Garden cleanup: what to do now

Garden cleanup: what to do now

October is a great time to clean up your garden and landscape. You can take a number of steps now that will help make your plants healthier and your yard easier to care for next year. Garden cleanup 1: Leaves on your lawn  Leaves, especially wet leaves, can thin your...
Plant in fall for less stress, better growth

Plant in fall for less stress, better growth

Fall is great time to choose new trees, shrubs and perennials and put them in the ground. There are several reasons to plant in fall instead of spring. Many people plant in late spring and summer. However, plants that go into the ground then may not look as good...
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...
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...
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...
Growing a cutting garden

Growing a cutting garden

We all enjoy the beauty and fragrance of flowers in our yard. If you also take pleasure in having flowers in your home, you may want to plant a cutting garden. Flowering plants give your garden an extra advantage: they attract beneficial insects. Beneficial insects,...
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