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Why You Should Allow A Professional To Plant Your Trees

By AK Timber

Planting trees – it seems easy, doesn’t it? It just seems like something that we should all be able to do without help. After all, you can just go to your local big box store, dig a hole in the ground, and then put in the tree, right? You cover it back up, give it some water, and it will grow strong and tall.

Wrong.

Planting a tree is actually an exacting science. There are so many reasons that your trees require a professional touch – and some of the reasons to seek out a professional to plant trees has nothing to do with the tree.

Let’s take a look:

Figuring Out The Best Placement

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  • Tree placement can be based on your yard
  • It can also be based on the type of tree you have
  • Usually, it is a combination of the two

Where should you place your tree? So many of us have ideas about where a tree should go in your yard. We have an empty space that needs to be filled, so we think that it needs to be the home for that tree you’ve always pictured. Unfortunately, trees and mother nature often have a different idea of what the best placement for that tree is.

You have to look at so many different things – the amount of sunlight that portion of your yard gets, what the water drainage is like in that area of your yard, how many environmental toxins it will get (such as exhaust fumes from cars), how deep and wide the root systems will go, how far the branches will spread, and many, many other things. You cannot just place a tree somewhere just because you want to do it. According to Trees Are Good, you may even have to reach out to your utility companies to see if you can plant a tree in a specific place.

A professional can look at your yard and tell you where to plant a tree so that it will have the best chance for success.

Pick Trees That Work For Your Yard

  • Some trees just won’t work in your yard
  • Some trees just won’t work in our area
  • Other trees won’t work in one part of your yard, but may work in another

To start picking a tree for your yard, Better Homes & Gardens suggests looking around your neighborhood. If you don’t see anything that you particularly like, you may want to go to your local parks and wooded areas to see the trees that they have successfully grown. From there, you can narrow down trees that will work for you.

A reminder to choose sturdy trees instead of trees that grow quickly. You don’t want to have a tree that is risky in your yard – this is a lifetime relationship, and slow and steady will always win the race.

Once you choose the tree that you want, you may want to look into different varieties. Maybe you want a tree that flowers at a specific time or a tree that doesn’t require a lot of pruning – you can likely find that variety if you do a little research.

Once again, a tree care professional can help you to choose the best trees for your yard. They will be able to advise you based on your individual property, the soil in your yard, and just their own experiences.

Build A Relationship For Ongoing Maintenance

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  • Can help to ensure your tree is healthy
  • You know you can trust a specific company
  • Saves you time and effort

If you contact a tree care professional for planting your trees, you are building a relationship for ongoing maintenance. Many of us prefer to work with the same people over and over again, and for good reason. We trust those people who have worked in and around our homes before. We understand that this is a delicate subject – many people don’t like to invite people into their homes. When you forge a relationship early on, you will feel more comfortable with every step of the way.

When someone knows your trees, it is likely that they will get better care, according to Mother Earth News. A tree care professional who knows your trees will be able to intuitively understand that your trees needs, what procedures will work, and how much they can do at a specific time.

Get A Plan For Tree Health

  • Understand what your tree will need
  • Get the help that will make your tree survive
  • Ensure your tree will continue to grow strong and in the right way

How can you ensure that your tree is going to be healthy and actually become a part of your yard? It isn’t going to be an easy thing to discern – you have to know about cabling, watering, fertilizing, and just general tree care.

Watering tends to be the most difficult thing to tackle.

Take it from Family Handy Man: “There’s no magic formula for how much water to give your tree in its first year, so don’t rely on a “rule of thumb” for watering. Too little water can kill a tree. But overwatering in clay soil can cause root rot, which can also kill a tree. You’ll need to water your new tree until the root system is well established. The right amount of water depends on the weather conditions, your soil and the planting site. “

Contact AK Timber Services for all of your tree care needs – we can help you at any stage of the tree process, from planting and taking care of your tree to pruning and cutting it down to watering. Of course, we can also help you with any questions about whether or not you can remove trees or debris from your yard. Call us today at (360) 635-1076 for all of your tree care needs – we offer free estimates. No matter what, make sure that you do not take tree trimming into your own hands, as this can cause quite a bit of damage.

