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BURNCO supports Red Cross efforts in Fort McMurray


CALGARY, AB, May 5, 2016 — In response to the devastation caused by forest fires in Fort McMurray, Alberta, BURNCO Rock Products announced today a donation of $100,000 to the Canadian Red Cross Alberta Fires Appeal.

BURNCO has been a part of the Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo communities for the past twenty years and currently employs approximately 40 people in the company’s ready mix concrete and landscape supply operations at the north end of the city and on oil sands project sites.

“Many of our employees, customers, suppliers and friends are facing uncertainty right now through the ravages of this disaster,” said Mike Powell, CEO of BURNCO Rock Products. “We are grateful to the Canadian Red Cross for all they’re doing and are proud to support their efforts with our donation.”

About BURNCO Rock Products

BURNCO is a 104 year old Alberta-based multinational construction materials business. We supply high quality aggregates, ready mix concrete, asphalt and landscape supplies to help our valued customers improve their communities in Western Canada and Texas.

For further information contact:
Marcy Gilroy
(403) 640-9364

BURNCO Landscape Centres Inc.

BURNCO Rock Products Ltd is pleased to announce that all of the operating assets of BURNCO’s Landscape Division have now been transferred to a new, wholly-owned subsidiary company, BURNCO Landscape Centres Inc (BURNCO Landscape). BURNCO Landscape will continue to provide high quality hardscape and bulk materials to contractors and retail customers from our locations in Langley, Surrey, West Kelowna, Calgary, Balzac, Lethbridge, Red Deer, Edmonton, Fort McMurray and Saskatoon.

We also take pleasure in announcing that Morgan Martel, who has been with BURNCO since 2000, has been promoted to Vice President, BURNCO Landscape Centres Inc. Morgan was previously the Manager of the Landscape Division and he will continue to report to Wil Fedirko, Chief Operating Officer.

For more information regarding BURNCO Landscape Centres Inc, please visit our website at

Michael Powell, CA
Chief Executive Officer
BURNCO Rock Products Ltd

Bella Turf designed with kids and pets in mind

Products designed with our own kids and pets in mind
Bella Turf

It’s hard for some people to part with nature when it comes to their lawn, and we don’t blame them. There is nothing greater than hanging out on a freshly mowed, lush green lawn in the summer. What about the other seasons? How enjoyable is your soggy wet grass this time of year? It may look green, but your dog’s paws show otherwise when tracking in mud and debris from outside.

You may miss that fresh cut grass in the summer, but now all the time you used to spend doing chores is now free time. Take back your summers! With Bella Turf installed, you will have a clean outdoor living (or playing) space to enjoy all year long.

That being said, our own families including children & pets, enjoy a Bella Turf lawn at home throughout the seasons. The playground is fair game when its raining, and there is no mud puddle at the bottom of the slide. The dogs can chase a ball in the winter months without tearing up the grass, and best of all; you wait minutes instead of days for your yard to dry out after the rain.

We test our products in ways that our customers can trust, and we proudly supply turf for clean, safe areas for the whole family.

Artificial grass has come a long way in the last ten years, and Bella Turf remains at the forefront of innovation and advancements in technology to provide our customers with the world’s best products. – Bella Turf


Have a BURNCO BigBag full of quality products delivered to your home! BURNCO BigBag are easy-to-use and convenient, with no mess or hassle. Choose from a large selection of high-quality soils, aggregates, sand, gravel, mulches, decorative rock, bark and more. Then our professional team will deliver your BigBag where access is available on your property. The benefit of your products delivered in a convenient, durable bag means you can use it when you want, keeping your area clean and tidy, and keeping your products free from the elements until ready to use. Plus you can keep the bag as a handy storage container!

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Find a Professional Landscape Contractor

The BURNCOPRO Professional Landscape Contractor Referral Program is designed as a service that helps connect homeowners with professional contractors for all their landscaping needs. BURNCOPRO

Belgard Design Studio – Free

Need backyard ideas, want your yard to be an envy of your neighborhood? BURNCO is offering a Belgard Design view of your Landscape project for Free. You will get 4 perspective photos, an overhead photo, a Fly-through of your project and estimated materials list. The turn around is 7-10 days. This is a limited time offer, for Belgard and Expocrete products only.

