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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!

Pacific Northwest Crane fly

This is the best time of year to have your yard checked for crane fly. Yards with wet spots or many low points are particularly susceptible to this insect.

A crane fly infestation may be not totally evident at this time of the year, but over the course of the growing season, they can do a lot of damage to an untreated yard. Treatments and awareness of the presence of crane fly larvae in the late winter is the most effective preventive measure. They’re closer to the surface in this weather, ready to eat away the root systems of your grass, leading to patchy spots and dying grass.

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Photo source: http://www.washingtontreeservice.com/blog/

Crane fly is one of the more common pest problems that afflicts Vancouver landscapes. Many of our customers will request several control applications during the course of the year, and our crews can apply it during their routine landscaping service.

Whether you’re one of our landscape maintenance customers, or just a Vancouver and Portland metro area homeowner looking to preserve the health of their grass, make sure your yard is not already home to these unwelcome visitors.

We had an unusually hot, long summer here in the Pacific Northwest last year– don’t subject your grass to any extra stress by making sure it won’t fall victim to a pest problem just when it’s finally beginning to grow again. Whether it’s crane fly treatment, winter fertilizer, or just the expert attention of a professional landscaper, your yard will thank you for going with J’s Custom Landscaping. Give us a call and we can get your yard the care it needs in all seasons.