You may have the idea that the trees in your yard are well-established, resilient, and capable of taking care of themselves -- which is mostly true. Although mature trees are pioneers of survival, there are some things you can do to help preserve the old trees in your backyard.
Spreading mulch around the trunk of a tree is one of the best things you can do for it. Mulch insulates the soil and provides protection from heat and cold temperatures. It also retains water to help keep roots moist, prevents weeds from growing and competing with the roots for resources, and discourages soil compaction and lawn mower damage.
Add mulch around your tree by removing grass within three to ten feet around the trunk, depending on its size. Spread an even layer of mulch a few inches thick and make sure it doesn’t actually touch the trunk so that it does not suffocate the tree. Rake through your mulch occasionally to prevent fungus and encourage better drainage.
A tree’s bark is its protective armor which keeps the underlying and vulnerable growing tissue and water vessels safe. Keep landscaping tools such as mowers and weed whackers from striking and damaging the tree’s bark. Avoid hanging things such as rope swings and hammocks as the rope can wear away the bark.
Although mature trees have deep roots and can usually thrive off rainfall, they still need watering during long dry spells that last more than a few weeks to avoid stress.
A mature tree needs a deep, slow watering so that the roots have time to absorb the water. Lay your hose at the base of the tree and turn it on to a slow trickle. Move the hose a few feet every 20 minutes or so until the water is distributed equally throughout the root zone.
It’s important to keep the soil around a tree’s root zone from becoming too compacted. Compacted soil makes it hard for a tree to absorb the vital water, air, and nutrients it needs to be healthy. If a tree is in compacted soil, it may decline in health over time or even die.
Prevent compacted soil by deterring foot traffic and heavy loads such as parked cars or equipment.
Glenn Landscape is here to help you create the outdoor living space of your dreams with hardscape and landscape design and installation. Your outdoor living space should feel like an extension of the rest of your home and match the overall design and aesthetic of it.
Here are a few tips to maximize the beauty and functionality of your outdoor space. Every aspect is something Glenn Landscape specializes in, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you want to upgrade or renovate your outdoor living space.
Your hardscape is the backbone of your outdoor living space and an ideal way to expand your home’s living area. Ideally, your hardscape should be both durable and multifunctional. Homeowners typically add hardscape to their outdoor space because it adds beauty, style, and value to the property. There are many varieties of hardscape material to choose from including stamped concrete, pavers, flagstone, and brick. We recommend contacting a landscape designer to help you plan your next hardscape addition.
Outdoor kitchens are perfect for entertaining and hosting barbeques for all types of events from large parties to small, intimate gatherings. Indoor spaces can get crowded fast, so bring everyone outside to a beautiful outdoor living space to make sure everyone has room and is more comfortable. Outdoor kitchens are considered luxury features and will also increase the value of your home.
Outdoor fireplaces are very trendy landscape features and can serve multiple purposes. From entertaining around a warm fire to additional cooking possibilities, outdoor fireplaces and fire pits allow you to extend the amount of time you can enjoy your outdoor living space.
Make sure to maintain the outdoor feeling of your space by incorporating lots of greenery into it. This can be done with garden beds or other assorted plants. This will allow you to blend your space with the natural environment surrounding it.
Water features make your landscape stand out and add a unique element to your backyard that will help define its style. Adding a fountain, pond, or waterfall to your outdoor space will create a great atmosphere and increase the relaxing potential of your space. When it comes to building material for your landscape water feature, we recommend matching or complementing the hardscape you used for other aspects of your outdoor space.
Whether it’s a hardscape patio, a landscape water feature, creating your outdoor kitchen, or landscape plantings, Glenn Landscape can do it all. We will work with you to create the outdoor living space of your dreams.
Mulching leaves during fall is an environmentally friendly alternative to raking and bagging up leaves off your lawn. Mulching provides many benefits and it saves you the backache of raking up leaves every weekend. At Glenn Landscape Services, we always want to provide you with cost-effective and labor-saving landscaping ideas to help you have an easily-managed outdoor living space.
Leaves are free organic matter and returning them to your lawn will greatly benefit your yard. Mulching adds nutrients to your soil which means you will need less fertilizer. It is also highly effective in preventing the growth of weeds, and many people who mulch their lawns consecutively for a couple years experience a 100 percent decrease in weeds such as dandelions and crabgrass.
Mulched leaves turn into organic matter by being broken down by earthworms and microorganisms. Mulching mixes nitrogen-rich grass clippings with carbon-rich leaves and promotes a quicker decomposition rate. If you have an abundance of leaves to mulch, add them to your garden or planting beds.
New lawn mowers tend to have a mulch setting that makes it easy to shred leaves quickly.
You can also buy a mulching kit at a relatively low-cost. If you don’t have a mulching mower, you can raise your mower deck to its highest setting and mow over leaves once or twice to achieve a similar effect as you would from a mulching mower.
For tall grass with heavy or wet leaf cover, using a side-discharge mower is probably your best bet. Mow in strips so that you go over leaves you have already shredded for a fine and thorough mulch.
If the grass is at a normal height and the leaves are moist to dry, a mulching mower will work perfectly. A mulching mower is designed with a high deck and blade that shreds leaves and grass into small pieces. All you have to do is insert the mulch plug to your mower and close the side-discharge port or remove the bag attachment, depending on your mower. Mow like you normally would and leave the mulched leaves and grass clippings on your lawn.
The best time to mulch fallen leaves is when you can still see some grass through the leaf cover. Depending on the mower you have, up to six inches of leaves can be mulched at a time. However, a thin, even coating of leaves will be easier to mulch than a thick cover. Although it may be a little difficult in Oregon, try to mulch when your lawn and fallen leaves are dry. The drier the leaves are, the better and easier the leaves will shred.
Many of our clients want their outdoor living space to be enjoyed by both their human friends and their furry friends. By working closely with the knowledgeable experts at Glenn Landscape, our clients get unique solutions which allow both people and pets to benefit from their backyard landscape.
Editor's Note: This post was originally published in February 2015 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
Our domesticated friends need boundaries to make sure they are safe and secure when outside in the yard. A chain-link fence will work, but we recommend choosing a more appealing fencing material that matches your landscape design. For a traditional look, go with a picket fence or split rail fence. For an industrial and ornamental look, an aluminum or wrought iron fence will work nicely. For privacy, you can choose a solid wood fence or masonry wall.
Landscape water features can benefit your pets as well as add to your landscape design. Adding a fresh-flowing pond or splash fountain that is easily accessible to your pets is a great way to ensure they always have fresh water available and a way to cool off in the hot summer months.
Although they look great in your garden, some common flowers found in the Eugene area are surprisingly dangerous or even deadly to dogs and cats if consumed. A few of these poisonous flowers include:
Lily – This is a very popular flower due to it being a very low-maintenance and attractive flower. Unfortunately, they contain a toxin that can cause liver failure or even death to cats that consume it. If you suspect that your cat has eaten any part of these flowers, call your veterinarian or local emergency animal hospital immediately.
Geranium – The common geranium is one that dog and cat owners should be wary of. They are toxic if consumed or even if a dog rolls around in the flowers.
Clematis – This popular purple flower, also known as the leather flower, thrives in the dry summers of Oregon. Dogs, cats, and horses that consume the leaves of this plant can suffer from vomiting and diarrhea. While it is not deadly, it is definitely one that pet owners should avoid.
For a full list of poisonous plants, check out the ASPCA’s Toxic and Non-Toxic Plant List.
Planting trees is a great way to provide shade for your pets and can also act as a shelter from the rain. Build a covered patio or deck so that you and your pets can enjoy the outdoors without being caught in the weather. Your dog would also enjoy a dog house to have somewhere safe and secure to rest while outside.
