2017 Landscaping Trends & CREATIVE Material

For those of you who want to ensure you are receiving not only value from your landscape investment, but a quality design and layout, which compliments your lifestyle & lasts forever – check out the following CREATIVEtrends that we see happening today!

Before we jump into the material trends, its important to note that as a landscape supplier, our goal and niche has always been to source and supply the highest quality raw material that exists in the landscape industry, and support the DIY clientele with the same design flare and material selection that a landscape architect, designer, or professional would select for their designs!

The  small difference between low-end and high-end / industry-leading materials is generally very minimal, and we therefore promote the investment in great material when embarking on any homes interior or exterior investment!

Here We Go,,,,, the latest and greatest in the landscaping trends of 2017!

 

GUILLOTINE ARMOUR STONE – simple, clean, user-friendly, hand-manuverable, and modern in comparison to traditional armour stone products, the guillotine options we have in stock will separate your landscape from
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DIMENSIONAL WALL STONE – available in 2, 4, 6, & 8″ increments, this stone builds extremely formal landscapes, including; classic retaining walls, steps, borders, fireplaces, etc, etc, etc!

Dimensional wall stone creates the most impressive outcomes and is what we all imagine when we think of natural stone!

Compliment this product with its matching coping, and create an award-winning landscape!

 

 

 

GABION BASKETS – for large or small applications, showcase your creativity with a permeable gabion retaining wall or just a unique accent throughout your landscape. These walls can be hand-built and are great for areas with little access. Google – “gabion basket” and let your creativity run wild, using the million applications and options that have been tried and tested!

 

DOMESTIC SQUARE-CUT PAVERS – undeniably the smartest looking square-cut option that exists! Our domestic, Ontario pavers are timeless, eye-catching,  available in many colours, and in matching / complimentary copings, wall stones, steps, and more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BASALT POLISHED BOWLS – drop one of these along side your walkway, tucked in a garden, beside a water feature, bordering your front door, or anywhere your landscape will allow these imported gems to showcase themselves! Any landscape becomes eye-catching and exciting when you include a basalt bowl.

 

 

FIRE BOWLS – so easy, so clean, so modern, and an absolute pleasure to have within your private oasis or landscape when you really want to relax! If your looking to capitalize on  your patio investment, we truly believe that you need a fire unit to do so. Fire gives reason, and is a lure to make use of your outdoor space.

 

If you have any questions regarding the products listed above, or wish to view our many options, please visit us online @ www.creativelandscapedepot.com

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CREATIVE Trends In Outdoor Sound Systems

As the summers warm weather arrives, we naturally begin to spend more time outside. Having a great outdoor sound system can only enhance our favourite season, and give you more reason to enjoy your backyard space!

Modern landscape audio systems are now sleek with new designs and technology that allows you to seamlessly take your lifestyle outdoors without compromising audio quality or aesthetic.

We all love having music outside, swinging on a hammock or lounging on a deck chair while reading a good book. And, if you also love to entertain, what’s a gathering without some background sound that has the ability to rock too! – All without disturbing the neighbours!

Today’s outdoor sound systems are much more sophisticated! When installed correctly, a quality outdoor speaker system can look and sound great, but the key word here is quality. Playing music in the backyard is far different from playing music in the family room! The backyard’s vast open space sucks the volume out of any speaker system. Therefore, the right speakers, with enough amplified power, and the right positioning of the speakers is key to creating a quality outdoor sound system. Both of our outdoor speakers systems offer 8-70 degree sound direction, to prevent interrupting the neighbours, and to provide stronger and clearer sounding audio for your personal living space!

Our CREATIVE landscape audio equipment is weather-resistant and therefore able to withstand both hot and cold temperatures. The speakers are designed to stand up to the elements of the sun and therefore not susceptible to fading or rust.

With the growing trend to both spend more time in the home and to increase the value of the home, the “outdoor living movement” now includes adding landscape audio to any exterior space where you are enjoying with family or entertaining with friends! If you are embarking on a new landscape renovation or just want to upgrade your space, come and check out our landscape audio collection installed in our showroom!

One final note! When considering installing an outdoor sound system, you may want to considering the investment of exterior lighting as well, or vice versa. These two installations require the same type of workload, including; trenching cable lines and hiding wires, strategically placing the lights or speakers for quality ambiance and functionality, and connecting the lighting or speaker units to the main cables and transformers or amplifiers. Save yourself some money and time by scheduling these two trending landscape options together, and increase the value of your outdoor space and property in general!

