How To Identify The Weeds In Your Seattle Yard

How To Identify The Weeds In Your Seattle Yard - Greenwood Hardware

Your garden and lawn are probably a point of pride for you. You work hard to keep your lawn lush and green and your flower and vegetable gardens healthy and blooming. Weeds that make their way into the garden can be a real irritation. It seems like they come out of nowhere and in a way, some of them do. The wind blows the tiny seed heads and they plop right down into your fresh, fertile garden soil and make themselves at home. Sometimes, it helps to be able to identify what weeds are growing in your garden and lawn. The folks at Greenwood Hardware will help you take care of the rest once you know what you are dealing with.

How To Identify The Weeds In Your Seattle Yard - Greenwood Hardware

Bittercress—This little lawn invader may look pretty at first sight, but it doesn’t take long before the weed spreads out and infiltrates a lawn. You will see little white flowers at the top of each of the hairy stalks. Your best bet to tackle this pesky weed is in the fall with an herbicide. During the spring, it has already set over winter and the standard herbicides are no match for it.

How To Identify The Weeds In Your Seattle Yard - Greenwood Hardware

Bull Thistle—You are probably familiar with thistle weed. This is another variety that is extremely common and prolific in the Northwest. The Bull Thistle is obnoxious, but this particular variety isn’t classified as a noxious weed in King County, unlike its cousin Milk Thistle. Bull Thistle is about 2 to 3 feet tall, has pink flowers on the top and has little spindly hairs around the seed head. It can grow almost anywhere, as most weeds do. Your best bet is manual removal. You will need a shovel to remove full size plants.

How To Identify The Weeds In Your Seattle Yard - Greenwood Hardware

Mouse Ear Chickweed – This is another invader of lawns. It is similar to standard chickweed and is a ground loving plant that will spread out across a lawn. It produces small white flowers that the bees just love. It is a tough one to get rid of and will just keep spreading each time the lawn is mowed. It thrives in cool, moist areas. Those bare spots in your lawn are an invitation for chickweed. An herbicide can be applied directly to the weed to get rid of it.

How To Identify The Weeds In Your Seattle Yard - Greenwood Hardware

Pearlwort—The moist of the Pacific Northwest makes for a prime growing condition for Pearlwort. The weed looks like moss and tends to cover gravel areas that are in the shade. It is also an invader of potted plants and flowers. Some people use the weed to their advantage to help soften the look of a rocky area. If you would rather not have Pearlwort covering the rocks in your landscaping, it is easiest to manually pull the weed up. If you have a large section that is covered, you may want to use a rake or shovel to remove it.

If you need gloves, herbicide, shovels or rakes to help control the weed population in your landscaping, head to Greenwood Hardware to pick up everything you need to get ahead of the weeds. And if you have questions, we are here for you. Come on in, or contact us online.

How to Identify Weeds from Plants In Your Pacific Northwest Garden

How to Identify Weeds from Plants In Your Pacific Northwest Garden - Greenwood Hardware

You are out in the garden pulling weeds, when you stop and look again. Was that a weed you just pulled or could it have been a plant or a flower you put in there on purpose? You may discover this happens in your flower beds as well. Those weeds are tricky! Doesn’t it seem like weeds just know what flowers or veggies you planted and morph into very similar looking plants? How can you tell which is a weed and which is a plant you actually want? Well, our great employees at Greenwood Hardware are going to help you identify a few characteristics that will help you differentiate between weeds and non-weeds. Here are some tips:

  • Save yourself a little trouble and draw a diagram that shows you where you planted seeds or plant starts. When you see things starting to grow outside of these areas, you can quickly identify them as weeds and remove them.
  • When you see things sprouting, look at the soil. Is it rocky, dry or uninviting? If so, then that little green sprout is likely a weed. Plants that you plant on purpose will likely not grow in undesirable conditions. Weeds can grow darn near anywhere!
  • If you already have several plants growing and in bloom, carefully compare the leaves and stem to the plants you want. Do they look the same? Look for fine white hairs along the stem. This is usually a giveaway. Weeds tend to have that prickly look from the very beginning.
  • Take pictures of your flower beds and save them to compare to next year. Many flowers like poppies, are self-seeding and will come back year after year. However, poppies tend to spread out a bit in a bed and may at first be mistaken for a weed. Compare the plants to your picture to determine if it is the correct foliage.

It is important to point out that some weeds are actually flowers, but they are just a little too aggressive for most gardeners. There are a few characteristics that classify a plant as a weed. Keep in mind, some plants like chives and strawberries are like weeds because they meet several of the weed traits below, but are desirable plants. It is all about keeping them tidy and restrained!

These are some of the things that could make a plant a weed:

  • Seeds are dispersed over a wide area by wind or birds
  • No real natural enemies, i.e. aphids, grasshoppers, slugs
  • Grow very quickly
  • Reproduce quickly—seed heads are set and dispersed in a matter of weeks
  • Large number of seeds produced and ultimately distributed

If you are battling weeds in your garden, you can find what you need to combat the problem at Greenwood Hardware. You will also find plenty of fresh starts and seeds to help you transform that weed-riddled area into a beautiful garden space again. And as always – if you have questions, we are here for you. Come on in, or contact us online.

