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7 Pool Contractors in Vancouver

By AK Timber

Having a pool used to be a luxury that few people had. Now, it is something that more and more families are getting. Our summers keep getting warmer which opens up the opportunity to go in more frequently. Pools are great family bonding tools that create an outdoor space for everyone to enjoy, no matter who they are.

You can use pools to get in shape, to have a fun volleyball game, to get some relaxation in, or to cool off at the end of the day.

Still, you really need to think about what you are doing when you get a pool. They are a huge investment and, if not installed properly, can create a huge mess. You need to find a company or contractor that knows what they are doing and has a good reputation.

Here we highlight seven Vancouver businesses that have great reputations:

1. Anderson Poolworks

Credit: Anderson Poolworks

Credit: Anderson Poolworks

Anderson Poolworks is a “licensed and bonded residential and commercial pool contractor” that works throughout the Portland and Vancouver areas. They build absolutely gorgeous pools that have all of the accessories and features that you could ever dream about. While other companies will give you a gorgeous pool, Anderson Pool Works adds diving boards, sliding boards, water features, lighting, spas, and concrete features.

The team at Anderson Poolworks will build your pool from the ground up, adding features and crafting details that are special and make it your own. If you don’t want your pool to look like anyone else’s, consider Anderson Poolworks.

2. Blue Mountain Pools

Credit: Blue Mountain Pools

Credit: Blue Mountain Pools

Blue Mountain Pools has been one of the best pool companies in the Vancouver and Portland areas for the last forty years. They specialize in building in-ground gunite swimming pools and water features. The even build pools indoors and in tough terrains. If you’ve been told you can’t get a pool, try here.

Each one is designed for the individual customer, providing them with what they want and what they need. The goal is to add beauty and value to your home with expert craftsmanship, high-quality products, and a lot of interaction. If you give them a call, they will walk you through what it is they can do, giving you a clearer picture of what your new backyard oasis will look like.

3. Pacific Northwest Pools

The expert pool construction team at Pacific Northwest Pools has had a staggering 40 years of building experience.

Credit: Pacific Northwest Pools

Credit: Pacific Northwest Pools

They build swimming pools and spas as well as remodel them, so you could do that instead of getting all new construction. Of course, they will have to come look at your pool and see what kind of shape it is in.

The team at Pacific Northwest is extremely professional. They are always on-time and in control of the situation. Your budget is extremely important to them, so they always let you know where they stand on costs.

Finally, they will educate you about your pool if you’ve never owned one before. It can be a bit daunting, but they make the whole process seem much easier.

4. Cascade Pools

Credit: Cascade

Credit: Cascade

With 65 years of experience, Cascade Pools has long-lasting pools that dot the Northwest. If someone wants something that is particularly special or unique, they tend to go to Cascade Pools for the best possible treatment. They build absolutely stunning water features and infinity pools that take the traditional pool and makes it sleeker and more beautiful. To get this result, they use the highest quality methods and materials, building something that will last a lifetime.

Not only that, but they sell a wide range of accessories and chemicals to keep your pool in working order. If you aren’t that great with chemicals, they also use Ultra Pure ozone water purification equipment.


5. Northwest Vinyl Pools

If you aren’t looking for a lot of construction or you have a smaller budget, Northwest Vinyl Pools builds above

Credit: Northwest Vinyl Pool

Credit: Northwest Vinyl Pool

ground pools that are amazing. These pools are great because they won’t break your budget, and they have come a long way. With plentiful options for outside and inside of the pool, you can get a look that matches with the rest of your yard.

An above ground pool is also a much quicker installation process. You’ll be able to have your pool in about a week, compared to the weeks and weeks it can take for in ground pools.

Still, Northwest Vinyl Pools do install on-budget in ground pools, so you don’t have to sacrifice your clean lines if you don’t want to.

6. Premier Pools and Spas

Credit: Premier Pools

Credit: Premier Pools

Premier Pools and Spas help you to get something that is extremely luxurious. The contractors have tons of experience in the designing, installation, and maintenance of many pools. They can even work to build you a pool with a fire pit, a deck, or a bar.

Premier Pools are beautiful at all times of the year, even when they are covered, because they just take that much time to think about it. They use natural materials and lines to build something that looks like it could have just formed by itself.

With 25 years of experience, there are few companies that work with the high-tech tools and tricks that you’ll find with this company.

7. Neptune Pools

Neptune Swimming Pool Company builds swimming pools for both residential and commercial properties. It can be

Credit: Neptune

Credit: Neptune

difficult to find a company the builds commercially because there just isn’t always a market for it. Still, they will walk your business through the design, installation, and maintenance of the entire project.

If you have an in-ground pool, Neptune Pools also sells automatic covers, which will make your life a lot easier. if it storms, you have to mow the lawn, or you just want some protection from the elements, all you have to do is hit a button and you will get automatic coverage.

AK Timber Services Makes it Easy

There is nothing worse than sitting back in your pool and seeing a branch sticking out over the top, blocking the sun. Those branches can then change from annoying during the summer to potentially devastating in the fall and winter. Those leaves can weigh down the cover and push water from the pool when they fall, making a mess for the entire season and then when you open the pool.

