Poor soil is never suitable for planting anything. Even weeds don’t love to grow in poor soil. So, whether you’re thinking of planting some flowers or vegetables, you need to turn your poor soil into super soil.

So, What Is A Super Soil?

Simply put, super soil is a soil that’s rich in all the components that are needed for a plant to grow. That is, it contains a more than sufficient amount of Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium (NPK).  This soil is usually fortified with organic elements instead of chemical fertilizer, and help enhance the quality of whatever you plant in it.

How To Turn Your Poor Soil Into Super Soil

Turning poor soil into super soil involves composting to add organic matter to the soil and make it rich in necessary plant nutrients. Here are the basic steps to follow.

Step#1: Collect food scraps or wastes from your kitchen, such as leftover vegetables, watermelon, banana, and potato peelings, etc. in a container. These wastes are broken down into beneficial organic matter.

Step #2: Dig several holes in your yard, a foot or two deep. Then each time you collect sufficient waste, you dump it in each hole. These spots are where you’ll do your planting after your poor soil is turned into super soil.

Step #3: Fetch some humus soil with worms and add it to the waste in the hole to jumpstart the breakdown process. Then cover everything with some soil. After a couple of months, all the materials would have been broken down and add rich nutrients to your soil.

Bonus Tip:

If you don’t have enough kitchen waste, you can purchase and add some organic matter rich in NPK to the poor soil. These include bone meal, worm castings, bat guano, rock phosphate and kelp powder.

If you need any more help with cultivating a beautiful garden that will transform your home’s landscape, you contact us at Levy’s Lawn & Landscape today!

 

Planting Your Best Fall Garden 2020


Now that the summer season and its accompanying excitement are waning, how are you preparing for the fall season? As a gardener, this is a great time to start preparing your garden for the new season. However, before you dive into it, let’s take a look at how well your gardens fared in the fall of the previous year.

 

First Off, What Worked Last Year?

Owning a thriving garden in the fall isn’t a feat many people have mastered. For the few who have, they have used various tips and trips to achieve this. Here are some of the tips that worked wonders for gardeners in the fall of 2019:

  • Applying Mulch: To keep your plants away from the destruction that losing excess water or being exposed to frost causes, gardeners used layers of mulches to protect their plants. This trick has worked for years and remains relevant today.
  • Using Fabric Covering: To protect plants from frost and pests, gardeners have resorted to fabric covers. In previous years, many gardeners kept harvesting some of their favorite vegetables such as kales and lettuces, way past the fall season, thanks to fabric covering.
  • Applying Organic Fertilizers: In place of synthetic fertilizers, gardeners used organic matter for fertilizing their gardens in the fall. They did this by letting weeds and debris decay in their fall gardens.

What Shouldn’t You Repeat This Year?

If you are new on the fall gardening scene or the previous year was an epic fail, here are some mistakes you shouldn’t repeat this year:

  • Pruning your plants too early.
  • Leaving your flower or vegetable beds untidy.
  • Forgetting to water your plants before a hard freeze.
  • Leaving dead leaves liter instead of raking them up.
  • Planting spring bulbs late into the fall season.

How to Assess the Success or Failure of Your Garden?

What does a successful garden mean to you? Before you set out to grow a fall garden, be clear on your goals and the perimeters you would use for measuring its success. You can get garden evaluation tools online or reach out to us at Levy’s Lawn & Landscape to help track your progress.

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Fall Garden Cleanup


Many gardeners do not know the proper way to clean a fall garden, so they just overhaul the entire garden. But, here’s the thing: overhauling is a whole lot of work! Fortunately, we’ve figured out where to begin a fall garden clean up without having to take down everything. Keep reading to find out what we know.

Step #1 – Clear Out the Layers of Leaves

When you take one quick look at your garden, you most likely will see a bunch of leaf litter all over the place. This makes clearing out leaf litter the perfect place to start your fall garden cleanup. Of course, leaf debris can be beneficial for pollinators, but you do not want to have thick layers of leaves in your garden, as they tend to block out sunlight and trap too much water.

Step #2 – Remove Thatch Buildup

All things die, grasses too. After a while, your lush green grasses will begin to die, and this could be marked by the sharp change in color from green to yellow and, finally, brown. These dying grasses are known as thatch and must be removed to allow nutrients to reach growing plants/grasses’ roots.

