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.: 2018

The Canadian Press
Published June 6, 2018 - 5:24pm

Unusual 'killer' spring frost damages crops in fields across the Maritimes

The above Headline, from The Canadian Press, is but one of the countless articles talking about the “Junuary” weather we are experiencing, and the ramifications on the Agriculture and Landscape Industries within the Maritimes.

Following an unusually tumultuous winter of freeze and thaw, plants and trees came out of the season confused and slow to unfurl. With the humid weather of last week a considerable flush of growth occurred across the species; forming their fruit sets and flower buds...following which we experienced what Environment Canada states as ‘record lows’ on Monday, June 4th 2018, and continued frost warnings. These rare downward swings in temperature have resulted in 10% - 100% loss of crops and plant stock in the region, from annual transplants to strawberry farmers to Christmas tree farms and much in-between.

We want to prepare you for the ( likely imminent especially in lower lying areas) discovery of more susceptible plants failure on your properties.

Most prevalent ( beyond anyone’s ability to reasonably control ) will be annuals, herbs, vegetable starters and perennials freshly leafed out - going soft, black and unsalvageable. In time you may also notice your ornamental shrubs have fewer flowers, or no flowers this season and the fruit bushes and trees you’ve regularly enjoyed in previous years bear no fruit. Of any time for growing plants to be worst affected by unexpected frost, June would be the month – as this is when so much of the ‘reproductive’ growth occurs.

With the extraordinarily stressful winter and the unusual temperature fluctuations of this spring, you can count on us to continue our vigilance as we care for your properties and encourage your landscape, as best we are able, to bounce back from these hardships. 

Our respect and sympathies go out to the growers of the Maritimes and the devastation they have unfortunately experienced.

Looking ahead to warmer days, 
Lisa Gardner

.: 2016

The Chronicle Herald

Readers' Choice Awards 2016" have selected Edmonds Landscape as the best landscape company in HRM. We would like to extend our gratitude and thanks to our valued clients and friends for this vote of confidence.

Committed to delivering quality results, whether helping our clients manage the risks from Snow and Ice, or maintaining and creating beautiful, functional properties... "Count on us to do our best for you and your property".

.: 2014 - 2015

SIMA Safety Award

"In acknowledgement of your exceptional safety standards to help protect your employees, clients, and the public each snow season, Congratulations on your 2014-2015 win SIMA Safety Award Commitment to Safety 2013/2014 SIMA Safety Award 'Commitment to Safety' 2014/2015."

.: 2013

Thirty years with the BBB Sarah Edmonds-Gray and Sandy Snide proudly accept a certificate celebrating a 30 year association with the Better Business Bureau of the Atlantic Provinces.

.: 2011

Maritime Business Ethics Award Winner

"This prestigious award helps to illuminate the importance of corporate conscience and responsibility to upholding a fair and honest marketplace, presented to organizations in recognition of their commitment to exceptional standards in relationships to consumers, employees, suppliers, competitors, shareholders, and surrounding communities."

Don MacKinnon, President & CEO, Better Business Bureau for the Atlantic Provinces
Mainstay Safety Award of Excellence

Awarded by the WCB. More information about Mainstay...

Planet Professional Landcare Network

The Planet Professional Landcare Network has presented Edmonds two awards for the year 2010

.: "Overall Safety Achievement Award" and
.: "No Days Away from Work" Safety Recognition award.

Congratulations to Trudy Hiltz!

The Canadian Nursery Landscape Association is pleased to announce that Trudy Hiltz, following a course of study, has passed the exam achieving the designation "Certified Landscape Manager". CNLA's certification programs have been developed to raise the level of professionalism in the industry and encourage continuing education.

Successful CSP Candidates

Congratulations to Sandy Snide, Vernon Mingo, Mark MacDonald and Sam Edmonds who have achieved the Certified Snow Professional (CSP) designation following a course of study through SIMA, examination and practical experience.

Edmonds is presented the SIMA 2010 "Snow Warrior" Safety award.

.: 2010

Edmonds Nominated for BBB Ethics Award

"Congratulations Edmonds Landscape & Construction Services Limited as one of three finalists of those nominated for the 6th Annual Maritime Business Ethics Award in the category 51 to 100 employees. Some businesses go far beyond the average in maintaining high standards of ethical behavior. They do what is right and fair, without questions and without compromise. The Maritime Business Ethics Awards gives public recognition to these businesses in the Maritime Provinces."

Don MacKinnon, President and CEO, Better Business Bureau Maritimes
"The Pinnacle Award"

presented by Esso/Martin Facility Services Limited for unparalleled commitment to Safety.

Workers' Compensation Board Mainstay Safety Awards.

"Employer Safety Champion (Halifax)" and "Safety Transformation"

NSCSA annual audit scores 98%

.: 2009

Planet Professional Landcare Network

"Overall Safety Achievement Award" Silver Performance level; and,
"No Days Away from work" Safety Recognition award.

