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Live in Portland? Need ideas for your landscape? These blog posts written by designer Ben Bowen of Ross NW Watergardens are just what you need!

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Should I Remove That Plant?

Should I Remove That Plant?

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?

Is A Heated Driveway Snow Melt System Right For You?

Is A Heated Driveway Snow Melt System Right For You?

When we get 3 weeks of snow (like we did last winter) you just might start thinking about alternatives to shoveling snow off your driveway. Could a snow melting mat system, installed under your driveway, be the solution? Maybe.

A Complete List Of Lawn Alternatives For Portland

A Complete List Of Lawn Alternatives For Portland

What can you replace your lawn with? There are a ton of lawn alternatives, and I am going to list all the ones (I can think of) that work well here in Portland. All the options on my list meet these criteria:

Landscape Project Profile: Japanese Inspired Garden in SW Portland

Landscape Project Profile: Japanese Inspired Garden in SW Portland

In many ways this was a typical Ross NW Watergardens project. The client wanted a landscape that was:

Shou Sugi Ban: Setting Fire To Portland's Fences

Shou Sugi Ban: Setting Fire To Portland's Fences

And retaining walls too. See how we are using this ancient art in very modern landscapes!

A Modern Garden For A Traditional Home?

A Modern Garden For A Traditional Home?

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:

Do All Water Features Leak?

Do All Water Features Leak?

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?

Renovate Your Lawn Like A Landscaper

Renovate Your Lawn Like A Landscaper

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.

Deck and Fence Contractors We Trust

Portland Fence & Deck Builders We Trust (2020)

Deck and Fence Contractors We Trust

Portland Homeowner's Guide To Irrigation Systems

Portland Homeowner's Guide To Irrigation Systems

Yes, Portland is full of bad sprinkler systems. Inefficient, leaky, even illegal irrigation systems. Don't let your new sprinklers be installed like that. Here is what you need to know about irrigation systems and irrigation installers.

Concepts For A Modern Japanese Courtyard

Concepts For A Modern Japanese Courtyard

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.

Paris Group Realty Interviews Our Landscape Designer
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Paris Group Realty Interviews Our Landscape Designer

Paris Realty Group runs a nice blog with a recurring feature: "Five on Friday". The concept is simple, they sit down with someone local who works (in one way or another) with homes and ask them five questions. Last Friday Paris Group sat down with Ben Bowen of Ross NW Watergardens to discuss landscape design in Portland.

3 Great Reasons You Should Have Low Voltage Lighting

Portland Landscape Lighting Done The Right Way

3 Great Reasons You Should Have Low Voltage Lighting

10 Ways To Lower Maintenance On Your Landscape in 2017

10 Ways To Lower Maintenance On Your Landscape in 2017

I can read your mind (just when it comes to your yard). You do not want to spend more time caring for their landscapes. You want to spend less time, even no time if possible. In an effort to give you what you want, here are 10 ways to lessen the amount of time needed to care for your landscape- and most of them of them are serious.

Ross NW Watergardens Loves Juniper Timbers & You Should Too!

Ross NW Watergardens Loves Juniper Timbers & You Should Too!

Ross NW Watergardens Loves Juniper Timbers & You Should Too!