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City of Calgary Bylaws for Tree and Property Maintenance

Many of Calgary’s residential properties have been planted with what are considered to be city-owned trees. This was a usual part of the construction process. The idea was to help increase Calgary’s green canopy as the city was expanding in order to both reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the air (one tree produces…

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How to Avoid Slipping and Falling in the Winter

How to Avoid Slipping and Falling in the Winter

The absolute best way to avoid slipping and falling in the winter is to have your sidewalks, pathways, driveways, and parking lots professionally cleared by a respected commercial and residential snow removal company. At Mirage Landscaping, we love the challenge snow removal presents. We take pride in our ability to ensure our clients’ properties are…

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Frozen Gutters Can Cause Serious Damage! Calgary Snow Removal By Mirage

When and How to Use Deicing Agents

As the temperature has been regularly rising above and falling below zero, Calgary’s pathways and sidewalks are treacherous with patches of ice. Although we never leave the southeast residential and commercial properties we serve without making sure each surface has been cleared down to the bare concrete, with weather like this (which has been very…

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Top 10 Residential Landscaping To-Dos for 2020

As another new year is about to begin, many of us are making resolutions for a happier and healthier next 12 months. As we concentrate on our personal and mental health, don’t forget that your outdoor spaces can be a huge contributor to your overall well-being. Creating and maintaining an outdoor space that is conducive…

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Snow Removal Contracts: Four Tips to Get What You Pay For

Snow Removal Contracts: Four Tips to Get What You Pay For

At Mirage Landscaping, we are committed to being completely transparent with our snow removal contracts, but we know that, unfortunately, that’s not the case for every company. Snow removal contracts are often vague and lack detail, which can actually leave you open to liability. It’s important to know what to look for so that you…

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Outdoor Decorating Ideas for the Winter

Winter can be a real drag, which is why we highly recommend making the most of the holiday season. Not only is it an opportunity to spend time with those who matter the most to us, but it’s also a time to get into the fun giving, receiving, and, yes, decorating. Dragging out boxes of…

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When Should I Have My Trees Pruned?

Give Your Trees Some Tender Loving Care

We’re finally getting the fall we deserved in Calgary … in November. But as the old adage goes, it’s better late than never. Although we’re raring to go with our snow removal services, we are also ok with staving off the cold weather for a little while. There’s still plenty we can do for you,…

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What is Xeriscaping and is it Right for You?

What is Xeriscaping and is it Right for You?

Xeriscaping is often also referred to as zero-scaping, or no-scaping, which are clever euphemisms describing the relative lack of watering needed and maintenance involved with a xeriscaped property. There are many who would argue that there is a difference between xeriscaping, zero-scaping, and no-scaping, which has to do with the types of plants used and…

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Retaining Walls are Multi-Functional and Environmentally Friendly

As part of our landscape construction services at Mirage, we build retaining walls. Although we love everything we do, retaining walls are among our favourite projects. Not only do they provide several important functions, they are also attractive, versatile, and environmentally friendly. Calgary properties are (very) often built on a slope. This allows for full…

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Time to Start Thinking About Spring Clean-Up

Schedule Your Fall Clean-Up Now

The leaves have yet to fall in Calgary, which is very nice for all of us. But rest assured, they will start coming down, and cause the big yearly mess we all have to deal with. A thorough fall clean-up is very important for getting your commercial or residential property started off right come spring.…

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Tips for Fall Lawn Care and Watering

Fall lawn care is a mystery to many, as we’re not sure exactly how much care and attention our yards and commercial properties actually need. But before it’s time to shut down your property for the winter with a full fall clean upand the draining of your irrigation, unfortunately you can’t just forget about your…

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What To Do With Your Annuals in the Fall

Extend the Life of Your Annuals into September

We are very lucky in Calgary, as September in the city is usually very nice. This means we can enjoy our yards and gardens for a few more precious weeks. And although perennials are wonderful for their ability to return each and every year, annual flowers have that little extra pizzazz. They are bright, cheerful,…

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Calgary Irrigation Maintenance: Common Underground Sprinkler Mistakes

September is Ideal For Underground Irrigation Installation

At Mirage Landscaping, we are huge proponents of underground irrigation for many reasons. To us, the most important reason for an underground irrigation installation is because of the amount of water they can save. Water is a precious natural resource, and we love the planet more. We know you can achieve green and lush gardens…

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How to Make A Dog-Friendly Yard for Your Best Buddy

How to Make A Dog-Friendly Yard for Your Best Buddy

According to the Calgary Herald, in 2016 there were more than 135,000 dogs in Calgary, and that number has surely risen by now. Calgary is a dog-loving city, and we love to take good care of our furry friends. The City of Calgary plays a part in pet ownership too, with the Responsible Pet Ownership…

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How to Repair Your Lawn and Green Space

Lush, Green and Gorgeous: Lawn Care Tips From the Pros

We have been providing lawn care services in Calgary for three generations now, and take no greater satisfaction than from a perfect expanse of freshly cut, bright green and lush grass. Fostering a yard or commercial property to be its most healthy and, thus, spectacular, is what we do, and we are very good at…

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Which Vegetables Can I Grow in My Calgary Garden?

Community gardens are becoming quite popular in Calgary, and with that many are beginning to realize that there are lots of food-growing opportunities in the city. Even though we have a tough climate, vegetables are also tough, and lots can withstand all our weather has to throw at them. Growing vegetables in Calgary is very…

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The Importance of Top Dressing Before Winter

How to Measure Your Soil Quality

Soil in Calgary naturally has a basic or high pH, which classifies it as alkaline. This is because our soil actually came from the limestone Rocky Mountains, and was brought into the area by melting glaciers. The lime is what makes our soil more alkaline, and the problem with these types of soils is that…

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Care For Your Commercial Property

Seven Ways to Amp up Your Business’s Appearance

We have been taking care of many commercial properties for decades now, and really enjoy watching how our care and attention over the years has allowed plants and green spaces to flourish and thrive. Commercial landscaping requires a different kind of touch, as the design must be accessible, hardy, and able to withstand a lot…

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Practicing Fire Pit Safety to Enjoy Your Backyard

Building a Proper Fire Pit and Regulations For Use

Enjoying conversations, the night sky, and roasted marshmallows around a fire pit is a truly summertime experience for Calgarians. There is really nothing quite like feeling like you’re camping in the middle of a big city, and the time together creates unforgettable memories for family and friends. As Mirage Landscaping has more than three generations…

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Getting Rid of Gophers and Voles

Getting Rid of Gophers and Voles

Given that southeast Calgary is basically prairieland, critters such as gophers and voles are common. Constant community development in this area of the city keeps upsetting colonies, causing them to move and re-establish, and often that means into nearby yards and properties.  Gopher and vole control can be difficult, as often the problem is usually…

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Property Maintenance Bylaws in Calgary

Let’s face it, part of the reason we all like to take good care of our property is not because of us, but because of our neighbours. We all live together in a community, and when we neglect our property, it not only looks bad on us, but on the entire community. Since Mirage Landscaping…

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Free Your Perennials From the Frost

Which Perennials Are Best for Calgary Gardens?

There are a surprising number of pretty perennials that adapt well to city gardens, which add colour, interest, and beauty to your property. But there are some that are better than others. Out three generations of experience gardening in Calgary has given us a solid background in knowing what works best for our climate and…

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Privacy and Functionality With Custom Decks and Fences

Landscaping Services Tips for Creating Your Outdoor Retreat

It’s May long weekend in Calgary next week, which is the city’s “official” start to the spring and summer planting and landscaping season. After the often-tumultuous weather of the Victoria Day holiday (right now the forecast is calling for cooler temperatures and rain) the weather settles down and warms up considerably. If you’re thinking of…

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Specialized Lawn Maintenance Services for Southeast Calgary

At Mirage Landscaping, we have three generations worth of experience providing lawn maintenance services to our clients in southeast Calgary. We mainly serve the communities of: Auburn Bay, Chaparral, Chaparral Valley, Copperfield, Cranston, Douglasdale, Heritage Pointe, Lake Bonavista, Mahogany, McKenzie Lake, Mackenzie Towne, Maple Ridge, New Brighton, Odgen/Lynwood/Millican, Parkland, Riverbend, Sundance, Walden, and Willow Park.…

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Composting for the Amateur

Thinking of Composting? Here’s Why it’s a Great Idea!

All Calgarians have been set up for city-wide composting, which is doing a lot to keep valuable organics out of landfills. The City of Calgary Composting Facilityis the largest of its kind in the country. The facility processes about 145,500 metric tons of residential food and yard waste every year through a six-step, two-month process…

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When Should I Have My Trees Pruned?

Why You Should Hire a Professional Pruner

Although pruning trees and shrubs are not included in our spring clean up and landscape maintenance service, it is a service we provide and are happy to do. We highly recommend hiring a professional pruner, as it is a difficult task that requires expertise. It can be very easy to make a mistake when pruning…

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Save Your Underground Irrigation By Winterizing in the Fall

Schedule Your Underground Sprinkler Service for the Spring Now!