Fill out the form: Belgard Design Studio

New Product Alert – Terra Nova

New Paving Stone 2016, the Terra Nova concrete slab beautifully recreates the refinement and warmth of hardwood. Unlike traditional wood surfaces, Terra Nova will never rot or warp.

Terra Nova







Introducing MagnumStone

Introducing MagnumStone™! BURNCO will now be producing MagnumStone™ in the ledgestone face. This retaining wall system was developed with the engineer, designer and installer in mind. MagnumStone’s durable, high strength concrete SecureLugs fit into the lower unit’s hollow core, allowing significant lateral movement without losing the unit interlock. The wet-cast manufacturing process provides the units with high strength, low absorption and great freeze/thaw results. Tapered sides make it easy to build tight curves and straight walls with complete accuracy. The MagnumStone’s vertical and horizontal hollow core, filled with clear crushed gravel, provides added weight, an excellent wall drainage system and a superb connection with the geosynthetic reinforcements.

See it at BUILDEX Vancouver, February 24th and 25th at the Vancouver Convention West

MagnumStone™ is perfect for DOT (department of transportation) industrial and commercial retaining walls that require a more aesthetic look. It is ideal for gravity and geogrid retaining walls, soil nailing, cantilevered, plantable, mechanical geogrids, and a gravity extender, the flexibility of our MagnumStone™ retaining wall units are endless. Incredibly realistic looking, your MagnumStone™ retaining system brings the same stability of other industry products, but with less the cost and greater visual appeal!

Lean more about MagnumStone

2016 Magnum wall blocks


Create old world charm with the beautiful Ivory coloured travertine slabs.

Travertine Slabs are available in three unique sizes that can be used independently or combined to create elegant patterns that resemble the Mediterranean feel in your yard. From Simple pathways to grand patios and entertaining areas, Travertine Slabs are an extension of your home that creates the perfect outdoor living space.

Travertine tile combines the look of polished natural stone with the enduring strength and cost effective savings of concrete to complete the upscale look you deserve. The chamfered edging reduces the risk of chipping during installation while maintaining the look of high-end real travertine. This product is extremely easy to install and will save you time and money compared to natural stone products. Travertine Slabs are ideal for patio’s, pool decks and garden paths. The unique look and sizes offer design options that fit both classic and modern elements in landscape design.



Why a low-maintenance yard can be a high-enjoyment paradise

Save time, effort, and money by turning your conventional yard into an easy-care landscape

There’s a significant reason why maintaining your landscaping is called yard “work.” Simply put, it takes significant work. A lot of time, sweat, energy, and money can be poured into your yard in order to keep it looking pristine and presentable. Weekends can be spent pulling weeds, watering, pruning, fertilizing, repairing watering systems, and mowing the grass (which also includes clearing the yard of kids’ toys and pet waste, cleanup, disposing of clippings, and other work-related duties).

And at the end of the day, what do you have to show for your work? In addition to a temporarily clean and maintained outdoor space, you probably have a sore back, tired legs, grass-stained shoes, a few callouses and the looming work week right around the corner.

Is it all worth it?

If you enjoy the “joy of gardening” and value a big, expansive lawn made of real grass, then it probably is worth it and more power to you. If, however, you’ve become overwhelmed by a high-maintenance yard and garden space, maybe it’s time to jump on the trend of “low-maintenance landscaping,” a term that coincidentally does not include the word “work.”

low-maintenance walkwayIt’s important to note that low-maintenance landscaping is still landscaping; it does not mean you are giving up any semblance of a traditional yard. It is, instead, a different approach to your yard and garden spaces that incorporates ideas like using rock and pavers, featuring plants that require less water and care, reducing the grass footprint, eliminating grass completely, or replacing it with artificial turf – for a clean, easy-to-maintain yard. It all adds up to less money and effort spent on maintenance, and more time for you to actually enjoy your outdoor spaces. Plus it can easily end up more pristine, unique, and fulfilling than a traditional yard.

It’s a trend sweeping through Western Canada, especially in cities where drought has created watering restrictions. It also turns the idea of a plain, conventional yard upside down by incorporating comfortable outdoor furniture, soothing water features, and advanced cooking systems.

“People are turning their backyards basically into outdoor living rooms with low-maintenance yards,” says one BURNCO Landscape employee. “Over the past four or five years, we’ve seen this trend really grow as people are wanting a yard that is more manageable with new functionality. Big patios, fire pits, barbecues, and even pizza ovens are taking the place of yards and flower beds.”