Artificial grass is a good option if you don’t want to deal with the hassle of brown spots, patches, and digging. Make sure deodorizer is applied to the turf during its installment to help absorb pet urine odors. If you choose to keep your natural grass lawn, you may want a more durable grass that will hold up to dogs pacing the fence, digging and playing. Hardscapes, such as those made from stone or masonry, are another option for pet owners. They offer a low-maintenance alternative to grass, so you won’t have to worry about lawn care, and it minimizes the mess pets make from digging, urination, and other wear and tear.
For more information about pet-friendly landscaping ideas, contact Glenn Landscape. We will work with you to make the outdoor living space of you and your furry friends’ dreams.
Water features complement any landscape and can be customized to fit your specific landscape design. There is a multitude of different types of water features and each has various styles. From ponds to fountains to streams and waterfalls, a water feature adds sound, movement, and texture to any outdoor space.
Water features make your landscape stand out and add a unique style that will make your backyard stand out. The possibilities are practically endless and every option can be customized to your specific landscape. A small outdoor fountain adds a unique and elegant touch to your garden and can bring out other elements of your landscape. A large, elaborate waterfall becomes an impressive centerpiece and sets the tone for the rest of your outdoor space. Whether your outdoor space is large or small, water features can fit anywhere and look great no matter their size.
Turn your backyard into the perfect getaway oasis by adding a water feature. The sound of trickling water is very soothing and natural sounds help to create a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. If you find yourself craving a place where you can relax and find peace, adding a water feature to your landscape might be the perfect answer.
Having a water feature will help attract wildlife such as birds, dragonflies, frogs, and fish if you choose to add them into your pond. All creatures need water and adding a water feature such as a pond or a bird bath will benefit you, your landscape, and the natural habitat around you.
Water features such as garden fountains and waterfalls require very little maintenance. Water features typically re-circulate the water through the use of a pump which means there will be very little algae growth. If you do need to clean your fountain, you can easily clean the pump by wiping it down with a cloth. If your water is left stagnant for any amount of time, simply add a couple drops of algaecide to keep the water clear and fresh.
At Glenn Landscape, we specialize in designing, building and installing water features of all shapes and sizes. We will work with you to design a unique water feature perfect for your landscape. Check out our gallery of water features we designed over the years. Contact us today to learn more!
Slugs and snails can be extremely damaging to your yard and garden and can turn your beautiful landscape into a scene out of a horror film. Slugs and snails feed on plant leaves, seedlings, and ripening fruit. These slimy pests are particularly a problem in rainy and well-irrigated gardens, which is worrisome in our own wet Eugene, Oregon. But fret not, Glenn Landscape Services is here to provide you with five, all-natural ways to rid your yard and garden of slugs and snails without the use of harsh chemicals.
Although slugs and snails can wreak havoc on your garden, not all bugs are as bad. Attracting beneficial insects into your garden can help with pest control. Ground beetles feed on snails, slugs, aphids, and caterpillars and are not harmful to your plants. Planting white clovers will attract ground beetles into your garden. Centipedes are nocturnal hunters and will eat slugs and slug eggs. The rove beetle is another example of an insect that is a friend to gardeners and a foe to slugs.
Plants vulnerable to being eaten by slugs and snails include lettuce, cabbage, basil, lilies, strawberries, delphiniums, and marigolds. Planting slug deterring plants around the edge of your garden or near vulnerable plants will help deter slugs from getting to their (and your) favorite plants. Slug repelling plants include lavender, chives, garlic, mint, fennel, and rosemary.
Slugs love hanging out under dark, moist places, so removing potential hiding spots in your yard can help clear up a slug problem. Prime slug hiding places include boards, bricks, and other debris that they can hide underneath.
Understandably, slugs and snails don’t like moving across sharp objects, just as we don’t like walking across broken glass. Surrounding your plants with crushed eggshells will deter slugs from getting close enough to your plants to cause damage. Eggshells are also good for your garden as the calcium will enrich the soil as they decompose.
An effective way to trap and kill pesky slugs and snails is with a beer trap. Use a tray or any empty container and fill it with fresh beer. Any beer will do just fine, however, slugs seem to prefer dark ales the most. Place in your garden, leave it overnight and the slugs will be drawn to the smell of the yeast, crawl in, and drown. Make sure that the entrance to your container is an inch or so above ground so that your beneficial insects, such as rove beetles, don’t accidentally fall in. Watch this video to learn how to make your own beer trap.
You can also use this same trapping technique with grapefruit rinds. Place halved and emptied grapefruits upside down in your yard or garden. The citrus will attract the slugs who will crawl inside the grapefruits and you can dispose of them as you like the next morning.
If you still have issues with slugs and snails even after trying these natural techniques, it never hurts to call in for professional help! Contact Glenn Landscape Services and we will help you tackle all your landscape needs.
As the name suggests, a retaining wall is a support structure built to retain something. Normally, retaining walls are used in yards and landscapes to transform a hill or sloped area into two surfaces of different heights. This is accomplished by holding back soil from a higher ground with a retaining wall to create distinctive lower and upper levels.
There are many reasons one may need or want a retaining wall. They can prevent erosion and landslides from damaging your home or land, and they can be helpful in diverting rainfall away from your house or yard. They can create an area of flat, usable land where there was a hill or slope before, or act as a physical barrier that breaks up the different components of a landscape.
For aesthetic purposes, retaining walls add character. They form attractive terraces on slopes which create a unique, layered look to your outdoor space. They also make great gardening and planting areas. Multi-functional retaining walls are simply wonderful additions to your outdoor living spaces.
Retaining walls can be made out of any material strong enough to serve its purpose. However, most retaining walls are made of stone, concrete, or wood. Timber retaining walls are typically the most cost friendly, although wood doesn't last as long as stone or concrete. If you want to use wood, be sure to choose one that is rot-resistant such as redwood, cedar, or pressure-treated wood.
There are several different types of retaining walls such as gravity, piling, cantilever and anchored. Gravity retaining walls rely solely on their own weight to hold the soil behind it. Reinforced walls, such as cantilever retaining walls, are reinforced by a slab foundation and soil backfill. Anchored walls feature an anchored cable driven into the soil to prevent toppling.
The design of retaining walls can be simple or complex, from practical to ornate. They can be the focal point of your landscape or they can blend in and be used as a way to exemplify your exciting landscape design. You can choose from modern and sleek retaining walls made of concrete or have a more rustic feel with a natural stone boulder wall. Low, capped retaining walls can create an attractive perimeter around your outdoor patio and also serve as planting beds or a seating area. The design options for retaining walls are endless and they can be incorporated into almost any outdoor space.
There are many different types of retaining walls, so finding the perfect one for you will depend on your specific landscape as well as your ideas and goals for your space. Glenn Landscape has tons of experience building and designing retaining walls and can help you decide which will be best for you.
Whatever design you imagine, be sure to contact Glenn Landscape. We can help in the designing process and provide you with an estimate for the cost of your project. We suggest you browse through our gallery and others to find inspiration. Retaining walls are complicated, functional structures, as well as decorative features for your landscape. All retaining walls require some kind of drainage system, some require a permit and others a soil report. This is why it is important to hire a licensed landscape contractor to design and build a proper retaining wall that won’t collapse or fail.
Whether it’s for practical or decorative purposes, the contractors at Glenn Landscape can design and build retaining walls that will perfectly suit your outdoor space.
We all know the saying, “April showers bring May flowers.” With all the rain Eugene got this April, you can bet there will be a lot of beautiful flowers this May! Flowers are a wonderful addition to any landscape design. They add color, fragrance, beauty and life to outdoor and indoor spaces. At Glenn Landscape Services, we are starting to grow our own flowers and plants in our very own nursery with the hope that they will soon find better homes in your yard or garden. Here are some of the beautiful flowers in season during May which you might want to add to your landscape.
