"Hi Sam, Yay - we're done! As our project comes to a close, we want to thank you and the crew for a beautiful backyard! Thank you for the care you all took in addressing our concerns as well as making sure that the finished product will be something we'll enjoy for years to come. We were happy with all the crew members that came out to our site. Everyone had such open attitude toward addressing questions and resolving issues that would pop up. So THANK YOU!!!! We love our backyard transformation!"- Jennifer & Bryan C. Dec-2014
Make your thumb even greener. Follow some Classic Tips.
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Tips for August
Trees and Shrubs with Fall color: Try these for late summer color & great fall foliage: Callicarpa (Beauty Berry) has small clusters of purple flowers in summer and metallic purple berries in fall and winter. Burning Bush has brilliant red foliage in fall. Maples offer a spectrum of fall colors from fiery oranges to stunning reds.
Vegetables: Plant some vegetables for your fall and winter vegetable garden from seed! These could include salad greens, peas, kale, lettuce, garlic, carrots, and beets. If you have row covers, cloches, or other protection for crops, there are even more options for late season planting.
Perennial and Annual Care: Continue to deadhead, fertilize, and water all of your annuals and perennials. They will look better and keep blooming until the first heavy frost. Remove all seedpods from Daylilies and Irises, unless of course you want new ones popping up next spring.
Watering:Remember it is better to water deeply and less frequently. Soaker hoses are the most efficient way and are superior to overhead watering. In addition, water early in the day. Add a 2-3” layer of mulch to your beds. This slows down evaporation and keeps soil cooler. It also adds micro-nutrients and suppresses weed growth! However, keep mulch a few inches away from the base of trunks, stems and crowns and keep the mulch layer thinner over the plants’ root system.
Lawns: When mowing, leave the grass length a little longer. It shades the soil and reduces evaporation.
Pruning: Summer pruning is ideal if you want to discourage water sprouts. Pruning now will also prevent certain diseases. Take out dead and crossing branches. Spent raspberry canes can be removed anytime after harvesting. On ever-bearing raspberries, remove the upper half of each cane that produced fruit this summer. Now is the best time to prune Asian pear, cherry, and plum trees. Be sure to sterilize your pruners after each cut to ensure you don’t spread disease to a healthy part of the tree.
Weeds: Continue to pull weeds: less seeds = less weeds! Use Corn Gluten to organically prevent weed seeds from germinating. Mulch and compost also help keep weeds at bay and help retain much-needed moisture in this hot summer month.
Bugs: As we approach mid-Summer, you might start seeing some additional web formations in your local trees that bare a striking resemblance to the notorious tent caterpillar we see in the Spring. These webs are in fact created by the Fall Webworm. It makes its appearance in late Summer and Early Fall and later turns into the familiar white moth. Fall webworms can cause unsightly defoliation on their host trees: Poplars, Alders, Maples, and Ash. Although unattractive, webworms and their webs are non-fatal to the tree. Manual removal of the webbing is recommended as this gives natural predators the chance for a pre Winter meal: insects such as Yellow jackets, paper wasps, and predatory stink bugs will be more than happy to help with your webworm problem this season!
The Buzz on Pollinators
Many of us have heard of the issues contributing to the decline in Honey Bees. There are a list of factors that contribute to the stresses that may ultimately lead to collapse of an entire colony: from neonicotinide pesticides, loss of biodiversity in urban and suburban landscapes, native habitat loss, and unreliable water sources. As a home gardener, you can make a difference in your neighborhood by adopting some easy practices to enhance pollinator survival. I like to refer to pollinators rather than Honey Bees as there are hundreds of species that visit our gardens and facilitate pollination, including Hummingbirds, Butterflies, Mason Bees, wasps of many sizes (most that don’t sting), and bats. While Honey Bees help pollinate 40% of our food crops, the wide variety of pollinators cover 70%!
At Classic Nursery, we offer a variety of native plants and flowering perennials to invite and sustain pollinator populations in our region. I marvel at the number of pollinators I see visiting our displays of Echinacea, Lavender, Monarda, Sages, Rudbeckia, Geums, and Geraniums. Some of the most popular flowering shrubs are Abelia, Daphne, Hydrangea, Euonymus, Ceanothus, and Spiraea. Adding edibles such as berries and fruit trees provide early spring nectar sources as well as delicious flavors for us. Don’t forget the native Huckleberries, Salal, Kninckinick, and Oregon Grape to aid our local birds as well as the pollinators.
We also suggest having a water source available for these tiny thirsty garden visitors. If you don’t have space for a large scale water feature, adding bird baths with pebbles at water level helps prevent insects from drowning, even floating a small piece of wood can aid the creatures that have fallen into the water to climb back out.
For more information and to register your garden with the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge go to
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