Commercial Spring Newsletter 2017

Snow Removal with a CAT 416 Loader

SPRING is finally right around the corner but before we can all begin to enjoy the warmer weather and all the great things that go along with the season’s change, it is always prudent to spend some time and take care of a little “Spring Cleaning” on your commercial property.

While statistically this past winter was average when measured for snowfall amounts and number of service events, it was most unusual in other ways that may have affected your property in a negative way.

Feb. 2017 temperature fluctuations

The constant swing from cold to unseasonably warm temperatures throughout the winter and the high volume of freezing rain that fell, both stood out in what was otherwise an unexceptional snow season. Unfortunately, each of these circumstances may have produced hazardous conditions that can cause problems at your site.

1. Trip Hazards

sunken walkway from seasonal changes, creating trip hazard

Heaved or sunken sections of interlock paving, caused by our seasonal freeze-thaw cycle, can create a significant trip and fall hazard on your walkways and patio areas. A quick “lift & relay” repair of the affected section or area will not only improve the aesthetics of your property, but also make it much safer for pedestrian traffic.

2. Tree Damage 

tree damage caused by freezing rain and ice storms

Damage to trees caused by excessive ice build-up during freezing rain storms should be examined, with dangerous or broken branches removed as a precaution. In addition, maintaining optimal tree health by regular pruning, dead-cutting and deep root fertilization will maximize tree health and lifespan, and minimize potential health & safety hazards.

3. Parking Lot Dirt and Debris

Debris left from snow pile

Power sweeping is a quick and efficient way to get rid of the unsightly dirt and debris that is inevitably produced by snow plowing and piling operations.


MPS is proud to offer these and other additional services that can be used to improve the look and safety of your property. These services include:

  • Power Sweeping / Washing – having your parking lot areas mechanically swept and washed is a greatway to remove unwanted dirt & debris which can be both an eyesore and attract weed growth, especially near snow piling locations.
  • Annuals/Flower Planting – bright, colourful flowers can almost instantly beautify any property! Perennial plants, flowers & shrubs of all types can also be quickly installed by MPS crews to bring that “wow” factor to your site.

  • Line Painting – having clearly marked parking spots and directional arrows can optimize your property’s traffic flow and organization.

  • Top Dress & Seed – this process is a great way to promote a healthy lawn by reducing weed infestation and encouraging vigorous turf growth.

  • Irrigation System Service & Repair – you can make your existing irrigation system more efficient and save water by having your timer and spring heads updated regularly and/or having a rain sensor installed.

  • Vacant Lot Cutting – if you own or maintain a vacant lot that needs cutting just a few times per season let us know; we can easily take care of it for you!

Check Out This Commercial Project!

The installation of new gardens, retaining walls, interlock pavers, and armour stone steps have completely changed the look of this commercial property. Incorporated into the design of the patio were designated emergency walkways, outlined in darker interlock, leading from the emergency exits on the building. Not only is this design beautiful and updated, it serves a safety purpose! For more pictures of this newly completed commercial projected, click here! 

Residential Spring Newsletter 2017


Another winter is coming to a close, and everyone at MPS is starting to switch gears in preparation for spring and summer. With winter 2017 being fairly average, this allowed the management team at MPS to focus on some important internal changes and upgrades.

MPS gained some valuable new employees over the winter, including: Jordan Brown; full-time landscape designer, Christine Burtch; part-time bookkeeper, and Richard MacMillan; full-time landscape construction crew leader. These new additions fit right in with the MPS team.

The second major change created this winter was introducing the idea of the ‘MPS Way’, a change in the company’s culture that represents MPS’s mission, vision and values. With these attributes in mind, the HR team has been busy recruiting new employees, signing contracts with existing MPS teammates, and getting ready to kick-off summer 2017.

We think this will be our best summer season yet!

Thinking about a landscape project this summer? Don’t delay!

To get a full summer of enjoyment out of your new landscape, have it completed this spring. We’re booking up quickly for spring/summer 2017, call now to schedule a meeting with our professional designer for your design assessment and quote. MPS specializes in:

  • Front Entrances
  • Full Backyard projects
  • Decks
  • Patios
  • Poolscapes
  • Retaining walls
  • Garden Installation and Renovation

 Check out our helpful Landscape purchasing guide!

Updated Front Entrance 

With help from the MPS team YOU can completely update the look of your front entrance this season. Our designers create personalized quotes that are tailored to your home, budget, and lifestyle. This front entrance was transformed in less than 2 weeks!

Click here to see more!

“Ken-hog” Day: The True Augury of Spring

While the glamour & glory of spring prognostications have always gone to famous groundhogs such as Wiarton Willie, Shubenacadie Sam and Punxsutawney Phil, these rodents of questionable reliability and dubious character have nothing on MPS’ own Seer of Spring, the ursine-like Ken Jorgenson; whose “Ken-hog” day predictions bring shouts of joy throughout the entire company.

Never fooled by the frequent onset of some early and wonderful faux-spring weather, the “Ken-hog” focuses instead on reams of environmental statistics, signs of nature, over 20 years of experience, and an innate ability to see beyond mere shadows, in order to confidently declare the end of operational snow events for yet another winter season!

Correctly predicting last winter that April would bring more snow than November and December combined, this year’s prophecy identifies March 20th as the true ”last day of winter” for 2017.

So it has been predicted, and so it shall be! And with a stunning track record, marginally better than “pure chance”, to fall back on, you may all rest assured that it is finally time to put away the snowshoes and skis for another year, and start thinking about patio season.

Ken Jorgenson

Kenny Jorgenson


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