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Urban Eden Lawn Blog

Aerating and Dethatching Your Lawn

It is finally springtime in Camas and Washougal, Washington! Spring is a great time to aerate and dethatch your lawn. This post will discuss the process and benefits of aerating and dethatching your lawn.
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Spring Yard Preparation

It’s that time of year again here in Camas and Washougal, Washington: Springtime! Spring is when most plants come out of dormancy and begin to grow vigorously. It is also the time to assess and cleanup the messes that fall and winter have left around your yard. Preparing your yard for the nicer months of spring can seem daunting and overwhelming, but Urban Eden is here to help! In this article, we’ll discuss the best course of action for tackling a spring yard preparation.
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Invasive Ivy Removal

English ivy (also known as hedera helix) is an invasive plant species that was imported into the United States from Europe for decorative purposes.  This plant runs rampant throughout the Pacific Northwest, especially in Camas and Washougal, Washington. Furthermore, Oregon has even banned the sale and distribution of English ivy due to its invasive and destructive nature. In this post, we will discuss the invasive attributes of English ivy and the best removal practices.

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Organic Weed Control & the Importance of Weeding

Controlling the growth of various undesirable plants (aka “weeds”) can prove to be a rather tedious and demanding process; especially if you choose to treat weeds organically instead of treating them with harmful chemicals. In the Pacific Northwest, weeds tend to grow rampantly, which is particularly true in the Camas and Washougal, Washington areas.  In this post, we’ll discuss the importance of weeding as well as a few organic methods for treating the growth and spread of weeds.
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Pruning Roses

It’s winter here in Camas and Washougal, Washington. Most plants go dormant during these colder months and roses are no exception. Therefore, winter is the best time to prune your roses without the risk of shocking your plant. This post will discuss what to look for when pruning roses. Note: since there are many types of roses, the tips in this article will be a rough guideline to follow for pruning most rose bushes.

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Blackberry Removal

Himalayan blackberries, also known as Armenian blackberries, are a fast growing invasive weed, that is ever-present in Camas and Washougal, Washington. Left unchecked, these blackberry plants will consume everything in their path. Keeping these invasive plants at bay can be a challenging task; a task that Urban Eden is always happy to perform. Since Urban Eden likes to avoid the use of harmful chemicals and herbicides, this article will discuss ways for removing blackberry bushes without the using these substances.

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Pruning Fruit Trees

Pruning Fruit Trees in Vancouver WA

Your Guide to Tree Pruning Correctly

The cold months of winter are upon us here in Vancouver, Camas, and Washougal, Washington. And, though the grass has slowed its growth, there is a multitude of other landscape tasks that need to be done during this time. One of the most overlooked tasks is pruning; especially pruning fruit trees.

Why Prune?

There are many reasons to keep up with the yearly pruning of your fruit trees. One reason is to acquire a desirable size and shape. Pruning done yearly, especially during the early years of a trees life, can ensure that your trees grow strong and develop a well-established structure. Pruning also keeps your trees at a manageable height and maintains a proper branch span as well.

Another reason to prune your fruit trees annually is to develop a good fruit production rate. Fruit growing on branches that are left unchecked can lead to an overabundance of fruit growth.

Although an overabundance of fruit sounds delightful, having too many branches and blooms growing on a tree is actually counterproductive. This overabundance of fruit competes for space and light, which will lead to underdeveloped fruit.

One final reason to prune your fruit trees is to thwart off pests and disease. Trimming off disease or pest-ridden parts of the tree discourages disease and pests from spreading to the rest of the tree and fruit. Left unchecked, disease and pests will spread and damage fruit trees quickly.

When to Prune

Fruit tree pruning should only be performed during the times of year that the trees have gone dormant. Pruning trees during their growing period can, potentially, harm your trees and should be avoided at all costs.

In Washington State, fruit trees are generally dormant from mid-November to mid-April. During the dormant months, trees generally lose all of their fruit and leaves, making it a lot easier to determine which branches should be pruned away.

How to Prune

Pruning fruit trees is usually done with extendable tree pruners, although it can be performed with a pair of regular pruners and a ladder. Extendable tree pruners allow you to prune trees from the ground, as they have a telescopic handle, which enables you to reach higher up to cut branches.

During the winter months, look for branches that are sticking straight up, branches that are crossing and rubbing on other branches, and also look for any branches that are dead, or infested with pests, fungus or any other type of disease.

Once you have determined which are the obvious branches that should be pruned, begin cutting away these branches. Once that is done, determine if there is any overcrowding of branches and thin out the smaller, less established branches.

Pruning fruit trees is, of course, a tedious task that can seem overwhelming. It is always a great idea to contact a professional landscaper to take care of this process for you. Urban Eden Landscaping would love to help get your fruit trees ready for the growing season! If you would like some help with this service, give us a call at (360)567-6399, fill out a free estimate request form, or simply contact us today!

Preparing Your Yard for Winter

Winter has arrived in the Pacific Northwest and the temperature is dropping quickly in the Camas and Washougal, Washington area. Although the need for mowing and weeding has slowed, there are plenty of other tasks that need to be performed throughout winter to keep your yard healthy throughout the year. So, here are a few tips for preparing your yard for winter.
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Protecting Your Plants From Frost

Winter is just around the corner here in Camas & Washougal, Washington. Winter brings cold temperatures and the threat of frost and freezing. If you’re worried about your plants dying due to frost, there are several things you can do to prevent this.
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