It looks like we’re finally going to see temperatures consistently on the plus side starting next week, and things are going to start melting fast. It won’t be too long until it’s time for your annual underground sprinkler service.  Underground sprinklers are great for saving time, money and water. But they also require regular maintenance…

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How Retaining Walls Can Help Improve Your Yard

Retaining walls are great additions to a yard or business property that perform four functions. First, they add visual appeal, creating interesting levels and tiers to what can be an otherwise be a boring expanse of green. Second, they can help can save a ton of time in landscape maintenance by allowing you to cut…

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Repairing Winter Pet Damage in Your Yard

Surviving the Bitter Cold in Calgary

We have been socked in a bitter cold snap here in Calgary, and it doesn’t seem like we’re going to see the temperatures on the plus side for the rest of the month. People are already tired of the cold, and we’re only going to get more fed up.  One sure-fire way to combat the…

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Calgary Landscaping for the Frugal: Plan Ahead and Save

.Given the lovely, mild winter we have had in Calgary, it’s actually not too early to start thinking about your spring landscaping projects. In fact, getting a head start on planning can actually help you save a lot of money. Mirage has over three decades of experience in the Calgary landscaping business, and we are always working…

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What Does a Mild Winter Mean for Spring?

What Does a Mild Winter Mean for Spring?

So far, so good, for the winter here in Calgary (fingers triple crossed!). In fact, it’s been positively balmy! Aside from our awful October, there’s hardly been any reason to drag out the parka, and snow removal has been at a minimum.  It’s wonderful news for us city denizens after surviving last year’s sub-zero temperatures…

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Professional Commercial Landscaping is a Boon for Your Business

Commercial Property Maintenance Services From Mirage

It’s been a spectacular winter in Calgary so far. We at Mirage have been enjoying the weather along with everyone else, although we must admit to missing being on call for major snowstorms. We love freeing properties from snow and ice and making sure your clients and customers have the best experience possible when visiting…

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Calgary Commercial Snow Removal: Stop Slip and Falls

Save Your Business From Slip and Fall Accidents

In December of last year, it was reported that Albertans slip and fall at three times the rate of those in Ontario. Based on statistics collected by the Canadian Institute for Health Information, it was calculated that the province saw an average of 42.3 hospitalizations per 100,000 people for the five years between 2011 and…

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What’s the Best Kind of Snow Blower for my Property?

Southeast Calgary Commercial Snow Removal Services by Mirage

Mirage Landscaping has been providing professional Calgary commercial snow removal services for three generations. Our family-owned company specializes in snow removal for businesses in these southeast Calgary districts and communities: Auburn Bay, Chaparral, Chaparral Valley, Copperfield, Cranston, Douglasdale, Heritage Pointe, Lake Bonavista, Mahogany, McKenzie Lake, Mackenzie Towne, Maple Ridge, New Brighton, Odgen/Lynwood/Millican, Parkland, Riverbend, Sundance, Walden,…

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Preparing Your Garden Tools and Shed for Winter

Preparing Your Garden Tools and Shed for Winter

Home winter preparation should include several tasks, including having your furnace inspected, turning off the water to outside faucets, sealing air leaks, and cleaning your chimney. But aside from dragging our shovels and snow blowers out of wherever they have been hidden for the summer, a lot of people don’t do anything to prepare their…

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Safe Shovelling! How to Not Break Your Back

Safe Shovelling! How to Not Break Your Back

Getting rid of Calgary’s snowfall is back-breaking work. Last year we saw unprecedented amounts fall on the city, and although we at Mirage love our job as snow removal services professionals, we hope this year won’t be quite as bad. Although we have tons of heavy-duty equipment to help with the big jobs, such as…

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Mulch Extends the Life of Your Calgary Landscaping

Mulch is Your Garden’s Warm Winter Coat

Given our short spring and summer season, plus extremely harsh winters, making things grow in Calgary is very, very hard. Many of us put a lot of time, effort, and money into making our properties look good in this tough climate. At Mirage Landscaping, we are big fans of the benefits of mulch as one…

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Save Your Underground Irrigation By Winterizing in the Fall

It’s Time for Your Fall Irrigation Blow Out

At this time of year we all need to schedule two very important tasks for our properties: a fall clean-up and an irrigation blow out. A good fall clean-up will save you a lot of time and effort in the spring, get your green space started off on the right foot, plus help stave off the…

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Fall is a Great Time to Tackle Your Landscaping Projects

Fall is a Great Time to Tackle Your Landscaping Projects

Mirage is a Calgary landscaping company that works through all four seasons. During the winter we perform snow removal services for commercial and residential clients. In the spring we are busy with clean up services including power raking, aerating and fertilizing. During the summer we are keeping up with mowing and trimming your grass weekly…

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When Should I Have My Trees Pruned?

Common Landscape Design Mistakes We Know Not to Make

Mirage Landscaping is a full-service residential and commercial landscape design and maintenance company. We like to keep in touch with our southeast Calgary clients through our regularly scheduled blog, as well as our Facebook, and Twitter accounts.  We feel like it’s part of our business provide as many tips and tricks as we can on how to maintain…

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How to Repair Your Lawn and Green Space

August Lawn Care Tips From the Pros

It’s been a beautiful summer in Calgary, and we hope you’ve been able to enjoy lots of fun activities in your yard. But the amount of sun (and storms) we’ve had – including hail – combined with foot traffic and pest activity can take a toll on your lawn. It’s easy to start ignoring your…

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Canada Day Fun in the Yard

Canada Day Fun in the Yard

It’s Canada Day weekend, and that means it’s a great time to get outside with your friends and family. After a relatively solid two months of landscape maintenance time, the commercial and residential properties we care for are looking pretty ship-shape. There’s always more we can do, of course, however we are pleased to be…

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Get a Lush, Green Lawn With Maintenance By Mirage

Our last winter was definitely hard on lawns and green spaces around Calgary. The massive amount of snow led to a lot of mould, which, if not cleared away fast enough, killed the grass. Plenty of people are looking at the long-lasting effects of a bad case of snow mould. And since winter came on…

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What to do About Hail Damage to Your Garden or Green Space

What to do About Hail Damage to Your Garden or Green Space

Calgary is well-known for its unbelievable hailstorms, which have caused millions and millions in damages. Some might remember the massive hailstorm of 2012, which pummeled the city in early August and left about $700 million in insured damages behind. There have been many more since. The bulk of those insurance costs came from dents and…

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Your Southeast Calgary Landscaping Experts Build Patios Too!

Your Southeast Calgary Landscaping Experts Build Patios Too!

It’s time to get out and enjoy our backyards again! If you’ve been thinking about adding a patio or sitting space to your property as part of a southeast Calgary landscaping project, the pros at Mirage Landscaping are here to help. For three generations, our family-owned business has been delivering exceptional quality and value to…

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Best Business Landscaping Services in Southeast Calgary

Experience counts for a lot when you’re looking for a reliable commercial landscaping company, and that’s what makes Mirage Landscaping your choice for the best business landscaping services in southeast Calgary. The pros at Mirage have been doing great work at surprisingly affordable prices for three generations. We specialize in maintaining commercial properties in these…

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Professional Spring Irrigation

Why Should I Install Underground Irrigation in Calgary?

We’re all hoping for a nice summer, which we well deserve after the horrible winter we had. In order to make the most of your time outdoors, we highly recommend installing underground irrigation. Calgary has a tendency to be dry during the summer months, and nobody wants to drag around hoses, trying to keep lawns…

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Snow Mould a Major Problem in Calgary

Snow Mould a Major Problem in Calgary

If it’s not one thing, it’s the other when it comes to property maintenance and landscaping in Calgary. We’ve just finished dealing with an epidemic of ice dams, and now lots of us are facing yet another problem. Most of the snow is finally gone, but of course the weather gods can’t let us start…

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Early Spring is the Best Time to Prune in Calgary

Early Spring is the Best Time to Prune in Calgary

There is still a lot of snow on the ground, but hopefully in the very near future we’ll be able to start getting out into our yards and properties to perform some spring clean-up and maintenance. As seasoned Calgary landscaping professionals, we know that this is the ideal time of year to give your trees…

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Calgary’s Best Retaining Walls by Mirage

Retaining walls are attractive additions to a yard or business property that not only add visual appeal, they can save a ton of time in landscape maintenance and a lot of money in water and upkeep. We at Mirage Landscaping have been building and installing retaining walls in Calgary for three generations now, and we…

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Privacy and Functionality With Custom Decks and Fences

Make the Most of Your Property With a New Deck

Thankfully, the days are getting slightly longer and warmer, which means we can start seeing the potential of our property for spring again. Decks rank high on the list of the most popular outdoor home upgrades, so if you’ve been thinking about improving your yard, Mirage Landscaping can help get you started. Mirage Landscaping of…

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Enjoy the Snow With These Fun Winter Projects

Enjoy the Snow With These Fun Winter Projects

Winter may be cold, but it is beautiful. But unfortunately, not enough of us make the effort to get outside to enjoy it. Stop looking longingly out the winter and make the best of the winter months by getting creative with your outdoor space. Bur first, let us take care of your Calgary snow removal…

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Plan Ahead for Your Business

Mirage is Calgary’s Southeast Commercial Snow Removal Specialist

The pros at Mirage Landscaping have been providing exceptional Calgary commercial snow removal services at surprisingly affordable rates for three generations. Our family-owned company specializes in snow removal for these southeast Calgary districts and communities: Auburn Bay, Chaparral, Chaparral Valley, Copperfield, Cranston, Douglasdale, Heritage Pointe, Lake Bonavista, Mahogany, McKenzie Lake, Mackenzie Towne, Maple Ridge, New…

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Calgary Commercial Snow Removal: Stop Slip and Falls

Calgary Commercial Snow Removal: Stop Slip and Falls

Slip and fall hazards are a normality during a Calgary winter, and they can be devastating. The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control says that accidental falls are the leading cause of a nonfatal injury across all ages except from 10 to 24, and that more than 800,000 people a year in the U.S.…

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Making Your Yard or Business Beautiful this Winter

Winterize Your Property to Make the Cold Months Less Painful

Due to our crazy temperature variances combined with immense amounts of green space, property maintenance in Calgary is a hard job. Commercial and residential properties have extensive landscaping needs throughout the year, but a little extra effort in the fall can greatly reduce your chances of an accident in the winter, and improve the likelihood…

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Time to Start Thinking About Spring Clean-Up

Fall Lawn Care Tips and Tricks

As the Calgary days grow a bit shorter and the weather starts to cool, while your grass needs less care than during peak growing months, but it still requires some care and attention. The main reason for fall landscaping is to give your green space the best chance possible of a strong spring growth. As…

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City Bylaws Related to Calgary Landscaping and Property Care

Mirage Landscaping has been providing professional residential and commercial landscaping services in Calgary for three generations. Specializing in servicing the southeast area of the city, we know how to keep your property beautiful and inviting for clients and guests. With several bylaws governing the maintenance of every property – residential and commercial – we adhere…

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Your Southeast Calgary Landscaping Experts Build Patios Too!

