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How to Get Your Patio Ready for Spring

Written By mps-admin On December 15, 2020

Once the warmer weather arrives, it’s time to get your patio ready for some entertaining and barbecuing. However, if you take a look at your patio and the other hardscaping in your yard you will probably find that it has old grease and other stains on it from last year. It’s best to clean these […]

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Winter Weather Predictions – What Does the Farmer`s Almanac Have to Say?

Written By mps-admin On November 5, 2020

It has always been very difficult to get a decent “on the record” long-range seasonal weather prediction from one of our official expert weather service providers – looking at you Environment Canada and The Weather Network! Thankfully, there is another brave prognosticator of precipitation out there, the good old Farmer’s Almanac, willing to stake their […]

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Industry Challenges for Snow & Ice Management 2020

Written By mps-admin On September 17, 2020

The provision of professional snow and ice management services has always been a challenging proposition. The past few years have thrown a few curveballs at us and made this even more difficult. There are four main areas that have become exceptionally demanding. These are insurance and related liability issues, vehicles and equipment, the supply of […]

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How to Winterize Your Irrigation System

Written By mps-admin On September 2, 2020

Our harsh winters can make quick work of our irrigation systems unless we prepare them. If any water is left in the pipes or the sprinkler head, it can freeze and break whichever part it is in. When you try to start the system back up again in spring, the damage may lead to an […]

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Landscape Lighting

Written By mps-admin On August 27, 2020

The perfect landscape lighting can transform your outdoor space! Whether you’re adding lighting for safety, to highlight a beautiful landscape or architectural feature, or to create the right mood for your entertaining area, the possibilities are endless. Here are some reasons landscape lighting shouldn’t be overlooked on for your landscape project! Landscape lighting should be […]

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Asphalt & Interlock Paving Stone Driveway Options

Written By mps-admin On August 17, 2020

Your driveway has a big impact on the ‘curb appeal’ of your home; it’s one of the first features a visitor sees and can say a lot about your home. A well-maintained driveway that ties into a beautiful front entrance landscape, makes for a welcome first impression. When you’re thinking of upgrading your front landscape […]

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How to Prune Plants for Growth

Written By mps-admin On July 22, 2020

You’ve taken the time to plant and care for your garden, but did you know that pruning your shrubs, hedges and flowering plants is just as important as sunlight and water? Pruning is an essential part of growing healthy plants in your garden. In fact, pruning at the appropriate time and using the correct tools, […]

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Common Water Feature Problems and Other Issues

Written By mps-admin On July 17, 2020

Water features are one of the least commonly requested landscape features that our MPS design team encounters. However, there are still many homeowners who are interested in the idea of incorporating a water feature or garden fountain to add a sensation of tranquility to their landscape. Running water helps induce a sense of rest and […]

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Man-Made vs. Natural Patio Stones: What’s the Difference?

Written By mps-admin On July 2, 2020

When designing outdoor living spaces, patio stones continue to be the most popular landscaping material for a range of projects. Whether it’s for a front entrance, porch overlay, backyard patio, poolscape or pathway; patio stones are an easy choice because of their durability, versatility and appearance. When choosing a patio stone for your landscape there […]

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How to Start a Garden with Kids

Written By mps-admin On June 17, 2020

With so much time being spent at home these days, parents looking for ways to keep their kids engaged and entertained don’t need to look any further than their own backyard. Starting a garden is a great way to promote exercise, creativity, problem-solving, get fresh air and more.  Keep reading to learn how to start […]

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