If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to move plants indoors (especially fragile plants) for the Oregon winter. This can be tricky, so we’d thought we’d share our thoughts on how to successfully get your plants indoors and into protection from the elements.
Because our houses are so much drier than conditions outdoors (especially in the Pacific NW), you’ll need to find the best way to transition your plants before moving them indoors. For about a week before moving them in the house for good, move the plants to a garage, sun porch, unheated greenhouse, or sheltered patio so they can adjust to drier and warmer conditions. If you bring them straight into the house, they could be shocked by the much warmer and drier conditions, so don’t skip this.
Look for a spot in your house where your plants will be the most comfortable. Considering most plants thrive in full sun during their growing season, try to find the sunniest location in the house to situate them in. Plants want moisture in the air as well. If your house is too dry, their leaves may become brittle, brown and fall off. Watch that your sunny location doesn’t get too warm. Plants prefer cooler temperatures. 60 degrees during the day, and roughly 10 degrees cooler at night. This may not be feasible in your home, but try to find the sunniest, coolest spot, with the most humidity for your plants.
Winter is the resting period for your plants. You generally do not need to fertilize plants in the winter. Water the plants just enough to keep them moist. They won’t need as much water as in the growing season.
If you follow these instructions when you move plants indoors, you should find that your plants are bursting to get back outdoors come springtime. Again, consider transitioning them back outdoors when you are ready. At All Oregon Landscaping, we love sharing key gardening and landscaping information with our readers as a way to bridge the gap between client and business. We hope you found this post helpful, and if so you may be interested in our other winter landscaping posts:
We handle landscape design in Oregon including Portland, Vancouver, Lake Oswego, Beaverton, Hillsboro, West Linn, Tigard, Oregon City, Sherwood, Happy Valley, Gresham, and more. Call today if you’d like to talk to one of landscaping experts.
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Some joke that Oregon has only two seasons. Rainy season and construction season. Unfortunately, construction season, AKA summer, is officially coming to an end. Fortunately, we have some landscape ideas for using your yard year-round. There are a lot of ways to get more of the outdoors in the rainy season. Here are our best landscape design ideas for this Oregonian predicament.
Awnings: In Portland, awnings mean more protection from the rain. Even Portland parks are starting to see the benefits of having an outdoor retreat that is dry. Some of our newest parks contain state-of-the-art awnings. Your yard can have a stylish, streamlined awning too.
Fireplaces and Firepits: We’ve posted about building your own firepit in the past. Fireplaces and firepits create a gathering space as well as a heat source for drizzly Oregon nights.
Enclosures: There are a lot of well designed systems for partitioning part of your yard and actually creating a temporary enclosure to be protected from the elements. Lots of restaurants are now using them to have extra patio seating year-round. Why not adapt it for your home?
Outdoor Kitchens: Everyone loves to eat. Being able to BBQ year-round will ensure that you and your guests will enjoy your yard throughout the winter. If you build an awning over-top, you won’t even need to plan around the rain.
Lighting: This is probably the easiest and most important thing to change to get more use of your yard in the fall and winter. No one wants to make their way into a dark black hole; by adding lighting you can create a romantic and inviting atmosphere in your yard. Using LED lights will make it affordable and easy.
Combine any of the above to make a truly usable yard year-round.
If you want help with any landscape design ideas to help make your yard more usable in the winter, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We have experience with awnings, outdoor fireplaces, outdoor kitchens, enclosures, and outdoor lighting. We work throughout Portland, Vancouver and any surrounding areas including, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Gresham, Oregon City, West Linn, Sherwood, Gladstone, Milwaukee, Happy Valley, Lake Oswego, Tigard, and more. Let us know what you have in mind, and we’ll send a landscape designer out to ask questions get started on a quote!
Fall has officially hit in Oregon. Today is cool, cloudy, and we may even see some drizzle. Sigh. With summer fading fast, we put together our fall lawn care checklist for Oregonians along with some handy fall lawn maintenance tips. Tip One: You’ll want to complete this list by the end of October, so don’t slack off!