Or, even worse, any branches over the pool when it gets colder can fall if they are weighed down by ice or snow. Those branches can rip liners, collapse fences, or just make the aesthetics of your costly investment look worse.

Don’t let your investment become a big problem – give AK Timber Services a call today.

Header photo courtesy of SurFeRGiRL30 on Flickr!

9 Pond Companies in Vancouver

By AK Timber

Your yard is your playground, your little slice of heaven, and your peace of mind. Whether you use your backyard for fun and parties or you go out there to just escape the rest of the world, you have a right to create a space that you can truly feel at peace in, there is something that can add to that overall appeal. Ponds are a great addition to any backyard because you can personalize them as you see fit. They can be as crazy and over the top as you want them to be or they can be modernized and sleek for a completely different feel.

No matter what approach you want to take, your pond needs to be installed properly and with skilled hands. If you want to go with a company that is reliable, which you should, you need to work with some of the local favorites. Try one of these:

1. Tranquility Ponds

Credit: Tranquility Ponds

Credit: Tranquility Ponds

Tranquility Ponds is a full-service pond contractor that works on everything from pond installation to pond maintenance so that you don’t have to worry about any problems popping up as you go. This company in particular creates some absolutely gorgeous natural looking ponds that fit in with many different yards.

Their ponds can be large or small and made to fit into your yard. They are great at coming up with solutions for problematic areas that are too steep, too rocky, or just don’t work for ponds. Not only that, but they can do it quickly and efficiently.

2. Watershed Pond Supplies

If you already have a pond installed, then you probably want to get accessories to make it look its best. Watershed

Credit: Watershed Pond Supply

Credit: Watershed Pond Supply

Pond Supplies is one of the best options in the Vancouver area because they go above and beyond. Not only do they only stock the best supplies, but they tell you how and where to use them. They won’t try to sell you something if it doesn’t work, and if you have any problems, they will work with you to solve the problem.

Even if you only need a few plants or some stones, Watershed Pond Supplies is worth the trip. You’ll likely see some things to give you ideas to really make your pond your own.

3. Pond Doctor

Credit: Pond Doctor

Credit: Pond Doctor

With over 15 years of experience, Pond Doctor is a “mobile consulting and water garden contracting company providing customized planning and maintenance services.” They work with everything related to ponds in order to give you a full experience. Not only will they install ponds, they will add fish and plants in order to pull it together.

They will also work with ponds that have already been installed but need a little bit of help. From fixing the filtration system to working to restore order if things go wrong, they will be there to help you. Even if you didn’t get the pond from them, they are willing to help you out.

Even if you didn’t get the pond from them, they are willing to help you out.


4. Waterscene

Credit: Waterscene

Credit: Waterscene

Working with both commercial and residential properties, Waterscene builds absolutely stunning ponds of all sizes,

shapes, and depths. They will take your vision and make it a reality, listening to your needs and making realistic promises.

From ponds to water gardens, they will install just about anything you want. They even specialize in pondless waterfalls which are a great compromise for people who want a water element in their yards but don’t want to add the danger of a pond. This makes it a good idea for people who have pets or young children.

5. All Fixes Handyman

Credit: All Fixes Handyman

Credit: All Fixes Handyman

We’ve highlight All Fixes Handyman before, but really, there is no reason not to do it again when they work on absolutely gorgeous ponds. While most often they are known for some of their other hardscaping working, their ponds are absolutely gorgeous. If your pond is going to be part of a bigger yard plan, why not go with a company that does it all?

Whether you are looking for one small thing to make your yard better or you are looking for a complete renovation that just happens to include a pond, All Fixes Handyman might just be the way to go.


6. Portland Pond Cleaning

Credit: Portland Pond Cleaning

Credit: Portland Pond Cleaning

Fountains, waterfalls, stone, cement, vinyl, and whatever else you can imagine has one big problem: they get dirty.

Pond water can get filled with algae, outside elements can put debris into the water, and animals can use your pond as a bathtub. Over time, no matter how great your pond is, it will get dirty. Portland Pond Cleaning can help you get your pond back to normal.

From cleaning out individual lines so that your fountains are strong again to making it safe for your fish. From one time cleanings to fall cleanings to routine maintenance, Portland Pond Cleaning will get you back on track.

7. Northwest Landscape and Pond Supply

Credit: Northwest Supply

Credit: Northwest Supply

If you’d like to build your own pond, which isn’t recommended unless you know what you are doing, or you want to add some special elements on your own, there is one great place to go: Northwest Landscape and Pond Supply. They have everything from decorative stone to put around the outside of your pond to weather safe statuary and lights that will add interest to the pond.

If you don’t have a big enough budget to get something that is as unique as some of the other ponds on this list, this could be a compromise. Get something a little basic and add your own touches for half the price.

8. Cambie Water Gardens


Credit: Cambie

A water garden is slightly different than a pond. Instead of focusing on the water and the movement of the water, it focuses on the plants. Cambie Water Gardens makes absolutely gorgeous water gardens that bring color, interest, texture, scent, and even animals into your pond. From lily pads to moss, they carefully select the best plants for the Vancouver area.

They can also help you add plants to a pond you already have if you want to add some interest. Not only that, but they will build on to a pond you already have so that you can have your water garden and pond together.

