Golden Evergreen Hedge

If you are looking for a perfect golden evergreen hedge, Gold Rider Leyland Cypress is the best option for you. A very good looking hedge that is perfect for whatever use you might be thinking of.

Gold Rider is considered as one of the best golden conifers as its color glow as it grows mature and it makes a bright focal point in the garden and because it is so gold. It is a very slow grower, so it would make an excellent accent container plant in full sun as well as planting it in the landscape as hedges.  Since it is such a slow grower, it would be better treated as a medium to large shrub.

There are some things that we need to remember in taking good care of our Gold Rider Leyland Cypress.

Leyland cypress family does not tolerate shade well. It grows best in open, sunny conditions and in most soil types, including loam, clay, and sand, alkaline, and acidic. It also tolerates drought and waterlogging.


Leyland cypress trees are shallow-rooted, meaning they can fall over easily, and they are susceptible to canker, which are dead sections caused by bacteria or fungus, destroy any diseased areas. To deal with canker, clean any pruning tools between each cut to keep it from propagating or spreading.

Enable for you to help its roots get established after spring or summer planting, water your  Gold Rider Leyland cypress regularly. Leyland cypress will take a few months to be established.

Used as Hedge

Golden Evergreen Hedge

A common landscape use is planting several Leyland cypresses along a border, in order to create a perfect privacy screen.

They are also used as windbreak trees. Since they are amenable to break off or pruning, some homeowners consider this a step further and turn such a border planting into a formal hedge.

Be sure to prune them early and also often, otherwise, because of their fast growth rate, they tend to get too tall too quickly and can occupy the whole landscape. That would not be so good to look at as it overwhelms all your garden plants.

Have you got your choice of Golden Evergreen Hedge? Don’t miss out our limited offer of Gold Rider Leyland Cypress in Hedge Happening and get your favorite hedge at the lowest price! You may also contact us if you have any questions.

You might be wondering what have I done wrong that made a bad result for your garden. Whether it’s the best time of day to water your plants or how to get rid of slugs effectively, there are plenty of questions most amateur or beginner gardeners have and plenty of mistakes they make along the way to achieving their perfect garden.

Bad watering style

Many people water their plants at the wrong time of the day. If you water in the heat of the day you will do two things. You will lose a lot of the moisture through evaporation, and the water droplets on foliage can act as magnifying glasses for the sun, scorching the leaves. Water your plants either first hour in the morning or last thing at night to retain the moisture and protect the delicate leaves.

Another common mistake is to spray the surface of the area and believe that It is enough. Often if you scrape away a little soil after someone has watered you will find it is dry only a few millimeters down. You must let it dig into the soil. If it does not absorb easily, a good trick is to poke the soil all over with a broom handle and fill the holes with water. This water will then go down deeper to the soil slowly.

Slug invasion

Many people don’t start dealing with slugs until it is too late.  Some Gardeners are using copper tape, grit, eggshells, beer traps. Start in early spring as the sun warms up if not, they will breed and breed and you will just be holding back the tide. Just make sure that they won’t multiply in the first place and you will have a much easier summer.

Planting a too-big tree in the front garden

Too often I see these humongous trees that have just taken over people’s front gardens.  Like Conifers, oak tree and Norway maples invade windows and door spaces, blocking all of the light to the front some houses.

There are number of smaller, more modest trees that are appropriate for your garden that look stunning and won’t dominate the space. Acer rubrum ‘Franksred’ and Weeping White Pine are another two beautiful options. And don’t forget the striking Japanese Maples and the Newport plum. Any of these options will bring tons of character without needing tons of space.

Scalping the lawn

A lot of gardeners make the mistake of cutting the lawn too short, otherwise known as “scalping” . This is especially a problem in a drought or dry spell. If you know a drought is approaching, let your grass stay a bit longer. That would hold the moisture better and stay much healthier. Also, remember again not to water it during the heat of the day or you may burn the blades.

Murdering your own house plants

Most house plants are killed by kindness. Too much generosity with water is the number one cause of killing your plants. You should never let your plants be in the water for a very long period of time. A great style is to put about an inch of water in your sink and then sit your plants in it. After an hour, once they have absorbed what they want you to take them out and put them back.

