Saturday, February 28, 2009

More Home & Yard Show

The last couple of days of the Spokane Home & Yard show was a little slow. We have some good leads for Cascading Creations and GardenStone Creations. We are hoping That this weekend will really pick up. With the weather in the forecast, we should have a good crowd today and Sunday.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Spokane Home & Yard Show

We spent the whole day setting up the Stimson Contracting - Cascading Creations and GardenStone Creations display at the Spokane Home & Yard show for 2009. The Stimson Contracting Team was excellent and Trevor and I pitched in the best we could......We should be done with our display on Wednesday the 25th. We should be ready for the Big Show on Thursday the 26th-Sunday March 1st.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Three Artsy Landscaping Tips

We’re practical folks, but we like to think we have an eye for beauty. Working as Spokane landscaping contractors we’ve certainly gotten our fair share of landscaping testimonials, so I think we can share three simple tips about the composition of your outdoor space. Mind you, anything you go with has to butt up against cold reality. Landscaping and hardscaping jobs need proper drainage and well-constructed features. We’ve got a Spokane area landscaping materials yard for those of you who want to do it yourself, but if your job is ambitious, remember that you can always give us a call.

Anyway, here are the tips!

Anticipate Use

It’s a no brainer: If you want a landscape to work, you need to think of how people will interact with it. You see problems all the time in places like shopping malls and public parks, where the designers didn’t really think of how people would react to the space once it was dressed with furniture, or where people would actually tend to cluster. That’s why, for instance, you have mall areas that attract teenage skateboarders instead of shoppers, or bottlenecks created by people sitting on retaining walls just off of a thoroughfare. (Hint: People always sit on retaining walls!) The best way to figure this out is to tour the space yourself. Try laying out some furniture and boxes to get a rough ides of where people will go in the finished space.

Vary Color, Shape and Texture

Even if you’re dead set on a huge, flat, brick patio you should change up the color, shape and texture in the area. There needs to be something interesting to set your eyes anywhere you look, and a perfectly even slab of bricks gets tired really fast. As you can see from our concrete hardscapes we switch up the look a bit even in very large spaces. It doesn’t matter so much in areas you’re going to dress with furniture, but make sure to spruce up edges with different colors, moving from smooth to rough textures, and laying things out without relying exclusively on straight lines. We like the natural look, so make sure any hardscaped elements fit the surrounding softscape’s contours.

Define Level and Height

Rolling hills look great on postcards, but up close, they’re not so exciting – your yard may have just half a hill and all it does is make it hard to set down a picnic table. That’s where softscapes held by retaining walls come in. These let you sculpt the space into definite levels that can be flat enough to be functional as garden space, patio space or anything else you want. Once you have these, adding gentle sloping back is just a matter of moving dirt. We’re not totally anti-hillock, but make sure you treat it as something you can control, instead of working around for less than ideal results. If your space is flat, add levels, either by moving earth or by using stone and brick walls. This makes the space more intimate and interesting.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Spokane! Gaze Upon Our Mighty Landscaping Machines!

Like most guys, one of my goals in life has been to command a giant robot and use it to cut a swath of mechanized destruction across the land, but unlike them, I actually got my wish. That’s the great thing about landscaping. This time around I’d like to show you all the cool stuff that, as Spokane landscaping contractors, we’re lucky enough to be able to drive around.

Our workhorse is the John Deere 35D. There’s not much that can match it for versatility and power at that size. Better yet, the compact cab and 360 degree rotation means this can fit into surprisingly tight or awkward spaces, so the 35D is our go-to machine for a huge number of landscaping jobs. We use a range of attachments to get the most out if.

35D with Grapple

This thing is a ton of fun to use. The clamshell excavator/grapple can pick up huge rocks with ease, kind of like a merciless giant robot. This is great for wide area digging on rocky ground. In the Spokane region’s rocky terrain we often have cause to use this.

35D with Auger

Watching people screw up with a handheld auger is both hilarious and scary. It’s hilarious, because, because you get to see a couple of guys get thrown, but scary since people can actually get hurt. There’s no physical comedy or danger with the 35D’s attachment and it gets the job done fast.

35D with Rock Breaker

Nothing’s more fun than being able to smash stuff with a giant hydraulic limb. As an added bonus, the rock breaker is a great way to quickly dispose of an old slab of concrete or anything else that’s tough, solid and a pain to move.

Other Toys

We also use a Thomas 85 Mini Skidsteer a loader/grader and several other machines. The end result of having all of this mechanical muscle is that we can perform almost any job rapidly, including work on large properties where you need to get in, take care of multiple jobs and leave.

Remember: You can always take a look at our toys page to see what we’re using!