Irrigation Solutions for Seattle

Seattle has a reputation as a perpetually wet and rainy place. Under those conditions, you may wonder what the point of an irrigation system even is. Forgoing an irrigation system for your yard can seem like an environmentally, and financially, friendly move. But is it the right one? What you can do to minimize watering…

Read More

How To Topdress Your Lawn

Want to keep your lawn green and healthy but avoid chemical fertilizers? There’s a simple solution. Just as you can layer compost on to your garden beds to increase the soil quality, you can do the same with your lawn. It’s called topdressing. And just as applying compost to the garden beds builds soil structure…

Read More

What is the Best Mulch for Western Washington?

Mulch is a crucial part of the garden. As well as saving you work by sealing out weeds, it can help build healthier soil by adding nutrients and promoting natural soil development. So, what’s the right choice? What are your options? On a basic level, mulch is anything that goes over the soil. That even…

Read More

What to Plant in Wet Areas of Your Pacific Northwest Garden

Have a swampy corner of your garden that just won’t go away? It could be a lack of runoff or naturally marshy conditions. However, don’t worry about doing a major drainage project when you can just add plants that can handle those conditions. Here are some local recommendations: Perennials Japanese irises (Iris ensata) are a…

Read More

Why Use Organic Fertilizers?

The big divide in the world of fertilizers is between synthetic and organic. Each type has different uses and characteristics, but which is the right choice for your garden in the Pacific Northwest? What’s the difference? Generally, synthetic fertilizers are just that: processed compounds of specific chemicals, such as nitrogen, that can boost plant growth.…

Read More

Deck or Patio: What are the Pros and Cons?

  Summer barbecues, winter fires, a place to drink your coffee in the morning: a nice deck or patio can take your yard to the next level. It can expand your living space and transform your yard from something you look at to something you live in. Interested in expanding your usable outdoor areas for…

Read More

Dog Friendly Landscaping

More and more, we hear from clients looking to build yards that work for their babies. Their fur babies that is. Dog-friendly landscaping is an area that we have some experience in and is an important one, especially in smaller Seattle lots where pups can run amok and have a big impact. With a little…

Read More

Electric Mowers in Seattle: The Right Fit?

Electric mowers are gaining increased popularity as the technology becomes more effective. Where they once had a reputation for being low-powered, or a power cord dragging nuisance, newer battery powered models are top of the line. But are they the right fit for you and your yard? What are the environmental benefits? Studies have found…

Read More

More Lawn or Ground Covers: What’s the Right Choice for Your Seattle Yard?

Sure, lawns are a mainstay of most yards. Their history and associations with luxury date back to the 18th century. But times have changed, and the classic suburbia aesthetic isn’t what it once was. Are lawns still the right call for your yard?  What Actually is a Lawn? Despite how we often think of it,…

Read More

Privacy Screening: Back Yards and Side Yards

Whether you’re living in the heart of a city like Seattle or in the suburbs of Bellevue and the Eastside, privacy can be a commodity. Even without nosy neighbors, having the right amount of screening can make your yard feel like an urban oasis, free from neighbors looming overhead – a serene space far from…

Read More