About Thomas

Thomas Raeth, the owner of Lafayette Tree & Landscape based in Lafayette, Calif., is a licensed landscape contractor, certified arborist and certified pesticide controller. His company has been designing and installing inspirational gardens, ponds, walkways and patios as well as many other decorative landscape features for its clients for decades. Lafayette Tree & Landscape serves Lafayette, Orinda, Moraga, Walnut Creek, Danville, Alamo, Pleasant Hill, Martinez and many other Contra Costa County communities as well as the Oakland hills.

Fall Gardening Tips

Here’s a round-up of what I recommend for gardeners in climate Zone 14 for the fall (includes all of Lamorinda area and parts of Walnut Creek and Concord). Plant: Warm climate bulbs, cool season annuals, shrubs and trees. Sow cool …

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Spring Gardening Tips

Here’s my list of tips for spring gardening: Aerate, thatch and fertilize lawns if you didn’t do this in the fall. For established lawns, you should start mowing in the spring, but don’t cut the grass too short. Three inches …

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