Poor weeding

Don’t use a hoe to chop the top off of a weed. There are some weeds like dandelions and thistles have a strong root structure under the soil. You must dig as much of the root up as you can, or use a systemic herbicide that will absorb down into the roots and kill them.

Digging clay soil when it’s wet

If you do this, you will break down the structure of the soil and damage it. Wait until clay is not saturated with water, and then mix it generously with well-rotted manure. Some like to add sand as well.

Plant In Fall

Spring is no doubt a wonderful time to grow your garden and plant new ones. Everything is perfect for proper plant growth: cool air, adequate sunlight and some rains make it the ideal season to grow your greens. But did you know that planting in Fall also suggests the same? 

Contrary to popular gardening beliefs, Fall can also be a good time to grow plants. The first phase of Autumn, or about 6 weeks before the ground freezes, is a pretty good time for your plants to grow their roots. This will make them strong enough to survive the cold winter.

Planting in Fall, however, has its challenges. If you’re unsure which plants are worth the toil before winter arrives, we have these top 3 plant varieties that will never fail you:

The Pretty Perennials

Your Spring garden will be a sight to behold when you plant perennials by Fall. Autumn will provide them with moist and cool weather, making it easy for their roots to be established. With properly established roots, there’s no problem for perennials to stay put during the cold winter. 

Hostas are great perennial options to consider when planting in Fall. Take a look at some of them and pick one that fits your garden:

Here are some of the Perennials that you can sow in Fall. You can also visit our nursery to know more!


These are some Hostas that you can plant in Fall.

Hosta ‘Dorset Blue’

Hosta Undulata ‘Medio-picta’

Hosta ‘Fortunei Hyacinthina’

Hosta ‘Halcyon’

Hosta ‘Gold Standard’

Hosta ‘Frances Williams’

A Couple of Trees and Shrubs 

Trees and shrubs are another plant variety that you can count on when planting in Fall. With the moist and warm soil, coupled with lightly nippy weather, they’ll be growing their roots in no time. 

However, planting trees and shrubs should have proper soil investigation. Their roots grow deeply to the ground that’s why it’s suggested to consult your local utility companies before digging. Know if there are underground lines in the area where you’ll be planting them. Also, make sure they are in their natural soil grounds.

Ensure that adequate water is given to your newly-planted trees and shrubs before the ground starts to cool down. This will help them grow stronger roots, enough to give them a good start to withstand the cold winter.

To guide you further, take a pick at these fine-looking trees and shrubs you can start planting in fall:

These are some examples of the Trees and Shrubs that you can plant in Fall. You can also visit our nursery to know more about the Trees and Shrubs that you might consider planting 

Acer x freemanii

Prunus x ‘Accolade’

Prunus cerasifera ‘Neportii’

Pieris japonica ‘Brouwer’s Beauty’

Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Diabolo’

Picea sitchensis ‘Papoose’

Laidback Lilies

If planted during Autumn, these beautiful ladies will start to bloom as soon as Spring comes– Just imagine how your garden will look by then!

To make sure they’ll be growing fine during the cold days, plant lily bulbs a few weeks before winter. This will give them enough time to establish roots before getting dormant in the winter days. 

There’s a lot of types of lilies you can begin planting in Fall. Have a look at some of the most beautiful ones here:

Lilium ‘Dolly Madison’

Lilium ‘Freedom’s Glow’

plant in fall

Lilium ‘Hot Line’

Lilium ‘Asiatic Madras’

plant in fall

Lilium ‘ Beverly Dreams’

Lilium ‘ Beverly Dreams’

There are different seasons to grow plants throughout the year, and some can be a bit challenging than the other. But as they say, good things come to those who work hard for it. If you want a fully-bloomed garden as soon as Spring starts, might as well make the most of the best planting times in Fall.

Don’t miss out on our specials for this week! Visit our nursery for more information.

