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Winter shows its Teeth

About the time we were starting to see hints of spring teasing us with early blooming plants and robin song, the “Polar Vortex” we had been watching from behind our mountains suddenly nudged us with its icy fingers. Cold air poured in from the north briefly mixing with damp pacific air, dusting the Northwest with […]

A New Year and a new season of possibilities

We hope you all had a warm and splendid Christmas holiday. Its hard to believe we are already on the doorstep of 2019! Every year offers a distinctly different combination of conditions when it comes to our landscapes and gardens. Many factors influence plant growth, bloom times, fruit set and the length of our growing […]

Winter pruning notes: Less is more

When it comes to tree and shrub pruning, some folks seem to abide by the axiom of “Prune all you want, it’ll grow back”. While in many cases this can be true (English laurel, ivy, wild blackberries), in even more cases, you might be doing irreversible harm. Some general rules of thumb: Only use hedge […]

Landscape treatments and our priorities

It is always a pleasure to pay a call to someone who has just had a landscape project installed and are now looking for services to maintain their investment. Preventive maintenance is always the best course of action and man-made environments will always need mechanical and material inputs to maintain the vision of the original […]

Your trees may be saying “Feed me!”

  Late fall is a great time to apply fertilizer to trees and shrubs. Plants that are growing in manicured or “sterile” landscapes where leaves are routinely picked up and disposed of, are at risk for low fertility and a failure to thrive. Decaying leaves and duff are a good breeding ground for beneficial micro-organisms […]

Cankers

Canker generally refers to many different plant diseases of such broadly similar symptoms as the appearance of small areas of dead tissue, which grow slowly, often over years. Some are of only minor consequence, but others are ultimately lethal and therefore of major economic importance in agriculture and horticulture. Their causes include such a wide […]

Mushrooms, toadstools, and Fungi Oh my!

We frequently get calls in spring and fall from folks who are concerned about toadstools in their lawn. At first blush it can be alarming to see a large ”fruiting body’’ emerging from your lawn seemingly overnight. Rest assured, these mushrooms are not damaging and are an indication of the healthy community of mycological processes […]

Anobiid beetles

Structure-infesting anobiids (powder post beetles) occur primarily in older homes that have crawl spaces or damp basements. These beetles also infest outbuildings, such as barns or garages. Wooden support timbers, floor joists, and sub-flooring are commonly infested. The insects will attack new hardwoods (maple, walnut, oak) and softwoods (Douglas-fir, cedar, hemlock) or those that have […]