Please contact us for a CREATIVEpro who can assist you on all outdoor lighting and audio, and provide a consultation for a system best suited for your home and lifestyle.

Why Your Landscape Project Should Start @ CREATIVE

Your Landscape Project Should Really Start At A Landscape Supply Yard!

Starting any renovation is overwhelming, because the human nature has unlimited amounts of ideas and constant imaginations of what our home or landscape could or should look like. With many existing elements and shapes to compliment in and around our homes, its important that all of our ideas are exercised with professionals, and that all material options are assessed.

Here are a the main reasons why a landscape depot like CREATIVE LANDSCAPE DEPOT should be a destination for starting your landscape design.

INVENTORY: We have an inventory of all landscape supplies. This inventory includes the most popular and trending materials, as well as the latest refined stone fresh off the press that the general public, including the professionals, have often not digested quite yet! By touring our yard you can compare all available materials and colour options that best suit your character and home!

 

 

THE TEAM: Our staff loves to participate and offer their expertise within the landscape industry. Our group of professionals is built on a list of unique skills and expertise, allowing you to work with a member who really understands value in their respective product line! Whether it be natural stone, base material, plants, landscape lighting, water features, veneer stone, etc, we have a professional who can guide you down the right path and educate you on all areas that make a great decision!

BUDGET: We can quote your ideas, material selection, and overall design. This will allow you to understand the scale of project you have in mind, and refine the project if necessary, in order to meet your budget. It also helps you prepare for a consultation with a landscape professional, and move the project forward one step! Check out our CREATIVE calculator online!

NETWORK & RESOURCE: CREATIVE has an extensive network of landscape architects, designers, and professionals who install with industry certification and the highest level of customer service. Our networks is a refined group of craftsmen and craftswoman who love to build award-winning designs, and value-added landscapes and outdoor spaces! Stop in to chat about our CREATIVEpro contacts, and find the best fit for your design ideas!

DELIVERY: We have a fleet of delivery trucks that can not only delivery multiple materials at once, but we can even place the heavy hardscape or stones within your landscape!

 

 

INSPIRATION AT YOUR FINGERTIPS: Our yard is loaded with display boards of all of our materails. The opportunity to see complementary products side by side helps to make purchasing decisions. Our pool coping is beside its matching square cut paver and step material, as most pool projects require these items around the landscape. Our interlocking pavers are highlighted on substantial display boards, and installed on site for a better idea of their profile and laying patterns. Our thin stone veneer gallery is nicely renovated with large profiles of all veneer options. Stop in to tour our display areas and get inspired by our product collection, including:

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•mulches & a variety of decorative stones, fire stones, and crushed glasses

•artificial turf installed & hand sample boards available to take home

•a collection of home accent items including gabion baskets and fences, fire bowls, fire features, urns, and stone benches

•landscape lighting

•waterscapes and independent gurgler stone

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•interlocking paver & wall stone, including hand sample boards to take home

•domestic and imported natural stone paver, coping, caps, and decorative stone

•the largest collection of stone steps, random treads, and other trending step options

•veneer stone gallery & hand sample boards available to take home

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SERVICE: We simply strive on a daily basis to inspire, educate, and provide the key contacts and materials to create value-added & exciting landscapes!

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Applying Mulch Is Easy, But Quick Creative Tips Help!

1) Choose a mulch material appropriate to your job. Some factors to consider include:
Purpose: Do you want the mulch to control weeds? To cover a pathway? To reduce evaporation? Each of these is a valid reason and each way requires differences in application.
Availability: Can you use something that will be continuously available in future years or the following season?
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  • Permeability: A layer of fabric sheeting may discourage weeds, but it will also effect water flow.
  • Biodegradability: Do you want the mulch to break down and become part of the soil, or are you looking for a decorative stone ground cover that will not break down?
  • Appearance: Is the mulch going to feature in a front landscape or simply cover your vegetable garden patch for the winter?

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2) Prepare the area. If there’s anything you want to do in advance of mulching, do it first.

Pull weeds or cut them close to the ground.

Enrich the soil and rototill the beds, if you plan to do so. Soil Amendments are a great addition prior to mulching!

