5 Reasons Why Landscape Lighting Is A Great Investment

Beautiful appearance at night, highlighting the characteristics and landscaping of the home!
Beautiful appearance at night, highlighting the characteristics and landscaping of the home!

The CREATIVE Benefits of Outdoor Lighting

Kitchener-Waterloo & Surrounding Areas in Southern Ontario are participating in the Landscape Lighting trend!

Landscape lighting or garden lighting refers to the use of outdoor illumination of private gardens and public landscapes; for the enhancement and purposes of safety, nighttime aestheticsaccessibility, security, recreation and sports, and social and event uses.


Want to add a dramatic effect to your landscape project?  It is simple with the right lighting! We supply top quality landscape lighting to suit every size of project and application. We have lighting specialists on hand to make sure you have everything you need to light up your clients properties.

Accent your water feature, pool, and other focal points at night!
Accent your water feature, pool, and other focal points at night!

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.

Landscape lighting is not a new concept or product category, yet it is certainly trending fast these past couple of years. 

It is forecasted to witness a growth 8.0% during 2018–2023. Growing adoption of energy-saving and cost-efficient lighting products and increased government focus on energy conservation are the major factors driving the market growth.


Lets Review the 5 key Benefits Of Landscape & Garden Lighting

1) 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. Have you ever turned onto a street and noticed that one home stand out at night beyond all of the other neighbouring properties? Well it was probably the attractive and professional appeal of a properly lit landscape and home. At night a home can be even more attractive then in the day. By highlighting not only the accents of the landscape or home, but projecting shadows by design throughout the driveway, living space, or planting areas, a home can really draw a new character in the evening or during the night.

The warmth and ambiance of night lighting is invaluable!
The warmth and ambiance of night lighting is invaluable!

2) 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.

With appropriate landscape lighting, you will be able to enjoy all areas of your property, and finished landscapes zones. Your comfort level for using the hardscape walkways, or sheds and other storage areas will be enhanced, as the space will just be more inviting than it may have been prior.

3) 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.

Properly illuminated steps and pathways is much safer at night.
Properly illuminated steps and pathways is much safer at night.

4) 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!

5) Corporate Presence, Image, and Awareness

We understand the need for corporate logos, signage, operations, office, and image to be highlighted 24-7. You want your business to be well presented to the marketplace at all times, and landscape lighting offers the ability to do so in the evening and night hours. Illuminate your corporate landscape around the office, the wonderful trees around the perimeter, the display areas you may have, and of course your road-side signage. For corporate lighting, we recommend you work direct with our team for proper advise on lighting fixtures, placement, and for a list of CREATIVEpro’s who can assist in the quoting and installation process.

Marketing your corporate image at all times of the day is key!
Marketing your corporate image at all times of the day is key!

A Great Investment

“A well-managed landscape can add up to 28 per cent to the overall value of your home,” says landscaper Ed Hansen, who owns Hansen Lawn & Garden. “The key is that you need to have a well-designed, well-executed, low-maintenance (plan).”

Lighting Fixtures & Accessories In Stock Or Available In 24-Hours

At Creative we know time is money. We realize that if you are a contractor having your products on site and on time is key to keeping your building project on track. That is why we stock a huge inventory that is ready to ship to you immediately, or be picked up at any time. We also have drop ship capabilities to send your products direct to your site. If you are a home owner & DIY client, we know how important it is to keep your projects moving forward. We are ready to react to your orders by request, and we will be happy to offer the necessary training required at time of purchase!

Small pocket lighting is subtle, and offers incredible function and practicality.
Small pocket lighting is subtle, and offers incredible function and practicality.

Lighting & Accessory Options Available at CREATIVE, and the items you will want to consider for your project!

•accent lights, accessory cable, bluetooth lanterns, button lights, deck lights, moon lights, hardscape lights, under-mount lights, coping & step lighting, LED lights, in-ground lights, in-ground beacons, LED tape, lubricated connectors, ceiling fans & lights, outdoor heating & space heater systems, hanging lights, wall lights, pathway lights, spot lights, transformers, underwater lighting, up / down lights, stainless steel & bronze casings, bollard fixtures, interior stone lamps, and more!

Our Lighting Collection Consists Of:

•Linzel Lighting, Kichler Lighting, Lumitonic Lighting, Lumitonic Lighting, Atlantic, Oasis, Alliance, Hinkley, and more.

