New Commercial Landscape Maintenance Sites in Poulsbo

We recently secured two more commercial landscape maintenance sites in Poulsbo. We’re thrilled to add them to our portfolio. Both locations are in a high visibility area and receive a lot of foot traffic throughout the day, so give us a honk if you happen to drive by!

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This site features many shrubs and hedges that our client has requested to be neatly sheared 2 – 3 times per year.

commercial landscape maintenance poulsbo

Our skilled maintenance technicians regularly trim plant material off of walkways and parking lots for our commercial landscape maintenance sites. We also blow the parking lot on every visit, removing unwanted landscape debris.

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Are you a property manager or office manager for a commercial space, or know someone who is? We’d love the opportunity to meet and provide a free consultation and proposal for ongoing commercial landscape maintenance services. Call our office at 360-697-3215 or send an email to info@northwestcl.com to set up an appointment to meet with an estimator.

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To Rake, or Not to Rake?

There’s a great leaf debate happening. One side says that fallen leaves left alone become important habitat for butterflies, salamanders, earthworms and other creatures that are important to our ecosystem. The other side makes the case that matted leaves shade and kill lawns and ground covers, and rot perennial plants.

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So which side is right? The answer depends on a person’s values, time, resources and aesthetic taste.

Our answer is biased, of course, since we offer leaf clean-up services, which are included in all of our full service maintenance contracts.

Listed below are a few good reasons why it makes sense to get rid of fallen leaves.

  • Fall leaves form a dense mat that allows water to gather around the crowns of perennials, causing them to rot. If they don’t rot, chances are likely that they’ll come up thinner and leggier the following spring.
  • Fall leaves smother lawn and ground cover by denying necessary oxygen to roots. Air circulation is necessary for your lawn to remain healthy year-round. In a matter of just a few weeks, you can be left with bare spots, and bare spots create the conditions for weeds to take hold and grow.
  • Fall leaves create habitat for good bugs and critters, but they also create habitat for snails and slugs to lay eggs. Slugs are infamous for eating hostas and other beloved plants.

Where do you stand on the great leaf debate? Log in to Facebook below and let us know your thoughts!

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Tent Caterpillars

A few of our maintenance clients have contacted us regarding tent caterpillars in their trees that are now crawling up building structures. Yiiiikes!

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If you’re dealing with them too, here’s an informative blog post written by Darren Strengehttp://gardendiagnostics.blogspot.com/2014/05/western-tent-caterpillars-returning-to.html

Reading the whole article will only take 5-10 minutes, but for those of you who want to skip to the part that offers options regarding what to do, here are Darren’s suggestions in summary:

Option 1: Live with it. The majority of affected trees survive and after the caterpillars disappear in June, the trees will leaf out again and be looking normal by August if not sooner.

Option 2: Prune out the silken tents produced by the caterpillars. The best time to do this is when the caterpillars are still young. In Kitsap County, this is usually mid to late April.  With an extension pruner or pole saw, you can reach up and prune out branches with tents on them.

Option 3: It’s too late to do it this year, but NEXT winter when the branches are bare and easier to see, look over your tree’s branches looking for the golden egg masses of the Western Tent Caterpillar. When you find some, scrape them off.

Option 4: Spray the little buggers.

If you elect to spray, here are his rules for spraying:

  1. Don’t do it!  It’s hard for me to justify the use of pesticides for purely ornamental purposes. If you’re growing food that your family relies on, that’s another matter, but no one’s going to actually suffer if your prize roses get defoliated (options 1-3 will be better for that anyway).
  2. If you’re going to ignore rule #1 then PLEASE follow rules 3-5.
  3. Read and follow the label instructions. The pesticide label is a legal document. Deviating from the label instructions is illegal and could land you in hot water. Not to mention that the instructions explain proper use of the pesticide and ignoring them could harm you, your kids, your plants, or create greater harm to the environment.
  4. Don’t spray during bloom. Most pesticides that will kill the western tent caterpillar will also kill bees attracted to your tree’s flowers. Wait until your tree is completely finished blooming. We already have enough problems with colony collapse disorder, a serious situation that’s already impacting agriculture. Seriously. Be proactive and get out there with extension pruners in April and early May or hire someone to do it for you.
  5. Use bt instead of synthetic or inorganic pesticides. Bt, formulated as a pesticide, is spores of the bacterial species Bacillus thuringiensis. It is much safer for everyone. There are various strains of this bacterial-based pesticide depending on what you want to attack. Read the product label to make sure what you buy will actually work on caterpillars (look for B. thuringiensis kurstaki). Perhaps the most important bit of advice here is to apply Bt while the caterpillars are young. Older caterpillars are much more resistant to it. Additionally, sunlight degrades Bt so apply it late in the day before the caterpillars leave their tents at night to feed. For Bt to work, it must first be ingested by the caterpillars so make sure to apply it directly to the plant’s foliage.