Lay down landscaping fabric if the area you are mulching is weed infested.

Install any borders or edges around your gardens.

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3) Obtain the mulch. Creative offers delivery service in trucks of all sizes for larger loads, or for tight access areas. All of our trucks offer multi-product delivery with no contamination  We promote split deliveries of soil amendments and mulches, or neighbouring properties who wish to share the single delivery fee if clients live in the same proximity.
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4) Transport the mulch to wherever it’s going. Using a wheelbarrow is most common, but considering using buckets, garbage can, or even bags to move the mulch from the bulk pile to your gardens. Creative also sells bagged mulch which does cost more then bulk, but makes spreading it much quicker, cleaner, and easier.
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5) Add a generous thickness of mulch. The depth of mulch is really important if you want to retain moisture and prevent weed growth. Aim for at least two to four inches (5-10cm) of depth. The one place you don’t want mulch is right up against plant stems and tree trunks. Leave at least a little margin for the plant to breathe, and to help prevent moisture-depletion or water-logging problems.
6) Spread the mulch with a rake as needed for an even layer. Make sure that you leave no mound of mulch deeper then recommended, and spread the product consistently for an aesthetically pleasing outcome.
7) Simply Pull back the mulch from an area when you wish to plant something new.
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8) Renew organic mulches every year. You can either promote quicker composition by mixing the older mulch into your garden soil before spreading new mulch, or place directly over top.
9) Use mulch to protect plants during the winter. You can do this by pruning certain plants back and covering them entirely with mulch. The mulch provides insulation. Roses generally prefer a thick base of mulch around the neck of the plant as they are more fragile then other species. Don’t forget to remove the mulch in spring.
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CREATIVE Fire Is the 2017 Landscape Trend!

Professionals are of the belief that in 2017 there will be a stronger move towards fire within landscape designs! This landscape element is here to stay, and the simplicity of plug and play fire pits are evermore attractive to those with less time, seeking greater convenience and no ash and embers to clean up.

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Those who truly want to enjoy their landscape investment should consider a fire feature, as the ambiance of space is enhanced two-fold, therefore offering volumes of value to your investment!

Fire pits are more popular than ever and there is a proliferation of them available at CREATIVE, including larger wood burning units for outdoor social areas, modern fire bowls for contemporary settings and ease of use, as well as electric wall-mounted units that are extremely energy efficient. We also have Interlocking stone modules that piece together with custom burners and pans, that offer amazing flames with a strong source of heat!

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Benefits of CREATIVE Fire Units 

•increases your homes value and adds stronger curb appeal

•can warm up your outdoor space for use in the fall and even winter months

•enhanced ambiance within your landscape

•wonderful space for relaxing, or enjoying with family and friends

•some fire units allow for cooking over a grill

•customize and add personal character to your landscape

•a full range of price options exist

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On a personal note, this past summer my wife and I incorporated a modern fire bowl on our new cottage’s old and weathered outdoor patio. From the first moment we turned on the propane and lit the burner we were immediately at home!

Theres something to be said about the colour of fire, the movements of the flames, and the shadows that are projected in the surrounding area. Subtly said, theres just an ambiance of warmth, and an excitement to be present when the fire place is lit and family is conversing!

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Adding Fire was the easiest and most valuable part of our landscape to date, and we would recommend exploring the many options to everyone!

Visit our location and team for all fire options!

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CREATIVE brainstorming Leads to Valuable Outcomes!

 

Planning a landscape design should be fun and exciting, yet we know that it may also be overwhelming. We suggest 5 Tips for Brainstorming Success and idea generating.

Getting CREATIVE isn’t always easy, especially when you’re trying to force innovative ideas to fall in your lap naturally. As difficult as brainstorming may be, there is always going to be a need for developing CREATIVE ideas. When planning a landscape or home renovation, you’re required to get CREATIVE, so that your ideas add value to your home. Follow these quick tips to get the CREATIVE concepts flowing, so you can brainstorm a brilliant landscape design!

Write & Draw It Down. No matter how difficult, extreme, or simple you think the idea might be, writing those down will lead you down the path to a solid landscape plan. Plus, it can act as a guide for any consolation you may have when meeting with a professional – ultimately speeding up the process and making your ideas more clear.

