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Reasons to Remove English Ivy from Your Portland, OR Property

Reasons to Remove English Ivy from Your Portland, OR Property

English ivy plants are evergreen perennials sometimes used as ground covers. They originated in central Asia and were later introduced to the Americas. These plants don't belong on your Portland, OR property, as they can damage the surrounding landscape and pose health issues if touched or consumed.

Our team here at J&C Lawn Care offers English ivy control services for homes located in Portland, OR and other nearby areas like Gresham and Troutdale. Check out these four reasons you should get English ivy removed from your residential property.

1. In Portland, English ivy is an invasive plant species.

Originally from central Asia, English ivy is also native to places in western and southern Europe. However, this plant doesn't belong in the Portland region. It takes away valuable resources from native plants.

Wildlife that relies on native plants can be forced to relocate to other areas, which can affect the natural balance of your landscape's ecosystem.

Don't allow this invasive species to compete with other softscaping on your residential property. Contact our team today and we can implement our English ivy control services.

2. English ivy can climb trees and damage their health.

Though English ivy is commonly seen as a ground cover, it is also known as a climbing vine. When it climbs up your trees, it can damage their health in a couple of different ways.

For one, English ivy can physically restrict the growth of your...

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4 Rock & Mulch Ground Covers for Your 2020 Portland Landscape

4 Rock & Mulch Ground Covers for Your 2020 Portland Landscape

As we begin the new year, you may want to consider installing ground cover for your landscape. We provide professional rock and mulch installation services for residential and commercial properties in Gresham, Troutdale, and Happy Valley, OR.

Deciding between rock and mulch may be a difficult decision to make. Our team at J&C Lawn Care recommends incorporating both rock and mulch into your property's different landscape beds. This way, you will have a diverse landscape in terms of aesthetic appeal and functionality. Learn about four different rock and mulch ground covers you can use in your 2020 Portland landscape.

1. Columbia River Pea Gravel is great for remediating drainage issues.

Columbia River Pea Gravel is compromised of tiny round stones. These smooth stones come in a variety of colors including rust-brown, white, gray, and light brown. With all of the options available, you won't have any issues finding Columbia River Pea Gravel that will fit with your landscape. They are great for filling in areas around driveways, pathways, stone pavers, and gardens.

While these are stones, they can be used as an effective mulching alternative. They are great for remediating drainage issues, retaining moisture, and keeping weeds out of your landscape.

Columbia River Pea Gravel is relatively easy to install compared to other rock choices. Our team will get this kind of rock installation process completed efficiently so you can get...

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How Spring Fertilization Prepares Your Lawn for Summer

How Spring Fertilization Prepares Your Lawn for Summer

While fertilization is important year-round, it's essential to implement proper fertilization practices, especially in the spring. This way, your lawn can be adequately prepared for the hot summer season in Oregon.

Here at J&C Lawn Care, we use a slow-release fertilizer on your lawn four times a year. This once-per-season schedule gives your lawn the best possible chance at growth. 

We proudly help lawns in Gresham, Troutdale, Happy Valley, and the surrounding areas get ready for the summer months. Here, we'll outline exactly how spring fertilization prepares your lawn for the summer. 

Spring fertilization remediates winter damage. 

During the winter, Oregon experiences average low temperatures in the 11°F to 42°F range. These cold temperatures can cause severe damage to your lawn, including a loss of moisture and freeze damage.

Once spring rolls around, your lawn may be depleted of the nutrients it needs to thrive. Or, it may have brown patches or other bare spots.

By recruiting spring fertilization services, you can effectively remediate winter damage that your lawn has sustained. If this damage is left unaddressed, your lawn will be in even worse shape once the summer season begins. 

A slow-release fertilizer offers the most efficient delivery of nutrients for your lawn.

A well-fertilized lawn in Sunnyside, OR.

Here at J&C Lawn Care, we use a slow-release fertilizer created by Horizon TurfGro. This fertilizer offers the most...

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Why You Should Winterize Your Lawn

Why You Should Winterize Your Lawn

It’s November, which means winter will be here before we know it, and winter weather can have a devastating effect on lawns and landscaping. Fortunately, there are steps you can take now to ensure your lawn not only survives—but thrives—during the cold winter months. Taking these steps—such as leaf removal, trimming and pruning plants, and winter mulching—is a process known as winterization, or the act of readying plant life to make it through winter.

Here are some key reasons why you should winterize your lawn in Happy Valley, Troutdale, Gresham, and other nearby areas of Oregon.

