Decorative Concrete Patio

We completed this decorative stamped and colored concrete patio for repeat customers in Poulsbo.  Though they had the final approval on the colors we used, we had a fun time selecting the color combinations for the ‘Roman Slate’ stamped body and ‘Random Stone’ stamped border.  A fan on Facebook remarked: “It looks like a piece of art!”  Not to toot our own horn or anything, but we have to admit, we agree.

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Elias uses a bull float to finish the concrete before it’s stamped.

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The stamped concrete patio is being washed to prepare for the application of color.

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Andres puts the final touches of color on the patio.

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Hostas vs Slugs Pt 1

Last year we created garden beds at the entrance of our home.  It was about time; before doing so, you would have never guessed that landscapers lived here!  Thanks to a very large maple tree, the area gets a ton of shade, and so we planted a variety of hostas among other shade loving plants like Aucuba japonica, Rhododendron eximium, and Dicentra spectabilis.

Our hostas began to push out of the ground a few weeks ago, and while none of them have totally leafed out, a few already wear the signs of slug damage.  One must be vigilant when protecting her hostas from slugs!  And I am determined to win this battle.  After all, this is what I want to see…

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photo courtesy Fransen Hostas

Not this.

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photo courtesy Missouri Botanical Garden

So what to do?  After searching on youtube for answers, I found a woman espousing her technique of combining ammonia and water to use on her hostas.  She claims that the concoction – 1 part ammonia to 4 parts water – when poured directly onto her hostas as they shoot out of the ground, will kill slug eggs at the base of the plant and prevent slugs from eating the hosta’s foliage.  Watch the video here.

Once her hostas have totally leafed out, she continues to use the concoction, though reduces the amount of ammonia by 10%.  With all the rain we get here, I may be out in the garden a few times a week to tend to my hostas.  Between this new trick and Sluggo, I aim to win.  Stay tuned to find out.

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Bloedel Reserve’s Annual Plant Sale

Colby and I walked the grounds at the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island for the first time last summer, and we loved it the moment we set forth on the trail.  The Bloedel Reserve is 150 acres of forested and landscaped goodness, and simply being there melts stress away.  So when we heard about their annual plant sale, we knew we couldn’t miss it.  As landscapers, of course we wanted to check out what unusual flora the 12 featured Northwest growers had to offer!

We were greeted by this striking owl with marble-like eyes at the West Sound Wildlife Shelter table.  You know you’re in for a wonderful experience when the adventure begins with seeing an owl.

owl at the Bloedel Reserve

This was the first plant to catch my eye: Impatiens omeiana.  I found it on the table belonging to Dragonfly Farms Nursery located in Kingston.  Beautiful, no doubt.  But at $24.00 I had to keep on moving.  Had I known about its exotic flower at the time, I may have said yes.

shade garden plant

One feels almost silly to purchase ferns in this part of the world, where they grow naturally in abundance.  But just look at these!  These Deer Ferns came home with us.

deer fern

Here’s what we left with, $200 later, all of which went to a great cause: fundraising for the Bloedel Reserve’s plant budget.  The plant I’m most excited about adding to our woodland beds is Gunnera tinctoria aka Dinosaur food!

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Attendees of the sale have full access to the grounds.  We were too cold and damp to take advantage, but we stopped to check out the mondo grass border near the Japanese garden.

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All in all, an A+ experience which just may turn into a tradition for us.  Supporting a great cause by way of plant retail therapy?  It’s a no brainer.

Thanks for reading our blog.  Northwest Construction & Landscape, LLC is a Kitsap County landscaping company that offers landscaping, decorative concrete and lawn maintenance services to homes and businesses across Kitsap and Pierce counties.