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Beer, Wine and Car Show Fundraiser

On Saturday, July 27th we had our Third Annual Fundraiser. This year we added a Car Show to the Beer and Wine Event of previous years. We chose for this event to benefit the Sandy Kiwanis. Service is at the heart of every Kiwanis club, no matter where in the world it’s located. Members stage nearly 150,000 service projects and raise nearly US$100 million every year for communities, families and projects.

Many generous individuals and local companies including:

for sponsoring trophies for the Car Show.

Thank you to the following individuals and companies for donating raffle prizes:

The proceeds of the raffle tickets and 20% of all purchases were donated to The Sandy Kiwanis.

We definitely learned a lot about car shows and are looking forward to improving the show for next year. A big thanks to John and Sandy Schultz and David Jothen for their generous support and guidance in setting up and promoting the car show.

Thanks to our great customers & the generous companies we exceeded our fundraising goal. We will be presenting the funds to the Sandy Kiwanis soon.

Best Burger & BBQ catered the event, and the food was plentiful & mouth-watering. Skyland Pub conducted the beer tasting. Alder Tree Vineyard conducted the wine tasting, which everyone really enjoyed as well! The event was a real hit and we are already working on our Forth Annual Beer, Wine and Car Show Fundraiser Event for the summer of 2014.

Pond Tips for July

pond tips for julyNeed some pond tips for July? We’re having a beautiful summer and there are some things you need to do to make sure your pond stays clean & looking good.

One of the simplest way to keep your pond clean and healthy is to avoid overfeeding your fish. Give them only what they’ll eat immediately and don’t feed them while they’re hibernating in the winter. Otherwise, routine maintenance chores and pond tips for July include:

  • Add beneficial bacteria. Remember beneficial bacteria removes ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and organic debris such as dead leaves, uneaten fish food, fish waste etc., that cause water clarity problems.
  • Maintain salt level between 2.5 – 3.0 ppt.
  • Back flush filter media weekly.
  • Minimum 10% weekly water change.
  • Check chemical levels.

If you don’t have a pond, do you want a pond? Why do you want a pond, water garden or water feature?  Although this may seem like a silly question many homeowners neglect to think about it. Water gardens and water features can be used to add curb appeal to the front yard, draw visitors to other parts of your garden or to suppress undesirable noise like expressway traffic and noisy neighbors.

Some other questions to ask yourself include:

  • Where are you intending to add your pond or water feature?
  • What are the current conditions of your site now and is electricity available?
  • What are you willing to spend?

Once you have gone through these major considerations you are ready for the fun part, designing your new pond, water garden or water feature.  Do as much research as you can. Talk to as many people with water features or ponds as you can to learn from their joys and mistakes. Many people who own ponds, water gardens or water features are excited to share what they have learned and what they would or would not do again.

When you’re ready to move forward, give us a call. We’ll help you create the pond, water garden or water feature of your dreams.

Landscape Tips for July

july landscape tipsIt’s July! 2013 is really flying by. What a great year it’s been so far. We’ve had some great seminars and a lot of fun with our pond contest. We’ve got our Annual Fundraiser: Beer and Wine Tasting event this month,  and to make it even more fun, we’ve added a car show this year.  You won’t want to miss this great event!

Since it’s summer and the weather is beautiful, we’re sure you’re scrambling to keep up with all the events. So, here’s a little reminder of some landscape tips for July.

  • Early morning is the best time to water vegetable and flower gardens to reduce evaporation. Water the soil, rather than leaves to reduce disease. Water deeply and infrequently to encourage root growth.
  • Deadhead perennial blossoms to promote new growth.
  • Hanging baskets of flowers or vegetable plantings need careful attention to watering and feeding during extended periods of hot weather.
  • Cut back fall-blooming perennials by 1/3 to delay bloom.
  • Early morning is the best time to water vegetable and flower gardens to reduce evaporation. Water the soil, rather than leaves to reduce disease. Water deeply and infrequently to encourage root growth.
  • Hanging baskets of flowers or vegetable plantings need careful attention to watering and feeding during extended periods of hot weather.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!!

2013 Pond Contest Results

Pond Contest Results

Thanks to all of you, the 2013 Creative Visions Landscapes Pond Contest was a success! We received 28 pictures this year. Thanks so much to all who participated. We really enjoyed looking at all your beautiful ponds! Next years Pond Contest will be held during June again. So, if you weren’t able to participate this year, get it on your calendar for next year!

Thank you for taking the time to vote and participate with us in this fun contest.

Congratulations to our top three finishers this year.

In 3rd Place – Cathy F.

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In 2nd Place – Patty R.

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In 3rd Place – Tom & Linda M.

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2013 Pond Contest Voting

We are so excited about our Third Annual Pond Contest. We received some beautiful photos of some fantastic ponds. Take a close look, it may just spur an idea about a pond for yourself!

Vote for your 3 favorite ponds. Voting is open June 17-24 2013. Winners will be announced on Facebook and our website on June 26th.

Pond Contest Prizes include:
1st Place – Gift Basket valued at $200
2nd Place – Gift Basket valued at $100
3rd Place – Gift Basket valued at $50

Please carefully look at all the ponds, (click on the picture of the pond to see a larger version) then vote at the bottom of the page for your 3 favorite ponds.

Pond Tips for June

pond tips for juneNeed some pond tips for June? We’ve got them. Summer has arrived and it is time to start changing some of the maintenance activities.

