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Disposabag

 

After the back to school rush, it’s time to start thinking about Fall cleaning and preparing your home and yard for winter.

Are you looking for a neat and tidy way to dispose of garden, excavation, or non-hazardous household waste you have around your property? Look no further than Greely Sand & Gravel’s Disposabag service! It’s a fast, efficient, and affordable way for you to get your home or property ready for next season.

The first step in this process is to purchase a Greely Gardening Bag in one of our three convenient sizes: cubic yard, half cubic yard, or quarter cubic yard. You may even have one from an earlier order in the season! This is a great way to use your Greely Gardening Bag after you have emptied it of whatever product you ordered. If you are using a bag that was previously full, ensure that the bag doesn’t have any significant rips or tears that may cause it to open up while being transported.

Fill the bag with whatever waste you may have, as long as it’s garden, excavation, or household waste. Each bag must only contain one type of waste, as each type of waste is disposed of differently. Ensure when you are filling up the bag that it is in a location that can be accessed by our forklift when you are ready to have it picked up. Our forklift requires a minimum of nine feet of clearance to maneuver. Make sure the corner loops are accessible and that you do not fill the bag past the maximum fill line. Once the bag is full, you should be able to close the top of the bag with the attached tarp.

When you are ready, give our office a call or book a pickup of your Disposabag online! We will be glad to remove the bag for you and dispose of the contents. Whenever possible, we recycle construction waste and use garden waste to rehabilitate our quarries. So you can rest assured knowing that your waste is being disposed of in a responsible manner when you use our Disposabag service.

This service is available until the end of October but you can schedule your pick-up any time either online or by calling us at 613-821-3003. Our staff would be happy to help you and are ready to answer any questions you may have about our Disposabags.

Wondering what else you can use that empty Greely Gardening Bag for?

Many people use the bags to store organic material around their property or cover their air conditioners for the winter. If you have another idea for how to use your bag, we would love to hear it! We are passionate about reusing, recycling, and reducing waste in our community.

Fall Topdressing

 

While we continue to enjoy a beautiful summer, it is never too early to start planning for the colder weather. Many people think that lawn care happens in the spring and summer seasons only, but there are some helpful things you can do for your lawn in the fall that will make your lawn look beautiful come next spring. In order to get the full, lush, green grass that you’re looking for, it’s important to topdress your lawn as the temperatures get a little cooler in the later months of the year, before the snow flies.

Topdressing your lawn is the process of adding a thin layer of nutritious content to your grass in order to improve the overall soil quality. Adding this layer provides nutrients to your soil which promotes new growth and strengthens your lawn’s ability to retain moisture. As your grass grows each year, the nutrients in the soil become depleted, so it is key to ensure that you are replenishing them regularly.  In addition, adding this layer can help level out bumps and low spots, allowing your lawn to look thick, even, and rich next spring.

If this sounds like something that might be helpful for you, Greely Sand & Gravel can get you set up for fall topdressing. Greely’s Topdressing Soil is perfect for giving your lawn that little extra boost in September and October. This rich triple-mix blend of topsoil, mushroom compost, and black peat moss will enrich your lawn with the nutrition it needs to thrive.

Greely’s Topdressing Soil is available for pickup at both our south-east end and west-end landscape depots. We also offer two convenient delivery methods: dump truck load (for larger areas) or our Greely Gardening Bags (for smaller areas). Our Greely Gardening Bags come in three sizes and are delivered using a forklift to ensure optimal placement of your bag.

To topdress your lawn, simply apply a thin, even layer of the soil to your grass using a rake, spade, or shovel. It is often helpful to use the back end of your rake to level out the layer of soil evenly across your lawn. The layer of soil should be about ¼” to ½” in depth. Beware of spreading the soil too thickly, as you don’t want to choke out your grass. Continue to work the soil into your lawn with a garden tool until the existing grass pokes through and the soil is evenly spread. To allow the soil to permeate, give it a light watering after spreading and continue to water daily if the weather is dry. This process can be done annually in the spring and fall to yield the best results.

