10 Landscaping Tips (That Keep Your Budget Low)

by Ben Bowen

Everyone has a budget. Even if you don't know how much you want to spend on landscaping, you probably know how much you won't spend.  If you are a DIY-er then you will need some tricks of the trade to keep your budget in line. Here are 5 good ways to keep the budget in line.

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How Much Does Landscaping Cost?

by Ben Bowen

Here you will find some ballpark prices for landscaping here in Portland in 2018. There are also links to posts I have written on this in the past along with some other online resources that might be helpful. If I don't cover your project scope below feel free to leave a comment with a brief description and I will try to help.

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5 Portland Nurseries You Have To Know About

by Ben Bowen

Finding plants for our landscape projects is often a part of my daily routine. And I love it. Browsing row after row of plants is a great way to spend a morning.

I have been to maybe 30-40 nurseries in the Portland area. A few of these really jump out as "must see" nurseries. Here they are, in no particular order.

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We Collect The Design Fee Up Front- Here's Why

by Ben Bowen

Our design process has been developed over several years, with one goal in mind: provide high quality designs in a way that is enjoyable for our clients and us.

Our landscape design service page lays out the details and process pretty clearly. Of course, even with such a comprehensive page we still get lots of questions. Most often the question has to do with our collection of the design fee in full before starting.

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How Much Do Portland Landscapes Cost in 2018?

by Ben Bowen

Ross NW Watergardens has done landscape renovations that were just a couple thousand dollars and residential landscapes that were over $200,000. I can pretty much guarantee that your project falls somewhere between those two extremes...

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The Complete (Lazy Person's) Guide To Landscape Maintenance

by Ben Bowen

Everyone wants a beautiful front yard. But not everyone wants to spend hours every week caring for one (or lots of $$ paying for it). In fact, 7 out of 10 potential clients I speak to list "low maintenance" as a requirement for their gardens.

But how do you care for an existing landscape, using as little time and effort as possible?

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Best! Portland Landscapers (2018)

by Ben Bowen

Best Portland Landscapers? My goal is to help you decide which landscaper is right for your garden, property, family, and budget. The list is broken up into three main categories (small, medium, large), with a couple bonus niche categories (organic, irrigation repair, low voltage lighting).

Now, you might be thinking, why would you put this list together?

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What Does Lawn Care Cost? (2018)

by Ben Bowen

In the Portland metro area most people have small lawns, between 1000 and 2000 square feet. What should you expect to pay to have your lawn mowed and edged?

What if you want more than that? How much does true landscape maintenance from a pro cost?

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Landscaping (Gone To The Dogs)

by Ben Bowen

Landscaping For Your Pets

dog looking through fence

Landscaping going to the dogs? If you have a pet who spends much time outside, they are definitely leaving their mark (pun intended). Why not design a landscape that your dog can enjoy, but not destroy?

Pet friendly landscaping involves balancing the needs and behaviors of your dog (or other pet) with your family's hopes for your garden. The result is a landscape that looks fantastic to your eyes- and your dog's.

Dog Friendly Landscape Ideas:

  • Your dog needs water. Instead of a boring water bowl, let's build a small water feature he can drink from.
  • Many dogs like walking fence lines, so we can leave that clear, perhaps even with a path that keeps his paws clean(ish).
  • Some common plants (rhododendrons?!) are potentially toxic to pets. Let's leave those out.
  • If your dog is known to tear through planted beds while chasing something (his tail, squirrels, butterflies...) then we will pick hardy plants that can take a beating.
  • A dog house can be integrated into the landscape, even if your style is modern, minimal, or Japanese.

These are just a few of the ideas we can explore in a dog friendly landscape design. Contact Ross NW Watergardens today to schedule a free consultation. Introduce us to your dog and your landscape. Let's see what we can do!

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