Capers West Landscaping Ltd. truly got its roots when I started my first landscaping job in rural Cape Breton when I was 15. After graduating from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College with a Landscape Horticulture diploma, I moved to Calgary. Here I began a career in the landscaping sector.
For the first three years I worked as an arborist in Alberta, obtaining my certification as an ISA certified arborist. I then moved into the landscape construction field as a crew foreperson and have since been landscaping and pruning trees and shrubs for the last 20 years. In 2004-05 Capers West was established and in 2014 I incorporated the company.
While we do build formal and/or modern landscapes, a majority of our work involves creating customized curved hardscapes. For more than 15 years I’ve worked with bricks of all kinds and love being able to create something unique, tailored to each client’s needs. If you’re looking for a professional landscaper who comes highly recommended, put your trust in Capers West. We’ll help your property become to envy of the block.
Water is essential for creating and maintaining landscapes, but can also destroy parts of your yard if it is not properly drained away from buildings, patios, window wells etc.
We constantly get asked to provide drainage solutions for many areas within a landscape. We work with our clients to find the best solution for their needs to ensure proper drainage throughout their properties and give them the peace of mind that water is either contained, retained or drains to an appropriate part of the landscape. Because each property is unique, we recommend you contact us for a free assessment of your drainage.
When considering planting trees or shrubs, there are several factors to take into account such as: mature size of shrubs/trees in the space provided, soil grade to ensure proper drainage, yard orientation in regard to sunlight exposure and type of plants to be installed (deciduous, evergreen, shade plants etc.).
We create a custom landscape construction that takes all of these factors into consideration. Because there are so many factors involved, we first need to see a property and understand the look the owner hopes to achieve.
My clients often ask, when is the best time to prune their trees. Tree pruning in general can be performed at any time during the Fall or Winter seasons when trees are dormant. In Calgary, however, there are a few exceptions. Maple and Birch trees are best pruned during mid-summer to early fall while in full leaf.
Elm trees should be pruned only while dormant in the late fall to late winter seasons. Most other species of trees, including fruit trees, are best pruned in the winter but may be pruned year round provided they are not flowering at time of pruning.
We generally tell our clients to give us a call to have their trees pruned every 2 or 3 years to keep their trees looking good. Pruning is a large part of tree health care in our industry to keep our trees free of deadwood, dying or damaged wood and diseased wood/branches.
Some of the most common pests and diseases found in our industry today are Black Knot fungus, Fire Blight, Elm Scale and Oystershell scale. Proper pruning practices on a regular basis can help prevent the spread of disease and keep your trees looking clean and healthy.