Header photo courtesy of sagesolar on Flickr!

Best Shrubs For Your Portland Landscaping

By AK Timber

Shrubs are some of the most beautiful foliage that you can add to your yard – and you can get everything that you want without adding a lot of work. Whether you look for something that will add more color to your yard, something that you can move around as you see fit, or something that will just provide you with some privacy, there is a shrub for that. At the same time, shrubs can provide wildlife habitats that will bring your favorite animals into your yard, sweet fragrances to enjoy in the spring, and even help to add structure to a beautiful landscape design.

Still, it is important to know that not all shrubs look great or work great for every yard – you need to be judicious about what you get.
Here are some of our leading choices for Portland yards:

Deciduous Azaleas

 

 

  • Provides ample shade
  • Can grow extremely large
  • Requires some pruning

Many different types of azaleas fall into this category, but that provides homeowners with many options. These are some of the most beautiful shrubs you can put into your yard. According to Gardening With Charlie, you can get your choice of colors in these shrubs: Early spring in colors such as pink, salmon, yellow, white, rose and bi colors. Left alone, they will grow fairly well. If you do some basic tree care, however, you can get quite a better show each spring. This is the perfect shrub to take pictures against.

There are azaleas that won’t grow in every area, however, so it is important to understand which ones will grow in Portland and which ones won’t – it is best to talk to a professional or a specialist.

Buddleia

 

 

  • Does not produce seeds
  • Attracts butterflies
  • Perfect for sunny areas

A few years ago, the traditional butterfly bush was taken off the market because it was turning into too much of a nuisance for homeowners – the seeds were spreading everywhere and causing too many to pop up. Since then, the Buddleia has taken over its spot – but we cannot really call it the butterfly bush anymore.

The Old Famer’s Almanac explains further: “Despite the “butterfly” name, keep in mind that this shrub is not a “host plant” for butterflies in that it does not support butterfly reproduction and lifecycle. Caterpillars do not feed on butterfly bushes; rather, it only provides nectar to adult butterflies. If you do have a butterfly bush, be sure to add native host plants such as milkweed, aster, and dill if you want the butterflies to stay.”

Still, this is a perfect shrub for sunny areas where you want to add some truly unique color.

Callicarpa

 

 

  • Most beautiful in winter
  • Has a purple color
  • Attracts birds

If you are ever looking into someone’s yard in the winter and see a beautiful flash of purple, it is probably because they have a Callicarpa shrub on their property. These shrubs are fairly nondescript in other seasons, but in the winter it is quite gorgeous. While it may look fancy, it is actually one of the easiest shrubs for homeowners to grow and care for on a day-to-day basis.

The Callicarpa provides shelter and food for birds in the winter. Growing up to 6 feet, it is a fairly substantial shrub that will provide shade, privacy, and security if you want it. Relatively pest and disease free, you won’t have to worry about this one too much. In fact, it is generally one of the easiest shrubs to care for, according to the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Cotinus

 

 

  • Also known as the American smoke tree
  • Showy in the fall months
  • Beautiful purple/green leaves

The Smoke Tree is one of those trees or shrubs that you will need to look at a few times before you really understand what is going on – the “smoke” is actually comprised of tiny, delicate flowers that are translucent. The smoke can last for some time, changing the appearance slightly as it ages.

According to Fine Gardening, “Outstanding specimens in a shrub border, Cotinus are also a great choice for massing or for hedges. They need minimal pruning to maintain a healthy framework, or alternately, may be coppiced to produce large, dramatic foliage on varieties with colorful foliage (this is at the expense of generous flowering).  C. obovatus is native to the southeast U.S.”