Delphiniums are perennial flowers that are typically blue, but there are also pink, purple and white varieties. They are a favorite among gardeners not only for their stunning beauty and fragrance, but because they are also deer resistant. They grow best in sunny morning areas protected from the wind where the soil is consistently moist, and there is some afternoon shade. Mature delphiniums can reach six to nine feet tall, however, there are dwarf varieties that top out at around three feet. They are also great to use in arrangements as they make long-lasting cut flowers.
Pacific Coast irises, which are native to our area, are a series of small, beardless irises which vary in color depending on species. They prefer well-draining soil and do not like root disturbance so plant them where they can stay undisturbed, and they will continue to bloom year after year.
Peonies are long-living, low-maintenance and deer resistant perennials. They prefer very sunny locations with well-drained soil and thrive in the Pacific Northwest spring and summer climate. You may want to water them occasionally during their first summer, but once established they are pretty drought tolerant. Fertilizing isn’t necessary for these hearty beauties. They can bloom every spring for decades.
Roses do very well in the Pacific Northwest due to its warm, dry summers and rainy, mild winters. Portland, Oregon is nicknamed the “City of Roses” for this very reason. For strong, healthy roses, they need at least five to six hours of full sun each day. During the dry summer, be sure to completely soak the entire root zone of your roses at least twice a week to ensure water is reaching the deep roots. Adding mulch around the base of your roses can also help conserve water and encourage healthy growth.
There are numerous varieties of snapdragons, ones with dwarf, intermediate and tall stems and a range of beautiful colors. They are happiest planted in sunny locations with well-drained soil and need to be watered regularly during times of no rainfall. Snapdragons are also deer-resistant and planting them in your garden could deter deer from nibbling on your vegetables as well. They make marvelous indoor arrangements and many are very fragrant.
Hinted by its name, the sunflower thrives best in full sun. These tall, beautiful, bright flowers are tough and can pretty much grow in any soil as long as it’s not completely saturated with water. Sunflowers can withstand some drought although they prefer regular watering, especially right before and after they flower. Sunflowers are remarkably easy to grow, do not require fertilizer, and can easily grow to six feet tall in just a few months. Be warned, sunflowers are definitely not deer-resistant and are a favorite to nibbling deer, birds and squirrels.
Tulips are one of the easiest flowers you can grow. In warmer summer climates, tulips prefer morning sun and afternoon shade. They dislike excessive moisture so be sure their soil is well-drained. After you plant the bulbs in autumn, give them one thorough watering to wake them up. After that, they require very little to no watering at all. After the flowers have wilted, be sure to deadhead them. Some species of tulips can remain in the ground and others need to be removed annually after the foliage has yellowed for about six weeks.
Glenn Landscape Services offers care for annuals, perennials and roses if you ever need any extra gardening help. These services can also be a part of your weekly or monthly landscape service plan. If you have any questions regarding flower and garden care, contact us and we will be happy to help with any inquiries.
At Glenn Landscape Services, we are a professional landscape maintenance company that provides our services to residents and commercial companies in the Eugene and Springfield, Oregon area. You can choose between monthly and weekly service plans and pick which services you require based off those which are best for your unique outdoor space.
Your yard and landscape don’t just take care of themselves. You have to spend many precious hours cultivating and tending to your landscape whether it be your hardscape, lawn, or garden to keep it happy and healthy. Sometimes, other things in life can take priority, and maybe you just don’t have the time it takes to do it all on your own. Glenn Landscape Services is here to help, and we are happy to take care of all your landscape maintenance needs! Our plans help you achieve the look and quality you desire for your yard. With a service plan, you can rest assured that you will have a beautiful landscape year-round, even with your busy schedule.
Not only is it great having a manicured lawn, but some studies show that having professional landscape or lawn services can actually benefit the environment!
With our weekly service plans, you pick the day we come out each week to perform yard care service to your outdoor space. We are qualified to carry out a number of different lawn, yard, and landscape services for you, including:
Insect and disease control
Complete garden care for perennials, annuals and roses.
If you have any specific services that you would like to request from us that aren’t mentioned above, don’t be afraid to ask! Glenn Landscape Services has over 36 years of high-quality landscape experience, and we can tackle just about anything you throw our way.
Our monthly service plans are for yards and outdoor spaces that are low maintenance and that don’t require weekly service. Our monthly service plans include everything that is in a weekly service plan. Since mowing will only take place from us once a month, it is suggested that you administer your own weekly mowing.
Glenn Landscape will work with you to come up with the best service plan designed specifically for you. We are an extremely flexible, problem-solving and reliable professional landscaping company that you can count on to provide you with excellent services. Schedule your plan with us today!
There’s definitely nothing wrong with getting an early start on beautifying your lawn and landscape. March brings in milder weather and is the perfect time to start preparing for spring and summer. At Glenn Landscape Services, we are here to help you with all your landscape design and lawn maintenance needs. Here are some landscaping tips, so you can get a leg up on your yard in early spring.
For cultivating a perfectly healthy lawn, keeping track of the pH level of your soil is important. If your soil is too acidic or too alkaline, your grass may have trouble getting nutrients from the soil. Keeping your lawn’s pH level between 6.0 and 7.0 is ideal and will ensure your lawn stays as healthy as possible.
Testing the pH level of your lawn isn’t difficult. All you need is a soil test kit which you can get from your local garden center, or you can get a professional to do it. To test the soil accurately, make sure you get samples of your soil that are at least two to three inches deep. This is called the root zone. Remove any grass or rocks from the sample and be sure to take samples from several different areas of your lawn to get the most accurate results. Spread your soil samples on newspaper and allow them to dry completely for about 24 hours. Then follow the instructions on your soil test kit.
Depending on the pH balance of your yard, you may need to add lime to your soil if it is too acidic in order to increase alkalinity. Lime is the product of calcined limestone and is a good way to neutralize your lawn as it also provides a source of calcium and magnesium for your grass and plants and improves water penetration. If your lawn is already established, applying the lime by penetrating it into your soil is best done during periods of freezing or thawing, which is why early spring is an ideal time for lawn lime. Having the ideal pH level will maximize grass growth for your law.
Early March and April are the prime time to reseed dead or patchy grass. Because we live in Oregon, making sure the seeds get plenty of water shouldn’t be an issue. The copious amount of rain in early spring is another reason why now is the best time to reseed your lawn in order to have luscious grass by mid-spring and summer. It is also important to remove patches of weeds now, as it will pay off in the long run. With the soft soil from all of the rain, it is quick and easy to remove patches of weeds by hand. If you have a large weed problem, dig out the weed patch completely, including all the roots, then add some fresh topsoil to the exposed area and add grass seed.
During the first few cuts of spring, it’s best to not to trim the grass as low as you might in the summer. Grass grows best when it is around two inches tall or more. This will allow your grass to become nice and healthy before you give it a normal buzz cut once spring is in full swing. Also, wait for your soil to strengthen a bit before mowing. If your lawn’s soil is too moist the wheels on your mower will create ruts that will collect water and darken.
With milder weather, now is the time to spruce up all your lawn equipment and tools before you begin to use them again. To clean your lawn mower, spray the underside of the deck with a hard stream of water to remove dirt and dried grass. Use a soft brush to scrub with soap and water and rinse thoroughly. Cleanings like this should happen semi-annually. Also, be sure to check the air filter as it should be cleaned or replaced about once a year. You could also sharpen the blade of your lawn mower. A dull blade can shred the individual blades of grass, causing the tips to eventually turn brown. If you’re not familiar with sharpening mower blades, we recommend having them sharpened by a professional.