9. SheerWater Pond Supply

Credit: SheerWater

Credit: SheerWater

SheerWater Pond Supply is one of the best resources for fish supplies in the entire area. If you decide to get a koi pond or another type of fish pond, you will start to understand that fish are also an investment. You’ll pay for the best fish (don’t just go to a pet store) and you’ll want to keep everything in order to keep them alive. You will also fall in love with these fish.

Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to walk around at SheerWater because you are going to need it.

AK Timber Services is a Pond’s Best Friend

Before you get a pond, you might have to do some land clearing. Whether this means you want to cut down a tree or two, you need to get a stump removed, or you just need to cut back on some branches, you are going to need help. AK Timber Services will help you to get that land cleared quickly so that you can get your pond.

After your pond has been installed, you may have gathered that keeping it clean is sometimes difficult. We can help to remove the branches or trees that are creating a problem for you – especially in fall.

Give us a call today and we will give you a free estimate.

Header photo is courtesy of F. D. Richards on Flickr!


Announcing: AK Timber Services to Contribute to Washougal Bike Park Skills Course Service Project

By AK Timber Service

washougal bike park service projectAt AK Timber Services, LLC, we are excited to make the announcement that we will be involved in the Washougal Bike Park Skills Course. This project will take place in August 2016, and we can’t wait! The first build party will take place August 4-7th, with the hopes of the second party to take place shortly afterwards.

We believe in giving back to the community and our involvement in this project allows us the opportunity to provide the community with something that will keep them enjoying the outdoors for many years to come. We work hard so we can play hard. And we love playing outdoors, especially on our bikes. And we want to share that passion for outdoor play.

Our owner, Aaron Krieger, is personally committed to the project and helping out to ensure the bike park has all the timber related features in its design from day 1. Office staff and work crew will also be pitching in where they can to make sure we can spread the word and that all needed materials are obtained and prepared in time for building.

Aaron has promised that AK Timber Services will donate ALL of the logs needed for the building of the course, and he has also made a promise to operate the saw mill to cut all of the timber as well.

The Washougal Bike Park Skills Course will be made up of challenges ranging from easy to hard and will include log features, kicker ramps, bike stations, roller ramps, bake racks, teeter totters, and more.

All materials and supplies for the Washougal Bike Park Skills Course have been raised thanks to the wonderful donations from residents near and far. The team has also received grants to help fund the project as well.

The project has received all of the boulders needed thanks to Wally Grover, and the Parks Foundation of Clark County has granted a total of $11,000 for the course.

How You Can Help

Here is where we need your help. The project needs to raise money to ensure the park is fully funded and there are no hiccups in the building of the course- a complete course will be much more fun for everyone to ride on than a partial one. As of July 6, the Washougal Bike Park just needs a little over $4,000 to reach its goal.

With the help of the Parks Foundation of Clark County, a donation link has been setup where you can make a donation of any size.

You can visit the donation page by clicking here.

All donations should be made through the website and you can choose the feature you wish to sponsor. Let’s make the new skills course great and raise the money needed to make sure that ALL of the features can be added in August.

Let’s give our community a new bike park course for all to enjoy!

8 Places for Fencing in Vancouver

By AK Timber

Fences are one of those things that just takes a little bit of stress off of you. They help with security, keep your young children from running onto the street if you take your eyes off of them, allow you to let your dog out in the yard without having to worry, and even keeps lose animals and people from getting into your yard if you have a pool.

Still, fences are quite the investment and choosing a contractor shouldn’t be a quick decision. Instead, you should look at multiple companies with proven records to see if they can give you what you want. Start with these eight:

1. Fenceman Company

Credit: Fenceman

Credit: Fenceman

Despite sounding like some kind of villain in a Goosebumps book, Fenceman is actually one of the best fencing contractors in all of Vancouver. They’ve been building high-quality fences for the last 35 years and show no signs of stopping. Part of this is because they have such a good reputation of being fair and reliable to their customers. They are actually the heroes when it comes to fencing.

Working with commercial and residential customers, they are one of the only specialty fencing stores around. While they have a large amount of wood and chain link fencing material in store, they can also order special items. They offer up free estimates for their installations.

Their uniqueness is in the fact that they build on C-Posts. This means that the fences will stand up to 60 MPH winds.

2. Pioneer Fence

Credit: Pioneer

Credit: Pioneer

When you call up Pioneer Fence for a consultation, they will immediately ask you what you want to do with your fencing. From your answer, they will start to build an idea about your fence that will fulfill all of your requirements. They work diligently to ensure that if you want a fence for security, you are going to get a secure fence. If you want a fence for decor, they will get you a beautiful fence.

They work with a ton of different styles, even blending them together beautifully. Since fencing isn’t the only thing that they do, you can even get a complete make-over of your backyard from Pioneer.

3. DJ Fence Service

Credit: DJ Fence

Credit: DJ Fence

Sometimes you don’t need to be a huge company to really make an impact on the fencing industry. DJ Fence Service works with wood, vinyl, chain link, and ornamental fencing for residential or commercial fencing installations. They do honest, reliable work that will stand up to the elements. Not only that, but they are aware of your time and will always show up when they say they will.