Seem like a lot of work? It is. If you would rather let someone else handle your fall lawn care checklist, don’t hesitate to call All Oregon Landscaping. We supply maintenance services all across the Portland and Vancouver area including Lake Oswego, Beaverton, Camas, Happy Valley, Oregon City, Hillsboro, West Linn, Gresham, Milwaukee, and the West Hills. We also provide a plethora of landscaping design services including custom concrete, outdoor lighting, intimate space design, outdoor kitchens, water features, irrigation systems and more. Contact us today to find out more about our services or for a free quote.
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Did you know that George Washington dreamed of having an extensive system of living fences and was one of the first Americans to try to propagate a living fence? Like so many of us, his various attempts were continually thwarted by deer! In honor of his idea, there is now a Honey Locust hedge at Mount Vernon. Traditionally, living fences have not been commonplace in the United States. This is curious considering their popularity throughout history in Europe, with the majority of the settlers in America having European decent. Nonetheless, living fences are becoming more and more popular in the United States as people shift their thinking into being eco-minded, even in their landscaping. There are a lot of benefits to designing, installing, and owning living fences, here are just a few.
Wondering what sort of plants you can use for a living fence? There are a lot of options. Apple and pear trees work well if you are looking for an additional food source. Trees and plants with pliable branches work the best. Considering Oregon’s perfect climate for filberts, hazelnut trees are another great option. Or consider red-twig or yellow-twig dogwood. Want flowers? Some good options might be Fothergilla, smoke bush or a Oregonian favorite, Oregon Grape.
As far as evergreens go, we like Japanese holly. And there is always sturdy old bamboo. For those with busy lives, bamboo is an elegant, sustainable solution. Bamboo is particularly low maintenance and one of the fastest growing plants in existence. With over 1,000 varieties, you can match your style and personality with a bamboo of your choice. If you want something a bit different, think about black bamboo.
For more resources on yard ideas and landscaping tips, follow-up this article with some of our other blog posts:
Want more ideas for living fences? Call All Oregon Landscaping to discuss how we can help you build a living fence where you need it most.
Bamboo Photo By François Obada (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC-BY-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons
Oregon Grape Photo By Tersk, Lauren (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Portland is known throughout the world as the City of Roses, so it’s no surprise that we have an abundance of streets, yards, and gardens lined and filled with an array of fascinating and gorgeous rose bushes. Portland became known as the City of Roses during the Lewis and Clark Exposition in 1905. During that time, over 20 miles of city streets were lined with the Madame Caroline Testout rose (pictured below). The name stuck. Considering so many Portlanders are growing roses, today we thought we’d share some tips on how to care for roses in the City or Roses.
Roses need about 1-2 inches of water per week. More is needed for container roses. When watering, avoid getting water directly onto leaves, buds, and blooms. If you stick your finger in the soil and it’s dry, you need to add water. If the soil feels muddy, you may be over-watering, cut back.
Feeding roses does not have to be tricky. Roses thrive most when fertilized a few times each season. If you think about it like rewarding the plant with extra food after successful growth bursts, you’ll get it right. We suggest after the bush first leafs out, then after each flush of fresh blooms for the rest of the season. Stop fertilizing around Labor Day, or 2 months before the first potential frost.
Mulching around rose beds is a great way to care for roses. It keeps soil moist, adds extra nutrients, and prevent weeds from surfacing. Generously spread 2-4 inches of mulch (organic preferred) over rose beds, leaving a small area around the base of the rose bush.
The biggest pests to roses in Portland are aphids. Aphids will suck the sap from the tender parts of your rose bush. If you find you have a problem with them, the best solution is to douse your roses in soap and water. This will also help to control mites. If you see other small bugs, just pluck them from the roses as you see them.
Don’t be afraid to prune, prune, prune! Generous pruning creates bigger plants with more flowers. For modern varieties, pruning keeps them flowering all season long. Established hybrid teas, floribundas, and grandiflores should be pruned in the early spring. Roses that bloom only once a year should be pruned right after flowering.
Want help with your unwieldy roses? All Oregon Landscaping can help care for roses and anything else you find hard to maintain in your landscape. We design, implement, and maintain landscapes throughout Portland and the surrounding areas. We work in Portland, Beaverton, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Oregon City, Gresham, Sherwood, Sellwood, Hillsboro, Tigard, and any other surrounding community. Call today to get started!
