Get Backyard Habitat Certified!

Get Backyard Habitat Certified!

Would you like your garden to attract birds, butterflies, beneficial pollinators, and other wildlife? Do you live on a property in Oregon that is less than an acre in Multnomah, Clackamas, or Washington County, or within Clark County in Washington state? Did you know...
Creating a Sense of Community- the New Front Porch

Creating a Sense of Community- the New Front Porch

Back in the day, many homes were built with large sweeping front porches.  You could sit on a comfortable chair or porch swing and wave or chat to your neighbors as they passed by.  You could keep an eye on the comings and goings of the kids as they ran from yard to...
Let There Be Light!

Let There Be Light!

I have two favorite spots in my house: The first is a chaise lounge sitting next to a large window overlooking the Vine Maples in my backyard. The second is my kitchen window with a view of two old mossy-branched walnut trees. I see squirrels scampering, birds looking...
Beautiful, Low-maintenance Groundcover Conifers

Beautiful, Low-maintenance Groundcover Conifers

When considering plants for your landscape, don’t forget about the vast options available in low-growing groundcover conifers. Evergreen groundcover conifers can be a low-maintenance option to fill in landscaped areas, providing beauty and longevity. They combine well...
Dos and Don’ts of Landscape Fabric

Dos and Don’ts of Landscape Fabric

One of the least glamourous materials in the landscape may be landscape fabric. It’s cheap, ugly, and is useful in a variety of applications. Our clients sometimes ask us about installing landscape fabric as a weed prevention tool, and we discourage this. Why you...
The Bark Dust Blues: Considerations for a New Backyard

The Bark Dust Blues: Considerations for a New Backyard

Builders love bark dust. It covers a multitude of sins, costs next to nothing, and allows them to move on to the next project. What do you do when a builder leaves you with a new house and a backyard with bark dust, a concrete slab, and not much else?   First things...