Frequently Asked Landscaping Questions (FAQ) & Glosssary of Terms

How important is it to be licensed?

Exstream Landscaping is fully Licensed by the Oregon Landscape Contractors Board, which means we've done ALL the education and licensing necessary to understand every aspect of the landscape in the Pacific NW. We're also fully Bonded and Insured and have 30 years' experience in the field.

What is Hardscaping?

Hardscaping is the aspect of landscaping that includes non-organic materials such as Pavers, Stone and Woodworking. Seating Walls, Walkways & Paths, Driveways, Patios, Decks, Fire Pits would all be considered Hardscaping. As well as fixed Structures like Pergolas, Awnings, Patios & Pavilions.

What is Softscaping?

A landscape design term that refers to the living plants and organic elements used in landscaping like Native Species Plantings and grass.

Do I need an irrigation system?

While it isn't a requirement, we, at Exstream Landscaping, recommend a good irrigation system to keep your plantings and lawn looking good during our hot dry months in the Pacific NW. It is important for new lawns and plant material to keep them growing & thriving. Low-Volume Drip Irrigation systems are also very helpful.

Why does Exstream Landscaping use Pavers instead of Poured Concrete?

Contrary to popular belief, pavers allow for more structural support and manage weight distribution better than poured concrete or asphalt. They're also easier to manage. Any damage can be easily fixed, which is not the case for poured concrete or asphalt. Pavers also allow for a HUGE variety of design styles, colors, finishes and arrangements, giving you the freedom & flexibility to craft the look YOU want!

What are the Trends this year in landscaping?

Fixed Structures in the landscape have been a popular trend for a while now and are only increasing in popularity. The idea of outdoor rooms is a trend that we think is here to stay! Structures under which people can congregate and that increase the usable time of our outdoors, especially during the rainy seasons and in the cooler months, is a popular and important trend. Sustainable Landscaping is another favored trend here in the NW, with the use of native species plantings, low-volume drip irrigation, raised garden-beds and even artificial turf, combining to make our landscapes more user friendly as well as renewable and supportable. Fire features remain a popular trend as well, with outdoor Fireplaces and fire pits in both gas and wood burning being actively sought after elements in the landscape. Night Lighting is also extreamly propular!

How does a typical project work with Exstream Landscaping?

First, we will meet with you at your property to discuss your ideas and thoughts about your outdoor space. We'll make suggestions and listen to yours, as well as taking measurements and photos. Consultations are always Free and generally take between 20 minutes and an hour depending on the complexity of the design and how much we chat! Then we'll write up an estimate for the work with all the different options listed as individual line items and email it to you accompanied by applicable photos of materials and examples of features. This gives you the opportunity to make any changes you'd like. Once you've approved the estimate and send the initial deposit we'll schedule a tentative start date for your project in conjunction with your schedule. This may vary depending on the weather, product availability, site access etc. We'll let you know how long we expect the project to take with the approved scope of work. Once completed we'll do a walk through of the project with you and teach you how to operate any systems we've installed and answer any questions you have. At that point we accept the final payment for the project.

How much will it cost to landscape my property?

It's difficult to give an exact answer to this before meeting with you and seeing your property. Prices vary based on property size, location, access, features desired, complexity of design, materials... every project is unique unto itself and there aren't really, any 'set prices.' On average our clients spend somewhere between $3,500 and $20,000. The best way to find out is to Schedule a Free Consultation with us!

Do you offer any financing options?

We do not offer financing at this time, but we will work with clients on basic terms depending on the type and size of the project. We also offer Phases or staged projects, so you can do one portion of a project right away and then do the rest at a later time.

Do you offer a guarantee or warranty on plants or landscaping?

Yes! Our plants are under warranty for one year after installation. Hardscaping and other features are under warranty for two years after completion. If issues arise let us know right away and we'll fix it or replace it free of charge. We encourage you to have an irrigation system installed when plant materials or sod or new lawns are placed to help ensure they become established and thrive.

How do I choose a Landscape Design/Build Company?

Well, it's a personal decision but there are a few key areas that you should focus in on.

Are they licensed with the LCB (Landscape Contractors Board) in Oregon?

All landscaping companies in Oregon are required to be licensed. You can ask or you can look them up on the LCB's website. Exstream Landscaping's Oregon License: LCB#7094

What are their reviews like online?

Established companies should have a long review history available online via Google or other review sites.

What is their portfolio like?

Do they have examples of work similar to what I'm looking for? Explore the companies' online portfolio.

What is their process like?

Ask them what their process is, what scheduling is like with them, how soon they can start your project, how long they anticipate it taking. They should be asking you a lot of questions and taking the time to understand the unique needs of your property and your desires. You should also, be able to revise the initial plan and clearly understand your budget throughout the entire process.

How you feel about them?

It's important that you feel comfortable with your contractor. You feel they're professional but also conversational, supportive and like someone you want to work with.

Glossary of Landscaping Terms