Category: Sustainable Landscaping

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…)

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…)

Planning on fall projects? Don’t wait!

September 2019

It’s September and while “back to school” gets all the attention, we all know summer is not really over. Those who have lived in the Pacific Northwest long enough know September often brings the best weather of the year! Days are still warm, but not too hot; nights are cool and crisp, but still pleasant; and our rainy season has not quite begun. It’s also not unusual for an extended summer to last weeks into October. For gardeners and landscapers especially, September is the last hurrah. (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…)

Want To Transform Your Backyard Into Paradise? Just Add Water

June 2019

Landscape East West Waterfall and PondHumans throughout history have associated water with everything from peace, openness, wisdom, and depth, to balance, cleansing, healing, and salvation. There’s even scientific evidence to support the many benefits we get from being in or near water. If you’re looking to add a little Zen to your landscape, consider incorporating the element of water. Water features can be used as design focal points, to mask unwanted noise, to offer a soothing soundtrack, to reflect a more natural environment, to attract wildlife, and to create a sense of visual movement. Whatever the reason, here are some tips to help you design a water feature that blends seamlessly into the surrounding landscape and transforms your backyard into a paradise. (more…)

6 Reasons You Need Full-Service Residential Landscape Maintenance

March 2019

Homeowners have a choice when it comes to residential maintenance. They can opt for a basic service that’s just that: mowing your lawn, blowing off any leaves, and little else. Professionals refer to these operations as “mow, blow, and go” because their business model depends on quantity over quality. Expertise and experience matters. Just because someone can build you a cabinet doesn’t mean you’d hire them to build your house. If excellence and quality service matters to you, you need a full-service landscaping maintenance company with a reputation you can trust. (more…)

Is Your Inefficient Irrigation System Dripping Dollars Down The Drain? Read These Tips To Find Out..

August 2018

Drips equal dollars. When you have the right irrigation system you can be sure you’re providing the most efficient and cost-effective watering system possible. Experienced landscapers know to take soil type, topography, and specific plant needs into consideration when designing a custom irrigation system. And delivering water directly to plants means less water is lost to evaporation. With the right setup, you can expect to see 40% operation savings over the lifetime of your irrigation system. Consumers who invest in the right system up front are able to achieve significant savings in the long run. Read our tips below to learn more about designing water-efficient irrigation systems. (more…)

Transform Your Patio Into An All-Weather Outdoor Living Space

July 2018

It’s easy for Pacific Northwest residents to love where we live. We’re surrounded by beauty and never let a little rain keep us from enjoying the outdoors. Like many Portlanders, our clients in SW Portland wanted to create an outdoor space they could utilize throughout the year. Since our landscaping experts specialize in designs that add function to exterior spaces, we transformed their patio and deck into a seamless all-weather outdoor living space. (more…)

Foodscaping: Gardens That Taste As Good As They Look

June 2018

Midsummer Guide To Landscape And Garden Care in Portland Oregon

Creating An Edible Garden Paradise

Here in the Pacific Northwest we appreciate our abundant opportunities to enjoy and connect with nature. Residential landscapes are designed to thrive in our damp climate and produce year-round beauty that transforms from season to season. When it comes to landscaping, Portland, Oregon gardeners know how to keep yards lush and gardens vibrant. Creating landscapes that incorporate edible plants is becoming a popular way to combine beauty with practicality. Blending native plants with herbs, fruits, and vegetables turns a garden into an edible paradise. Thinking about doing a little foodscaping? If you’re curious about what to grow and when to plant, take a look at our handy infographic. Maybe you’ll get inspired! For more inspiration, browse photos of some of our garden designs. (more…)

Springtime Landscaping and Gardening Tips

May 2018

Landscape East West Outdoor LivingEnjoy Your Beautiful Spring Garden Spring officially began on March 20th and this year the spectacular Pacific Northwest cherry blossoms arrived right on time. Since then spring has been blooming all around us. While we may have some gray skies and rainy days ahead, we’re fortunate to be surrounded by a rainbow of colorful flowers. If you’re a homeowner, that means spring landscaping is already on your mind. (more…)
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