Photo by A. Barra (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons
Grass is often a mystery to many homeowners. While they can identify every tree in their yard, they very often have no clue what type of grass is growing. There is an art to growing grass successfully, and choosing the right grass has a lot to do with it. Across the country there are over 8 types of common grasses being grown in different regions.
The main types of grass can be categorized as either creeping or bunch grasses. Bunch grasses such as Fescue and Ryegrass spread from the crown of the plant. Mowing high protects the crown and ensures the life of the grass. Creeping grasses like Bluegrass, Bermuda and most warm-season grasses spread by above- or below-ground runners. Creeping varieties are more prone to problems with thatch. To read more about grass and thatch, check out our previous post:
In addition, cool season grasses grow in the northern United States, while warm season grasses are perfect in the southern United States. The following map is found on the Sports Turf Managers Association.
Perennial Ryegrass is the most widespread grass planted throughout Oregon. Although it has many upsides, its’ downsides are its susceptibility to certain diseases such as red thread, rust, and brown blight.
The transitional areas on the map can successfully grow either cool season or warm season grasses. All Oregon Landscaping usually recommends cool season grasses in a transitional area. They have a tendency to perform better overall in the transitional areas.
The team at All Oregon Landscaping are grass experts. It doesn’t matter what type of grass you have or want to have, All Oregon Landscaping can help you make an informed choice. Call us today with questions about grass, or to get a quote on your next landscaping project. We handle all sorts of landscaping projects from planting grass, to custom concrete and outdoor kitchens. We work throughout Portland, Oregon including Beaverton, Hillsboro, Wilsonville, Sherwood, Happy Valley, Oregon City, Lake Oswego, Gresham and any of the surrounding areas. Get in touch today!
Summer is officially in full swing, and in Oregon, this leaves many with mixed feelings regarding shade. With Oregon’s plethora of tall pines and big shade trees, some homeowners are left with more shade then they’d like. They often lament about having no idea what to plant or how to manage their wealth of shade. Others, find that the summer brings an unwelcome flood of sunlight to their landscape with no respite for plants or people attempting to enjoy their yard. Whether you have too much shade or not enough, there are plenty of ways to manage shade in your landscape design.
The Pacific Northwest is full of options when it comes to plants that thrive in the shade. Adding color is always a bonus, so here are our favorites for boosting color in the shade.
Creating shade can be accomplished in whatever way fits your specific tastes. Here are just a couple of the easiest options.
See more Pergola, Arbors, and Trellises.
Want to build a pergola? Need help planting just the right shade trees? Want to know what other plants to plant in complete shade? We’ve got your covered. All Oregon Landscaping is experienced in any type of sun or shade, and nothing makes us shy away from creating captivating landscape designs. View some of our past work in some of our previous blog posts:
Contact All Oregon Landscaping now to see our ideas for how to manage the shade in your landscape.
Helleborus flower by Jonathan Billinger [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Oak Tree By Fiona Storey [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Growing up, we had a variety of fruit trees in our yard. Our fruit tree orchard included apples, pears, apricots, and walnuts. I have many fond memories of running out back to find the best looking apple on the tree before school and collecting walnuts for homemade chocolate chip cookies. Fruit trees are a great addition to any landscape for a variety of reasons, and growing fruit trees in Oregon can be very fruitful (Ha! Sorry, I couldn’t help it).
A fruit tree bursting with cherries in Portland, Oregon.
Now that you have some great reasons to plant, I’ll suggest the best fruit trees to grow in Portland, Oregon, how to plant them, and when to expect to see the fruits of your labor (okay, okay, enough now – I know!).
The following fruits and nuts are perfect for growing in our rainy Portland climate.
Before you turn to the internet to buy your fruit trees, I suggest checking with your local nursery. They will have the best selection of fruit varieties that are the best suited to your climate. Plant your fruit trees as soon as possible in winter or early spring. Dig a hole approximately 2′ wide by 1.5′ deep. The uppermost roots should not be buried more than 2″ under the soil. Planting it too deep will suffocate the roots. When your fruit trees are sent to the nursery they have lost a big portion of their root system from being dug up. You will need to immediately prune the top of your tree by 1/4 or 1/2 of the top. This will balance out the root to top ratio, and the pruned trees will soon be larger and fuller than those that you don’t prune. Trust us!
