Trusted Tips and Resources

Trusted Tips & Resources

Trusted Regina Landscapers Rapid Lawn Landscaping Solutions Share News About Native Grasses in Landscaping


Rapid Lawn Landscape Solutions Ltd. is your Trusted Regina landscaping company. They have helped many customers achieve the yards they have always dreamed of. In their latest Trusted Regina Landscaping Tip, they share some wonderful advice on incorporating native plants and grasses in your landscaping.

Native Plants and Grasses

Native plants and grasses are exactly what their name indicates – plants that have historically grown organically in an area. Because these plants have adapted to regions’ climates for centuries, they’re perfectly suited to growing in your backyard with little help from you.

Selecting Native Plants and Grasses

No matter what type of garden you have, native plants and grases make an excellent addition.

  • Native flowers, trees, shrubs, grasses and groundcovers all create natural habitat and provide food sources for local wildlife. Some examples include: Saskatoon berry, dogwood, willow, sage, wild blue flax, coneflower, crocus, gaillardia, wild columbine, and aster. For a detailed list, contact the Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan.
  • Purchase from a native plant supplier to ensure you receive quality plants that are actually native to the prairies (and not simply horticultural varieties). For a list of all the native plant and seed suppliers in western Canada, visit npss.sk.ca.
  • Before planting exotic species (plants that are not from Saskatchewan), consider if there are native alternatives that provide similar qualities.
  • Do not grow invasive or aggressive plants that have the potential to take over your garden and spread throughout your community. For a list of regulated weeds, visit saskinvasives.ca.
  • If growing fruits or vegetables, choose heritage and heirloom varieties that are rare or endangered. Save seeds to preserve these plants for future generations.

Native plants and grassesNative plants and grasses are great low-water-use plants because they’ve adapted to the soil in which they grow, and their deep root systems are capable of storing water gathered primarily from rainfall.

When designing your landscape for water efficiency, be sure to choose plants that are defined as low water use or drought tolerant for your area.

Choosing native plants can be intimidating, but keep in mind that drought tolerant plants often have a unique leaf structure such as:

  • Fine lacy foliage–reduced leaf surface means less water lost through surface evaporation
  • Thick, succulent or waxy leaves–thick leaves store more moisture
  • Hairy or fuzzy leaves–fine hairs keep moisture trapped at the leaf surface

 

Planting for Success

When planting the seeds to establish native grasses, you’ll need to water the newly planted seeds to prevent the top of the soil from drying out. Even the most drought tolerant grasses require supplemental water until they are established. The smaller the root system, the more water they'll need, but the general rule is one inch of water per week (including rain). Less frequent but deep watering is better for plants than more frequent but light watering because it encourages them to send their roots down deeper into the soil.

When the grass is about an inch tall, you can decrease the frequency and increase the depth of watering.

You can stop adding water once the grass is established and just count on rain to do the watering for you.


Other Considerations:

  • Enjoy an all-season garden by planting tall native grasses, growing trees and shrubs with attractive bark or berries, and adding potted plants to your indoor and outdoor living spaces.
  • Research gardening techniques that incorporate biodiversity and native plants, such as xeriscaping and permaculture.
  • Support biodiversity in your community by getting involved with community gardens and preserving natural areas.

Rapid Lawn Landscape Solutions Ltd. Ltd. is your one-stop Regina landscaping company. They have experience working on several large and small-scale commercial project.

In addition to landscape design, hardscaping and artificial turf, they also do conventional seeding and are suppliers of landscape supply products. They sell all types of turfgrass seed, native grass seed and low maintenance grass seed products.

Their professional Trusted Regina hydroseeding and landscaping team offers innovative re-vegetation, grass seeding, dust control, reclamation, landscaping and erosion control solutions and hydroseeding for all types of residential, commercial, government, industrial and oilfield projects.


Rapid Lawn Landscape Solutions has several tips to help you with your landscaping.


Electric Fireplace Benefits From Trusted Regina Fireplace store Wheatland Fireplace Kitchen & Bath


Wheatland Fireplace, Kitchen & Bath are successful for a reason!  This really is where your outdoor living and indoor fireplace, bathroom & kitchen dreams meet in spectacular surroundings! 

Visit their website or stop by their warm, stunning and friendly Regina showroom! You will feel the warmth and comfort of their amazing selection of fireplaces and more! Wheatland Fireplace Kitchen and Bath are a Trusted Regina Fireplace store.   In their latest tip, they share some great benefits of electric fireplaces! 

