Irrigation Blowout

The leaves may have only begun to turn in color, yet frost is on its way and it’s time to schedule an irrigation blowout!

While our winters are typically mild, we often experience cold weather conditions marked by below freezing temperatures. During periods of freezing weather, frost penetrates the soil, compromising your irrigation system’s pipes and components. If water remains in the system, pipes and parts will expand and crack.

Before the first freeze, we highly recommend blowing out your irrigation system to prevent costly repairs next year.  This should be done every fall to protect your investment.

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Prices are determined by the number of zones (or stations) in your system.

Call us at 360-697-3215 or 253-530-0788 or email info@northwestcl.com or fill out this form to schedule your irrigation blowout.

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.

Our story in the Kitsap Sun

Every person, every place, every business has a story. We haven’t yet shared our story in writing, in part because it’s still unfolding. As we approach the ten-year mark of our doors being open for business, it’s time for us to look back, look inward, and do the work of crafting our story.

Colby & Meeshka Brand in the Kitsap Sun

We started this company in October of 2009, when the recession was in full swing. We didn’t know it at the time, but hindsight has shown us that it was a brilliant time to start a business. Colby recently had the opportunity to talk with the Kitsap Sun about the challenges and lessons learned from this endeavor.

His video interview is featured in the online version of this article.

We’re incredibly honored that Colby had the opportunity to contribute to this timely conversation. This experience is the motivation we needed to think about our story and just how important it is to where we’re headed. All good stuff.

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Elite Crete Interior Concrete

It’s been a very, very busy 3 months since our last blog post in July. On a personal level, we’re moving house! We’re feeling stretched to the max, getting our new space ready while still minding the details involved with taking care of our clients, yet we’re incredibly grateful for the possibilities that lie ahead.

So what have we been up to?

Remodeling our new home has given us the opportunity to try our hand at interior concrete, working with a product manufactured by Elite Crete Systems. Colby’s been eager to learn interior flooring first-hand after seeing it when he attended World of Concrete, an industry event dedicated to all things concrete.

Gray Elite Crete interior concrete floor

Interior concrete flooring w/ Elite Crete. Colors used were Charcoal Pearl over a Light Gray base, with Titanium accent.


He installed this product in three different rooms, getting better and gaining confidence each time. Next up is the floor of our office, and it will be the biggest floor that we’ve tackled yet.

We hope to offer this interior concrete service and product to customers in the future. Progress photos of the concrete floor in our office soon to come… watch this space!

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Brown Spots in Lawn

new lawn no brown spots

This is what a brand new lawn looks like from hydroseed. To keep a lawn looking this good, what’s required is: healthy soil, good drainage, consistent mowing, consistent watering especially during drought periods, fertilizer 3-4X per year, and sunlight.

Wondering what’s up with the brown spots in your lawn?

Even if your lawn has irrigation, it’s common to see brown spots this time of year. They occur for a number of reasons. Here are some examples we’ve encountered at maintenance clients’ sites over these hot and dry summer months:

  • An irrigation head is watering an area covered in thatch, and as a result, water doesn’t absorb into the soil.
  • The irrigation system was mapped in such a way that coverage is low in areas that are now brown.
  • The nozzle shoots water out too far and lawn areas closest to the head aren’t being hit.
  • The nozzle is clogged or a head is misaligned.
  • The lawn is on a slope and water drains too quickly.
  • Droppings from nearby trees create acidic conditions in the soil, causing the lawn to brown.
  • If a lawn is over a drain field, there may be too much sand in the soil causing water to drain too quickly.

Some solutions to fix the brown spots in your lawn are easier and less costly than others. Give us a call or send us an email for an estimate to rehabilitate your lawn.

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Our Backyard Refuge

Colby and I have been living in our home together since fall of 2010, about a year before we got married. It’s almost embarrassing to admit that we – two people who own a landscaping company – just finished landscaping around our home last month. I use the word “finished” loosely, because concrete forms and rebar lay where a concrete patio will one day be poured. We’re working on two concrete projects as I write this, and, as always, those come first!

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Dicentra spectabilis aka Bleeding heart was the first plant I ever fell in love with in our own garden.

It’s without exaggeration that I say the experience of having a landscape has transformed my life. If the day starts to feel too demanding, I step outside to listen to the sound of our water feature and watch as birds fly from surrounding alder trees onto our emerging lawn to nibble on grass seed. I take note of how much my Gunnera has grown from the day before (not much), and look for signs of pink buds on my Weigela (yes, they’re there!). Without a doubt, it’s therapy and a refuge from the stresses of life.

our backyard refuge

Birds love to bathe in our water feature. And we love to watch as they dunk and shake!

This is our trade, so naturally I can’t help but reflect on some things that I’ve known for some time, but have now had the chance to observe in our own landscape.

  1. Birds love grass seed, and they will invite all their friends to the party on a new lawn. After hydroseed is sprayed or a lawn renovation has been done, a reserve of grass seed is necessary to have on hand. There are a lot of grass seeds on the market. For our region, it’s best to go with a blend that’s 70% perennial ryegrass, 30% fescue.
  2. Features can – and ideally, will – perform multiple functions. Large, decorative boulders anchor the soil of our raised beds in place, function as a border between our water feature and patio, and offer a place to sit. And they look good, too.
  3. A garden is never done. We planted the beds around our entry a few years ago, and last month I edited out a few shrubs that were intentionally planted too closely together. I also swapped out a trio of Hostas for one Daphne. We plant lovers change our minds about what we want in a certain spot, and why not?
  4. Harmony achieved through foliage color is soothing to the eye and the senses, and can be more gratifying than interesting blooms. Seeing the combination of chartreuse, deep green and blue brings me inner peace. Dramatic, yes, but true!
  5. Nature creates conditions that we constantly have to work against. Here, specifically, I’m talking about the algae that’s forming on the rocks of our water feature. We’ll go with an environmentally friendly solution so that we can continue to feel good about the birds bathing in it along with the frogs that keep me up at night!
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Sambucus nigra ‘Eva’ aka Black Lace elderberry is a stunner. Here in our front yard bed, it’s planted with Sorbaria sorbifolia ‘Sem’ aka False spirea.

Considering all the beauty and moments of delight our landscape has brought to us, I can’t believe we waited this long to give ourselves the gift that we give to our clients. We’ve always put everyone else’s landscaping needs before our own! One thing is for certain, when we finally leave this home, I won’t make this mistake again. In fact, I’ve already started a list of trees and plants that I want planted in my next garden.

Are you in the planning stages of your dream landscape? Call our office at 360-697-3215 or send an email to info@northwestcl.com to set up an appointment to meet with an estimator.

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