If you plan to topdress your lawn this fall, give us a call today at 613-821-3003 or visit our online store to place an order for soil delivery. Give yourself the peace of mind, knowing that your soil will arrive on time for your fall topdressing. Our team will be happy to deliver your soil exactly when and where you need it!

Playground Mulch

 

You are ready to take the leap and install a play structure in your backyard – exciting! When it comes to our kids and their surroundings, safety is always a top priority. So ensuring that your new play structure is on a firm and kid-friendly base is key. Before you get your play structure up and running, Greely Sand and Gravel has all the options you need to create the perfect area for your little ones to adventure!

There are three main options when it comes to products used in playgrounds and Greely Sand and Gravel offers all of them.

Playground Sand

Playground Sand is the most commonly used product for playgrounds. Soft and fine in texture, playground sand is a popular option and has undergone an impact surface test to ensure that it is safe for children.

Playground Stone

Playground Stone is composed of small, round stones (5/16” – ⅜” in size) that have undergone impact testing to ensure the safety of the playground’s users. The stone moves when stepped or jumped on in order to reduce the impact, making it a safe option for a playground project.

Playground Mulch

Our third option, playground mulch, comes highly recommended by staff and customers alike. Greely’s Adventure Playground Mulch is a fibrous mulch that is soft and tested for cushionability and accessibility. This mulch has gone through rigorous testing that ensures a soft yet stable foundation for your playground. Our Adventure Playground Mulch is certified by the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA), making it an excellent choice for your play structure base. The advantages of this product over sand and stone are increased accessibility (due to excellent compaction) and injury prevention (surface remains soft and cushioned).

You can use our cubic yard calculator (found on every product page on our website) to determine how many cubic yards of mulch you will need. We recommend installing your mulch at least 12” in depth, compacting the mulch in layers, in order to achieve maximum safety and stability. When you have determined how much mulch you need, you can place your order for delivery either online or over the phone and select the delivery method you prefer (dump truckload or Greely Gardening Bag).

To install this mulch, it is important that the area is contained and has been dug to a depth of at least 12”. Once your area is excavated, and you’ve ensured there are no rocks, roots, or stumps approaching the surface, we recommend covering the ground below with a geotextile cloth to prevent the mulch from working its way down into the subsoil. You are now ready to fill the area with Adventure Playground Mulch. It is very important to install the mulch in 4” increments, raking, leveling, and thoroughly compacting each layer. Continue this process until your desired depth is achieved, and then ensure your mulch is leveled off. Your playground base is now ready for use!

At Greely Sand and Gravel, we strive to offer the very best quality products to provide your children with a safe and fun area in which to play. Adventure Playground Mulch is a perfect choice, combining safety, durability, longevity, and aesthetic appeal. If you would like to learn more about this product or our other options for playgrounds, please do not hesitate to reach out to one of our knowledgeable team members. You can get in touch with us today at 613-821-3003!

Creating a Patio Base

 

We’ve all been spending more time at home lately, so why not create a beautiful outdoor living space? An inviting patio can add significantly to the value and curb appeal of your home, and provides a comfortable and easy to maintain place to catch some sunshine and fresh air. With the price of lumber skyrocketing over the past year, you may want to consider a patio for your outdoor space as an alternative to a traditional deck. Stone patios are highly customizable and can be created to your exact specifications.

The most common way to install a patio is to dig an area at least 6” deep, fill the space with ⅞” crushed stone, and level off the top with stonedust. Greely Sand & Gravel offers both of these products that time and time again provide a solid foundation for a patio, making them a customer favourite! As you add gravel to the space, tamp and level every two to three inches to compact the material. Once all the gravel is spread, tamped, and leveled, spread the stonedust on top to create a 1” thick layer across the whole area.

Another option for the top layer is concrete sand, which allows for easier levelling and better drainage when compared with the traditional stonedust. However, either product will achieve the desired result.

