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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

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

Landscape Tips for July

july landscape tipsIt’s July! 2013 is really flying by. What a great year it’s been so far. We’ve had some great seminars and a lot of fun with our pond contest. We’ve got our Annual Fundraiser: Beer and Wine Tasting event this month,  and to make it even more fun, we’ve added a car show this year.  You won’t want to miss this great event!

Since it’s summer and the weather is beautiful, we’re sure you’re scrambling to keep up with all the events. So, here’s a little reminder of some landscape tips for July.

  • Early morning is the best time to water vegetable and flower gardens to reduce evaporation. Water the soil, rather than leaves to reduce disease. Water deeply and infrequently to encourage root growth.
  • Deadhead perennial blossoms to promote new growth.
  • Hanging baskets of flowers or vegetable plantings need careful attention to watering and feeding during extended periods of hot weather.
  • Cut back fall-blooming perennials by 1/3 to delay bloom.
  • Early morning is the best time to water vegetable and flower gardens to reduce evaporation. Water the soil, rather than leaves to reduce disease. Water deeply and infrequently to encourage root growth.
  • Hanging baskets of flowers or vegetable plantings need careful attention to watering and feeding during extended periods of hot weather.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!!

Landscape Tips for June

landscape tips for juneSummer has arrived! With an early arrival to summer, you’re sure to want our landscape tips for June. By the way… What happened to the Rose Festival curse? We aren’t sure what to think, but we are loving this beautiful sunshine!

Now that summer is on us, things will start getting dry. Be sure your lawn is getting enough water. As a general rule, you want to get at least an inch of water per week to keep a good green and healthy lawn.

June is still early enough to prune some plants if needed, so you can clean up some plants or do full pruning if needed. Planting new plants can still be done, you may just have to water a little more to keep them bright and plenty healthy.

Just a reminder: We landscape all through the year, every month we are planting new plants, the only difference is during hot dry weather we have to water more. Need some landscaping help? Give us a call.

Here are a few landscape tips for June

  • Spray weeds
  • Allow bulb foliage to completely yellow and then cut back to the ground
  • Prune spring-flowering shrubs and trees
  • Make sure raised beds receive enough water for plants to avoid drought  stress
  • Monitor azaleas, primroses and other broadleaf ornamentals for adult  root weevils.

Landscape Tips for May

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After a long winter, your lawn and gardens may be looking a bit ragged and weary. But, spring is now among us and one of the best ways to get in the spring spirit is to get your yard looking great.

Since we’re having a beautiful May, you are probably ready to start spending some time outside. We bet you’re even looking for some landscape tips to help you get your landscape prepared for summer.

Don’t know where to start? Use these landscape tips and you will be on your way to a beautiful lawn and amazing flowerbeds.

  • Divide perennials
  • Plant new perennials
  • Plants annuals
  • Cut back any mums that returned from last year by half
  • Manage weeds while they are small and actively growing with light cultivation or herbicides. Once the weed has gone to bud, herbicides are less effective.
  • Trap moles and gophers as new mounds appear.
  • Check your Irrigation System- Whether you have an in-ground sprinkler system or a hose attachment, you should check to make sure all your sprinklers are working. For an in-ground system- make sure your pump and tank are operating correctly especially if they haven’t run in a few months. Check the sprinkler heads and test them to see if any need to be replaced.

P.S. Did you know… when bringing lilac blooms may be cut and brought into the home you should use scissor-type hand pruners cut off a portion of the woody stem below the flowers. Then, bring them inside and use a hammer to slightly smash the end of the stem to help it better take up water in a vase.

Landscape Tips for April

April Landscape Tips

Happy April!

We hope you’re as excited about the upcoming springtime as we are! The trees and flowers are starting to bloom! Spring around Creative Visions Landscapes is always fun. There is so much work to do. We figure you might need a little help with some landscape tips.

  • Apply a slow-release fertilizer to perennials beds
  • Cut back any perennials not trimmed in the fall
  • Apply a soil acidifier around the base of holly and boxwood
  • Add mulch or bark to beds if needed
  • Complete lawn seeding projects
  • Watch for aphids near the perennials
  • Divide perennials (now or next month)
  • Plant annuals (now or next month depending on weather)

Landscape Tips for March

Landscape Tips for March 
It’s already March! But, like you know the weather in March in Portland is very unpredictable. Plants will start blooming, your grass will start growing and Spring will arrive! Here are a few landscape tips for March.

Landscape Tips – Planning

  • Plan the vegetable garden carefully for spring and summer vegetables. If you lack in- ground gardening space, plan an outdoor container garden.
  • Use a soil thermometer to help you know when to plant vegetables. Some cool season crops (onions, kale, lettuce, and spinach) can be planted when the soil is consistently at or above 40°F.

Maintenance and Clean Up

  • Lawn mowing: Set blade at 0.75 to 1 inch for bent grass lawns; 1.5 to 2.5 inches for bluegrasses, fine fescues, and ryegrasses.
  • Compost grass clippings and yard waste, except for clippings from lawns where weed-and-feed products  or herbicides (weed killers) have been used.
  • Spread compost over garden and landscape areas.
  • Cut back most plants.

Landscape Tips for February

Landscape Tips for February 
It’s February in Oregon…

You never know what kind of weather we’ll get in February. Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow. So, they say we will see an early spring. But, in Oregon, it could be beautiful and sunny, soggy and wet or glistening in snow! No matter what Mother Nature delivers there are some landscaping items that really should be taken care of.

Landscape Tips for February

  • Cut back ornamental grasses
  • Do dormant pruning of wood shrubs and trees
  • Check perennials planted in late summer or fall.  Push them back in the soil if they are raised
  • Prune suckers from the base of ornamental trees, roses, and shrubs
  • Tune up lawn mowers and have the blades sharpened before the rush

Landscape Tips for January

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Happy 2013!

It’s January, start of a New Year! We don’t know about you, but we’re more than happy to leave 2012 behind. We’re definitely hopeful that 2013 will be a better year! We’ve got a lot of great plans for 2013. So, keep your eyes out for notifications from us! We look forward to sharing this great year with you!

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.
  • Don’t walk on lawns until frost has melted.
  • Make sure our recent deluges have not left bulbs and tree roots bare.
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