Pollinator insects need your help! Pollinator populations continue to decline due to the increased use of agricultural pesticides, and supporting pollinators is one of the easiest and best ways to improve the health of your local ecosystem, increase biodiversity, and support food production. Unlike yellowjackets and wasps, which can be grumpy and aggressive, pollinator insects […]
There is an old expression that goes like this: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” I would add that when Mother Nature give us incessant rainfall and unseasonably low temperatures, we should plant more bog or moisture-loving plants. At least the plants will be happy, even if we aren’t….
Choosing the plants for a container garden arrangement can sometimes seem daunting. How do you decide which plants will create the multidimensional masterpiece you envision? It can be helpful to use a concept that breaks down the design process by categorizing plants into three categories: thrillers, fillers, and spillers.
When you imagine a shade garden, do you mostly picture foliage plants and a lack of bright colors? While foliage plants are the foundation of any shade garden, there is an abundance of flowers that offer beautiful blooms in shady conditions. Here are 15 of our favorite flowers for shade.
Starting in late March our native dogwood tree, Cornus nutallii, starts bloomin and then in the month of May we can observe the eastern dogwood tree, Cornus florida. Finally, in the month of June the Korean dogwoods, Cornus kousa, come into bloom. They are a slightly larger tree with more of a rounded form and […]
SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc, (https://bigtreesupply.com) a tree nursery and tree transplant company in the Seattle area, helped a homeowner who had accidentally burned down a row of trees in his yard, a week away from selling his home. He was weed burning out in his front yard and caught an entire row of Arborvitae […]
By Nancy Penrose Approximately 80% of Americans live in cities, and are not regularly exposed to natural areas like forests. This makes trees extremely important in an urban environment, for providing shade, removing air pollution, reducing stormwater runoff, and giving recreational benefits and providing beauty. Consider these facts: Trees, if properly placed, can reduce heating […]
Knowing that plant pests and diseases are feared words in the horticultural world but it is something that we MUST talk about. Unwanted issues do happen even to the most pest and disease-resistant plants and with new invasives arriving, it is best to have a plan of action for when something looks funny (not funny […]