Everett Landscaping & Lawn Care Services

Everett landscape & lawn

Everett Landscaping & Lawn

So, you want to begin a landscaping project or start caring for your  landscape & lawn  in Everett, Wa. How exciting! Everett landscape & lawn care may be something you can tackle by your self. You are in for the ride  with some of these  little or not so little home improvement projects! Although all of those  home improvement shows make it seem easy, landscaping is more than just picking out a few pretty plants . Landscaping in Everett Wa can be a tricky ordeal that takes some consideration and planning.

Everett’s landscape and lawn care  has many different variables  thrown into it. Everett is made up of  foothills, high plains, rivers, puget sound, all which are affected differently based on what  valleys surround the area. There are three important things you should know before you begin your  landscaping project in Everett.

3 Important Things You Should Know Before You do Landscaping or Lawn Care in Everett are:

  • Plant Hardiness
  • Temperature fluctuation
  • Soil Type and Drainage

We can  help you know exactly what to do for your Everett landscape each month of the year. Either you are looking for maintenace or installations.

Plant Hardiness

Knowing what plant hardiness zone you are located in will help you determine what type of plants you can add to your landscaping project. Everett, Washington is in USDA Hardiness Zones 8a and 8b. Depending how close you are to the water can change that .

What is plant hardiness you may ask? Basically, plant hardiness is used to determine what temperatures certain plants can withstand and how they thrive in those zones. Essentially, the higher the zone number, the less cold the plant can withstand. So, if you are in zone 8a, then your plants can withstand temperatures anywhere between  10° to 15°F. Zone 8b: The zone minimum average temperature is 15° to 20°F. This information is very important when you are planning your landscaping in Everett .

Temperature Fluctuation

Anyone who lives in Everett Wa  knows how temperamental (no pun intended) the weather and temperature can be. Some winter mornings you wake up to 3 inches of snow, which then promptly melts by noon and it is sunny and 65°. The weatherman is typically wrong on any given day and everyone usually layers their clothing just in case it snows/rains/ is blistering hot all in one day.

Temperature fluctuation can affect your plants’ hardiness, so you wouldn’t want to landscape and plant things too early in the season and have a frost come through and wipe out all of your hard work.

Soil Type and Drainage

Climate – Precipitation and temperature are the major climatic factors that influence soil development. The amount of effective precipitation will determine how parent material weathers, how much water is available for plant growth, and can transport minerals. Temperature will affect the types and rate of plant growth and also affects how parent material weathers. Both temperature and precipitation have a wide range in the Puget Sound region as you go from sea level to the crest of the Cascades and from the Canadian border to Olympia.

Topography – Topography influences precipitation and temperature in soil formation. It will affect drainage and runoff both on the surface and internally in a soil. Aspect, whether south facing or north facing, affects temperature. Topography varies a great deal from nearly level terraces and floodplains in the lowlands to steep slopes in the Cascades.

Organisms – Both plants and animals work in developing soils by adding organic matter, decomposing organic matter, recycling nutrients, mixing the soil and helping with aeration. Dependent on the other soil forming factors, the Puget Sound region has a great variety of plants and animals living in and on the soil. These range from grass prairies to coniferous and deciduous forests.

Time – Time is the factor that affects soil horizon development. The longer the different soil forming factors have influenced each other the greater the development of soil horizons and soil profiles. The soils in the Puget Sound region are relatively young. Due to the glaciation soils have developed in the last 12,000 to 15,000 years. There are also younger soils due to flood events and volcanic events that have taken place after the glaciers receded.

The major differences in soil forming factors between the soils found in the Puget Sound region and those found south of Chehalis are in parent material and time. Due to the glaciation there are unique parent materials such as glacial till and glacial outwash that are not found south of Chehalis. The soils south of Chehalis are also much older. Again without the disturbance of the last glaciation the soils have had longer to develop and weather. In general, the soils have well defined horizons, profiles, and more clay present.

Knowing how to care for your plants in sertain soil  or how to condition the soil before planting is a biggest secret when it comes to Horticulture.

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