Before You Go


we of course have a fleet of unique trucks and equipment that allow us to delivery product anywhere in southern ontario, and on a regular basis. Our delivery zone focuses on the following markets, yet is not limited to:

•Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, Cambridge, Elmira, St. Jacobs, Hawksville, Conestogo, Listowel, Elora, Fergus, Arthur, Erin, New Hamburg, Baden, Wellesley, Plattsville, Ayr, Ariss, Maryhill, Rockwood, Aberfoyle, Puslinch, Belwood, Stratford, St. Marys, Mitchel, New Dundee, Mannheim, Morriston, Hespler, Preston, Haysville, St. Agatha, Petersburg, St. Clements, Heidelberg, Linwood, Flordale, Bloomingdale, Roseville, Winterbourne, West Montrose, Edin Mills, Halton Hills, Acton, Georgetown

•For the most part, our delivery system travels all of Wellington, Brant, Woolwich, Waterloo, Wilmot County, Brampton, Hamilton, Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Toronto, and the entire GTA

Hire a Pro or Just ask CREATIVE!

Professionally drafted landscapes offer valuable results and ROI
Professionally drafted landscapes offer valuable results and ROI

We support DIY installation, and home owners taking the initiative to install their own hardscape area. However, we highly recommend the use of an industry professional to help design and install the product, to protect your investment and offer a warranty for long-term security and pro results. Please visit our CREATIVEpro platform online to view our list of CREATIVEpro’s and those who we recommend for great outcomes!


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!

A professional lighting project, built by landscape lighting pros!
A professional lighting project, built by landscape lighting pros!

Contact Us

For more information, or to share ideas regarding your project, please contact our Creative Landscape Depot team. Our on site interlocking & wallstone display are elaborate, and showcase our extensive variety of stones. Let us engage with you, and discuss the accessories that may be required or must be considered before any landscape investments begins! 

All stone & lighting landscapes are big jobs, so let’s chat first!




1175 King Street North, St. Jacobs, Ontario, Canada

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Below you will find the ‘need to knows’ about thin stone veneer and stone cladding, and the brands that you should focus on when shopping and designing your project!


Interiors & Exteriors that include stone cladding or thin stone veneers always have an attractive finish. The ageless ambiance of a stone wall or accent is priceless and helps to create professional outcomes. With the trend of thin stone veneer taking off during the past decade, it can be overwhelming selecting the right stone, profile, colour, and brand, as many outlets and big box stores have a selection for review!

Canada is home to many natural stone resources, and therefore manufacturers of stone veneer products. Here in Southern Ontario, we are fortunate to have some of those fabricators right here in our backyard. The benefit of our Ontario market, is that we can easily import American made veneers, import from oversees, or reach into our own local market for some of the worlds nicest natural stone products.

Locally, in our Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph market, we see comparable trends and interests between imported veneer brands and local domestic stones. There are benefits to having options, but there is often so much overlap between certain brands and their products lines, that its important to revert back to quality, warranty, and small details within some manufacturers products, to decipher what offers value in your investment, and who is essentially the industry leaders!

At CREATIVE, we’ve always focused on the industries best quality material, regardless of the product category. We simply like being associated to winning landscapes with amazing results. Stone landscapes is our passion, and that includes veneer accent walls or stone wall cladding, so we have drafted a thing stone veneer collection that is comprised of the brand names that we feel are leading the way!

Before we highlight the brands who offer the best quality stone, with leading profiles, lets briefly discuss the difference between natural stone & pre-cast or manufactured veneers.


Natural stone veneer is made from real stone that is either collected by hand or by machine, or is quarried in a larger capacity. The stone is cut to a consistent thickness and weight for use as a veneer. Generally the thickness of a veneer stone is 1.25”, while the heights and lengths differ greatly, based on the profile design. 

In most cases, quarries will cut out large billets, or cubes of natural stone from the earth or quarry wall. These billets are then moved by machine into their manufacturing plants, where large saws will slice them into smaller units that are more manageable by smaller machine or even by hand. Thin units of then cut, and smaller machines are used to product the final dimension required for the profile being made.

With natural stone products, we have many finishing or face options. Each finish offers an opportunity to match the finished results to your personality and independent design style. Texture and dimension play a huge role in the final results, so be sure to understand each option listed below, in the subtitle, ‘Natural Stone Finishes / Face Options,’ discussed below.