Philadelphus Lewisii

 

  • Also known as the “mock orange”
  • Provides longer interest than other shrubs
  • Quite tolerant

According to Calscape, the Philadelphus Lewisii is one of the easiest, most tolerant shrubs to grow but is also one of the most underutilized. That makes it a great choice for someone who isn’t sure about the conditions of their soil or yard. This is a shrub that does require some regular pruning to keep it looking its best, but other than that it is fairly easy. Most people do choose to plant this one in groups.

While providing privacy, this one will actually completely fragrance your yard – they are known for their sweet smell. This is certainly one of those shrubs that will reward you when you put the work in and keep it looking its best.

Adding shrubs to your yard is going to add so much to it, not only the things listed above, but shrubs have been known to create healthy ecosystems that sustain all other plants in your yard.

Contact AK Timber Services for all of your tree care needs – we can help you at any stage of the tree process, from planting and taking care of your tree to pruning and cutting it down to watering. Of course, we can also help you with any questions about whether or not you can remove trees or debris from your yard. Call us today at (360) 635-1076 for all of your tree care needs – we offer free estimates. No matter what, make sure that you do not take tree trimming into your own hands, as this can cause quite a bit of damage.

Header photo courtesy of crabchick on Flickr!






Best Trees For Rainy Environments

By AK Timber

Selecting a tree that is drought tolerant is important for some people, but in Vancouver, WA, it might be even more important to plant trees that can withstand wet soils and rainy climates. Why? Most people assume that the more water there is, the better everything will be – that isn’t necessarily the case. In fact, some trees truly cannot withstand the amount of rain that certain places get. They will start to rot from the inside out and eventually will die. Sometimes, the roots get to be too much for the wet soil and they can overturn.

So what can you do?

If you are looking to plant trees, the best thing you can do is plant trees that can withstand wet environments. That way, you won’t have to worry next time there is a rainstorm.

Here are our top choices:

1. River Birch

  • Grows to about 40 feet
  • Spreads about 50 feets
  • Turns beautiful colors in fall

The first tree you may want to consider is the river birch or betula nigra. This is an absolutely gorgeous tree that has pink and yellow undertones to it. It is perfect to wet soils and is fairly hardy. It was originally found on the river banks in the south, but it has spread across the country at this point. This is a favorite for many people because it is so unique – the shaggy and flaking bark (sometimes referred to as “peeling skin”) gives it a softer appearance that complements many landscapes.

When the river birch reaches maturity, it becomes especially beautiful. Naturally, it will take on a pyramid shape (and it looks even better when trimmed) with diamond shaped foliage.

According to Barcham, the tree is also the tree thrives in many different conditions – including near cities and even in more arid environments. As the climate around Vancouver continues to change, it is a great option for anyone who wants to plant a tree that will stay for a long time.

2. Swamp Oak

  • Grows to 45 feet tall
  • Spreads about 45 feet
  • Takes on a rounded appearance

The swamp oak tree is another beautiful tree that has peeling bark – this is a common thread through many of the trees that seem to thrive in wet weather. These are so popular because of the lobed, two-tone leaves that seem to attract attention. They are quite dark on the top but have a silvery-white underside that creates a lot of visual interest. In the fall, however, watch out – they are a beautiful orange-gold to yellow.

If you are looking for shade trees, these are some of the best options that you can make.

One thing to note is that while swamp oaks will take on wet soil, it should be well drained. According to the Penn State Extension, “Sloped sites are not necessarily well drained. Soils that have poor internal drainage with high clay content, or sites with high water tables may all hold too much water for trees and shrubs to survive.”

3. Shademaster Honeylocust

  • Grows to 45 feet tall
  • Spreads about 35 feet
  • Doubles as drought tolerant

If you are looking to plant a tree that grows quite quickly, the Shademaster Honeylocust is a fantastic option. It has delicate, fragrant flowers that many people will love. It has an open silhouette that doesn’t give a ton of shade if you prune it (but it can grow thick if you don’t) but does allow for plants and grass to bloom under it. Another reason so many people love it, according to Arbor Day, is because it is tolerant to wet soil, pollution, salt, and drought.

