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How to transform a stressed yard to a beautiful yard


Lack of drainage has stressed this lawn


New drainage and sod will keep this lawn beautiful

Drainage helps keep lawns beautiful

Is your yard stressed? Do you have proper drainage? Drains play a vital role in maintaining your yard. Nonexistent or improper drainage can open your lawn up to lots of issues that make it impossible to have a beautiful yard. Add dogs and kids, and you will exacerbate your problems. Disease and pests, like the crane fly, invade when your lawn is stressed from over saturation.

Crane fly, a local pest that can destroy your yard

Camas, Washington, due to the lake, has an abundance of crane flies which can be disastrous to a yard. Crane fly larvae, which eat on grass roots and create brown spots in your yard, are a major pest. Many people think the long legged crane fly is a mosquito eater, but that is a misconception. Crane fly eggs are laid in the spring and fall, creating a cycle that can only be stopped with proper pesticide application in November.

However, the best way to fix this issue is to build up your lawn with fertilizer and check for larvae in the fall and see if you need to take steps to stop the crane fly life cycle. Mowing, proper fertilizing and maintenance are all steps you can take to help keep your yard looking its best.

If you have a drainage problem or need maintanence to keep your yard healthy, consult Greenhaven landscaping experts, who can help evaluate your yard and improve drainage or create a weekly maintenance schedule so that your lawn will be beautiful and usable whenever you want to put your toes in the grass.

How Greenhaven transforms

At Greenhaven we create captivating landscapes by incorporating the perfect mix of stone, water, and light with the conveniences of modern living. Here Greenhaven transformed a lawn with very poor drainage by adding the function of a drain and the beauty of stone. We also specialize in making sure that, once your space is beautiful, it is well maintained so that you can sit back, relax and enjoy.

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Greenhaven is a full-service landscaping company dedicated to quality and service.  Call us today to find out how we can help you get the yard of your dreams.

Water’s Edge and Greenhaven – Commitment to Quality

Greenhaven Logo

Greenhaven and Water’s Edge merged in 2014

You may not know that in 2014, Water’s Edge Waterfalls, an award- winning landscape company in Clark County, merged with Greenhaven, a landscape maintenance company, to become a full-service landscape company.  The two companies kept the Greenhaven name, created a new logo and extended their services so that they could bring quality value and customer service to the Vancouver/Portland area with a full-spectrum of landscape services.

 Services Greenhaven provides:

By adding services beyond hardscapes, Greenhaven gives value on a variety of services:

  • Lawn and Bed Maintenance
  • Treatments
  • Arborist Services
  • Outdoor Lighting
  • Irrigation
  • Water Feature Maintenance and Repair
  • Drainage Solutions
  • Artificial Turf and Putting Greens




Evaluating your yard after a winter storm

Snow on the trees

Snow weight on the trees can break and damage branches

The last storm in the Portland metro area left a lot of damaged trees and landscape. As we continue to clean up here are some tips on how to get your landscape back into shape and ready for spring.

Tips for Evaluating Your Yard

  1. Assess trees. Heavy snow has done damage to many trees in the area. Even if branches have snapped off, there may be stressed branches that are ready to go, which can cause potential breakage in the future. Look for cracks in tree limbs and other damage and if necessary contact an arborist. Don’t know one? Contact us, and we have recommendations.
  2. Trim torn branches. Those ragged, broken limbs on your tree are an invitation to disease and insects. Protect the tree by trimming torn branches with clean, straight cuts.
  3. Assess trees and shrubs. Shrubs and bushes might have been damaged. Some of these will bounce back in the spring, but if the damage is severe contact your landscape maintenance professionals to do an inspection. Don’t have landscape maintenance professionals? Call us for a quote.
  4. Keep off your lawns until they dry. Many lawns are over saturated with water which will turn to mud if walked on excessively. To keep your lawn better able to bounce back, don’t do more damage by spending more time than you need to on it.
  5. Mud slides and bark runoff are fixable. But these may be a sign of a larger problem. Have your landscape professional evaluate whether the runoff and mud slides can be fixed with landscape fabric, mulching or some ground cover that will hold soil in place. Extensive erosion may need some hardscaping, drainage or other next level landscape intervention to prevent future issues.

Need landscape maintenance? Call us for a quote and yard assessment.

