What is the cost to maintain a swimming pool?

What is the actual cost of a swimming pool? Most people love the idea of having a pool in their back yard for those sweltering summer days.  However when you speak to people that have pools they will tell you that it is a ‘novelty’ item and nine times out of ten the ‘novelty’ wears off over time. When considering building a pool or buying a house with a pool remember that a pool is NOT an investment but rather LIABILITY.  There is a only a small number of people who are seeki

Swimming Pools in London Ontario

London Ontario is filled with great community services.  Check out the following links for swimming pools in London Ontario Here you will find all of the links to: Aquafit A Great Low Impact Exercise! Backyard Pool Safety – London On GuardTips for backyard pool safety and information on the London On Guard Card program. Community CPR DayHelp make London a CPR Smart Community! NEW DATES ADDED – FEBRUARY 14/15, 2015 Fees and AdmissionPrices for swimming at indoor and outdoor fa

Healthy Lawn With Less Weeds

Here are some good tips for a healthy lawn with less weeds that will help you get the great looking lawn that will make your neighbours as green as your lawn. Maintain idea mowing height Ideal is between 6-9 cm (2.5-3.5″) Mowing too short will result in short roots and a less drought-resistant lawn.  Longer grass keeps soil cool and prevents wee seeds from germinating.  Cutting too long (over 9-10 cm) will lead to competition and shading within the turf stand. Mowing frequent

Selection of Professional Landscape Contractors

When looking for a professional landscape contractor it’s important to select the right company for the job.  You have worked hard to have a nice home and you want to make sure the professional you choose will take the same amount of pride in their work as you do in your home.  There are some things you should be asking for when deciding on a company. Proof of worker’s compensation insurance – Landscape contractors are required by law to pay WSIB premiums on behalf of their e

The Benefits of Proper Mulching Under Trees

Proper Way of Mulching Under Trees. It is beneficial to mulch under trees, but this needs to be done properly or it will not be healthy for the tree.  The tree needs access to oxygen in the soil though the roots.  Most tree roots grow shallow (12-18 inches below the surface), where they access the oxygen.  If you find the roots are coming up above the ground, it may be due to the soil being compacted (without enough oxygen). This is where mulch comes in.  It nourishes and pro

Pool Gardens

Pool Gardens, and what to consider when planning them. When planning a garden around a pool, it is important to research the right plants due to pool chemicals, humidity levels and intense sunlight surrounding the pool area.  Look for hearty plants that can survive such microclimates, are easy to take care of and still make it look like paradise. Consider plants such as: Backyard Banana Tree Hawaiian Hibiscus Kangaroo Paw Aeonium Rosettes Schefflera Hebe Echeveria Coccinea Bi

Snow and People

Snow and People Over time, people have developed a variety of ways to cope with heavy snowfall, to travel on or through snow, and to stay warm during snowy weather. (Click here for Snow Plowing & Removal Services in London Ontario) Indigenous interactions Many Arctic and Indigenous peoples have depended on snow for their livelihoods for thousands of years. Because of their long association with snow, Indigenous peoples have developed a deep and complex understanding of snow p

Resources for filling in swimming pools

RESOURCES Do you need a permit to fill in a pool? The City of London will ask for permits for building new structures etc. Filling in a pool does NOT require a permit. Here is a link to PERMITS requirements: http://www.london.ca/d.aspx?s=/Construction_and_Building/buildpermit.htm If you want to get a survey done on your property for HYDRO here is the link with information and phone numbers: http://www.hydroone.com/MyHome/StaySafe/Pages/Callbeforeyoudig.aspx If you want to get

How to fill in a swimming pool

This is how the basic inground pool fill looks like: 1) Aprrox. 5 holes will be broken up in the deep end of the pool and 4 in the shallow end. ~ This allows for proper drainage to occur once covered. 2) All vinyl sides and debris will be removed and taken away. 3) All unwanted concrete decks will be broken up and used as a fill in the deep end of the pool ~ Metal Sides: will be cut down to a min of two feet below ground level ~ Concrete Sides: broken up to 2 feet below groun

Considering filling in your pool?