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Google It. In those instances when you have no clue where to start, it helps to look at what others have built on their own properties. Gaining some inspiration from other landscape designs and unique attributes is always a great start. Save some folders with ideas that catch your attention, and that you think will work for your home, and suit your lifestyle. Revert back to these saved photos to see which concepts continually catch your attention. Building a portfolio of photos that represent your ideas is the best way to take the doubt out of any design!

Sleep On It. You should always make time for this, as a landscape is an investment in the long-term value and curb appeal of your home or office. Once you feel you have concluded on a spectacular and complimentary design, sit on it for a few days, weeks, and confirm with others on their thoughts. Its great to chat with people from within the landscape industry and those whom are not. Its incredible what others perspectives can share, and what time can tell! Sometimes changes to fine details make all the difference! So take enough time to ensure that all of your basis are considered and included in the design & build process!

Start With What You Like. It’s hard to get enthusiastic for something you don’t care about. If you’re having a hard time getting excited about your landscape project or ideas, try thinking of what inspires you, what catches your attention and what part of the project you are most excited about. This way of thinking will help lead you down a more exciting and CREATIVE path.

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Share Your Ideas. Once you’ve been working on a landscape design for a while, ideas may start to get harder to perfect and conclude. Keep your project on track by bouncing ideas off your friends, family, neighbours, and co-workers. Listen to what others have to say about their previous experience with landscaping, what they ‘wish’ they may have considered, or what ‘trends’ they have heard about taking place in the landscape industry! Sharing your ideas and being open to input from others will allow you to refine a personalized landscape that motivates you during the building and enjoyment stages!

Developing CREATIVE ideas does not have to be a painful endeavor. By following these tips, and taking patient / smaller steps, will allow you to enjoy the process!

All of our CREATIVE members are here to assist with your landscape ideas. Use us as a resource to keep your concepts and project moving forward!

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Choosing A CREATIVE Landscape Contractor & Comparing Quotes

Why is One Quote So Much Higher Than The Others?

A wall is a wall, right?

A wall is a wall, right?

You are a smart consumer. You do your research before a purchase. Check reviews, maybe even do some “show rooming” for a hands on inspection. That’s what I do too.

When you decided to improve your landscape you started online or visited us at CREATIVE and received some landscaper referrals. You checked out company websites, reviews, portfolios- maybe you even checked their licenses! Now you have 3 quotes from 3 reputable companies, all for the same basic work.

Why is one proposal so much more expensive?

There are a number of reasons why one may be significantly more. For example:

  • Apples to Oranges. Be absolutely sure that everyone is bidding the same thing. For example, what paver variety is quoted. There are pavers that cost $3/ sq ft and others that are $15! If you have a 200 square foot patio as part of the project then a difference of over $2K would be understandable. Or, what if an irrigation system is being installed? You are dealing with reputable companies so they are not using big box quality heads and valves. But, if one company quotes a high-efficiency or low water use system it will be much more expensive. The lesson: read the quotes carefully. Ask for more information if you need it.
  • Demand. It’s simple. You call 3 landscapers in May. Two are scheduled out to the middle of July. The third is scheduled through August. He will probably not be quoting very aggressively- and his price will be higher.
  • Overhead. Every company is different. Growing companies have usually taken on debt to finance growth. Large companies have layers of management, provide more benefits to employees, and larger marketing budgets. All of this overhead. These kinds of companies can be competitive on price- as long as the project is large enough. But smaller jobs- under $10K- can be difficult for them to do profitably. They have no choice but to be expensive on smaller projects.
  • Quality. It can be very hard for most people to know how to compare the quality of work that landscapers do. Some companies design and build beautiful gardens, beautiful gardens that are a train wreck. The drainage, irrigation, lighting, retaining, etc all start to fail or need repairs way too quickly. But you can’t see that in a portfolio picture. Certain types of landscapes are more susceptible to this kind of pricing disparity. For example, custom stone work prices can be all over the map. Why? Many landscapers install flagstone in a very specific way. Large pieces are laid out first. Smaller pieces are fit in, without any cutting if possible. When cuts are needed for consistent joints we then chip the cut edge so that it looks natural. The result is fantastic- but time consuming. This is reflected in the price. If a landscaping company gives you a lot more detail about a certain element than the other companies do, they might be trying to tell you something important!

Why do prices for landscaping vary?

