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Trusted Regina Landscaper explains the many benefits of mulch.

Rapid Lawn Landscaping Solutions Regina is a family owned business that has helped their customers achieve sod quality lawns at less than half the price.They also do conventional seeding and are suppliers of all types of turf grass seed, native grass seed and low maintenance grass seed products...and REGINA' BEST  SNOW REMOVAL SERVICES!  

Rapid Lawn - The EASY and ECONOMICAL way to GROW GRASS

Rapid Lawn Landscape Solutions are your Trusted Regina Turf and Lawn Experts!

Rapid Lawn Landscape Solutions explains the many benefits of mulch

There are many advantages of adding mulch to a garden area, besides making the garden more attractive and finished looking.


These include:

  • One of the best benefits of mulch is its ability to retain moisture in the soil.
  • Organic mulches break down over time and contribute to soil health. This can be very helpful, especially if your soil fertility is poor.
  • Mulch reduces winter injury and helps with weed control.
  • Other garden mulch benefits include protection from erosion and protection from mechanical injury from weed eaters and lawnmowers.
  • Some mulch types, such as cypress, cedar or pinewood chips, do an excellent job of repelling ticks, gnats and fleas.

Organic Versus Inorganic Mulch


Organic mulches are derived from natural materials that decompose over time. As organic mulches decompose, they add nutrients and organic matter to the soil and beneficial microorganisms like nitrifying bacteria and mycorrhizal fungi are enhanced while undesirable pathogens — those that cause plant diseases are inhibited. Increased amounts of organic matter will improve soil tilth and drainage, increase soil moisture retention, reduce soil compaction, and attract earthworms.

Because organic mulches decompose, they need to be replaced.  Depending on the type of mulch used, replacement intervals vary from one to four years.


Inorganic mulches include stones, geotextile mats and landscape fabrics, and plastic mulches. Landscape fabrics and plastic mulches deteriorate with time and eventually require replacement.  Inorganic mulches usually are more tedious to install and may require irrigation because water penetration may be limited.  Some inorganic mulches are designed to reflect the sky to confuse and keep insects from landing on plants.  Many do not have a natural appearance and are often covered by an organic mulch for decorative purposes.

General Tips for Applying Mulches


Do not place mulch directly against plant crowns or tree bases. Mulch placed directly in contact with stems or tree trunks may retain excess moisture around the base of the plant that can favour the development of diseases like crown rot. Mulch piled around plants may also serve as lodging for bark and stem eating rodents.


Mulch applied too thickly can cause problems.  A wood-derived mulch may undergo high-temperature decomposition causing it to dry out.  The mulch may then be colonized by fungi that create water repellent conditions throughout the mulch.  Water is unable to penetrate the mulch and reach the soil and plants fail to receive adequate moisture. Mulching too deeply can also cause the soil to remain continuously wet contributing to root and stem rot problems in addition to depriving plants of needed oxygen. 

Apply a mulch layer no more than 1 to 3 inches thick. Thoroughly water newly installed wood or bark mulches.

Many good quality mulches are stored in large piles that reach high temperatures.  When the mulch is spread or bagged, the high-temperature tolerant microorganisms that inhabit the mulch die as the mulch cools. 

If the mulch is allowed to dry out or remain dry, nuisance fungi can colonize the mulch and create a water-repellent surface.

Add a source of nitrogen to garden soils before applying wood–derived mulches.  Soil microorganisms that decompose organic materials such as wood-based mulches are effective competitors for limited soil nitrogen. This may cause temporary nitrogen deficiencies, especially in annual and perennial plants. Yellowing of leaves often indicates a nitrogen deficiency. Lightly incorporate a source of nitrogen such as blood meal, urea or a high nitrogen lawn fertilizer before applying mulch.

Rapid Lawn Landscape Solutions Ltd. Ltd. know it’s nice to work with a team who can design and execute your project, but who also carries all the landscaping supplies you need to get started.



