Category: Landscape How-To’s

Enjoy Your Outdoor Living Area All Year Long – Add the Perfect Covered Structure

outdoor-covered-structure-roof-design-300x199Covered outdoor living areas offer a year-round oasis for relaxing and entertaining. Landscape East & West will work with you to create a unique patio cover, pergola, or other covered structure that’s perfect for your landscape. Because covered patios and decks have become a sought-after element among homebuyers, homes with covered structures tend to earn a higher resale price. A wood pergola or other covered structure adds functional square footage to the home, extending your usable living space. After adding a covered outdoor structure, many homeowners find they enjoy the outdoors more frequently throughout the year. And in our drizzly Pacific Northwest climate, being able to enjoy the outdoors for more of the year is a huge plus. (more…)

Thriving Plants & Hardiness Zones: Tips from Portland Landscapers

Portland Landscaping GardenThe exclamation “Location, location, location!” is typically applied to the world of real estate, but it applies equally well to gardening. Landscaping experts the world over appreciate the importance of selecting the correct plants for local climates. In this post we go into detail about location-based landscaping in Portland. We discuss climate zones and hardiness zones, two measuring sticks that green thumbs use to categorize which plants will thrive where. We also touch on which plants thrive in Portland. (more…)

5 Ways to Improve Patio Designs for Portland Landscaping by Christin Bryk

Portland Patio Design with Steps and ColumnsHere in the temperate Pacific Northwest, many homeowners dream of having an outdoor living space that they can enjoy all year round. Winter temperatures in this part of the country tend to stay above freezing, so it’s possible to enjoy a backyard oasis 365 days per year. Patios are a popular way to create an outdoor living space. (more…)

Lawn Care: Portland Landscaping Maintenance Tips by Eric Johansson at Landscape East & West

Landscaping Portland Lawn CareFor many Americans, a lush lawn is a must-have for their dream homes. And considering the history of the common lawn, it’s easy to see why. The first lawns were status symbols—signs of power that cropped up at Louis the Sixteenth’s gardens at Versailles. The European trend of creating lawn “pleasure grounds” soon crossed the Atlantic; landed aristocrats including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson had English-style lawns at their American abodes. However, when it comes to Portland, Oregon landscaping, a lawn may just be a small, well-tended area surrounded by native plants and creative landscaping. (more…)

Tips on French Drains, Landscaping for Drainage & More by Alex Konopka, Landscape East & West

In places like Portland, proper water management is crucial. Otherwise, homeowners will suffer soggy, unusable yards and leaky basements. Our water management services offer several landscaping for drainage solutions, including French drains. (more…)

Choosing the Right Covered Structure or Pergola Design by Bjorn Nordquist, Landscape East & West

attached roof and covered structure designOutdoor covered structures such as pergolas create cozy, functional, year-round spaces that extend a homes’ living space into their gardens.  Because covered patios and decks have become a sought-after element among homebuyers, homes with covered structures tend to earn a higher resale price. In a sense, a wood pergola or other covered structure adds functional square footage to the home. After adding a covered outdoor structure, many homeowners find they enjoy the outdoors more frequently throughout the year. And in our drizzly Pacific Northwest climate, being able to enjoy the outdoors for more of the year is a huge plus. (more…)

Landscape East & West Expert, Christin Bryk, Talks Patio Landscape Design

Attached roof with paver patio and cultured stone columnsPaver patios are some of the most popular landscaping materials, and for good reason. From years of experience managing Pacific Northwest paver patio installation projects, I can tell you that Portland homeowners love the versatility and beauty of paver patio stones. The fact that some pavers are permeable also appeals to the tree hugger in many Portlanders. (Hardscaping that allows water to permeate improves the health of local watersheds.) A well-done paver patio project results in a low-maintenance, beautiful space for family enjoyment. (more…)

Water Feature Design Tips: Creating a Zen Retreat

Landscape Water Feature Design Portland OregonWater is the most calming element. Humans naturally delight in the endless sounds and sights of water. If you’re looking to add interest to your outdoor area – or if you’re looking to mask unwanted sound, such as that of the traffic on a busy street – there’s no better approach than adding water features. Portland garden lovers can create a beautiful water feature that blends seamlessly into the surrounding landscape by following these tips: (more…)

Fall Lawn Care: What to Do with Fall Leaves

Fallen LeavesLooking up at Portland’s tree canopy, it’s incredible to think about the sheer volume of leaves that will soon be clogging up gutters and piling up on sidewalks. In a natural setting, those fallen leaves serve important purposes – they add nutrients to the soil and offer natural ground insulation. In an urban setting, however, the autumnal shedding of leaves can pose a real hassle for everything from drainage to lawn care. (more…)

End-of-Summer Pruning: Preparing Trees and Shrubs for Fall

While it may seem that landscaping Beaverton, Portland, and other perpetually green locales would bRosese a year-round job, the truth is that certain months of the year are very quiet from a landscaping perspective. August, for instance, is a time to put lawn care maintenance on hold, since most plants, including grass, enter their dormant season during the hottest time of the year. (more…)
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