David  Gharat

David Gharat


Real Estate Bay Realty Brokerage

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David  Gharat

David Gharat


Real Estate Bay Realty Brokerage

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Your Home, Your Investment: Low Maintenance Gardening

Your Home, Your Investment: Low Maintenance Gardening

So you want a nice garden or yard where you can relax and entertain your family and friends but you don’t want to be a slave to keeping it looking up.  While there is no such thing as a no maintenance garden, you can look at a low maintenance landscaping plan that requires minimal effort to maintain. 

What is low maintenance landscaping?

A low maintenance landscape reduces the amount and frequency gardening activities.  The type and number of features and plants will determine the amount and frequency of watering, weeding, pruning, deadheading and dividing you will need to invest. The best plan will move the frequency of maintenance activities from daily or weekly to monthly or seasonally. As you plan a low maintenance garden, you will want to consider landscaping design features, plant selection and ongoing maintenance requirements. 

Landscaping Design Features

What design features will reduce the gardening activities I need to do weekly or daily?  As you plan and continuously improve your garden, consider the following design features:

1)   Outdoor Living Areas:  Add outdoor living areas such as patios and porches, to reduce the amount of green space that needs to be maintained.  It is critical that patios and walkways be built on a solid foundation and in a proper manner.  Otherwise, you will have unwanted weeds and ultimately increase your maintenance.

2)   Plant Areas/Flowerbeds: Establish plant areas or flowerbeds with edging, landscape fabric and mulch or river stone.  Avoid over-planting flowerbeds.  Plan for the mature width and height of plants. Over-crowding can negatively impact the appearance of your garden.

3)   Ground Cover:  Do not overlook a grass lawn as part of your design as ground cover.  It takes a lot of plants to cover the same space as a grass lawn. Gardens without grasses tend to be warmer. 

Plant Selection

As you establish your garden, it will be important to understand the lot conditions and select plants are compatible with those conditions and easy to maintain. Study the information on specific plants online or on labels attached to plants. Consider the following points.

1)   Light and Soil Conditions: Consider what areas are shady, sunny or partially shady or sunny and select plants accordingly. Know whether your soil is sandy or clay-like and select plants accordingly. 

2)   Drought-Resistant Plants: Select drought-resistant plants to reduce the need to water.  Here are some to consider: Grasses, Marigolds, Portulaca, Sedum, Cricks & Hens, Daylilies, Lavender, etc.  Please note that new plants will require more water until they are established. 

3)   Slow-Growing Foundation Plants: Select slow-growing foundation plants to reduce the need to prune and trim plants.  Limit pruning to 1-2 times per year.  Here are some plants to consider: Green Mountain Boxwood, Peonies, Draft Norway Spruce, Blue Fescue Grass, etc.

4)   Perennials: Select more perennials than annuals.  Perennials are planted once and come back year after year.  Perennials, once established, will have roots deep into the soil, reducing the need to water and the need to deadhead. Annuals need to be planted each year and will require more watering. 

Ongoing Maintenance Requirements 

Once you have designed your garden to fit your taste and burden level, you will want to look at preventative maintenance as a key part of your plan.  Here are some suggestions to help make the garden maintenance so much easier.

1)   Interlocking Stone: Apply polymer sand to the crevices of interlocking patios and walkway blocks to reduce the growth of weeds. 

2)   Flowerbed Mulch or Stone:  Replenish flowerbed mulch or stone annually, as needed.  This will prevent the growth of weeds and improve moisture retention of the soil.

3)   Pruning:  Plan to prune or trim your slow-growing foundation plants in the spring and/or fall according to their specific care. 

4)   Weeds and Moss:  Spray weeds and moss with vinegar.  This will not only look after the menace but also prevent future issues.

5)   Gardening Tools: Invest in the proper gardening tools to do the minimal work you need to do.  There is an L-shaped weeding tool you could not live without.

 Happy Gardening!

David Gharat

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David Gharat

 Broker - D.Y.G Homes Toronto 

Seniors Real Estate Specialist - Canada

REALTORS® with the SRES® designation are specifically trained to serve the needs and interests of real estate buyers and sellers age 50+.
SRES® Designees join an elite group of real estate professionals serving the 60+ market

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As a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES), David is specially trained to cater to the needs and interests of clients aged 60+ who are looking to retire, relocate, downsize, upsize, or invest.

The clients David serves include:

1. Age 60+ Retirees: Seniors who are selling their homes to relocate or downsize.

2. New and Experienced Buyers: Individuals who are looking to buy properties or invest in real estate.

3. First Time Home Buyers: Individuals who are purchasing their first home.

4. Resale Condos: Specializing in the sale of condominiums in the market.

5. Residential Houses: Assisting clients with buying or selling residential houses.

6. Finance/Mortgage Referrals: Providing referrals to financial and mortgage services.

7. Relocation Referrals: Assisting clients with relocation services.

8. Rental/Lease: Helping clients with rental and lease agreements.

9. Referrals to Property Management: Offering referrals to property management services for duplexes, triplexes, and fourplexes.

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David is a member of the following professional Real Estate Organizations


TREB (past) Government Relations Committee Member

TREB (past) Consumer Relations Committee Member

TREB-Toronto Real Estate Board
NAR-National Association of Realtors 

RECO-The Real Estate Council of Ontario
OREA-Ontario Real Estate Association
CREA-Canadian Real Estate Association




Designation: SRES

Education: Broker - SRES Seniors Real Estate Specialist Canada

Specialty: Buy & Sell Houses-Condos, Pre-Construction Condos, Investments Rental, Leasing, Property Management, Mortgage Referrals

Experience: Since 2013

Awards: 100% Club Award Winner-Executive Club Award

Area Covered: Toronto, East York, North York, Markham, Scarborough, Pickering, Ajax, Mississauga

Languages Spoken: English