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Preparing for Fall: 8 Companies for the Best Fall in Vancouver

By AK Timber

Fall creeps in quietly – so quietly that at times, you don’t even notice it is coming until you have to pull out a sweater or the leaves start to fall. In Vancouver, we can have some wild weather around this season, which only adds to the stress. When September rolls around, that means that it is time for school to start, practices to begin, work to amp up, holiday shopping to start, and your time gets shorter and shorter.

It doesn’t have to be that way. You don’t have to be stressed in fall – you can have fun and make memories that will last a lifetime. These companies will help you:

1. Vancouver Pumpkin Patch

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Credit: Vancouver Patch

Nothing says autumn like carving a pumpkin – whether it is a success or a failure. At Vancouver Pumpkin Patch, kids of any age will be able to search for the best pumpkins around. This could take hours because there is quite a selection of pumpkins from very small to very, very large.

You can really get into the holiday spirit with the hay pyramid, hay tunnel, and hay maze and other fun activities that will get your kids moving. For those who aren’t as adventurous, there is usually a costume party and storytime sessions.

Finally, there are tons of fresh and new options each year, so be sure to pay attention to the latest releases on their website. Last year, it was an 835-pound pumpkin.

2. All Fixes Handyman

It seems like anything that could go wrong with your yard happens during the late summer and early fall. This is

Credit: All Fixes Handyman

Credit: All Fixes Handyman

partly because it gets such a beating from children and visitors throughout the summer. It is also because of the change in temperature that causes expansion. Still, it can be difficult to keep up with everything that you need to do. That’s where All Fixes Handyman comes into play – they can help you with just about everything, including “hanging walls, shade covers, bridges, trellises, arbors, benches, outdoor rooms, patios, fire pits, sculptures, ponds, dry streams, waterfalls, pergolas, fire pits, fencing, edging, picnic areas, and fountains.”

If you have a problem that you needs to be corrected, run it by All Fixes Handyman.

3. Mike and Dad’s Hauling

Credit: Mike and Dad's

Credit: Mike and Dad’s

Why you should trust Mike and Dad’s Hauling is expressly stated on their website: “Since 1989, Mike and Dad’s Hauling has served Vancouver. We pride ourselves on our impeccable reputation which we have built one customer at a time.” They don’t just talk the talk, either – they walk the walk.

Mike and Dad’s works with both commercial and residential properties to haul off junk and garbage that you have sitting around your yard. Whether you are doing a lot of yard work or cleaning out your kid’s room after he goes off to college, you probably have a lot of junk sitting around. While the air is cold,  get rid of it!

Give Mike and Dad’s Hauling a call and they will give you an estimate and a timeline.

4. Means Nursery

Credit: Means

Credit: Means

Means Nursery is a great place to go if you are looking to add a little bit of fall color to your yard. From the muted orange shades to the dusty reds, you’ll be able to find something great here. The nursery is known for having a wide selection in terms of sizes and colors. They also keep everything natural and they know their plants – which is extremely important.

If you are looking for tools to make your autumn work a little easier, they also sell tools and other goodies for yard cleanup.

5. New Leaf Pest Control

When fall comes, it is also the time where bats and other pests come out to play. One of the biggest problems for

Credit: A New Leaf

Credit: A New Leaf

people around Vancouver is mice. They come into our homes to eat our great foods and share our warmth. Another problem is bed bugs – the soft fabric of backpacks is the perfect place for them to hide.

New Leaf Pest Control helps prevent and/or fix any of these problems in a safe way. Their approach is green so that your children and pets will be safe. They are also willing to work on preventative tactics so that you can sleep easily at night.

Give them a call right away if you think you hear something or see something that shouldn’t be there – you don’t want any pests to bring friends.

6. Sunmark Seeds

Soil is an important part of the health of your trees during the colder months. If you have poor soil, your trees won’t

Credit: Sunmark

Credit: Sunmark

get the nutrition that they need. While it is still warm enough to work outside, add some new soil around your trees and plants.

Sunmark Seeds has a few different types of seeds to help with the erosion control thanks to all of the soaking rain, including EC Seed. Turf Seed helps to keep your lawn plush throughout the season, especially if you have a commercial property that you need to look its best. Wildflower seed is specially fortified for our area to give you the best results. Finally, Forage Seed helps those in the agriculture business.

They are willing to work with you on just about anything, so give them a call.

7. Velvet Acres Gardens

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Credit: Velvet Acres

Fresh produce seems to get all of the credit during the summer months, but it seems to fall by the wayside once autumn comes around. At Velvet Acres Gardens, the produce is picked every day so that it is always fresh and ready to go.  Whether you want apples or squash, they will have the best selection around.

