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Landscape Tips for January

Landscape Tips for JanuaryHappy 2015!

It’s January, start of a New Year! We don’t know about you, but we’re happy to leave 2014 behind. We’ve got a lot of great plans for 2015. So, keep your eyes out for notifications from us! We look forward to sharing this great year with you!

This weather is definitely throwing everything for a loop. With the warmer temperatures we’ve got Spring Fever! If the weather stays warmer everything will start blooming early, which works for us!

We have had a few days that we’re pretty sure the ocean turned upside down and emptied itself on us. So, with that, keep an eye on washouts and what they have uncovered including bulbs!

Landscape Tips for January

  • Watch for field mice damage on lower trunks of trees and shrubs. Eliminate hiding places by removing weeds. Use traps and approved baits as necessary.
  • Check the soil moisture around boxwood and holly, water if needed.
  • Snow can be used as mulch on perennials and areas where bulbs were planted last fall. (not that we have any snow)
  • Don’t walk on lawns until frost has melted.
  • Make sure our recent deluges have not left bulbs and tree roots bare.

What things do you work on outside at this time of the year? Do you have an Landscape Tips for January that you’d like to share with us?

Landscape Tips For September

SeptemberSeptember has arrived! Many kids are back in school and fall sports are being played. This is a great time of the year in Oregon. We tend to get some beautiful days in September, cool mornings warm afternoons and beautiful sunsets! You’ve got to love the fall in the Northwest!

If you’re running kids to football, volleyball and soccer practices while trying to maintain a full-time job we know it’s difficult to remember what you’re supposed to do with your landscape. So, here are some tips to help you out.

  • Check soil moisture levels through December
  • Divide hosta and daylilies
  • Plant fall flowers like pansies
  • Complete fall lawn seeding projects
  • Aerate lawns

2014 Pond Contest Results

The moment you’ve been waiting for… the announcement of the 2014 Pond Contest Results! Thanks to all of you, the this years Pond Contest was a success! We received 21 pictures. Thanks so much to all who participated. We really enjoyed looking at all your beautiful ponds!

Remember the ponds were judged by the general public and no strict criteria was set for judging. The results are strictly based on the popular vote.

Thank you for taking the time to vote and participate with us in this fun contest.

Congratulations to our top three finishers this year.

The 2014 Pond Contest Results are below.

 

In 3rd Place – Jane R.

2014 Pond Contest

In 2nd Place  – Lana W.

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In 1st Place – Patty R.

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2014 Pond Contest Voting

Welcome to our 2014 Pond Contest Voting. We can’t believe this is already our fourth annual pond contest. We received some beautiful photos of some fantastic ponds. Take a close look, it may just spur an idea about a pond for yourself!

Vote for your 3 favorite ponds. Pond Contest Voting is open June 17-24 2013. Winners will be announced on Facebook and our website on June 27th.

Pond Contest Prizes include:
1st Place – Gift Certificate valued at $200
2nd Place – Gift Certificate valued at $100
3rd Place – Gift Certificate valued at $50

Please carefully look at all the ponds, then vote at the bottom of the page for your 3 favorite ponds.

Click on the picture of the pond to see a larger image.

 

 

Pond Tips for October

pond tips for OctoberHere are some pond tips for October we would like to share.

Discontinue bacteria treatments when the water temperature reaches 50 to 55 degrees.  When the temperatures are  35 to 50 degrees, you can use the cold water bacteria.  The main reason for using bacteria is to help increase the good bacteria count so the pond will stay in balance.

What do I do with my plants?

Cut back the marginals to just below the water level and cut the lilies to 3 inches above the rhizone. Throw the summer tropicals, such as Hyacinth, into your compost pile. Clean up debris as much as you can from the bottom of the pond.  Remove as many of the leaves as you can by using a small rake.

Netting the Pond?

In the fall, it is recommended that you use pond netting if you have leaves or pine needles that will fall into the pond.  If you do not net the pond, then any material that falls into the pond will have to decompose and as it decomposes, it will produce harmful gasses throughout the winter.  Check out the pond tips for October below

  • Add beneficial bacteria. Remember beneficial bacteria removes ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and organic debris such as dead leaves, uneaten fish food, fish waste etc., that cause water clarity problems.
  • Maintain salt level between 2.0 – 2.5 ppt.
  • Back flush filter media weekly.
  • 10% water change every other week.
  • Feed fish once or twice a day.
  • Consider covering your pond with leaf net.
  • Check chemical levels.

October Landscape Tips

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Wow! Fall is here. We hope you all survived the crazy rain & wind that bombarded us over the last couple weeks. Hopefully Mother Nature has that out of her system & we can get a little reprieve. Or at least enough of a break that we can get cleaned up from the storm. We lost some branches during the storm so, we’re doing a lot of clean up to our grounds. There are also leaves to be raked, water features to winterize, drainage to improve. We’ve got projects to wrap up before winter hits! Need some October landscape tips? Here are some we’d like to share with you.