It may be the company, the time of year, the project, or just a communication issue- but there is usually a good reason for the difference. Know as much as you can about your project, the companies bidding, and your priorities. This will give you the ability to wade through the proposals, descriptions, designs, and prices to find the right company for your landscape project.

Should you accept the low bid?

Like most contractors, landscape or otherwise, we commonly submit a quote knowing that a couple of our competitors are too. Once all the quotes are in the potential client has a decision to make: who to hire.

Most of us are drawn to a deal. If three companies all promise to provide the same landscape service, why not just hire the cheapest? At times that might be the right decision, but not always.

As a consumer, how can you know if you should hire the low bidder? Here are a couple things to consider that might make the process easier.

Be sure that all the quotes actually offer the same things. Look at specific, not general scope.

With your landscape quotes consider what is truly being offered. If a low voltage lighting system is included ask: What kind of fixtures? (low grade or commercial quality?) What kind of bulbs? (Halogen or LED?) Does the company include a warranty and what does it cover?

Not all water features are created equal.

Maybe a water feature will be the focal point of your yard. Ask: What kind of pump will be installed? How efficient is the pump? Will I need to use chemicals or is bio-filtration part of the design? How is the stream decorated? With river rock loose in the bottom or mortared in place stones that will stay in place?

Two landscape contractors can both offer you a lighting system or a water feature- but what are really getting? Answering that will help you decide in line with your priorities and budget.

How Much Skill Is Required?

For some things the low price just makes sense. Oil changes are pretty simple. If I get a good coupon I am going to use it. When my transmission needs work? Price is not the main concern. I need it done right!

Are you having a french drain installed, a lawn renovated, or a tree removed? It’s not that these things take no skill, just not a lot. There is certainly no artistry needed. Price should probably be a big factor in your decision making.

Could the low bidder bring the quality you want?

Could the low bidder bring the quality you want?

Is a water feature, boulder setting, stone work, or custom wood construction part of the plan? Now the decision is not so clear cut. All of these require knowledge, skill, and artistry. What level of craftsmanship does each contractor bring to the table?

What level of artistry are you looking for?

Look at the companies’ portfolios. If you are embarking on a large, or especially challenging project, it might be nice to actually visit a completed job. This is really the only way to know what you are going to get.

If you want a “Mercedes” landscape make sure you don’t hire someone installing “Toyotas”!

How To Choose A Landscaping Contractor?

There is no “right” answer. Know what you are looking for. Know exactly what is being offered. Know how much skill and artistry is needed. Then you can decide- take the low bidder or not.

To reduce your investment in searching for a professional best suited for your landscape ideas, contact our CREATIVE team and let us help. Our extensive network of trades allows us to align both the client and the professionals with partners who we know will work well together for value added outcomes!

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Synthetic Grass Offers So Many CREATIVE Benefits!

 

img_1201Landscaping with CREATIVE synthetic turf will provide you with much more than a beautiful lawn and a way of conserving water. Our premium synthetic grasses will enhance the look and value of your home, while freeing up more of your time so you can focus on the important things in life.

Now you can indulge in your favourite pastimes, while doing something good for the environment, eliminating the hassles of seeding, mowing, watering, weeding, and seasonal maintenance that comes with natural grass.

Artificial grass provides many benefits for residential and commercial landscapes, sports fields, and golf courses. Landscapers and architects are now promoting the advantages artificial grass provides, and many homeowners are using the turf to ensure that their lawns remain well-manicured and in perfect condition. Artificial grass is crafted from synthetic or man-made fibres that look strikingly similar to real blades of grass.

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While specific installation methods for artificial grass depend upon the gra
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several steps are applicable for all turf. Before you install synthetic turf, you will need to ensure that you have accurately measured the area you wish to cover. Determine how much turf you will need to cover your intended area, and prepare for the possibility that pre-cut sections may need to be adjusted in order to fit your diagram. Consider the width and overall length of the raw material in order to eliminate seems where possible, and make your install much easier! Make certain to include measurements of borders, edgings, and curbs that may be present. Be sure to clear the area that will be treated by removing debris, rocks, grass, roots, mulch, and anything else that would pose a hazard to the turf. After the area is cleared, the ground is covered with a base and compacted, and then the turf is installed. After the turf is set in place, the perimeter is secured and a layer of infill is applied.