By taking advantage of these maintenance tips, your lawn will be the object of envy in your neighborhood come summer. With over 36 years of landscape experience, you can trust Glenn Landscape Services to provide you with the quality work and creative design you desire to have the outdoor space of your dreams.
Landscape care and maintenance means protecting your hardscape as well. With winter here to stay for a little longer, Glenn Landscape Services is here to provide you some tips for caring for your hardscape and preventing damage due to winter weather.
Although it doesn’t snow very often in Eugene, when it does occasionally snow or freeze there are steps you should take to make sure your hardscape avoids any damage. You may be under the illusion that your hardscape is invincible to destruction, however it’s actually very vulnerable during winter months and a particularly harsh storm or freeze can cause serious damage. Here are a few tips to help ensure the longevity and quality of your hardscape surfaces.
If you need to shovel your driveway or other hardscape surfaces, make sure you use plastic or rubber-edged shovels and be gentle about it. Metal shovels can scratch or chip the surface of your hardscape.
De-icing is extremely important for avoiding injury to yourself or others on icy surfaces. Try sticking to calcium-based products and natural rock salt. Some chemicals can damage the surface of bricks and pavers so natural rock salt is better in this case. However, don’t use rock salt on concrete, try sodium-free products or sand on concrete instead.
Water expands around nine percent in volume when frozen and water that gets into cracks can freeze and expand, worsening the cracks. It’s important to seal cracks before winter freezes set in to avoid the risk of a freeze making any cracks in cement bigger. Removing weeds from between pavers is also a good idea because as they grow they can also cause separation and cracks.
Clearing drains during the winter can help ensure that snow and other debris does not accumulate onto your hardscape and cause damage. Also be aware of water runoff and make sure there are no areas where water can get trapped and freeze onto your hardscape.
Contact us if you have any questions regarding your hardscape and winter weather precautions. We also offer landscape design and build services and can assist you with any project you dream of for your outdoor space. Check out our monthly blog for tips and other information about all your landscaping needs!
Because Glenn Landscape Services is located in the Pacific Northwest and specializes in planting, gardening and yard maintenance, this is a familiar question. Honestly, there isn’t a wrong answer but we thought we would clear up some of the confusion.
The common hazelnut and Oregon filbert are actually the same species: Corylus avellana. Oregon’s Willamette Valley grows 98 to 99 percent of the hazelnuts in the US and the rest are produced in Washington. The name “filbert” is of French origin and filbert trees most likely found their way to Oregon by early French Settlers. Hazelnuts are uniquely called filberts in the Pacific Northwest and the name is thought to be derived from St. Philibert’s Day, which is on August 22 and peak harvest time for hazelnuts. Others say it is derived from the German word vollbart meaning “full beard” and refers to the hazelnut variety of which the husk completely covers the nut.
“Hazelnut” is of English origin and is the common name used world-wide. It likely comes from the Anglo-Saxon word haesel which means bonnet, referring to the husk which partially covers the nut. Although “Oregon filberts” make up most of the United States’ hazelnut supply, it’s only a fraction of the world supply at three to five percent. Turkey produces 70 percent of the world’s hazelnut supply, followed by Italy who produces about 20 percent.
The use of the word “filbert” has faded in recent years, partly because in 1981 the Oregon Filbert Commission decided to conform and use the standard term “hazelnut” to better appeal to the global market and avoid confusion between the two terms. In 1989 the hazelnut became Oregon’s official State Nut.
Whether you call them hazelnuts or filberts, the best news is that Eugene, Oregon has the perfect climate and landscape for them to thrive. Plant hazelnut (filbert) trees in your yard and in a couple years you will reap the reward year after year with fresh hazelnuts by the bucketful. However, hazelnut trees will not produce any nuts unless they are pollinated by another tree so be sure you have room for at least two trees. They can be planted as close as five feet apart or as far away as 100 feet. Some benefits of incorporating hazelnut hedges into your landscape include:
If you have questions about hazelnut trees or anything else gardening/landscaping related, contact Glenn Landscape. We are always available and eager to assist you with your landscaping needs!
As a full-service landscaping company, Glenn Landscaping Services is here to help you every step of the way with planning and designing and personalizing your outdoor space. We understand that sometimes a low maintenance option is the best fit for your outdoor space and lifestyle. Here are 6 low maintenance landscaping ideas just for you!
Adding mulch around your plants and trees is a great investment. It keeps the soil cool and moist for your plants and also prevents weeds from germinating by blocking their access to sunlight. During cold weather it protects against frost-heaving, and in hot weather it keeps plant roots cool. As the mulch breaks down, it fertilizes and adds nutrients your plants because it is made up of decomposing organic material. Mulch is cost effective and a great way to give your yard a finished look, effortlessly.
Perennials are plants that live for more than two growing seasons. Plant these in your yard or garden and they will continue to come back year after year. Choose perennial flowers with different blooming seasons to ensure that you will have color year-round. Some examples include: tulips, coneflowers, catmint, iris, coral bells and lilies. Depending on the plants you chose, most will regrow every year for about three to five years before beginning to decline, while some hardier perennials can return every year for 20 years or more! For a complete guide on perennials and planting techniques, click here.
Potted plants are versatile and an easy, low maintenance option for any space. They go great on porches and patios and are a good option for smaller outdoor spaces. Variety in pots and planters make it easy to add a pop of color to specific areas. You can rearrange and switch out plants and pots whenever you feel like it. Plus, you won’t have to worry about weeds!
The one tip you will hear most about preparing your lawn for winter is to make sure you remove fallen leaves from your yard. Fallen leaves left all fall and winter could put your lawn at risk of mold or rot. Freshly fallen leaves are pretty, but once they begin to decompose from the rain they turn into mush, which isn’t exactly pleasing to the eye either. Removing fallen leaves will prevent your yard from rotting and make it easier on you in the long run with yard care and maintenance.
If you have the room to grow it, lavender is the plant for you. Lavender is a beautiful plant and is low maintenance, doesn’t need constant watering (especially when surrounded by a good layer of mulch), attracts lots of pollinating insects while repelling mosquitos. Not to mention it smells wonderful!
Crushed stone or pebble beds require very little maintenance and will last you forever. You can also used crushed stone as a border for your yard to separate the lawn from your planting space, or to line walkways for a unique landscape design and finished look.
If you need some help with your current landscape design, contact Glenn Landscape today! We have over 35 years of landscaping experience in the Eugene, Oregon area. For more DIY yard care tips, follow our blog.
Not only are weeds an eyesore for landscape design, they can actually be harmful to your garden and yard. Weeds compete with your lawn and garden for water, nutrients, sun and space. There are also parasitic weeds which will attach to host plants, slowly depleting them of life. Weeding is extremely important for garden and yard care and doesn’t have to be a horrible and tedious task if you go about it with the right mindset. Personally, the only way I get through a tedious task like weeding is to realize how satisfying it will be to see how much you’ve accomplished. Instant gratification is definitely not something that should be associated with gardening, and the outcome is so much sweeter knowing how hard you worked to accomplish it.
Now that we’re in the right frame of mind, let’s get to the technical stuff. First off, you will need the correct tools in order to weed properly and efficiently. Regardless of what some people may think, weeding does not simply include using your hands to pull weeds. If you merely pull a weed out and do not remove its roots entirely, it can grow back, deepen its roots, set seeds and will be a recurring and utter pain in your rear. In order to remove the plant fully, you must actually dig into the soil. Try using a cultivator for shallow rooted weeds or a hoe or shovel for deeper roots. Before you go out to your garden, make sure you have all the necessary tools for the job: a pair of gloves, a bucket, a cultivator, a hoe, a shovel and some pruning shears.