If you have more space, they also work on field fences, post and rail fences, barbed wire, and gates. That work is just as high quality as the residential and commercial fencing.

As an added bonus, if you already have a fence, they will look into repairing it before they will try to sell you on a new one.

4. Rick’s Custom Fencing & Decking

Often, the reason people start to look for a fence is because they are getting a pool and learn they have to have a

Credit: Rick's

Credit: Rick’s

fence for safety reasons. If this is the case for you, looking for a contractor that does both fencing and decking is a good way to go. By doing this, you will have the same materials, tools, and style of craftsmanship for both.

It will also save you a lot of stress.

Rick’s Custom Fencing & Decking is one of those companies.

They build absolutely gorgeous decks and fences, working diligently to ensure that their customers are happy. Not only that, they will build fencing of any kind to go around the perimeter of your property, from wooden privacy fences to ornamental aluminum.

5. Able Fence Company

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Credit: Able

If you’ve got a bit of a tough job to do, Able Fence Company is the place for you to look. After all, their logo is, “If we’re not able, it can’t be done!” For the most part, this is true. They are able to put gorgeous fencing in places that are quite tough. They can even build custom designs for people who want to mix styles or try something new.

With 35 years of experience, they have a lot of experience in making people happy. Their fences are durable and will last you for decades. In part, this is because they use only the best materials.

If you are a little low on cash, they have tons of financing options that can help you out as well.

6. Superior Fence & Construction

Superior Fence & Construction is one of the premier fencing companies in the Vancouver area. They work

Credit: Superior

Credit: Superior

with chainlink, wood fencing & repair, vinyl, precast concrete, farm, ornamental steel, and aluminum fences for both residential and commercial needs.

In addition, they will repair fences of all kinds for those clients. If the job is too big, they offer up rental fencing and automated entry systems. Their emergency services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for industrial & commercial clients needing temporary fence rental where security or fence repair is an issue.

7. Lifetime Fence

Credit: Lifetime

Credit: Lifetime

If you are looking to DIY your fencing, which you shouldn’t really do unless you know what you are doing, Lifetime Fence is one of the best companies to purchase your materials from. Not only are they trusted by many of the companies on this list, but they are a favorite of people even a few states over.

They will quote you for their materials and even offer up suggestions on how to build the fence. They’ve been a leader regionally for over 20 years, so they know their way around fencing materials.

If you know how to install a fence on your own, give this company a go.

8. Lane Fence Company

Details are important to Lane Fence Company. They ensure that every single square inch of your wood, vinyl, chain


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link, or ornamental iron fence is perfectly installed. They will even create custom designs so that you get the best possible product.

If you don’t know what you want, Lane Fence Company will walk you through almost every step, helping you without talking down to you. Even after they are done, they will answer any questions you have about maintenance.

If you want a gorgeous gate, they can custom design those as well.


Call AK Timber Services for Fence Maintenance

After you have a fence installed, the work doesn’t end. You’ll have to do a thorough job cleaning your fence so that things like chemicals and natural debris don’t ruin the fencing or just make it look a lot worse.

While some of that will be up to you, AK Timber Services can help you with some of it. Trees and fences are a little bit like oil and vinegar – they really don’t mix that well. Trees can drop debris onto the fence, which in serious cases can cause weaknesses and in lesser cases cause staining.

The worst is a branch that has fallen, however. One branch can cause feet of damage and even take down an entire fence if it falls during a storm. If you have a suspect branch dangling over your fence or just want to clean up so nothing happens, give us a call today.

Header photo courtesy of Mr. Gray on Flickr!

7 Places for Outdoor Furniture and Decor in Vancouver

By AK Timber

Though we don’t always get a lot of time to enjoy it, our patios deserve to have furniture that is high quality and comfortable. Having all of that really makes it that much more special to sit outside and enjoy the beauty of nature.

Still, we have a lot of different weather here in Vancouver, so you need to have furniture that can withstand it all. That isn’t as easy to find as you would think. Sometimes you really need to dig and look around at different stores.

For people who regularly go to big box stores that have furniture in boxes that you can assemble with a single tool, it might seem strange to go to some of these stores and see what great furniture really looks like:

1. Arctic Spas

Credit: Arctic Spas

Credit: Arctic Spas

Many people around the Vancouver area know that Arctic Spas is a great place to go for your spa and pool needs, but what some people don’t realize is that it is also an extremely good place for patio furniture as well.

In fact, they boast that they have the largest patio furniture selection in all of Vancouver. You are able to find more modern looking furniture or you can find traditional furniture that will fit any budget. Of course, their furniture is good for around pools, which means that of course it will stand up to the elements.

Their selection of name brand furniture cannot be missed, so make sure to put this on your list of places to shop.

2.  Vancouver Woodworks

Credit: Vancouver Woodworks

Credit: Vancouver Woodworks

Vancouver Woodworks is the type of place the you recommend to your friends. Their furniture sometimes requires a little bit more work, because you have to put oil on them so that they last, but it is worth it. In fact, it was one of the most recommended furniture around because of just how high quality it is.

While the work mostly with indoor furniture, there are some outdoor options (or furniture you can make outdoor) that will appease your need for craftsman furniture.

This is a family business, so you know that when you go shopping here you are supporting people who are giving back to the community and working hard – not come big company with headquarters somewhere else.