Step #3 – Rid Your Garden of Weeds

For your plants to thrive, they need all the nutrients they can get. When weeds compete for these nutrients with them, the plants you want to keep may not survive the competition. So you do not spend resources on plants you do not have use for, get rid of them!

Step #4 – Make Your Waste Valuable

All the waste you’ve gathered in the form of leave litter, thatch, weed, and other organic matter can be deployed into making composts. When they decompose, they can serve as a rich nutrients source for your plants.

Need help cleaning up your fall garden and making your landscape beautiful? Reach out to us at Levy’s Lawn & Landscape today!

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Landscaping for Large Yards

Fall is just around the corner, and we all can feel it.

Given the mild temperatures and reduced hours of sunshine associated with the fall season, you can have a beautiful fall garden that services your kitchen’s vegetable needs. One of the essential factors determining how successful your garden will be in the fall is what you plant. You don’t want to cultivate plants that wouldn’t thrive in the season, and choosing the right plants can be quite a challenge.

Below we’ve compiled a list of plants that would thrive in the Pacific Northwest region during this fall season:

·       Cabbage

This crop thrives best in cooler seasons as high temperatures tend to kill them. When planted in the fall, your cabbage will become mature enough for harvest during the winter.

·       Kale

This is a sturdy plant, so it can thrive in many seasons, even winter. If you want a personal garden with kale for the fall season, it’s best your plant your seeds six weeks before the frost begins.

·       Brussel Sprouts

The Pacific Northwest in the fall is one of the best places you can cultivate Brussel sprouts. For best results, this plant can be planted in middle to late summer and harvested at maturity during the fall season.

·       Broccoli

Broccolis cultivated to maturity in the fall usually tastes better than those grown in other seasons. With the unpredictability of the spring season, the fall is the best season for growing Broccolis.

·       Lettuce

This is a suitable plant for the fall seasons. All kinds of lettuce can thrive during the season. Head lettuces ideally should be planted in July and its leafy counterpart through July to mid-August. But, you can still plant them now in September to grow throughout the fall season.

If you need more help preparing your garden for the fall season or cultivating a beautiful fall garden, you can reach out to us at Levy’s Lawn & Landscape today!

 

It might seem weird, but grass landscapes are arguably one of the most beautiful landscapes. While the first thing that comes to mind when you hear grass is the unwanted weed that livestock feed ons, arguably, there is more than one type of grass. And, when it comes to landscaping, ornamental grasses are as great as any other landscaping elements. Here are a some top reasons why you should consider landscaping your property with grass: 

·       Flexibility

Grasses can be used in small or big spaces. Due to this flexible nature, they can fit perfectly in your small yard (link to landscaping for small yard article) or balcony spaces. They are also durable and will survive as container plants or plants in pots.

·       Beautification

The beautiful thing about ornamental grasses is how using several combinations with other elements can change the appearance of your home. You can use it to decorate your lawn, backyard, or the building itself. The grasses will provide a lot of natural green background, fresh air, and ambiance.

·       Dual Functions

Aside from the apparent beauty of the ornamental grasses, they can serve other unique functions like fencing and borders. They are available in various sizes and shapes for different landscape purposes. If you want it to serve as a fence, then you should get tall ornamental grasses, and to design your walkway, you’d need the short ornamental grasses.

Now that you’ve learned why you should consider grasses for your landscaping, here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Define Edges: You can design the edge of your walkways, staircases, and pavements with colorful grasses. Some excellent choices for this purpose includes sedges and fountain grasses.
  • Create Hedges: You can use tall grasses and shrubs to create hedges along and around your property. With this, you can effectively create privacy and block a view you don’t want people to see.
  • Create Visual Appeal: This is an excellent option if you live on a massive property with a large yard (link to landscaping for large yard article). You can adequately cover the mass of land by planting different grass species to take up the space.

At Levy’s Lawns and Landscaping, we can create beautiful landscape designs with grass that will also add charm to your yard. Call 360) 876-6567 or Contact Us Here Today!

 

SMall Yard Magic

Do you have a small yard in front or at the back of your house? Or your apartment just as a terrace or balcony? It’s still a yard, and you can landscape it. You don’t necessarily need a large yard  to beautify your home. Here are some landscaping ideas for your small yard to get the most out of your outdoor space.