Be aware, there is no foolproof way to completely avoid weeds. Seeds are in every square inch of your garden, but only the top couple inches will germinate. Be sure to limit the amount of soil you dig up while weeding because there may be dormant seeds deep in the ground that could start to grow if disturbed. If you are unable to dig up a weed without digging deep, try cutting it at its roots with pruning shears or a knife. If, for some reason, it is impossible to remove the weed, the best thing you can do is to chop off their heads to keep them from setting seeds for up to a couple of weeks. You can also look up specific types of weeds here to see the best method for removing them.
When you begin weeding, start by picking a small patch of your garden and clear it of weeds entirely before moving on to the next section. Not only does this method ensure you’ve removed every possible weed, it also helps you to see your progress and keep yourself motivated. Ideally, you should rid your garden of weeds before they have a chance to flower and disperse seeds. It only takes one overlooked weed to spread its seeds and ruin all your efforts. Weeding after a good rain also makes the task a bit easier as the saturated soil is loosened and easier to dig into. Good thing rain isn’t hard to come by here in Eugene!
At Glenn Landscape, we can help with weed control in lawns and planting areas and offer weekly and monthly maintenance plans. No matter what your garden, lawn or landscape needs, we are flexible and happy to help! Call or stop by Glenn Landscape for all your landscaping needs and inquiries.
For a lot of people, Halloween is a big deal. You’ve seen the houses that go all out every October and maybe you’ve always wanted to try it as well. As professional landscape designers, we appreciate the effort to turn your home into a showcase for your creative design and decorating skills! This Halloween, make your home and yard a fun and creepy experience for children and adults alike by turning it into a haunted house!
The best place to start is at the beginning. You want to make sure the entrance of your home is thoroughly scary and inviting to trick-or-treaters. (If you live in an apartment or something similar with no front entrance or yard, skip to number three). One idea is to turn your front gate into something that looks like the entrance of a cemetery. Try plaster stone pilasters, a wrought iron fence (Google search “gothic cemetary fence”), cobwebs and some skulls.
Since we’re going with the cemetery theme here, some tombstones, a skeleton or two and some rogue bones scattered about would be a great addition. Caution tape is also a cheap and easy decoration to wrap around trees and fences and even block off areas that you want to stay off-limits. If you really want to amp up the eeriness, you can add a fog machine. You can either purchase one, which could cost you a pretty penny, or make one yourself!
3. Front door and porch
Decorate your front door area with skeletons, cobwebs, spiders, maybe even a life-sized Halloween prop sitting on your front porch such as a witch, mummy or monster. Boarding up your windows is also a creative idea to make your home look more forsaken. Don’t forget about the jack-o’-lanterns!
Inside is where your creative side can go crazy and where you can focus on smaller details to complete the haunted house look. Basic Halloween decorations like the ones you put outside your home (i.e. cobwebs, spiders, etc.) are a must, but you can also add customized decorations such as creatures or body parts in jars in your kitchen and creepy music or audio recordings playing throughout. Make sure you add dark or tattered curtains to set the mood and have plenty of fake blood to go around.
Remember, your haunted house is going to be on display at nighttime, therefore lighting is essential in making sure people can see all the hard work you’ve put in. It also adds an eerie effect when done right. Try colored lights, such as red, green and purple, and battery operated LED candles throughout your haunted house. Check out our landscape lighting services for more ideas!
The best part about turning your home into a haunted house is that your family and friends can all be a part of it. Have everyone dress up for different areas of the house to scare and intrigue guests. You can also provide guests with Halloween-themed games, activities and refreshments.
The good thing about decorating for halloween is that’s is relatively cheap to buy and most of the decorations can be DIY projects. If you ever need help with any custom exterior design, landscaping services or yard maintenance don’t hesitate to contact Glenn Landscape Services!
Being in the landscape design business for over 35 years, Glenn Landscape has seen spaces of all different shapes and sizes. No matter how small of a property you have, a quality design can still make a huge impact. Here’s how you can turn an unusable small space into something beautiful and inviting.
As you can see in the photo above, the space between these two neighbors was bare and neglected. So, they came to Glenn Landscape Services to see what their options were. Instead of building a fence that neither could use, we came to the idea of creating a beautiful pathway that leads to both backyards. A pathway is a great way to avoid clutter (like a fence) and create a space that is inviting and functional.
Instead of remembering your space by its size, have people remember it by its character. Use interesting hardscapes and lighting to add more charm and eye-catching views. Perhaps a small water feature or synchronized lighting will do just the trick! By installing a water feature with “uplighting” it will create a focal point that distracts away from the small size.
Sometimes lighting makes or breaks a landscape design. Use strategic lighting to open up your landscape design or draw attention to a piece of art or hardscape. At Glenn Landscape Services we offer custom color lighting that you can control using a smart phone or table to change the colors to whatever your mood is.
When it comes to small landscapes it’s best to keep the maintenance to a minimum. That’s why we recommend landscape design methods that require little water use like installing hardscapes or turf. On top of providing hydroseeding, we also provide turf installation! A great alternative to grass that still maintains the natural color and look of real grass.
DIY isn’t always the best route when it comes to small landscapes. Sometimes they can be even more difficult than a large landscape and therefore require a professional. A landscape designer, like Glenn Landscape, will understand the local climate and how the design will work over time. A professional will also make sure the job gets done right and within budget.
If you need help transforming your small landscape, make sure to call the best landscape designer in Eugene, Glenn Landscape Services! We can help you find the solution to your landscaping needs.
With summer in full swing, we know that August in Eugene, Oregon can get pretty hot. With the warm summer heat, finding the right yard care plan can be difficult. Glenn Landscape Services is here to provide you with some tips for maintaining your yard this month and for the rest of the summer.
At this point, you’ve probably noticed that your water consumption is going up along with the bill, and a big part can be attributed to watering your yard. How much water do I use? For how long? At what time of the day? How many times per day? These are all extremely important questions to answer in order to maintain your yard and save money. For example, the best time to water your yard is in the morning around 5 A.M. when it won’t evaporate with the heat. Ideally, you want to water 1 inch of water to your lawn per week. For this reason, having an irrigation system can be extremely helpful. Check out our blog for why it’s time to install an irrigation system.
Although fertilizer is important for yard care, it is not really necessary during the summer, and depending on the type of grass you have, fertilizing too much in the summertime can actually harm your yard instead of helping it.
The height of grass in the summertime is extremely important because it is exposed to higher temperatures, therefore, it is recommended that the height of the grass stay between 3-4 inches. Keeping grass higher allows for fewer weeds to grow and requires less water than if it was shorter. When deciding on when to mow the lawn, the best times do so is in the evening when the grass is able to lock moisture since it will not be exposed to the sun.
Here in Eugene, we recommend that you mow your lawn about once a week. It is also imperative to know when to replace blades because sharp blades are essential during hot weather. During the summer, your grass is more prone to being damaged and having dull blades will only add to it. After mowing the lawn, keeping the grass clippings and spreading them around your yard is actually good because it acts as a natural fertilizer. If you need help mowing, check out our lawn and yard maintenance plans!
There are various fertilizers that can be applied directly to help kill the weeds but there is a higher risk of damaging the grass because weed killers are usually intended to be applied to the yard in the fall or spring time. To control weeds, it is important to keep grass between 3-4 inches and mow the lawn every week as previously mentioned. If you have a small lawn the best form to eliminate weeds is by hand-digging them out.
There are a lot of factors that go into yard maintenance, and sometimes it’s hard to know what is right and wrong. We are here to help! At Glenn Landscape we provide convenient weekly and monthly yard care maintenance plans to suit your landscaping needs. We are your one-stop shop in the Eugene/Springfield area for all of your landscaping needs. Contact Glenn Landscape today!
What can an irrigation system do for you? Now that summer is here, you’re probably using a lot more water to maintain your yard and garden. At Glenn Landscape, we specialize in quality, long-lasting irrigation systems that take the local Eugene climate into consideration. Here are some reasons to get an irrigation system from your landscape design experts!
