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Watering tips for Seattle landscapes

The Seattle area had a remarkably dry spring. From March through May we received just over half of normal rainfall. Plants are already feeling the effects. And we expect less rain in summer. While June is often rainy, July and September are normally the driest months in Seattle, with less than an inch of rain… […]

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What’s the deal with Roundup?

Roundup is the most widely used herbicide in the world. Is Roundup dangerous? How harmful is Roundup to your own health and to the natural environment? What can or should you do? Does Roundup cause cancer? Is Roundup dangerous to your health? There is no clear answer from research and health authorities on whether exposure… […]

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Quick summer lawn care tips

How do you keep your lawn healthy during our hot, dry summers? In July and August the average Seattle rainfall is an inch or less per month, and the average temperature is about 75 degrees. Those conditions make it tough for lawns. Now is the time to adopt lawn care practices that will help your… […]

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How to manage lace bugs: take action now

The weather in the Seattle area this spring has been warmer and drier than normal, creating favorable conditions for lace bugs. So our service techs are seeing lace bugs on shrubs in some of our clients’ landscapes, mainly on rhododendrons and azaleas. Here are tips on how to manage lace bugs. Taking action in spring… […]

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Tips for successful vegetable gardening

Vegetable gardening has grown more popular, as more people are working from home and spending more time in their yards. Many people enjoy the satisfaction of growing their own flavorful, colorful and nutritious food. If you are new to vegetable gardening, here are a few tips to help you be more successful. Choose a sunny… […]

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Celebrate Earth Day in your own yard

Earth Day is Thursday, April 22. There are a number of ways to celebrate Earth Day in your own yard and garden. You can reduce your environmental impact and help make the earth a greener place. Plant a tree. Trees help the earth in numerous ways. They store CO2, reduce energy use, clean the air […]

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Ways to celebrate Earth Day 2021

Earth Day 2021 is Thursday, April 22. Since the first celebration in 1970, Earth Day has grown to be a globally celebrated holiday to support environmental protection. Today, more than one billion people participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. Earth Day is a reminder to… […]

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Best roses for the Pacific Northwest

Roses are popular shrubs in Pacific Northwest gardens, despite the challenges of growing them in our damp climate. If you would like to increase your success with roses, check out our blog posts on Tips for growing roses in western Washington and Choosing and growing roses in western Washington. They are among our most popular […]

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How to manage chafer beetles: what to do in March

The chafer beetle invasion The European chafer beetle is a serious lawn pest that is spreading and causing lots of problems throughout the Seattle area. The beetle was first spotted in Washington in 2008. “It’s just been exploding since we first found it,” Todd Murray, director of Washington State University’s Puyallup Research and Extension Center, […]

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It’s time to add mason bees!

March is the perfect time to add mason bees to your yard. These small, shy bees are a great way to increase your fruit harvest and encourage native flowers in your yard. They are called mason bees because they use clayey mud to build protective walls. Choose a warm, sunny day with little wind. Hang… […]

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