How To Decorate Your Yard Using Found Objects

How To Decorate Your Yard Using Found Objects - Greenwood Hardware

Have you ever been cleaning up the house or maybe walking down the sidewalk and see something somebody left out for the trash man to pick up and thought to yourself, “Hmm, that is really interesting. Could I use that?” Many of us have this inner desire to reuse and recycle everything! It even has a name—repurposing. It gets your creative juices thinking as you contemplate how you could turn that old bathtub into something usable. The trick is to take something old or deemed unusable for its original purpose and turn it into something new and exciting. You will need a few tools and supplies to complete the transformation process. Fortunately, Greenwood Hardware has everything you need to do just that!

Old Tubs/Troughs

Bathtubs that are stained or leak are often sent to the landfills as are old troughs that are no longer holding water. Those old items make gorgeous planters in your garden and landscaping. Add some bright flowers to the tubs and set them in the corner of the yard for a contrasting display of brilliant color in something rustic.

Wooden Chairs

That one wooden chair that you found in the attic can be painted with vibrant colors and used as a plant stand in the landscaping. Get creative and use bold, contrasting colors to really make the chair stand out in a lush green landscaped. Set a couple of potted plants in the seat and you have a unique look that acts a centerpiece in your yard.

Old Wagons

You have probably seen those old wagons sitting around that are no longer useful toys. They may be rusted or missing a wheel, but they still hold appeal to the person who loves all things vintage. You can leave the wagon as is or repaint it a pretty red. Stick it in a corner of your yard and fill it with a variety of potted plants and herbs.

Broken Terra Cotta Pots

Use the pieces of your broken terra cotta pots to make mosaic art. You can buy a mold and the material needed to make stepping stones at your local hardware store. Use the broken pots to create a pretty pattern in the stones. You could also glue the stones to a table top. Paint the broken pieces in a variety of pretty colors to make it really pop.

Old Watering Cans

Grab that dented, rusted old watering can and give it a fresh new coat of paint. Paint pretty flowers on it and use it as a planter or simply use it in the landscaping as a piece of art. If you have several watering cans, arrange them in a fashion that makes them look like a valuable collection.

There is no shortage of “junk” in the world. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure. Even if it is your own stuff that has been put to the side, you can still find a way to reuse it and make it into something usable and completely unique. Have fun with it and get the kids involved. Head into Greenwood Hardware to find all the paint and other supplies you need to transform your old stuff into gorgeous pieces of yard décor. And as always – if you have questions, we are here for you. Come on in, or contact us online.

Please Help Us Find Blister, our Missing Greyhound!

UPDATE: BLISTER HAS BEEN FOUND!

Please Help Us Find Blister, our Missing Greyhound!

UPDATE: BLISTER HAS BEEN FOUND!

He is making his way back to his family right now and we are so excited at the wonderful news! Thank you to all of you who helped us put the word out and ultimately bring Blister home.

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Friends and neighbors, one of our employees needs your help! Willow’s handsome greyhound, Blister, went missing on the evening on 9/5/14 in the Lynnwood, WA area.

Please Help Us Find Blister, our Missing Greyhound!

Blister was last seen near 204th St. SW and Cypress Way in Lynnwood. Can you let your friends know to keep an eye out for Blister? His family misses him desperately.

Please Help Us Find Blister, our Missing Greyhound!

If you or anyone you know has seen him, please give Willow a call immediately at (206) 683-1550.

Please Help Us Find Blister, our Missing Greyhound!

Please help us find Blister and bring him home!Please Help Us Find Blister, our Missing Greyhound!

Top Pacific Northwest Plants to Attract Hummingbirds

Top Pacific Northwest Plants to Attract Hummingbirds - Greenwood Hardware

Hummingbirds are beautiful little creatures and are very entertaining to watch as they zip from one flower to the next. It is exciting when you get the rare chance to see one in your Seattle garden! You know you have to look fast, because they are there one second and gone the next. Would you like to see more hummingbirds? Did you know they are attracted to certain plants? You can create your own hummingbird garden with the help of our team here at Greenwood Hardware. Sitting back and watching the birds buzz in and out of your garden as they feast on the nectar from plants and flowers is an enjoyable way to spend a few minutes.

There are a few things you can do to make your yard a hummingbird haven:

  1. Hummingbirds need fresh water to drink and bathe in. Hummingbirds are not known for sitting around and playing in a bird bath. They do like mist though – if you have a mister, attach near your flower garden. There are a variety of garden features that have misters that can be placed in the landscaping.
  2. Hummingbirds love brightly colored flowers. Choose a variety of colors to create a landscape that really draws them in as they buzz by.
  3. Tubular flowers are their favorite!
  4. Hummingbirds need somewhere safe to rest and nest. Tall shrubs are ideal, as this keeps them out of view of predators.

The following list includes some of the best flowers for you to plant in your Pacific Northwest garden to attract hummingbirds:

  • Petunia
  • Fuchsia
  • Geraniums
  • Columbine
  • Lupine
  • Phlox
  • Red Hot Poker
  • Honeysuckle (vine)
  • Trumpet Creeper (vine)

Some bushes and shrubs that produce flowers for hummingbirds:

  • Rose of Sharon
  • Lilac
  • Elderberry
  • Salmonberry
  • Flowering Currant

You can create a beautiful flower garden in your landscaping that makes your property look good while attracting hummingbirds. Head on in to Greenwood Hardware today and pick up the things you need to make your yard a hummingbird haven. And if you have any questions, we are here for you! Come on in, or contact us online.