Why is one quote higher and should you take the low bid?

by Ben Bowen

Everyone wants a deal. I get it. So you have three bids, from three landscape companies. Why is one bid higher than the others? Should you just go with the low bid?

There is often a good reason one bid is higher. And sometimes that means you would be wise to pay it. But there are projects where the low bidder probably makes sense. I will explain it all here:

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Are Portland Landscapes Getting More Modern?

by Ben Bowen

Clean, sleek, sophisticated. This not how I would describe a typical Portland landscape. Our gardens are lush and rowdy. Portland is full of gorgeous gardens- but very few modern ones.

Is that changing? Is Portland on the cusp of embracing a more modern landscape design aesthetic?

I think so, for a couple reasons:

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So You Want A Low Maintenance Landscape

by Ben Bowen

"Low maintenance" is subjective. Some people are fine with 1-3 afternoons spent in the garden each month. There are also people who really want NO maintenance (and a unicorn for a pet). 

I am not sure what low maintenance means to you, but I do know that that there some basic keys to keeping maintenance demands under control. Here are 3 that I incorporate into low maintenance landscapes:

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What Plants You Should Plant Now? These 6:

by Ben Bowen

Spring time is planting time in the Pacific Northwest.  You have your favorite shovel, some good soil to amend with, and a hankering for some hard work. But there is just one problem:

What should you plant?

I have written about plants many times, but today I am just going to tell you about plants I love.  And just so I don't get carried away, let's limit it to 6.

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Ross NW Watergardens' 2015 Spring Coupon!

by Ben Bowen

Save on your next landscaping project, with our awesome (silly) new coupon!

Everyone likes to save a little money, right? Well here is your chance:

Take $500.00 off your landscape installation project of over $10,000.00...

(See full blog for the important details!)

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High Desert Landscapes in Portland?

by Ben Bowen

Portland is not a desert. Ferns, azaleas, rhododendrons, and moss all thrive here. Those are not desert plants.

But what if you are tired of that plant selection? And want something different? Something water wise and low maintenance? Then perhaps a high desert landscape design would be perfect.

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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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Why We Might Decline Your Project

by Ben Bowen

And why it isn't a bad thing.

Rejection hurts. I totally get that. And when someone says "It's not you, it's me" it doesn't feel any better.

Knowing this makes it difficult for me to do what I sometimes have to do: decline a potential client's landscaping project.

So why would we turn down the opportunity to work with you?

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