Get Outside With These Fun Yard Additions

It’s been a beautiful summer in Calgary and we hope you’ve been enjoying the weather as much as we are. As landscapers, we try to make the most of every nice day, as we know that there’s never any guarantee for next year. That’s why we encourage you to take advantage of the extra time…

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Patchy, Yellow Grass? Here’s How We Fix it.

Patchy, Yellow Grass? Here’s How We Fix it.

After a long, cold winter with a lot of snow, many of us in Calgary are looking at our property with a touch of dismay. Despite the relatively nice weather (remember the amount of rain we had already seen last summer at this time?), some lawns are looking patchy and scraggly, with yellow spots being…

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Six Tips For Using Your Commercial Landscaping to Your Advantage

Six Tips For Using Your Commercial Landscaping to Your Advantage

Commercial landscaping can seem hum-drum to the outsider, as most envision simply mowing acres of grass and sweeping up sidewalks. But we think maintaining commercial properties is one of the most enjoyable – and creative – parts of our business. We like to help design low-maintenance, yet attractive landscapes for the companies we work with…

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Signs of Black Knot Disease and What to Do:

Common Calgary Tree Diseases and What To Do

Trees are so important for helping make Calgary the beautiful city that it is, and we keep a close eye on those that are part of the commercial and personal properties we maintain. We want them to be around as long as possible, and hate to lose any prematurely. Over our three generations of experience…

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How to Attract Bees to Your Calgary Yard

How to Attract Bees to Your Calgary Yard

Everyone knows how important bees are. While the busy little creatures are out flitting from flower to flower they collect and transfer pollen and seeds from bloom to bloom. In doing so, they fertilize each plant. Cross-pollination is said to assist 30 per cent of the globe’s crops and 90 per cent of the world’s…

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Why You Should Consider a Retaining Wall

While a retaining wall can serve a purely decorative purpose, most are built for practical reasons. They are usually found on properties with steep downhill slopes. Over the course of time, erosion can send earth and debris shooting down these slopes, and that can spell big trouble if a house or other valuable element happens…

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Southeast Calgary Commercial Landscaping Services for Your Business

Experience counts for a lot when you’re looking for a reliable southeast Calgary commercial landscaping company, and that’s what makes Mirage Landscaping an excellent choice. The pros at Mirage have been doing great work at surprisingly affordable prices for three generations, and our family-owned company specializes in these southeast Calgary districts and communities: Auburn Bay,…

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Pretty Flowering Shrubs That Thrive in Calgary

Pretty Flowering Shrubs That Thrive in Calgary

Flowering shrubs make beautiful additions to gardens and property landscapes, but choosing the right plants is essential for success in the southern Alberta climate. Not all flowering shrubs grow well in the local environment, and if you want to generate the best and most beautiful results, it’s a good idea to stick to options that…

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Calgary Garden Pests to Watch Out For This Summer

Calgary Garden Pests to Watch Out For This Summer

With the summer gardening season here, it’s time for a refresher on common pests and problems that plague residents of southern Alberta. Keeping these pests in check is one of the keys to enjoying a beautiful garden all summer long. Sock It to Slugs Garden slugs came to North America from Europe, and one of…

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Tips for Reducing Time on Lawn Care

Starting Up Your Underground Irrigation in the Spring

Homeowners with underground irrigation systems need to be very careful about when and how they start things up after a long winter. It’s a fairly common mistake to start underground irrigation systems as soon as temperatures seem warm enough. There’s actually a very precise threshold you should always follow before deciding the time is right…

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Repairing Winter Pet Damage in Your Yard

Repairing Winter Pet Damage in Your Yard

Over the winter, pets tend to migrate to a localized area to take care of business when nature calls. Unfortunately, this can lead to lawn damage. Urine isn’t good for grass, and it can easily lead to yellow spots and dead patches that will need to be repaired. This can happen even if you aren’t…

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Tree and Shrub Care Before Spring

Tree and Shrub Care Before Spring

As seasoned gardening enthusiasts know, some of the most important work you will do for your trees and shrubs should take place before spring even arrives. Calgary landscaping experts agree that late winter or early spring is usually the best time of year to prune branches from large plants. For trees, a good rule of…

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Getting Ready For Calgary Composting

Getting Ready For Calgary Composting

This spring, the City of Calgary is going to be delivering green composting carts to city homeowners. According to city officials, discarded food and yard/garden waste make up more than 50 percent of all garbage coming from residential properties. There’s a common misconception about organic waste: many people think it breaks down relatively quickly once…

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Snow Removal 101 By Mirage Landscaping of Calgary

Snow Removal 101 By Mirage Landscaping of Calgary

It’s been a harsh winter in Calgary so far, and a lot of snow has fallen. We are well into our third month of heavy-duty snow removal throughout southern Alberta. It’s tedious and difficult labour, unless, of course, you decide to give yourself a break. Get the best snow removal in southeast Calgary working for…

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February Turns Snow to Ice in Calgary

February Turns Snow to Ice in Calgary

When it comes to southeast Calgary snow removal, it’s important not to overlook the potential hazards of ice. While it’s true that staying on top of snow removal helps keep ice at bay, the freeze-and-thaw weather cycles that are a common part of southern Alberta winters can pose extra problems. During a thaw phase, snow…

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Professional Snow Removal Means Fewer Slip-and-Falls

Professional Snow Removal Means Fewer Slip-and-Falls

Beyond the injuries they can cause, slip and fall accidents also carry the risk of insurance liability, in both residential and commercial settings. Elderly people are particularly vulnerable to slip and fall accidents, and they can cause serious health complications. Be a good neighbour and a good business owner by taking proactive steps to reduce…

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Five New Year’s Lawn Care Resolutions

Five New Year’s Lawn Care Resolutions

Healthy lawns and well-cared-for exterior property elements go a long way towards elevating your home’s resale value. Making an investment in your home’s curb appeal and taking care of all its outdoor features are proven strategies that pay dividends down the road. With the holiday season fast approaching, here are five New Year’s resolutions you…

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Avoid Shovelling Accidents: Safe Snow Removal Tips

With another Calgary winter in the works, it’s time to review some important tips that will help you avoid accidents while you shovel snow. Choosing the right clothing, tools, and techniques will make the snow removal job safer and easier. Bundle Up to Shovel Show Dressing properly will help keep the elements at bay while…

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Protecting Your Property From Calgary Spring Melts and Freezes

Winter Care for Your Eavestroughs and Gutters

Gutters and eavestroughs can be the sources of major problems if they’re not properly cleaned and maintained before the cold and snowy weather hits. If your eaves and gutters are clogged with debris that prevents water from draining properly, two major problems can occur. First, the trapped debris will mix with draining water, which can…

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Calgary Snow Removal

Commercial Snow Removal Keeps Your Clients and Customers Safe

Winter weather can wreak havoc on Calgary businesses, creating slip and fall hazards outdoors and indoors alike. Snowy, slippery parking lots, sidewalks and walkways can leave you liable for injuries and property damage, and the risks grow when employees and customers track snow and slush inside with them. Lingering moisture can also damage your floors,…

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What a Warm and Dry Winter Means for Your Yard and Garden

How to Prep Your Landscaping and Residence for Winter

Doing some winter landscaping prep work will go a long way towards keeping your lawn and garden elements in good shape over the course of Calgary’s long cold-weather season. Here are some essential tasks you should take care of before the snow hits: A Final Trim and Fertilization The first tip for winter landscaping is…

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Top 6 Calgary Commercial Landscaping Must-Dos for the Fall

Commercial property owners need to make special considerations when it comes time to take care of fall landscaping tasks. As a leading provider of commercial landscaping in southeast Calgary, the Mirage Landscaping team can help you take care of these seven essentials for a very affordable price. Water Your Trees During the early days of…

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Slow Indian Summers Mean More Time in the Yard

We’ve been lucky to have some beautiful Indian summers in Calgary over the past few years. They’re perfect for taking care of some seasonal lawn maintenance tasks while the weather is still nice, including late-summer fertilization that will help you enjoy a beautiful, full green lawn again next year. Indian summer is also perfect for finishing…

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Lawn Care Tips For Home Properties