Landscape Plants that Create Winter Beauty



Hellebores flowering in winter create winter color

Winter can seem long and dreary with no color or flowering plants.  However, winter beauty isn’t hard to create. Here are some ways that you can place fun pops of color into your winter yard.

Creating Winter Beauty in 4 Ways

Hellebores are an excellent hardy shade perennial that is renowned for their tolerance of drought and neglect.  They are also known for their ability to repel deer and other garden-eating wildlife, which can be a bonus for those struggling against those cute destroyers of landscapes and gardens. Hellebores can be found at more high-end nurseries and begin blooming in January, a reminder of the coming delights of spring.


red dogwood bush

The beautiful red of a dogwood bush

Colored-twig dogwoods are also a fantastic choice for your winter landscape. These brilliantly barked trees come with red, yellow or orange stems that create a dramatic pop of color in your yard. These fast-growing shrubs maintain their beauty long after the leaves have fallen and the cut stems are a long lasting addition to a holiday wreath or decor. Proper pruning is the key to keeping these garden delights in top shape for winter.


Techy Gold arbovitae

The golden yellow of the Techy Gold arborvitae

Conifers are also another plant to consider when thinking of your winter yard. A new variety of arborvitae called ‘Techny Gold’ put a dash of lime-green coloring into a winter landscape.  Pair these with Pinus mugo ‘Zundert,’ a dwarf Japanese black pine, or Japanese plume cedars,  and you will have attractive eye-catchers that will enhance your winter landscapes.


Ornamental potted cabbage

The purple of ornamental cabbage

Ornamental grasses, such as variegated sweet flag or silver spear are excellent year-round landscape plants.  And flowering ornamental cabbage, winter growing annuals, like pansies and violas, and edibles, such as Swiss chard, are all great container plants.  Container plants add interest and texture to your yard and are easily replaced.

Other Ways to Bring in Winter Beauty


Visiting birds bring winter color

Colorful birds among the trees

Birds are an often unremembered part of the winter landscape. Once the leaves fall, bird antics among the bare branches can be a peaceful way to pass a cold winter afternoon. Attracting birds in the winter can bring a small little piece of delight into your landscape. Bird baths, bird feeders, and other attractive features can be a bright spot for you and your little garden guests.

Need More Ideas?

Give us a call, and we can plan a beautiful landscape for you that shines in summer and winter.

Contact us today!

Greenhaven Landscapes

Fall Lighting

Eagle Waterfall at Night

Eagle Waterfall at Night

It is that time of year again, the time when it seems that the days revolve around dark, darker and darkest. For months we arrive home after dark and leave before light. It is sometimes difficult to imagine creating something beautiful from the darkness, but landscape lighting is the perfect match for our dark fall and winter months.

Take back your yard from the night

Backyard Garden Illumination.

Backyard Garden Illumination

There are a variety of functional reasons to add outdoor lights to your landscape – security, being able to see obstacles, marking a driveway or door. These are all excellent reasons to put lights outside, but lighting can be so much more than merely functional. Lighting will make your home look warmer and more inviting while becoming safer. Additionally, outdoor lighting can create spaces to entertain longer into the fall months after darkness descends. Kids can run in the yard after dark, patios can entertain people later, and outdoor trees and architecture are transformed. Your backyard at night is the wholly unexplored territory.

Outdoor lighting has lots of options

Cozy Wooden Benches in Row on Stone Patio

Outdoor lighting on a Stone Patio

Outdoor lighting has a variety of options and when installed by a knowledgeable person can create dramatic and beautiful effects that enhance your outdoor areas in the darkest of winter.

  1. Uplighting creates nighttime drama by spotlighting focal plants and architecture. They can also create depth to flat outdoor surfaces such as walls and fences. Uplighting is especially lovely in highlighting the limb structures of ornamental trees so they can be enjoyed after the sun goes down.
  2. Path lighting provides safety for walking, but it also can create a feeling of elegance and welcome. Adding lights to stairs also be useful in highlighting these structures at night, so guests and family don’t trip.
  3. Downlighting points down from an elevated position and mimics the glow of moonlight onto trees, decks, and or stone pavers. Downlighting adds visual interest, drama, and dimension to your outdoor space all while giving a feeling of security.
  4. Accent lighting draws special attention to a landscaping feature and can add a bit of mystery and depth. Accent lighting can be a combination of uplighting, downlighting or cross lighting.

