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Yard Maintenance Services in Nanaimo BC

Yard Maintenance Services in Nanaimo BC

We maintain everything for you

Keeping your yard beautiful and functional is something we take great pride in, from basic maintenance to lawncare, pond cleanup and mulching, the Creative By Design landscape maintenance division is there for you.

Most of our clients engage us for our weekly maintenance programs to take care of all aspects of their yard – we love that. But if you just need us for a few hours or a few days, call us and we’ll figure out the right service package for you.

Below is a list of our most common services

Shrub Bed Services

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SHRUB BED START-UP
Pruning, light cultivation of mulch and general clean-up of all shrub beds. This is one of those jobs where we could get very involved.  Pruning of all trees, shrubs, etc can be taken all the way to an art form and the difference between a quick once over and a restoration can be very subjective.  Example: Sometimes plants that have not been taken care of previously are better off being replaced than being restored due to the cost to restore them.  We prioritize the tasks to match the allotted time or scope of the defined work .  We always push to get the work done properly in an efficient manner. Priced by the hour plus disposal.



WEEKLY MAINTENANCE


We prune, clean-up, cultivate, monitor plant health, etc. on a weekly basis. For many properties this has always been the hardest one to estimate as everyone’s wants and properties are different. The cost you will be invoiced for either represents what you have told us is the amount you want to spend or was the time we used to keep your property looking great. The service starts weekly in late April-early May and ends in mid to late October. NOTE:  If you are a lawn mowing customer as well, the time to mow the lawn will be combined with this service time. This avoids having to separate billing times and bill for lawn mowing by quotation as we would if you were only a lawn mowing client. There is typically 26-28 weekly visits in a season for this service. Priced per hour plus disposal if the waste fills over .25 of a pick-up truck with box sides per visit.

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SUMMER CLEAN-UP
There is always some extra hours needed that could be considered not a part of “regular” weekly maintenance, including shrub pruning and shaping and general clean-up after the spring growth. Typically done in mid June thru mid July before the heat of summer comes. Priced by the hour plus disposal.

FALL CLEAN-UP
Fall clean-up starts in late October/early November after the regular weekly visits have ended. This is generally done over 3-4 visits as the leaves don’t all fall at once. We usually continue this service until the snow flies so the place is left as clean as possible for the following year. Priced by the hour plus disposal.

FALL CLEAN-UP
Fall clean-up starts in late October/early November after the regular weekly visits have ended. This is generally done over 3-4 visits as the leaves don’t all fall at once. We usually continue this service until the snow flies so the place is left as clean as possible for the following year. Priced by the hour plus disposal.

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SHRUB BED TOPDRESSING
Right after the Shrub Bed Start-up is the best time to apply a new layer of Premium Landscape Mulch. It not only looks great, it suppresses weeds, provides nutrients, and holds moisture at the roots where it is needed.  Some of the preparation tasks associated with the service, like shrub bed/lawn edging can be considered part of the Shrub Bed Spring Clean-up or Lawn Start. Priced by the hour plus product.

SEASONAL DISPLAYS
This is one we definitely need to discuss. We can provide hanging baskets, pots or shrub bed plantings. Priced by the hour plus product.



HEDGE TRIMMING
This can be done in spring but we like to do this in the fall as it tightens the hedge for winter snow load and keeps it looking good until after the spring growth (late June). A perfect hedge should be done twice per season. We can also provide you with an estimate to clean out the hedge, a NEEDED task that should be done every few years or so to allow air and light to reach the inside of the plant. We will assess this possible need before the trimming. Priced by the hour plus disposal.

Water Feature Services

WATER FEATURE START
Depending on the current state of the water feature this can be a cold, messy, stinky job to do properly. Equipment needs to be installed and/or checked, organic matter needs to be cleaned out, PH balanced, plants tended to etc. Priced by the hour plus product.

WATER FEATURE MAINTENANCE
We do our best to battle both strand and green algae if present, remove fallen debris, keep plants looking good, clean filtration units, inspect UV lights and check water levels during our regular weekly visits. Priced by the hour plus product.

WATER FEATURE WINTERIZE
We cut back water plants, lower lilies, remove UV lights, remove pumps and put electric de-icer in if required. Price by the hour.

Lawn Services

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LAWN START-UP
We generally do a combination of core aeration, power raking and/or hand raking plus edge your lawn followed by a short mowing with a high vacuum mower to remove as much of the dead layer of grass as possible. Then we apply fertilize and/or an organic top-dressing. Priced by quotation and includes disposal.  In some case the lawn edging aspect has been included or done with either the Shrub Bed Start-up or Shrub Bed Topdressing service. Priced by quotation.

LAWN TOPDRESSING
If you want a lawn that makes you neighbor’s jealous we recommend topdressing after the lawn start-up.  This organic material (Natures Gold Premium Fertilizer) falls into the aeration holes getting to the roots of the turf and will thicken and green it up like you won’t believe. Priced by the hour plus product.

LAWN MAINTENANCE
Service typically consists of 26-29 weekly visits to perform line trimming, mowing and hard surface clean-up. We will invoice you monthly based on actual number of visits and not this estimated one. Priced by quotation per service.  NOTE: If you are a full shrub bed and lawn maintenance customer your lawn mowing service time will be combined with the shrub bed time and billed at an hourly rate.

LAWN FERTILIZING & WEED CONTROL
Spring, summer, fall and winter fertilizing will be done to all lawn areas. As well, we keep an eye out for broadleaf weeds and provide control by mechanical and chemical (spot treatments) means. Priced by quotation. We are a fully licensed company and carry proper liability coverage for this service.

Irrigation Services

IRRIGATION START-UP
Spring system start-up to replace, clean and adjust heads as well as set-up controller. New controller battery if required and recommendations to improve system are normally included. Additional parts needed to do basic start-up will be installed and billed separately. Priced by the hour.

IRRIGATION MAINTENANCE
4-6 monthly in season system checks to begin in the month following start-up and ending the month before winterizing. We go through entire system and make adjustments to heads and controller to ensure proper coverage as well as deal with different seasonal requirements. This will help reduce water waste and save plants. Priced by the hour with an average service time of 30-45 minutes depending on size and quality of the system.

Additional SERVICES

Hard Surface Sealant
$ 1.00-$1.50 per square foot depending on how much cleaning and number of coats needed. We use a HIGH quality low VOC sealant (there is a huge difference in preparing the surface and quality of product so don’t be fooled by others who offer this service for much less or you will be re-applying in no time)

Seasonal Planting Displays (baskets, pots, shrub beds, annual and perennial displays)
Wood Structures (Custom outdoor structures) 

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