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Artificial grass prices vary depending upon the grade or quality of grass, amount needed, and materials used in construction. When self-installing artificial grass, materials are purchased by the square foot. Prices vary and may range from $2.75 to $6.00 per square foot. General high quality turf is available for $4.50 per square foot.

For great savings, consider using artificial turf in the construction of your home, original landscape investment, or design for your new landscape renovation. By removing other base work required for standard turf, you can invest those dollars in the aggregate base required for synthetic grasses, and reduce the gap in cost between natural grass and synthetic installation costs. Ultimately the savings are residual both short and long term as you will save on watering bills, maintenance expenses, and general management time.

Benefits

  • long life expectancy
  • aesthetically appealing, manicured, green, consistent, healthy looking all   the time – regardless of the season
  • durable – can withstand temperatures between +40 and -100 Celsius
  • easy maintenance – requires no watering, mowing, or de-weeding
  • no more chemicals (fertilizers and/or insecticides)
  • great for pets
  • environmentally friendly
  • better drainage than real grass
  • alleviates allergy symptoms
  • great economical option – offers long term residual savings

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There are many landscaping ideas available for those using artificial turf, from the backyard to the front yard, patio area
, and pet areas. For backyards, you may use artificial turf to create outdoor dining areas. Outdoor kitchens, dining rooms, and entertainment rooms are growing in popularity, and artificial turf is the perfect accompaniment for these spaces. Patio areas and decks also can be enhanced with artificial turf. Artificial turf can create a lush environment for pool walkways. Enclosed areas that aren’t hospitable to sun and natural lawns can receive a new look by adding artificial turf.

In addition to the backyard, porch, and deck areas, artificial turf is also a great solution for pet owners. Those who own pets and find that their animals are ruining their natural lawns often find that artificial grass is the perfect solution. Artificial lawns are pet-friendly and can ensure an odour-free environment for your pets. Artificial grass also makes a safe environment for playground areas. Artificial lawns can be selected for their safety aspects and provide cushioning for children who enjoy spending time in backyard play areas.

Whether they’re used to surround a fountain in the front yard or a backyard garden or pond, artificial lawns are the perfect solution. They are easy to care for and always look their best. You can use them to create walkways or seating areas or as general ground cover. Artificial grass is a great way to display your favourite exterior pieces as well as ensure that your property always looks its best.

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All of us at CREATIVE are happy to share in your design ideas. We can discuss all grade options and qualities of grass available, and work together to design a landscape that works for your lifestyle!

We have a very large network of reputable professionals that could assist in the installation process if required, or we can offer free consultation to guide you through your own installation!

the CREATIVE team,

Synthetic Turf Specialists

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Landscape Lighting – the CREATIVE benefits and value!

The CREATIVE Benefits of Outdoor Lighting

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CREATIVE landscape lighting and consultation with industry leading products!

There are many reasons and to consider outdoor lighting as a way to accent your landscape.  From years of experience servicing the outdoor lighting needs within the landscape sector, we have helped many clients experience the benefits of residential and commercial lighting systems.  Whether you want to increase the security of your property or spend more time enjoying the warm weather during the spring and summer months when the weather is nice, there are many year round benefits provided by outdoor lighting after the sun goes down.

Appearance

The obvious advantage to landscape lighting is the enhancement to your home’s appearance. The lights make your home and landscaping visible even after dark. When positioned properly, landscape lights make architectural features of the home pop out. Lights pointed at your favourite plants make the most of your landscaping at all times of night and day. Outdoor lights add a sense of drama to your landscaping. The illumination makes your house stand out by boosting the curb appeal at night.

Functionality

Landscape lighting increases the functionality of your outdoor spaces. With proper lighting, you can use your front and backyard long after the sun goes down. Flood lights attached to the house provide a large amount of general light to brighten a patio area or a portion of the yard. Lights attached to deck posts illuminate the area for late-night dining or conversations. For additional lighting around a patio tables, under railings, stone copings, steps, and any other area please contact us or visit our CREATIVE showroom.

Enhance Security and Safety

Illuminating your property after dark can also be an effective way of dissuading unwanted guests from poking around on your property. Lighting systems can help to keep your invited guests safe after dark. Illuminating entrance points, like doors and windows, with lights makes it difficult for a potential burglar to break in unnoticed. When choosing where to place landscape lighting for security, consider the darkest areas of the yard and the places near the home where a burglar could enter. If you have a security camera system be sure to consider the placement of lighting for best visual results of each camera location.