Maintaining a healthy, green lawn can take a lot more time and effort than one may think. Keeping up on a regular watering schedule can easily start to get in the way of your daily routine. By having an automatic irrigation system, you can eliminate this chore completely!
It may seem like a lot up front, but over time an irrigation system will more than pay for itself. Believe it or not, the most expensive part of the system is the water that flows through it over time. By getting a well-designed irrigation system from Glenn Landscape, you’ll decrease your water usage which in turn will lower your water bills.
As the demand for water increases, the more important it is for us to conserve. That’s why we design irrigation systems that are low pressure and are zoned properly to save as much water as possible while providing you with a healthy landscape.
How many times have you uttered, “Oh shoot! I forgot to water the lawn!”? We understand, life gets busy and it can be easy to forget even the smallest tasks. That’s why we recommend to our clients to get an irrigation system with a timer.
Watering your lawn too much can not only be wasteful but overwatering your lawn can also lead to disease. When a lawn has too much water, it can quickly become a host of root rot, moss, powdery mildew, and other fungi. At Glenn Landscape, we offer controllers that automatically adjust to weather conditions from a weather station, which means you won’t have to worry about over watering when a rain storm hits! Same goes for periods of drought.
If you’re ready for an irrigation system, contact Glenn Landscape today! We will handle the design, installation, and repair. Just like any home appliance, a system needs maintenance. We offer winterization turn-off and spring start-up service for your convenience! We are your one-stop place for landscape services in Eugene.
Summer is right around the corner, which means you’re probably getting ready for a lot of backyard BBQs and outdoor parties. But is your outdoor space ready? Here are some of our tips to creating a beautiful and efficient outdoor living area. If you’re in need of a landscape designer, contact Glenn Landscape today!
A great way to transition from your indoor space to your outdoor space is to connect the two with an open layout. You can install extending bi-folding doors and a foldable window system that makes opening and closing a breeze. You can even open up your home by installing a garage door that connects your outdoor living space. Just make sure to consult a landscaping professional to find a style that works with your home!
Not all of us are expert contractors or crafty gardeners! With all of the DIY articles out there, it can be easy to think that a landscape job doesn’t require a professional, like Glenn Landscape. If you plan on doing any sort of landscape renovation, it’s best to consult with a contractor or landscape designer first. You don’t want to break your back or get in over your head. Here are some tips on determining whether or not your project requires a professional.
Maximize your outdoor living space by creating custom features right into your landscape design. For example, consider a built in fireplace, bench, waterfall, kitchen, etc. An outdoor fireplace creates a great focal point for your outdoor space and also provides year-round enjoyment. These built-in features will allow you to create an outdoor space that is your own.
One thing to remember is that outdoor spaces don’t need a lot of furniture. Instead of crowding your space, compliment it with efficient seating with a landscape design that has built-in benches and bars. You’ll have the added bonus of not having to lug in a lot of furniture when bad weather hits. If you’re on a budget, it’s best to start out small and work your way up. Perhaps all your landscape design needs is a new hardscape or pathway.
If you like to throw barbecues or host guests, then an outdoor kitchen may be the perfect solution to upgrading your outdoor living space. Having a kitchen outside adds beautiful landscape design and provides great functionality for your home. Just don’t forget the lighting and countertop space! Here are 15 ideas to get your started. An outdoor kitchen is a major renovation, so make sure you contact professional and skilled landscape designers like Glenn Landscape.
From small gardening projects to large landscape renovations, Glenn Landscape has you covered! We’ve been serving Eugene, Springfield, and Lane County for over 35 years. Schedule a consultation today!
Our favorite time of year is here -- Spring! Which means it’s time to get your garden and lawn in order. If you’re a regular gardener, then you've probably dealt with your fair share of pests. To help keep plant destroying pests at bay this year, we’ve come up with a pest control guide. Most of these remedies are natural and perfectly safe for your plants. If you have any animals, just make sure to check whether the remedy is safe for them to ingest in case they do. If you’re not the DIY type and would prefer to have someone else take care of this, contact Glenn Landscape today! We specialize in yard care maintenance plans and will gladly give a neglected landscape a little TLC it deserves.
For large pests like dogs and rabbits, the easiest way to keep them out is by bordering your garden with a fence. You can choose between bamboo fences, wire fences, wood fences, and others. The type will depend on how large of a pest you’re trying to keep out. You can buy some at either Home Depot or True Value. A popular option is a wire fence with metal posts. You can build it yourself with this guide. Not sure what type of fence you need? Here’s a guide to finding the right one.
One of the best ways to prepare your garden to withstand pests is to give it the nutrients and support it needs to thrive. The healthier your soil is, the stronger your plants can grow to fight off pests. You can build healthy soil by composting, mulching, rotating crops, pruning, etc. For more tips on building healthy soil, check out these tips.
If you have an insect problem, consider fighting fire with fire, or in this case, bugs! There are bugs out there that can actually benefits your plants and help them fight off the bad guys. Some bugs to keep around are bees, spiders, praying mantis, ants, predatory flies, and more. For a complete list of beneficial bugs, click here.
Another great natural remedy to controlling pests is planting certain types of plants that repel bugs. Plants like marigolds, lavender, thyme, fennel, basil and chrysanthemums naturally repel different types of plants. To find out which plants repel what pets, check out this comprehensive guide. Keep these plants in mind for your next landscape design!
If you need any help along the way with your pest problem, contact Glenn Landscape to set up a yard care maintenance plan. You’ll never have to worry about the state of your garden again. We also specialize in landscape design, if you’re ready to take your yard to the next level. We serve Eugene, Springfield, Junction City, and surrounding cities. Contact us today.
The entryway to your home is a crucial first-impression for your guests. That’s why it’s important to make sure it’s beautiful, inviting and functional. Here are some of our tips to designing an entryway that is efficient and eye-catching. If you’re ready to schedule a landscape design appointment, contact Glenn Landscape today!
Avoid a walkway that is narrow and would, therefore, be crowded for more than one person. If you have a group of people walking up to your house, you want to make sure they can all comfortably walk on the pathway without stepping on your grass. It also helps to not overwhelm the space with too many plantings as it is typically a high-traffic area.
Sometimes homeowners have secondary entry points, like their garage or driveway that they use to get to the front door. Instead of having people walk across your lawn, consider having multiple entry points that lead to the main entryway. This can also give you space and creativity to design a unique and custom landscape.
Your front entryway is probably the most used pathway in your landscape design. That’s why it’s important to prepare for a lot of wear and tear. Use durable materials like stone and concrete. Make sure it’s well-lit so it’s easy to find your way in the dark. Think about possible rain, snow, and other weather conditions that could potentially cause damage. It’s usually best to have a low-maintenance entryway, so we recommend avoiding designs that require a lot of grooming, unless you’re signed up for one of our yard care maintenance plans!
It helps to have your pathway open up into a bigger landing space to make room for groups of guests and packages from your mailman. You don’t want your guests to be crowded in front of the door or standing out in your lawn. So, it helps to create a landing space just before the front door. This is also a good space to put a small table and a couple of chairs for a little outdoor breakfast nook.
The best part about a landscape design is making it your own. So, if you have a crazy idea for how you want your entryway, let’s hear it! Want to include a giant vase, custom lighting or a water feature? No problem! Contact Glenn Landscape for your landscaping needs.
Last, but certainly not least, is to make sure the design of your entryway is consistent with the rest of your home. You want to create a pathway that compliments your house, not takes attention away from it.
Are you ready to get started on a new entryway? If so, contact Glenn Landscape for a landscape design. We specialize in stone pathways and would love to help you on your next landscape project.