Natural stone veneers come in a variety of stone options, including (yet not limited to); granite, marble, travertine, limestone, quartz, & slate.


Manufactured stone veneer is fabricated by pouring a lightweight concrete mix into rubber forms and painted with a colouring process which makes it resemble real stone. Manufactured stone is generally lighter in weight, can be more precise with measurements, yet less mouldable by hand compared to a natural stone product. Manufactured veneers are available with standard installation applications, yet some products offer unique technology for quicker or easier installation, favourable by certain projects or applications, or often home owners (DIY), who have little or no masonry experience.

Manufactured veneer stone often comes in panels, where multiple stones are glued or pieced together, and the panels themselves lock together, making a seamless connection. Depending on the manufacturer or fabricator, other industry terms for these types of panels include: stacked stone ledger panels, ledger stone panels, thin stone panels, stone veneer panels, ledger stone tiles, stone wall tiles, or stacked stone tiles.


It’s important that you know what design style you want for your landscape or home renovation. A cozy or rustic approach will request a specific veneer profile versus a modern or minimalistic approach. We would like to highlight some of the standard veneer profiles and textures that we inventory and see trending on a continued basis.


A calibrated stone that offers a linear or stacked laying pattern. Ledgestone patterns are the most popular trending that we see taking place in the masonry industry. Modern designs use a 2”, 4”, 6”, or often 8” height stone to create a linear laying style. Either one-height of stone is used for the entire project, or multiple heights to create a layered look or modular mix. 


An irregular pattern of rounded rocks that resemble naturally occurring cobbles. River rock is generally very smooth in natural.


A pattern of relatively square and rectangular cut stones that are irregular in size and made to resemble reclaimed or very old masonry.


Just like the flagstone we are all familiar with for walkways and patios, this irregular shaped stone, often referred to a 5-point product, is used to clad walls. The outcome is rustic, yet each mason can draft a unique finish based on their installation practices and approach to pointing, shaping, and puzzling the stones together.  Flagstone patterns offer a simple & rustic beauty, which is reflected in the randomness of each individual stone.


This series of stone utilizes 3 unique heights that modularly fit together. It is generally available in a blend of 2 ¼”, 5” and 7 ¾” height stones. Modular profiles are typically installed with a ½” grouted joint, in order for the 3-piece pattern to work. Stone edges may be sawn, hand-cleft, guillotined, or left natural. Each edge-finish will create its own unique visual appearance upon the jobs completion.


Most clients associate natural stone or natural stone veneers with a split face rough finish. Still to date we sell more split face finishes, which are also referred to a guillotine face, or hand-pitched or cleft finish. However, manufacturers are now offering new and unique finishing options, which allow architects and designers to really get creative with their colour and texture pallets. Here is a list of other veneer finishes:

-sawn, sandblasted, power-blasted, leathered, brushed, bush-hammered, honed, polished, split face, cleft face, guillotined face, vein cut, flurry cut, chiseled, antique, tumbled, pillow-edged


Perhaps even more important than pattern or stone selection is whether the stone will be set with mortar joints or a dry stack. The latter produces a veneer with no sign of mortar leaving an all stone surface, which is highly desirable for modern and contemporary styles. This is in part an aesthetic choice, but also a practical one. Over time problems with stonework in general often stem from mortar, which retains dirt, moss, algae and mildew, so be aware of what style of pointing you select. Mortar can be coloured / dyed, and can have small aggregate or other sediments or materials blended within them to create a more rustic or simply unique outcome.


We carry only the industries best as we aim to participate in leading outcomes and professional results. Our thin stone veneer product line consists of the following Brands & their products:


Natural Canadian veneer. Every stone is handcrafted by experienced masons using traditional masonry tools. This process replicates the look and feel of stone masonry that has been employed by master masons for decades, making this brand unique in the marketplace. Profiles include: 

bruce, escarpement, thornbury, and indiana limestone contemporary series / king, bruce, peninsula premium eramosa, and indiana limestone masonry blend / escarpment farm blend