Many thanks to Darren Strenge for taking the time to write this blog post which provides very useful information. He provides pest, disease and plant health consultation to Kitsap County and be contacted at pnwbotany@gmail.com.

Thanks for reading our blog.  Northwest Construction & Landscape, LLC is a Kitsap County landscaping company that offers landscaping, decorative concrete and lawn maintenance services to homes and businesses across Kitsap and Pierce counties.

Here We Go Again!

Spring has definitely arrived! We encourage you to spend some time with your hands in the dirt if you haven’t done so already. Gardening is therapeutic and can lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. If you spend a lot of time in front of a computer, it’s a great way to reconnect to the rhythm of nature.

With that in mind, below is a list of key April tasks.

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photo credit Pacific Horticulture magazine

–  Seed bare or thin patches of lawn and be sure to keep the seed moist until germination. Two applications may be needed if you can’t keep the birds from feasting on your grass seed.

–  Watch for horsetails. Be wary of pulling them, because they’re connected. When one is pulled, it signals to the bunch to grow more. Dana Coggon, Kitsap noxious weed coordinator, recommends the snip and drip methoddripping an herbicide for horsetail control on the cut stem.

– Weed and keep on weeding. Weeds pop up quickly this time of year, especially if you didn’t apply a pre-emergent herbicide to bed areas.
 
Gardening and yard care can feel like work, but the reward is a tidy landscape that you can feel proud of. Happy spring to you!

Thanks for reading our blog.  Northwest Construction & Landscape, LLC is a Kitsap County landscaping company that offers landscaping, decorative concrete and lawn maintenance services to homes and businesses across Kitsap and Pierce counties.

HOA Landscape Maintenance

We’re excited to have recently signed on another homeowners association to our landscape maintenance client roster, the White Horse Golf Community HOA.  White Horse Golf Course is Kitsap County’s premier course, and we are committed to keeping the neighboring grounds well-groomed and tidy.

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With the growing season soon upon us, now’s the perfect time to get a quote for maintenance services.  Our employees are qualified, reliable professionals, and we operate start of the art equipment.  We have full-time office support for quick response customer service.

We appreciate the opportunity to serve you!

Thanks for reading our blog.  Northwest Construction & Landscape, LLC is a Kitsap County landscaping company that offers landscaping, decorative concrete and lawn maintenance services to homes and businesses across Kitsap and Pierce counties.

Hints of Winter

The trees are barely hanging on to their leaves thanks to our recent wild and windy weather!  Perennials have yellowed, ready to be cut back, while evergreens show off their steadfast and enduring beauty.

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All signs are pointing towards winter, yet there’s still work to be done to give your landscape the best possible start come spring.

Here’s a quick and handy, though incomplete, to-do list:

  1. Finish planting tulips and other hardy spring bulbs.
  2. Remove fallen leaves from lawn areas.  Thick layers of matted leaves will block sunlight and potentially smother your lawn, especially when they’re wet.
  3. Consider leaving a light sprinkling of leaves or even mowing over the leaves on your lawn, to create a light layer of mulch that will easily decompose, adding nutrients and improving your soil.  Another option is to apply a winterizer fertilizer, the most important fertilizer application of the year.
  4. Blow-out your irrigation system of remaining water to prevent pipes and components from cracking.
  5. Clean drainage ditches and repair if necessary.
  6. Drain, clean, and store garden hoses.

Do you have a task to add to this list?  Log into Facebook and leave a comment below!

Thanks for reading our blog.  Northwest Construction & Landscape, LLC is a Kitsap County landscaping company that offers landscaping, decorative concrete and lawn maintenance services to homes and businesses across Kitsap and Pierce counties.