Well, it’s September and we’re all wondering where summer went. Did we have more than a couple weeks of it this year? We’re hoping the sun will stick around for a while and we can extend summer into September and October! However, since we know what is coming shortly… we’d better prepare. So, here are a few landscape tips for you for September.
- Check soil moisture levels through December
- Divide hosta and daylilies
- Plant fall flowers like pansies
- Complete fall lawn seeding projects
Please join us for our first seminar of the season. Saturday, April 2nd at 10am or 2pm. At 9965 SE Orient Dr. in Boring. Space is limited, so please RSVP. This seminar will go over pond cleaning, fish care, and algae. Ben will be presenting. He is new to our staff and we are so happy to have him. He is very knowledgeable and has extensive experience with pond building, maintenance and fish handling and care. We know you will enjoy hearing him and come away knowing how to tackle your pond this spring. There will be a seminar special for (3) products including the Microbe-Lift Bacteria for Spring/Summer and AlgaeFix.
Did you miss our Free Seminar? Don’t worry, here’s a recap.
-Winterizing Your Pond Seminar-
-Introduction and brief history of Creative Visions
Creative Visions Landscape, Inc has been in business in the Portland Metro & Vancouver Area for 24 years. We started out providing maintenance services and in 1999 became licensed by the Landscape Contractors Board to do landscaping and water features. Our location where we are at now, we purchased 7 years ago. We operate our landscape company there and in March
2010 we opened our Water Garden Center. We hope it to be a destination for the water garden connoisseur for years to come.
-Water gardening philosophy
Our philosophy at Creative Visions Landscape & Water Garden Center is to provide good quality products and services that work well and the information on how to use them. If we don’t have the answer to your questions we will research it and get the answer for you. We also don’t think it is beneficial to our customers to be the cheapest in town or the most elite, so our goal is to have affordable equipment, products and services so you our most valued customer can maintain a healthy pond/water feature at an affordable price.
-Brief outline of the course
Topics covered today will include water health, fall and winter feeding, fall maintenance check list, cleaning your pond in the fall, cozy winter water, re-cap the most important keys and go over a winter maintenance check list.
• Water testing is extremely important especially for new ponds and during the early spring months. Test kits are available or you can bring in a water sample and we’d be happy to test it. Track your results so that you can detect any early warning signs of a crash. Usually what happens is that everything seems normal to the eye but the chemistry of the water is slowly walking towards the edge of a cliff. Once it falls of the cliff you are experiencing a crash, fish will start dying and it is extremely hard to bring the water back to equilibrium. Continue reading
Did you spend more time than you would have liked this year trying to get your pond water clean and clear? Did you suffer from a case of never ending pea soup colored pond water? Or maybe you still haven’t been able to see your fish this year… Or the looming thought of just one truck load of dirt to bury the headaches all together? Face it, a pond or water feature takes a lot of hard work to go from a dream to a reality. If all of this is sounding a little too familiar, now is the time to start to make next year easier and less of a hassle. There are a few key steps to take in the next few months as the leaves change that are necessary to prepare for winter and ensure that your water garden is in top shape for the beginning of next spring. Fall and winter maintenance is often forgotten or overlooked and can be the keystone in your maintenance routine. Continue reading