10 Reasons To NOT Install Artificial Turf

by Ben Bowen

People are looking for landscapes that are low maintenance and don't take much water. Even here in Portland, where the rain is plentiful and "authenticity" is valued, the demand for artificial lawns is growing rapidly.

Before you rip out the JB Sod and go synthetic there are some things you should know and consider.

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Handling Rainwater in Your Garden

by Ben Bowen

Rainwater management in Portland Oregon is a big deal. How can you capture rain from your property and landscape and then manage or even utilize it? This rainwater management guide from Ross NW Watergardens will help you understand.

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4 Great Portland Stone Yards

by Ben Bowen

Here at Ross NW Watergardens we love natural stone. Our landscape designs are full of it. Patios, fire features, water features, paths, walls, and columns all are best when real stone is used. Boulder groupings are a trademark element of our gardens.

But where does all this stone come from? Where do we buy our boulders, slate, and stepping stones? Here are 4 great stone yards we use:

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How I Came To Love Japanese Gardens (Guest Post)

by Ben Bowen

This is the first guest post we have ever accepted on our landscaping blog. My sister Holly, and her husband Sean, live in NY. When work took them to Japan in February they go the chance to see real Japanese gardens. My sister came back with a love of them she didn't have before. Read on for her thoughts, and a bunch of great pictures!

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Portland Window Cleaning, My Recommendation

by Ben Bowen

Portland Cleaning Service

My good friends Joel and Shannon Ward have a business I want to share with you: JCW Cleaning. They are Portland based and offer window and office cleaning.

Why am I telling you this?

Joel is a great friend and I know he does excellent work. I also know how hard it is to find someone you can trust to do any kind of work around your house. Joel has been in business for many years, but has just started with his website. So this is my way to help my friend and you, my loyal readers :-)

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5 Easy Ways To Banish Boring From Your Landscape

by Ben Bowen

Most residential landscape designs  in Portland are boring. We use the same plants, in the same ways, and spend less than an hour a week caring for them. The results are... boring.

Is it difficult to create a yard that grabs the eyes of people? Not really. Adding just one or two key elements to your current landscape can make a huge impact. Here are 5 of my favorite ways to wake up a slumbering landscape:

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