Stone Masonry- Why So Expensive?

by Ben Bowen

Stone paths, drystack walls, and slate patios may seem simple, they are definitely beautiful. One thing they are not? Cheap.

Of all the landscape services we offer, stone elements are most frequently out of budget for a potential client. The reason concrete pavers and retaining wall systems exist? Because the real deal (stone) is so expensive!

Ok, stone masonry can be a budget buster. Why? Two primary reasons:

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Landscape Maintenance For 2015- Sign Up Now!

by Ben Bowen

Big News! Ross NW Watergardens has slots available for Portland area landscape maintenance clients.

Our routes have been full the last two years, and even existing landscape design and renovation clients have often been referred to other landscapers.

We are happy to be adding to our routes again. 

Would Ross NW Watergardens be right for your landscape care needs?

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Landscape Design Challenge: The Family Yard

by Ben Bowen

I have written about design challenges- like the mature landscape- here before. Cutting through the noise of an overgrown garden is hardly the only design challenge we face.

Today, it's the "Family Yard". What is that?

A family yard must meet the demands of every member of the family. Parents want to entertain and garden. Kids want to play (sometimes destructively!) It can be difficult to balance these very different demands. Can it be done?

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Why Do Our Landscape Designs Take So Long?

by Ben Bowen

A landscape design from Ross NW Watergardens can take 3-8 weeks (and occasionally longer) to complete. That might seem like a really long time. 

Why does it take weeks to design a landscape?

The answer involves our designer's approach, the property's demands, and our client's style. All these factors influence how long it takes. How long would it take to design your landscape? This post might give you an idea.

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Backyard Habitat Certification Program now in Gresham and Fairview

by Ben Bowen

The Backyard Habitat program is growing!

This is good news for all the animals we share our neighborhoods with.

The program is already in Portland and Lake Oswego. I see the little "Backyard Habitat" signs all over my neighborhood in NE PDX. It's not surprising to see this great initiative growing.

Now Gresham and Fairview landscapes can be certified too.

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Our Favorite Things: Bluestone

by Ben Bowen

Here at Ross NW Watergardens we love stone. Mica slate, river rock, Mexican pebbles, gravel, decomposed granite, basalt... and probably some other ones I am forgetting. 

Bluestone, however, has a special place in our hearts.

We don't use it the most often and it's not right for every landscape design client. But when we do utilize bluestone it's fantastic.

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Restoring A West Linn Japanese Garden

by Ben Bowen

I am sure it was a beautiful garden at one time. But over the years it had really suffered. Plants had been sheared into balls. The water feature had been taken apart and put back together badly. Random plants had sprouted in odd places. Trees had been mangled by storms.

Could this mature landscape be saved? Perhaps even be restored to something better? Check out the first batch of pictures from phase 1 of this large renovation!

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ASLA Publishes "The Landscape Architect's Guide To Portland, OR"

by Ben Bowen

Portland is a town full of wonderful outdoor spaces- and Landscape Architects have played a major role in that.

Apparently it's not just Portlanders who recognize this. The American Society of Landscape Architects has published an interactive guide to the city of Portland. It's well done and a nice recognition of what our outdoor spaces have to offer.

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