Powdery mildew: what to do

Powdery mildew: what to do

Powdery mildew is a common disease in western Washington. Late summer and fall are prime times for powdery mildew to show up. The disease does best when damp nights are followed by warm, sunny days. There are many different species of powdery mildew, and each species...
Managing spider mites

Managing spider mites

Hot, dry weather is tough on plants. Plants under water stress are highly susceptible to pest damage. A common pest in landscapes and gardens is spider mites. Spider mites damage plants by sucking juice from the underside of leaves. Unfortunately, they are often not...
How to prune in summer: Laceleaf Japanese maple

How to prune in summer: Laceleaf Japanese maple

This video explains and shows the steps to properly prune a laceleaf Japanese maple in summer. Many of the principles also apply to other trees and shrubs. Meet our expert pruning staff and watch them prune a maple tree–in fast motion. We are currently...
Look to sea kelp for garden help

Look to sea kelp for garden help

Kelp, a plant from the sea, is a great way to improve your land-based garden. The ocean’s garden contains many elements that terrestrial plants require to flourish. Sea kelp can contain more than 70 vitamins, minerals and enzymes essential to the health of a...
Gardening with children

Gardening with children

In today’s online world, it can be tough to get your children away from their screens. Your garden is a great place to have fun with your kids. They get a chance to get dirty. And you get a chance to teach them about food, flowers, bugs and more. Activities...
Outdoor living spaces: a “pattern language”

Outdoor living spaces: a “pattern language”

Have you been thinking about adding or improving an outdoor space in your landscape? Perhaps you imagine hanging out with friends on a warm summer evening. Or grilling a meal and eating it outdoors with your family. Or listening to the birds while you enjoy a book and...
Measuring sprinkler output: one inch of water

Measuring sprinkler output: one inch of water

Do you know how much water your sprinkler is putting on your lawn? This video has step-by-step instructions to measure your sprinkler output. We recommend watering your lawn one inch each week. If you let your lawn go dormant in the summer, we recommend watering one...
Tips for managing moss in lawns

Tips for managing moss in lawns

Moss is a problem for many homeowners. Here is an infographic with quick tips on how to manage moss in your lawn. Contact us for help with these solutions. We can fertilize, apply lime, fix drainage problems, aerate and overseed, prune trees, or design and install a...
Lace bugs in your garden

Lace bugs in your garden

Lace bugs are a problem pest in the Pacific Northwest. Our mild climate means cold weather is unlikely to kill off lace bug in any of its life stages. We wrote about lace bugs last summer. At the time we said you could reduce the problem by taking action in the...
How to manage moles in your lawn

How to manage moles in your lawn

Last May we published a blog post on how to manage moles in your yard. It was one of our most popular blog posts ever. It’s probably because many of you struggle with these small but destructive critters. We are posting it again as a public service to our...
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