Plant More Flowers
In the Pacific Northwest we have a long and colorful spring season with lots of color from flowering trees and shrubs. But we need more color in our landscapes all season long. The best way to achieve that is to plant flowers. Have you avoided planting flower beds in front of your shrub plantings because you think they will require too much maintenance? Are you afraid you will choose the wrong flowers for your location and they won’t grow well? We can help you choose the right flowers for your locations. We can create a design in color combinations that fit your taste. We can show you how to plant, mulch, fertilize and prevent weeds. Or we can do all of that for you. We can guarantee weed free flower beds, or we will come back and weed them for you. If you don’t have a suitable place for planting flowers, we can show you how to create one. Consultations are free.
Expanded Landscape Services
Natural Pruning & Landscaping will be making an alliance with Nature Works LLC, a landscape contractor in Portland, which will make it possible to offer a much wider range of landscape services. Howard Lehmann, owner of Nature Works received his landscape training in Switzerland. He has a combination of creative and practical skills few landscapers possess.
Howard and his company Nature Works have the same philosophy about natural landscape design and maintenance that I have. In addition he has equipment and knowledge to accomplish jobs beyond my limitations.
Together we have the ability to handle larger and more specialized work, including irrigation and drainage installation and maintenance, pavers, patios, walls, decks, fences and water features.
My knowledge and expertise in solving problems and developing landscape ideas and designs will still be available. We will continue the commitment to do the small jobs. Please call us to help you solve your landscape problems and develop those beautiful outdoor environments that make life more worthwhile and enjoyable. Remember, landscape consultaions are free.
Are you frustrated with an area in your landscape that is wet, muddy and difficult to maintain? A simple drainage system can give you back the full year-round use of an otherwise problem area. Call us to show you how.
Is your irrigation system ready to handle the summer dry season? We can check your system and recommend ways to improve coverage and efficiency.
Would the sound of running water add tranquility to your landscape? We can design and install anything from a small bubbler to an elaborate water fall and pond. We can also help you solve problems associated with an existing water feature.
Pavers, Decks and Patios
Do you need more or better organized space for outdoor living or entertaining? We can suggest ideas on how to reorganize your outdoor space, create or enlarge decks and patios and associated walls and fences.
Raise Mowing Height
The best height for mowing most lawns is 2 to 3 inches. Grass mowed shorter than 1½ inches has a shallow root system which is subject to drought stress. You actually have to mow less often if you raise the height. No more than 1/3 to 2/5 of the grass blade should be removed when mowing. If you mow at 3/4 inch height, you need to mow by the time grass reaches 1 1/4 inch. If you mow at 2 inches, you can wait until grass is over 3 inches long. If you have not already fertilized your lawn this spring, May is a good time to apply fertilizer with slow or gradual release nitrogen.
We have been very successful in renovation of deteriorated lawns without the effort and expense required to remove old sod and lay new sod. This process involves using the following steps:
- Spray broadleaf weeds with lawn weed killer and coarse grasses with glyphosate (Roundup).
- 2. After two weeks, mow lawn very short (1/2 inch). Run a thatch machine (power rake) over the lawn at a depth that will loosen the top ½ inch of soil. Rake to remove thatch.
- Top dress with about ½ inch of top soil (more or less as needed to create level lawn.)
- Sow a mixture of Julius Kentucky bluegrass* with a small amount of ryegrass.
- Irrigate several times a day to maintain moisture on the top of soil for 3 to 4 weeks.
*Julius Kentucky bluegrass is a unique variety developed in western Europe which fits the Northwest climate. It is not normally available in stores but we can provide the blend we are using if you want to renovate yourself.
Spray and Thin Apple Trees
If you want to keep worms out of your apples, now is the time to begin spraying. Most fruit tree insecticides require bi-weekly application until early August. If you want to avoid chemicals, place traps in your trees. Apple tree traps contain a hormone which attracts the male codling moth. If the female moths go unfertilized, the eggs they lay on the developing apples are sterile and do not hatch into worms. Traps are available in many full service nurseries and garden stores and by internet or mail order. As soon as baby apples reach a nickel in diameter, it is time to thin them to 1 or 2 apples per cluster. Many will drop naturally, but when 3 or more develop in a cluster, fruit is quite small.
Apply Slug Bait Around Flowers and Vegetables
Slugs and snails are plentiful in our moist climate and can quickly devour newly planted flowers and vegetables. They hide in the soil during the daytime and feed at night. Apply slug bait around perennials and when planting new annuals and vegetables. Baits containing metaldehyde are the cheapest. Baits which contain iron phosphate are safe to use around pets and wildlife. Bait which is not eaten by slugs and snails will degrade and become part of the soil. Deadline is another very effective product for snail and slug control.