All the ways to nightscape your yard

Water fountain night lights

Modern Water Fountain with Lights

There are a variety of ways to apply night lighting to your yard:

Pool Lighting

Water Feature Lighting

Patio Lighting

Deck Lighting

Path Lighting

Stair Lighting

Wall Lighting

Statue Lighting

Architectural Lighting

Using lights well so that your home is more beautiful and functional requires planning, creativity, and a good design so that your lights will look amazing years from now.

Need help designing your outdoor lighting?

We are lighting experts.  We have years of lighting knowledge and use quality lights. Contact us today and see how we can help you take back your yard from the night.

Greenhaven Landscapes


Fall Lawn Care Basics

Shot of urban modern home during fall season

The cool air of fall is upon us and it is the time to get your lawn and landscaping in order. Autumn is a great time to prep your yard so that it can get healthy and look awesome next summer.

Here a some tips for a healthy fall lawn:

  1. Return your mower to it’s pre-summer height. Cutting your lawn so that it is shorter in the fall helps reduce matting and damage from leaves and snow. Keeping your lawn at a healthy height – about 2 inches – will reduce weeds and keep your lawn’s root system vibrant.
  2. Adjust your watering. If the rains have come then it is time to reduce your watering system’s output. Overwatering is wasteful and can cause grasses to die from fungal diseases and other issues.
  3. Overseed your lawn. Take a proactive approach to brown and bare spots in your yard with overseeding. Lawns that have a chance to gain root growth in the fall and winter are better able to withstand the summer’s heat.
  4. Fertilize cool season grasses. Fall is the best season to fertilize those cool season grasses that thrive in the cooler Pacific Northwest weather.
  5. Lay sod. Fall is also a great time to lay new sod if you have been planning to make that happen.
  6. Aerate. Prevent thatch, which can lead to disease and insect damage, by aerating your lawn. Aeration, which basically consists of pulling plugs out of your lawn, improves drainage and loosens soil helping your lawns root system stay healthy.
  7. Remove leaves and debris. Don’t let your grass smother under that carpet of fallen leaves you have been admiring for it’s beauty. Clean up fallen leaves and put them on your compost pile. Don’t compost? Find out how here.
  8. Drain irrigation lines. Have irrigation? Fall is the time to drain them and put them away, if necessary, before they freeze and crack in winter’s freezing weather.

Don’t Have Time to Care for Your Fall Lawn?

Greenhaven is a full service landscape company.  We can help get your lawn in tip top shape for the coming winter months.

Here are just a few of the things we can do to help with your Fall Clean Up:

Mowing and Edging

Turf Fertilization


Weed and Debris Management

Hardscape Cleaning

Call us today to see how we can help.

Greenhaven Landscapes

Curb Appeal for Fall


Selling your home? Fall is a great time to prepare your home for sale. The brilliant colors of fall leaves and the snap of the crisp fall air creates an inviting charm for potential buyers. All those fall colors don’t sell your house by themselves though. You need to do a little work to keep your house in top condition for showings.

Tips for selling your house in the fall


  1. Clean up fall leaves regularly. A few leaves on the ground can be picturesque, too many and you are starting to look a little neglectful.
  2. Plant fall flowers. As summer plants die off planting some fresh flowers for fall will keep your house inviting rather than haunted.
  3. Clean gutters and roofs. Overhanging trees can create blockages in gutters and make roofs look cluttered. Maintaining your roofs and gutters will also keep water from damaging your house by directing it to the proper places.
  4. Get a wreath for your door. And some potted plants. Create an inviting atmosphere at your front door that welcomes people into the home with wreathes and touches of beauty. But keep it tasteful. More is sometimes just overpowering.
  5. Mow, pull weeds and fertilize brown grass. This may seem obvious but keeping your lawn maintenance fresh and crisp will convince potential buyers that you have been faithful in your house maintenance. And you have, haven’t you?
  6. Add outdoor lighting. As the days become shorter and it becomes darker earlier, lighting is a great way to enhance your home creating safety, visual appeal and highlighting your home’s best features.

Need help creating curb appeal?

Contact us and find out how we can help you light up your home, maintain your lawn and more.

Greenhaven Landscapes