Tips for Late Summer Lawn Care

Months of sun exposure, foot traffic and pest activity can take a toll on your lawn, and that’s why late summer lawn care in Calgary is so important. A little attention will go a long way towards keeping your grass looking green and healthy for the rest of the season, and it will also give…

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Commercial Landscaping Tips: Handling High-Traffic Areas

Expert commercial landscaping can have a strong impact on the impressions your Calgary customers get when visiting your place of business, and its function goes well beyond that. Careful design and regular maintenance can keep high-traffic areas safer, cleaner and easier to navigate. Eliminate Trip Hazards With Commercial Landscaping Pedestrian safety is one of the…

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Common Garden Pests and How to Get Rid of Them

Common Garden Pests and How to Get Rid of Them

Left unchecked, pests can wreak havoc on lawns, gardens and landscaped elements. In extreme cases, professional remediation is needed to undo the damage and loss of property value they can cause. Garden pests are a common problem when it comes to both residential and commercial landscaping in Calgary, and the Mirage Landscaping team has the advanced…

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Safety Tips for Avoiding a Fire in Your Yard

Safety Tips for Avoiding a Fire in Your Yard

Summer has returned, and people across Calgary are heading outdoors to enjoy the warm weather as much as possible. But with summer weather that tends to be dry, fires can start easily, and quickly. As one of southeast Calgary’s leading landscaping companies, Mirage encourages time spent outdoors. Here are some safety tips for avoiding a…

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How to Repair Your Lawn and Green Space

Calgary Landscaping Tips: How to Repair Your Lawn and Green Space

A lush, full, healthy green lawn boosts your property’s curb appeal, and it’s also good for the environment. Repairing and maintaining your lawn is easy with the right know-how and, of course, a little help from the professionals at Mirage Landscaping, a leading Calgary southeast landscaping company. The Benefits of Fertilizing and Irrigating Your Lawn…

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Creating a Beautiful Commercial Landscape

Commercial Landscaping in Calgary — Mirage Has the Experience

When it comes to commercial landscaping in Calgary, experience makes a major difference, and that’s where the Mirage Landscaping team has an edge. For three generations, the family-run hard-working pros at Mirage Landscaping have been providing businesses and homeowners alike with efficient and expert design and landscaping services. As you can see in our portfolio, we…

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How Fertilizer and Compost Work

Lawn Care Services in Calgary: How Fertilizer and Compost Work

Fertilizer and compost can both be highly effective additions to a healthy lawn, but to extract the greatest possible benefits they must be correctly used and carefully optimized. As leading providers of lawn care in southeast Calgary, the property maintenance pros at Mirage Landscaping are experts when it comes to the best use of these…

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Flood Season is Coming: Keeping Water Out of Your Home or Business

Flood Season is Coming: Keeping Water Out of Your Home or Business

Southern Alberta’s flood season is on the way, and with unpredictable spring conditions posing an increased risk of water damage to homes and properties; homeowners should take proactive preventative steps. It doesn’t take a major flood to cause serious damage; even small amounts of moisture can lead to foundation problems, mould and other issues that can be…

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3 Important Tips for Spring Lawn Care

Top Five Reasons to Choose Mirage Landscaping This Summer

Mirage Landscaping is a leading landscaping company in Calgary, providing homes and businesses with a complete range of seasonal and year-round property maintenance services. We’ll help you keep your property looking great, and that boosts its curb appeal and can even increase its value. Beyond boosting your property’s visual appeal, there are many other great…

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It’s Annual Spring Clean Up and Lawn Care Time!

It’s Annual Spring Clean Up and Lawn Care Time!

At Mirage Landscaping, we’re here to take care of all your annual spring clean up needs. Our complete range of professional landscape design and property maintenance services help you enjoy green lawns, healthy shrubs and trees, and beautiful gardens all summer long. Now that spring has arrived, it’s time to get a jump-start on your…

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Protecting Your Property From Calgary Spring Melts and Freezes

Protecting Your Property From Calgary Spring Melts and Freezes

Nature often plays a cruel game with Calgarians in late winter and early spring, teasing the city with short spells of warmer weather only to give way to the freezing cold once again. This cycle usually repeats itself a few times before the mercury climbs above zero for good, creating some potentially tricky situations for homeowners, like ice…

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Keeping Winter Out of Your Home and Business

Keeping Winter Out of Your Home and Business

Winter is an unpredictable season here in Calgary; one day, the city is shivering under plummeting temperatures and heavy snowfall, and the next, Chinook winds blow in, melting snow and ice and creating a big, sloppy mess. This creates real problems for home and business owners struggling to keep their floors clean and clear. It’s all…

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Are You Healthy Enough to Shovel?

Are You Healthy Enough to Shovel?

Necessity, common courtesy, and Calgary snow management bylaws all dictate that you get out there and shovel or blow shortly after the snow stops accumulating. Some may find that shovelling is not much of a chore but most don’t. First there is that whole bundling up in layers ordeal. Sweating while doing outdoor work in freezing temperatures increases your chances…

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Essential Equipment for Professional Snow Removal Services

Essential Equipment for Professional Snow Removal Services

Mirage Landscaping of Calgary has been in the business of commercial snow removal for over three generations now. We have literally seen everything our regional climate has thrown at the Calgary area and have successfully dealt with all of it. If you are in the market for a snow removal contractor, here are a few important questions to…

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Fascinate Your Child With the Outdoors This Winter

Fascinate Your Child With the Outdoors This Winter

No matter how our winter in southern Alberta unfolds, Mirage Landscaping of Calgary would like to remind all of you parents and grandparents out there that winter is the perfect time for not only making memories with your kids or grandchildren, you can build their love and respect for nature too. If We Get Lots…

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What a Warm and Dry Winter Means for Your Yard and Garden

What a Warm and Dry Winter Means for Your Yard and Garden

We’ve been hearing a lot about El Niño as a major influencer of this winter’s weather outlook, although when it comes to Calgary there is never any guarantee. Broadly speaking, an El Niño pattern means that the jet stream, instead of being one continuous course of high speed air driving Pacific storms over Canada, is split into two…

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Preparing Your Commercial Property for the Winter

Winter is once again coming to the southern Alberta region and Mirage Landscaping of Calgary would like to remind every commercial building owner that you can leverage the extra slip and fall safety that professional snow removal and ice management affords by ensuring your lot and walks are in good repair now. Before the snow flies and…

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Professional Snow Removal Services Help With Crime Reduction

Professional Snow Removal Services Help With Crime Reduction

Professional snow removal services such as those provided by Mirage Landscaping of Calgary can help with both reducing liability and the prevention of winter crime. Whether you are a commercial or residential property owner, professional snow removal services not only make your home or business safer from slip and fall liability lawsuits, they also make it easier for…

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Questions to Ask Your Potential Snow Removal Contractor

Questions to Ask Your Potential Snow Removal Contractor

In the winter of 2013-14, Municipal snow dumps were closed for being near capacity with just the city government’s efforts to keep up, meaning that if you needed snow removed, and not just plowed and piled in private lots, or cleared from adjacent public responsibility areas to yours, it had to be trucked and tipped…

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What To Do With Your Annuals in the Fall

What To Do With Your Annuals in the Fall

It’s always a bit sad to watch our colourful summer blooms start to fade out during the fall, and it can be hard to say a final good-bye. Removing your annual can be a difficult chore, but it’s really not worth wishing that they will magically spring anew next summer. The truth of the matter…

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Mulch Extends the Life of Your Calgary Landscaping

Mulch Extends the Life of Your Calgary Landscaping

If you are an avid gardener in Calgary, you have a lot of time, effort and money invested in making things grow in this tough climate. At Mirage Landscaping we are big fans of mulch as one way of getting your plants and trees through our harsh winters. Think of mulch as a top dressing when it…

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Safe Shovelling! How to Not Break Your Back

Avoid Liability With Professional Snow Removal Services

Though we didn’t have another “Snowtember” like we did in 2014, those of us in Calgary know that it can never be too early to prepare for snow removal. The first snowfall of the season isn’t far away, and Mirage Landscaping of Calgary is just a free quote away. Every winter is different, but a few things…

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Start Your Landscaping Projects in the Fall to Save in the Summer

Start Your Landscaping Projects in the Fall to Save in the Summer

Mirage Landscaping of Calgary has been keeping both residential and commercial properties green for three generations. We are a full service landscaping design, construction, maintenance, and snow removal firm, and we meet every season Calgary throws at us head-on. Fall may mark the end of summer, but it is a great opportunity to get a head start on next…

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Top Ten Fall Landscaping Mistakes Many People Make

Mirage Landscaping of Calgary is your local full service commercial and residential landscaping design, construction, maintenance and snow removal firm. We have three generations worth of experience making sure the results of our hard work this summer make it through to the next. Deferring on fall landscaping tasks means increased chances of winter damage, and…

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Beautiful Fences to Accentuate Your Property

Fall is approaching and winter is creeping close behind, but that doesn’t mean that your commercial and residential landscaping construction projects have to end. We can build a fence just as long as the ground will let us.  Unless the ground freezes hard or the temperatures fall far and long enough to ensure poured concrete…

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The Importance of Top Dressing Before Winter

The Importance of Top Dressing Before Winter

At Mirage Landscaping of Calgary, we have over three generations in the business of helping our clients grow healthy lawns on residential and commercial properties in all areas of the city. We have always emphasized the benefits of a fall fertilization ahead of the sometimes very harsh southern Albertan winter, and if we’ve had a less-than-perfect summer (plus another…

