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Pacific Northwest Pollinator Plants

The term pollinator includes a variety of critters such as bees, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, birds and even bats. All play a critical role in maintaining healthy gardens and the larger ecosystem however due to the alarming decline in their populations there is an urgent need to create habitats that support all pollinators, but especially…

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Get Ready for Winter: November

As the main growing season ends, it’s time to do as much prep for next spring as possible. The more you can accomplish prior to winter, the sooner you can get going come spring. Putting the garden to bed means getting rid of any mess that may be around. This means cleaning up what’s left,…

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Perennial Care

A perennial is a plant that lives for more than two years. Most perennials bloom over the spring and summer, die back every fall and winter and then return in the spring from their rootstock. Here’s how to make sure your perennials pop! Watering Perennials There’s no one-size-fits-all rule for watering perennials. Some varieties tolerate…

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Ornamental Grass Care

There are two options to consider when maintaining ornamental grasses: cut them back prior to new growth or remove dead blades in spring to allow for new growth. While removing dead blades in the spring is self-explanatory, if you do decide to cut them back it’s important to understand which type of grass you’re cutting.…

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Tree and Shrub Planting & Transplanting

The most important thing to remember when thinking about planting and transplanting trees or shrubs is ‘right plant, right place.’ By this we mean that it is crucial to consider a plant’s light, water and drainage needs when deciding where to plant it in your garden. Not to worry though! A quick Google search will…

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Preparing for Fall: Late August

Summer may be wrapping up but there’s still plenty you can do before we return to months of rain. Here’s a few things you can do to keep your garden fresh. Plant Plant annuals. With a couple of months of nice weather still ahead, you can plant annual flowers for a good, long show. Cloeus…

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New Lawn Care

You’re the proud owner of a brand-new lawn. Congratulations! In the next few weeks with proper maintenance, the installation will be a success and the lawn will serve as a great space for years to come. Some General Notes Make sure to stay off the lawn as much as possible during the establishment period. It’s…

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Watering Your Garden

Watering your plants may seem unnecessary in a city known for its rain. While a good rain (one inch or more) is equivalent to one watering, correct watering is the single most important factor in establishing new plantings, so it’s important to do it right. What many people don’t realize is that excessive watering is…

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Cedar Vs. Composite: Decking

In the Pacific Northwest, with our long summer days and mild temperatures, having an outdoor area in which to read or entertain is a gift. One way to greatly expand your options for living space is to add a deck to your home.  Once the decision has been made to add a deck the next…

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Evenings By the Outdoor Fire

Summer has drawn to a close here in the Pacific Northwest, but that does not mean we are ready to head indoors!  Living in a temperate region, we often welcome lovely early autumns.  The peace of a crisp evening, a warm beverage, perhaps a s’more or two, and the warm glow of a fire is…

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