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Consider Comfort Outdoors

Take advantage of Toronto’s agreeable summer temperatures by creating an outdoor room to enjoy with your family and friends. The solid roof structure over this room makes it usable rain or shine. A gas powered fireplace adds warmth on cool evenings and a fan increases air circulation to mitigate humidty. When creating an outdoor room, your number one goal should be comfort. This is why it is important to select your patio furniture carefully. Look for a deep-seating lounge set with thick cushions upholstered in weather-proof fabric. Popular outdoor furniture materials include wood, metal and wicker. Pick the one that appeals most to your taste.

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Renaissance Landscape Group Inc
Puslinch, ON

Add Water for a Relaxing Retreat

Spending time outdoors is known to have many heath and emotional benefits. Particularly, relaxing in your yard can help you release stress. After a busy day at work and long commute out of downtown Toronto, having a beautiful garden to unwind in is a godsend. This small patio, with just enough space for two chairs and a table, is the perfect spot to kick back with your husband or wife and a glass of wine. A pond that can be seen in the foreground adds the tranquil sound of water. After just a few minutes here you’ll forget about your to do list and how early you have to wake up tomorrow to head back to work. An outdoor space like this can also be used for meditation or prayer.

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Renaissance Landscape Group Inc
Puslinch, ON

Grow a Kitchen Garden

The local food movement is taking hold around the world. For those in the southern part of Ontario, Canada, you can check out the Kitchen Garden at the Toronto Botanical Garden. If you go during summer you’ll see raised beds packed full of leafy and root vegetables as well as fruit trees, grape vines and berry bushes. Each year, combinations of vegetables and herbs are grown to celebrate the culture and cuisine of a different country. By visiting this garden you’ll discover a variety of ways to grow your own food in an organic and aesthetically pleasing fashion. You’ll also see why raised beds are an ideal method for vegetable gardening because of how much easier they make harvesting what you’ve grown.

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Toronto Botanical Garden
777 Lawrence Avenue East
Toronto, ON M3C 1P2, Canada

Install a Splash Pad

Sherbourne Common, a new park along Toronto’s waterfront offers many landscaping ideas that can be scaled down and used on residential properties. Phillips Farevagg Smallenberg, the firm that designed the park received the 2012 National Honor Award from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects for their design. Pictured here is the splash pad where people can cool down on a warm summer day. Splash pads are especially popular among young children and are much safer than a swimming pool. To install a splash pad at home, all you need is a flat area of about 9 square meters. Splash pads can feature just a few jets or have fun additions such as slides and waterfalls.

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Sherbourne Common
Queens Quay E
Toronto, ON M5A 1B6, Canada

Revitalize Your Yard with Fresh Sod & Plants

If you live near St. James Park, you’ll remember the sad state it was in following the 2011 Occupy Toronto protests. Luckily, local members of the landscaping industry donated their time, services and materials to revitalize the park. In just two days, St. James Park was restored to its original beauty with fresh sod, replacement plants and necessary maintenance. By using the same approach you can make a world of difference in how your own property looks. Replace your lawn with new sod, or patch just the worst areas, add fresh perennials to your planting beds and prune any trees in need. Your yard will look much better without much effort or expense.

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St. James Park
120 King Street East
Toronto, ON M5C 1G6

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