A Nice Yard will Increase the Value of your Home

Only a few people know that yards have a very influential yet very frequently undervalued role in keeping the value of a house high. People spend a lot of time perfecting the interiors with expensive renovations, up to date furniture, and even energy efficient systems. While these all contribute to a home’s value it is important to note that what you do to your home outside is just as important as what you do inside. All Oregon Landscaping can help you evaluate your yard.

First of all, a very aesthetically pleasing yard means that you can catch the attention of the potential buyers even from afar. Imagine someone looking for a house and that person drives past your house. If you have a very attractive yard, the chances of that person stopping and getting out of the car to ask about the house is high, as opposed to a drab looking yard. It’s no coincidence that when you think of Lake Oswego, West Linn or Dunthorpe your mind is thinking about the front yard, this is the first impression that comes to mind. This concept is very simple: an attractive yard means more attention, and thus more impact on the market.

Of course, yard does not just mean the front yard. It also refers to the garden at the back of the house. Some people would find it more enticing to have their own little space at the back to relax, have a barbecue, or use as their little vegetable or herb garden. When you have a well groomed space at the back, it means there are a lot of possibilities or functions for the house rather than just a dwelling place. This is a surefire way for you to increase the value of your house.

The main key to a nice yard to increase the value of your property is good maintenance and a pleasing aesthetic quality to it. Have a vision on how you want it to look like. Do you want it to have a certain style that is congruent with the style of your home? Do you want to add some extras such as a pool, barbecue, or a mini organic garden? Do you want it to be grand looking with a fountain or several well manicured plants? Do you want your yard to evoke a certain emotion or character? These are just a few questions that you need to ask yourself in order for you to have direction for the look of your yard.

Ask professionals to help you out in determining the correct plan in fulfilling your dream yard for your home. All Oregon Landscaping is one of the major companies that can help you create a yard that will match what you envision and tie it all together with the right materials and the right plan in order to get the look that will undoubtedly increase the value of your home.

There is no doubt that working on having a home that has a lot of value to it will be beneficial in the future. Make sure that you have the right vision, plan, and materials. A nice yard is the key to having a great home!

The Pleasure of Cultivating Clematis

If you’re wondering about a good plant to add to your garden, then you might consider joining many gardeners around the world in cultivating Clematis. There are many reasons Clematis is a popular choice for gardens, but a few benefits of clematis stand out. The plant comes in many species, which makes it rather flexible when it comes to choices for sizes and colors. Clematis also is a climbing plant that can accommodate all sorts of landscapes.

Clematis comes in all types of colors and textures. Coming in dozens and dozens of species, whatever the landscape that you’re looking to enhance, Clematis can fit right in. One of the most famous variants of Clematis has long petals, often purple, but easily other popular colors like yellow or white. This flexibility in aesthetics makes this flower a popular choice to decorate your gardens or even more open areas around a building.

Often this plant species is chosen instead of ivy, whose roots can make its way into the infrastructure of the face of a building and gradually destroying it. In addition to climbing structures, clematis can climb trees, of course, but can also grow on and through other plants. This makes clematis one of the most flexible plants in terms of placement in a garden. Growing this way in mass makes for the possibility of immense, dramatic clusters of Clematis.

Cultivating Clematis

And that should do it for some of the reasons for cultivating Clematis. Covering a wide span of species, clematis comes in all shapes and sizes. Significantly, Clematis is a climbing plant, and this aspect of the variety also makes it a prized denizen in gardens around the world. Now get out there and start growing.

If you have interest in learning more about this flower, please contact us. Cultivating Clematis might seem like hard work but that is far from the truth.  We are always interested in learning about your upcoming projects.

Benefits of LED Lights

Whether you’re extremely energy efficient or simply want to save a bit of money, LED products can be a great way for you and your family to save money and help the environment as well. In fact, researchers believe that LED lighting will one day replace incandescent lights not only in businesses but in homes too. But, what makes LED lights so wonderful? Well, in this article, we’ll discuss five benefits of using LED lights. Are you ready? Let’s get started.

1.  LED lights are solid and efficient. They have many styles and are very aesthetically pleasing. The new systems come in 12 or 24 volt configurations.  The new 24 volt systems utilize the advantages of line voltage systems with the ease and safety of a low voltage system.

2.  LED lights use less power. Yes, this is true. When LED lights are properly designed, they are 60% more efficient than incandescent bulbs. In fact, if you were to use a 100-watt bulb for about a year then you would about $90 on electricity and out of this only $70 would have been used to light the room and the other $20 would have been lost. However, if you switched to an LED light, then your overall cost would be $70.00 and all this would have been used to light the room.  So in essence you save over $20 by simply switching to LED lights.