Alternatively, a product that has gained a lot of attention in recent years is Premium Bedding Stone, also known as High Performance Bedding Stone. This stone performs the same function as crushed stone and stonedust, but in one convenient product! When contained by edging material or by an excavated space, the particles in Premium Bedding Stone provide a very rigid and stable surface on which you can place your interlock stone.  Additionally, Premium Bedding Stone offers the ease of installation and drains water very effectively, wicking water away. Because this method requires only one product, it may be a good option for those looking for an efficient, simple way to create a patio base in an enclosed area.

When you have your level, compacted base in place, it is time to lay your patio stones! This is where your creativity and personal preference can play a huge role. There are so many different options on the market when it comes to colour, size, and shape of patio stones. Greely Sand & Gravel offers several timeless options that will help you create a patio that is both durable and aesthetically pleasing.

Once this work is complete and you’ve laid your patio stones, we recommend filling in the joints (empty spaces between the stones) with polymeric sand. Polymeric sand is a specially formulated mixture of sand and high-performance polymer. This product can be used for joints up to 4” in width. In addition to providing a stable joint between your patio stones, this product also reduces weed growth, the formation of ant hills, and prevents erosion. We offer this product in two colours: beige or grey. Simply spread and sweep the sand into the joints of your patio stones and wash over with a hose in order to fill the joints. Be sure to watch the installation video for optimal performance. Once this is done and allowed to dry, your patio will be ready to use!

You can pick up any of the products mentioned above at our convenient landscape depots, or have them delivered to your house by dump truck load or in a Greely Gardening Bag. Our Greely Gardening Bags now come in three sizes – Full Yard, Half Yard, and Quarter Yard – so you can order the exact amount needed for your project. If you have more questions about the products, feel free to visit our online store or give us a call at 613-821-3003 to talk to one of our qualified team members.

Crushed Stone & Clear Stone

 

While it may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about landscaping, gravel is an essential element in many different projects! From providing drainage away from your home or deck to creating a solid base for your shed or hot tub, gravel is essential. This particular type of stone comes in many sizes and varieties and can go by several different names. Read on to discover what types of gravel we offer and what you need to make your project a success.

The grey, angular stone commonly called gravel is usually limestone that has been crushed to achieve a desired size.

Crushed Stone is gravel that includes pieces of all sizes usually from ⅞” all the way down to stone dust. The pieces are all mixed together, allowing them to compact together, creating a strong and stable surface. Crushed stone is also known as Granular A and is used as a base for sheds and hot tubs, to create and maintain gravel driveways and paths, and as a base for interlock patios.

When crushed stone is being used as a base for a structure, we recommend digging to a depth of at least 6” in the area needing to be covered. Fill the area with crushed stone, stopping every few inches to tamp, compact, and level the surface until you reach your desired height. This will create a level, stable surface for your project. When working in a larger area, you may want to consider renting equipment to help spread, compact, and level the gravel.

Clear Stone is the same product as crushed stone, but it has been put through a sieve to separate the rocks by size. We offer both a ⅜” and a ¾” size for clear stone. Since the pieces are uniform in size, clear stone allows water to drain through it. This makes it the perfect product for putting under a deck or filling low spaces to ensure that water drains away from structures such as homes, sheds, or barns. Clear stone is also the product most commonly used for creating a french drain and for filling window wells.

When installing clear stone, dig and excavate approximately 3” into the ground and fill the area with your desired size of clear stone. To calculate how much you need, use our cubic yard calculator found on any of the product pages of our website. Both crushed stone and clear stone can be delivered by Greely’s Gardening Bag or dump truck load. As this is a very heavy product, the convenience of having it delivered in a Greely’s Gardening Bag might be preferable, particularly for smaller projects. Our Gardening Bags come in three convenient sizes and are delivered and placed using a forklift, meaning that we can place the bag exactly where you need it in most cases!

To learn more about our crushed stone and clear stone or to place an order, visit our online store or call 613-821-3003 to speak to one of our knowledgeable team members.

