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Landscape Erosion – Dealing with NW Weather Part 1

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When purchasing a new property or making alterations to your existing yard, something to consider is landscape erosion. Here in the Pacific Northwest, the rainy season and general climate can lead to issues such as soil entering city waterways or even your neighbor’s yard and excess water damaging the landscaping. So, let’s dive into the two main types of landscape …

Rhododendrons Care and Culture

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Rhododendrons are wonderful plants, capable of fulfilling many landscape needs. They bloom in nearly every color you can imagine and their boom time varies so much, from early spring to mid-winter, you can have a Rhododendron in flower nearly year-round. Contrary to popular belief, Rhododendrons do fine in full sun. In their native China, Rhododendrons serve as the forest canopy, …

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, …

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 …