3. Metal Art Bells

Credit: Metal Art Bells

Credit: Metal Art Bells

While this place doesn’t sell patio furniture, it does sell patio decor, which is something we haven’t really talked about yet. Metal Art Bells is a small business with handmade bells that sound as good as they look.

The best part about Metal Art Bells is that you can get a personalized bell that matches your style, colors, and even your personality. There aren’t many people who can make bells like this anymore – or anything like this really – so you should really take advantage of it. They make really great conversation pieces that will last you for a long time. Plus, they make a great tool to call your kids home, they are that loud.

Please note that 2016 is the last year for this company, so make sure you get your soon – or you won’t get the chance anymore.

4. Stonewood Design

Credit: Stonewood

Credit: Stonewood

Stonewood Design Center is another place that can give you some of the best decor for your patio. What is patio furniture if it doesn’t have anything nice to sit on top of? Stonewood Design gives you great options for the flooring and base of your patio.

From natural stone to beautiful wood, the choice is really yours as to what you want to do for your outdoor area. Stonewood Design also sells a ton of other outdoor and indoor finishings that will add a touch of luxury to your yard, patio, and home.

Even better, the staff at Stonewood Design is extremely friendly and really helps you in any problems you have, providing solutions that work for you.

5. Premier Patios

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Credit: Premier Patios

Premier Patios offers up a piece of patio furniture/equipment that we haven’t talked about yet, awnings. Now, awnings are considered by some people to be more of an older type of addition to your porch or patio but don’t listen to anyone who says that.

Awnings are a great way to control the temperature on your porch and patio. They also look really great and add a touch of style and class to your yard. Awnings, especially the kind at Premier Patios, also aren’t what you really think they would be – no more aluminum things you lower and raise. If you were looking for a patio umbrella, for example, consider something a little more unique.

6. Perch Furniture

Credit: Perch

Credit: Perch

Perch Furniture is another great option that we have in the Vancouver area. They build custom furniture that you can get as personalized as you want. This means that you should be able to get personalized outdoor furniture as well.

Everything at Perch is made with extreme quality in mind so that it lasts a long time, no matter what you put it through. In order to make something safe for outdoors, you’ll likely have to select a fabric that is graded for outdoor use, but you will still have to put it in a place where it gets some protection.

If you have the choice to do something personalized, why not take it?

7. Grant Michael Industrial and Antiques

Credit: Grant Michael

Credit: Grant Michael

We are going to warn you that with Grant Michael Industrial and Antiques, it is going to be incredibly hit and miss with what you can get for outdoors. However, if you do go and find something extraordinary, you can thank us later.

This store has some of the best options for people who are looking for something that is a little more unique or out there. They take antiques or strange furniture, fix it up so that it is actually usable, and then sell it. Of course, this isn’t the place for people who need everything to look the same, because it just isn’t going to happen.

If you are lucky enough to find something that can go outdoors, make sure to scoop it up right away.

Make Room For Your Patio Furniture

Are you thinking of creating an outdoor oasis in your yard but have a ton of trees or stumps in the way? AK Timber Services can help you clear your land so that you can have the patio of your dreams.

If you already have your patio, we can remove trees so that you get more sunlight, clean them up so that you don’t have tree debris falling all over them, or we can plant new trees so that you can some shade protection.

You’ve read above how much we value customer service and quality, so we strive to give that to our clients as well.

No matter what you need, give us a call and we can give you an estimate.

Header photo courtesy of futurestreet on Flickr!

7 Places to Get Hardscaping in Vancouver

By AK Timber

If you get your yard pruned, buy flowers and trees, and maybe even set up a swing set for your kids, your yard is complete, right? Not quite. If all you do is look at the organic parts of your yard, then you are missing a key element: hardscaping.

Hardscaping is everything that can be put in your yard that is made of cement, wood, stone, or a combination of the above. It includes retaining walls, pathways, pavement, drive ways, kitchens, pools, patios, and anything else you can think of.

Before you get some cement and try making these things for yourself, slow down. You really should hire professionals that know what they are doing and how to handle everything from gravity to mudslides. If you are in the Vancouver, WA area, take a look at these local businesses:

1. Boulder Falls Landscaping

Credit: Boulder Falls

Credit: Boulder Falls

While this business does a few different things, their hardscaping is really where they hit their stride. From absolutely gorgeous sidewalks that aren’t slippery to beautiful retaining walls that beg for florals, they can do it all.

Boulder Falls is trusted by many people in the Vancouver area, and with good reason. The specialize in using hardy materials, like bricks or stones, and making elegant looking paths and walkways. However, just because they are elegant doesn’t mean that they don’t stand up to the elements – they do that as well. In fact, Boulder Falls walkways are some of the longest lasting around.

No matter what you want to do with your walkway, give them a try.

2. Cornerstone Hardscapes

Driveways are a lot more important than they get credit for. If you have a nice car, then you don’t want to park it in a

Credit: Cornerstone

Credit: Cornerstone

driveway that allows sitting water, plants, or other pests in and around your car. If you have children, a level drive way is important for roller skating, riding bikes, and just playing.

