Seattle Landscaping Overview
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Seattle Landscaping Overview

This is an informative overview article about Seattle Landscaping. If you're searching to add to the beauty of your Seattle landscape, you will find several facts and tips within this article when it comes to yard designs and quality of landscaping procedures. Seattle is a nice little pocket of mild weather amidst a cold, and sometimes harsh surrounding climate, so you will need to adapt your landscaping to the climate.

Seattle, Washington has a rather mild climate, despite its reputation for being cold and rainy all the time. As a coastal city, Seattle does have a wetter climate during the winter, but Puget Sound, an inlet of the Pacific Ocean, acts as a barrier for extremely cold weather. The city is slightly hilly, which allows for many small lakes and valleys to form. According to the USDA, Seattle is in the hardiness zone 7B, which means plants can handle temperatures that drop down to 5 degrees fahrenheit.


Because this is a coastal region, the climate is rather mild. It is typically damp, cool, and overcast. Seattle gets its reputation for being a wet city because the rain is often constant and misty. Even when the rain clears out, the sky stays overcast for much of the year. While the winters are mild and wet, the summers are warm and dry. Summer is also the time of year when the sun breaks through the clouds. Spring is the main growing season, and that time of growth spreads into the summertime as well.


Winters in Seattle are generally wet and mild with the average low temperature in the 30s and the average high temperature in the upper 40s. Summers are the opposite, with a warm, dry climate, and the average high temperature in the mid 70s. Spring and fall lie in the middle of the other two when it comes to temperature, but both seasons remain wet and fairly mild, behaving more like winter.


Seattle is not the city that gets the most rain. In fact, it only receives about 37 inches of rain a year, with the dry summer balancing out the wet winter. This city does not have many significant weather patterns. Thunderstorms are rare, and occasionally it does receive hurricane force winds in the wintertime.


In Seattle it is important to plant plants that will be able to handle wet, overcast conditions in the winter, so do not plant anything that needs full sun. The most popular plants in the winter are maple trees and witchhazel because they are very hardy. In the fall, witchhazel and english ivy are the most common plants, as they do not require much maintenance. Summer is near the end of the growing season, and many colorful plants end up in peoples’ gardens, such as hydrangeas, lady’s mantle, honeysuckle, bleeding hearts, sage, lilyturf, and wild petunias. It is important to keep an eye on the water requirements of these plants, as there is not much rainfall in the summer. Spring is when the growing season begins because of warmer temperatures and still quite a bit of moisture. Plants and trees popular during this time of year are maple, mountain laurel, hydrangea, dogwood, cedar, hemlock, holly, and honeysuckle. Most plants will need trimming in the springtime. A good general rule is to trim your plants back to half the size you want them to be, as many plants will double in size during the growing season. Ivys and creeping plants do not have to be trimmed as much since they are slower growers.


While all of these plants can be beautiful in your yard, grass is an important part of your landscaping as well. The types of grass that grow best in the Seattle area are kentucky bluegrass, bent grass, fine fescues, and perennial rye grasses. These grasses do not require much fertilizing, but they will need mowed frequently during the spring, summer, and fall. Winter does not pose as much of a growing problem because of the colder temperatures, but the rain will enable it to grow, so you will have to continue mowing, just not as often as in the other seasons.


Seattle is a nice little pocket of mild weather amidst a cold, and sometimes harsh surrounding climate.

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