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Preparing your lawn and garden for Fall and Winter - Lawn Tips

Living in Toronto, Canada, we experience some drastic seasonal changes. With the changing seasons comes changes to daily maximum and minimum temperatures, precipitation amounts and daily sunlight hours and these fluctuations can pose problems for your lawn and gardens. In the next few posts, we hope to give you some ideas on how to help improve and strengthen your lawn and gardens for the Fall and Winter seasons. Firstly, let's talk about grass. With Fall comes lower temperatures and greater precipitation amounts. During this season, grass will start to recover from the long heat and drought of summer. These changes also make Fall an ideal time to fix those areas of your lawn that are beyond self-repair. Options for fixing problematic...

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3 Tips For A Nicer Lawn

3 tips for a nicer lawn: As an Etobicoke based landscaping company, the most common question we receive from customers is ‘how can I have a nicer lawn?’ Our answer is almost always the same; 1) WATER 2) WATER and 3) WATER! This summer in Toronto has been particularly rough for plants. We have received far below average rainfall amounts for each month so far this spring/summer season (April: 36.70mm/63mm, May: 34.20mm/73mm, June: 26.40mm/72mm; actual/average) and the trend is looking to continue. Combine this with extremely high temperatures and we have had drought like conditions (data from https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/forecasts/statistics/ontario/toronto and http://toronto.weatherstats.ca/charts/rain-1year.html). Because grass is not showy like flowers or shrubs, it is often overlooked. However, in today’s urban landscape, grass occupies...

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Earth Hour 2016 - Saturday March 19 - 8:30 p.m.

Global Climate Change (GCC) is happening. 2015 was officially the warmest year in recorded history. While GCC is often discussed politically and brought to the general public attention by celebrities (see Leonardo DiCaprio's Oscar acceptance speech), the general public often feel that one person cannot make a substantial difference, they are already doing everything they can, or simply, they just don't care! Global Earth Hour is not only an opportunity for the public to help battle climate change on a smaller scale, but to also join a movement that has taken over the world. Since starting in Sydney Australia in 2007 by the World Wildlife Fund as a simple 'lights off' event, Earth Hour has become a global phenomenon. Currently...

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Understanding Plant Hardiness Zones

Have you ever picked out a plant for your garden, thinking it will be the perfect fit, looked at the plant tag for its care instructions and been confused about the ‘zone’ listing? Don’t worry you are not alone. This article aims to explain what these zones represent, and why they are important to the plants in your garden. Plant Hardiness Zones represent areas of similar environmental conditions. The USDA and Environment Canada have both independently and quite differently created graphic representations of these areas on maps. We break down the differences between the two below:  USDA Plant Hardiness Zones:  Probably easier to understand, the USDA measures Plant Hardiness Zones by average annual minimum winter temperature. The map is divided...

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P. McConnell Contracting Ltd. welcomes Chris Fullan to the 'PMC' Team!

P. McConnell Contracting is proud to welcome Chris Fullan to the 'PMC' Team.  Chris brings over 20 years of top quality landscape experience to our team as both a previous employee of P. McConnell Contracting and after, the co-owner/operator of his own landscaping company in the Etobicoke/Mississauga areas. Chris's professionalism, work ethic and work quality is what drew us to ask him to join our team. He treats every job as if it was at his own home, and we know that he will help you to achieve any/all of your landscape goals. Welcome Chris!

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