Check out their range of electric fireplaces on Wheatland's their website here : 


The Benefits Of An Electric Fireplace

Many homeowners think that installing and maintaining a fireplace is an unaffordable luxury. What if you could get warmth and comfort on a budget? Installation and operation of an electric fireplace cost a fraction of wood-burning and gas alternatives. Read on to find out why an electric fireplace is a  perfect option for your home.

There are two main types of electric fireplaces: plug-in inserts and built-in inserts. Neither of these options requires any certification, and the installation process is typically quick, cheap and easy. 

Plug-in inserts 

These plug into standard outlets and are typically installed into a pre-existing mantel or mounted on a wall. As long as you have an outlet within range of your installation site. If not, an electrician can install one in no time. If you go with a wall mounted option, a handyman can mount it safely.


Built-in inserts.


These can be built into a mantel, an entertainment centre, or the wall. This option can heat a larger area and typically offers a sleeker look but is more expensive. A high-end built-in unit will cost between 800 and 900 dollars, which is still significantly less than wood and gas alternatives. To install a built-in fireplace, you’ll need the help of an electrician. A general contractor can also design a more complex wall unit for your fireplace, which we recommend if you plan on making it the focal point of your room.


Electric Fireplaces are Energy Efficient

Electric fireplaces are also a great way to lower your heating costs through supplemental heating. You can use electric fireplaces to heat specific high-traffic areas of your home without engaging your central heating system. This means come winter, you can turn down your thermostat and instead turn up your fireplace. A built-in model can heat an area of 800 square feet, and only costs between 7 and 13 cents per hour when running.


Low-Maintenance & Safe

One of the best things about an electric model is that they don’t produce soot, ash, or fumes, meaning they don’t require ventilation. This makes them safer and they require significantly less maintenance than real or gas-burning fireplaces. An electric fireplace is also less susceptible to rust and can go a decade without repair. That being said, make sure you have the proper electrical setup and be sure to have it inspected regularly by a seasoned electrician or home inspector.    


If you’re concerned about the safety of fireplaces, an electric model is for you. Electric fireplaces remain cool to the touch, which is great for homes with curious children. They also can be run on a timer, meaning you don’t have to worry about shutting them off before leaving the house. 

Resale Value

What many homeowners don’t realize is that fireplaces are high up on potential buyers’ wish lists. Though most buyers prefer a wood-burning or gas model, a well placed and high-quality electric fireplace is also valuable. Considering the low cost of purchase and installation, there is ample opportunity for a relatively high ROI when your home goes on the market.    

As you can see, electric fireplaces are the best option for anyone who wants to maximize style and savings and minimize  risk. With tons of models on the market, we’re positive you’ll be able to find a stylish option  perfect for your home. If you act fast, you can have your fireplace up and running before the real winter hits.


Check out their listing hereWheatland Fireplace is your Trusted Regina Fireplace store and much much more!


Trusted Regina Community Spreading Christmas cheer

The Trusted Regina team believes giving back is always in style. We are proud members of the Regina business community. We love our city and do what we can to support local events, non profits and to help individuals in need. This Christmas we want to help a local family in need!  If you know a family who could do with help this Christmas ..please read on and nominate them! 

FILLABLE NOMINATION FORM BELOW!

Another AMAZING UPDATE!!  Another story touched Scott at CNG Stone Products who has decided to also sponsor a family himself!  That is family number three we have helped. Thank you so much to CNG Stone Products a Trusted Regina Counter top and Stone provider.   

AMAZING UPDATE!  -  One of the stories that was nominated touched the team at Creek Construction so much that they have decided to sponsor the entire family themselves!  So now we are able to help two families!!  Thank you so much to Creek Construction a Trusted Regina Contractor.  Keep the nominations coming as their stories truly are touching hearts! 

The Trusted Team are donating a $500 Trusted Regina Gift Certificate - that can be used at any of the Trusted Regina Partners featured and promoted on Regina's Best Directory 

 
A big thank you also go's out to Jess and the team at Just For You Day Spa for donating a $100 spa certificate to the recipient family so Mum can have a much needed relax and pamper!!  

Great Canadian Oil Change Regina have donated a gift certificate for a free oil change.

Thank you Dakine Homes for stepping up to sponsor the turkey! 


Full Throttle Furnace & Duct Cleaning has donated a $50 gift certificate to Tony Roma Restaurants & a $50 gift certificate to Boston Pizza Restaurants. Your Trusted Regina Furnace and Duct Cleaning Experts!

Merry Maids of Regina and Whitmore Park Napa Autocare have teamed up to give $100.00 in Grocery gift certificates. Merry Maids is a Trusted Regina Cleaning Service and Whitmore Park Napa Autocare is a Trusted Regina Auto Repair and Service Expert. 