Frigid temperatures can damage weakened plant life.

It’s all too easy to let fallen leaves accumulate over the course of the autumn season. This layer of debris over your lawn prohibits essential nutrients, such as sunlight, air, and water, from being absorbed into your grass, and your grass is weakened as a result. Weakened grass is more susceptible to damage from frigid temperatures, which makes grass hard and brittle. There is a direct correlation between the lack of proper nutrients in the fall and cold-weather damage during winter. The best way to mitigate this from happening is to treat your lawn in the fall by exercising proper lawn mowing and routine leaf removal, in addition to proper fertilization.

For deciduous plants, regular pruning and trimming help plants shed the extra branches and leafage to retain more water...

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Landscape Trimming & Cleanup in Portland, OR

Landscape Trimming & Cleanup in Portland, OR

One of our clients in the Portland, OR area reached out to us about their landscape beds and told us they needed some help getting them cleaned up and trimming the plants. We were happy to come help restore their landscaping to its former glory. At J&C Lawn Care, we provide seasonal cleanups for clients throughout the Portland area, including Happy Valley, Troutdale, and Gresham.

Below, check out a couple of photos from the project and learn about the services we performed for this client, including bed reshaping, plant trimming, and mulching.

Why Landscapes Should Be Regularly Trimmed

Freshly trimmed bushes and shrubs at a Portland, Oregon home property.

First, we worked to trim the landscape plants so they wouldn't look so overgrown. Our team came in with the proper trimming tools and trimmed the shrubs back to their proper size. Keeping plants and shrubs trimmed is key to their overall health, as it can help prevent insect infestations and plant diseases from taking hold. When a trimming professional checks out landscape plants, they can easily spot signs of these problems.

Proper trimming also helps the plants look shapely and maintained, thus increasing this homeowner's overall curb appeal. An unkempt landscaping area can be unsightly and is not a desirable look, so their recently trimmed plants will help with that.

Importance of Properly Mulching a Landscape Bed

Portland, Oregon home with fresh mulch bed and landscape design.

After trimming the landscape plants and reshaping the edges of their landscape bed, we replenished their existing mulch that had...

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Tips to Prepare Your Landscaping for Cooler Weather

Tips to Prepare Your Landscaping for Cooler Weather

Most people tend to think that spring and summer are the most important seasons for landscape care, but in fact, fall is actually the most important time. During autumn, your landscape starts to transition into dormancy and store up energy for the upcoming cold months. Aerating, seeding, and fertilizing your lawn in the fall is pertinent to its survival during winter.

Here are some tips on how to prepare your landscaping for cooler weather in Happy Valley, Troutdale, Gresham, and nearby areas.

Perform Aeration & Seeding for Your Lawn

Before entering winter dormancy, your lawn goes into storage mode, gathering as much food as possible to sustain itself throughout the winter. Aeration loosens dry, compacted soil and provides access for light, water, and nutrients to reach deep down into the root system. Providing this access to your lawn’s roots is vital to ensuring it receives the proper amount of nutrition it needs to store up energy for the upcoming dormant period. After aerating, follow up with seeding and fertilization for the greatest benefit. The seeds you lay down now will take root during the winter and grow in thick and lush come spring, and fall fertilization will provide the nutrients they need to remain healthy all winter long.

Fertilize Your Lawn in Fall

Applying fertilizer to a Happy Valley, OR lawn in fall.

Fertilizing your lawn in fall is key to providing your grass with the essential nutrients it needs to sustain itself during its period of winter dormancy....

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Project Case Study: Neglected Residential Lawn Cleanup

Project Case Study: Neglected Residential Lawn Cleanup

At J&C Lawn Care, one of our specialties is taking properties that have been neglected and turning them into a beautiful display. When we were presented with an opportunity in the East Portland, OR area to clean up a residential property, we jumped at the chance.

This particular project presented a couple of challenges: the homeowner wanted to keep as much of the original plant life as possible and wanted a yard that looked nice without requiring hours of lawn maintenance and mowing. We took those into consideration when planning out this yard cleanup and landscape renovation.

Property cleanups can help increase your home value as well as your curb appeal. Check out some photos below from this recent project we completed!

Renovating Landscape Beds by Adding New Mulch, Clearing Out Debris

The existing landscape beds had fallen victim to lack of maintenance, and so we went in with a plan to renovate them and eliminate debris while still preserving as many of the existing plants as we could. Our team cleared out yard debris, leaf buildup, and extra weeds so that the landscape plants would have room to breathe.