Many homeowners will choose to plant this tree because it is very easy to plant and grow, it is quite showy, and it doesn’t make a lot of dirt, which many people don’t appreciate.

As an added bonus, they tend to bring a lot of wildlife to your yard.

4. American Hornbeam

  • Can grow to 25+ feet tall
  • Spreads to 20 feet
  • Has a smooth trunk

The American hornbeam is a native tree to the Chicago area, but it adapts well to areas like ours. It is frequently used for shady landscapes or gardens. The new leaves are quite stunning, coming out in a reddish-purple color, though they will change from yellow to a fiery orange in the fall. Even in the winter, this tree is beautiful thanks to the blue-gray bark.

Homeowners use this tree for many purposes, including massing, screening, shade, and decoration. It isn’t too tall, so it looks absolutely great in smaller yards. It is important to plant this tree in the spring and note that it is difficult to transplant because it does have roots that spread quite a bit.

This is a tree that can live through a bunch of other types of soil, but it is really built for soggy areas.

According to Oregon Live, “Besides rainfall, there are other factors that can contribute to soggy soil, especially if the growing area sits on a high water table or has soil that is heavy clay or drains poorly. If that soggy area sits in a shady spot protected from winds, it may remain wet or soggy year-round. Water from higher elevations and surrounding hardscapes — streets, driveways, rooftops — may collect in a low spot in the yard, resulting in soggy soil.” This means that even if you do plant this tree, you do want to worry about some drainge. Need help determining what type of soil you have? Shorty’s Garden Center is a good place to go.

Contact AK Timber Services for all of your tree care needs – we can help you at any stage of the tree process, from planting and taking care of your tree to pruning and cutting it down to watering. Of course, we can also help you with any questions about whether or not you can remove trees or debris from your yard. Call us today at (360) 635-1076 for all of your tree care needs – we offer free estimates. No matter what, make sure that you do not take tree trimming into your own hands, as this can cause quite a bit of damage.

Header photo courtesy of patchattack on Flickr!






Why Should I Compost?

By AK Timber

One of the most common questions you hear from people when you work on their yards is whether or not composting is a good idea. For the most part, composting is a great idea in many yards because it has so many benefits. Still, it is something that you have to do in order to get the benefits from it – and it is something you have to do right to really love it. Once you’ve composted for a while, you will start to wonder why you have lived your life like you have been – it will truly change the way you look at everything from gardening to taking out your garbage.

Still not sold on composting in your backyard? Here are a few more reasons to consider:

5. Makes Your Landscaping Look Better

  • Easy to use
  • Always at your disposal
  • Free

If you are the type of person who really likes to landscape, then composted soil with be your best friend. The first reason is that it is extremely easy to work with at almost all times of the year. It is a lighter, fluffier soil so that it will do what you want it to do and then work with the rest of your yard. In fact, composted soil is healthier because it has more air to hold nutrients and water, according to Virginia Tech.

Since it is lighter, it is also an easier soil to move around your yard. You will be able to take some of this rich, beautiful soil and completely line your landscaping to make defined lines with very little work. If you can’t lift weights that you used to or you find yourself not loving your gardenbecause of dingy soil, consider composting.

4. Neutralizes soil

  • Makes it better to grow plants
  • Reduces acid or alkaline, whichever you need
  • Can even sell soil

Why is neutralized soil important? Well, if your soil has too much acid, you will have trouble growing plants, trees, and shrubs of all sizes and shapes. If your soil has too much alkaline, you will have the same problem.

According to Soil Quality, “Plant growth and most soil processes, including nutrient availability and microbial activity, are favoured by a soil pH range of 5.5 – 8. Acid soil, particularly in the subsurface, will also restrict root access to water and nutrients.” If you were to get your soil tested right now, there is a good chance that it will fall in that range, but that it will be towards one of the extremes.

