Design detail: Vegetable gardens

At home vegetable gardening is a trend Rockscape has seen emerging for the past several seasons, but 2016 seems to be the year of the vegetable garden- herbs and veggies seem to be on the top of everybody’s want list.

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With the promise of an abundance of your own organically grown harvest- its been showcased to look extremely easy. But like any landscape it doesn’t come without work and maintenance:

  • Lettuce, spinach, peppers, tomatoes all delicious, right! Guess what? Deer, rabbits, chipmunks, and squirrels all think so too- a fence of some sort may become a necessity.
  • Weeds, weeds, weeds! Because you have to replant veggies yearly, mulching your vegetable garden likely isn’t very practical. Keeping weeds at bay especially around new plants is essential.
  • You’ll be expecting an abundance of veggies, and with proper care you will likely succeed, consider though the season for many vegetables is short but abundant- do you need 25 cucumbers within a 2 week period, or a bushel of tomatoes in July? Perfect for sharing but be prepared for excess.

If you’re not deterred, and would love garden of your own- Let Rockscape help! We start with a clean slate, raised beds are perfect for vegetables and herbs. Set dimensions make it easy to amend soil, easy to calculate number of plants, easy to weed and water, and easy to harvest.

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The growing season in Muskoka is relatively short, we start with young plants as opposed to seeds. They give us immediate satisfaction and provide a jump start to the growing season- which usually begins the end of May. Herbs and vegetables grow fast! Within weeks, providing proper water and maintenance you’ll see plants easily double and triple in size.

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Harvest times will vary depending on area, time planted, sun and light conditions, and even weather. Some failures are inevitable- you’ll quickly find out what works and what won’t. We have a client that longs to grow garlic, in theory it’s easy to grow, but conditions just aren’t ideal- a little too dry, and not quite enough sun. We can however, successfully grow zucchini, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers on that property- your successes will make it totally worth while!

If you’re not looking to invest the time or effort required for vegetable gardening, try growing some herbs and small vegetables in containers- they require nothing more than a sunny location and consistent water. Place them close to the kitchen so they’re easily accessible and you remember to use them!

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Have we convinced you to try a vegetable garden of your own? Or have you already? Let us know. If we had to guess, we at Rockscape think this latest trend will be around for a while.

Hiring for the Upcoming Season

Rockscape is excited at the prospect of an early start to the season, which means it’s also time to add to our team. We’re excited to welcome back our existing staff -as well as open the doors to new people!

Come join us and enjoy a beautiful summer in Muskoka! We operate out of our Bracebridge location and service all of Muskoka and Georgian Bay Cottage Country. Whether local or looking to spend a season in Muskoka we’re looking for passionate canidates to join our team.

We are currently looking to fill the following positions:

– Hardscape Foreman
– Experienced Hardscape Labourers
– Softscape Foreman
– Experienced Softscape Labourers

Requirements:

-Experience is an asset

-Have a minimum of 3 years experience (Crew leader)

– Work well in a team environment

– Be self-motivated and have strong work ethic

You can expect to work long hours through all the elements that we may face – heat, rain, and busy jobsites.  You can also expect to enjoy the time with a team that likes to have fun and is proud of the work they do!

If you are interested in joining our team for the 2016 season please forward your resume by email to: info@rockscape.ca, or you can fax it to us at: (705) 645-4466.

Thank you for your interest! Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

A look back: 2015 Season

2015 took us by surprise, the extended season allowed us to work through November into the beginning of December. Allowing our maintenance crews to finish all our fall clean-ups- the first time in recent history. The warm autumn weather also meant we were able to easily continue with landscape installations.

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Along with our usual annual planters created in the spring, for summer display. We had many requests for fall planters and displays, no doubt a result of the mild temperatures- we all wanted to extend the growing season.

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In 2015 our realm of work expands to include impressive masonry work. With great attention to detail our masons create functional and beautiful fireplaces, walls, barbecues, etc. with ‘wet laid’ stone thats sure to withstand the elements.

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Like this pizza oven and barbecue surround.

Here they are just starting the install of a patio with square, uniformed stone.

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We continued with the things we know and love, visiting properties installed the year before for maintenance and a quick picture or two. We are always impressed to see how our landscapes mature season to season.

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Echinacea

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Our expanding boundaries take us from the islands of Georgian Bay, Wasaga Beach, Halliburton, of course Muskoka, and now Toronto and the GTA! We’re working on a large scale residential property in the heart of Toronto.

Two years ago now, we started work on Dog Tales, an animal rescue shelter. A special relationship has developed since then between Rockscape and Dog Tales. Our continuing work includes planting, hardscape installation and expanding the property to house more rescue animals, it ensures we’re never far away.