1.     Maximize Your Yard

You can make your small yard feel more spacious with proper organization and the right landscape features. Plant columnar evergreen trees like the Crimson Spire Oak along your fence line, as they grow up and don’t take much horizontal space. Also, you can plant a vertical garden and dwarf shrubs to make the space lush or install a sauna or hot tub to transform it into a grand space.

2.    Decorate Your Balcony

When your yard is just a small patio or terrace, you can landscape it by planting flowers in containers you can place by the corners or hang from the roof. Then make the space cozy, by putting in a comfy sofa with a couple of throw pillows, and hang some string lights to give it a magical look at night.

3.    Create a Combined Space

Even though your yard is small, you can create a space that can serve as a small garden, a dining space, and a relaxation spot. You can plant climbing flowers like the Bougainville by your fence or plant some flower beds around your deck, place a dining table with collapsible chairs in the yard, and install a hanging chair or hammock.

You may be unable to install a swimming pool or a sprawling outdoor lounge, but you can still landscape your small yard to make your home look beautiful. Whether you live in a townhouse with a small outdoor space or an apartment with only a balcony, you can contact us at Levy’s Lawn and Landscape to design your small yard.

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Landscaping for Large Yards

Large yards are great because you have more space to do whatever you want. However, just like landscaping small yards, you may run out of landscaping ideas for your large yard, after planting a garden and installing a swimming pool. If you’re one of those homeowners with more yard space than you know what to do with, here are some landscaping ideas for large yard owners to explore.

1.     Build Multiple Outdoor Living Areas

You can construct several structures on your large yard to serve various purposes. These include a gazebo that can serve as a cozy reading or meditation nook, a separate outdoor dining room where you can host large dinner parties, or an outdoor movie theater for entertainment. You can use different materials, from wood to rocks and paving stones, to build these structures to create an interesting landscape.

2.    Install an Artificial Grass Lawn

One of the major problems of a large yard is that it takes more time and work to maintain. With an artificial grass lawn, you won’t need to water or mow your large lawn regularly, and it needs little to no maintenance. You can carve out a small space for a garden or orchard, if you like, as well as cover some space with gravel or stone landscape designs.

3.    Add Several Beautiful Features

Since you have lots of space, you can combine several landscaping features. Features like a decorative stone walkway and beautiful hardscaping designs can make a stunning impression. You can make animal or spiral topiaries, build a natural waterfall, install an outdoor fire pit, and even create a miniature golf course.

The secret to landscaping a large yard is choosing features that require little maintenance to keep your yard beautiful. At Levy’s Lawn and Landscaping, we can help you landscape your large yard with several features to save you maintenance time and money, and increase your curb appeal. Contact us now or call 360) 876-6567 today!

 

The Top Five Landscaping Trends In 2020


If you haven’t had the time or the creativity to spruce up your yard since the beginning of the year, but you very much would like to, now is the time. With the COVID-19 pandemic, you’re most likely home, social distancing, and self-isolating.

So, take advantage of the free time, and create the perfect landscape for your yard. If the challenge is where to start, don’t you worry. We’ve compiled the top five landscaping trends in 2020 that will help ease the burden of decisions on style, colors, and functionality. 

2020 Top Trends For Landscaping

1.     Ornate, Geometric Designs Are Still Very Much In Vogue

Some ornate designs can make your home look like a palace from one of those Disney fairytale animations. You can play with designs such as waves, lattices, and basket weaves. For walkways and walls, tiles and natural colored stones are an excellent choice. Ornate decors are easy to maintain and beautiful to behold, and this makes it a great choice.

2.     Contemporary and Transitional Designs Are In High Demand

More people are demanding contemporary designs that are sleek, simple, and season-defying. These designs are mostly made up of modern sculptures, native plants, heat lamps, and waterworks that would remain beautiful and functional across all weather seasons. 

3.     Automated Irrigation System Make Things Easier

Let’s face it; traditional irrigation is stressful, messy, time-consuming, and wasteful. In 2020, automated irrigation systems can supply sufficient water to your yard more efficiently, and what’s more, there are several DIY irrigation systems you can try.