Planting in FallDo you know that Fall is the best time to plant? If not, then there are some things that you should know about. There are some benefits of planting in Fall that nobody might have told you.

Most of the gardeners know that Fall is the best time for planting.  There are lots of plants that you can check on our nursery to plant during Fall, but for now, let us talk about the good things about planting in Fall.

1.) It is easier to plant in Fall.

  The temperature in Fall has relevance in making things easy. The cool temperature helps you and the plants avoid the intense heat of the summer sun, though the soil is warm enough for roots to thrive during winter.

2.) Goodbye Pests and diseases.

These enemies of ours do not belong in our gardens. Pests and diseases are less during Fall. Most of them are either dead or just hibernating and the humidity keeps many diseases away.

3.) More Time.

Gardeners usually have more time during Fall compared to the spring rush and with that being said, Fall has more good days for planting and that would make us very productive.

4.)  Weeds are controllable.

Most of the weed seeds are dormant during Fall. It means they do not grow.  So gardeners can easily remove them when they appear as sprouts in spring.

5.) Mother Earth will water the plants for you.

Some regions have rainy days during Fall and that would make it save your time from watering the plants and do more things. How awesome is that?

Planting in Fall

Things could be easier if we know the planting basics too. 

Do you want more information about plants that you can plant during Fall? Visit our nursery or contact us and find out more! Also please check our specials for the cheapest price of the plants that you need. Grab yours now!

shade trees

From being a seed to a very strong creation, helped the earth its whole life, and helped those who lived in it. Nature could never be so fantastic without the Shade trees. How lovely a city could be if you can see shade trees in it. Parks could never be so relaxing if there are no shade trees.  Other countries may want the trees to be preserved in some of the establishments to maintain peacefulness and fresh air. Students at school can read their favorite novels under a big shade tree.

There are lots of benefits that we can get from shade trees.  It could be the missing puzzle piece that you are looking for after a very stressful day. It has been a big help for rehabilitation areas whereas people heal faster in a place where there are shade trees in it.

Top Four Benefits Shade Trees Can Provide

Let us talk more about the benefits of the shade trees.  These are most of the benefits that people and even animals could get from it.

shade trees for shelter

1. Shelter

It can be a home/habitat for lots of animals, especially during spring. They could be perfect near or beside a house but, just be careful with the leaves that might be so messy around it but could also be beneficial as it will decompose and will become fertilizer to the neighboring flowers. Also, that foliage can improve the value of your property as the buyers want a nature type of property to buy.

shade trees for air quality

2. Improve Air Quality

They help improve the overall air quality of your environment. That is why many establishments like hospitals and rehabilitation centers want to preserve the shade trees and do not want to cut it out even if it will cost a lot because it can help greatly to their patient’s recovery. Apart from care centers, schools and training facilities benefit from healthy air quality produced by the trees that give shade, too.

shade trees for climate control

3. Climate Control

It can somehow regulate the climate by curbing the effects of wind during windy days, rain (can be a shade or regulates flood) and even mostly the heat of the sun. just like when you have a picnic under it rather than in a grassland without a shade tree, I think that is super hot out there. As many people say, trees are the natural air conditioner because of the cooling effect they release.

shade trees for children

4. Best for children

Shade trees are favorable if you have children or if you are planning to have one. You can allow them to play nearby, you can put up a treehouse in it and have a picnic under it. That would be the best memory that they will always have. Additionally, trees protect the kids from ultra-violet rays. Don’t you know that they decrease UV-B exposure by about 50%? Thus, providing protection to them where they spend hours outdoors.

Here are some examples of trees that provide shades. To view the plant information, please click the photo.

Betula Alleghaniensis

Yellow Birch

Betula Pendula

European White Birch

Cercis Canadensis

North American Redbud

Oregon Ash

Are you looking for Shade Trees? Shop now at Far West Turf & Nursery in Woodland, Washington. You can also shop by phone at 360-263-4700. We have a number of live Shade Trees in SW Washington.

Did you know that Fall is the best time to plant trees and shrubs in the Pacific Northwest?  Our seasonal rains and generally mild falls and winters make it easy to plant even after the first frost. Plus, cooler temperatures bring fewer insect pests, so growing is a snap.

