Month: April 2011

Landscape Management Water Saving Tips

April 28, 2011

It’s eaWater Streamsy to waste water on landscape management, even in the rainy Pacific Northwest. Most home owners associations have guidelines for landscaping design, but not many place restrictions on water usage. By implementing the following water saving tips you can reduce the amount of water waste your home produces and hopefully become an example for the rest of the neighborhood. (more…)

Landscaping in Beaverton: Top Native Plants for Your Landscape

April 26, 2011

sword fernIn landscape management, native plants are becoming more and more popular in the Pacific Northwest, and for good reasons. Native plants often require less upkeep since they are already accustomed to the climate. They also are relatively easy to grow. The following are five of the most interesting and popular native species you should ask your landscaping company about for your next project. (more…)

Pergolas and Arbors – Shade Structures for Your Garden

April 22, 2011

MostPergolas Outdoor Structures plants native to the Pacific Northwest don’t require direct sun exposure all the time. In fact, most species enjoy a little shade from time to time. As a homeowner, shade structures such as pergolas and arbors increase the number types of species of plants you can have in your garden and help reduce water waste. They also add aesthetic appeal to your yard and provide you and your family with a place to relax during a hot sunny day. (more…)

April Landscaping and Gardening Tips

April 21, 2011

April showerSpringwater Landscaping Maintenance Tipss may indeed bring May flowers, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait a month before you can get back into your garden. Early spring landscape management is a rewarding and necessary part of any gardening or landscaping plan in the Pacific Northwest. The following are five tips for tending your yard and garden during April. (more…)

Soak in Spring at Hood River Valley’s Blossom Festival

April 15, 2011

Homeownblossoming treeers who are looking for some landscaping design inspiration, or just a taste of long-awaited spring, can visit the 57th Annual Hood River Valley Blossom Festival this weekend. (more…)

6 Tips for Spring Landscaping in Western Oregon

April 12, 2011

budding tulip spring landsdcaping tipsWinter weather in the Pacific Northwest can do a real number on your yard. Fallen leaves, broken branches, muddy walkways, and barren shrubbery can all add up to an almost uncontrollable urge to garden. But whether you’re in Gresham, Portland, or Lake Oswego, landscaping during the spring isn’t always easy. The rain, wind and cold can prevent you from doing a lot of the yard work you want to do. Luckily, there are a number of spring landscaping steps you can take to prepare your yard for the nice weather ahead. Here are six of the top yard maintenance chores you can do to help promote growth in the next few months. (more…)

Guide to Composting – Dispelling Myths and Why it May be Right for You

April 08, 2011

There are mangarden composting and landscaping servicesy misconceptions about do-it-yourself composting – it is costly, ineffective, smelly, complex, etc. Whether you're concerned about home or HOA maintenance, the truth is that when correctly done, composting is a simple, cost-effective way of reducing waste and keeping any yard healthy. (more…)

HOA Landscaping Issues

April 07, 2011

Landscape design can be a very personal, opinion-based venture. That’s why designing common areas for a home owner’s association can be tricky. As a company with many landscaping accounts in Portland and Lake Oswego, we have experience dealing with HOA's. A landscaper and the HOA want to make sure everyone is happy, but neither can be paralyzed by conflicting opinions. Whether you work for an HOA or are a landscape contractor, knowing the ins-and-outs of the operation will help make the process a smooth, enjoyable one. Here are a few items that both parties should be aware of before entering into a landscape management and maintenance project. (more…)

Landscaping and Garden Tips for Early Spring

April 06, 2011

Spring is an interestiSpring Crocus Landscaping Maintenanceng time of year for landscape management in the Pacific Northwest. The weather isn’t quite nice enough to really dig in (excuse the pun) to gardening, yet it is getting to the point that basic yard maintenance needs to be done. Landscaping in West Linn and the surrounding Portland area means dealing with cold and rainy weather during this time, but you will find getting an early start will both liven your yard and prepare it for spring. The following are a few useful tips for tending to your yard and garden during early spring. (more…)

The Benefits of an Outdoor Fireplace or Fire Pit in Landscaping Designs

April 05, 2011

Outdoor Fireplace &  Kitchen DesignThere are many landscaping design choices you can make to liven up your backyard. A popular trend we have seen in some Portland and West Linn landscaping projects is the outdoor fireplace. From throwing parties to roasting marshmallows, fire pits and outdoor fireplaces are suitable for nearly all landscaping designs and will liven up your Northwest backyard. Here are a few of the many benefits of having an outdoor fireplace or fire pit. (more…)