4.    Gardens Are Back In Style

In 2020, more homeowners are adding gardens to their landscape. If you do like naturally grown fruit and veggies, you can make your garden one that caters to your food and fruit needs.

5.     2020 Is Blue

Across the board, paint companies declared various shades of blue as top colors for the year. The blue color provides tranquility that is needed for relaxation, so do not be afraid to throw in a little more blue in your yard.  

It’s not too late to join the 2020 landscaping trends train. Go ahead and include any of these trends in your landscaping design or check out these budget landscaping ideas. You can also contact us at Levy’s Lawn & Landscape for more trendy designs for 2020. 

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Gardening is harder than most people make it out to be, so it’s okay if this is your second or third or fourth try! The truth is that about 60% of the soil used for gardening is not ideal for planting, but don’t fuss about it. Composting, which involves decomposing organic material to add to your soil to make it healthier, might be the answer to your soil problem.

Composting improves fertility, water retention, and texture of your garden soil. Besides the improvement of soil quality, composting also ensures that your soil never runs out of nutrients. It replenishes soil nutrients better than any fertilizer.

Here Are A Few Composting Tips to Help Your Garden Grow:

  • Get a Compost Bin-

    Having a heap of decomposing veggies, leaves, or paper on display isn’t a site anyone loves to see, and this is why a compost bin is ideal. A compost bin also helps with the smell that comes with decomposing items; you can get a rotating or stationary bin.

  • Learn To Balance Compost Materials

    Knowing the right things to put in your compost bin is vital. Things like dog or cat poo or diapers should not be in your bin. Your compost pile needs a balance of carbon materials like dead leaves, sawdust, and nitrogen materials like veggies and green grasses to be balanced. Think of it as a diet plan, but for your plants. Here are some ideal materials.

  •  Choose a Method of Composting

    There are three types of composting. There’s aerobic composting, which involves systematic airing and rotation of the compost materials, making them decay faster. Then, there’s anaerobic composting, which requires little work as all you have to do is sit and wait till the compost is ready. Finally, there’s the Vermicomposting, which involves the use of worms to breakdown the compost materials in a short period. You can choose any of these methods in preparing your compost, and ultimately improving your soil health.

No doubt composting is a suitable way to improve your garden soil, and with these tips, you can do it right. For more composting tips suitable for your garden, you can contact us at Levy’s Lawn & Landscape today!

THE DREAM…

The dream of every gardener is to have a beautiful yard–one that they enjoy relaxing in, as well as draws the admiration of passersby and visitors. But, achieving this takes more than hard work, dedication, and time. To get a beautiful garden, some people spend a fortune on supplies; however, you do not need so much money to make your garden equally impressive.

Transforming Your Yard with Household Items

You can have a beautiful yard without spending a fortune by repurposing household items. With a little creativity and reusable items, your yard can look exquisite, costing you minimal spending in cash. Below are some creative ways you can repurpose household items in your yard:

1.     Transform Unwanted Containers into Beautiful Planters

You can have a variety of beautiful planters all made from tins, pots, and baskets you no longer use. You can paint the containers in different creative patterns to make them unique and unlikely to be found in any other garden. Here are some tips on how to create a container garden.

2.     Turn Your Waste into Fertilizer

Fertilizers provide the necessary nutrients for plants to thrive but can be expensive. You can turn your kitchen waste into organic compost for your garden, thereby saving money on the cost of purchasing commercially made fertilizers.

3.     Create Walkways and Borders with Old Bricks

Old bricks are sold cheaply; sometimes, you get them for free after a renovation or from friends. You can use these old blocks in creating a walkway to and around your garden. The bricks can also serve as borders between plants and sections of your garden.

4.    Create Plant Nurseries Using Recycled Items

You’ll need containers to serve as nurseries for delicate plant seedlings. You can use recycled bottles, juice, or milk cartons to plant delicate seedlings until they are strong enough to be planted in the garden.  

5.     Turn Old Bathtubs into Garden Pool

If you have an old bathtub, don’t dispose of it just yet. You can convert it into a beautiful pool in your garden, which can be an impressive addition. You should try it.

We all have items in our home we no longer use. You can create a new purpose for these items in your yard. If you need more unconventional ideas to make your yard look outstanding, you can reach out to us at Levy’s Lawn & Landscape today!

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