Be sure to properly irrigate your young fruit trees. 3-5 gallons of water per tree each week should do the trick. Be careful not to over-water, it can quickly cause root and trunk rots. Now where to plant your fruit trees?
Apple tree blossoms will add a touch of beauty to any landscape design.
Just because commercial orchards place their fruit trees in tidy rows, does not mean you have to do that. Be creative and use the flowers and bright fruits to complement the rest of your landscape design. There are many ways to incorporate fruit trees into your landscape design such as; single specimen trees, espaliered against a wall or fence, as a fruiting hedge, shade trees, rows of windbreaks, around the outside of your landscape to define the limits. There are a few places not to plant trees. You never want to plant them over drains, too close to property lines, or over top walkways or patios. Overripe fruit has a tendency to stain and make a perfectly appealing walkway a mushy mess.
Make planting your fruit trees easy by letting All Oregon Landscaping do the planning for you. Elida Rivera has the experience, talent, and ability to help you create fruit orchards your friends and neighbors will be jealous of! Check out one of Elida’s landscape designs in our past post: Lake Oswego Landscape Design by Elida Rivera.
Call All Oregon Landscaping today to set up a consultation with Elida about your landscape ideas, fruit trees or not. Working with her is easy and fun.
Photo Apple Blossom by Rosser1954 (self-made – Roger Griffith) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Patio season is here. The sun is blazing (at least today), and everyone is ready to get outside, turn on the grill, and invite friends over. Well, that is…if you have a patio to host them. Patios are the best when it comes to outdoor entertaining. All Oregon Landscaping can help you design the best patio for both your yard and budget. We have worked on patios in small intimate spaces, as well as spacious outdoor kitchens. Whatever you need, All Oregon Landscaping can get the job done in time for you to really enjoy BBQ season in Oregon this summer.
Look no further for great patio designers. Our expert designers have the knowledge you need to turn your dull outdoor space into a vibrant patio at your home or restaurant.
View some of our previous work involving outdoor kitchens from the following posts:
No matter what your patio ideas entail, All Oregon Landscaping can help. We work all throughout the Portland area, including Lake Oswego, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Tualatin, West Linn, Sherwood, Oregon City, Happy Valley, Gresham, Vancouver, Camas, and more. Call today for a free quote on your patio design. Summer is here now, so don’t wait!
If you have one, now is the time to make sure your irrigation system is in working order for the summer. If you don’t have an irrigation system, now is the time to consider having All Oregon Landscaping install one for you. Regardless, now is the time to plan for those warm and dry summer months in Oregon and Washington. Considering how sporadic and unpredictable our weather can be, today we thought we’d give you some insight into the the benefits of having an irrigation system and what the most common concerns are with them. Everyone wants a great looking lawn, and today’s information will teach you how to take care of your lawn without wasting too much water and money. All Oregon Landscaping is happy to have a great relationship with both Rain Bird and Hunter Industries, leaders in the sprinkler system and water management industry. Their products have always provided the best solutions for any lawn watering issues.
Installing an irrigation system can be very beneficial to Oregon homeowners. The summer months are extremely dry and your lawn can suffer immensely if it gets too dry. A yard that gets too dry is much harder to correct than you might think, and it takes a lot more water! Besides costing more money, wasting extra water to repair your lawn is not very Earth friendly.
There are several things that can make your yard seem difficult to water or cause concern for customers.
Some of the most common concerns we hear from customers:
All of the above are real lawn irrigation issues and deserve to be addressed individually as they apply to your lawn. All Oregon Landscaping is proficient in all of the best ways to solve these problems and would love to show you exactly how to best utilize the settings on your irrigation system control panel. To make sure that you have the proper settings, controls and products for your yard this summer, trust the landscaping experts at All Oregon Landscaping. We can direct you to the best Rain Bird and Hunter Industries products for your lawn and show you the best way to keep your lawn green all year long.