Category Archives: Dog and Cat Friendly Gardens

Portland Landscape Design Remodel

Lynda and Michael live in a sweet old Northeast Portland Grant Neighborhood House.  It’s a classic with a big front porch and several mature large trees including an amazing 40′ tall Japanese Maple.   They raised their kids and more … Continue reading

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Lawn Do Over for Portland Landscapes

This is the year for rethinking the lawn. As a Portland landscape designer many of my new clients want to make big changes in their landscapes.  I am recommending clients replace their old lawns with new and improved grass varieties. … Continue reading

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Big Ideas, Small Backyard

I met this happy couple at the Yard Garden & Patio show.  They had the best little puzzle for me to work on.  They had a small landscape and a small back porch.  They needed it to expand somehow to … Continue reading

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Dog friendly shade trees for small yards

It’s hot and dogs are smart.  They want shade and we can provide it or be warned, they may figure out something on their own.  A lot of dogs left to their own devices in a treeless yard will dig … Continue reading

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Planters Are a Designer’s Best Friend

I use large built in planters to solve a variety of landscape problems and here are 5 of my favorites. The Hendrickson planter is about creating privacy for the living room window.  Their Willamette Heights house is 12 feet from … Continue reading

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Hardscape Design Transforms A Gardeners Landscape

Garden Consultation – Margaret hired me as a garden coach.  We worked together for several years. Her property in Lake Oswego has typical problems; clay soil, greedy tree roots, soggy lawn with moss and drainage problems.  But in my mind, … Continue reading

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My Top 5 Stepable Plants for Paths

I pick plants for my clients very carefully and especially stepable plants for growing between flagstone.   There are so many plants called stepables and it is easy to select the wrong one, a plant that will cause problems. Most … Continue reading

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True Low Maintenance Landscape Uses Synthetic Lawn

Save Time and Money by Installing Synthetic Lawn The synthetic lawn and Landscape Design in a Day was a retirement gift Bob and Norma gave to themselves.  They were so sure about synthetic lawn they had already purchased it. From … Continue reading

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Back yard make over for the love of the dog

  Peanut was the only one using this back yard.     My client Susan wanted the back yard to be private, very simple and wanted to solve problems such as where to put her bikes, hide the garbage cans … Continue reading

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Mushroom Season Dangerous to Dogs

Mushroom season dangerous to dogs. While walking with a friend and her dog in late November we noticed a miniature forest of mushrooms under a large tree right next to a dog park.  My advice is to presume they are … Continue reading

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