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Celebrate Pollinator Week, June 17-23

Celebrate Pollinator Week, June 17-23. Pollinator Week is an annual celebration in support of pollinator health. Pollinators “are the unsung heroes behind the food we enjoy and the beauty that surrounds us,” said the Pollinator Partnership. Pollinators include bees, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, bats and birds, especially hummingbirds. The goal of Pollinator Week is to […]

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Managing chafer beetles in June: water your lawn

Does your lawn look like it has been rototilled? It is likely the result of hungry wildlife feeding on an invasive insect, the European chafer beetle, found in turf. People have reported major damage to their lawns, and local cities have seen destruction of athletic fields. The European chafer beetle is a serious pest of […]

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Save a tree: how to water your trees

Why you need to water  It is very important to water your newly planted trees during the establishment period (first five years after planting). This is just as important as where you plant them for their long-term health and resilience. Planting a tree is a critical moment. It is a shock to their systems, disrupting their […]

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How to encourage beneficial insects in your garden

We often talk about attracting bees and other pollinators to the garden. But pollinators are only one kind of beneficial insect. There are also predators, parasites and decomposers. All are important in a healthy yard and garden. In the Pacific Northwest there are more than 28,000 species of insects, but only one to two percent […]

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Water like Goldilocks

Think about Goldilocks and the Three Bears when you water your lawn and garden. Too little water and too much water are both bad for your plants. Water like Goldilocks: just right. Too little water Drought stress has a number of harmful impacts on garden plants. Lawns A lawn that experiences drought stress will become […]

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Resources to help you grow roses successfully

People love roses. But they are notoriously difficult to grow in our western Washington climate. The moist, cool weather in western Washington is ideal for rose diseases such as black spot, rust and powdery mildew. Some of our most popular blog posts over the years have been about how to grow roses. This reflects both […]

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Plant sales are a great place to buy new garden plants

The spring weather may have you thinking about your yard and garden. Maybe you’d like to buy new plants. Are you looking for vegetable starts? Or a shrub to fill in a bare spot? Or perennials to add some color? Plant sales are a wonderful place to buy new garden plants. You can often find […]

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For Earth Day, grow a Bee Friendly Lawn

Would you like to help the earth in your own yard this Earth Day? Then change your lawn care practices. Growing a Bee Friendly Lawn will help our native bees, along with birds and other beneficial insects. And your lawn will look better, with less impact on the earth. Traditional lawn care practices are heavily […]

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Celebrate Earth Day 2024

April is Earth Month, and April 22 is Earth Day 2024. We hope you will take time this month to connect with nature, expand your knowledge, join with others and take action to help the planet. Connect with nature Spring blossoms are emerging on trees and in yards around the area. Now is a good […]

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How to deal with moles

Moles are easy for homeowners to hate. When they discover mounds in their lawn or next to a beloved plant, most people want to deal with moles quickly and effectively. Unfortunately, dealing with moles is not easy, and many methods are not very effective. Here are some tips and perspectives. 1. Identify the animal First, […]

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