Edmonds chosen as one of five top finalists in three categories in the Workers' Compensation Board Mainstay Safety Awards. NSCSA annual Safety audit scores 94%

.: 2008

Kathryn Tyrell achieves CRSP designation

The management and staff of Edmonds are pleased to announce the designation of Kathryn Tyrrell as a Canadian Registered Safety Professional. This recognition is the result of her completion of the program of study, practical experience and examinations set out by the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals. It enhances her role as Senior Health and Safety Officer and overall coordinator of Edmonds award winning safety program.

Planet Professional Landcare Network

"Overall Safety Achievement Award" Silver Performance level; and, "No Days Away from work" Safety recognition award.


"Commitment to Safety" award.

NSCSA Annual Safety audit scores 96%

.: 2007

Planet Professional Landcare Network

"Overall Safety Achievement Award" Gold Performance level; and, "No Vehicle Accidents" Safety Recognition award.


"Commitment to Safety" award.

Landscape Trades, Canada’s Premier Horticultural Trade Publication "Edmonds Landscape & Construction: Building Success on Safety" By Susan Hirshorn

NSCSA external audit results 96%

"The external audit revealed a superior safety program with deep management involvement and worker buy in. Well developed innovative worker training along with comprehensive hazard control measures are augmented by detailed inspections and effective investigations."

Kevin Reid, Auditor

"After completing the cycle audit review of your firm's safety program, the Nova Scotia Construction Safety Association is pleased to congratulate your firm on successfully completing this process. please accept our best wishes, along with your renewed NSCSA Certificate of Recognition."

Mike Kelly, Executive Director

.: 2006

NSCSA Annual Safety audit scores 96%

.: 2005

NSCSA Annual Safety audit scores 94%
Planet Professional Landcare Network

"Overall Safety Achievement Award" Gold Performance level; and, "No Days Away From Work" Safety recognition award.

.: 2004

NSCSA Annual Safety audit scores 98%

.: 2000

NSCSA Annual Safety audit scores 92%

We were very pleased to receive the following encouragement in letters from NSCSA representatives: "Your company has made a tremendous investment in health and safety over the past few years. This investment does yield a definite long term payback, however it is frustrating when the buyer of a service rewards firms who do not play by the rules and pay the costs necessary for most legitimate businesses. ie: insurance, Workers Compensation and OH&S compliance. Most buyers today realize the tremendous risk and liability they face by not placing a priority on OH&S compliance."

Mike Kelly, CRSP CHSC Director Safety Services/Quality Manager

"Very few companies receive such a high score. This is a strong indication that Edmonds has succeeded in developing a safety program that works".

Judy Bunston, Director of Audit

Edmonds made presentations in support of the proposed bylaw to restrict cosmetic use of pesticides in HRM to public hearings held by HRM council. On July 11, the bylaw passed first reading by a vote of 17 to 6.

.: 1999

Edmonds employee Eric O'Brien is appointed to the Municipality's Pesticide By-Law Advisory Committee, charged with developing a by-law to restrict cosmetic use of pesticides in HRM (Halifax Regional Municipality).

.: 1997

Certificate of Recognition issued by the Nova Scotia Construction Safety Association

The Certificate of Recognition is acknowledgment by the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and the Nova Scotia Construction Safety Association that the Company has implemented and maintains a Health and Safety Program that meets certain standards for our particular industry. In NSCSA's own words, "The Certificate of Recognition is awarded to firms who have completed the training requirements, fully implemented a loss control program, and successfully participated in the Audit process." The Letter of Good Standing is issued annually after the yearly audit is completed.

.: 1995

Edmonds is awarded the prestigious 'Ecologo' from TerraChoice Industries Inc., an agency of Environment Canada. The use of The Ecologo means that Edmonds holds leading edge technology for environmentally sustainable services.

.: 1994

Edmonds featured on CBC's "The Nature of Things", hosted by David Suzuki. It focused on the decision to radically change the Halifax based landscape business.

.: 1993

The "First Lake Watershed Management Project" commissioned by Edmonds and the residents of the First Lake Community, Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia. The objective was to promote and then test the efficacy of "neighborhood stewardship" as a means of reducing phosphorus and bacteria input into a local lake. The results were reported in a 1994 Oceans Conference.

.: 1992

"The Oaks Experiments" conducted on the grounds of "The Oaks" at Saint Mary's University, examined the effects of different turf mixes, soil amendments, and cutting regimes on organically maintained turf. Public and Industry Workshops on organic management of turf were held at The Oaks in the fall of 1992, and over each of the next two years.

.: 1991

Edmonds received the prestigious Canadian Award for Business Excellence (CABE) Environment Category. The award was given in recognition of Edmonds' success in changing over from a synthetic chemical approach in landscape management to an organic system of lawn, garden and tree-care.

.: 1989

Edmonds received the Nova Scotia Environmental Council Award in the Business/Industrial Category having made the commitment to reduce use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers to the lowest possible levels, and still remain competitive in the landscape industry. To promote the change, Edmonds Environmental Services was formed as a new division of the company. Edmonds periodically conducts trials and experiments to determine the effectiveness of new products for organic management as they have come on the market. Local topsoils and composts have been surveyed, and a topsoil experiment set up under the supervision of Dr. David Patriquin. This study stemmed from Edmonds' difficulties with "manufactured topsoils". It investigates the effect of different soil textures and different quantities and types of compost on turf quality over several years.

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