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Atlas Cedar Fungus Solution

Does your Blue Atlas have a fungus?

Is your Blue Atlas Cedar turning pink rather than blue? By mid-May is your once beautiful Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar practically defoliated?

If you can answer ‘yes’ to one of these two questions your tree most likely has a fungus (Sirococcus conigenus and Kabatina species).

Contact your local extension center to report

According to the OSU Extension Center, there is no known cure.  If you do suspect that you have this fungus in your Blue Atlas, your local extension center or biological control office wants to know that you have this fungus so they can continue tracking its location and the elements where it is unfortunately thriving.

What can you do?

There are some things you can do to reduce the spread of the disease and try to bring your once lovely weeper or upright Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca’ or ‘Glauca Pendula’  back to its lustrous blue color.

  1. Gently shake all old needles out of the tree, rake the diseased needles and the first 1” of mulch from all around the tree out to the drip line of the branches. Bag and remove this debris. Do not put it in your garden mulch.
  2. Then give your tree a quick fertilizer. I love Dr. Earth for organic fertilizer but there are plenty other name brands for organic and non-organic use.
  3. Next, spray the affected tree and soil beneath the tree with a Copper Fungicide. The fungus really gets moving when the temperatures are 60 – 70 degrees and wet soils. But don’t wait to spray until you see the pink… that’s too late. Spray that last week of April or the first week of May when this fungus is among us and most active.
  4. Wait two weeks and spray it one more time. No need to spray after that, this is a fairly short-lived fungus doing maximum damage in a few short weeks. I use Bonide Liquid Copper Fungicide Concentrate and dilute it with water. Be sure to wear protective goggles and gloves and always remember when spraying to choose a day when it’s not breezy.
  5. If you need to remove branches, don’t take more then 1/3 of the tree at a time. If more then 2/3 of your tree is pink you should consider removal and planting a different species.

If this all sounds like too much, contact your Greenhaven to assist with care, removal, and replanting.

Raina McSherry
Greenhaven Assistant Project Manager and Resident Horticulturalist

Come see us at A Beer at a Time in Camas May 13th

Come out this Saturday, May 13th in Camas to A Beer at a Time from 10 AM to 4 PM and help raise some money for DOGPAW off-leash parks.

Greenhaven has partnered with a local non-profit, DOGPAW, to help raise awareness.  DOGPAW is an all volunteer non-profit that creates and maintains off-leash dog parks in Clark County.  Greenhaven loves dogs and we love the community that DOGPAW off-leash parks create for Clark County dog owners.

Why DOGPAW off-leash dog parks?

Dogs are some of the best and loyal friends we could have but as our community grows it is getting harder to find space for them. With over 100,000 dogs and counting Clark County dogs need space to roam that is safe for both them and their people. Dog parks provide a valuable asset to the larger community because it helps dogs become better neighbors and friends. Running free in the wide open spaces with other friendly dogs gives our four-legged friends the energy burning exercise they need so that they aren’t the neighborhood nuisance.

I have land so why should I care about off-leash dog parks?

As landscapers, we love outdoor spaces and we can create some fantastic spaces for your favorite pet on your own property.  But not everyone has a yard that is suited to giving their dog the room to roam. Our furry friends often need social time with other furries. That is where off-leash dog parks are such a valuable asset to our community.

Want to get out and go for a walk with your dog but don’t have a safe place to do that?  Off-leash dog parks have walking trails.  Want to meet up with your friends and their dogs? DOGPAW off-leash dog parks are located at 4 beautiful locations around Clark County. Just pick one or explore all of them, they are all good choices. Hate cleaning up dog waste in your neighborhood? Off-leash parks help reduce waste in your neighborhoods by taking dog traffic to one location.

Want to help Save DOGPAW with us?

Donate today!  You can go to the SaveDOGPAW website and give.  Or you can go to any Riverview Bank branch and donate there.

 

 

Top 5 Landscape Problems We Can Solve

Muddy areas

There are lots of reasons you may have muddy areas in your yard. The rain the Pacific Northwest is getting isn’t any help.  But there are lots of other reasons you might have mud. The first thing you need is an assessment of your yard.  Once the main problem has been discovered we work to fix the problem.

Some of the ways that we solve this problem are; redirecting the water to a different spot with proper drainage, putting in stone pathways, and planting appropriate grass and plants for the area.

Uncomfortable Lifespaces

Most people want a place that they can not only relax and unwind in but also entertain a space made for entertaining. We have a variety of solutions to help you with this. Patios, outdoor kitchens, fireplaces/pits, putting greens, waterfalls, and gazebos are a few of the ways to create a relaxing and entertainment space that you can enjoy alone or with friends and family. Not only can these things enhance your lifestyle but it will also increase the value of your home!

Lack of good lighting

Lighting serves several purposes in your yard.  Lighting your yard for safety, security or ambiance and function are all key ways that lights can bring practicality and beauty to your outdoor spaces.

Privacy

There are many ways to create privacy. Trees, plants, fences, and walls all create spaces that feel private.

Road noise

It is difficult to relax when you are constantly hearing road noises in your yard.  This problem can be solved by creating relaxing sounds with water features or by buffering the sound with trees, fences or walls.  Don’t think that you can’t have the perfect yard environment for playing, relaxing and entertaining.

Need Help?

Greenhaven is here for you.  Big or small Greenhaven can help you create the yard and outdoor spaces that you love to live in.

Come visit our booth this weekend at the Clark PUD Home and Garden Idea Fair and find out more about how we can help you get the yard of your dreams.