Place lights around the swimming pool, along walkways and near the terrace or patio areas that get frequent traffic so as to reduce the risk of falls or other injuries.

Accentuate Landscaping and Improve Property Value

CREATIVE outdoor lighting highlights the beauty of your building as well as increases the value of your property.   Lighting your exterior is considered an added amenity by prospective buyers and appraisers, as it represents a lifetime investment back into the properties.  Commercial applications, with well-done landscape lighting design are often considered to be more appealing to customers, and attract more business than unlit dark business.

Installing exterior light systems is an excellent way to accentuate your commercial or residential property’s landscaping, improving both aesthetics and visibility.  Our light design experts will provide you with options to customize your installation, whether you wish to accent a fountain or simply light up the walkways or your company logo.  CREATIVE has the product knowledge to help you highlight the best aspects of a property and its surroundings, or our installation network can help!

Hire a Pro or Just ask CREATIVE!

If you are looking to start a new landscaping project on your home or business, consider the value of adding outdoor lighting. A well-lit yard increases curb appeal by offering a warm and inviting place for your family and friends. Not only does outdoor lighting extend your living space, it can offer huge safety and security benefits. Highlight your home’s beautiful lawn, garden, and other landscaping features with outdoor lighting!

For more information on residential or commercial landscaping, or tips on how to place outdoor lights in your yard, contact us today! We would be happy to provide you with a free estimate on our industry leading lighting products and offer an on-site consultation to share ideas for your yard!

We have an extensive network of landscape lighting professionals who we can recommend to you based on the scale of your design. If your thinking landscaping – you should be considering the element of landscape lighting at the same time!

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The Cost of Landscaping – “Good design can offset the shortfalls from the inside of the home with outdoor elements that meet the same need”

The cost of landscaping always seems to shock homeowners. Somehow people relate the cost of landscaping to the cost of gardening and are surprised to find out that decks and wood cost more than plants … not to mention the labour involved to install them. In speaking to several industry professionals, the average backyard renovation starts at about $20,000, with some projects crossing the million-dollar mark. With such a huge range, how do you know how much your outdoor renovations should cost and how much should you really be investing your home?
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WHAT DO YOU ENVISION?
One of the biggest mistakes a client makes is to envision what they want in the yard before they really set the budget. When I meet with a client, I start by asking what the approximate value of the home is. If you set your budgets based on percentages of your total home’s worth, than you know that you plans will stay in line with property values in your neighbourhood.
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CURB APPEAL
Front yards have been getting more attention by Realtors and housing experts because of first-impression numbers. Several online sources place the value of curb appeal and a home’s first impression between five and eight per cent of the home’s worth. Items like shade trees and front walkways contribute to higher returns, as do front porches and sitting areas. While plants and gardens are important to the overall appeal, too many flowers in the front yard intimidate buyers looking for low-maintenance homes. As my general rule, I try to keep the front yard landscaping at seven per cent of a homeowners renovation budget. That number does not include the driveway, even though it may be at the front of your home.

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FUNCTIONAL BACKYARD
Backyards tend to be more about function than a front-yard renovation. Good design can offset the shortfalls from the inside of the home with outdoor elements that meet the same need. For example, if a home has a small kitchen, adding an outdoor version with a barbecue or a smoker is a smart investment because it partially addresses buyers concern when they see the inside space. Having a good deck or patio in your backyard that provides lots of living space can increase your home’s value by up to 12 percent.
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RETURN ON INVESTMENT
You also need to consider the return-on investment for your outdoor renovation. According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2016 Cost-vs-Value Report a kitchen renovation has an expected return of 79 per cent if you sell the home within five years of the completion of the work. After five years, that number steadily drops as styles change. A simple wood deck has an expected return of 81 per cent for the life of the deck, which averages eight to 10 years in Canada.

As you plan your spring projects this year, budget your dollars accordingly. I always tell homeowners to set aside about 20 per cent of their renovation budget for the outdoors. This may seem like a lot, but with all of the housing market numbers showing big returns in landscaping, you can renovate knowing your money is being spent wisely.

“written by Carson Arthur = The Chronicle Herold”