I came across an interesting tree pruning situation the other day… Two of the same variety Dogwood trees where one was exhibiting upright growth habit and the other lateral growth habit. This presented an interesting pruning challenge on how these trees should be pruned and a great lesson in pruning for a plant’s “form.” A […]
Bacteria, our friend and our enemy. We can’t live without them and understanding how to promote the good ones is key to our health and a healthy planet.
Do you know all 16 chemical elements that plants need to be successful? Read about it here…
The craziness continues…
It’s a sad spring as my tree form Japanese Maple is dying. I noticed the first branches dying last fall and while I was beginning to get concerned I decided to wait and see what happened this spring. Of the 3 most prevalent root borne diseases to affect Japanese maples I think mine has verticillum […]
Meet my new friend, Mat Mattz, owner of Native-Nutrients. Mat just delivered 55 gallons of Fish On!, a hydrolyzed organic liquid fish fertilizer and 55 gallons of Kelp Help!, a Pacific Northwest Bull Kelp. If you are one of our customers then Mat is soon to be a friend of yours as well as these […]
You can’t change the world if all you do is fight the existing structure. Changing the world takes moving forward with new ideas that make the old ideas, well, old.
As a landscape professional I tend to get overwhelmed with chemical “solutions” to the “problems” we face on our customers’ lawns. The barrage has just begun with Dow AgroSciences sending out an early reminder that I need to get chemicals on my customers’ lawns to head off customer dissatisfaction and the dreadful “callback.” So what’s […]
Understanding plant guilds can create more harmonious interactions between plants leading to increased plant vitality.
50,000 tons of chemicals applied to our landscapes, per year?! Planet Natural summarizes the problems we face with our heavy dependence on the use of chemicals in one of their Youtube clips: It is hard to watch but it does point out alternatives and gives resources. Thank you Planet Natural for your work in getting us […]