During the fall months, they have something even better – a fall festival with a gorgeous pumpkin patch. Searching through the fields for the prime pumpkin is a memory that will stay with you forever. They also sell vegetables, decorative pumpkins, gourdes, and more.  For those with a more adventurous side, there is a hay tunnel, some hay rides, and antique tractors.

8. AK Timber Services

Of course, AK Timber Services is also there to help you prepare for fall and get through the season. Our team

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Credit: AK Timber

is licensed, bonded, and insured in both Washington & Oregon to help you with tree care – whether that means you want to get trees removed before they start to drop leaves (a popular option) or you need some limbs trimmed, we are there to help you.

Serving both residential and commercial clients, we can help you keep your trees healthy throughout any season of the year and we can even up your property value. It all starts with a phone call, so give us a call at (360) 635-1076 to have a discussion about what you need, want, and expect.

Start Winter Preparation Now

Winter is going to be here much sooner than you think, which means you need to prepare. Ugly weather and ice can really do a number to your trees, which can then affect everything else in your yard. AK Timber Services offers tree risk assessment to keep that from happening. Our team will look over each and every inch of the tree or trees in your yard to find any problem areas – and then we will suggest fixes.

If you’ve never had a tree inspection before, or if you are new to your home and aren’t sure about the health of the trees, we can help you sleep more peacefully at night.

Header photo courtesy of Valerie Hinojosa on Flickr!

6 Places in Vancouver to Shop for Spring Gardens

By AK Timber

Spring gardens are part of what makes us love this season so much. While it doesn’t quite look or feel like spring yet, you can definitely feel that it is in the air. When it comes to planning and plotting your spring garden, there are a lot of different places that you can look at in the Vancouver area. However, at AK Timber Services, we can’t just go and recommend anywhere.

Instead, we want to recommend places that are going to give you the best possible result. After all, a more beautiful Vancouver is like free publicity for us. Some of these sources only serve landscapers or retail developments who buy in bulk, so beware. So check out these nurseries, greenhouses, and garden centers:

1. Van Veen Nursery

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Credit: Van Veen Nursery

Van Veen Nursery is another great wholesaler that you should consider. However, they are an incredibly specific

nursery that deals in only a few types of plants. Let’s allow them to spell it out: “All of us here we are committed to producing quality rhododendron liners and rooted cuttings for the hobby gardener as well as the wholesale grower. We are the oldest niche propagation nursery for rhododendrons in the country, and we boast a wide array of very rare species and hybrids.”

While they have a physical location, they are also available for online purchases, making it easier for you to go about larger orders.

2. Hidden Gardens Nursery

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Credit: Hidden Gardens

Hidden Gardens Nursery has over 5 acres of beautiful plant life for anyone. One of the things they specialize in is the gorgeous Japanese Maple tree. They can help you determine when, where, how, and why to do this. Even once you plant their products, they are there to help you.

Trompenburg, Shishigashira, Sumanigashi, Bloodgood, Red Pygmy, Fireglow, and Red Seedling are just a few of the Japanese maples they have in stock at Hidden Garden Nursery – look on their website to see the different options that you have.

As an added bonus, when you clean up your yard this year, you can take your debris to Hidden Gardens Nursery so that it can be recycled.

3. Sunmark Seeds

If you like growing from the start, Sunmark Seeds is a great place for you to start looking. Sunmark Seeds offers a601996_634020919976335_2042765199_n few different types of seed, including EC Seed, which helps with erosion control; Turf Seed which is for athletic fields, golf courses, commercial landscaping, parks, roadsides, and fine residential lawns; Forage Seed for improved forage, legumes, and cover crop seeds to farmers, erosion control experts, wildlife biologists, livestock producers and horse professionals; Wildflower seed for specified areas based on what is going on with our climate, and other types of seed.

Give them a call today and they will be able to provide you with all of the information that you need.

4. Means Nursery Inc

Credit: Means

Credit: Means

Means Nursery is another local favorite for the Vancouver, WA area. If you are looking for fruit trees or fruit shrubs, this is the place to look – especially for their raspberry bushes, which are famous around this area. This nursery is known for trying to keep everything natural and allowing plants to just do their business, making them a greener option.

Means Nursery also sells a bunch of different options for potting soil, gardening tools, and other yard necessities.

Means Nursery also has some of the most knowledgeable staff members of any nursery in the area – and not only that, they are willing to help you with your selections. Make sure to check out their website because they offer up a bunch of specials.

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Credit: Panzers

5. Panzer Nursery

Azaleas are another personal favorite for us, just because they are absolutely gorgeous. And the flowers at Panzer

Nursery are some of the most beautiful around. According to them, “We combine the natural gifts of the Pacific Northwest growing region with our many years of experience and the most technologically advanced greenhouses and storage facilities to ensure you always receive healthy, vibrant plants.”

