Category: Articles

The Best Grass for a Luscious Northwest Lawn

July 2020

Lawns are as ubiquitous to the suburban landscape as driveways and sidewalks. Whether you are strolling through one of many historic Portland neighborhoods or a new suburban development, the single common element you are likely to see most often is a lawn. It is no wonder lawn maintenance is one of our most popular services. Because we service a lot of lawns, we thought we would share some practical knowledge about our top picks for grass varieties that thrive best in our Pacific Northwest climate. (more…)

Backyard Retreats and Private Oases

June 2020

Relaxing in a hammock swaying in a summer breeze. Lounging on the patio listening to tiki rhythms or soft jazz. Enjoying the sounds of a bubbling waterfall. Sharing a romantic evening outdoors by the fire. Ah, wouldn’t it be nice to get away? Of course it would! But since most of us can’t just flit off to an island or mountain retreat on a whim, how about bringing the resort feeling home instead? (more…)

Edible‌ ‌Landscapes:‌ ‌Beautiful‌ ‌Gardens‌ ‌and‌ ‌Bountiful‌ ‌Harvests‌

May 2020

One of the things we love about the Pacific Northwest is the ideal growing conditions that allow for a wide variety of plants to thrive in gardens here. The other thing we love is the ingenuity and creativity in landscape and garden design we see from yard to yard and neighborhood to neighborhood throughout the communities we serve. Over the years our crews and designers at Landscape East & West have seen trends come and go, but one trend we are always happy to see is foodscaping. (more…)

Overwatering, under watering, or watering your sidewalk? Maybe it’s time for a more efficient irrigation system.

April 2020

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Creating Interest in Your Yard with Focal Points and Special Features

March 2020

One of the things we love about landscape design is that no two yards are the same. Just take a stroll through your own neighborhood and you will see an abundance of diversity and creativity. You will also notice that some yards, no matter how lush or minimalist, are more pleasing to the eye.  Are they better maintained? Maybe, but more likely, they have various elements that are simply more interesting to look at.  (more…)

Year-Round Yard Maintenance – What to do when!

January 2020

Ever walk through your neighborhood and notice how some yards look good no matter the season? Whatever the style, from finely manicured landscapes to less formal gardens, some yards always seem to be well dressed – even in the dead of winter. Does a master gardener live in each of these homes? Probably not, but one thing they do all have in common: regular, year-round maintenance. (more…)

Top Landscape Design Trends for 2020

December 2019

When it comes to landscape design, we have learned to expect the unexpected – especially here in Portland, where doing your own thing seems to be a cultural hallmark. In spite of the strong creative and independent Portland spirit (which we love), we have seen certain trends manifest in yards and landscapes across the city over the years and 2020 will be no different. Here are our top five trends we’re seeing as we head into the new year. (more…)

Outdoor Living in the Pacific Northwest: It’s not just for the summer months!

November 2019

Long-time residents of the Pacific Northwest know that, in spite of our rainy reputation, we have some of the best weather in the country any time of year and outdoor living here just can’t be beat.  (more…)

Drainage and soggy lawns – what you should do now before the rains come.

October 2019

Ah, fall in the Pacific Northwest – the days are mild, the nights are crisp, the colors of nature are on full display and our lawns and gardens are giving one last hurrah before the rainy season sets in. Yes, the rains are coming, as they always do, but before you head indoors again, we suggest taking a moment to assess your lawn. How well did it stand up to the rain last year?  (more…)

Midsummer Guide To Landscape And Garden Care

August 2019

Midsummer Guide To Landscape And Garden Care in Portland Oregon Portland landscapes are in full bloom this time of year, treating residents and visitors to an abundance of colorful and fragrant roses, fuchsia, and perennials. Landscapes need maintaining throughout summer’s high-growth season. If you’re planning out your midsummer gardening tasks, here’s a good list to get you started: (more…)
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