We carry top-quality products and stand behind what we sell. Come check out our supply of landscaping products

Your One Stop Regina Landscape Supply Shop
Landscape supplies Include:
  • topsoil
  • sand
  • gravel
  • compost
  • fertilizers
  • mulch
  • multiple varieties of rocks and pebbles
  • landscape bricks and stones
Rapid Lawn Landscape Solutions Ltd. is your one-stop Regina landscaping company. We have experience working on several large and small-scale commercial projects. Our equipment and our team are ready to tackle a variety of commercial landscaping jobs from snow removal to hydroseeding and anything in between. We also have access to an extensive network of professionals across Saskatchewan and Canada so give us a call to get your project started.

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

Our 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 Landscaping is a Trusted Regina full service landscape and hydroseeding business that has helped our customers achieve sod quality lawns at a much better price! We also do landscaping, hardscaping and hydroseeding! 







Trusted Regina Boat & Marine Vehicle Dealer Now Offers Dockside Service

At Performance Marine the customer is their #1 Priority.  Performance Marine  has been serving Regina and Southern Saskatchewan for over 20 years, they have one of the strongest records of customer satisfaction in the industry, with the awards to prove it!  Performance Marine are Trusted Regina Boat & Marine Vehicle Dealers


Performance Marine Now Offers Dockside Service

Have mechanical failures caused you to lose the ability to safely operate your boat? No problem, Performance Marine will get you back out on the water in no time! This year is the first year we are offering dock side service. We have outfitted x4 trucks x4 trailers with all the parts and factory required tools necessary to complete any job.

Time is money and sometimes the time saved by bringing the service center right to your boat is worth it. 

This is a great option for owners who don’t spend a lot of time at their boat, as well as those who are simply too busy. Whatever your reasons for wanting a dockside service, the convenience of having your boat maintained and serviced right at the dock means more time for relaxing on the water and less time fixing problems.

The service is free for customers that have factory mercury warranty and for those who do not have warranty they have a flat fee. Performance Marine will also be out at the marinas on the weekends just to offer their services and allow people to test ride accessories such as tubes, paddle boards and more. 

Areas serviced are:  (if your area is not on the list please contact our Service Department and they will do their best to accommodate you.)

If the boat can not be repaired on site our factory trainer tech will tow it back to the dealership for the customer.

 


When you're invested in making sure your watercraft stays in great working order for years to come, you need knowledge and skill you can count on. Our highly trained technicians are dedicated to maintaining and servicing your  Bayliner, Chaparral and Heyday Wakeboat watercraft so you can get the most out of your purchase. 


Performance Marine are boating enthusiasts, and they understand that your priority is getting out on the water.


Performance Marine has the equipment and experience to get your boat in prime shape, whether your goal is fishing, cruising, or tow sports. Give us a call and we'll get you in and out of the shop in an efficient and timely manner, so you can get back to the water activities that you enjoy.

Performance Marine can help you keep your boat in pristine condition! If you have any questions or concerns about getting your boat serviced, feel free to call them at (306) 586-2628  or book your service online.  For more information about how to best maintain your investment and learn more about our available services visit the Performance Marine website!  


Over the years Performance Marine has been able to maintain a knowable long term staff and an incredible customer base with lots of room to grow.   They are Saskatchewan’s only full-service marine facility, complete with a Capsizer 8000TM boat lifting/turning system, a full marine paint booth, and in-house propeller & skeg repair.

Performance Marine a Trusted Regina Boat & Marine Vehicle Dealer. 


Trusted Regina team welcomes Performance Marine as a Trusted Regina Boat and Marine Vehicle Dealer

The Trusted Regina directory community  welcomes yet another amazing new partner to the Regina Directory of excellence in the Regina Auto and Recreational Vehicle category

Our Regina team works for YOU, the public and we work extremely hard to find the Trusted local businesses we feature on the Regina Directory.  We do all the running around and checking on those businesses so YOU don't have to,  the Trusted verification process is intense and we take our job very seriously. 

Let us tell you why Performance Marine is the latest Regina business to be 'Given the Thumbs Up' by the Trusted Regina Directory of Excellence and why we recommend them. 

Performance Marine is a Trusted Regina Boat & Marine Vehicle Dealer.

 




In 1997 Wayne Lorch founded Performance Marine in Regina, bringing Bayliner (the #1-selling leisure boat in the industry) to Saskatchewan, along with Chaparral luxury boats.  Performance Marine quickly became the dealership of choice by following one simple philosophy...  

