September is the perfect time to rejuvenate your landscape with new plants. September may be heralded by the ringing of school bells, but it also marks the beginning of the fall planting season. The days are not too hot, the nights are mild, and the coming rains all add up to a welcoming environment for new plants to take root and get established before winter sets in. And come next spring, these fall plantings will have a head start to looking their best.
August just might be our favorite summer month here in the Pacific Northwest. The weather is generally perfect for outdoor recreation and backyard entertaining. The tantalizing smell of backyard barbeques wafts along the summer breeze. Gardens are in full swing bursting with a riot of blooms and colors. And hammocks are especially inviting for lazy afternoon naps.
As landscape contractors, we frequently hear from homeowners with questions about when and how to start up their sprinkler systems in the spring—especially if they have recently moved and are unfamiliar with their new home’s irrigation. Here is everything you need to know about starting up your sprinkler system, plus some basic information to help you familiarize yourself with your own system. (more…)
Deciding to add outdoor lighting around your home and yard is both a practical and aesthetic consideration. Lighting up your home’s exterior at night makes your front porch, patio or deck, steps, and walkways safer. The added light is an excellent deterrent to would-be prowlers and increases your home’s security. Outdoor lighting can also enhance your home’s curb appeal and the overall value of your home. (more…)
We may have had a few false starts to spring this year, which is nothing out of the ordinary here in the Pacific Northwest, but winter has seemed to hold on a bit longer. Regardless, spring has officially arrived in full force and summer really is just around the corner. So we understand if you have a bit of spring fever and a sense of urgency to get your yard in top shape with blooming flowers and a vibrant lawn. (more…)
When it comes to enjoying a summer evening outside, it’s hard to beat the ambiance of a warm fire. If you are wondering how you can add fire to your landscape, it’s easier than you might think—whether we are talking about freestanding fire pits or custom-built outdoor fireplaces.
You don’t always need a lot of room for starters, and your design options for wood burning, propane or gas fireplaces, and fire pits are plenty! In fact, there are so many options, it might be a little overwhelming, so here are a few things to keep in mind. (more…)
Here in the Pacific Northwest, we are blessed with an abundance of natural beauty. With majestic mountain ranges, rivers, lakes and streams, and the rugged coast all within driving distance, escaping urban life is relatively easy. But even so, isn’t it nice when you can just escape to your own backyard?
Homeowners associations (HOAs) are tasked with protecting property values by ensuring certain aesthetics are upheld, and common spaces and amenities are well maintained. Whether the HOA serves a neighborhood, condominium complex, or other planned community, landscape maintenance is a critical component to success. It also tends to be the largest budget item and HOA boards looking to cut costs may be tempted to go with the lowest bidder. While price is a valid consideration, there are other equally, if not more, important factors. (more…)
January in the Pacific Northwest is a time when even the staunchest of rain lovers can find themselves pining for sunnier days. And though we landscapers don’t mind the rain so much, we’ll admit, things do tend to get a bit soggy this time of year and, well, yards don’t always look their best. Which is one reason we think winter is the best time to plan a yard makeover. That and the fact that spring will actually be here sooner than you think and contractor schedules fill up fast. (more…)
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While the warm glow of holiday lights brightens the December landscape, Pacific Northwest yards tend to fade into a gray-green mono-scape once the lights come down and winter settles in. As landscapers, we embrace all the seasons–even winter–and we design yards with four seasons in mind. This goes beyond plantings. Yes, evergreen plants, shrubs, and trees are a mainstay, but there are many ways to add year-round interest and cheer to your yard. Here are some of our favorites. (more…)