How Long Will My Landscape Project Take?

by Ben Bowen

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,

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Weed Barrier- Not What You Think It Is?

by Ben Bowen

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:

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You Might Not Get The Plant You Want (Here is Why)

by Ben Bowen

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?

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Portland Pond Supplies

by Ben Bowen

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.

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Winery Landscape Design

by Ben Bowen

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:

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Irrigation & Water Feature Repairs Portland- Call These Companies!

by Ben Bowen

 Ross NW Watergardens used to do a lot of irrigation system and water feature repairs. Back then we had one landscape crew, no maintenance crews, and didn't do any design work. We now have multiple crews and do quite a few designs. We don't want to add technicians, so...

We are no longer taking on repairs for systems or features we did not install ourselves. But don't worry, we have some great referrals for you:

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