Cornerstone Hardscapes does beautiful work with driveways. They use cement for a sleek finish, or bricks and stones for an elegant look. You’d be surprised what different materials would mean for your driveway – it can reduce problems that you may have.

A good looking driveway also adds to the curb appeal of your home, especially if you are going to sell your home anytime soon. With a patio like the ones that Cornerstone makes, it could even double as a patio for special events.

3. Mutual Materials

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Credit: Mutual Materials

If you want to get a beautiful looking yard, drive way, or patio, but you don’t have the extra cash to hire a contractor or hardscaping company, then you might have to get a little creative. With Mutual Materials, you can get the high quality materials that you need to do the job – the rest is up to you.

Mutual Materials specializes in pavers and brick, so you could even use them for  your DIY projects that you find all over the internet. With a little bit of research, you should be able to make your own walkway, garden wall, or repair what you already have.

Plus, they encourage you to be a little creative, which is always good.

4. All Fixes Handyman

The list of things that the All Fixes Handyman works on is seemingly endless, including: Fountains, hanging walls,

Credit: All Fixes

Credit: All Fixes

shade covers, bridges, trellises, arbors, benches, outdoor rooms, patios, fire pits, sculptures, ponds, dry streams, waterfalls, pergolas, fire pits, fencing, edging, picnic areas…and much more.

If you take a look around their website, you will see that they do take care of a lot of outdoor elements. Even more importantly, they will work with what you already have. So many companies just want to take what you have and get rid of it before starting new. However, that isn’t the most cost effective way.

All Fixes Handyman seems to work with people who are looking to flip or sell their homes, but they also work with the common home owner on all sorts of hardscaping projects.

5. BPC’s Contracting

BPC's Construction

BPC’s Construction

Sometimes calling a contracting company, like BPC’s Contracting, is a great way to get a more utilitarian outdoor space. Many people don’t want the bells and whistles, they just want something plain that is easy to take care of and clean. That’s where BPC comes in.

Still, their concrete work is done beautifully and lasts a long time.

If you are looking to get something done inside and outside of your home, then you can really get a two for one deal here and get everything done – great for people who are looking to sell their homes.

6. BSR Construction

Credit: BSR Construction

Credit: BSR Construction

Maybe you have nothing in your yard and you want a complete overhaul. Maybe there is a lot in your yard and you

want a complete overhaul. Either way, sometimes jobs are really big and require a company that has a lot of equipment.. If that sounds like you, BSR Construction might be the way to go.

They have all of the skills needed to make something that borders the line between artistic and utilitarian, without spending too much. In fact, they are one of the most budget conscious teams you will find in the Vancouver area.

7. Noble Stone

Credit: Noble Stone

Credit: Noble Stone

Some people don’t want to put things that you wouldn’t find in nature in their yards, and that is totally understanding. With Noble Stone, you can get just about anything you want made out of stones.

Many people choose to work with Noble Stone because it creates hardscaping that is long lasting, natural looking, easy to repair, and it works with your yard. Stone drains better, holds up better in the elements, and even handles soil better. It just so happens to be more cost effective too.

If you like a more farmlike or rustic look, this might be a place to start looking.

Keep Your Hardscaping Safe

It doesn’t really matter how high quality the materials and installation of your hardscaping is if you don’t take care of it. AK Timber Services can help you keep everything safe and sound. With proper pruning techniques, you won’t see the build up of leaves, pests, or sap. You will also see the appropriate amount of sunlight and shading to prevent decay.

We can also help you before you get your hardscaping, by clearing the land of trees, branches, and stumps. Give us a call today at (971) 404-7624 and we will see how we can help you on your mission to get a gorgeous back yard.

Header photo courtesy of Yuriy Kuzin on Flickr!

6 Places in Vancouver to Shop for Spring Gardens

By AK Timber

Spring gardens are part of what makes us love this season so much. While it doesn’t quite look or feel like spring yet, you can definitely feel that it is in the air. When it comes to planning and plotting your spring garden, there are a lot of different places that you can look at in the Vancouver area. However, at AK Timber Services, we can’t just go and recommend anywhere.

Instead, we want to recommend places that are going to give you the best possible result. After all, a more beautiful Vancouver is like free publicity for us. Some of these sources only serve landscapers or retail developments who buy in bulk, so beware. So check out these nurseries, greenhouses, and garden centers:

1. Van Veen Nursery

Credit: Van Veen Nursery

Credit: Van Veen Nursery

Van Veen Nursery is another great wholesaler that you should consider. However, they are an incredibly specific

nursery that deals in only a few types of plants. Let’s allow them to spell it out: “All of us here we are committed to producing quality rhododendron liners and rooted cuttings for the hobby gardener as well as the wholesale grower. We are the oldest niche propagation nursery for rhododendrons in the country, and we boast a wide array of very rare species and hybrids.”

While they have a physical location, they are also available for online purchases, making it easier for you to go about larger orders.

2. Hidden Gardens Nursery

Credit: Hidden Gardens

Credit: Hidden Gardens

Hidden Gardens Nursery has over 5 acres of beautiful plant life for anyone. One of the things they specialize in is the gorgeous Japanese Maple tree. They can help you determine when, where, how, and why to do this. Even once you plant their products, they are there to help you.