Fall is the best time to plant.  To know more,  please watch this video.


Fall Planting

time to plant trees and shrubs

  1. The combination of warm soil and cool air stimulates root growth to help your tree or shrub get established before the ground turns cold.
  2. Plants get a head start for next spring. After spending the fall and winter rooting into the soil, plants are ready to get growing faster in spring. Flowering is often better the first spring/summer also.
  3. Better drought tolerance. Plants get an extra 6-8 months of root growth before they must withstand dry conditions the following summer compared to planting in spring. This greatly improves survival for your landscape shrubs and trees.
  4. Less insect pest and disease pressure.  Leaf spotters and leaf chewers are more active in spring and summer months than fall, making for less-stressed plants that root in better. 
  5. There is less competition from summer weeds
  6. Gardening in moderate temperatures places less stress on you and makes outdoor work pleasant. Plus, planting now means one less task to do next spring.

If you’ve been considering moving something that’s already a part of your landscape, fall is a great time to do it.

Come to Far West Turf & Nursery in Woodland, Washington. We have the largest selection in SW Washington.

Is your pet stopping you from having a beautiful, lush green garden? You don’t have to worry any more. There are ways to create a Dog-Friendly Yard which is not only beautiful but also enjoyable for your pet too.

You need to achieve balance between your landscaping design and your dog’s behaviors, habits and personalities. The following tips will provide you detailed information on creation and maintenance of Dog-Friendly Yards. Remember that every dog is different and has distinct characteristics and personalities. It is important to design landscaping in a way that your dog enjoys the time spent in the garden and at the same time gets some exercise and be able to perform their fun activities.

Digging: Does your dog like to dig?  If so it is important to create a spot away from your plants in a shady area so that digging activity there and doesn’t disturb your plants. If your dog loves tunnels, they can be made with wires between plants so that the pet can enjoy in there.

Clean-up: Provide an area for your dog to relieve themselves that is covered in pea gravel or wood chips. This will save your lawn from all the dead spots when your dog chooses their own area.

Safety: Picking up of plants and pesticides for your garden is critical when you have pets. Poisonous plants and hazardous fertilizers, pesticides, chemicals should be avoided. Also plants near paths should not have thorns. Objects like garden hoses should be kept away to avoid any unwanted incidents.

Exercise: The ideal Dog-Friendly Yard should have sufficient free space for the dog to run, play and complete their fun activities. Expensive plants are not needed; instead colorful hanging baskets can be used for the eye treat. Also a well-designed dog house can be built at some corner so that your dog gets an outdoor shelter and stays cool.

Since people love their pets as much as they love their gardens, it is important to design Dog-Friendly Yards keeping in mind all the above points so that your dog, who is a member of your family, will have safe, healthier and fun atmosphere to play and complete their activities.

As the heat of summer relents and cooler days and nights return, it is time for the fall gardening chores. With the fall coolness, it is a great time to replace that lawn or enjoy the money saving fall clearance prices that the nurseries offer.

  1. Poor Performers: With the growing season still fresh in your mind, look at which plants delighted and which were disappointments. Remove the poor performers and replace with something new.
  2. Bulbs: Fall is the time to plant tulip, daffodil, crocus and other so-called minor bulbs.
  3. Perennials: Fall is an ideal time to plant shrubs, trees and perennials with the still warm soil temperatures that will promote good root growth.  Even small plants will show good growth over our mild winters.
  4. Lawns: Replace or renovate your lawn as soon as the heat of summer is over. September coolness is an ideal time to sod your lawn to keep the winter mud from being tracked into your house.
  5. Weeds: It’s easy to forget weeds at this time of year. Instead clean out your beds and prevent weeds from maturing and growing through the fall months.
  6. Clean-up: Pull out the annuals when they are finished. Prune back the perennials after the first hard frost. Prune dead and damaged branches on shrubs or trees.
  7. Divide: if grasses, hostas and day-lilies are getting too large, divide and transplant to other areas of your yard or give to friends.

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