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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

Jan 2013 
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.

Landscape Tips for December

Happy HolidaysIt’s December! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Creative Visions Landscapes!!
Can you believe how the year has flown? The days are shorter, the temperature is lower and none of us want to spend much time outside. But, there are a few things you should do before you hibernate for the winter.

Landscape Tips for December

  • Check stored flower bulbs, fresh vegetables, fruits for rot and fungus problems. Discard any showing signs of rot.
  • During heavy rains, watch for drainage problems in the yard. Tilling, ditching, and French drains are possible short-term solutions.
  • Turn off water faucets to prevent freezing
  • Turn the compost pile and protect from heavy rains, if necessary

Landscape Tips for November

kids playing in leavesHAPPY NOVEMBER!

The days are getting shorter and in a few days, we’ll turn the clocks back. The rain seems like it’s starting to settle in, so let’s take a look at some of the last landscape activites we want to make sure get done before winter comes.

  • Rake and compost leaves that are free of diseases and insects. Use mulches to prevent erosion and compaction from rain.
  • Protect built-in sprinkler systems: drain the system, insulate the valve mechanisms.
  • Drain and store hoses.
  • Consider planting shrubs and trees that supply food and shelter to birds; e.g., sumac, elderberry, flowering currant, and mock orange.
  • Plant spring-flowering bulbs, such as tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crocuses.
  • Check firewood for insect infestations. Burn affected wood first and don’t store inside.


Landscape Tips for October

There’s no denying it… Fall is here! Here at Creative Visions Landscapes, we are doing a lot of fall clean up and getting ready for winter. There are leaves to be raked, water features to winterize, drainage to improve. We’ve got projects to wrap up before winter hits!

Here are just a few landscape tips for October

  • Cut back perennials
  • Plant bulbs
  • 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.