Trompenburg, Shishigashira, Sumanigashi, Bloodgood, Red Pygmy, Fireglow, and Red Seedling are just a few of the Japanese maples they have in stock at Hidden Garden Nursery – look on their website to see the different options that you have.

As an added bonus, when you clean up your yard this year, you can take your debris to Hidden Gardens Nursery so that it can be recycled.

3. Sunmark Seeds

If you like growing from the start, Sunmark Seeds is a great place for you to start looking. Sunmark Seeds offers a601996_634020919976335_2042765199_n few different types of seed, including EC Seed, which helps with erosion control; Turf Seed which is for athletic fields, golf courses, commercial landscaping, parks, roadsides, and fine residential lawns; Forage Seed for improved forage, legumes, and cover crop seeds to farmers, erosion control experts, wildlife biologists, livestock producers and horse professionals; Wildflower seed for specified areas based on what is going on with our climate, and other types of seed.

Give them a call today and they will be able to provide you with all of the information that you need.

4. Means Nursery Inc

Credit: Means

Credit: Means

Means Nursery is another local favorite for the Vancouver, WA area. If you are looking for fruit trees or fruit shrubs, this is the place to look – especially for their raspberry bushes, which are famous around this area. This nursery is known for trying to keep everything natural and allowing plants to just do their business, making them a greener option.

Means Nursery also sells a bunch of different options for potting soil, gardening tools, and other yard necessities.

Means Nursery also has some of the most knowledgeable staff members of any nursery in the area – and not only that, they are willing to help you with your selections. Make sure to check out their website because they offer up a bunch of specials.

Credit: Panzers

Credit: Panzers

5. Panzer Nursery

Azaleas are another personal favorite for us, just because they are absolutely gorgeous. And the flowers at Panzer

Nursery are some of the most beautiful around. According to them, “We combine the natural gifts of the Pacific Northwest growing region with our many years of experience and the most technologically advanced greenhouses and storage facilities to ensure you always receive healthy, vibrant plants.”

Now, be careful because azaleas are notoriously difficult shrubs to prune and take care of – but more on that later!

6. Skyline Nursery

Credit: Skyline Flowers

Credit: Skyline Flowers

If you consider someone an expert after they have a considerable amount of experience growing something, then people who work at Skyline Nursery are some of the most forefront in experts. They are a wholesaler, and they have some of the biggest locations on the west coast. They have 60 years of experience working with flowers, so they do know what makes something a good flower, a bad tree, or something that you can really be proud of.

They have nurseries located in Oxnard, Camarillo and Nipomo.  They say that they have “chosen these locations for their cool coastal breezes and moderate temperatures which provide some of the best flower growing conditions in America.” With thought like that, why wouldn’t they know what they are doing?

Make Vancouver More Beautiful This Spring

At AK Timber Services, your yard and garden is personal to us. We want everything to be absolutely gorgeous so that we can see more people out and about. While that isn’t always possible thanks to the weather, but even if the sun isn’t shining, colors and greens can really make a year more cheerful.

We can help you keep your trees in order with trimming, removal, fertilization, and stump grinding. Plus we also offer a ton of other options. Browse our website and see some of our services, and then give us a call at Call (360) 635-1076 to get a free estimate.

Header photo courtesy of Kevin on flickr!

8 Best Places to Buy Trees in Vancouver

By AK Timber

At least to us a AK Timber Services, trees are among the most important things you can buy to make your house into a home, your job into a business, or a patch of grass into a park. Trees are so vitally important and beautiful that we think people should take the time out each year and plant at least one tree somewhere. Not only do they help keep our air clean, save us on air conditioning bills, and add interest to our yards, but they also protect you from intruders, provide food, and even give something fun for your children. If you want to buy quality trees that stick around for a long time, try some from these businesses:

1. Portland Nursery

Photo Credit: Portland Nursery

Photo Credit: Portland Nursery

Portland Nursery is one of the premiere locations for not only flowers and garden ornaments, but also trees and shrubs. They offer a vast selection of constantly changing trees that are well taken care of and up to the standards that you need.

Portland Nursery also offers classes and events that help you learn about things like planting trees, when to plant, tree care, and even events specifically aimed at children. If you want fruit trees, Portland Nursery will help you in making decisions based on your yard.

Check out their website for a list of the different events and classes that they have – your backyard will thank you!

2. Means Nursery

Means Nursery is another standard for many people who live in our area. From fresh fruit trees and shrubs to

Photo Credit: Means Nursery

Photo Credit: Means Nursery

beautiful statuesque trees that will stand in your yard for years to come, you can pretty much find anything that you’d want here.

Not only plants, Means Nursery is also a great resource for anyone who is having troubles with plants, especially fruit plants. They specialize in fruit products, which means that it is a great place for beginners to try out. You should also check out their selection of azaleas – they are gorgeous!

Make sure you check out the specials that they have, as you can always get something at quite a steal!

3. Cornell Farm

Photo Credit: Cornell Farm

Photo Credit: Cornell Farm

If you are looking for a place to buy trees in Portland, Vancouver, and the surrounding areas that is absolutely gorgeous, then Cornell Farm might just be the best place you can go – it is stunning.

