for homeowners to take care of their yard?

Remember, talking to your plants isn’t crazy; it’s just horticultural therapy! So, go ahead, share your deepest secrets with your petunias—they won’t judge, and who knows, they might even grow better!

What’s your favourite flower/shrub to install/why?

Coralbells are easy to grow and bring gorgeous colour to your garden with their foliage. Though these perennial outdoor plants thrive in full sun to shade, lime green varieties benefit from being planted in the shade. Another great reason to grow coralbells is that pollinators love the tiny flowers.


Q. What is your name and title, and what do you do at The Gardener Landscaping?

My name is Lynn Anderson, and I am the new Horticultural Manager.

I will be managing the garden crews, garden installs, quotes for new and revamp gardens, client interaction and training garden staff.

What is your top tip for homeowners to take care of their yard?

My top tip for homeowners would be to get on a regular fertilizing schedule both for gardens and lawns.

What’s your favourite flower/shrub to install/why?

My favorite shrub to install is a Butterfly Bush, I love it’s long bloom period and that the butterflies swarm to it.


Q. What is your name and title, and what do you do at The Gardener Landscaping?

My name is Greg Francis, I am the Client Care Manager and Residential Accounts Manager for the Burlington, Dundas, Ancaster, Hamilton and Grimsby/Stoney Creek areas.

I am in charge of client care for all residential accounts in these areas and will be taking a hands-on approach with the crews that visit these homes.

What is your top tip for homeowners to take care of their yard?

The key to a nice yard is to prepare your yard in the spring for the growing season ahead. When it arrives, to embrace the variety of garden life and the fast development of nature during the peak season. Minor maintenance on a weekly basis is all that stands between You and a lovely backyard oasis.

What’s your favourite flower/shrub to install/why?

My favourite plant to install is anything that grows out of a tuber, bulb or shoot. These plants can be dug up in the fall, stored and then planted in the Spring time anywhere you like in the garden for a nice change year after year. They also multiply which can help your garden become more full every season.


Q. What is your name and title, and what do you do at The Gardener Landscaping?

Andrew Polesel, Operations Supervisor: Maintaining the Fleet and Yard to make sure everything runs smoothly, including Commercial customer care.

What is your top tip for homeowners to take care of their yard?

My top tip for homeowners would be mulching, it’s the unsung hero of yard care! it conserves moisture and suppresses weeds as well as regulates soil temperatures and improves soil health, it also adds a touch of charm to your outdoor oasis. embrace the mulch!

What’s your favourite flower/shrub to install/why?

My favorite Annual to plant is Geraniums because they can withstand a variety of extreme temperatures and still thrive.


As we celebrate 20 years at The Gardener Landscaping, we’re looking forward to the spring season and the continuing growth of our team.

With the strategic expansion of our Leadership Team, including the invaluable additions of our new Horticulture Manager and Client Care Manager, we are setting new standards in personalized and expert Lawn and Garden care.

As we move forward into 2024, our team is not just about maintaining your lawn and gardens but about nurturing relationships and fostering growth in every sense. We’re here to ensure that your lawn and garden are not just an outside space but an extension of your home.

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Spring Cleaning: A Comprehensive Guide to Revitalizing Your Yard

As the frost of winter melts away, revealing the dormant beauty of Ontario’s landscapes, the promise of spring invites a fresh start in our gardens and yards. At The Gardener Landscaping, we understand the excitement and potential that comes with the arrival of spring. Early preparation is key to ensuring your outdoor space flourishes throughout the season.

Assessing Your Yard

Conducting a Post-Winter Evaluation

Ontario’s winter can be rough on your outdoor space. Begin with a thorough walk-through to assess any damage to plants, lawn, and hardscape features once it warms up a bit. Look for signs of plant disease, winter burn on evergreens, and damage from snow and ice on structures.

Soil Health Check

After the thaw, testing your soil is crucial. The soil in Burlington and surrounding areas can vary greatly, and understanding its condition is the first step toward a thriving garden. We recommend soil testing for pH levels and nutrient content, which can guide your amendments to ensure a fertile ground for planting.

Planning Your Spring Landscape

Setting Goals

What do you envision for your yard this spring? Whether it’s enhancing your curb appeal with stunning flower beds or creating a vegetable garden, setting clear, achievable goals is essential.

Design Considerations

In our area, choosing plant varieties adapted to our climate zone (Zone 6a) ensures resilience and growth. Plan for a mix of early, mid, and late-spring blooms to enjoy a season full of colour and life.

Spring Cleaning and Preparation

We’ve already been out in yards and gardens, starting our spring clean-ups and pruning while trees and bushes are dormant. Here are steps you can take to clean up your outdoor space if you aren’t having us take care of it this year:

Clearing Debris and Weeds

Remove any fallen branches, leaves, and other debris accumulated over winter. Early weed removal can prevent them from taking over your garden beds.

Pruning and Trimming

Pruning in early spring promotes healthy growth. Trim dead and damaged branches from shrubs and trees, focusing on plants that bloom on new wood.

Aeration and Dethatching

Revitalize your lawn by aerating and dethatching, allowing air and water to reach the roots more effectively. This is especially important in compacted soil areas common in Burlington.

Seeding and Fertilizing

Choose a grass seed suited for Burlington’s climate. Early spring is the perfect time for overseeding and fertilizing, setting the stage for lush, green turf.

Irrigation and Water Management

System Maintenance

Check your irrigation system for any winter damage. Efficient watering practices are key in our region, where water conservation is essential.

Efficient Watering Practices

Implementing drip irrigation and soaker hoses can significantly reduce water waste while ensuring your plants receive the moisture they need.

Mulching and Bed Maintenance

Benefits of Mulching

Mulch not only conserves moisture and controls weeds but also adds an aesthetic finish to your garden beds. Choose organic mulch to enrich your soil as it decomposes.

Applying Mulch

A layer of mulch around plants and trees will help regulate soil temperature and retain moisture during Burlington’s variable spring weather.

Pest and Disease Management

Early Detection

Keep an eye out for common pests and diseases that could threaten your early spring growth. Early detection is crucial for effective management.

Prevention and Treatment

We advocate for environmentally friendly solutions to protect your yard from pests and diseases, focusing on prevention and organic treatments.

Spring in Burlington, Ontario, offers a unique opportunity to bring new life to your yard. At The Gardener Landscaping, we’re passionate about helping you prepare and execute your vision for a beautiful, healthy outdoor space. With a bit of planning and early preparation, your yard can become a thriving oasis for the season ahead.

Ready to get started on your spring landscaping project? Contact The Gardener Landscaping today for professional advice, services, or a consultation. Let’s bring your landscaping goals to fruition this spring!