Now, be careful because azaleas are notoriously difficult shrubs to prune and take care of – but more on that later!

6. Skyline Nursery

Credit: Skyline Flowers

Credit: Skyline Flowers

If you consider someone an expert after they have a considerable amount of experience growing something, then people who work at Skyline Nursery are some of the most forefront in experts. They are a wholesaler, and they have some of the biggest locations on the west coast. They have 60 years of experience working with flowers, so they do know what makes something a good flower, a bad tree, or something that you can really be proud of.

They have nurseries located in Oxnard, Camarillo and Nipomo.  They say that they have “chosen these locations for their cool coastal breezes and moderate temperatures which provide some of the best flower growing conditions in America.” With thought like that, why wouldn’t they know what they are doing?

Make Vancouver More Beautiful This Spring

At AK Timber Services, your yard and garden is personal to us. We want everything to be absolutely gorgeous so that we can see more people out and about. While that isn’t always possible thanks to the weather, but even if the sun isn’t shining, colors and greens can really make a year more cheerful.

We can help you keep your trees in order with trimming, removal, fertilization, and stump grinding. Plus we also offer a ton of other options. Browse our website and see some of our services, and then give us a call at Call (360) 635-1076 to get a free estimate.

Header photo courtesy of Kevin on flickr!

8 Best Places to Buy Trees in Vancouver

By AK Timber

At least to us a AK Timber Services, trees are among the most important things you can buy to make your house into a home, your job into a business, or a patch of grass into a park. Trees are so vitally important and beautiful that we think people should take the time out each year and plant at least one tree somewhere. Not only do they help keep our air clean, save us on air conditioning bills, and add interest to our yards, but they also protect you from intruders, provide food, and even give something fun for your children. If you want to buy quality trees that stick around for a long time, try some from these businesses:

1. Portland Nursery

Photo Credit: Portland Nursery

Photo Credit: Portland Nursery

Portland Nursery is one of the premiere locations for not only flowers and garden ornaments, but also trees and shrubs. They offer a vast selection of constantly changing trees that are well taken care of and up to the standards that you need.

Portland Nursery also offers classes and events that help you learn about things like planting trees, when to plant, tree care, and even events specifically aimed at children. If you want fruit trees, Portland Nursery will help you in making decisions based on your yard.

Check out their website for a list of the different events and classes that they have – your backyard will thank you!

2. Means Nursery

Means Nursery is another standard for many people who live in our area. From fresh fruit trees and shrubs to

Photo Credit: Means Nursery

Photo Credit: Means Nursery

beautiful statuesque trees that will stand in your yard for years to come, you can pretty much find anything that you’d want here.

Not only plants, Means Nursery is also a great resource for anyone who is having troubles with plants, especially fruit plants. They specialize in fruit products, which means that it is a great place for beginners to try out. You should also check out their selection of azaleas – they are gorgeous!

Make sure you check out the specials that they have, as you can always get something at quite a steal!

3. Cornell Farm

Photo Credit: Cornell Farm

Photo Credit: Cornell Farm

If you are looking for a place to buy trees in Portland, Vancouver, and the surrounding areas that is absolutely gorgeous, then Cornell Farm might just be the best place you can go – it is stunning.

From the minute you pull up, you will notice brilliant splashes of color and remarkable shocks of green that will have you dreaming up a garden that you’d never be able to take care of. Cornell Farms offers up a vast selection of fine quality products, including everything you need to plant trees, take care of them, and of course the trees themselves.

Make sure to give yourself ample time to walk around Cornell Farm, as they have a ton of stuff to see. You should also engage in a conversation with the workers, as they are all highly knowledgeable about what is going on in the tree section of their store.

4. New Leaf Greenhouse

New Leaf Greenhouse is another great option because it is one of the nurseries that gives back to the community.

Photo Credit: New Leaf Greenhouse

Photo Credit: New Leaf Greenhouse

They help to earn money for local schools and organizations through fundraisers and special events.

New Leaf also offers a ton of great products to both wholesalers and individuals. However, they are only open from March through August, so you will have a little bit of time to plan out what you want. From there, you can go in and purchase whatever they have for sale, and the selection is constantly changing and rotating, so you’ll be able to find something new every time you go.

The staff at New Leaf Greenhouse is incredibly smart and quick to help you solve problems. They have a good selection of shrubs and smaller plants that work great for backyards that don’t have too much room, but want to make beautiful.

