I can read your mind (just when it comes to your yard). You do not want to spend more time caring for their landscapes. You want to spend less time, even no time if possible.
In an effort to give you what you want, here are 10 ways to lessen the amount of time needed to care for your landscape- and most of them of them are serious. Read More
Like many of you we have been following the "Cultural Crossing" expansion of the Japanese Garden closely. The article below, from "The Hills and Heights" publication has a great preview Read More
"Best plants" is subjective. But this list is full of plants that fit the prevailing landscape design meme: sustainable and low maintenance (or vice-versa). Here are 10 great plants that are sure to fit your yard in 2017, and beyond: Read More
What does your fescue look like now? My clients with tall fescue sod from JB Sod have lawns that look like wet straw. Not good. I called JB Sod and asked them about it. Here is what is going on:
We have had a much colder winter that normal and fescue lawns have gone dormant. In fact the sod fields at JB are dormant too! Read More
This garden was designed by Sadafumi Uchiyama and installed by us in 2008. We do the basic maintenance as well, with the excellent tree pruning by Mike Ellena.
I stopped by to make sure the garden had come through the ice and snow well. What a great garden this come to be. Even in winter it makes me smile! Read More
We have been using large amounts of cedar posts, pickets, and boards in our landscapes for years. Recently, though, another wood product has captured our fancy- juniper.
What is so great about juniper for Portland landscapes? Read More
Do first impressions matter? In certain situations, when you have a limited amount of time to make your point, they matter a lot. Landscaping helps form the first impression of your home. Read More
Does snow hurt plants?
Not usually. The real danger posed by snow involves weight not cold. As the snow piles up on branches they can bend and then break. This is especially true with plants that are brittle to begin with. Most, if not all, of your plants should be just fine! Read More
The Ideabook below shows concepts that can be used to design a modern landscape that is relatively low maintenance. Enjoy! Read More
Great landscape design is a little like magic. Control the eyes, direct the feet, and draw people towards focal points in the landscape. In most landscapes this means hiding less desirable elements. A/C units, house foundations, neighbors all threaten the illusion your landscape design is creating.
Screens and fences are the answer to this landscape design problem. See how using horizontal slats can help you design and build distinctive fences and screens. Read More