People who grow food or plants for a living are constantly testing their soils so that they can stay where they want to stay.

3. Reduces landfill waste

  • Better for environment
  • Keeps home values up
  • EPA suggested

Why is composting in your yard different from what compostable food does in in a landfill? CBS explains: “Food that goes out with the trash is usually trapped in plastic bags and, often, also in packaging or take-out containers that don’t let light or air in to finish the natural breakdown. What would normally be organic matter that breaks down quickly becomes artificially preserved in these dark catacombs of containers, sometimes for decades.

According to a recent study, if everyone in the United State cut down on throwing foot and other compostable goods away, there would be one-fourth less garbage in landfills. In other developed nations, that number is even higher.

2. Composting improves overall air quality

  • Eliminates need to burn
  • Reduces methane in air
  • Doesn’t produce deadly chemicals

Composting is a great way to improve the air quality in your yard and in your neighborhood if you get many of your neighbors to do it as well. One of the reasons it does this is because it reduces the need to burn any of your yard waste. It also reduces the amount of methane that goes into the air, which is bad because it warms up the planet.

According to CalRecycle, “Composting emissions do contain small amounts of stronger ozone-forming agents, such as terpenes and aldehydes. The overall ozone formation potential of composting emissions is quite low, about one-third as potent as a typical urban VOC mix.” This means that you do want to think about composting larger quantities and if there is a better way to do it, but it is still a great idea to do it.

1. Stops Erosion

  • Great for the rainy seasons
  • Keeps nutrients in your yard
  • Great for around water bodies

If you have a lot of soil erosion around your home and garden, you might feel like there is nothing that you can do it about it – and you are wrong. Using composted soil will help to slow down erosion, especially erosion due to water. When soils erode, it is a big deal – everything can become polluted, especially if you use pesticides. But when you use composted soil, which absorbs more water, you see much less erosion.

According to the University of Georgia, “the United States loses more than 2 billion tons of topsoil each year to erosion. Erosion removes fertile soil rich in nutrients and organic matter, which reduces the ability of plants to establish, grow and remain healthy in the soil.” This is a huge deal and something that we need to worry about – even in Vancouver because the same goes for us.

If you are in need of a go-to tree service contractor in the Vancouver area, contact AK Timber today. We are a highly trained team of skilled professionals that take tree services, including eliminating branches and picking up debris that you can then use in your compost pile. Your trees and your safety and security mean a lot to us, so we want to do whatever we can to make you feel secure while helping you live the lifestyle that you want.

Give us a call today at (360) 635-1076, and we can come to your residence to complete any maintenance needed and talk to you about composting. We can tell you about the trees that you can compost and the ones that you might not want to compost. Even better, we can tell you where to compost and where not to compost.

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5 Best Trees to Plant in Washington

By AK Timber

Washington has a bit of a tricky climate when it comes to growing trees. Between the wind, the water, and the problems that can sometimes arise with trees, many people are a bit reluctant to plant their own trees. Instead, they rely on the trees that are already in place or they just accept the fact that they don’t have trees and move on – but it doesn’t have to be that way. Trees are gorgeous additions to our yards, adding pops of color, scents, and texture that you can’t get anywhere else.

These trees also don’t have a lot of maintenance requirements or “special attention” for them to grow. Instead, you just have to let them be, do some pruning, and maybe water them from time to time if we are going through a particularly dry patch. Other than that, you can just enjoy the beauty and freshness that comes with them:

5. Douglas Fir

A group of Douglas Fir trees.

Credit: Tom Appel

  • Requires little water in Washington’s climate
  • Grows very quickly
  • Can be grown in full sun or part shade

Conifers grow extremely well within the Washington climate. While many people think of Douglas Fir as a tree that you’d only see around the holiday season, they can be extremely beautiful and bring that delicious scent to your yard year round. Some families will even plant Douglas Fir seedlings and then watch them grow to the perfect size for a Christmas tree so that they can cut it down.

