Garden Questions Are Welcome

Is it all right to email you with specific garden questions?

Yes, you can always call or email me with garden questions or request a free consultation at your home or business. I consider these questions and consultations as an opportunity for me to contribute to the improvement of my community. I use your questions as topics for my garden blog. You can refer back to previous columns.

You can also find a lot of garden information on my newly revised web site ( If you have not opened it lately, you will find a lot of additions and changes, including lots of additional pictures.

There are 11 different individual pages about natural pruning, landscape installation, tree service, lawn care, lawn restoration, retaining walls and hardscape, landscape consultation, and 4 different pages on landscape design, including color landscaping, low maintenance landscaping, and landscaping with wild flowers.

All the newsletters for the last several years are included along with the how to guide. There are over 100 articles indexed by topics including lawns, trees and shrubs, vegetables, flowers, fruits, soil improvement, pruning, pest control, and organic gardening. If you have a specific need or question, you might want to check to see if there is an article already there which addresses it.

You can sign up for my free monthly email garden newsletter on my web site.

I have received a lot of calls recently about pruning and lawn restoration. I’m frequently asked when is the best time to prune. In the Pacific Northwest, we can prune almost everything year round. We usually avoid pruning flowering shrubs like rhododendrons in the fall and winter, because it removes the flower buds. The best time to prune flowering shrubs is shortly after they bloom. I can teach you to prune your own plants right in your own yard. I charge $75 for a one hour lesson. Unless you have a large landscape, that is usually enough time to learn the basics. Then if you will practice what you have learned immediately, you will be very pleased at how much you know.

We are restoring several lawns a week using our exclusive lawn restoration process. Check the lawn restoration page on the web site for more details about this process. If you are willing to wait 6 weeks, you can have a sod quality lawn for a fraction of the cost.



Allen Wilson

Allen has been writing about gardening for over 30 years. He is a retired professor of Horticulture.

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