Riverstone

 

When we think of “landscaping” our minds often go right to gardens, plants, and flowerbeds. But rocks and stones can add just as much of a visual effect on your property when applied in the right way! One of the most popular products we sell at Greely Sand & Gravel is our Riverwash Stone, a perfect option for taking your landscaping project to the next level. Riverwash Stone is a mix of small, smooth, lightly coloured stones, and is available in four different size categories. These stones can be used to create stunning walkways, accent an inground pool, transform areas where grass struggles to grow, or craft the perfect low-maintenance rock garden.

Choosing the Right Size of Riverwash Stone

In order to allow our customers the most options when it comes to customizing their project, our Riverwash Stone comes in the following size categories:

  • ⅜” – ⅝”
  • ⅞” – 1”
  • ½” – 2”
  • 2” – 5”

A smaller size is ideal for areas that will be used for walking or under lawn furniture, planters, or garden boxes. The smaller the stone, the more easily it will settle when applied, creating a more firm and stable surface when compared to a larger stone size.

Larger stones can create a stunning visual effect when used as a border around a pool area, or between two properties, or in a rock garden. Riverwash stone allows for good drainage in areas that tend to be wet and require little to no maintenance to keep them looking neat, tidy, and beautiful. When wet, the natural colours of the stone become vibrant and add another dimension to the look created.

Installing Riverwash Stone

Once you have decided on the size of stone you require, you can use our cubic yard calculator (found on every product page on our website) to determine how many cubic yards of stone you will need. Then, you can place your order for delivery either online or over the phone and select the delivery method you prefer (dump truck load or Greely Gardening Bag).

Before spreading the stone in the area you wish to cover, dig about 3” – 6” of soil out of the entire space and cover the ground below with a geotextile cloth to prevent weeds from growing up through your stones. We offer several high quality options for geotextile cloth, including ones that are grey in colour, so they can blend in with the stone. We recommend spreading at least a 3” layer of stone across the entire area to achieve sufficient coverage and maximize the visual effect. Keep in mind that the larger the stone, the thicker you will need to spread it. When you are finished spreading the stone, be sure to rinse it with your garden hose to remove any dust and dirt, and to bring out the natural colours.

Riverwash Stone can also be used in window wells and is a popular favourite for windows with high visibility. Riverwash Stone provides the same level of drainage as clear stone (gravel) but offers much more visual appeal.

If you have questions about our locally sourced Riverwash Stone or are ready to place an order, please give us a call at 613-821-3003 or visit our online store. We are always ready to help you make your landscaping dream a reality!

Starting a New Lawn

 

Spring is in full swing and summer weather is just around the corner. If you are anticipating spending a lot of time outside this summer, why not make this the year to invest in a brand new lawn? Whether your home is a new build or your current lawn is in need of an upgrade, Greely Sand & Gravel has the products and service you need to create a picture-perfect lawn.

Choosing Between Seed or Sod

When creating a brand new lawn from scratch, there are two options: you can start a lawn from seed or install sod. Seeding your lawn is the process of spreading seeds on freshly laid out and graded soil. While this can be done any time of year, it is more advantageous to seed your lawn in the spring or fall, when the nights are cooler in temperature. Installing sod consists of laying and joining rolls of sod on freshly laid out and graded soil. Sodding your lawn can be done any time of year, but it’s important to be prepared to water your sod thoroughly after installation. While sod is typically the more expensive option, this method allows you to have a beautiful, mature lawn in a short period of time, as opposed to allowing time for seeds to germinate and grow.

How deep should my soil be?

For grass to grow well from either seed or sod, the screened topsoil should be at least four to six inches in depth. This will give ample depth for the seeds and sod to attach themselves to the soil and begin deep growth.

How to Seed

Once you have spread screened topsoil in your area to a depth of between four and six inches, grade the soil to fill any low spots and to ensure a nice, even base. Additionally, be sure to grade your soil away from any buildings, such as your house, for drainage purposes. Once your soil is laid out and graded, spread the seed at a consistent rate across your area, using either your hands (for smaller areas) or a spreader (for larger areas). Once this is done, we recommend rolling over the soil with a lawn roller. Once you’ve completed these steps, be sure to water the area thoroughly, at least three or four times a day, especially when it is sunny. 

