Portland landscape and pruning design

Landscape, soil, tool & tree care tips

This landscaping and tree care advice began with the watering page for newly installed plants. Afterward came the woods page for pet birds. Landscape drainage is possibly the most popular. There are also comments for pruning, garden tools, tree fertilizing, mulch, soil ammendments and more.

Header image: Portland Japanese Garden. Photo by Mario Vaden, posted with permission.


Horses and Toxic Plants
Basic landscape checklist for toxic plants and horses

French Drains / Drainage
Suggestions for installing drainage and information about soil

Winterizing
Winter and cold weather landscape preparation tips

Flat Free Tires & Wheelbarrows
Garden equipment tip for those who don't like using tire pumps

Benda Board Landscape Edging
Flexible garden bed edging that is easy to transport and install

Tree Care, Pruning Glossary
Some common arbor care terms. This is a large vocabulary list

Review of Arborist Forums
Tree Forum Ratings by M. D. Vaden. About online message boards

Poison Oak Photos & Information
Including winter identification tips and photographs comparing to Rhibes

Home & Wildfire Safety
Preparing property for protection against wildfires

Mistletoe and Control
Cut it or leave it. At least two ways to deal with this parasitic plant

Bronze Birch Borer
A landscape insect that can infest white birch and cause problems

Favorite Conifer - Sequoiadendron
Plant selection. This is one of the best evergreens in northern Oregon

Sequoia sempervirens Redwood
Largest and tallest. A huge collection of redwood information

Estimating Age - Increment Tool
Determining age: historic Beekman Catalpa, Jacksonville, Oregon

Klootchy Creek Spruce
Former largest Sitka Spruce

Designers Can Bust Budgets
Landscape design plans can make or break your landscaping budget

Ornamental Grass Miscanthus Favorite ornamental grass. Provides seasonal color change too

Selecting Pruning Tools
Tips for selecting pruning saws, loppers and hand pruners

Deer Resistant Plants
Resistant plants for landscaping where deer are abundant, like south OR

Favorite Tree - Black Tupelo
Ornamental plant material. One of my favorite hardwoods

Ever drank 3/4 cup Roundup?
How many people have drank Glyphosate and lived to tell?

Drainage, Compaction, Auger
Augers can be an affordable way to deal with soil hardpan layers

Changing Behavior of People
With detail and diligence



Pruning - General Tips
Including timing, pruning illustrations and feedback from experience

Dark Side of Lasagna Gardening
Also called sheet mulching. Several factors can affect your choice

Sunburn And Trees
How to protect trunks, bark and tissue from harmful light.

Signs of Hazard Trees
Trunks, roots and canopy. At least nineteen things to look for

Lichens Okay For Trees
Note about air quality. Some people mistake lichen for moss

Inosculation: Self-grafted
When cambium of branches or trunks merges together

Pet Birds & Safe Woods *****
Regarding making toys and perches for pet birds like parrots

Transplanting Trees and Shrubs
Successful transplant suggestions for moving the living landscape

Tree and Root Feeding
And beneficial fungi. Feeding is not just about fertilizers

Treehouses and Trees
Plus a few online resources who build or offer resorts in the canopy

Leyland Cypress Grows Money
Best to know in advance, the level of spending, pruning or removal

Walking Sticks
How to make nice looking hiking sticks from branches

Watering Suggestions for Newly Planted Trees & Shrubs and how to keep track of moisture

Tree Care: Suggestions
Different ideas and feedback about care and longterm maintenance

Heat Reflective Window Damage
Potential damage to landscaping from energy efficient windows

Barkdust Mulching
Benefits of barkdust and mulch. Both immediate and long-term

Soil Care Is Essential
Basics about soil, to understand what is happening under the surface

Included Bark & Pruning
Explanation and illustration about included bark and pruning