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
Almost all our sprinkler systems are now getting smart irrigation controllers.
I have installed Rainbird’s entry, plus Hunter’s wifi controlled unit, looked into Hyve, managed a bunch of Hydropoint controllers, and installed a bunch of Rachios- all three generations. Guess which one I like best? Read More
Over the last 11+ months Ross NW Watergardens has been working on our largest project ever- a triple lot on Lake Oswego. Here are some progress pictures! Read More
Garden Design (used to be magazine, now, sadly, just a website) has a series of recommended day trips for garden tours. The one for Portland, created with the help of JJ De Sousa, includes trips to Leach Botanical, Crystal Springs Botanical Garden, and (new to me) the Rogerson Clematis Garden. Read More
The short answer is that your project will take as long as it takes. Of course you(and us) want the project to finish in a timely manner, but more important is that it be finished right. If a project is taking longer than expected it means it was harder than expected, but no shortcuts are being taken, Read More
People are looking for landscapes that are low maintenance and don't take much water. When you think artificial turf Portland is probably the last place that would come to mind.The rain is plentiful and "authenticity" is valued yet the demand for artificial lawns is growing rapidly. Read More
Cover the ground with weed barrier fabric, put mulch or bark dust on top, and never worry about weeding again. Or, if you fancy yourself a realist, cut down drastically on the amount of work needed to take care of weeds.
Here is the problem: weed fabric rarely works and is often a really, really bad idea. This raises some questions: Read More
For a couple of months you worked with Ross NW Watergardens on a landscape design. Then you signed off on a contract to install the landscape. You waited even longer for your slot in the schedule to arrive. Now, finally, it is time to plant. Guess what?
Some of the plants, so carefully chosen, are not available. Why? Read More
Most of the time I do blog posts about stuff Ross NW Watergardens does well. This post is about something we do not do at all, ever- sell pond supplies. Read More
Ross NW Watergardens has two vineyard / winery projects in the pipeline, one a home above a couple’s winery and the other a new garden at a winery that is soon to be built. Wondering what design principles come into play? Here are three things we have learned while planning for these projects: Read More