Once the landscape design and plant material has been chosen, the next step is construction. The construction process is a critical step and will determine the success of the project. We are bonded, insured and licensed by the Oregon Landscape Contractors Board. We are committed to installing a landscape that will last without having call backs to fix mistakes.
Grading of the site is important. When the terrain is not suitable for the activities planned, grading must be done. Grading is done for better drainage, earth berms, ponds, patios and paths. Proper slopes must be completed for the activity performed in the landscape.
Rocks, boulders and natural outcroppings are valuable additions to the landscape. Proper placement insures they are stable and look natural. Time and care must be taken so they do not look like they have been dumped off the back of a pickup truck.
We are certified by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute for concrete paver and permeable interlocking concrete pavement. (Currently, we have the only certified iinstaller in Central Oregon for permeable pavers). Our paver installations exceed industry established guidelines. To accomplish this, we do not cut expenses to install the proper base materials at the correct thickness. The right paver pattern, compaction, joint filling, and edge restraints are used to eliminate failure of the installation. Pavers do not fail; it is a poor installation job that causes paver installation to look bad. Visit www.icpi.org for more information.
We also construct retaining walls (flower beds, planter walls, sidewalk and driveway accents) and structural walls for grade separation. We have been certified for segmented wall installation by the National Concrete Masonry Association. What this means is we provide the correct structural elements that retains dirt and prevents lateral movement or overturning of the wall. The height of the wall, the grading, backfill, geotextiles and geogrids and materials are all important construction issues that need to be addressed for a successful installation. Visit www.ncma.org for more information. Our clients receive a lifetime guarantee on the installation of pavers and segmented retaining walls.
We will build ponds. Before construction begins a set of plans and specifications should be prepared. The plans should show all elevations and dimensions of the pond and emergency spillway, areas requiring backfill, and the location, dimensions, and elevations of the principal spillway, bank contours, and other structures.
In addition to hardscape installations, we design and build objects of interest and practicality for the yard. This can be raised garden beds, pergolas, arbors, trellises, structures for shade sails, etc. Let your imagination go wild. We tell our clients that if they dream it, we will build it. Construction can be done with a variety of materials like wood, concrete, or metal.
Lighting is another construction component we provide. Low voltage and LED lighting is a great way to accent your new landscape without polluting the night sky and spending a fortune on electricity.
With our extreme temperatures and short growing season in Central Oregon, planting the right plant in the right place, at the right time is important. We grow some of our own stock or purchase our plant materials from local nurseries. By using locally grown plant material, we are buying nursery stock that is proven to be hardy for Central Oregon and will survive our climate. Buying local supports our friends and neighbors and our economy. It also conserves energy with reduced transportation costs. The Oregon State University Extension Service for Deschutes County has excellent publications for plants that grow in Central Oregon. Visit their web site at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/deschutes/horticulture.