We’ve been working on a number of projects this spring, but this is one of our more recent endeavors. An aging lawn in North Portland was in desperate need of rehabilitation, and the homeowner wanted a water feature for their backyard. John Darby Landscape, Inc. sprung into action, and despite the exceptionally hot weather, transformed the old weed-ridden turf into a beautiful green lawn, and created a charming water feature that will continue to delight for many years to come.
For this project, we had to install a new irrigation system from scratch, as the older house has never been irrigated. We installed two zones of lawn irrigation, using high efficiency Rain Bird VAN nozzles. We also added a highly efficient drip irrigation zone for the existing flower beds, and installed a Rain Bird ESP-RZX controller that is extremely reliable but also simple to use. We had to install a new double-check backflow device as well for the irrigation system. After this, we installed hardy RTF Tall Fescue sod, which will require less water and fertilizer as it ages and will provide a very tough and durable lawn surface.
For the water feature, we constructed a double cascading waterfall with an upper and lower pool. Pictures are more effective than words, so please take a look at the picture in the gallery below! The water feature has the added bonus of plenty of room for planting, including a planting space for a small tree between the two water cascades.