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Welcome to Natural Concept Landscape Co., Inc.
MONTHLY LAWN & GARDEN CARE TIPS
Bringing Nature to YOUR Backdoor
The Pacific Northwest's Premier Landscape Company
is located at:
20318-C State Route 9 SE
Snohomish WA 98296
DECEMBER: Beat the Cold
Outwit winter chill by preparing for cold snaps. A few simple steps can mean the difference between a plant that dies or survives.
If a frost warning is issued, water plants before temperatures drop. Plants that are well-watered survive frost better. When frost comes without warning, watering afterwards helps plants survive. Irrigate after plants start to thaw. When you're covering plants for the night, ensure your protective coverings touch the ground. Frost protection covers work by trapping radiant heat in soil. As soil releases its heat, the cover holds the heat around the plant. Use fabric covers, such as plant insulating blankets, burlap, or bed sheets.
It's easy and quick to build a shelter around tender plants: Anchor stakes in soil and attach a cover to stakes. Fill around the plants with leaves or straw. Not all plants can withstand the same low temperatures. If temperatures are predicted to drop below 25 degrees F, protect pittosporum, fragrant daphne, and waxleaf privet. If temperatures are predicted to drop below 15 degrees F, protect broadleaf evergreens such as rhododendron, camellia, holly, etc.
Stay Off The Grass
When a lawn is frozen or grass blades are frost-covered, keep off. Walking on lawns in this condition can actually damage turf crowns.
Pacific Northwest Garden Tasks
• Go on rodent patrol: It's prime season for pesky varmints to chew bark off trees and shrubs. Eliminate hiding places for rodents by removing weeds around woody landscape plants. Also, never pile mulch directly against a tree trunk or shrub base.
• Keep compost going: Heavy winter rains can quickly drench compost, eliminating oxygen from the pile and making it stink. Slip a cover over your compost during winter's rainy season. Blanketing the top is fine.
• Monitor water flow: During heavy rain falls, observe water runoff patterns in your landscape. Address these issues next year with ditches or French drains. Or spend winter learning about rain gardens and bioswales -- and add one of these gardens to your yard.
• Store tender roots: Before the month ends, examine roots, tubers, and corms you dug during fall. Compost any that are soft or moldy. On dahlias, cut out bad spots and dust the wound with sulfur. Remove these tubers from the others and store separately.
• Stop hitchhikers: Reduce home insect invasions from firewood by bringing in only enough wood to burn for a day. Knock logs together or against the ground before bringing indoors to dislodge insects.
Winter Clean Up
If your lawn is smothered in any location, it can do a great deal of harm. Continue to walk your property and carefully remove any debris from the lawn. Things like tree branches, an old hose, your children’s toys or that tool you have been meaning to put back into the garage can do serious damage if left in place through the winter. Smothered grass is less disease resilient and may even die completely. You certainly do not want to bring in spring with a brown ring in the middle of the yard!
Every step of the way, Natural Concept Landscape Co., Inc. is here to assist you with all of your lawn and garden care needs. We offer free consultations and excellent maintenance programs for a very affordable price. We are in the business of making your life a little greener, a little easier, and a lot more enjoyable. We are just a phone call away! Enjoy the frozen beauty Winter brings!
Making Beautiful Happen
We are pleased with the landscape makeover completed on this lovely home. From rustic yard art enhancing the gardens lining the driveway, welcoming guests to the gorgeous front entry; to enchanting paths, benches and strategically places lighting and boulders. We created a beautiful place for this happy customer to relax and enjoy. This is what we do! We make beautiful happen!