At Performance Marine the customer is their #1 Priority. 

They believe that nothing is more important than customer satisfaction. 

This approach has earned them the approval from Trusted Regina and several great local and international awards, including:

The Paragon Award for Continued Excellence in Customer Service, 

The Torch Award for Ethics & Integrity 

THREE “Top” 100 Dealer Rankings in North America. 

Also, they have been finalists as Business of the Year with both the Regina Chamber of Commerce Paragon Awards and the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce ABEX Awards.


Performance Marine - A History Of Excellence

In January of 2018, three long term employees were given the opportunity to purchase the business.  James McIntosh, Murray Wilson and Jeff Adams.  Together their plan for the future of Performance Marine is SERVICE while maintaining their customer first philosophy. The dealership not only sells new & used boats it has a full mechanical shop with 4 factory trained mechanics. The only SGI accredited boat body shop in Saskatchewan, thousands of in-stock parts and accessories and they offer short term or long term storage.  Have you been into their showroom lately? It is packed with boats, accessories and happy friendly staff! 

Don't take it from us - read what their happy clients have to say! 


"The entire staff is amazing and friendly. Their annual boat show they put on is absolutely a site to see. Jeff the mechanic was fun to talk too and showed me a lot. I''ll definitely be going back there when my boat needs a tune up." JR Falzetta
" Glad to share my positive experiences here! Our family is in the market for a new family ski boat and have looked around at a few different places. We narrowed our choices down to a few different brands and paid a visit to each dealership. Hands-down our best experience was here... very friendly and knowledgeable staff who were willing to spend lots of time with us to find the right boat. Looking forward to picking up our new Chaparral " Brian Kelley
This year they are also offering dockside boat service for the first time.

Over the years Performance Marine has been able to maintain a knowable long term staff and an incredible customer base with lots of room to grow.   They are Saskatchewan’s only full-service marine facility, complete with a Capsizer 8000TM boat lifting/turning system, a full marine paint booth, and in-house propeller & skeg repair.



The Trusted Regina team is proud to have Performance Marine as a Trusted Regina Boat & Marine Vehicle Dealer



Trusted Tip How to hire a local qualified contractor for your Regina home improvement or renovation project.

As homeowners we all wonder what questions to ask a contractor to avoid a potentially horrible situation.  We have all heard  nightmare stories of home renovations gone wrong but how can anyone be sure this wont happen to them?   At Trusted Regina we believe we can help.  Trusted Regina was formed to help the public find local businesses you can TRUST.  In this article we share some of the ways we research businesses to ensure we have the best local contractors.  Giving you peace of mind knowing you have hired someone you can TRUST to do the job right.  

 

Requesting proof of insurance is one of the first steps in searching for a quality and Trusted Regina contractor.  

Are they Insured ? Any good contractor should carry liability and worker’s compensation Insurance this is something you should always require a contractor to have.

Contractor Liability Insurance

This will protect you if a contractor creates damage to your home, neighboring properties or injury to a third party that may occur during the renovation.  Ask to see a Certificate of Insurance; it should state the name and address of the contractor, the amount of general liability, including coverage for bodily injury and property damage, and the effective and expiry dates of the policy as well as the date of issue of the certificate.  Once you know the contractors liability coverage take it to your Insurance provider to ensure you are fully covered during the renovation as a renovation may require you to increase your coverage for a period of time.   

Workers Compensation

Except for single-person companies, Contractors are required by law to pay WCB premiums on behalf of their employees in the event of a workplace injury. Hiring a contractor that is not in compliance makes YOU the homeowner the project manager and liable for ANY injuries occurred during the renovation. Request a letter of good standing to ensure their premiums are paid up.  

Ask for references 

When anyone applies for a job they are required to provide references.  Why should a contractor be any different!  At Trusted we ask for so many references it's borderline obscene... it is A LOT and we call them all!. We don't anticipate you calling the number we do but we do think it is always a good idea to request references and that you call them.  Typed references or letters of recommendation are ok but a voice and a person are always best. 

There are two types of references you should request.

