Oh, the beautiful and sometimes pesky vine.
So, you’ve decided to grow vines in your yard to increase your yard appeal, hide an unsightly fence, or for whatever reason. But you’ve heard that they can quickly become a nuisance. Well, growing vines can indeed get out of hand and take over your yard (and even your neighbor’s). Nevertheless, not all vines are invasive. In this post, you will learn which vines to use and which to avoid when growing vines in your yard.
Vines to Grow in Your Yard
There are several vines that won’t take over your yard when you grow them. Of course, they also twine, climb, lean, sprawl and twist around objects and trees. But, they don’t spread and become a nuisance you have to fight to remove. Here are two notable vines we think you should grow in your Pacific Northwest yard.
This spectacular vine is not just beautiful, but it also has a heavenly scent. While some Clematis bloom all year round, some bloom at different seasons, and all in a variety of colors. So, you can plant different types of the vine to give your yard a new look every season. We particularly love the Avalanche and the Wisley Cream.
2. Climbing Hydrangea
Even compared to other non-invasive vines, this vine grows really slowly. So, you don’t have to worry about it taking over your yard. However, it has heavy vines. Hence, you may have to provide something sturdy for it to lean on. Better still, grow it close to a fence or near a sturdy structure allocated for the vine.
Other non-invasive vines to grow in your yard include:
- The Star Jasmine,
- The Black-Eyed Susan Vine,
- The White Bark Raspberry
Vines to Avoid Growing in Your Yard
Don’t be tempted by their attractive looks. Avoid invasive vines at all costs. No, you can’t curb their natural habit of growing and spreading rapidly, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Some would even attach themselves to your house and cause destruction. Here are two vines you should avoid growing in your yard.
1. Chinese Wisteria
Gorgeous pink at full bloom, but this vine will sprout a new root wherever it touches the ground. Then, it would fling open its seed pods to spread its seeds all over your yard. If you really want a Wisteria in your yard, the native American Wisteria is a better choice
Planting imported plants is a great way to make your garden stand out. But, the Kudzu is a vine you should avoid. You may have heard that they are great for erosion control. But, they are also very invasive and will strangle the other plants, and even trees, in your garden.
Other invasive vines to avoid growing in your yard include
- Winter Creeper
- Five-Leaf Akebia
- Japanese Honeysuckle
Need help growing vines in your yard? Contact us today at Levy’s Lawn & Landscaping!
When it comes to using natural elements for garden décor, most people think of landscaping with rocks. But, did you know that tree branches can be used to improve your garden decor? Yes, those hanging or fallen tree branches all over your garden can do much more than serving as fuel for your fire pit. In this post, you’ll find ideas for easy garden decors with tree branches.
3 Ways To Use Tree Branches To Decorate Your Garden
Stop letting those tree branches in your garden go to waste. Here are three ways you can repurpose them to decorate your garden.
1. Build a Garden Arbor or Chair
You can build a simple garden harbor or lounge chair with tree branches and twigs if you love DIY projects. You don’t have to make it elaborate for it to be a beautiful addition to your garden. Just punch in some holes and nail the branches together to build the chair or arbor, and the rustic look will add charm to your garden.
2. Provide Support for Plants
If you’re trying container gardening in the Pacific Northwest, you can construct a potholder for your pots or containers instead of just placing them on the ground. This will give it an elevated garden look. You can also construct a tree branch ladder to serve as a trellis for climbing flowers to twine around.
3. Create Borders & Boundaries
You can use tree branches to build a picket fence to give your garden a rustic look. They can also be used to create boundaries around different parts of your garden and borders to protect specific plants. Furthermore, you can strip a couple of inches of the side of small branches to make a decorative plant marker. You can write creative names for your plants on the markers to add a personal touch to your garden.
Need more creative ways to decorate your garden? Contact us at Levy’s Lawn & Landscaping today!
organic or non-organic?
Although most people will argue that organic potting soil is better than inorganic potting soil, the truth is neither of the two is perfect
Are you thinking of starting a container garden or potting your vegetables before transplanting them to your garden, but can’t decide on the type of soil to use? You’ve heard that you can’t just use your yard or garden soil for potting your plant. But, which potting soil is better: organic or non-organic? Continue reading to find out.
What is Potting Soil?
Potting soil is soil that is specifically made for growing plants in containers or pots. Unlike garden soil, which gets easily compacted in pots and prevents roots from growing easily, potting soil is fluffy. It also lacks contaminants like weed seeds and debris that may be in your garden soil.
Organic Potting Soil
First, you should know that organic potting soil is not free from chemical compounds. They are referred to as organic because they are made from decaying natural organic materials such as seaweed, bone and fish meal and worm casting, and are rich in nutrients and microbes. These materials enable adequate aeration and hydration, and promote nutrient retention.
Inorganic Potting Soil
As the name implies, inorganic potting soil is made of materials that are not organic. Also known as potting mixtures, it is often made from three essential components: peat moss, perlite and bark. These essential components don’t contain “harmful chemicals” and give the soil a neutral PH. However, the mixture isn’t nutritious, so synthetic fertilizers are added to provide nutrients to the plant.
Organic Vs. Inorganic: Which Is Better?
Although most people will argue that organic potting soil is better than inorganic potting soil, the truth is neither of the two is perfect, depending on the plant type and needs. For example, organic potting soil is best and safer for vegetables, as you won’t have to worry about chemicals from fertilizer seeping into a crop you intend to consume. On the other hand, plants like succulents will do well in inorganic potting soil.
Another factor to consider is cost. Non-organic potting soil is cheaper than organic potting soil. You can also opt for already made potting blends for the specific plant you want to cultivate. The bottom line is that good quality potting soil, whether organic or inorganic, will help your plant grow better than just using just any soil.
Mowing a lawn with a severe slope can seem almost impossible. We know how difficult it can be pushing a lawnmower uphill against gravity, not to mention the danger of slipping as you mow downhill. So, we don’t blame you if you decide to leave your lawn overgrown. However, there some strategies that can help you mow your slope lawn.
5 Tips for Mowing A Steep Lawn
Even with a severe slope, your lawn can be mowed and kept lush and beautiful. Here are some tips to enable you mow a lawn with a severe slope safely.
Never Mow Straight Up or Down
It’s dangerous to push a mower directly up or down a steep lawn. You’ll require lots of effort to maintain your balance, and the chance of losing your footing is high. The best way to mow a lawn with a severe slope is to mow along the slope laterally. That is, you should mow crosswise, from left to right, side to side. Also, you should avoid riding mowers on a severe slope, as you may flip over.
Set Your Mower at A Higher Setting
Setting your mower deck high will make it easier for you to push it around, especially when you are mowing the side of a severe slope. In addition, the higher setting will get you over bumps and lumps easier and reduce the chances of bouncing around on the ground.
Wear The Right Shoes & Gloves
Shoes with cleats are the best kind of shoes to wear to mow a steep lawn. The cleats will give you extra traction, keeping your feet firmly on the ground and preventing you from slipping down the slope. Also, quality gloves will help you get a better grip on the mower.
Never Mow When Lawn is Wet
Slipping down a lawn with a severe slope is far easier when the grasses are wet than dry. Yes, even when you are wearing the right shoes. Also, mowing wet ground is bad for the soil, as the power can uproot some of the grass.
Hire A Professional Landscaper
If your lawn is steeper than a 10-foot or 15-degree incline, then perhaps you should hire a landscaper to help you with low-maintenance landscaping options. You can contact us at Levy’s Lawn & Landscaping to transform your lawn with a severe slope into a beautiful landscape, eliminating the need to mow it constantly.