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Wisdom from the Garden of Life

It all starts with a “challenge” or a problem as some say
Brainstorm (Awareness)
Develop a budget
Agree to the plan
Take Action (Start solving the challenge)
Be Accountable
 Mission completed

To leave or not to leave: What to do with the Leaves

Should you rake the leaves or leave em? That is the question. I believe leaves should be mowed or raked off the lawn. Leaves can smother it. On sidewalks and drains they should be raked because of slip hazards. In Flower beds they can be left as mulch or raked up to look good. Some leaves harbor insects or can cause rot and mold. In the right situation they can be left and insulate plants, and even deter weeds. You must answer the question for your best interest.

Admirable Landscapes in Portland Oregon helps people with this question

Lawn Fertilizers

There are many kinds of lawn fertilizers.  Read the bag and follow the instructions.  More isn’t always better.

The numbers on the bag. I.E. 21 7 14. Stands for N P K or Nitrogen, Phosphorous or potasium. or up down and all around.  For top growth, root growth and all around disease control.

Remember over fertilizing can burn the plant and make your grass grow more than you want to mow.


Admirable Landscapes in Portland Oregon helps people with their landscape needs.

Simple Pruning Rules

A good rule is to prune no more than one third of the plant.

It is always good to thin out any dead wood.

Prune branches growing across the center.

Have sharp and clean pruners.

Know the plant and pruning needs.

If you want help with your pruning contact Admirable Landscapes in Portland Oregon for a free estimate and Consultation

Call 503.249.1127 Today or email

Moss Control in Lawns

Moss grows in the Pacific Northwest.  Moss can be treated with a Ferrous sulfate product, which turns it back and “kills” it.

Other things that can help with moss control is to test the soil, test the pH.  A soil test may indicate a need for lime which helps with acidic lawns.  If the lawn is wet, aerating can also help.  If there are thick dense trees, pruning and thinning may help with more sunlight getting to the lawn.  A “Turface” soil modifier can also help with lawn drainage.  They use this product on football and baseball fields.  Be careful with moss control products.  The iron which is an active ingredient in moss control can stain sidewalks.  They sell non staining products. Remember to always read the label on the bag and follow the instructions.

Some gardeners are content with the “moss application” aerating and fertilizing to thicken up the lawn. Each lawn situation is different.  I have found people either love the moss or they hate it.

Another tip is roof and sidewalk moss is managed differently than lawn moss.

Call Admirable Landscapes today at 503.249.1127 or email  if want help with your moss control.


Tip Of the Month November Lawn Equipment

November is a great month to winterize your lawn equipment.  If your no longer using the lawn mower, drain or run the gas out of it.  Leaving gas in power equipment is not good.  In a month or so that gas can turn to a “varnish” damaging the equipment.  It’s not good for the carburator.  This little tip can save you some trouble when you try to start the equipment this spring. Using your lawn mower can also mow up your leaves.



Tip of the Month-October

October is a great month in the Pacific Northwest for over seeding, planting, fertilizing and raking leaves.

Remember to not let the leaves smother your.  rake em, suck them up with the lawn mower.  Leaves in the bed act as a weed deterrent and break down and feed the trees.  On the other hand they house insects and are not good in piling up around the trunks of trees.  It is good to keep tree rot to a minimum.  Leaves also clog water drains, and can be slippery on the sidewalks.  One can also compost them.

Love em or Leave em.