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…


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…


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…


7 Ways to Keep Weeds from Taking Over Your Garden

Along with the beautiful, long, and sunny days of summer, come a few less than welcome guests: weeds. Taking care of them can be a daunting task. If you’ve ever tried pulling weeds out of planting beds or the lawn, you will know that they have decidedly earned their name. Removing them can feel like…

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Lawn Care! How natural lawn care can be simple and easy…

Pacifica Blog Post   LAWN CARE: The natural cycle of cold weather grasses in the PNW is to go dormant in summer. A year round green lawn is a social and cultural phenomenon, not a natural one, maintained through forcing growth with water and nitrogen. The desire for verdant green lawns probably stems from the…

New Work Wednesday

The mason is nearly finished with the patio and Victor, our carpenter, is starting the next stage.

New Work Wednesday

A paver patio in progress.  Our craftsmen treat every job as if it is their own.

Family Night at Swanson’s Nursery

What better way to spend a summer evening with family than Family Night at Swanson’s Nursery, next Thursday, August 17. Live music, food, and kid’s activities.  There will also be a prize drawing to benefit Whole Kids Foundation, providing school garden grants and nutrition education for schools.