Spring is just around the corner and you might be thinking about your next landscape design project. When it comes to your home or business, it’s important to choose a landscaper that you can trust. Here are some reasons why Glenn Landscape is the only name worth knowing in Eugene!
Our business has been in the community for years and we pride ourselves on being local and family-owned. Ken oversees the daily operations and his wife Lou manages the office. When you choose Glenn Landscape you’re making a choice to support your local economy!
Glenn Landscape Services has over 35 years of experience in Eugene, Oregon and the surrounding areas including Junction City, Springfield, and the greater Lane County. We know the climate here and use that knowledge to create a landscape design or yard care maintenance plan that works specifically for YOU.
We are your one-stop-shop for all things landscape! Are you looking for a new landscape design? We got you covered. What about just yard care maintenance? Done! Irrigation or hydroseeding? You bet! When you call Glenn Landscape Services for your yard care needs you won’t have to hire multiple contractors.
In a small town like Eugene where word travels fast, having a reputable company is a must. At Glenn Landscape Service we treat our clients like family. We pride ourselves on providing high-quality designs and work that are finished on time and within budget. Don’t believe us? Check out some of our reviews on our Facebook page!
At Glenn Landscape Services, we stay current on the latest landscape design trends and technologies. Just check out our Facebook page where we are constantly posting articles and inspiration about the latest trends. We’ve also been using the latest technology of landscape lighting that allows you to customize the color from a mobile phone or tablet.
At Glenn Landscape Services we understand that choosing a landscaper in Eugene can be a difficult process. When comparing local landscapers in Eugene, consider these qualifications. If you’re ready to get started on a landscape project, contact us today!
Maintaining an eco-friendly yard care plan is all about reducing, reusing, and recycling. Glenn Landscape Services has put together some green tips to help you create an eco-friendly yard care plan.
A great way to reduce your food waste and fertilize your garden is by composting! Start gathering fallen leaves, food scraps, coffee grounds, and other organic materials that you can decompose and reuse. First, you’ll want to establish a compost bin. You can either make one yourself or purchase one at your local hardware store. Once your compost is ready you can spread in on the surface of your soil and watch it grow! Composting is great because you reduce waste and save money! For more tips on how to use compost, click here.
Every drop matters! So, one of the biggest tips to an eco-friendly yard care maintenance plan is to recycle water. There are a few different ways you can do this. One way is by harvesting rain and storm water straight from your gutters by setting up a rain barrel system. Another more extreme way to recycle water is to reuse the clean waste water from your bath, sinks, washing machines and other home appliances referred to as “grey water.” This process is a little more time consuming but will reduce your water consumption by nearly half.
There are many ways you can reuse materials in your garden. For one, hold onto all of those plastic packaging containers as you can reuse them as pots for plants and seed starters. There are also many DIY projects out there to reuse plastic water bottles. You can easily make quick planters and bird feeders that with a touch of paint, you can hardly tell it used to be a plastic bottle. Here are more ideas for reusing plastic bottles around your home. Some other common gardening and landscaping materials you can reuse are concrete and scrap wood. Use concrete for stepping stones and save wood scraps to make fencing, raised beds, a bench, etc.
Save money and energy this year by incorporating these eco-friendly yard care tips. A lot of these tips are free, educational, convenient and fun for the whole family! So, on the next sunny Saturday, grab those gloves and get to gardening! For more yard care tips make sure to keep checking back on our blog or follow our social media pages. If you’re looking for a managed yard care maintenance plan, contact Glenn Landscape Services today.
Summer is coming to an end and it’s time to start preparing your landscape for the cold months ahead. Here’s Glenn Landscape's guide to making your garden fall-ready.
First, you’ll want to assess all of the work you did in spring and summer. Which plants worked well? Which ones didn’t? Were there any new techniques you tried that worked? This is a crucial first step in preparing your garden for the next spring. Consider taking notes in a garden journal that you can refer back to come spring time. You’ll want to weed out plants that didn’t harvest well and make note of the ones you need to pay more attention to.
Look for diseases or damage on your plants. If you have vegetables, rotate the crops every year to prevent disease build-up in the soil. If you find leaf spots or other plant diseases, try one of these natural remedies. If you remove diseased plants, do not put them in your compost pile to ensure that the disease doesn’t spread to the rest of your garden. Throw away in trash or yard debris bin.
Out with the old and in with the new! Replace your summer annual plants with cool-weather flowers. If you wish to keep the seeds to use again next year, plant them in window boxes. Dig up non-hardy bulbs and weed as necessary.
Once you’ve weeded, removed spent annuals, and dug up non-hardy bulbs it’s time to prepare the soil. Add mulch to bare spots and compost to the soil to replace the nutrients lost over summer’s harvest. This will help prepare and revitalize the soil for spring planting. Using a garden fork, turn the soil and distribute evenly.
First, do a soil test to see where your soil pH level is at. You’ll want it to be between 5.5 and 7. After you get your soil report add the appropriate amount of nutrients to your lawn. Add some seed and fertilizer if needed. Be sure to keep fallen leaves and foot traffic off of new seeds so that you don’t disturb the growing process. This will help prepare for a healthy and good looking lawn come spring time.
Fall is the best time of year in Eugene and Springfield to landscape! Try planting some new trees and shrubs or add some new stonework and lighting. For a beautiful landscape design that will enhance your outdoor living area, contact Glenn Landscape.
Now is also a good time to address your irrigation needs. Glenn Landscape Services offers irrigation design, install and repair. A quality system will help save you water and ensure a controlled lawn. You can also save the hassle of routine yard work by setting up a residential yard care and maintenance plan with us! Call us today for more information.
We’re mid-way through summer and if you’ve been slacking on your garden, we have some quick tips to take your home and garden from a two to a ten!
There are many reasons why installing raised beds in your garden is a great idea. To start, the raised beds provide an added level of protection from slugs and snails. The soil is loose compared to your lawn soil and allows the roots to spread and grow like wild fire. Raised beds are great for tomatoes. Planting them in a raised bed ensures they’ll play nice with your other herbs and spices.
Who doesn’t like a fresh salad drizzled with a fruity vinaigrette? What you may not know is lettuce doesn’t keep for very long. A great tip to growing lettuce is to stretch, or stagger, the planting cycle by planting your lettuce in batches that are 3 weeks apart. That way your garden yields fresh lettuce all summer long!
If your garden is anything like mine, your tomatoes got off to a late start and most of the delectable little guys are still too green to eat. Not to worry! A lot of times a green tomato will ripen quicker off the vine. Or, you can keep them green and fry those babies up! Fried green tomatoes aren’t just the title of a movie, but a delicious take on tomatoes that many people have never tried. Here is a wonderful recipe for fried green tomatoes.
Sometimes something as simple as adding a fresh coat of paint can do wonders for your home and garden. When was the last time you painted your backdoor? If your home has some dark brown and white trim, you might think about painting that door a deep robin’s egg blue. The blue really sets off the rest of the house and trim while adding a splash of color and playfulness that your back living space was missing. Now take that new color and add it to some other places around your garden to really tie the whole thing together. Perhaps those new raised beds?
Remembering to water your plants and vegetables can be tough. It’s the monotony that wears you down and causes you to forget about this most important step. Let’s install a set it and forget it drip irrigation system. It will free you from having to remember a watering schedule while ensuring your plants receive just the right amount of water every day!
As you may know, parts of America (California, Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada) are experiencing some of the worst drought conditions ever recorded in the country. Due to their lack of rainfall, expanding populations and lack of resource management, they’re forced to buy water from other states. More specifically, Oregon. Since we are selling our clean fresh Oregon water to these other states by the truck load, we have to prepare for a decrease in water supply. Which means an increase in our own water and utility bills is inevitable. To minimize the hurt of these impending increases, Glenn Landscape is here to inform our fellow Eugene, Oregon locals on some great drought resistant plants that look beautiful and will help you save money.