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Why You Should Fertilize in the Fall

Why You Should Fertilize in the Fall

Late summer is the time to turn your attention to preparing your lawn for another unpredictable Calgary winter. Ensure you have your landscaper scheduled for a fall fertilizing and aeration for your best chances at healthy growth in spring. Mirage Landscaping has over three generations of experience serving their residential and business clientele in Calgary.…

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Toxic Plants and Plants That Can Cause Adverse Reactions

Homeowners and businesses have trusted their Calgary landscape needs to Mirage Landscaping for three generations. We are as committed to keeping our clients safe and comfortable in their outdoor spaces as we are to our high standards of customer service and craftsmanship. That’s why we want you to know about a few local plants that…

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Practicing Fire Pit Safety to Enjoy Your Backyard

Practicing Fire Pit Safety to Enjoy Your Backyard

One of the best parts of getting away camping or visiting a cabin for many people is to build a fire outdoors. There is something about a how a fire wards off the gathering chill of night that makes them a highlight. You can capture some of that togetherness in your own backyard with a fire…

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Dealing With Hail Damage to Your Property

Dealing With Hail Damage to Your Property

During the summer the heavens open up periodically to pummel Calgary and area with various sizes of hail. Hail is always another poignant reminder that the weather of the Albertan prairie can turn unusual with little or no warning. It is disheartening, especially if you are a flower or vegetable gardener, to essentially see Mother Nature’s shotgun…

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Keeping Your Landscaping Looking Good in Hot Weather

The name Palliser is familiar to Calgarians, as in Fairmont Palliser Hotel, the Palliser neighbourhood, the Palliser Range, and the Palliser Formation of the Canadian Rockies. John Palliser was a geographer who chronicled “western Canada.” Between 1857-59, Palliser was surveying in our region. When his findings were published a couple of years later, he deemed southern Alberta “unsuitable for farming,” and the area was given the nickname “The Palliser Triangle.” Calgary is…

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Is it a Weed? How to Tell

At Mirage Landscaping of Calgary, most of our clients who are avid gardeners are achingly aware of what a weed is, and are always on the lookout. But the rest, many who may be new property owners, are often left wondering what is a weed and what isn’t. Put simply, a weed is any plant…

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Care For Your Commercial Property

Creating a Beautiful and Functional Commercial Landscape

At Mirage Landscaping of Calgary we know the importance of professional commercial landscaping service as a money and time saver for our commercial clientele. Professional landscaping can also make the difference between driving business to your company rather than a competitor’s. Whether we are talking property clean up, regular lawn maintenance, sprinkler installations, or snow removal in the dead…

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When Should I Have My Trees Pruned?

You may think that “pruning season” has come and gone for your trees and woody shrubs, but that is not necessarily the case. At Mirage Landscaping of Calgary, your local tree experts, and full service commercial and residential full service landscaping design, construction, and maintenance firm, we are in agreement that most pruning should be…

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How to Tell Your Shady and Sunny Zones

Sunny and shady. What two terms could be more self-explanatory than that? At Mirage Landscaping, your one stop source for all of your residential and commercial landscaping needs in Calgary, we know that the difference between the two is vast. Know Your Zones Typically, not very many people spend a nice spring or summer day…

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Protect Your Trees and Shrubs From the Wind

At Mirage Landscaping of Calgary, for over three generations of service to our residential and commercial clients, we have seen many trees and shrubs toppled by wind, snow and severe weather of all kinds. So because we really like trees, we do our best to protect against these circumstances. To keep our commercial and residential clients’…

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Keeping Your Yard Pest-Free for the Summer

With a relatively pleasant spring following a mild winter, Calgary is set for an explosive growth in pests, especially of the insect variety. Mirage Landscaping of Calgary, your full-service residential and commercial landscaping firm, has offered advice on dealing with every manner of backyard pest in previous articles, so we thought we would offer a…

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Working in Warm Temperatures: Watch Yourself in the Sun

It won’t be too much longer before the gloriously hot days of summer make the Calgary winter and spring a distant memory. At Mirage Landscaping of Calgary, your premiere one stop source for commercial or residential full service landscaping design, construction, and maintenance, we too look forward to these days. However, as veterans of innumerable summer days,…

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Commercial Underground Sprinkler Systems Save Money and Labour

If you are a local business owner with green spaces to maintain, consider the benefits of installing an underground sprinkler system. Mirage Landscaping of Calgary has installed countless commercial underground sprinkler systems in the area in our over three generations in the full service landscaping business. For the busy commercial client, where time is literally…

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How Do I Use My Compost? Calgary Landscape Design

Whether you are a commercial or residential client of Mirage Landscaping of Calgary, composting can be set up at your home or business site to provide mulch or soil improvement, and even to make a liquid fertilizer called compost tea.  Do not let our highly variable spring and fall weather, nor the depths of our winters,…

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Must-Haves for Your Commercial Property Landscaping

“Old sayings” become that way because they have the ring of truth to them. “A good first impression is a lasting one,” is just such a saying. Of course, it also has an implied corollary—a bad first impression is a durable one as well. Specializing in commercial caretaking, Mirage Landscaping of Calgary has over three…

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Getting Your Kids Interested in Gardening

At Mirage Landscaping, we have been gardening in Calgary for three generations. In addition to landscape design, construction, and maintenance for our many commercial and residential clients, we install flowerbeds and gardens every growing season. It’s great to watch things grow, and the health benefits from being outside are innumerable. If you have children that you would…

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When Should I Start my Spring Clean-Up

When Should I Start my Spring Clean-Up?

As the days warm up here in Calgary, the urge to get a jump on the spring gardening tasks becomes hard to resist. However, as the nights can still dip below freezing, at Mirage Landscaping of Calgary we know it’s wise to exercise restraint at this time of year. Winter takes a toll on your…

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Is it too Early to Start Gardening?

Is it too Early to Start Gardening?

Mirage Landscaping of Calgary has three generations of experience dealing with everything this climate has to throw at us. There’s a lot you can do to help your garden grow successfully, including waiting until it’s warm enough to plant. The Germination Temperatures of Common Garden Plants According to the almighty almanac, in Calgary, May 23rd is…

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The Importance of Calling Before You Dig

The Importance of Calling Before You Dig

When southern Alberta is reasonably certain to remain unfrozen, we here at Mirage Landscaping of Calgary find ourselves doing a lot of digging. We do a lot of work that requires plenty of shovels, a backhoe and expert manpower accumulated from three generations in the commercial and residential landscaping biz. CALL BEFORE YOU DIG It’s…

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Free Your Perennials From the Frost

Free Your Perennials From the Frost

Though our winter has generally been rather pleasant by Calgary standards, it is not quite over yet either. With the days gradually lengthening, there is a temptation to believe in a “false spring” and begin working the soil far too early.  At Mirage Landscaping of Calgary, our three generations of experience in commercial and personal landscaping…

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Growing Roses in Calgary

Growing Roses in Calgary: Landscaping Tips for the Beginner

Mirage Landscaping has been taking care of personal and commercial properties in Calgary for three generations. Due to the extreme variations in weather we have, it can be very difficult to keep perennials, shrubs and trees as healthy and happy as possible. Fortunately, there are several varieties of pretty bloomers that can survive and tthrive…

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Avoid Over-Salting

Avoid Over-Salting: Commercial Snow Removal in Calgary

Snow removal in Calgary is a tough, messy business, but at Mirage Landscaping we have three generations of experience keeping our clients’ properties clean. We take great care to make the most of the resources available to us, and keeping your property at its best is our priority Hold the Salt Good old sodium chloride,…

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Calgary Landscape Techniques for Flood Prevention

The beginning of winter proper may seem an odd time discuss Calgary area flooding issues as such events happen in the spring and summer, but winter is the time for planning. If you are a Calgarian whose residential or commercial property abuts the Bow or Elbow Rivers, you will have seen some of the hundreds of millions…

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Keep Your Walk Shovelled to Deter Thieves and Avoid Fines

Keep Your Walk Shovelled to Deter Thieves and Avoid Fines

Whether you are a commercial or residential property owner in Calgary, when the snow flies, you have legal responsibility for clearing the stuff from your publicly accessible walks in a timely fashion. At Mirage Landscaping we have over three generations’ worth of experience helping our clients meet their snow removal obligations under Calgary’s Street Bylaw 20M88, Sec. 67. For…

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What is a Chinook? Calgary Weather and Snow Removal

‘Tis an ill wind that blows no good. The above English proverb dates back to before 1550. Clearly, whoever coined the saying had never encountered the Chinook wind, which is a relatively mixed bag as regards good or ill. Mirage Landscaping of Calgary is a full-service landscape design, construction, maintenance, and snow removal firm. We have had over three generations…

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Snow Removal Services

Do I Need to Warm Up My Car in the Winter?