The largest selection of thinn stone veneer and full bed stones quarried in Canada.  The Masonal product line consists of:

scotia harbour, oslo castle, midnight granite, kilkenny castle, glacier spring, rideau valley ottawa valley, windsor castle, ocean ledge, pacific pearl, glacier blue, sapphire blue, frontenac, cobalt ashlar, lochdoon castle, hampton hills, tiger dark, old world blend, olde english blend, summer blend, guelph buff, tiger buff, brown, provincial grey, buckhorn, autumn blend, guelph valley, hampshire spring, montrose valley, aberdeen valley, vermont grey, cobalt valley, hudson valley, jasper lodge, glasgow dark, glasgow valley niagara valley, dover white, northern grey, indiana ashlar, tiger ledgestone, montrose grey, cobalt ultra, oxford ledge, rosemount, modern ledgestone, valhalla, st. jacobs country, elora gold, olde quebec, rubble buff, philadelphia rubble, algonquin blend, river rock, muskoka grey, granite fieldstone


For over 45 years, Eldorado Stone has demonstrated an undeniable passion for creating authentic products that not only elevate quality and design, but also attainability stone & brick. El dorado manufactures the most recognized thin stone veneers, and is a leader in profile and design. Their large collection includes:

bluffstone, cliffstone, coastal reef, country rouble, cut coarse stone, cypress ridge, european ledge, fieldstone, millstone, ledge cut 33, limestone, longitude 24, marquee 24, mountain ledge, mountain ledge panels, ridgetop 18, river rock, rough cut, rustic ledge, shadow rock, sierra cut 24, stacked stone, vantage 30, vintage ranch, zen 24, tundra brick, roma brick, modena brick


A leader in importing natural stone veneers from around the world. Many Chinese and Indian stones are used to develop their industry leader profiles and colour options. The majority of the luxestone line comes in panels that easily fit together. Their product line consists of the following:

Series include: classy, country, elegant, elegant trio, natural, hybrid, thin, patterned, cemented, luxurious, 3D mosaic, split face, mosaic, matts

Colours include: autumn blend, black galaxy, creamy crystal, extra white, white, egypt copper, wood grain A, wood grain B, silver valley grey, coastal brown, copper shade, sandy grain, snow grey, silver wood, spring forest, mountain grey, ivory, dessert gold, ebony, rainy cloud, silver wave, antique beige, beige quartz, black castle, blue castle, sandy beige, spring, violet


A manufactured veneer stone that has a patented mechanically fastened system. The fusion stone system makes it easy for even those with modest skills to install a veneer stone like a pro.  Their product line consists of the following stones and colours:

Great Lakes series in brindle, raven, fawn, & carbon colours / Peninsula Ledgestone series in cyprus & grotto / Drystack series in caramel & charcoal


Our collection of clay brick yield a distinctive variety of colours, and enable us to offer a wealth of options in fine brick.  Our colours available are:

leos pub, bell tower, route 66, bourbon street, bootlegger


  • •same outcome as a full-bed brick or stone at the fraction of the weight
  • •much lighter then full-bed products, making handling and installation easier for trades, and manageable for DIY clientele
  • •better insulation capabilities and lower maintenance requirements
  • •same durable strength as full-bed products
  • •installation is easier than traditional full-bed stone or brick
  • •economically favourable due to its lightweight and thinner structure, meaning less production costs, easier shipping, and quicker application time
  • •available in a wider range of profiles, including colours, shapes, and textures
  • •available in natural stone or precast concrete
  • •many profiles available in panels, making installation much easier and faster
  • •corner stones allow for nicer outcome and ease of installation
  • •some profiles are installed using a drill and screws vs traditional masonry, for those who are are not comfortable with mortar applications
  • •smaller or no footings required due to less weight of product, and less space is required or loss because of the thinner veneer material
  • •valuable warranties included by each manufacturer


Thin Stone Veneer Checklist:

Now that we have reviewed the key factors associated to selecting the best veneer stone for you, lets ensure you are ready for the entirety of a project. Like any interior or exterior home or office renovation, there are many additional items and accessories required for a proper, professional installation. Our goal is to ensure that you purchase the correct materials, and the highest qualities materials that exist in the landscape industry. This assures a quality driven project, with long lasting results, and eliminates the opportunity for error. Below, we have highlighted the materials that should accompany your interlocking purchase:

  1. Delivery – of all of your material to prevent complication
  2. Veneer Flats & Corners – for flat walls and stones specifically cut for corner applications
  3. Grout Mortar – for pointing
  4. Mortar – for attaching to the wall
  5. Metal Lathing – for scratch coating and assisting in the stones adhesion to the wall
  6. Adhesive – glues or silicones can often be used for certain stone installation
  7. Sealer or Stone Enhancer – if a unique sheen or enhanced aspect of the stone veneer is desired


we of course have a fleet of unique trucks and equipment that allow us to delivery product anywhere in southern ontario, and on a regular basis. Our delivery zone focuses on the following markets, yet is not limited to:

•Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, Cambridge, Elmira, St. Jacobs, Hawksville, Conestogo, Listowel, Elora, Fergus, Arthur, Erin, New Hamburg, Baden, Wellesley, Plattsville, Ayr, Ariss, Maryhill, Rockwood, Aberfoyle, Puslinch, Belwood, Stratford, St. Marys, Mitchel, New Dundee, Mannheim, Morriston, Hespler, Preston, Haysville, St. Agatha, Petersburg, St. Clements, Heidelberg, Linwood, Flordale, Bloomingdale, Roseville, Winterbourne, West Montrose, Edin Mills, Halton Hills, Acton, Georgetown

•For the most part, our delivery system travels all of Wellington, Brant, Woolwich, Waterloo, Wilmot County, Brampton, Hamilton, Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Toronto, and the entire GTA


We support DIY installation, and home owners taking the initiative to install their own hardscape area. However, we highly recommend the use of an industry professional to help design and install the product, to protect your investment and offer a warranty for long-term security and pro results. Please visit our CREATIVEpro platform online to view our list of CREATIVEpro’s and those who we recommend for great outcomes!

Please visit our Thin Stone Veneer collection by entering each manufacturers profile. All of our profiles are also available for review in our Veneer Stone gallery, and hand sample boards are available for colour matching and preparing your interior or exterior renovation.

Natural Stone full-bed material is available in many profiles. Please ask our team, or visit us to view all full-bed options and share ideas for your design! Creative also has an in-house veneer stone specialist that can help you select the correct stone and profile, how to install using professional practices, and how to achieve premium-grade results.


For more information, or to share ideas regarding your project, please contact our Creative Landscape Depot team. Our thin stone veneer gallery is elaborate, and showcases our extensive variety of profiles. Let us engage with you, and discuss the accessories that may be required or must be considered before any veneer or cladding investments begins! 

All stone landscapes are big jobs, so lets chat first!




1175 King Street North, St. Jacobs, Ontario, Canada

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Keep Your Landscape Simple, By Using Complimentary & Matching Materials

beutifull landscape with matching buff materail

For years we have been focused on servicing home owners and their many landscape ideas and projects. Our history and background is in landscape installation, so we understand that value of highlighting the right materials to our clients, and ensuring that each project and investment has a valuable outcome.

One thing that we focus on during every sales interaction, is the art of simplicity, which offers class, elegance, and longevity in any design. With this being said, its important that all clients understand, that we have matching material for each area of every landscape, which derives from the same raw material. This keeps colours, finishes, textures, and overall ambiance of a finished landscape design looking like one consistent masterpiece!

Lets have a look at some of our most popular & trending stone kits!!

eramosa traditional flame square cut paver (wet)


Offering matching:


•square cut flagstone


eramosa steps (available in all sizes)



•steps stackers

•veneer stone, and many more products that are necessary for a matching outcome.



buff limestone steps

Again, using this trendy light beige & earth-tone product line, a client is able to finish their entire landscape with matching materials. The same raw billets (natural stone large quarried blocks), are sawn down to multiple products, offering the same tones, and eliminating the need to reach into foreign product lines that may not be the best match. Check out the beauty of our CREATIVE Buff Limestone Kit!

buff pier caps



wiarton dark square cut pavers

Check out our newest line of darker-toned limestone.


This material has a beautiful powerblast or flame finish, which can be blended together and still have an overall matching outcome.




wiarton dark steps (flame top)

Again, we are able to incorporate natural stone pavers, coping, steps, and all other standard landscape material into any design, using the same raw material.

The ability to reach into a specific raw material product line, and design your entire landscape around one tone and one specific vein tucked within our earths layers is an art on its own!!!!