The landscape beds had also overtaken part of the brick patio that was in the yard. Once we cleaned up the area, we ended up discovering that the patio had a border of a different color, which blended well with the black mulch we chose for the renovated landscape beds. Installing mulch has many benefits for landscape beds, including helping to prevent...

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Rock vs. Mulch: Which Is Best for Your Fall Ground Cover

Rock vs. Mulch: Which Is Best for Your Fall Ground Cover

When choosing a protective fall ground covering, many homeowners face the dilemma of choosing rock or mulch for their landscape beds. While each provides their own unique benefits, choosing the best option for your yard depends on your own personal lifestyle and the type of landscape plants you have.

Here we’ll go over the differences between rock and mulch and which one is best for your fall ground cover in Happy Valley, Troutdale, Gresham, and the surrounding areas.

When Is Rock a Good Choice?

Rock ground cover is comprised of decorative gravel or rocks ranging from pea-sized pebbles to golf ball-sized stones. Rocks come in a myriad of sizes, colors, textures, and shapes. You can choose a porous, lightweight red or black lava rock, or smooth quartz in purple or pink. Rock is great for properties with drainage issues as it allows water to drain quickly through your landscape. Because of its high drainage quality, rocks are best for drought-tolerant plants such as succulents. Rock cover is an easy, no maintenance option if you have open bed areas without plants.

The Benefits of Mulch

Mulch is made of several types of wood bark and can be dyed various colors to achieve whatever look you desire, although the most common colors are black, brown, and red. Mulch retains moisture so you don’t need to water your landscapes as much and is the perfect natural weed repellent as it blocks the sunlight they need to sprout in your garden....

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Why Your Lawn Needs Fall Fertilization

Why Your Lawn Needs Fall Fertilization

Your lawn requires many things to keep it strong, healthy, and green throughout the year. When fertilization is mentioned, most people think about springtime application, as this is when your grass is growing and needs all the food it can get to thrive. What many people don’t realize, however, is that your lawn also needs fertilization applications in the autumn.

Fall fertilization sets up a strong foundation for your lawn to sustain the winter by providing it with essential nutrients and helps your lawn recover from dormancy in the spring. Here are some reasons why your lawn needs fall fertilization in Happy Valley, Troutdale, Gresham, and the surrounding areas of Oregon.

Autumn Encourages Optimum Nutrient Absorption

Fall is the most important time of year for lawn fertilization. Fertilizing in the spring provides your freshly-awoken lawn with a boost of nutrients to help fuel its growth, but fall fertilization provides it with energy reserves needed to sustain itself throughout the cold winter months. Autumn brings with it cooler temperatures and moisture, both of which are needed to help your turf absorb your applied fertilizer. When applied in the fall, your lawn has ample time to break down the nutrients provided by the fertilizer and store these for food and energy to use throughout the winter.

Fall Fertilization Prepares Your Lawn for the Upcoming Winter Months

Fall fertilizer on a lawn in Troutdale, OR.

Unlike spring fertilizer that encourages grass growth, fall...

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Why It's Time to Schedule a Fall Lawn Cleanup

Why It's Time to Schedule a Fall Lawn Cleanup

When the season changes, particularly in spring and fall, many of us begin planning out our seasonal cleaning sprees for the inside of our home. Much like the inside, the outside of our home needs seasonal cleanup too. Seasonal yard cleanups are a vital part of taking care of the look of our property and maintaining its good health.

Seasonal yard cleanups are important for allowing new growth, ridding your yard of weeds, and decreases the number of potential health risks in your yard. Here are some reasons why your yard needs a seasonal cleanup in Happy Valley, Troutdale, Gresham, and the surrounding areas.

Before and after fall yard cleanup in Gresham, OR.

Autumn Cleanups Prepare Your Lawn for the Winter

When winter rolls around, your lawn can sustain some pretty harsh damage due to the cold and snow. A lawn that has not been properly cleaned up by our experts is already in a weakened state throughout the fall, and when winter hits it can devastate your lawn. Leaves that blanket your yard suffocate your lawn, preventing the grass from going through photosynthesis and slowly killing it entirely. Pests also thrive under wet leaves, as do various diseases, fungi, and mold.

Fall cleanup will rid your yard of all these issues and ensure your lawn has the best nutrition and is in the best health to endure the winter months and grow in strong and healthy in spring.

A Fall Cleanup Allows for New Growth in Spring

Seasonal cleanups and debris removal are essential for ensuring fresh, new...

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