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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.

Pond Tips for February

February Pond Tips 
Seriously it’s February? We can’t believe that one month of 2013 is already gone. But, the good news is that Pond Season is not too far off. However, remember we can still get some cold weather in late February and into March. So even if you see your fish moving around a little bit, do not start feeding them yet. Here are the rest of your February pond tips:

 

  • Check water levels regularly. Keep water levels consistent, adding fresh water
    when levels recede.
  • Don’t let your pond completely ice over.
  • Add beneficial bacteria. Remember beneficial bacteria helps pond filters control algae and algae blooms in ponds and koi and fish pools by reducing fish waste and pond scum.
  • Maintain salt level between 1.25 – 2.00 ppt.
  • Do one back flush of filter media.

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 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.

 

Landscape Tips for September

September 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

Where has the summer gone? It’s August already. Before you know it the kids will be back in school. It’s time to start thinking about fall.

We have some of our hottest days in August, so don’t think summer is over yet!

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! August is the pefect time to…

  • Order fall bulbs
  • 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.

Landscape Tips for July

WooHoo!! Welcome to July! We can’t believe how quickly this year is 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 Beer and Wine Tasting event coming up this month, that’s an event you won’t want to miss!

Since it’s summer and we’re sure you’re scrambling to keep up with all the events, we thought you could use a little reminder of some landscape tips for July.

  • Deadhead perennial blossoms to promote new growth
  • 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!!

September Landscape Tips

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