Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to give thanks for what inspires and sustains us. Here at Landscape East & West, we’re feeling grateful for the increasing popularity of sustainable landscape maintenance and design.
From our years of experience landscaping Lake Oswego and Portland, we can tell you that rainwater harvesting systems are highly beneficial, even in a moist climate like the Pacific Northwest. Yes, for much of the year rainwater harvesting systems in Portland-area homes will over-collect. At these times, the excess water can be diverted onto a permeable surface, where it will drain away slowly into the city watershed. Even during these wet periods, harvesting does help benefit the local eco system by slowing the drainage of rainwater to the river.
From Portland to Lake Oswego, landscaping is one of the first things that HOA maintenance boards think about when looking for ways to cut expenses. It’s no wonder, considering that landscaping often represents a large portion of an HOA budget.
It’s easy to forget such things as winterizing irrigation systems. With the school year humming, holidays approaching and busy work schedules to keep up with, such winter maintenance tasks can easily slip one’s mind. However, failing to winterize is one of the most common causes of irrigation system repair. Here are three reasons why it’s important to winterize your irrigation systems:
If you live in an area that rarely sees extremely cold temperatures, you may not realize the importance of winterizing irrigation systems. However, even mild climates like those along the West Coast can see hard freezes in the early hours of the morning, so it’s important to prepare your irrigation sprinkler system for winter by clearing it of all water.