Landscaping Portland OR
Landscapes that require minimum time and money to maintain require thoughtful planning and installation. Invest early in planning and structures, and you'll pay (and work) less later. Choose structures, plants, ground-coverings, and systems that will help to reduce watering, weeding, trimming, painting, and mowing.
Tools and Materials
- Paper and pencil
- Reference books on landscape plants and projects
Consider your available time. Determine how much time you spend maintaining your yard at different times of the year. Consider mowing, planting, pruning, weeding, watering, raking, snow shoveling, and other seasonal chores. What do you want to change?
List your needs. How do you plan to use your yard-for barbecuing, vegetable or flower gardening, kids' play activities, or simply viewing from the windows? Various activities require different ground surfaces, structures, or plantings.
Assess your landscape. Make a rough map and list of existing features, such as fences, trees and shrubs, buildings, and paved surfaces. Note problem areas, such as poor views, noise, lack of privacy, steep slopes, or places where plants grow poorly or water accumulates.
Choose timesaving systems and surfaces. Consider lower-maintenance alternatives to solve landscape problems, such as an automatic irrigation system for watering the lawn and garden; a deck, paved patio, or ground-covering plants instead of a mowed lawn; and a fence or vine-covered trellis instead of a clipped hedge. Choose brick or stone instead of wood surfaces to eliminate painting chores. Group shrubs and trees into mulched beds to reduce mowing, trimming, and watering. Mulch gardens to prevent weeds.
Select low-maintenance plants. Choose only plants that fit the space available. We all tend to underestimate how quickly and how large a small nursery plant will become. To reduce planting time, plant flowering shrubs or perennial plants that grow back each year instead of annuals that only last one season. Pick plants that thrive in your soil, sun, and climate.
Plant perennials that die to the ground in autumn, instead of shrubs, in places where snow accumulates or slides off the roof.
Choose plants with features that look good in more than one season, such as flowers in spring, handsome leaf color in fall, and attractive bark in winter.
Reduce or eliminate your lawn. If you have children or enjoy lawn games, about 600 square feet of turf is usually sufficient.
Photography by Suzanne DeJohn/National Gardening Association
Dates: 8/22/2013 - 8/24/2013
Location: Oregon Convention Center
7777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
The Farwest Show offers many opportunities to expand your contact base and reconnect with past customers.Plus - you get to mix business and pleasure when you come to Portland. Known as a foodie's paradise, it is centrally located for short drive to wine country, hiking on Mt. Hood and Oregon's stunning coast line.One of the best values in the industry, the Farwest Show remains committed to providing a lot of marketing opportunity for a lower price tag than many shows.The Farwest Show, held in August, is a premier nursery industry trade show. It's the place industry professionals go to look, see, touch and buy while taking advantage of networking and educational opportunities. Fifty percent of exhibiting companies are wholesale nurseries - more green goods exhibitors than any other show in North America and 31% of attendees are independent garden centers.This show is made up of four distinct branches: nursery tours, seminars, exhibit floor features and exhibits. Nursery tours give buyers an opportunity to go behind the scenes to see world class growing facilities, while seminars offer continuing education to keep up-to-date on retail and production trends. The exhibit floor features include the New Varieties Showcase, New Product Showcase and Garden Center Pavilion.The Farwest Show, now going into its 41st consecutive year, is proudly produced by the Oregon Association of Nurseries. This dynamic organization represents more than 1,300 growers, retailers, landscapers and suppliers and other green industry professionals around the world.Not sure if you want to exhibit at or attend the Farwest Show 2013? See the panels below to get the information you need to make an informed decision.