When performing snow removal services for our commercial and private clients around the Calgary area, we are always out really early in the day. It can be hard to leave the confines of our warm trucks on a cold morning, but we lovers of nature we know that idling is harmful to the environment. Gas is…

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Quick Fixes for Poor Drainage

Quick Fixes for Poor Drainage: Mirage Landscaping of Calgary

Mirage Landscaping of Calgary is a full-service landscape design, maintenance, and construction firm. Over the years, we have been involved in a lot of concrete and paving stone jobs as we help people beautify their residential and commercial properties. During the winter, our constant cycles of Chinook-driven thaws followed by more snow and freezing makes low spots in…

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Snow Removal For Your Commercial Property in Calgary

Like Mirage Landscaping of Calgary, you’ll remember last winter as full of big snow days. There was so much snow at points that snow dumps nearest the city were nearly full and threatening to close. During these sorts of seasons, it’s where the quality of your commercial snow removal provider shows itself. No one, not…

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Calgary Home Snow Removal Guidelines and Services From Mirage

Mirage Landscaping, based in Calgary, provides complete, residential and commercial landscaping and snow removal services. Over the past few seasons we have provided tips on safe snow removal and icy travel in our blog, and figure it never hurts to be preemptive. Get prepared for yet another Calgary winter!  Dressing For Winter Success Remember to dress yourself in layers…

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Composting in the Winter

Lots of Calgarians having been composting for years…especially gardeners. Composting produces the best additive for your soil money can buy, and also keeps waste out of landfills. The City of Calgary’s “Green Cart” trial is looking to see how the rest of the city’ population could be served. Residents of Abbeydale, Brentwood, Cougar Ridge and Southwood have been…

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Avoid Snow Mould With a Good Fall Clean-Up

In Calgary, the winter assaults our lawns and trees with all manner of attacks. Be it sun scald, frost damage, premature growth due to sudden thaws, winter is tough on plants. However, the greenery that does thrive here does so because it is hearty. Here at Mirage Landscaping, Calgary’s finest full service residential and commercial…

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Cool and Easy Outdoor Halloween Decorations

Mirage Landscaping of Calgary is a full-service commercial and residential landscaping design, construction and maintenance firm. We always enjoy it when we see our clients, and others, creative about Halloween. What has been fun to see about the increase in outdoor Halloween decorations around Calgary over the years is that there seems to be more of…

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Why Leaves Drop and What Their Job Is

As autumn deepens, more and more leaves are turning colour, and falling to the ground, every day. For most Calgarians, the turn of the season is pretty, and the last display of our amazing plant life before winter takes hold. Mirage Landscaping is a full service commercial and residential landscaping design, construction, and maintenance firm. Fall clean up…

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Stay Safe While Dealing With Downed Trees and Branches

With over three generations of experience serving Calgary as a full service landscaping design, construction, and maintenance firm for our commercial and residential clients, even we haven’t seen anything like the recent “summer snowstorm” that hit as early September. It’s one thing to know that in Alberta we have “historically” had snow in every month save for…

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Underground Irrigation Systems Keep Calgary Lawns and Gardens Healthy With Less Effort and Money

More than Just Draining…Fall Irrigation Maintenance

Before the hard frosts and snow returns to Calgary, if you have a built in underground sprinkler system, it’s time to do one last operational check before draining for winter. Mirage Landscaping is a full-service landscaping design, construction, and maintenance firm for both commercial and residential clients. Sprinkler maintenance is just one step in getting…

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Year-Round Commercial Landscaping Services

At Mirage Landscaping in Calgary, landscape maintenance never stops. Sure, you may spend your autumn and winter dreaming up new projects that we can assist in designing and constructing for you come spring or summer, but the overall care and maintenance of your grounds is our priority year-round! Whether you are a commercial or private…

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Know When to Cover Your Plants

As sad as it is for us at Mirage Landscaping of Calgary to say so, summer is winding down. Though the autumnal equinox is not until September 23, Calgary is more than a kilometere above sea level, and historically sees a first frost by mid-month due to the altitude. Whether that first frost is a “killing…

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Weed Whipping Tips for the Amateur

Calgary Landscape Design: Weed Whipping Tips for the Amateur

At Mirage Landscaping in Calgary, we pride ourselves on the precision and speed that our crews can achieve with their line trimmers. Weed whipping can be a difficult task to attain professional looking results, but our landscape design experts have considerable practice and pay meticulous attention to detail. Here are a few weed whipping tips…

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Weed-Free Stone Patios and Walkways By Mirage Landscaping

Weed-Free Stone Patios and Walkways By Mirage Landscaping in Calgary

Mirage Landscaping has been Calgary’s premier residential and commercial full service landscaping design and maintenance firm for three generations. We know that good landscape construction requires meticulous practises, especially when it comes to creating patios.  Installing a new patio area made from pavers is a painstaking job, requiring a lot of labour and attention to detail. If that…

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Cooling Your Home and Business With Smart Landscaping

Cooling Your Home and Business With Smart Landscaping

In this age of central air and heat, some trustworthy design principles for landscaping have been mostly forgotten. Sure, you’ll still hear architecturally-minded people mentioning having the larger windows of a house face south, for maximum daylight exposure, but what principles govern the other points of the compass, and what, if anything, does the compass have to do with…

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Water-Saving Strategies for Commercial Landscaping Design

Water-Saving Strategies for Commercial Landscaping Design

Especially in light of our flooding problems last year, it may seem strange that water conservation is a very serious goal in Calgary. Even though we have rivers that periodically spill over their banks like our own local version of the Nile does not mean that these waters are an endless resource. As our region…

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The Agony of Ant Infestations 

Lawn Care in Calgary By Mirage: The Agony of Ant Infestations 

Ants. The very word is enough to make some people’s skin crawl. They’re everywhere, and they can not only ruin your barbecue, but they have a habit of ruining your landscaping, too.  Mirage Landscaping have been dealing with lawn care in Calgary for decades, and although they’re a pain, Alberta’s ants aren’t all bad.  Ants…

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Options for Outdoor Lighting

Options for Outdoor Lighting: Calgary’s Mirage Landscaping

Mirage Landscaping of Calgary is a full-service commercial and residential landscaping design, construction, and maintenance firm. We know that your back yard entertaining space is not only a welcome retreat, but also an expression of your taste and personality. In the design phase of either a new construction or a remodel of your backyard, there…

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Regulations for Fencing Your Property

Mirage Landscaping is a full-service, year-round commercial and residential landscaping company with three generations of experience in Calgary.   With all the new builds in this city we do a lot of complete landscape designs for our clients, and often that involves the installation of fences. We have the experience necessary to ensure your fence…

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Make Dead Patches in Your Lawn Disappear

Make Dead Patches in Your Lawn Disappear

General trouble-shooting problems we deal with on behalf of our commercial and residential landscaping clients at Mirage Landscaping in Calgary concern repairing a thin or bald lawn spot. Whether from disease, insect infestation, pet waste damage, a fertilizer hot spot, or other cause, damaged or missing grass can be a very difficult problem to solve. There…

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6 Common Home Landscape Design Errors in Calgary

6 Common Home Landscape Design Errors in Calgary

Mirage Landscaping of Calgary is a full-service residential and commercial landscaping design and maintenance firm. We keep touch through our blog, Facebook, and Twitter, and provide weekly tips on commercial and private landscaping in Calgary’s unforgiving climate. It’s tough to grow anything in this city, but there are common errors that can be avoided to increase…

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Tips for Your Business’s Green Space

Calgary Commercial Landscape Design: Tips for Your Business’s Green Space

Mirage Landscaping of Calgary is a full service residential and commercial landscaping design and maintenance firm. We are committed to excellence in everything we do. Commercial Landscape Design Considerations The bottom line in commercial landscaping is cost effectiveness. Commercial landscaping should be efficient – both for the caretaker and the customer – and also achieve…

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Tips for Reducing Time on Lawn Care

Tips for Reducing Time on Lawn Care: Calgary’s Mirage Landscaping 

Mirage Landscaping of Calgary is your premier commercial and residential landscaping maintenance and design firm in Calgary. We tend to a tremendous variety of properties throughout the city. Green spaces can be beautifully landscaped with interesting features and functions while also being, believe it or not, easy to mow and tend. There are several design…

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Care For Your Commercial Property

Mirage Landscaping in Calgary: Care For Your Commercial Property

When it comes to choosing a commercial landscaping firm in Calgary, you can never be too careful. Some have developed bad habits! As with any employee or supplier, ensure that not only are you contracting with a reputable business or individual, but also one that guarantees professional work and comes with impeccable references. At Mirage Landscaping…

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Best Aboveground Sprinklers

Best Aboveground Sprinklers: Landscaping in Calgary By Mirage

Whether you are a residential homeowner or a commercial property owner, eventually your grass is going to want to drink long and deeply as we progress into summer. Mirage Landscaping in Calgary are experts at installing and maintaining underground sprinkler systems. We believe such systems are your best bet for saving on water, however we…

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Seeding vs. Sodding

Seeding vs. Sodding: Mirage Landscape Design in Calgary

At Mirage Landscaping in Calgary, we have over three generations’ worth of experience in landscape design. We have seeded and sodded both new lawns and ones in need of total rehabilitation as part of our clients’ vision for their “dream yards”. As one of Calgary’s full-service landscaping design and maintenance firms, we have had all manner of commercial and…

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Lawn Care Tips For Home Properties

Lawn Care Tips For Home Properties: Landscape Design in Calgary 

At Mirage Landscaping in Calgary we have over three generations of experience as the city’s premier commercial and residential landscaping design and maintenance firm. We take care of green expanses large and small and have developed techniques to tackle all kinds of lawn mowing problems. Proper procedures combined with decades of experience means we can mow…

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Composting for the Amateur

Composting for the Amateur: Mirage Landscaping in Calgary

For environmentally conscious Calgarians, composting is nothing new. Turning household food waste and lawn trimmings into an excellent, high-quality loam perfect for gardens – what we call compost –spares landfills from filling up with unnecessary waste and provides you with free organic fertilizer. Even if you are not a gardener, however, composting can be beneficial.…

