A Modern Garden For A Traditional Home?

by Ben Bowen

You like contemporary landscape design. You picture a garden influenced by modernism, maybe even minimalism. But your home is decidedly not modern. 

Should you forge ahead? Yes. Your landscape does not have to be held hostage to your home's style. Here are 5 guidelines to keep in mind:

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Do All Water Features Leak?

by Ben Bowen

Water features are the super cars of the landscape. When you see one, your heart can not help but want it. But your brain isn't sure its a good idea.

One of the main reasons people hesitate to buy a water feature (or a super car, I would imagine) is reliability. Don't all water features leak?

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Renovate Your Lawn Like A Landscaper

by Ben Bowen

You have a lawn and it is lousy. Full of weeds, lots of thatch, bare dirt, lumps.... I haven't even seen your lawn but I know what it looks like.

Good news:

Fixing your Portland area lawn is less work than you think it is. All you need is a lawn mower, possibly a wheelbarrow, and these instructions.

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We No Longer Offer Landscape Maintenance- Here is Why.

by Ben Bowen

Ross NW Watergardens purchased a landscape maintenance company in 2011, and has enjoyed caring for hundreds of lawns and landscapes in the years since.

However, starting July 17th we will no longer be doing any residential landscape maintenance. If we have been caring for your lawn, you may wonder why.

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Weed Barrier Is 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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Concepts For A Modern Japanese Courtyard

by Ben Bowen

The home is modern. Space is limited and includes both concrete and wood deck surfaces. There is very little soil to work with. Can a space like this be transformed into a Japanese-inspired garden gathering space?

Here are some concepts that, used properly, can transform the space as desired.

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