Dusyk & Barlow Insurance Broker Inc. has donated $100 Gift Card for Groceries - Dusyk & Barlow are Trusted Regina Insurance Broker!

Oxford Learning Regina has also donated $25.00 towards food. Oxford Learning are your Trusted Regina Tutors and Educators.

Ideal Journey Weight loss and Wellness are generously donating gift cards to restaurants so the family can enjoy an evening out!  Ideal Journey are your Trusted Regina Weight loss Professionals.

Monte and the team at Rapid Lawn Hydroseeding and Landscaping have stepped up to help and are donating restaurant gift Cards!! Thank you -Rapid - they are Trusted Regina Landscapers

Auto Electric Service are donating $250 gift certificate for auto repairs from their service shop. Auto Electric Services are a Trusted Regina Auto Repair and Service Expert

Complete Clean donated a total home clean for the recipient family! Trusted Regina cleaning Services 

Trusted Regina receives a negative Google review from Trevor

The Trusted Regina directory team really care about the opinions and thoughts of YOU, the Regina public. WE work for you by finding the best locally accountable Regina businesses and promoting them as a community. We do this so you can find trustworthy companies really easily. We are just like you, and we have been burned in the past from disreputable companies who over promised and undelivered, in fact the founder Sara was ripped off and this prompted her to start Trusted!! ( read the story here)  

The internet has really been a game changer for consumers and for businesses. On the positive side it means we can research companies and products much easier BEFORE we contact them, saving us time.....but what if you read reviews that are bias, misinformed or simply not the truth??  We have supported Trusted partners through this process and tried to guide them in how to deal with this sometimes devastating process, it’s something that most local businesses really do fear.

This time it is our turn.....Trevor took the time to leave a review for The Trusted Regina team today, so we wanted to make something positive out of a ‘ negative situation ‘ for the Trusted team. Read his review and our founder Sara Wheelwright’s response  below.    
We truly thank Trevor for allowing us an opportunity to speak about what we do , and hopefully explain that we are indeed the REAL DEAL, also this allows us the opportunity to  use our experience to highlight one of the biggest things local and big businesses are having to deal with!  Words are powerful and we all have a voice online, please be informed, be nice and be wise in how you use that voice. 


Response from Sara 

 Trevor- firstly thanks for sharing your thoughts with us and giving our team a chance to explain to you who we, what we do and why we are set up the way we are. 
Firstly a business does't pay to be Trusted - they qualify to be Trusted after passing a strict verification process ( pass or fail) and signing an annual contract to uphold a specific standard and set of guarantees. We welcome feedback and you can contact us by phone, email or on our many social media pages . We are a local team with offices in Regina and Saskatoon. 


We are not a ' review company ' you are correct - they are 10 a penny all over the web, most reviews online are not verified in any way. In addition evidence and data clearly proves that up to 40% of all reviews are false . Also, we know that many people who review businesses negatively are not interested in solving issues , but just use these review sites to complain. This can really effect local businesses who would otherwise have worked hard to rectify any wrongs they may have done! No one is perfect are they? 

At Trusted - we are unique- the testimonials you see displayed on the feature listings are from real people that we spoke to personally as part of the verification process- we contact 25 previous clients and survey them in person and over the phone. 

( See an example below) 


We work with the businesses over the year - helping them with service questions, sharing info from the public, training them about the internet and social media and supporting their endeavors by promoting them as wonderful local companies that meet our high standards and believe in what we stand for. However who we really work for is YOU - the public. We also mystery shop a random selection of the businesses to check that they are doing a great job when they don't know we are looking! 

If there are issues - We offer a hands on dispute resolution process that determines if the business has broken their contract with Trusted - if we find they have, we give them the opportunity to rectify their mistake - if they do not we remove them from the Trusted website(s) - we speak to both parties on the phone, on email and in person to ensure we know all the facts before making our decision. 

The businesses pay an annual membership fee which is minimal, from that we invest heavily in marketing to promote them as a community. How else do we let people know about our service in the cities we serve?  Also, of course our hardworking local team  are compensated for the countless hours we put into providing the best possible on and offline  experience for the public and the partners. 

If you wish to complain about any Trusted business , you can contact us via any of the ways mentioned above and we will be happy to offer assistance, advice and even mediation if you feel you need it? 
However by just reviewing Trusted negatively, like you have today with out truly knowing who we are and what we do, means you are again solidifying to our team that review sites are not what we ever want to be ...We offer a local service that is specialized, unique , personal , locally focused , accountable and absolutely trustworthy . 

Many thanks again for the opportunity to educate you and any others that may have been feeling the same way. We hope you reconsider you 2 star review of our services, we would love nothing more than to be an asset in your life! 


