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Let There Be Light!

Let There Be Light!

I have two favorite spots in my house: The first is a chaise lounge sitting next to a large window overlooking the Vine Maples in my backyard. The second is my kitchen window with a view of two old mossy-branched walnut trees. I see squirrels scampering, birds looking...

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Beautiful, Low-maintenance Groundcover Conifers

Beautiful, Low-maintenance Groundcover Conifers

When considering plants for your landscape, don’t forget about the vast options available in low-growing groundcover conifers. Evergreen groundcover conifers can be a low-maintenance option to fill in landscaped areas, providing beauty and longevity. They combine well...

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Got Bugs? Get Bats!

Got Bugs? Get Bats!

Bats aren't just for Halloween anymore. Their reputation as ghoulish, bloodsucking, disease-carrying rodents is unjustified. They are as beneficial to our environment as birds and bees. But since they do their work at night, they don't get the appreciation they...

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Dos and Don’ts of Landscape Fabric

Dos and Don’ts of Landscape Fabric

One of the least glamourous materials in the landscape may be landscape fabric. It’s cheap, ugly, and is useful in a variety of applications. Our clients sometimes ask us about installing landscape fabric as a weed prevention tool, and we discourage this. Why you...

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The Healing Power of Nature

The Healing Power of Nature

A growing body of research is finding that regular exposure to trees and nature can help people recover from illness, and lead to better mental and physical health. Most gardeners will tell you that their landscape is their “happy place”, and that gardening is a...

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Rocks Rock!

Rocks Rock!

Rocks are natural materials excavated from the earth that add beauty, function, and stability in the landscape.  Much of the stone in your area will likely have been brought in from a nearby quarry or local river bed, but some may have traveled hundreds and even...

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Lawn Be Gone! Five Alternatives to a Grassy Lawn

Lawn Be Gone! Five Alternatives to a Grassy Lawn

With the growing trend for sustainability, water-wise, and eco-friendly lifestyles, most of our clients have been rethinking the lawn. We’ve encountered many requests lately to reduce or eliminate grass in the garden. While a green lawn can be beautiful, it can also...

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Fabulous Foliage Plants for Your Garden

Fabulous Foliage Plants for Your Garden

When thinking of plants for our gardens, we often think of flowers first. However, flowers are fleeting; they come and go, but foliage plants are hard at work bringing beauty to garden spaces and patio planters. Here are a just a few of the many plants to consider in...

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Top 10 Most Desirable and Disease-Resistant Trees

Top 10 Most Desirable and Disease-Resistant Trees

A popular proverb says "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now." There is huge amount of wisdom in these lines. The following are some of my favorite trees that do well here in the Pacific Northwest. Consider adding one or more...

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