Front Yard Transformation

We headed all the way out to Steilacoom for this project.  The homeowners were such a pleasure to work for that we didn’t at all mind the extra commute!  An added bonus was getting the opportunity to learn about and work with different vendors in that area.

The talented Emily Russell ASLA designed this lawnless landscape, creating an additional parking area along with pathways for the homeowners to easily move through their front yard space.  Her plan originally called for pavers, but with concrete being a much less costly alternative, the homeowners opted for London Cobblestone stamped concrete instead.

Take a look at the progression of this lawn free landscaping project:

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Before shot

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Existing grass and an exposed aggregate concrete walkway and step were removed.

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Topsoil and decorative rocks were installed for the creation of landscape beds, bordered with forms for concrete installation.

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Plantings included Miscanthus ‘Morning Light,’ Mexican Feather Grass, Mondo Grass and more…

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Integral coloring was used for this concrete installation which was done in two separate pours.

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London Cobblestone stamped concrete before it was antiqued and sealed.

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After shot. A total front yard landscape transformation!

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Wreath Workshop

Create your own basket or wreath at The Brothers Greenhouses Evergreen Basket/ Wreath Workshop on Nov 23rd from 10am – noon.  Cost is $50.00 and includes supplies.

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Located at 3200 Victory Dr SW in Port Orchard, The Brothers Greenhouses is an independent nursery whose plants are, remarkably, grown from seed or cuttings.

Mark your calendars for their Christmas Season Sedum Workshop on December 14th!

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.

Hints of Winter

The trees are barely hanging on to their leaves thanks to our recent wild and windy weather!  Perennials have yellowed, ready to be cut back, while evergreens show off their steadfast and enduring beauty.

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All signs are pointing towards winter, yet there’s still work to be done to give your landscape the best possible start come spring.

Here’s a quick and handy, though incomplete, to-do list:

  1. Finish planting tulips and other hardy spring bulbs.
  2. Remove fallen leaves from lawn areas.  Thick layers of matted leaves will block sunlight and potentially smother your lawn, especially when they’re wet.
  3. Consider leaving a light sprinkling of leaves or even mowing over the leaves on your lawn, to create a light layer of mulch that will easily decompose, adding nutrients and improving your soil.  Another option is to apply a winterizer fertilizer, the most important fertilizer application of the year.
  4. Blow-out your irrigation system of remaining water to prevent pipes and components from cracking.
  5. Clean drainage ditches and repair if necessary.
  6. Drain, clean, and store garden hoses.

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Waterfront Landscape Installation

Working on this waterfront landscape installation in Seabeck offered us a stunning view of the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. The homeowners planned a massive renovation of their home and lot, tackling an extensive remodeling project and new landscape at the same time. If the view looks familiar, it’s the same mountainscape featured in this landscape installation we completed earlier this year.

Designed by the talented Emily Russell, ASLA, this project features a flagstone patio with a natural stone seating area, stone steps, raised beds, and a new lawn from hydroseed. Invasive species were removed, and native plants such as Oregon grape, salal, and beach strawberry groundcover were planted.

A key feature of this project is a rain garden which acts as a filter to mitigate stormwater runoff before it reaches the Puget Sound, thanks to Christy Christensen of C3 Habitat Corp. who provided her expertise and guidance.

Below are progress photos which document the approach we took to this waterfront landscape installation.

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All existing lawn and plant material were removed. It’s pretty amazing to see the transformation that occurs when all that is left is bare dirt.

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Once we had a clean slate to work with, Vern’s Organic Topsoil was delivered and spread. In our opinion, Vern’s is the best topsoil in the area. It’s full of nutrients and is regularly tested to ensure that it meets the requirements for Grade A organic topsoil.

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Decorative placement rocks were installed in the large bed that conjoined the deck, along with rock steps. Sedum ‘Angelina’ was planted, along with woolly thyme and blue oat grass.

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A flagstone patio was installed with decorative placement rocks that act as seating. Finding favorable rock material is a task that requires time and a good amount of patience. Sometimes the best rocks are at the bottom of the pile!

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The rain garden was installed along the retaining wall on the right. Hydroseed was sprayed for a new lawn.

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One month later, a lush new lawn had grown in thanks to Hoyt’s Hydroseeding.

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The homeowners were thrilled with both Emily Russell’s design and the outcome after installation. We very much enjoyed working on this waterfront landscape installation, a true collaboration between all involved.

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