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""Classic Nursery & Landscape/Alan Burke completed a landscape project for our Seattle home and we couldn't be happier with the result! My husband and I highly recommend them and we plan on using their services in the future. Here are some of the highlights from our experience and why we suggest using them: - Amazing communication and professionalism throughout the entire project - Highly qualified team of people who work for Classic. Everyone we interacted with was awesome. From the owner Alan, the Landscape Designer, the folks at the nursery who select the plants and the crew who execute the project -- all very talented, customer service focused and hard working folks. - Attention to detail and respect for our property. I was consistently impressed by how clean they left the work site. Every day upon completion the crew cleaned up and made sure there wasn't debris all over the sidewalk etc. - The end result is gorgeous! All the neighbors stopped to look and comment on our new landscaping and accused us of raising their property taxes because it looks so darn good! - Three months later and the new plants and new sod are very healthy and thriving! ... - The owner Alan was very attentive to our project throughout and when the project completed he did a walk-thru with me to tell me all the things about my new plants. He has been very responsive to questions once the project completed as well. - The Classic Nursery is awesome and the folks who work there are so knowledgeable and helpful! You'd be crazy not to use Classic Nursery and Landscape!! ""

- Phinney Ridge project (2016)
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Tips for November

Nursery Hours: Nursery Winter hours are Friday-Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm beginning November 5th. The nursery will be closed Monday-Thursday.

Landscape Design Office Hours: Monday-Friday 7:00am-3:30pm

Perennials, Annuals and Vegetables: November’s Plant of the Month is Hellebore. Also known as Lenten rose, Hellebores are prized for their evergreen foliage, shade tolerance, and elegant late-winter/early-spring blooms. Visit our website and print the coupon to score extra savings on this garden favorite!

Now that we are on the brink of freezing temperatures, it’s a good time to do some winter cleanup and mulching. Continue to cut back perennials and remove annuals that were done in by the cold and rain. Place compost, leaves or other mulch on top of empty vegetable beds. Take containers that held annuals and empty the containers of plants and soil so they don't freeze, or put them in an unheated basement or garage.

While at first glance it appears much of the garden is resting, annual winter weeds are working hard to put down roots and prepare for spring sowing. You may be surprised there’s new life in this cold season, but take notice and you’ll see those cool-weather-loving weeds continue to grow all winter. Remember: every weed you pull now means exponentially less to manage down the road.

Slugs are still around. If you are growing winter greens in your vegetable garden, one more application of Sluggo (the natural and non-toxic slug bait) is in order if you see any sign of slugs.

Lawn Care: Rake up the leaves that have fallen on the lawn. They make great mulch in the garden, especially if they can be shredded. The easiest way to shred them? Mow with your lawn mower!

Trees, Shrubs and Fruit: Looking for more blooms to bring cheer to the winter and early-spring garden? Come see our new shipment of Camellias. We have a wide selection of beautiful varieties now in stock. To name a few:

Yuletide Apple Blossom
Swan Lake Pearl Maxwell
Kramer’s Supreme Debutante
Nuccio’s Bella Rosa Nuccio’s Gem
Nuccio’s Pearl Magnoliaeflora

Be prepared to protect tender plants. Use bark or compost to mulch woody plants for the winter. Be sure to keep mulch 6" or so away from the trunk to prevent rot. For fruit trees, now is a good time to apply the first application of dormant spray. Three applications are needed between now and around Valentine's Day, before the trees start to come out of dormancy. Check with the nursery to find out which types are recommended.

Special pruning note: Do not prune if temperatures are at or below freezing! The wood of many plants will crack under these conditions.

General Tips: It is often the combination of dryness and cold temperatures that kill plants. If your soils are dry and we find ourselves facing several days of below-freezing temperatures, it is a good idea to water everything well. It’s especially important to monitor plants under the eaves, since they are not being watered by Mother Nature! On the other end of the spectrum, don't do any digging or planting if the ground is too wet or saturated.

Have bubble wrap, burlap, plastic, old sheets or frost blankets on hand to put around pots for protection in below-freezing temperatures. Additionally, if containers can be huddled together, especially up against a fence or building, they will receive even more protection. And if you're wondering what to do with all those leaves you have left after mulching everything in sight, bag them up and pack the bags around the huddled containers to help keep 'em cozy.

Plant window boxes with spring bulbs, small conifers, heather or pansies to enjoy during winter and early spring. Drain hoses and put them away for the winter. Turn off outdoor water sources and protect outdoor spigots that aren’t frost-free. Clean out any remaining leaves from your pond. Drain constructed fountains if you haven’t already; it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you have a pond or waterfall that was installed by Classic, there is no need to drain it or shut it off. It’s best to let it run all year.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from all of us at Classic!