How to Install Sod

Similar to seeding your lawn, screened topsoil should first be spread to a depth of four to six inches, graded, and compacted to be as level as possible. Before installing the rolls of sod, spread water over the surface of the soil. Begin laying the rolls of sod along a straight line. Ensure there are no gaps between the rolls of sod. If needed, because of a slope, use stakes to pin the sod in place so that it does not move. Wherever necessary, trim the edges of the sod with a knife in order to make clean, straight lines at the edges of your lawn. Once all of your sod is installed, level it with a lawn roller in order to ensure the lawn is flat and that there are no air pockets underneath the sod. Then, water the sod thoroughly, preferably using a sprinkler. Especially if you are attempting to grow sod in hot and dry conditions, this last step is the most important in order to keep your sod growing and to allow the roots to attach to the soil beneath. Make sure to install your sod within 24 hours of delivery, to keep the grass alive and healthy.

Having trouble deciding which new lawn method is right for you? Feel free to consult our website or to give us a call at 613-821-3003 today. Our knowledgeable staff would be happy to assist you!

Topdressing Your Lawn

 

When it comes to maintaining your lawn, there is lots you can do as a homeowner to encourage thick, healthy grass growth! One of the best strategies is to regularly topdress your lawn. Topdressing is simply adding a light layer of soil over your existing grass to both add nourishment and to allow for overseeding. Ideal soil for topdressing includes a compost element which is rich in nutrients. Greely’s Topdressing Soil™ has been a customer-favourite for decades and is the perfect choice for anyone looking to topdress their lawn. With its trusted triple mix recipe and organic certification, Greely’s Topdressing Soil™ is a high quality product that can be delivered right to your door by dump truck load or by garden bag. Once you’ve ordered your soil, simply follow the steps below to topdress your lawn.

Preparing Your Lawn for Topdressing

Before you start spreading your topdressing soil, it is important to clear your lawn of any debris (sticks, stones, etc.), and cut your grass as short as possible without pulling it up from the ground. It may be helpful at this stage to rake or aerate your lawn to allow maximum mixture of the new and existing soils and ensure absorption of the added nutrients.

Adding the Topdressing Soil

Once your lawn is prepared for topdressing, simply sprinkle Greely’s Topdressing Soil™ using a shovel and a sweeping motion. The topdressing soil should not be dumped or piled on the lawn, rather it should fall gently between the blades of grass. Topdressing should add a thin layer of soil to your lawn, no more than ½” in depth. Try as much as possible to spread the soil evenly through the grass.

Ensuring Maximum Benefit

If you plan to overseed, sprinkle the grass seed over the newly added soil and then lightly sprinkle a touch more topdressing soil over the grass seed just to cover it.  If you require grass seed, Greely Sand & Gravel can deliver premium seed along with your soil for no extra delivery charge!  Make sure to water the lawn regularly to ensure maximum growth.  Remember, spring and early fall are both great times of year to topdress your lawn.

Following these steps with Greely’s Topdressing Soil™ will make your lawn look healthy and full. For more information, visit our product pages on our website or give us a call today 613-821-3003!

Preparing your Garden

 

The sun is shining, the snow is melting, and gardening season is just around the corner! Early spring is the perfect time to start thinking about preparing your garden for planting. Whether it’s a new garden that you are looking forward to building or an existing garden that needs some TLC, Greely Sand & Gravel is here to help with quality products and industry expertise!

Reviving an Existing Garden

If you already have a garden on your property, you are well on your way to beautiful flowers, tasty vegetables, or whatever else you’re planning to grow. However, over the years, soil can become dry and hard and you may notice your seeds struggling to germinate and thrive. This problem can be greatly alleviated by adding either mushroom compost or Greely’s Topdressing Soil to your existing garden. Mushroom compost contains high levels of organic matter, which is key to providing your plants with the nutrients they need to grow. Greely’s Topdressing Soil is a triple mix containing screened topsoil for structure, mushroom compost for nutrients, and black peat to help with moisture retention. Be careful when adding pure mushroom compost to your garden as it is quite acidic and can be tough on plants if it is not used sparingly and mixed well into the existing soil. To avoid this issue, we recommend using our pre-mixed Greely’s Topdressing Soil.