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Commercial Calgary Landscaping By Mirage: Lawn Care Services

As a business owner or manager, outsources services just makes good business sense in many cases. It is very rare that any company does everything in house! Calgary’s Mirage Landscaping specializes in commercial property caretaking, and your business’ routine lawn and garden maintenance is our priority. Do You Need Us? The landscaping of your company’s…

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Types of Shovels For Snow Removal in Calgary

Looking around the neighbourhoods of Calgary, as we do daily, it’s absolutely amazing that there are still many mounds of snow piled up that came from the storms of December. Frankly, it has meant a lot of long days of snow removal for us here at Mirage Landscaping, and we also feel for everyone confronted by the record…

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Winter Retaining Wall Care: Landscape Design in Calgary

Thus far this winter we’ve seen some pretty extreme weather in Calgary. At Mirage Landscaping, your premier landscaping design and snow removal company, we know that this isn’t the time of year you would usually think about your retaining wall, but the winter is when that wall is at its most vulnerable. As you know, our…

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Calgary Commercial Snow Removal: Stop Slip and Falls

Walking Safely in the Winter: Snow Removal Calgary

Unless you want to become a winter recluse or shut-in, eventually you are going to have to get brave and attempt to walk around through Calgary’s ice and snow. Winter trekking need not be a daunting task…it just requires a little forethought that summer living doesn’t. At Mirage Landscaping, Calgary’s most well-known commercial and residential landscaping…

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Calgary Snow Removal: How To Not to Get Stuck in the Winter

At Mirage Landscaping, your full-service landscaping design, maintenance and snow removal company, even with over three generations of service  to our Calgary clients, we haven’t seen many winters kick off like this one. December brought record snowfall amounts and biting cold arctic temperatures we just don’t get every winter. In fact, isolated parts of the…

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Calgary Snow Removal Keeps Clients And Employees Safe

At Mirage Landscaping in Calgary, we work hard to run the premier commercial and residential landscaping design and maintenance firm in the city three seasons of the year, and be your best snow removal company  in the winter.  We run a professional business,  which means we not only carry workers compensation insurance for our employees in…

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Snow Removal in Calgary: Stay Warm When Shovelling!

As Calgarians, we should all be quite familiar with how to dress for outdoor activities here in Alberta. However, whether out of convenience, or through thinking, “It will only be a short time out in the weather,” many of us do not bother to dress correctly for a chore such as snow shovelling. At Mirage Landscaping, …

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Dress Up Your Yard For the Holidays: Landscape Design Calgary

It’s only halfway through December, and you still have time to do some spectacular holiday yard decorating! The following suggestions are simple and economical. At Mirage Landscaping, Calgary’s most trusted landscape design company,  we certainly encourage getting into the spirit! Some holiday lighting tips derived from over three generations  of winter service to our customers include:…

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Get Rid of Ice on Your Sidewalk Easily: Mirage Snow Removal in Calgary

When people here think of outdoor routine winter maintenance, the first thought is usually snow removal. Here at Mirage Landscaping, your premier full service residential and commercial landscaping maintenance firm in Calgary, we can handle all of your snow removal needs. However, there is another unavoidable feature of winter weather that you are pretty much totally responsible…

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Other Options For Shovelling: Commercial Snow Removal in Calgary

Although we have offered several guidelines on how to shovel snow without wrecking your health,  the best tip we can give remains our favourite: Employ Mirage Landscaping  for all of your Calgary commercial and/or residential snow removal needs. For those who insist on doing it themselves, however, there are options other than the ubiquitous shovel that can…

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Safe Calgary Snow Removal: Avoid An Aching Back!

It won’t be long now until many of us are engaged in Calgary’s least favorite winter sport—snow removal. Depending on how many times it snows here this winter, you might wind up feeling as if you’d played the home half of the Flames’ season before you’re through. As you may know, Mirage Landscaping is in…

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Laws For Commercial Property Snow Removal in Calgary

Sooner than you think, you may be looking for snow removal services in Calgary. The time to think about snow removal is before the snow flies in amounts where you will be breaking out a shovel or a blower. Under the legal code of the City of Calgary, specifically Street Bylaw 20M88, as an owner or tenant…

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Benefits of Fall Fertilization: Landscaping in Calgary

If you are serious about lawn care in Calgary, you know the importance of applying fertilizer in the fall to give your grass every advantage in bouncing back in the spring. You aren’t serious about lawn care in Calgary? That’s okay, because here at Mirage Landscaping in Calgary, we can take care of your local…

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Why Drain My Irrigation System? Mirage Landscaping Calgary

After our unusual summer of raining and flooding it’s hard to believe that winter weather is just a couple of months away, more or less. If you are the owner of a residential or commercial underground sprinkler system, it’s soon time to decide whether to drain, or “blowout” your buried irrigation system. Some of you…

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What Are the Best Shrubs for My Calgary Garden?

This posting is the second in our series about plant life suitable for our Calgary area gardens. According to Canadian hardiness zones, our city climate can readily support plant life rated for Zone 2 or 3. This time around, we are going to discuss the somewhat confusing category of plants called “shrubs” (or, to some,…

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Mirage Landscaping Calgary: How Do I Get Rid of Wasps?

There’s nothing worse than trying to enjoy a family barbecue in the backyard during a lovely, long Calgary summer evening only to be disrupted by an angry mob of wasps. The same is true for trying to create a welcome business atmosphere, but employees constantly have to chase out wasps from your store. Wasps seem…

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Is Your Irrigation System Working? Landscaping Calgary

At Mirage Landscaping, Calgary’s commercial and residential landscaping maintenance firm, we have extensive experience  laying out, installing, and maintaining underground sprinkler systems. Most of our largest clients are the owners or managers of corporate and small business properties and we have seen it all over the course of three generations in business. Automating your plant and lawn…

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Why Choose Brick For Your Patio? Mirage Landscaping Calgary

If you are completing new construction, or have decided to raise the level of entertaining elegance in your Calgary area backyard, there’s nothing like a brick patio to enhance the beauty and versatility of your property. Mirage Landscaping  has a number of years experience in installing brick patios of all types. Why Choose Brick? First…

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Landscaping in Calgary: What Are The Planting Zones?

If you are like us here at Mirage Landscaping,  Calgary’s commercial and residential landscaping company, you want to know which plants will best serve to make your home lush and beautiful during the growing season. Alas, as with most things, figuring out which plants thrive the best in Calgary turns out to be a complicated…

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Mirage Landscaping: Calgary’s Best Retaining Walls

As a major full-service landscaping contractor here in Calgary for over three generations, we here at Mirage Landscaping have long offered our clients our ability to construct retaining walls. Whether a two and one half foot enclosed tree or flower planting bed that is easier to mow and trim around, or a massive structure designed to keep…

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Mirage Landscape Construction Calgary – Create a Garden Oasis

Mirage Landscaping is all over Calgary year-round performing jobs for both commercial and residential clients. Landscape construction is our business, and we do everything. We plant trees, install irrigation systems, build retaining walls and simply performing routine lawn maintenance. We treat every job our customers entrust us with as the most important one on our list.…

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Ten Ways to Get Rid of Mosquitoes: Mirage Landscaping

There really is no critter more annoying than the pesky mosquito. At this time of year in Calgary, the moment you step on your lawn you’re likely to see a swarm erupt with every footfall. The abnormally wet spring in this city has left the skeeters more robust than usual, too, and mosquito repellent is…

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Mirage Landscaping of Calgary: Keep Your Grass Green

Hello Calgary! We hope you are all doing well! We have been out there for the last week repairing and fixing after the floods, just like you, and as long-time Calgary citizens, we at Mirage Landscaping would like to say we’re proud of how well our city has reacted. Kudos to all of our customers…

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Calgary Lawn Care: To Bag or Not to Bag?

There’s nothing better than the smell of freshly cut grass, and in June in Calgary the grass grows fast! That fresh aroma comes from the clippings created by mowing, and when it comes to bagging your grass trimmings, some aren’t sure what the ideal approach is. It used to be that the main advice given…

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Commercial Landscape Maintenance: Top 5 FAQs

Not all commercial landscape maintenance contractors are equals. There are five essential questions you should be asking your potential (or current) landscaping contractor to ensure that they can completely fulfill your landscaping needs year round. Question One: Are you fully and currently licensed by the provincial and city governments to provide all of the services you…

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Calgary Commercial Lawn Care: Mirage Delivers

Mirage Landscaping  is committed to individual-looking designs and high standards of customer service. We are a full-service landscaping firm, and we do everything from work with you to create your vision of the ultimate green space to building stone walkways, patios, water features and retaining walls as finishing touches. Every service is completed with dedication…

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Landscaping in Calgary: Deter Unwanted Guests Naturally

We have three generations’ worth of experience in landscaping in Calgary at Mirage,  and every year we see the same few basic problems with pests at the city’s business properties and homes that we service. There are actually a ton of different types of insects, bacteria and fungi that can harm your trees and plants,…

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Top Ten Must-Have Tools for Calgary Landscapers

At Mirage Landscaping,  our crews fan out across Calgary every morning with an array of both power and held-held landscaping tools that allow us to complete your professional landscaping jobs  in a time efficient manner. We also carry essential safety equipment to prevent injuries and downtime, too. Since most Calgary do-it-yourself landscapers don’t have to…

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Calgary Landscape Maintenance: Pruning Tips From the Pros

Pruning your trees, shrubs, and bushes is absolutely imperative for the long-term health and success of the plant. Pruning not only helps “shape” a shrub, perennial or tree into an attractive form, it also assists the plant in producing flowers, fruit and new growth. Pruning also maximizes your return on watering and fertilizer. At Mirage…

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Calgary's Deadliest Landscape Design Mistakes

Calgary’s Deadliest Landscape Design Mistakes

Every year Mirage Landscaping meets some of Calgary’s deadliest serial killers. Fortunately, the humans of our city are safe, however, plants everywhere are under threat and the killing season is just beginning. Whether spotted at a local nursery, DIY store, or scattering seed in their front yards, the “black thumbs” are out there, pursuing, or…

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Calgary Lawn Care: Cures for Your Yellow Grass Woes

Your Calgary area lawn is coming out of its winter dormancy, and you’re noticing yellowish or dead patches that you haven’t seen before. You now have the landscaping equivalent of a detective’s mystery. Unless there is an obvious reason for your yellow patches – for example, your dog tends to gravitate towards that one section…

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Landscape Calgary: How Do I Know if My Trees Are Healthy?

