Thatch Control In Lawns

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Thatch is the buildup of organic material between the actively growing blades of grass and the soil. Severe thatch can have a hydrophobic effect and will not allow water to pass through from the surface to the soil below. Severe thatch will also negate the effects of fertilizer, as any added nutrients will not be able to reach the root …

Pre-emergents For Weed Control

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Do you want to prevent weed infestations in your beds? Control the invasion of unwanted plants in gravel driveways and pathways? Keep annual weeds from colonizing your lawns? Save yourself time and energy by investing in pre-emergents! Pre-emergents are chemicals which prevent weed seeds in the soil from germinating. They range from gentle, short term control (such as Preen for …

Landscaping Under Walnut Trees

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Walnut trees naturally produce a chemical called Juglone, which inhibits or prevents the growth of other plants. Juglone is found in Walnut leaves, fruits and other parts. Many plants are intolerant of Juglone, making landscaping under Walnuts a real challenge. If allowed, Juglone can build up in the soil to levels toxic to other plants.  When planting underneath Walnut trees, …

The Benefits Of Mulch

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The benefits of mulch cannot be overstated. All types of mulch provide weed control benefits, which increase landscape plant health and growth by reducing competition for water and nutrients. All mulches also reduce soil erosion and runoff, as well as the impact of raindrops on the soil surface.  Mulch is a very cost effective way to save on your landscape’s …

Lawns in Shade

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TREES: Deciduous trees cause lawns to thin out over the summer since they block most of the photosynthetically active sunlight. Coniferous trees cause lawns to thin out due to the accumulation of debris under the trees, in addition to blocking critical sunlight. Competition from tree roots for water exacerbates lawn problems, as does heavy usage.

Edibles for the Pacific Northwest

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Edibles for landscaping include annuals, perennials, vines, shrubs and trees. While many plants produce an edible crop, upkeep and yield varies widely and not all edibles are appropriate for the home landscape.  Choosing the edible that’s right for you involves determining the amount of time and space you are willing to commit to your edible landscape and what you goals …