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All about landscaping, gardening & horticulture

A classic lawn care mistake

A classic mistake. April 2021, and the worker is experienced and also a bit casual. Failure to overall properly results in mohawks right down the middle of the lawn. Give it a a few days and the mohawk will become more pronounced. Enroll in our Lawn Care Mastery course and learn how to rock...

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Don't cause damage when mowing

Mowing like a pro means you experience very little stress. You just mow over lush green lawns, never removing more than one third of each grass blade. And when you mow, you can't cause damage. Running over fixed objects is a disaster. Which is why we cover it in one of the chapters in our new...

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How to rock bedwork

Bedwork isn't complicated. Usually you can improve the look of your planted beds with a cultivator and a rake. Take my commercial site as an example. First, I removed all blackberry shoots, and then, I raked out the bed. Second, I ran my cultivator through the beds. This second steps fluffs-up...

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Red twig dogwood renovation

Red twig dogwood (Cornus sericea) is planted for the stunning red twig look in winter when there isn't much to look at. But, as the canes mature they lose their brightness and become woody. In that case we can renovate it by pruning out the biggest canes. Note the brighter color on younger...

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Winter tree maintenance

Winter is a great time for a bit of tree maintenance. You can identify dead branches, useless branches and dead stubs. Let's take a look. This is a dead branch on a maple so let's take it out. This stub is dead and should be eliminated. Better yet, don't create these stubs; make good...

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Winter blooming Hamamelis

January isn't my favorite month because the landscape is resting and not much is happening. But I did find some color today when I encountered a Hamamelis (Witch hazel) shrub. It's a cross between Chinese and Japanese Hamamelis thus the "x" in its botanical name, which refers to hybrids....

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When it's OK to steal company time

One amazing tree featured in the up-coming course on landscape trees is Albizia julibrissin. When I worked at the City of Coquitlam in 2014, my then-boss, Tracey Mallinson, introduced me to it. The fuzzy pink flowers are super cute and they tickle your nose when you get close to enjoy the...

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Trees are resilient, up to a point

Lawn care machines don't have the right of way. Hitting trees is a bad practice. Yes, one or two hits may be OK because trees are resilient but they can't take repeated abuse. The injury above was most likely caused by a mower. Now, the tree can handle some abuse but tissue repair takes away...

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Hostas in January

Are your Hostas still in the ground in January because you had a busy holiday season; or because it was ugly outside? There's no need to worry because by now the Hostas are super soggy and you can just grab them. Only the flower stalks require snipping. In spring the Hostas will push out new...

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Fun with pollarding

When I first saw pollarding up close, I thought it was really ugly. Poor trees. But, as it turns out, pollarding is an ancient technique used to produce wood for firewood, ship-building, etc. Getting trees to grow future ship planks wasn't easy. It took time and the harvest had to be timed...

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