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“an animal sanctuary like no other! The farm is located on an incredible 50 acres of green fields, rolling hills, and wooded areas in King City Ontario, just a short drive from downtown Toronto.  Our picturesque location is the perfect safe haven for lost, abused and neglected animals to heal and be rehabilitated while they wait for forever homes. Our property features three large barns for the horses and an indoor arena which we have transformed into a one of a kind doggie haven, complete with unique animal artwork from all around the world. We rescue dogs and horses from across Canada…”

As well as new sites and locations, we are also open to trying new materials. Pictured below is an underlayment for turf, it creates stability that sod otherwise wouldn’t have. Perfect for driving golf carts or parking a car on occasion.

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Once sod is laid on top its virtually invisible and maintenance is identical to a normal lawn.

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Here in Muskoka we’ve enjoyed a mild winter so far with slightly below average amount of snow. Although ice fishers and snowmobilers may be disappointed by our winter, we at Rockscape are excited by the thought of and early mild spring!

A look back: 2014 Landscape Season

Having been the shortest season on record- our 2014 landscape season quickly became one of the busiest. Collectively called “the summer that never happened”. The snow was slow to leave, even in late May were still dealing with large snowbanks impeding our progress. Cool temperatures throughout the summer made working outside comfortable- but left vacationers, cottagers, weekenders, and even us longing for hot summer weekends.

Even though we didn’t see the sun and heat that Muskoka is accustom to, we were able to have am extremely busy and rewarding season. We started the season working on a commercial property Crossroads Restaurant, located in Rosseau, Ontario where we transformed a busy restaurant parking lot into a lush and comfortable dining patio.

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These photos were taken immediately after installation- trees, shrubs and perennials were all just planted. Throughout the season we watched either from roadside or while dining, the growth and colour that transformed the new landscape in it’s first season. We’re excited to share that with you in coming posts.

We completed many new installations including this staircase naturally tucked against a bedrock cliff.

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On the other side of the staircase, a steep bank naturally planted with sumac, St Johns wort, shasta daisy and geranium. The granite staircase leads you to a flagstone fire pit patio outfitted with red muskoka chairs.

A stand out for us is enjoying this natural park like setting under towering pines. The lawn area provides a place to play horseshoes, while the patio offers a chance to relax in the late afternoon sun.

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In 2014 our realm of work expands to include impressive masonry work. With great attention to detail our masons create functional and beautiful fireplaces, walls, barbecues, etc. with ‘wet layed’ stone thats sure to withstand the elements.

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Like this pizza oven and barbecue surround.

Here they are just starting the install of a patio with square, uniformed stone.

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We continued with the things we know and love, visiting properties installed the year before for maintenance and a quick picture or two. We are always impressed to see how our landscapes mature season to season. This property is just in it’s second year and is already looking lush and green in late May.

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To complete all our annual planters usually takes about a month! But because of a late spring we just didn’t have that kind of time to spare. Our crews really pulled through though, completing them all just in time. The efforts are well worth it, this display of potato vine, scaevola, euphorbia and a perennial miscanthus is already overflowing it’s planter mid summer.

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Nearing the end of the season we stepped outside our usual boundaries and took on a large project just outside of King City, Ontario. Here’s a quick look at the unusual goings on.

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A crane has our excavator suspended high above the landscape. You don’t see that everyday! More on this project in the coming weeks.

Not too long after this installation, we were hit with an early snow that never left, mid-November a foot of snow and cold temperatures abruptly ended the season. Leaving us with many unfinished fall clean-ups (or now more correctly called- spring clean-ups!).

Although it may be considered to some “the summer that never happened”, we at Rockscape were able to make the best of it- long hours, committed co-workers and lots of laughs made our 2104 season memorable and rewarding.

Hiring for the 2015 season!

It may still be in the negatives outside but we’re looking forward to the upcoming season. We’re excited to welcome back our existing staff – as well as adding some new people to the Rockscape family!

Come join us and enjoy a beautiful summer in Muskoka! We operate out of our Bracebridge location and service all of Muskoka and Georgian Bay Cottage Country. Whether local or looking to spend a season in Muskoka we’re looking for passionate canidates to join our team.

We are currently looking to fill the following positions:

– Hardscape Crew Leader
– Experienced Hardscape Labourers
– Softscape Crew Leader
– Experienced Softscape Labourers

Applicants are required to…

-Experience an asset

-Have a minimum of 3 years experience (Crew leader

– Work well in a team environment

– Be self-motivated and have strong work ethic

You can expect to work long hours through all the elements that we may face – heat, rain, and busy jobsites.  You can also expect to enjoy the rewarding satisfaction of looking back on a job well done and working with people who prioritize teamwork, and have fun throughout the day!

If you are interested in joining our team for the 2015 season please forward your resume by email to: info@rockscape.ca, or you can fax it to us at: (705) 645-4466.

Thank you for your interest! Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. We look forward to hearing from you!