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The Importance of Soil Health

Residing in Calgary, we deal with an extreme arid climate that has a domino effect on all the living organisms that plant their roots into the soil. Being “arid” means that we have a very low precipitation rate, making it a dry place to be. Trees need an adequate amount of moisture to ensure a […]

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Identifying Black Knot

Have you ever looked at the trees on your property and noticed a brown/green/black swelling on the branches? If you have, you may be looking at the fungal disease which is called “Black Knot”. Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa) can affect all varieties in the Prunus genus or better known as Cherry trees. Although you see […]

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The Benefits of a Green Roof

Buildings with green roofs (also known as living roofs) are becoming more popular for the many advantages they supply. Financial Benefits While green roofs are more costly to install, over time, the benefits outweigh the costs. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researchers found that green roofs provide a measurable financial and environmental impact over a 50-year […]

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How Mulch Can Really Help Your Trees Thrive

Is mulch the secret ingredient to healthy trees? It definitely helps. Mulch is a material that is primarily made of wood chips, but can contain a blend of other composted materials like grass clippings and leaves. People often perceive its use as strictly aesthetic, but it actually provides a number of benefits for a tree […]

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Making Our Own Liquid De-icing Solution

Liquid Anti-Icing Solutions Winters in Canada have always been regarded as long, cold and snowy. To the snow removal professional this is both a blessing and a curse, often overwhelming a company’s abilities to manage the accumulation of snow. Ice removal techniques and equipment have evolved over the last decade and we’ve worked to stay […]

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Why Trees Die in Parking Lots and What You Can Do About It

In Calgary, parking lot trees are often a sorry sight and require replacement every few years. If that sounds expensive to you, you’re right. Why not take just a portion of that money to give your parking lot trees their best chance to thrive? Here is what we recommend: 1. Reverse the negative effects of […]

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Some Irrigation Insights from Industry Experts

At LECM, we talk a lot about automating your landscape maintenance. In this article, we dive into what is going through our minds as irrigation industry experts when we think of what automating your irrigation actually does to your property. First off, if you remember nothing else from this article, remember that proper watering is the […]

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Save Money On Parking Lot Sweeping… Next Year

We like to pay attention to our industry, constantly looking out for areas that waste client money unnoticed. If the contract for snow removal is coming to a close, and your spring clean-up contract has already been awarded for the year, the following tips may not be helpful right now but are worth keeping in […]

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Snow and Ice Management Glossary

DeicingDeicing refers to treatment methods that are applied AFTER snow events to melt areas that have experienced snow and ice build-up. Ice MeltIce Melt is a solid deicer made up of salts and chemicals that are sprinkled to melt accumulated snow and ice. Magnesium ChlorideMagnesium Chloride is a water-soluble salt solution that is used in […]

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Act in the Spring for Healthier Lawns, Plants and Trees All Year Long

Beautiful, healthy lawns, plants, and trees start with healthy soil. Soil amendments help nature by adding materials to the soil to improve its condition, pH, and nutrients. One of the best times to undertake amendment is in the springtime after the danger of frost is gone. Another springtime action that pays off all year long […]

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The Secrets for Growing Green Grass

Early Spring The first thing you’ll want to think about in the spring is giving your lawn a chance to breathe. This starts with dethatching. Thatch is a layer of dead grass that accumulates around the base of grass blades when your lawn produces organic waste faster than it can decompose. Dethatching machines will clean […]

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