Benefits of Low-Maintenance Landscaping:

  • Water conservation – Lawn watering can lead to excess consumption which can reduce stream flows, ultimately affecting fish.
  • Safer – Eliminate the use of synthetic pesticides and herbicides, which can leach into groundwater, streams and then lakes through storm water runoff.
  • Reduced pollution – Every time you mow, you are creating noise and toxic air pollution.
  • Increased free time – Once you set up your low-maintenance yard, you’ll work less to maintain it and have more time to enjoy it.

Designing Your Space:

What you put into your low-maintenance yard is entirely up to you and will likely be a good mix of elements that require little to no care once they are created. Your biggest investment will be in hardscaping – or the non-living (stone, wood, etc.) portion of your yard that will form the foundation in your new, modern, easy-care setup. Other fundamentals of a low-maintenance space include easy care plants, a small patch of grass or artificial grass or turf for greenery, and an assortment of special features like outdoor furniture, statues, and landscape lighting.


Instead of living things like grass and plants, hardscaping uses non-living landscaping elements – like garden walls, retaining walls, patio blocks and steps, pavers, natural flagstone, bricks, and roman paving stones to fill out your yard space. Transforming your living space into a hardscape creates a clean, easy-to-maintain – and beautiful – outdoor space.

low-maintenance hardscape“We’re finding a lot of people are putting in decorative rock or round rock in the spaces between homes,” says one BURNCO Landscape employee. “They’re typically shady areas that are hard to water, hard to mow, and more of a hassle than anything. But with clean rock, they’re simple to take care of and look really nice”

There are endless options and design ideas for utilizing hardscaping to enhance your yard while also making it easy to care for. Some common hardscaping ideas include replacing half of your yard with pavers, creating expanded garden wall planters with stackable stones, or using decorative rocks in place of a traditional garden bed.

Artificial Turf:

Gone are the days of cheap, plastic, fake-looking artificial turf. Today’s products are far more advanced in look, feel, and performance, and create a soft, natural replacement for a high-maintenance real lawn that requires watering, weeding, fertilizing, and mowing. Artificial turf (also known as synthetic turf) stays the same, lush green colour year-round and never fades. It’s soft and safe to play on, and features better drainage than a real lawn. It’s a great way to keep some natural-looking greenery in your yard, without the hassle of caring for natural grass.

“For people with small yards, turf is a great alternative,” says one BURNCO Landscape employee. “With any size yard, you have to have a way to cut the grass. And with a small yard, it’s almost not worth it to buy and store a lawnmower, but you still need to cut the grass. Artificial turf solves that problem in a beautiful, lasting way.”


Though plants will always require some care, going low-maintenance doesn’t mean you have to be plant-free. There are plenty of smart plant options that will work well within your design plans. Specific plants can be easy to care for and require little watering, while still adding beauty and greenery to your landscape.

Ornamental grasses are drought-resistant, hardy, and grow well in most soils. They also don’t require fertilizer often and naturally resist pests and diseases.

You can also add color to your landscaping with hardy flowers and shrubs. Native perennials are best in that they require less work, watering, and fertilizer. Native plants are also more suited to Canadian weather than imported plants. You can also ask your nursery for local, low-maintenance and drought-resistant variety options.

By mulching around your plants, you are setting the foundation for easy maintenance. Mulch is a natural weed barrier and holds in moisture which means less watering. Mulch also presents a clean garden space.

Other Elements of a Low-maintenance paradise:

  • Planters – planter containers come in all shapes, sizes, and colours and are great for a tidy potted plant to complement your space.
  • Outdoor furnishings – create an outdoor living space with quality patio sets, picnic tables, and park benches.
  • Outdoor kitchen – add a built-in barbecue, pizza oven, or even a fire pit for warmth and ambience.
  • Landscape lighting – light up your outdoor space to become a beautiful place to entertain and to enjoy your evenings with friends and family.

Busy lifestyles and times of drought are giving us clear signs: it’s time to ditch the work and negatives of maintaining a conventional yard and get into a low-maintenance paradise.

“With a low-maintenance yard, you don’t have to work on the weekends, and you always have a nice, clean, fun yard!” BURNCO Landscape employee.

For low-maintenance yard inspiration, check out our “Do it yourself landscaping ideas.”