Landscape Calgary: How Do I Know if My Trees Are Healthy?

Trees are beloved by nearly all of us here in Calgary. The trees that grow the best in and around the city ones such as ash, poplar, aspen, birch, elders, lilacs, crabapples and numerous spruce and fir varieties, are also complex living organisms that require a lot of care and attention. Proper planting methods are…

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Landscaping in Calgary: Drainage Solutions

Landscaping in Calgary can be a tough task. No matter how hard you try, it’s certain there will be one or more situations every year that are out of your control and that cause harm to your plants and flowers. From aphids to early frost — the possibilities for a garden disaster are endless. There…

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When is it Safe to Move My Plants Outside?

If you’re new to landscaping in Calgary, or if you’re trying your hand at indoor gardening for the first time, you may be wondering when it’s safe to move your plants from the safe, controlled conditions inside your home to the great outdoors. As a general rule of thumb, outdoor gardening doesn’t really start to…

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Gardening 101: Terms and Techniques

If you’re new to the world of gardening, remember that all good landscapers in Calgary were once beginners too. Gardening can seem daunting to newcomers, but like anything else, the more you practice, the better you’ll get. Before you get started, though, you need to know some basic terms and techniques that help you dig…

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Best Plants for Your Calgary Garden

Best Plants for Your Calgary Garden

Best Plants for Your Calgary Garden An essential part of a successful landscape design in Calgary is choosing the right plants. One of the most important factors to is the way in which our climate affects growing conditions. All of Canada is divided into what horticulturists call “hardiness zones.” These zones take a wide range…

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Tips for Calgary Landscapers: Planning Your 2013 Garden

Even though still it’s winter, it’s never too early to start thinking about what you’re going to do with your garden when the warm weather returns in spring. Experienced Calgary landscapers know that the winter months offer an excellent opportunity to plan your gardens for 2013; you can spend time designing a layout, selecting your…

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Calgary Landscapers: Start Your Outdoor Garden Indoor

If winter has your green thumb itching to get busy, indoor gardening is the perfect outlet for your passion and creativity. Not only does indoor gardening beautify your home, but it also helps Calgary landscapers get a jump start on spring gardening by allowing you to start plants indoors before transferring them outdoors once the…

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New Year Resolution tips from your Calgary Landscape Experts!

The new year is here, and your 2013 resolutions can include a commitment to make your Calgary landscape greener and more eco-friendly. Be prepared when spring comes by making a checklist of new year’s resolutions for your lawn and garden. Here are five ideas to consider: Reduce water consumption: Not only does reducing the amount of…

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Calgary Landscaper Cost Planning Tips

For most homeowners, cost is the number one factor they consider when planning landscaping changes or exterior improvements. While there is no one-size-fits-all plan that works for everyone, there are a few rules of thumb you should use to keep costs under control. The essential starting point is to set an upper limit for your…

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New Home Calgary Landscaping Tips

If you’ve just moved into a new home, or if you’re planning a move to a new home in 2013, you’re starting with a fresh canvas, so to speak, in terms of your lawn and garden. Your first step should be to evaluate every nook and cranny of your property’s exterior to determine its potential.…

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Enjoying your Yard in The Winter [Part 2]

With the right outdoor apparel and a little creativity, you can have just as much fun in your yard during the winter months as you can in the summertime. If you have a young family, you can enjoy all the same winter activities you took part in when you were a kid, from snow forts…

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Enjoying your Yard in The Winter [Part 1]

You don’t have to stop enjoying your yard just because winter has arrived. If you dress for the weather, plan properly, and add the right landscape elements, your yard can provide every bit as much entertainment during the winter as it does in the summer. Winter fire pits are a great way to stay warm…

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Spice up your Calgary Landscaping this Winter

For homeowners in Calgary, landscaping is usually overlooked during the winter months, as frigid temperatures and heavy snowfall make it a low priority for many people. However, if you’re creative, winter offers many unique home landscaping opportunities. Whether you’re aiming for practical strategies that help you limit snowfall accumulation around your home or decorative techniques…

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The Best Ways To Dress Up Your Yard For The Holidays

The Best Ways To Dress Up Your Yard For The Holidays

Cold weather, scarves and sweaters, holiday sales, hot chocolate, Christmas music—you know what that means. Christmas is just around the corner and it’s time to start decorating! Are you drawing a blank on decorating ideas for your yard? Not to worry, the folks at Mirage Landscaping, your Calgary Landscape specialists, have done the planning for…

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Calgary Landscaping Outdoor storage: Which shed is best for you?

Calgary Landscaping Outdoor storage: Which shed is best for you?

An integral part of your whole Calgary landscaping design includes where you will store and protect not only all the gizmos, gadgets, equipment, tools, and materials that help to maintain your pristine property throughout the different seasons, but also all the furniture, flags, decorations, flower pots, and grilling supplies you use throughout the warmer months.…

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Snow Removal Tips: A little or Alot

In Calgary, snow removal comes with the territory. During the winter months, we get constant snowfall, and it’s important that you stay on top of your winter property maintenance to maintain safety and accessibility. While you may be tempted to overlook snow removal if only a light dusting of the white stuff has fallen, you…

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February Turns Snow to Ice in Calgary

Healthy/Safety Snow Removal Tips

While snow removal in Calgary can be a tedious task, it affords you an opportunity to get outside and be active during the winter months. Instead of bemoaning snow removal, Calgary residents can embrace it as a means of getting much-needed exercise at a time of year when many people sequester themselves indoors. When it…

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Top 10 Snow Removal Tips

The air is crisp and the leaves are changing color, fall is here. That means if you live in Calgary, snow removal time is right around the corner! You might not realize it, but shoveling snow is more than just a chore – it’s a workout. Shoveling can put a tremendous amount of stress on…

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Top 7 Safety Tips When Decorating Your Landscape for Halloween

Top 7 Safety Tips When Decorating Your Landscape for Halloween

As Halloween approaches and you decorate the exterior of your home, it’s easy to get lost in the fun and overlook holiday landscaping safety. However, the unfortunate truth is that Halloween decorations can pose serious safety risks if you’re not vigilant. The good news is that best practices for holiday landscaping safety are easy to follow…

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Spring Shrub and Perennial Bed Preparation

Five Handy Tips for Landscape Maintenance This Spring

Another gardening season is upon us and it’s time to prepare for proper landscape maintenance this spring. Before you grab the nearest shovel and start edging, do a quick overall assessment of the lawns and gardens all around the home. This will help you spot things that didn’t fare well over winter, and identify any…

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7 Reasons to Hire a Landscape Maintenance Contractor

7 Reasons to Hire a Landscape Maintenance Contractor

Ah, spring. It comes in with tulips and dandelions and leaves us with snapdragons and lilies. With the fresh smell of flowers in the air, springtime is a gardener’s favorite time of year. But, although we all like to remember the beautiful bursts of color that flowers bring, there are also uninvited guests lurking beneath…

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Tips for Choosing the Best Landscape Maintenance Provider

Tips for Choosing the Best Landscape Maintenance Provider

Grubworms, dandelions and crabgrass – oh my! You’ve already decided that you’re not willing to wage war against these garden pests on your own. You need help. So, you’ve naturally decided to hire a landscaper. But, your landscaping work has already been done. You have retaining walls where you want them and your flower beds…

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5 Signs You Need Commercial Landscape Maintenance

5 Signs You Need Commercial Landscape Maintenance

When you don’t have a large outdoor area to maintain, sometimes it can be difficult to tell whether or not you need commercial landscape maintenance. Maybe you can get by doing the job yourself, or maybe you can hire a small residential-oriented business. But, what if you hire the wrong contractor? Well, that could potentially…

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3 Important Tips for Spring Lawn Care

3 Important Tips for Spring Lawn Care

The warm spring weather is quickly approaching and a new gardening season will soon begin. In order to get a good head start for a beautiful lawn and garden, it’s very important to follow a few essential tips for spring lawn care. The spring season is the best time to get a lawn and garden…

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Commercial Snow Removal Equipment

Commercial Snow Removal Equipment

Some winter seasons are pleasant and mild while others can be cold, harsh and overall difficult to deal with, especially when having to shovel snow from a property. Most people choose to hire commercial snow removal professionals to take care of the work since they are experts in the field, offer a guarantee of good…

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