According to Arbor Day, “the Douglas Fir grows to a height of 40–70′ and a spread of 12–20′ at maturity.” They will live for a long time, however, so once you plant them, you will have a tree for life if you don’t cut them down for Christmas.

4. Japanese Red Pine

A group of Japanese Red Pines at full height.

Credit: Shizhao

  • Requires little watering once it has been established
  • Grows extremely quickly
  • Prefers to grow in full sun

You might also find that the Japanese Red Pine will grow extremely well in your yard. These trees are great for people who want extremely large trees that grow quickly at first and then taper off – they’ll reach heights of 100 feet. According to the University of Connecticut, these trees can actually look like they are fake or plastic because they are so beautiful and so symmetrical with very little work.

Still, don’t expect to see ornamental flowers like some people expect – you’ll get beautiful leaves and very little debris from this one. Every two years or so, you can expect the cones to drop, so there will be some cleaning.

3. English Laurel

The flowers on an English Laurel tree.

Credit: Karduelis

  • Requires watering
  • Grows quickly when planted in warmer seasons
  • Prefers full sun

If you are looking for privacy shrubs or just something that can be manicured to look absolutely perfect, the English Laurel is a great shrub choice for the Washington area. It has dense branches and beautiful green leaves that withstand some drought, though are better looking and easier to maintain when watered. The tiny flowers have a sweet fragrance that carries in the wind. If you live on the water, these are the choice shrubs because they withstand salt water.

According to Washington State University, they grow extremely well in groups, making them perfect for screens or separation. Note that these will require some pruning in order to get the best physical appearance.

2. Empress Tree

Mid-sized Empress Tree.

Credit: Jean-Pol GRANDMONT

  • Requires occasional watering, especially in drier times
  • Extremely fast growth rate
  • Grows well in partial shade or sun

Empress trees are a unique strain of trees that have been carefully cultivated over the years to be one of the most beautiful trees in the world. Growing 10 to 20 feet per year according to Home Guides, they top out at 50 feet within the first decade. The reason many people love this unique tree is because the leaves grow to 2-3 feet in size.

Note that they do have an extremely large root system, so it is best for yards that have more expansive space. You don’t want to grow them too near the road or sidewalks or the root system can come up and ruin them. Still, if you have the space it is absolutely worth it.

1. Weeping Willow

  • Grows better near water or when watered

    Willow Tree growing near lake.

    Credit: Bruce Marlin

  • In right conditions, grows quickly
  • Requires sun or partial shade to grow

One of the most dramatic and beautiful trees to grow in Washington, the Weeping Willow has been a favorite for so many people over the years. In many areas, a Willow tree will provide food for rabbits, beavers, and big game such as deer. The yellow flowers it produces are absolutely gorgeous and do extremely well when pressed or dried. Note that this tree is more of a “spreader” than it is a grower – it will often take up 40″ of space in a yard, according to the National Arbor Day Foundation.

If you have very little luck with growing trees, consider a Weeping Willow because it is very difficult for it to go wrong. Kids love Weeping Willows as well because they are fun to play in and hide around – just be careful – we all remember getting hit with one of those branches.

At the end of the day, Washington’s climate makes it a great location for tree lovers to try new trees, cultivate brand new types of trees, and even work with trees that harder to grow. For the common person, however, you can plant any of the above trees without having to worry too much about maintenance or keeping up with the debris clean up. One thing to note is that in order to get the most out of your trees, you should have them inspected regularly, trimmed when necessary, and treated for any diseases or pests. If you think your trees aren’t growing as they could, or you want them to look better, give AK Timber Service a call at

If you think your trees aren’t growing as they could, or you want them to look better, give AK Timber Service a call at (360) 635-1076. Our team of professionals can help you with everything from tree planting to cabling, from tree removal to brush and land clearing to make room for your next beautiful plant.

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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

Credit: Van Veen Nursery

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

Credit: Hidden Gardens

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.

Credit: Panzers

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!