  • Cut back perennials.
  • Plant bulbs.
  • Use newspaper or cardboard covered by mulch to discourage winter and spring annual weeds or remove a lawn area for conversion to garden beds. For conversion, work in the paper and mulch as organic matter once the lawn grass has died.
  • If needed, improve soil drainage needs of lawns before rain begins.
  • To suppress future pest problems, clean up annual flower beds by removing diseased plant materials, overwintering areas for insect pests; mulch with manure or garden compost to feed the soil and suppress weeds.
  • Store garden supplies and fertilizers in a safe, dry place out of reach of children.

Pond Tips for September

pond tips for septemberLooking for some pond tips for September? We’ve got some to share with you. Your pond is an outdoor living ecosystem and unless you live in a part of the country where old man winter doesn’t pay you an annual visit, you will have to prepare for changes in late fall and going into winter. So, add that to your “to do” list for next month. We will talk more about winterizing your water feature and pond in October. In the mean time:

  • Add beneficial bacteria. Remember beneficial bacteria removes ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and organic debris such as dead leaves, uneaten fish food, fish waste etc., that cause water clarity problems.
  • Maintain salt level between 2.5 – 3.0 ppt.
  • Back flush filter media weekly.
  • Minimum 10% weekly water change.
  • Consider covering your pond with leaf net.
  • Check chemical levels.

September Landscape Tips

September Landscape TipsSeptember has arrived! Kids are back in school, fall sports are in full swing and we’re back into “normal” schedules. We love this time of the year in Oregon! For many of us, this is why we live here. September can bring cool mornings, warm afternoons and beautiful sunsets! Awww… fall in the Northwest!

Maintaining a full-time job, running kids around to sports practices & games and keeping everyone fed keeps our schedules really full. Which can make it difficult to remember what you’re supposed to do with your landscape. So, here are some September Landscape tips to help you out.

  • Check soil moisture levels through December
  • Divide hosta and daylilies
  • Plant fall flowers like pansies
  • Complete fall lawn seeding projects
  • Aerate lawns

Here are a few extra tips…

  • Remember when purchasing bulbs, the size of the bulb is directly correlated to the size of the flower yet to come in spring.
  • Plant or transplant woody ornamentals and mature herbaceous perennials. Fall planting of trees, shrubs and perennials can encourage healthy root growth over the winter.
  • Stop irrigating your lawn after Labor Day to suppress European crane fly populations.

Pond Tips for August

august pond tips 2013Looking for pond tips for August? We’ve got just the right tips to help you maintain your pond, keep the water crystal clear and maintain a healthy environment, whether you have fish or not.

Many people enjoy seeing fish in their ponds, but they do not mix well with other wildlife. If you want a good wildlife pond, which includes frogs and newts, avoid fish. Don’t transfer fish, plants and frog spawn between ponds as this can introduce disease and problem plants.

  • Add beneficial bacteria. Remember beneficial bacteria removes ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and organic debris such as dead leaves, uneaten fish food, fish waste etc., that cause water clarity problems.
  • Maintain salt level between 2.5 – 3.0 ppt.
  • Back flush filter media weekly.
  • Minimum 10% weekly water change.
  • Check chemical levels.

Water quality can also be improved by adding a water feature, such as a fountain, waterfall or spitter. One hundred percent of your pond volume should be at least circulated in one hour by your pond pump. Water features aid in circulation in an aesthetically pleasing way. Additionally, waterfalls provide surface area for beneficial bacteria to colonize and help harmful ammonia into harmless nitrates.

Don’t worry about mosquitoes and other insects that lay their eggs in ponds. Your fish will eat the larvae when they hatch. Ponds are wildlife-rich, so they are the perfect place to have a bench or seat so you can enjoy fish, dragonflies, frogs or any other wildlife that your water feature attracts.

Landscape Tips for August

august landscape tipsNeed some landscape tips for August? What a beautiful summer we’ve had so far. Before you know it the kids will be back in school, so enjoy the last few weeks of summer. Some of our hottest days are often in August, so don’t think summer is over yet!

You’re probably wrapping up vacations and starting your back-to-school shopping. With the busy-ness that comes with the month of

August, don’t forget to take care of your landscape. If there’s a project you just can’t get to, call us. We’d be happy to help! Landscape
Order fall bulbstips for August include …

  • Plant late-blooming perennials, mums, or pansies
  • Look out for spider mite and aphid activity
  • Need a new lawn? The optimal time for establishing a new lawn is August through Mid-September.
  • Use mulch to protect ornamentals and garden plants from hot weather damage. If needed, provide temporary shade, especially for recent plantings.
  • If a green lawn is desired, make sure lawn areas are receiving adequate water (approximately 0.5 to 1.5 inches per week from June through August). Deep watering less often is more effective than frequent shallow watering. Measure your water use by placing an empty tuna can where your irrigation water lands.sunset in august
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