Client References:

Gaining a list of people who have used there service is extremely helpful and an indication of the amount of jobs they have done.  Asking if they did a good job is not always a good indication of the quality of their work and dedication to customer service.  Dig deeper. here are some suggested questions. - How did you find the contractor? how many jobs have they done for you?  Would you hire them again?  Would you recommend them to a family member? Did they finish the job on time?  Did they charge you the price quoted?  We have the 5 Trusted Guarantees and all of our contractors have to uphold them these are only some of the questions we ask. 

Supplier references

Though not always foolproof, supplier references are very important and help give some insight as to weather or not the contractor pays it's suppliers on time.  Which may in turn help you protect yourself from creditor liabilities.  Builders lien's are something you should know about and try to avoid!.  Here is a great article on how to avoid a builders lien.  

Check their online rating and memberships 

Another way to check and see if a contractor is worth hiring it to check sources like Trusted Regina to see if they have been put through a process of ensuring that they are who they claim to be. This is also are a very strong indicator of a company's commitment to professionalism. You should also search to see if any complaints have been made about them online and how they dealt with those complaints.  From time to time mistakes can happen.  But it is how a company deals with those mistakes that can show a great deal about how they would deal with you.  

Experience, education and certification 

Trade licencing requirements 

A contractor should easily be able to tell you how long they have been in business and have a valid business licence.  Beyond that there are other things you should ask.  Depending on the type of work you want done there are licencing requirements for different trades in Saskatchewan.  Ensuring that each trade has the proper licencing can prevent major issues down the line.  In Saskatchewan there are four compulsory apprenticeship trades. Electrician, Plumber, Refrigeration Mechanic and Sheet Metal Worker. To work in a compulsory apprenticeship trade you must have a journey person certificate or be registered as an apprentice with the SATCC. If one of the trades your contractor has working on your project claims to be a professional in this area ask for their certification. 

Ask for Examples of their work

Most contractors have tons of images of work they have done in the past.  See examples of their work can give you a good indication of the type of work they can do.  We do caution you however that sometimes that though they may be very lovely images you can't always be sure of the quality of the underlying work!

More info...

We hope this article helps you find the right contractor for your renovation project. We always hope you choose one of our Trusted Regina Contractors for any of your projects.   

If you are looking for more information about hiring a contractor we have several other articles that can help steer you in the right direction.




SUP is the fastest growing water sport and our Trusted Regina partner, Fitness Warehouse have board rentals and sales to get you on the water!

Want to try the fastest growing water sport?

Fitness Warehouse offers standup paddleboard rentals for individuals, groups and corporate events. Whether you're a first timer and want to see  what stand-up paddleboarding is all about or an experienced SUPer looking to check out a variety of different boards, Fitness Warehouse's knowledgable staff will set you up with the perfect paddleboard rental for your needs. Also available is their Winter Vacation Package if you wish to have a paddleboard accompany you for the length of your vacation taking away the headache of locating a rental company as well as avoiding highly inflated "tourist" daily rates while on holidays. This package is available in off-season months (October-April). 

Once you try it and fall in love Fitness Warehouse also sells amazing boards!  check them out here!




Their rental fleet consists of many high end inflatable stand-up paddleboards which makes transporting the board to your desired location easy for anyone. Besides the standard 4" boards they also now offer the 6" thick boards which greatly increase a boards rigidity, stability and versatility especially for taller or larger users. They have a selection of all waters boards (all rounders) as well as the popular displacement hull "touring" or "racing" boards. Each board rental comes with a paddle, PFD, pump and board bag.


In Season Rates:

(Inflatable Board + Paddle + PFD + Pump + Travel Bag)

Daily $35

Weekender (pick up Friday after 2pm, drop off Monday AM) $75

Weekly $170

Monthly, Group or Corporate Event  Call


They also have a Winter Vacation Package (to take on your travels)

7 days $125

2 weeks $175

Month $325

Month+ Call

Save time by downloading the waiver and bringing it with you to the shop when you come. For Monthly, Group or Corporate Event rentals, contact them or call (306) 569-3933 today!

Fitness Warehouse is a local family business,- and they are your Trusted Regina Fitness equipment experts.

You can find Fitness Warehouse impressive  showroom on Albert Street , or you can check them out online ( and order too!)  - and we suggest you read what their happy clients had to say in their listing in the Regina Fitness Category . We are proud to GIVE THEM THE THUMBS UP!