 

Drainage is the key to a beautiful yard

Before

Lack of drainage has stressed this lawn

After

New drainage and sod will keep this lawn beautiful

Drainage helps keep lawns beautiful

Do you have proper drainage? Drains play a key role in maintaining your yard. Nonexistent or improper drainage can open your lawn up to lots of issues that make it impossible to have a beautiful yard. Add dogs and kids and you will exacerbate your issues. Disease and pests, like the crane fly, invade when your lawn is stressed from over saturation.

Crane fly, a local pest that can destroy your yard

Camas, due to the lake, has an abundance of crane flies which can be disastrous to a yard. Crane fly larvae, which eat on grass roots and create brown spots in your yard, are a major pest. Crane fly eggs are laid in the spring and fall, creating a cycle that can only be stopped with proper pesticide application in November.  If you have a drainage problem consult Greenhaven landscaping experts, who can help evaluate your yard and improve drainage so that your lawn will be beautiful and usable.

How Greenhaven transforms

At Greenhaven we create captivating landscapes by incorporating the perfect mix of stone, water, and light with the conveniences of modern living. Here Greenhaven transformed a lawn with very poor drainage by adding the function of a drain and the beauty of stone. We also specialize in making sure that, once your space is beautiful, it is well maintained so that you can sit back, relax and enjoy.

Contact us

Greenhaven is a full-service landscaping company dedicated to quality and service.  Call us today to find out how we can help you get the yard of your dreams.

Water’s Edge and Greenhaven – Commitment to Quality

Greenhaven and Water’s Edge merged in 2014

You may not know that in 2014, Water’s Edge Waterfalls, an award- winning landscape company in Clark County, merged with Greenhaven, a landscape maintenance company, to become a full-service landscape company.  The two companies kept the Greenhaven name, created a new logo and extended their services so that they could bring quality value and customer service to the Vancouver/Portland area with a full-spectrum of landscape services.

 Services Greenhaven provides:

By adding services beyond hardscapes, Greenhaven gives value on a variety of services:

  • Lawn and Bed Maintenance
  • Treatments
  • Arborist Services
  • Outdoor Lighting
  • Irrigation
  • Water Feature Maintenance and Repair
  • Drainage Solutions
  • Artificial Turf and Putting Greens

 

 

 

Evaluating your yard after a winter storm

The last storm in the Portland metro area left a lot of damaged trees and landscape. As we continue to clean up here are some tips on how to get your landscape back into shape and ready for spring.

Tips to Evaluating Your Yard

  1. Assess trees. Heavy snow has done damage to many trees in the area. Even if branches have snapped off there may be stressed branches that are ready to go, which can cause potential breakage in the future. Look for cracks in tree limbs and other damage and if necessary contact a arborist. Don’t know one? Contact us and we have recommendations.
  2. Trim torn branches. Those ragged, broken limbs on your tree are an invitation to disease and insects. Protect the tree by trimming torn branches with clean, straight cuts.
  3. Assess trees and shrubs. Shrubs and bushes might have been damaged. Some of these will bounce back in the spring, but if the damage is severe contact your landscape maintenance professionals to do an inspection. Don’t have landscape maintenance professionals? Call us for a quote.
  4. Keep off your lawns until they dry. Many lawns are over saturated with water which will turn to mud if walked on excessively. To keep your lawn better able to bounce back, don’t do more damage by spending more time than you need to on it.
  5. Mud slides and bark runoff are fixable. But these may be a sign of a larger problem. Have your landscape professional evaluate whether the runoff and mud slides can be fixed with landscape fabric, mulching or some ground cover that will hold soil in place. Extensive erosion may need some hardscaping, drainage or other next level landscape intervention to prevent future issues.

Need landscape maintenance? Call us for a quote and yard assessment.

Landscape Plants that Create Winter Beauty

Winter can seem long and dreary with no color or flowering plants.  However, winter beauty isn’t hard to create. Here are some ways that you can place fun pops of color into your winter yard.

Creating Winter Beauty in 4 Ways

  1. Hellebores are an excellent hardy shade perennial that is renowned for their tolerance of drought and neglect.  They are also known for their ability to repel deer and other garden-eating wildlife, which can be a bonus for those struggling against those cute destroyers of landscapes and gardens. Hellebores can be found at more high-end nurseries and begin blooming in January, a reminder of the coming delights of springred dogwood bush
  2. Colored-twig dogwoods are also a fantastic choice for your winter landscape. These brilliantly barked trees come with red, yellow or orange stems that create a dramatic pop of color in your yard. These fast-growing shrubs maintain their beauty long after the leaves have fallen and the cut stems are a long lasting addition to a holiday wreath or decor. Good pruning is the key to keeping these garden delights in top shape for winter.
  3. Conifers are also another plant to consider when thinking of your winter yard. A new variety of arborvitae called ‘Techny Gold’ put a dash of lime-green coloring into a winter landscape.  Pair these with Pinus mugo ‘Zundert’, a dwarf Japanese black pine, or Japanese plume cedars,  and you will have attractive eye-catchers that will enhance your winter landscapes.
  4. Ornamental grasses, such as variegated sweet flag or silver spear are excellent year-round landscape plants.  And flowering ornamental cabbage, winter growing annuals, like pansies and violas, and edibles, such as Swiss chard, are all great container plants.  Container plants add interest and texture to your yard and are easily replaced.

Other Ways to Bring in Winter Beauty

 

Birds are an often unremembered part of the winter landscape. Once the leaves fall, bird antics among the bare branches can be a peaceful way to pass a cold winter afternoon. Attracting birds in the winter can bring a small little piece of delight into your landscape. Bird baths, bird feeders, and other attractive features can be a bright spot for you and for your little garden guests.

Need More Ideas?

Give us a call and we can plan a beautiful landscape for you that shines in summer and in winter.

Contact us today!

Greenhaven Landscapes