Thanks for digging a little deeper into our site. Wondering exactly what we do? Keep reading and scrolling- we do just about everything your landscape could possibly need!
What kind of landscaping project do you have in mind?
From a simple yard upgrade to a fantastic outdoor living space, all our projects are built by the same skilled crew of craftsmen. You will appreciate our attention to detail and insistence on quality.
Just as much, though, you will benefit from the relationship we offer. Let's collaborate to build and then nurture a great landscape that really works for you!
As a full service landscape design/build firm we can handle almost any project. We enjoy all sorts, from irrigation systems to paver patios and complete landscape remodels.
Native gardens, landscapes that require little maintenance, and lawn alternatives all blossom with our help. Can your landscape be certified as a Wildlife Habitat?
Your Midcentury Modern gem can shine with a landscape designed to complement it's clean and classic lines.
The Pacific Northwest has it's own distinct style- natural landscapes with an emphasis on hardscape and water. These are our strengths, and we look forward to using them on your project!
Serving Portland, OR Since 1999
What does a full service landscape contractor do? Scroll down the page to see Ross NW Watergardens' landscaping services.
Services We Offer Portland Homeowners:
Ben Bowen is our head landscape designer. Ben takes a collaborative approach, assuring that his style will never dominate yours The number one goal is a beautiful outdoor space that really works for you! From paper to reality, work with Ross NW Watergardens on your Portland home's landscape design.
Our landscaping crew is made up of skilled craftsmen. Our landscapers and masons have been with us for years and have decades of combined experience.
Your Portland landscape project, large or small, will be overseen by Joe Bowen- the owner of Ross NW Watergardens. Your family's property can be trusted to our family of landscapers!
Check out our landscape project portfolio to see what your landscaping can be. It's full of projects from all over the Portland, Oregon area- from Irvington to Orenco and University Park to Charbonneau and Dunthorpe- and probably your neighborhood!
Hardscape is the foundation of most great gardens, the bones of any functional landscape. The materials may be man-made or natural. Either way it just has to be right. A plant can always be moved, but that new patio isn't going anywhere!
Our stone masons take pride in doing hardscape the right way. Portland's Sylvan Hills are full of basalt walls that are more beautiful than when they were built in the 20's. You can create something just as enduring at your home.
Ross NW Watergardens works with gravel, brick, boulders, slate, basalt slabs, pavers- almost any material you can imagine. Want a beautiful informal patio? Decomposed granite with steel edging could be a perfect solution. Or maybe a flagstone patio is what you need. Does your home's entry need help to make an impact? Stone columns will do the trick. A sloping yard or steep hillside can be transformed by retaining walls. Your landscape's challenge probably has a hardscape solution.
Water features started it all for Ross NW Watergardens. We use large boulders, natural rocks for falls, and never leave liner or plumbing visible.
Our ponds also feature state-of-the-art pumps and filtration systems. Your water feature should be be beautiful and smart!
We have built dozens of water features all over Portland. Some are simple bubbler or tsukubai installations. Others are modest backyard ponds with a couple small falls. We have also designed and built large koi ponds with gunnite shells. Ross NW Watergardens even renovated a huge pond for the City of Hillsboro!
If the basic structure of your garden is complete, let us come and plant it.
We especially enjoy the challenge of low water use landscapes. Native plant gardens, edible gardens, and even "chicken friendly" gardens can be created for you.
Keep your landscape green and happy. We design and install quality sprinkler systems using Rainbird, Hunter, and Toro components.
Drip irrigation, pressure regulating heads, low precipitation nozzles, and smart timers can all be combined to design a lean and green irrigation system.
The city of Lake Oswego, OR does a great job of protecting it's water, land, and urban forest.
This does, however, make designing and implementing a landscaping project extra challenging.
Ross NW Watergardens has many completed projects in Lake Oswego. We know what codes and regulations come into play and are comfortable working with the city. Use our experience to your advantage!
Hardscaping involves many materials, both man made and natural.
Masonry is all about stone.
Natural stone, slate, and boulders are not easy to work with. Painstaking care is taken with each piece of stone. Slate is carefully chipped and fitted. The right stone is used in the right place for a perfect fit. It's slow and not inexpensive. But it lasts forever and looks better every year.
Our experienced masons have the skill required to craft long lasting masonry elements that will enhance your Portland home's landscaping.
We design and build stone retaining wall, seating walls, slate patios, fire pits, outdoor fireplaces, and more. Our skill with stone is one of the advantages we offer all our landscape clients!
We love setting boulders as part of our landscaping projects and take pride in doing it right.
Boulders anchor the landscape. In some landscapes boulders are the foundation. Other gardens make boulders the stars.
The plant material and seasons changes, but rocks just... are.
We have braided metal cables that are custom manufactured just for us. These cables allow us to carefully lift large stones and set them in your landscape exactly the way we want- with no scarring.
Rock of all sizes is a fundamental element of a great landscape. Shouldn't your landscape contractor be an expert in handling them?
Our boulder setting method is described in this article.
Japanese landscaping is perfect for Portland. It's not just chance that we are home to the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan.
We have similar weather, plant material- and even a few designers, landscape architects, and landscape contractors with the skill and experience to build great Japanese landscapes.
Check out this review to see why we feel we are one of them!
We utilize our local materials in a way that evokes Japanese gardens. Ross NW Watergardens uses bamboo, Japanese maples, contorted pines, water, and even fire to bring your Japanese garden to life.
Want a truly authentic Japanese landscape? Let us work with you to make that a reality.
The Pacific Northwest is blessed with an abundance of natural wood choices. Cedar especially can be a great addition to your landscape. Check out this video featuring our Landscape Manager, Ben Bowen, and some of the fences we build.
Landscape lighting allows you to enjoy your garden for more hours every day. We design systems with style and restraint.
Just a few well placed lights can reveal your landscape in a whole new way. Let our skilled landscape designers put together a lighting plan for your landscape.
LED low voltage lamps are very efficient and last for years. You put so much into your landscape- why not enjoy it at night!
Ross NW Watergardens provides residential and commercial landscape maintenance. We serve Portland's east side, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Clackamas, Damascus, Oregon City, and Milwaukie. Our routes are often full, but please contact us. If we can not provide landscape services we can refer you to another excellent landscaper who can!
We especially enjoy working with communities on HOA landscaping. We have the skilled crews and communication skills needed to keep you and your neighbors happy!
Ross NW Watergardens' Landscape Warranty
We don't just design and build great gardens- we stand behind them. Our warranty includes:
- Hardscaping including pavers, slate, concrete, and stone masonry carries a one year warranty.
- Water features have a one year warranty.
- Irrigation systems and repairs have a one year warranty.
- Fences and screens have a one year warranty.
- Low voltage lighting has a one year warranty.
- Plants, with an irrigation system, have a one year warranty.
- Plants, without an irrigation system, have a 90 day warranty.
- Transplanted plants have no warranty.