Without a doubt, our Indiana Limestone collection is a favourite amongst architects, designers, contractors, and our CREATIVE clientele and group of members. We urge you to drop by and enjoy the subtle tone, and flawless finish of the Indiana collection. Available in coping, pavers, steps, pier caps, wall stones, and sills, –  we can really creative a masterpiece using this product line.




To prevent overlapping and repeating ourselves, I will just mention that we have numerous other product lines that are available as kits, incorporating matching materials to complete your landscape. Those listed above are some of our favourites, yet our CREATIVE collection offers every industry option, and we invite you to contact us for more information.

Be sure to keep your landscape simple, and spend the appropriate time in the design, using complimentary materials, that offer longevity to your investment, and which really embrace the colours of your homes exterior cladding and other elements!

matching limestone wall panels on left, and complimentary square cut pavers!


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NATURAL STONE SQUARE-CUT PAVERS – classic, elegant, modern….always an amazing choice!

For ever, we have been debating over which hardscape surface to use for our driveway, walkways, patios, pool decks, and all other applications for the exterior & interior of our homes. The undeniable fact that independent paving systems are much more reliable then concrete, asphalt, and gravel surfaces, leads us then to decide,  – ” well what of the many paver options should i consider!”

ontario natural top , square cut paver

There are limitless interlocking brick, cobblestone, and other natural stone paving options that now exist. Therefore we would like to introduce the latest trend in square-cut pavers! Over the past few years, we have seen an influx of many imported pavers, offering many unique textures, colours, and sizes that allowed the industry some new flexibility in design option. Lets take a moment to review the many benefits of square cut paving options!

    CLASSIC & ELEGANT – The larger square cut paving patterns and style was very popular for estates, stone homes, formal landscapes, and on higher-end landscape projects many many years ago. Between 1990-2015 we seen a large movement of interlocking brick infiltrating our landscape industry due to extremely lower prices per square foot, and colour options. However, now that production is up, and we have more imported options, square foot pricing has dropped, making the square-cut an affordable choice, and classic compliment to any design!

SPEED OF INSTALLATION – They are just fast to install! Sizes ranging from 12″x12″ – 24″x36″, its easy to understand how fast and easy a square cut paving pattern will install compared to most interlocking options with an average of 5″x9″ in size.


imported indian sandstone square cut paver

    COST – previously all options ranged between $12-16 per square foot, yet we now have a fleet of colour options between $6-8, and many beautiful domestic items between $9.99-14!

    1. COLOUR – we offer more then 25 colour options in stock, and we have access to a range of other unique colours. Between the domestic & imported product options theres endless colour options to match your existing home and landscape!

TEXTURE – Manufacturers have been flirting with

eramosa sandblast paver

to offer more then just the traditional, yet beautiful, natural finish. Nowadays we have the natural finish paver, flame finish (which offers a smoother texture and often enriches the veins), sandblast finish (which is smooth and dulls out the veins and other tones), power-blast (that almost mimics the sandblast approach yet has its own unique and subtle outcome), honed (which is partially polished), polished (bringing out all of the veins and colours, and offers a sleek surface), sawn cut (which is unfinished looking, yet meets some clients requirements), bush-hammered (a pebble textured top), etc etc etc.

linear design with flame-top paver

CONTEMPORARY – Linear lines, larger pavers, less joints and seems – its easy to build a contemporary design using natural square cut options! Check out this photo as evidence!

PRACTICALITY – Due to the size of natural square cut paving stones, you simply have less joints within each independent unit. This means there are less trip hazards, or crevices where the legs of chairs or tables can get stuck on when sliding them on the patio surface. Kids have an easier time moving their toys around, and you have less opportunity for weeds pushing through the surface as their are less gaps available 🙂

    TRENDING – Architects & designers are speccing this stone option more and more. We have seen the trend building for the past 4 years, and we expect that 2018 will bite even harder at this product category. When doing your shopping, be sure to check out both imported and domestic natural square cut paving options, as their is sure to be something that will compliments your home and meet your design flare! Start by checking out what we have in stock at CREATIVE, by copying & pasting the link below!


eramosa pavers @CREATIVE

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
the rest!




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

artificial turf installed at CREATIVE


•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?
  • 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?


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.


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.
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.
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.
To view the entire CREATIVE mulch & decorative stone ground & bed cover options, click here!
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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
de of grass and its application,
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.


  • 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.


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