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Early Spring Perennial Color

Now that spring has officially arrived and the sun has returned, our gardens are beginning to brim with activity.  Bees are buzzing about visiting early flowers, foliage is emerging everywhere, and plants are awakening from winter dormancy.  Perennials in particular are a welcome sight for this gardener’s eyes, as they finally spring back to life […]

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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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Amazing Azaleas

One tried and true shrub for our local gardens are Azaleas – spring flowering beauties that can be utilized in many locations the landscape.  These plants are brothers and sisters to Rhododendrons, offering us spectacular flowers on smaller growing plants that thrive in similar conditions.  There are hundreds of options out there, including…

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CROSS POLLINATOR: Ornamental Geo Formations

We all need to know people dedicated to their niche in the landscape industry! For this reason, I’d like to introduce you to Nathan of Ornamental Geo Formations LLC. He is a true craftsman taking pride, ability AND follow-through into his work world. His dedication and passion for crafting a product that is durable, purposeful […]

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Zinnias: how to grow and use them

It’s not too late to grow zinnias from seed! Which is just as well because I goofed. Let me explain. Zinnias hate cold, wet weather almost as much as I do. In the Seattle area we need to wait until night temperatures are stable at 55’f or above before planting out – which is typically…

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Japanese Maples for Spring Color

Japanese Maples come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, colors, growth habits and foliage types, offering the home gardener a myriad of choices to suit each individual’s taste.  All of these trees get outstanding autumn color, but gardeners should note their spring foliage tones as well…

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Trees Improve Air Quality for Big Trees Client

By Nancy Penrose Recently we installed 15 privacy trees for a client. We install a lot of privacy trees for clients, many of whom will report that they regained privacy of their property from intrusive nearby activities or neighbors. But with this client, they reported that the 15 trees we planted for them had a […]

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Aerate & build lawn health to prevent chafer beetles

What’s the deal with chafer beetles? The European chafer beetle is a serious lawn pest. The grubs feed on lawn roots in spring and fall. This kills the grass and leaves visible dead patches. The worst damage, however, comes from crows, raccoons, skunks and other wildlife that find the grubs to be a tasty treat. […]

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