3.  LED lights last a very long time. Typically incandescent lights stop working when the filament stops working. However, LED lights fade gradually and they tend to remain over 65% longer than incandescent bulbs. In addition, these bulbs typically last about 40,000 hours whereas incandescent bulbs last about 9000 hours.

4.  Energy qualified LED lights have better color. These conventional light sources light up immediately and you don’t have to wait. In addition, they do not flicker when they are turned off.

5.  LED lights are an overall better value.  LED lights cost more initially but are worth it. You see, these lights cost a bit more initially however, they last 10 times longer and are extremely durable. For instance, these light are not easily broken like the incandescent ones. In addition, they do not get as hot and they don’t contain mercury.

In conclusion, LED lights are solid lights that have a lot of great things to offer budget and environment conscious consumers. Not only are they solid and efficient but also, they use less power and last a long time. In addition, they have better color and are an overall better value. By using these types of lights, you will save yourself money and preserve energy – now what could be better than that?

Landscape Designers or Landscape Architects

Are you looking to improve the overall look of your yard? If so, you could be confused as to the people you will need to execute the vision you have. Upon doing your research you’re probably coming across two different types of landscape professionals. Those types are landscape designers or landscape architects. It is commonly thought that these two fields are the same, but in actuality they are different. Yes their jobs both have to deal with landscapes and the construction of them, but they both have different roles in the process and have experience in different aspects of the field. Let’s take a look at some of the basics that the differences between them entail.

First let’s take a look at landscape architects. Architects will look at things much more from a conceptual point of view. What we mean by that is that in order to be an official and licensed landscape architect you must have some form of formal college education. There are actual degrees that specialize in landscape architecture and these professionals will not have as much hands-on experience as a landscape designer would. Landscape architects will essentially come up with the conceptual design for the project and probably even plan a project for you, but it will be designers and other landscape professionals that will do the actual work. They will charge fees for doing the conceptual design for you and will then have to hire outside contractors to get the design built.

Landscape designers have a more functional type of experience when it comes to landscape design. These professionals will have an intimate knowledge of everything that goes into making a landscape functional and beautiful. Landscape designers also have formal educations such as Landscape Management and Horticulture. While they may or may not have some architectural experience they will always have the hands-on experience needed to make your designs come to life.

Those were just the basics of the differences between architectures and designers when it comes to landscape professionals. The good thing about working with All Oregon Landscaping is the fact that we are able to design and build landscapes with our own team members. From the consulting, to the design, to the layout, and to actually building your landscape we can do it all here at All Oregon Landscaping. The benefits to our customers are obvious, and the savings in cost is a big benefit as well.

If you want to explore your landscape options further call us to set up a no cost consultation with one of our landscape designers.

Choosing a Reputable Landscape Design Firm

Are you looking to complete a landscape design project for your home? If so, make sure you choose a reputable landscape design firm.  You are probably finding that there are many landscape design firms to choose from in your local area.  Just like most industries, you will quickly find out that no two landscape design firms are the same. This is why you want to be sure that you have certain criteria that you are looking for in the designer you choose. This criteria can serve as a way to narrow down your potential suitors as your research into your different options moves along. If you have never been through this process before please do not worry as we will take you through the basics in the rest of this piece. At All Oregon Landscaping we take pride in educating our customers and potential customers about all aspects of the landscaping business and realize that choosing a designer is essential for a customer as any level.

The first thing you will want to be sure of is that your landscape design firm is fully licensed and insured. For instance, All Oregon is fully licensed and insured in both Oregon and Washington to be involved in the different aspects of landscaping we provide services in. There are some companies that choose not to get licensed for whatever reason. This puts you at immediate risk if you ever hire such a company because they could put you at a risk of liability in the process. Different states have different criteria for licensure, but any reputable company should be licensed and insured just as All Oregon is. You will want to check with the Better Business Bureau.

Make sure the quote you are getting for a specific job is accurate. Have you ever gotten an attractive quote for a job only in the end to realize you have paid a lot more than you expected? This is because the quote you received was just that, a quote, and not a firm proposal. All Oregon gives you a detailed quote that covers all of your charges from top to bottom. If you feel uneasy about a quote you are given then you should immediately bring that up with the company. Any company that balks at signing such agreement with you agreeing on the costs is one you should be wary of as well.

This next one is a big one. Will the company you are considering let you talk to other clients they have had in the past? At All Oregon we strongly urge you to talk to our past clients and we even encourage it. A company should be proud of their company and the work they have done and should be chomping at the bit to show off all of the projects they have completed. If a company restricts you from talking to their past customers, that many be indicative to the type of business they are running and is one you likely want no part of dealing with.