Having a Koi pond at your home is undoubtedly the quickest way to reduce stress and noise that you have to deal with on a regular basis. This peaceful and quiet place is essentially a man-made paradise. Apart from eliminating stress and tension from your mind, a Koi pond is a perfect way of adding beauty to your backyard or any outdoor space.  However, it requires some effort to keep it in its healthiest and most attractive condition.

Here are a few other pond tips? Look no further…

  • Do not start feeding your pond fish until the pond water is at least 50°F.
  • Add beneficial bacteria. Remember beneficial bacteria removes ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and organic debris such as dead leaves, uneaten fish food, fish waste etc., that cause water clarity problems.
  • Maintain salt level between 2.5 – 3.0 ppt.
  • Switch to higher protein food 2-4 times daily.
  • Back flush filter media weekly.
  • Minimum 10% weekly water change.
  • Check chemical levels.

Whether you have a water garden, pondless water features, large koi pond, or two acre lake, Creative Visions Landscapes can help get what you want out of that body of water and enjoy your pond. We carry many different pond supplies including; pumps, filters, skimmers, liner/underlayment, UV supplies, water treatments, aquatic plants, koi and other fish and fish food. So, if you have a question about your pond, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Landscape Tips for June

landscape tips for juneSummer has arrived! With an early arrival to summer, you’re sure to want our landscape tips for June. By the way… What happened to the Rose Festival curse? We aren’t sure what to think, but we are loving this beautiful sunshine!

Now that summer is on us, things will start getting dry. Be sure your lawn is getting enough water. As a general rule, you want to get at least an inch of water per week to keep a good green and healthy lawn.

June is still early enough to prune some plants if needed, so you can clean up some plants or do full pruning if needed. Planting new plants can still be done, you may just have to water a little more to keep them bright and plenty healthy.

Just a reminder: We landscape all through the year, every month we are planting new plants, the only difference is during hot dry weather we have to water more. Need some landscaping help? Give us a call.

Here are a few landscape tips for June

  • Spray weeds
  • Allow bulb foliage to completely yellow and then cut back to the ground
  • Prune spring-flowering shrubs and trees
  • Make sure raised beds receive enough water for plants to avoid drought  stress
  • Monitor azaleas, primroses and other broadleaf ornamentals for adult  root weevils.

Landscape Tips for May

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After a long winter, your lawn and gardens may be looking a bit ragged and weary. But, spring is now among us and one of the best ways to get in the spring spirit is to get your yard looking great.

Since we’re having a beautiful May, you are probably ready to start spending some time outside. We bet you’re even looking for some landscape tips to help you get your landscape prepared for summer.

Don’t know where to start? Use these landscape tips and you will be on your way to a beautiful lawn and amazing flowerbeds.

  • Divide perennials
  • Plant new perennials
  • Plants annuals
  • Cut back any mums that returned from last year by half
  • Manage weeds while they are small and actively growing with light cultivation or herbicides. Once the weed has gone to bud, herbicides are less effective.
  • Trap moles and gophers as new mounds appear.
  • Check your Irrigation System- Whether you have an in-ground sprinkler system or a hose attachment, you should check to make sure all your sprinklers are working. For an in-ground system- make sure your pump and tank are operating correctly especially if they haven’t run in a few months. Check the sprinkler heads and test them to see if any need to be replaced.

P.S. Did you know… when bringing lilac blooms may be cut and brought into the home you should use scissor-type hand pruners cut off a portion of the woody stem below the flowers. Then, bring them inside and use a hammer to slightly smash the end of the stem to help it better take up water in a vase.

Pond Tips for March

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Happy March! We’re getting closer to Pond Season! So, you’ll want to use these pond tips to get the season off on the right foot!

Because of our unpredictable weather here in Oregon, spring pond cleanings usually begin between the end of March and the beginning of June. A cleaning consists of removing almost all the debris that builds up over the previous year such as leaves, dirt, fish waste, etc. In order to do this all the water and fish (placed in a holding tank) will be removed in order to expose the liner.

Need a few pond tips? Look no further…

  • Add beneficial bacteria. Remember beneficial bacteria helps pond filters control algae and  algae blooms in ponds and koi and fish pools by reducing fish waste and pond scum.
  • Maintain salt level between 1.25 – 2.00 ppt.
  • Back flush filter media every two weeks.
  • If you shut down UV and filter for winter, turn them on.
  • Check chemical levels.

Landscape Tips for March

Landscape Tips for March 
It’s already March! But, like you know the weather in March in Portland is very unpredictable. Plants will start blooming, your grass will start growing and Spring will arrive! Here are a few landscape tips for March.

Landscape Tips – Planning

  • Plan the vegetable garden carefully for spring and summer vegetables. If you lack in- ground gardening space, plan an outdoor container garden.
  • Use a soil thermometer to help you know when to plant vegetables. Some cool season crops (onions, kale, lettuce, and spinach) can be planted when the soil is consistently at or above 40°F.

Maintenance and Clean Up

  • Lawn mowing: Set blade at 0.75 to 1 inch for bent grass lawns; 1.5 to 2.5 inches for bluegrasses, fine fescues, and ryegrasses.
  • Compost grass clippings and yard waste, except for clippings from lawns where weed-and-feed products  or herbicides (weed killers) have been used.
  • Spread compost over garden and landscape areas.
  • Cut back most plants.
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