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Going beyond builder-basic

There are a lot of “builder basic” landscapes in Vancouver, and landscaping is often one item that gets pushed further down the priority list, or even forgotten about entirely when building a new home.

Luckily, with our help, your new dream home can look like it from the outside, too.

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Sunbathing on the patio

Here’s an awesome example of how a landscaper can take a fine yard and turn it into something incredible. The first image here is the yard we started with.

As you can see, the redesign of this backyard not only made it a more practical space to entertain and relax in, but the clean lines of the patio make the area feel easily twice as large.

We were able to help the homeowner keep their personal style in the look of the space, and now this backyard can be shared even better with friends and family.

If you want to get a lot more out of your yard, or are just sick of that cookie cutter builder basic landscaping, give us a call and we can give you something you’ll love.

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Beautiful crocosmia for color

Tired of your yard looking drab in the heat of summer? Wishing your garden had more than browns and (hopefully) a few different green tones when the rains finally clear up and we can finally enjoy the sunshine?

Well, look no further than our good friend Crocosmia!

This colorful family of plants brings a wide variety of summer blooming, warm toned flowers with nice sharp lines. They’re pretty easygoing and can be utilized in a number of great spots in a planter bed or garden, whether they’re the star of the show or part of a supporting cast.

Once they are established, they are fairly drought resistant, and they even attract butterflies and hummingbirds, which is why you’ve probably seen multiple varieties of them all over town. 

If you’ve been convinced to try out the versatile and diverse family of beautiful flowers, give us a call and we can provide some locally sourced crocosmia to brighten up your summer!

Rain Bird HE-VAN Variable Arc Spray Nozzles: save some water and have a great lawn

Rain Bird makes almost all of the irrigation components we use day-to-day. These special nozzles are a fantastic option that we install in almost all of our new irrigation installs.

These nozzles are only a few cents more per head on a new installation system, but they provide up to 30% water savings!

The water savings alone set these nozzles ahead of other options– but the increase in performance is what should seal the deal for any homeowner looking to improve the efficiency and quality of their sprinkler system. The coverage offered by these nozzles allows you to have a healthier lawn with less water.

In a less even coverage system, some areas of the lawn would be forced to get too much water in order to ensure adequate water on otherwise under covered areas. With these heads, coverage is a breeze and grass looks fuller and more even-toned.

Replacing the nozzles on an existing system is typically in the $100-$200 range (including labor)– give us a call today and our technician can upgrade your system to an HE-VAN nozzle set.

 

Landscape professionals, and for good reason

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There are a lot of landscapers out there, from huge inter-state corporations to local outfits with just a truck and a mower. We’re somewhere in between, as we service Vancouver, Portland, and much of the surrounding area. Whether the company (or the project) is big or small, here are are a few questions we recommend you take into consideration before you hire a landscaper.

Will you offer me a detailed proposal or estimate for this work?

The goal here is simple. When you’re hiring a landscape company to work for you, the project they think they’re doing for you and the vision you have of it need to match up. This sounds like an obvious consideration, but look to the estimate they give you for guidance. Is it specific and clear on more than just the main components or distinct features of the project? The estimate is key, because it should reflect the project you’re actually looking to do, and it needs to be more than a laundry or checklist style document. It’s great that your landscaper remembered you wanted new grass but it’s much better when it has been planted in the right place.

Try to eliminate ambiguity and the potential for misunderstandings. For example, depending on where you live, a term as simple as mulch could mean any one of three things! We hear all of these here in the Vancouver area. Mulch could describe medium fir bark dust, leaf compost, or even grass clippings that haven’t been picked up for awhile.

There are many other factors in selecting a company to take on that landscape project. If you’re talking to multiple companies in order to find the right fit, any number of things could take precedence depending on your needs and preferences. Price and the value being offered by a company are really important for any project, but they cannot be your only considerations. Here are the three questions that many people just don’t ask often enough.

  1. Are you licensed and bonded?
  2. Are you insured?
  3. Are your employees covered by worker’s comp?

A lot of homeowners don’t know the burden of liability they could share in the event an accident happens on their property– if the landscaper you hire isn’t protecting their crews, properly licensed, bonded, and insured, your homeowner’s insurance could take the hit, or you could be sued. Not all landscapers understand that these are true costs of doing business, and they’re willing to take that risk at your (and their company’s) expense.

Make an educated choice and work with a company that chooses to invest in a reputation and proper practices. Whoever that may be, they’re more likely to bring those values to work.

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Looking for more information? The state of Oregon requires landscape contractors working in Oregon to be registered with them. Check out the OLCB here!

Spring is on the way!

The sun is starting to come out here in Vancouver, and our schedule is filling customers who want their homes and businesses cared for by the best landscapers in town. Last year saw a long, hot summer, so many of our clients are looking to get their grass installation and other landscape construction projects started now so they’ll look good all through 2016.

Fresh Dirt Clean Grass

Sod and Grass Installation in Vancouver

Our crews are excited to trade out their sweatshirts for sun-shaded safety glasses, and everyone at J’s is excited to show off some of our awesome projects this year. We’ll keep things fresh here on this blog, and hope you come back to check in on us.