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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...
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...
The Bark Dust Blues: Considerations for a New Backyard

The Bark Dust Blues: Considerations for a New Backyard

Builders love bark dust. It covers a multitude of sins, costs next to nothing, and allows them to move on to the next project. What do you do when a builder leaves you with a new house and a backyard with bark dust, a concrete slab, and not much else?   First things...
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...
Fall Landscape Cleanup and Winter Maintenance

Fall Landscape Cleanup and Winter Maintenance

As we enter the increasingly colder months during this fall season and await the coming winter with its shorter and evermore blustery days, striking colors start to emerge around us like a golden and crimson blanket covering our hills and valleys. No doubt the...
Combating Invasive Weeds

Combating Invasive Weeds

Weeds are the bane of many a gardener’s existence, and with the growth season underway, they can crop up in full force. We can help! Here are a few tips to reduce weeds in your yard. Fill up those planting beds! My personal strategy for combating weeds is to fill my...