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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 May

It’s May! A great month for planting. We had a wet spring and are ready for some sunshine! There is nothing better to get spring started than to add some splashes of color in your yard.  Hanging baskets are a great way to add color above ground level.

Reminders of key garden chores, include fertilizing, pest control, planting, and maintenance.

  • Divide perennials
  • Plant new perennials
  • Plants annuals
  • Cut back any mums that returned from last year by half

Landscape Tips for April

Last month we commented on the unpredictable weather. Ha! Guess we spoke too soon. March was very unpredictable and it looks like April is going to do the same thing to us! We don’t know when spring is going to arrive. But, we hope we’ve turned the corner on the weather & headed to a bit more warmth!

When we do get a glimpse of the sun make sure you get out and enjoy it. While you’re at it, here are a few landscape tips for April.

•  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 February

February in Oregon…

You never know what kind of weather we’ll get in February. 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

October Landscape Tips

October… all ready? Wow! Where has this year gone?

We are getting ready for our pumpkins to be delivered and can’t wait for all the great food, fun and get-togethers that happen between now & the end of the year. Oh, and don’t forget about our costume and pumpkin carving contest on October 15th!

Don’t get too busy to take care of a few October landscaping issues.

  • Cut back perennials
  • Plant bulbs

August Landscaping Tips

Wow, where has the summer gone? It’s already August. You know what that means, all the busy-ness returns of getting kids ready for school and buttoning up things for our fall weather. Well here are a few landscaping tips for you for August.

  • Order fall bulbs
  • Plant late-blooming perennials, mums, or pansies
  • Look out for spider mite and aphid activity

May Landscaping Tips

May is a great time for planting.  We had a long winter this year and there is nothing better than to get this spring started with some splashes of color in your yard.  Hanging baskets are a great way to add color above ground level.

  • Divide perennials
  • Plant new perennials
  • Plants annuals
  • Cut back any mums that returned from last year by half

Mother’s Day Event 2011

Come join us in celebrating the amazing mothers in our community.  We are hosting an event on Saturday, May 7th from 10am-5pm at our Water Garden Center located at 9965 SE Orient Dr. in Boring.  We will have door prizes, drawing, and food.  Tumbleweed BBQ will be catering our event and offering food from 12pm-3pm.  We will have our hanging baskets brought in from a local nursery and our aquatic plants will be available in our greenhouse.  There are plenty of coupons floating around in the local papers for this event, so look out for them.  Bring your mom and come join us for this special event.

April Landscaping Tips

  • Apply a slow-release fertilizer to perennial 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)