Check out the London Free Press Article featuring SPM Landscape http://www.lfpress.com/2012/12/06/getting-rid-of-the-backyard-pool-is-a-tough-decision-for-many-families-but-lack-of-use-safety-concerns-and-avoiding-expensive-repairs-often-force-their-hands #SwimmingPools #London #howtofillinapool #Maintenance #poolfillin #PoolfillinOntario #LondonFreePress #LondonOntario #Poolremoval #LondonOntarioMoving

Filling in a pool? London Free Press Article

For the Newton family, there was no emotional tie to the pool at their Carling Heights-area home they bought nearly 22 years ago. They bought the home on a cul-de-sac “because we loved the house. We didn’t buy the house for the pool,” Rob Newton says. “It was just a progression in our lives. We were coming to a point where we had to put a lot of money into it for a liner, pump and sand filter. We were getting older and it’s a lot of work to start it in the spring and put it a

Importance of Fall Fertilizer & Overseeding

Fall is in the air! Put away the lawnmowers and prepare our lawns for a long winters nap. By providing your lawn with the proper nutrients you will see a much greener lawn in the spring. The fertilzer makes it way to the roots to maintain and strengthen during harsh climates winter has to offer. At Soilmasters.ca they can provide you with the details and products that best suit your climatized area. #London #Delivery #Wintercare #HamiltonTopsoilGravelMulchDelivery #London

Pool Removal

How to Fill an Inground Pool ~ Pool Removal in Ontario How to Fill an Inground Pool With Dirt Backyard swimming pools are fun and relaxing, but the time and expense of maintaining them can be taxing. If you’ve had enough of your pool and want to get rid of it call S.P.M Landscape to come and professionally fill you pool and give you back your yard. What does it take to fill in a pool see our step by step procedure http://spmlandscape.com/residential/moving_service/swimming-po

Pool By Law in London

To read the full artical click O OFFICE CONSOLIDATION INCLUDING AMENDMENT PS-5-10004 (May 3, 2010) PUBLIC SAFETY By-law PS-5 A by-law to provide for the owners of privately-owned outdoor swimming pools to erect and maintain fences. BY-LAW INDEX Part 1 DEFINITIONS 1.1 Definitions Chief Building Official – defined City – defined Gate – defined Hydro massage pool – defined Maintain – defined Replacement – defined Self-closing device – defined Self-latching device – defined Swimm

Swimming Pool By Law

London has a new by law in effect. For all the details follow the link below: Swimming Pool By Law #SwimmingPools #London #swimmingpoolsinLondon #fencearoundyourpool #howtofillinapool #fillinginaswimmingpool #poolfillin #Londonpoolbylaw #LondonOntario

Pool Removal Process

Check out our link for the process of how to fill in your pool Book now and save $100 http://spmlandscape.com/residential/moving_service/swimming-pool-removal/procedure #poolremovalprocess #London #londonontatiopoolfill #londonontariopoolremovalprocess #pools #LondonOntario #Poolremoval

Pool Removal

Does your pool need work? Are you tired of the maintanance?? Are you thinking of filling in your pool? Call us today and book your pool removal. Most people wait until fall to fill in their pool. Book early and recieve $100 off!!! #ontario #London #poolliners #getridofmypool #Maintenance #poolfillin #LondonOntariopools #LondonOntario #Poolremoval

Tips For Winter Care of Trees and Shrubs

Tips for winter care of trees and shrubs If your plants get salt spray from the road, burlap may help, but wrap them with a double layer, not a single layer. To avoid having to cover your evergreens, don’t plant them near a road that gets salted, or plant salt-tolerant species such as junipers. To help preserve moisture, cover the root area of evergreens and broadleaf evergreens with a three-inch thick layer of leaf or bark mulch. Protect upright evergreen junipers and cedars

Importance of clearing snow

There are many reasons why it is important to maintain your property and ensure that the snow and ice is managed. Many of our service workers will not go on your property if they feel that it is unsafe. For example, mailmen/women will not deliver your mail if the stoops are not cleared of snow and ice. Salt / salt applied often during the winter months will guarantee that your mail will delivered. Another important reason is for the safety of your family, friends and oth

Do you have Maple Trees in your area?? PLEASE READ…..

London and surrounding area are being infected with a fungus known as Tar Spots. The best was to minimize the effect this will have on our trees next year is to clean up as many as we can this fall to help min the spread in the spring. Please read the following artical from the University of Guelph http://www.uoguelph.ca/pdc/Factsheets/Diseases/TarspotMaple.htm #mapletrees #London #mowing #Lawncare #fall #disposal #leaf #Autum #LondonOntario #cleanup #fungus #tarspots #spread