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Get to know your yard

  • Where is it sunny and shady?
  • Where is the soil sandy or clayey?
  • Are there pockets of dry or soggy soil?

Choose the right plant for the right place

  • Place large-growing plants away from your house to avoid constant pruning.
  • Select native or Northwest-adapted plants that grow well in our climate.
  • Choose plants that resist pests and use less water.
  • Group plants by their sun/shade, soil and water needs.

Give plants a good start

  • Mix some compost into planting beds.
  • Spread out and loosen roots so they'll begin to grow.
  • Water external link with a slow, gentle stream to soak down to two inches.
  • Tamp soil down for good root contact.

What about lawns and vegetable gardens?

  • Lawns and vegetable gardens need irrigation, several hours of full sun and level well-drained soil.
  • Limit lawn areas to locations where you need them.
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Group plants with similar light, water and soil needs.

Contact Us

 Call: 206-477-4466

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