Questions and Answers

What is Dead Heading?

Dead heading is the act of removing spent flowers from a seasonal plant.  When a flowering shrub or perennial is producing many flowers the plant is putting all of its growing energy into flower production. Once it is done flowering it returns to more leaf and root growth. Some plants need to be dead headed…

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What is the difference between an Evergreen and Deciduous plant ?

Evergreen plants retain their leaves year round. They do shed old leaves as new leaves come out, but they always have leaves on the stem. Some examples of evergreens : Laurel, Rhododendron, Arbutus, Conifers. Deciduous plants lose their leaves in the fall and their stems are bare all winter. In the spring they sprout out…

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What is the Difference between Annuals & Perennials ?

Annuals are plants that will only survive in a given climate, or zone, for one season. We usually plant annuals in the spring and they grow, bloom and produce fruit until the first frost. Some examples of annuals : Geraniums, Lobelia, Calibrachoa, Tomatoes, Begonias & Petunias. Perennials on the other hand, die back in the…

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What is the difference between Mulch, Bark and Compost?

Bark and Compost are both mulches but mulch is not necessarily compost or bark. Mulching is a term that refers to covering the root base of plants to help retain moisture, fertilize and aid in preventing weeds. The variety of plant material along with your visual expectations should determine what type of mulch you use.…

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Why does my lawn have so much moss and how do I get rid of it?

Our climate provides the perfect set of growing conditions for moss to grow. Lawns that maintain more than 4 hours of shade during the day are prime candidates as moss prefers shade and moisture. During the late summer, if you choose not to water your lawn that is planted in full sun, the grass will…

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When is the best time to re-seed my lawn?

Lawn seed sprouts when temperatures reach 55 degrees. In the Pacific Northwest we usually begin to experience 55 degrees during the day in late March or early April. It is ideal to spread seed as soon as the temperatures reach 55 degrees at night as well as the day. This may not happen until later…

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