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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Landscape Design Trends 2018

by Ben Bowen

Exciting things are happening in landscapes all over. Maybe you have seen them in your neighborhood, or maybe you will be the one introducing them to your neighbors.

What trends should you be on the look for? Here in Portland there are at least three that will continue to gain steam in 2018:

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Top Portland Area Plants For 2018

by Ben Bowen

"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 2018, and beyond:

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Should I Remove That Plant?

by Ben Bowen

Does guilt keep you from doing what you know you need to do- remove unwanted plants from your garden? Do you just keep adding new plants, creating new problems and regrets?

Constant addition to a garden usually results in chaos and death (plant related, so not that serious.) At times the best solution is to remove a plant. When should you seriously consider pulling a plant?

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