5. Arai Nursery

Photo Credit: Arai Nursery

Photo Credit: Arai Nursery

Arai Nursery is another great option, especially for people who want charm and some hands on attention. The standout at Arai, other than their quality plants, is the customer service. You will never find someone who went to Arai and wasn’t treated like a VIP. They will help you with any problems you have, teach you how to take care of your plants, and even offer up some great conversation – and that’s all before you make a purchase!

Arai offers up a lot of different options for trees, from the strange and beautiful to the helpful but rare.

Your breath will be taken away when you see all of the colors and shapes that these plants can take – you definitely won’t find them at any of place on the list!


6. Garden Frog Nursery

Besides having a really cool name, Garden Frog Nursery is also a really cool place to shop. When you go to their

Photo Credit: Garden Frog Nursery

Photo Credit: Garden Frog Nursery

website, you might be a little underwhelmed, but that is only because they spend more time working on their plants than they do building a website.

Garden Frog offers up a bunch of different trees, shrubs, and plants that can help you transform your backyard. Their ornamental trees are definitely the highlight here, as they will transform your yard quickly and easily. The team there is willing to walk you through everything from planting to taking care of the trees, so you don’t have to worry about going in as a novice.

Make sure you take a little time to really walk around and enjoy everything from the sweet smell of flowers to the sound of bees buzzing – it is all beautiful!

7. Thicket

Photo Credit: Thicket

Photo Credit: Thicket

Thicket is a little bit different from the other businesses on the list, so it is probably best to let them describe it on their own. According to their website, “Thicket is a garden boutique filled with a lush selection of flowers and plants along with a clever assortment of vintage ephemera and modern craft curated to inspire life lived in the garden.”

They are extremely helpful, offering up tips and tricks on the blog, willing to talk you through just about anything when you are taking care of their shrubs and plants, and even helping you find something special to make your garden stand out.

If you have some time to kill or you just want to check out one of the coolest shops around, you should definitely try Thicket!

I’ve Planted a Tree – Now What?

Once you have gone out and planted a tree, you are probably wondering what you need to do next. The first think you should really do is find a business that will help you to take care of your trees. AK Timber Services does just that. We help you prevent any problems with your trees, clean them up so they look beautiful, and when that sad day comes, we can ever help you remove your tree.

We treat each customer with the respect that they deserve and work hard to get you the best possible results. After all, we love trees just as much as you do. If you would like to get an estimate or talk to us about a problem with your trees, you can contact us today.

Header Photo Courtesy of star5112 on Flickr!

Winter Tree Care In The Portland Vancouver Area

By AK Timber Service

Please make it a priority this year to examine your trees right away. It may save you a lot in money and prevent a hassle.

Winter Tree Care In the Portland Vancouver area should be a top priority when the weather turns cold.

We love trees in our area, we are part of the great Northwest. We are known for great rainy seasons, green landscapes and great trees. Most people when they think about the winter in our metro area they think holidays, dressing stylishly warm, avoiding traffic issues,  and the basic household to do lists that make the winter as enjoyable as possible. A common over looked area on the to do list is tree care, and this is why it should be a top priority.

An item of concern if you have trees in your yard is the freezing temperatures that affect tress often starting in the end of November that typically last through February. During the winter season is the most ideal time to trimming and pruning trees. This will allow for optimal health of the trees during the growing season.

Hazards of Trees During the Winter

We do not get a lot of snow fall in our little paradise, but we do get freezing temperatures, massive rain storms, and even freezing rain. If trees are overgrown or not kept up with proper trimming, our beautiful trees can turn into a nightmare. Trees that are heavy with rain and freezing temperatures have a tendency of snapping branches, or causing splits in the trunks. Tree branches snapping open home owners to the possibility of branches falling on roofs or into the side of their homes, causing extensive damage that takes time to repair.

Splits in trunks lead to tree infestation and disease and result in a high price tree removal. It’ll take years to replace that beautiful piece of artwork and shade.

The solution? Proper trimming and pruning.

Not all trimming is alike.

Trimming trees properly is very important. Trimming and pruning when done incorrectly can result in the spread of disease eventually killing the tree. This may or may not be a job for the weekend warrior within you. Calling the experts can avoid some long term and costly hassles, even if it is for some quick advice, you’ll be happy you did.

Extra Bonuses

Having experts like AK Timber come out to examine and trim your trees will take the guess work out of tree care, we know what to look for even in the smallest of details. Our tree care services will maintain a long term healthy tree(s) that will provide the look and shade you love, saving you time, potential stress, and a lot of long term money to prevent replacing the tree(s) or even replacing pieces of your home.

So remember to walk out in your yard, give us a quick call and ensure the health of your trees and safety of your home. Do you need us every year? Not always, every yard is different, and our Arborist will be able to advise you on the most cost effective plan in maintaining your trees. Winter tree care in the Portland Vancouver area became much simpler.