Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Here Comes Spokane’s Landscaping Season!

That’s right. It’s time for Spokane landscaping to start in earnest as the snow melts away and people can see dirt, dust, debris and property features they just don’t like staring them in the face. Honestly though, our “season” runs all year long, as we travel throughout Spokane for excavations, cleanups and even the type of jobs people associate more with the spring or summer. But once the snow goes away, everybody knows it’s time to deal with that hardscaping job or water feature you didn’t catch last year.

That means that if you want a Spokane hardscaping job done like a new patio, general landscaping, landscaping cleanup or anything else with “scaping” in the word, now is the time to book us. Our Spokane landscaping “dance card” fills up fast as we enter the peak season. Never stop trying to reach us, but understand that the sooner you call, the more likely you are to get the schedule you want the most.

One thing we’d like to mention is that this year, we anticipate an increased demand for landscaping services as we head into the economic recovery full bore. People are going to feel more secure in their jobs, better about their financial outlooks and have a bit more faith in property values. That means they’ll want to finish that landscaping job they put off in 2008 and 2009.

In addition to providing a full set of landscaping, hardscaping and water feature construction services, remember that we also have products and services to help folks who want to do it themselves. We can start you off with a clean slate with a landscape cleanup, hauling away your job so that you can work on a pristine chunk of property. You might also need us to bring in our cool machines to perform an excavation job. You might be comfortable laying stone or fitting brick, but if you need someone else to move several tons of earth and unwanted rocks, we’re here for you.

We also have a fully stocked landscaping materials yard to serve you, so before you hunt around to dozens of different suppliers, call us – we might just have everything you need in one place. We stand by our landscaping supplies for an excellent reason – we use them for our own professional jobs. We’re also happy to answer any questions you may have about our stock to help you understand how to make it work on your property.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Our Personalized Stone Engraving Process

A few weeks ago we posted a video showing the steps involved in a relatively simple large stone engraving job: signage in the form of two engraved ton and a half rocks for Airway HeightsCleveland Park. Here’s that video again:

The same basic principles of large stone engraving apply to small personalized stone engravings, wedding stones, birth stones and graduation stones. Let’s go through the step by step process:

Consultation: First off, we have to know what you want. We understand that lots of people come in with half-formed ideas, so we provide a number of starting points for those ordering or browsing online, and you can of course just call to ask for help in picking lettering, images and designs. Ultimately, the choice is yours. We’re always willing to work on completely custom rock work.

Choice of Stone: We keep a big, diverse array of stones fit for engraving. That usually includes several types of granite and sandstone, with a focus on the varieties that blend in with the Pacific Northwest’s natural geology.

Stencil Design and Rendering: As you can see from the video, we create a stencil as the basis for engraving. We take advantage of computer graphics and lettering tools to get something as close to the concept as possible on paper to transfer to the stone. Remember, though, that no two natural stones are alike, and will always affect the end result.

Stone Preparation: As the video shows, preparation starts by giving the stone a thoroughly cleaning. Dirty rock will not only cause deflections and pitting in some of our pressure-powered tools, but can actually hammer dirt into the stone – something we want to avoid. We apply our stencils to the clean stones.

Engraving: Now it’s time for the actual engraving, which uses a combination of pressure-driven tools (such as the sandblaster) and hand detailing where necessary. We can usually work right through the stencil, since it’s thin and fragile enough to present no obstacle to our tools.

Polishing and Finishing: Finally, it’s time to get rid of the debris, polish the engraved stone and prepare it for delivery.

Besides these steps we may also provide custom coloring for the stone, after giving it a polish and prep to make the process work.

Our process allows us to create personalized stone engravings of any size with great precision. To see more examples, just drop by our Airway Heights Store or visit us at

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

What’s Up at Cascading Creations?

It may look chilly around the yard at Cascading Creations but there’s no off season for us! We’ve been busy with a number of big projects and special events. Even when it’s too cold for most people to think of landscaping in Spokane we’re out and about, working, having fun and looking forward to warmer months to come! Here’s what we’ve been up to:

Spokane Home and Yard Show: We hope you saw us there on Thursday, February 25th. We exhibited some of examples of our landscaping and hardscaping and passed along discount coupons for GardenStone Creations.

The Jay & Kevin Show: Monte’s on with Jay and Kevin in the Morning on Fridays, sharing advice and his particular sense of humour. Tune in to The Big 99.9 Coyote Country to listen in!

Metal Art: Yes, not even Monte could resist his more sensitive, artsy side after being surrounded with GardenStone stuff. He and Trevor have been creating cowboy style metal art – everything from horses to roses. This might be the perfect outdoor piece to complement an upcoming hardscape like a stone patio.

Digging Things Up: We’ve been keeping busy with a number of jobs, including excavation around Spokane. Take a look at Monte in the loader as he makes the earth move!

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