The designs are appealing and driven by massed ferns, moss, leaves, bark, berries, rock and foliage combinations.
Farm-market vendors and pick-your-own growers are leery about pets and poultry near their edibles, fearing fecal contamination. Home gardeners should be cautious, too. Food-borne ailments...
But beware: Some native plants are invasive.
A perfect fit for Seattle gardens, the herb smells great, is pollinator-friendly and wards off pests.
Avoid putting them in locations where birds are frightened by foot traffic, vulnerable to predation by cats, or at risk of flying into windows.
Woodpeckers, flickers and sapsuckers may be fun for birders to watch, but they can be troublesome — pecking holes in dwellings, shredding feeders, enlarging cavities...
Wood ash contains calcium, magnesium, potassium and other important nutrients. But always test the soil before spreading ashes.
To espalier a tree is to train it to grow flat against a fence, wall or other support.
One will last a decade or more, the other much longer (hopefully).
It turns out most tree and shrub damage in winter is not cold-related. Animal damage is the most common culprit.