These are a beautiful white, pink, and yellow flowering plant that grows to about 3 ft. in height with tangled stems. The growth pattern of these beauties helps to shade the soil in which they grow, which means less watering because of more shade! They’re also a perennial, so they come back year-round.
Coneflowers look like a mix between a sunflower and a daisy. They need very little upkeep as they are self-sowing and like the rest of the plants on this list, they are drought resistant. If anything, Coneflowers need to be planted in places with good drainage as too much water will drown them.
Also known as Beard Tongue, these flowers are perennial (they come back year-round) and come in a variety of colors: blue, pink, purple, red, yellow and white. There are actually over 250 species of Penstemon, so finding a variety that will work with our Eugene climate is a cinch. As an added bonus, the bright red variety attracts hummingbirds. If you’ve never woken up to adorable little hummingbirds outside your window you’re missing out!
The Lewisia Cotyledon is a native to Oregon and California. The petals resemble a gorgeous pink, red and purple sunset. They reach up to 1 foot high with evergreen foliage. Best suited for rock gardens with adequate drainage.
The Sedum Spurium or “Voodoo” has small, round burgundy leaves that grow low to the ground. Originally from the Caucasus, it has tiny reddish/pink flowers that bloom like roses in the summer.
With drought resistant plants like these, and maybe a few others from your local Eugene nursery, your garden will be prepared for the dry summer we have coming. For more tips on yard maintenance and garden care, be sure to visit our blog page month after month. Take care, tend your garden and enjoy this lovely weather!
DIY projects are a great way to get the whole family involved in improving the overall landscape design of your outdoor living space. Here are a few ideas to get your started on some hands-on projects for your home and yard. If there is a project you have in mind that needs a professional's touch, contact Glenn Landscape and we will help you design and install whatever landscape project you want.
Go to your window and have a look at your fence. Is it solid, plain, and faded? Why not update that boring fence with a little color? Think of three colors you really like (e.g. blue, green, yellow) and make your move! Try painting every other board one of the three colors and watch your backyard pop with new life! Another great idea I’ve come across recently for updating your tired fence is drilling small holes and placing marbles in the spaces. When the sun catches the marbles they sparkle like beautiful stars and will be a conversation piece for years to come. Not to mention this makes for a great activity you can do with your children. Not the drilling part!
Maybe what your back patio needs is a retractable awning. Problem is, retractable awnings can get quite expensive, but for a DIY’er there are numerous options at hand. Really all you need is a weatherproof type material, think a nice outdoor curtain for $30-$40 bucks, some eyelets for added strength if they don’t come pre-installed and a couple of cables. Simply run the cables from your house out to another standing structure past your patio, run your curtains through the cables and viola! For an added bit of, “Ooooohhhhhh” factor, tie a string to the last eyelet that way you can simply walk the awning open or closed!
Make your very own stamped stepping stones! It’s as simple as buying some Quick Crete, some large veiny leaves, some plastic sheeting and chicken wire. Cut your plastic sheeting to be about 4-5 inches larger than your leaves, and place the leaf in the center of the plastic (veins up). Spread your concrete over the leaf, almost to the edge with a thickness of about 4 centimeters. Next shape and place your chicken wire over the concrete, ensuring the wire doesn’t extend past the concrete, then spread another 2.5 to 4 centimeters thick portion of the concrete. Then you’ll want to support the shape with gravel or dirt and cover with another piece of plastic for 48 hours. Then simply remove the plastic and leave bits from the concrete and you’ve got your very own stamped steps, the shape, and feel of a leaf!
Our last backyard update is fun and functional. Do you have a flat stone walkway that gets pretty dark and hard to see at night? A great DIY fix is to buy some pebbles to fill in the spaces between your steps and paint them with glow in the dark paint! The new bright green or blue will provide a nice contrast with the stone during the day and produce a visually stunning path for you at night! There are pre-painted options out there for somewhere near a nickel a piece, but this is a DIY project, so purchase the stones and paint separately, grab some old newspaper and get to it! You’ll save some cash, and feel great for a job well done!
With winter in full swing, it’s time to start preparing your lawn and garden for spring. Although January might not have the ideal weather for gardening, there are plenty of projects you can do indoors and outdoors. Here are some of our yard care tips that will help prepare you for spring.
During the course of the winter, your yard has probably accumulated a lot of fallen leaves, sticks, and maybe a little bit of snow. It’s important, especially during the winter, to remove this debris to make sure that the sunlight can reach the blades of your grass. This will help keep your grass alive during the cold and cloudy months. You can also remove any weeds that might have sprouted up over the winter to help make room and prepare for new plants. Staying on top of yard maintenance will help make an easy transition into the growing season.
What worked? What didn’t work? Keeping track of all your garden behavior can help you plan for the years to come. It can also help you decide what plants work well in your yard and which ones do not. Having a journal keeps you organized and is a great reference when the growing season comes around. If you need any help with designing your garden, Glenn Landscape Services has you covered! We specialize in landscape design in Eugene, Oregon.
The date of the last frost is necessary to determine when you can start planting your spring garden. Essentially, all of your planning revolves around this date. But not to fear, we have the date for you! According to the National Climatic Data Center, the last frost date in Eugene should happen around mid to late May.
Now it’s time for the exciting part, ordering your seeds! This project will really get you daydreaming about spring. Before ordering, we recommend drawing out a plot of your garden in your garden journal. This will help you plan how many seeds you will need for each plant variety. It will also help you when it comes time to plant. There are many places in Eugene and Springfield to get seeds from. You can either order them online or purchase them at your local gardening supply store.
January is a good time to get a head start on the growing season. You can start by growing some of your vegetables, herbs, or flower seeds indoors. Some seeds you could start growing are tomatoes, onions, and spring flowers like marigolds or daises. Here are some more ideas of what to plant during the winter.
If you’re not the DIY type, Glenn Landscape Services has you covered for all of your residential yard care needs. Set up a weekly or monthly plan with us today and never worry about a neglected yard again! With over 30 years of experience, Glenn Landscape Services is your trusted provider of landscaping services in Eugene and Springfield.
It’s fall again, and even though it doesn’t seem like it right now, the rain is coming, my fellow Eugene, Oregonians and our weekend warrior days are numbered. We at Glenn Landscape have a quick and easy way to keep the outside and if you’re adventurous the inside of your house greener and dryer during these coming months with a little DIY landscaping… Let’s plant a moss garden!
Before we get too far, let’s get just technical enough to inform you, not bore you. All mosses can be classified into two basic types.
Acrocarps are your more erect or vertical type of moss. The reason for this is, the female organs or capsules that “fruit” are at the tips of the stems, forming a mounded patch. Acrocarpous mosses are slow growing, but also are less likely to fall prey to weeds due to the tightly packed growth pattern.
Pleurocarps are going to grow out rather than up, spreading into soft carpets instead of erect patches. Pleurocarps grow faster than your Acrocarps, and more quickly regenerate from broken stems and fragments. While maintaining a low even profile.
You still with me? Okay, now that you know which type of moss or combination of mosses you want to use where do we start?
Now for the part, you’ve all been waiting for… A great new use for moss in the home is a mossy bath mat! Everyone loves the feel of moss under their bare feet. Why not feel that wonderful sensation every time you exit the shower. As long as you and the rest of your household bathes regularly there should be no need for supplemental watering. All you’ll need is:
At Glenn Landscape, we wish you the best of luck in all your DIY landscaping projects and hope you enjoy your new moss mat as much as we think you will! Check back in over the coming months for more fun and exciting landscape design projects from the professionals at Glenn Landscape.