 Sincerely on behalf of my team and the Trusted Partners across SK . 

Sara Wheelwright , Owner S & E Trusted Online Directories


Trusted Marketing Services Trusted Regina Marketing Agency share 6 tips to get on 1st page of Google locally

The Trusted Marketing Services team have skill sets & real-life experiences that other marketing agencies and social media management companies simply do not share.  The Trusted Marketing Team are not nerds….they are entrepreneurs, networkers and marketers, so If you need affordable website solutions,   Social media management or anything to do with advertising and marketing contact them today.

Trusted Marketing Services are your Trusted Regina Marketing Agency  

6 tips to get on 1st page of Google locally:

 

 

“I want to be on the first page of Google” is now the most common response we get at Trusted when we ask people what they want for their marketing goals, and there seems to be a confusion amongst local Saskatchewan business owners as to how this actually happens, so we thought we’d lay it out in layman’s terms. 

  1. Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of affecting the visibility of a website or a web page in a search engine’s “natural” or un-paid (“organic”) search results.

To be on page 1 of Google for your category of business locally is a great goal, especially as recent stats tell us that over 80% of all click-throughs to websites on Google searches take place on the first page of Google. Not being there means you will miss out on leads, and that means those on the 1st page have a significant competitive advantage. Except how you get on that first page can be tricky, especially if you are in a very competitive category ( Real Estate, Auto Dealers, Mortgage Brokers for example). Here we outline the main points to consider.

 

 

1. You need a website – and it needs to be a good one!

Your website is a TOOL, and it should be out there working for your business 24/ 7. It’s not just about the ‘look’ of the site, it’s about how well it works overall for good SEO – you need to consider the navigation ( how easy is for your visitors to get around and find the important information), the keywords ( if you are a Plumber make sure it is on your website often), include the location ( if you are a Plumber in Regina say so ) , choose appropriate images and have good links ( social links, links to other sites that make sense and links to your site from other sites that make sense)

( contact us at Trusted Marketing Services if you want to discuss your website – or lack of.)

2. You need to have a blog

Content marketing is a phrase you may have heard bandied about; in reality it means writing new, quality, relevant content about your company and your category – ideally in a blog on your website on a regular basis – This just keeps your website up to date in the eyes of Google ( as Google determines who gets ranked where it’s important to impress her and do what she values)

(check out our Saskatchewan marketing blog here )

3. You need to be social

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Linkedin, Google + – pick whats best for your business and build an audience for your content- quality web traffic from your social media to your website is valued by Google and if you are spending all your efforts sending people to your Social media as the final destination you are WRONG – the social should be the tool to help your www. not the other way around! If you don’t take social media seriously and do it well you are really missing out on the chance to connect with your local audience and share your company personality & values.

 

 

 

4. Your overall marketing strategy

Assuming you DO have a strategy? Too many local business separate online and offline marketing and this is a big mistake, in today's world in many categories online is MORE important than offline, as consumers shop and make more buying decisions online than in person. Your website should be your best sales person, it should reflect who you are & what you are doing at all times.

( if you are not sure about your marketing strategy contact us for a consultation )

5. Online local directories

Online local directories are important to Google ( as they layout information in a logical manner) and I predict they will become more so as more and more websites come online locally- Being listed on a good local online directory ( like www.trustedsaskatoon.com and www.trustedregina.com ) will help your Google rankings as it shows you are recognized locally in your category, also if the online directory is well ranked in your category you benefit from that – you can get on the first page of Google by being on their directory; along with the others in your category of course. ( Trusted Directories have many, many other advantages & benefits over your regular local online directories – contact us to find out more). 

 


6. Google products

Google Adwords, Google Plus, YouTube etc..etc.. Buy them, use them – Google likes when you buy INTO their products.

A word of warning ..DO NOT put all your eggs into the Google Adwords basket to get on the 1st page of Google – this is not a smart long-term marketing decision. Google Adwords cost is going to keep rising as more people enter the auction and you can’t all be on the first page…make ORGANIC your priority ( we know customers prefer organic search results too)

At the end of the day, the most important thing is to allocate time and effort into doing the best job you can online. There is no QUICK fix, this is a race…and it’s not a sprint, it’s a never-ending marathon, and you need to keep running and adapting to the ever-changing conditions or you will fall behind and drop off your prospects and existing customers radars. Don’t be tempted into trying to cheat Google by paying companies to create splash pages, buy backlinks or by falsely boosting your social followers' numbers….. you didn’t become successful in business by cutting corners, it’s the same way online.

EXCELLENCE TAKES EFFORT

 

Contact us at Trustedmarketingservices.com today, we are your local and international award-winning Trusted Marketing Agency!