Starting a New Garden

If this is the year you finally decided to add a garden to your property, you’ve come to the right place! A flower garden can add natural beauty while a vegetable garden is a great way to spend time outdoors and enhance your meals with homegrown goodness. When starting a new garden, we recommend digging down about 12 inches in the entire space you plan to use. For any type of garden, we always recommend our Greely’s Topdressing Soil. This pre-blended triple mix gives you structure, nutrients, and moisture retention, making it ideal for all plants. It is also certified organic to give you peace of mind when it comes to planting fruits and vegetables.

This year, we are proud to announce that we are offering hand-built garden boxes, perfect for smaller properties where you may not have the space for a full garden. Also new are the bundles of organic veggie seeds and organic herb seeds.  Simply fill your garden box with Greely’s Topdressing Soil and you are ready to plant your organic seeds!

The ideal time to plant outdoors is after the final frost of the winter. This typically falls around the end of May. However, you can begin preparing your garden as soon as the ground is no longer frozen, so don’t put off ordering your soil! To find out more about our soils, organic seeds, garden boxes, and many other products, give us a call today at 613-821-3003!

The Benefits of Mulch

 

Does mulch offer new life to your flowerbeds? Does mulch keep the weeds at bay? Does mulch protect your soil from erosion and increase moisture retention? The answer to all these questions is: YES. Mulch is a wonderful addition to any garden or flowerbed and offers both aesthetic appeal, weed control, and other great benefits for your plants!

What is Mulch?

Mulch comes in many shapes and colours and can be made from a variety of materials. Most mulches are composed of shredded or chipped wood that can be dyed to provide a range of colour choices. Greely Sand & Gravel offers eleven different types of mulch, allowing our customers to create exactly the look they want for their garden or flowerbed. Our mulches are made from pine and cedar trees, and have the lowest carbon footprint when compared to other types of mulch. Pine and Cedar mulch are also sustainable since they are produced using by-products from sawmills and forestry operations.

What are the Benefits of Mulch?

Mulch adds visual appeal to your garden or flowerbed. If you love vibrant flowers, why not accent them by adding a black mulch that allows the colours to stand out? Lightly coloured mulches can also highlight details of your home’s exterior, and make a great base for a decorative boulder.

However, the benefits of using mulch go deeper than aesthetics! Mulch is a safe and natural product that can be used to stunt the growth of weeds by limiting their exposure to sunlight. The fibrous nature of mulch allows it to retain moisture that is then slowly absorbed by plants, providing necessary hydration. Lastly, mulch protects your soil from erosion, helping to ensure that your garden or flowerbed stays intact.

How do I apply mulch to my garden?

Once you have received your delivery of mulch, simply use a shovel to evenly distribute the mulch over your soil. Mulch should be applied after you have planted your plants and once your seeds have germinated and sprouted, so as not to stunt their growth. We recommend a layer of at least three inches for a new application of mulch. In order to keep the colour of your mulch bold and vibrant, consider reapplying a one inch layer of new mulch every year or every other year.

What about the dye used to colour mulch? Is it safe?

All of our enhanced mulches are coloured using biodegradable dyes that are considered to be safe for the environment. This also means that our mulches are not harmful for plants or pets. If you prefer a mulch that has not been dyed, we recommend our Composted Pine Mulch. This product is rich in organics and retains moisture longer than other mulches. As it continues to decompose over time it slowly releases nutrients back into the soil, conditioning it and encouraging healthy plant growth.

How do I know which mulch I should use for my project?

When it comes to mulch, the choice largely depends on personal preference! Which colour best accentuates your plants and the exterior of your home? Do you prefer the rich aroma of cedar or the more subtle scent of pine? The choice is yours! If you need more help deciding or would like to learn more about the benefits of a specific type of mulch, please call our office at 613-821-3003 – our knowledgeable team would be happy to assist you!

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