From the minute you pull up, you will notice brilliant splashes of color and remarkable shocks of green that will have you dreaming up a garden that you’d never be able to take care of. Cornell Farms offers up a vast selection of fine quality products, including everything you need to plant trees, take care of them, and of course the trees themselves.

Make sure to give yourself ample time to walk around Cornell Farm, as they have a ton of stuff to see. You should also engage in a conversation with the workers, as they are all highly knowledgeable about what is going on in the tree section of their store.

4. New Leaf Greenhouse

New Leaf Greenhouse is another great option because it is one of the nurseries that gives back to the community.

Photo Credit: New Leaf Greenhouse

Photo Credit: New Leaf Greenhouse

They help to earn money for local schools and organizations through fundraisers and special events.

New Leaf also offers a ton of great products to both wholesalers and individuals. However, they are only open from March through August, so you will have a little bit of time to plan out what you want. From there, you can go in and purchase whatever they have for sale, and the selection is constantly changing and rotating, so you’ll be able to find something new every time you go.

The staff at New Leaf Greenhouse is incredibly smart and quick to help you solve problems. They have a good selection of shrubs and smaller plants that work great for backyards that don’t have too much room, but want to make beautiful.

5. Arai Nursery

Photo Credit: Arai Nursery

Photo Credit: Arai Nursery

Arai Nursery is another great option, especially for people who want charm and some hands on attention. The standout at Arai, other than their quality plants, is the customer service. You will never find someone who went to Arai and wasn’t treated like a VIP. They will help you with any problems you have, teach you how to take care of your plants, and even offer up some great conversation – and that’s all before you make a purchase!

Arai offers up a lot of different options for trees, from the strange and beautiful to the helpful but rare.

Your breath will be taken away when you see all of the colors and shapes that these plants can take – you definitely won’t find them at any of place on the list!


6. Garden Frog Nursery

Besides having a really cool name, Garden Frog Nursery is also a really cool place to shop. When you go to their

Photo Credit: Garden Frog Nursery

Photo Credit: Garden Frog Nursery

website, you might be a little underwhelmed, but that is only because they spend more time working on their plants than they do building a website.

Garden Frog offers up a bunch of different trees, shrubs, and plants that can help you transform your backyard. Their ornamental trees are definitely the highlight here, as they will transform your yard quickly and easily. The team there is willing to walk you through everything from planting to taking care of the trees, so you don’t have to worry about going in as a novice.

Make sure you take a little time to really walk around and enjoy everything from the sweet smell of flowers to the sound of bees buzzing – it is all beautiful!

7. Thicket

Photo Credit: Thicket

Photo Credit: Thicket

Thicket is a little bit different from the other businesses on the list, so it is probably best to let them describe it on their own. According to their website, “Thicket is a garden boutique filled with a lush selection of flowers and plants along with a clever assortment of vintage ephemera and modern craft curated to inspire life lived in the garden.”

They are extremely helpful, offering up tips and tricks on the blog, willing to talk you through just about anything when you are taking care of their shrubs and plants, and even helping you find something special to make your garden stand out.

If you have some time to kill or you just want to check out one of the coolest shops around, you should definitely try Thicket!

I’ve Planted a Tree – Now What?

Once you have gone out and planted a tree, you are probably wondering what you need to do next. The first think you should really do is find a business that will help you to take care of your trees. AK Timber Services does just that. We help you prevent any problems with your trees, clean them up so they look beautiful, and when that sad day comes, we can ever help you remove your tree.

We treat each customer with the respect that they deserve and work hard to get you the best possible results. After all, we love trees just as much as you do. If you would like to get an estimate or talk to us about a problem with your trees, you can contact us today.

Header Photo Courtesy of star5112 on Flickr!

Winter Tree Care In The Portland Vancouver Area

By AK Timber Service

Please make it a priority this year to examine your trees right away. It may save you a lot in money and prevent a hassle.

Winter Tree Care In the Portland Vancouver area should be a top priority when the weather turns cold.

We love trees in our area, we are part of the great Northwest. We are known for great rainy seasons, green landscapes and great trees. Most people when they think about the winter in our metro area they think holidays, dressing stylishly warm, avoiding traffic issues,  and the basic household to do lists that make the winter as enjoyable as possible. A common over looked area on the to do list is tree care, and this is why it should be a top priority.

An item of concern if you have trees in your yard is the freezing temperatures that affect tress often starting in the end of November that typically last through February. During the winter season is the most ideal time to trimming and pruning trees. This will allow for optimal health of the trees during the growing season.

Hazards of Trees During the Winter

We do not get a lot of snow fall in our little paradise, but we do get freezing temperatures, massive rain storms, and even freezing rain. If trees are overgrown or not kept up with proper trimming, our beautiful trees can turn into a nightmare. Trees that are heavy with rain and freezing temperatures have a tendency of snapping branches, or causing splits in the trunks. Tree branches snapping open home owners to the possibility of branches falling on roofs or into the side of their homes, causing extensive damage that takes time to repair.

Splits in trunks lead to tree infestation and disease and result in a high price tree removal. It’ll take years to replace that beautiful piece of artwork and shade.

The solution? Proper trimming and pruning.

Not all trimming is alike.

Trimming trees properly is very important. Trimming and pruning when done incorrectly can result in the spread of disease eventually killing the tree. This may or may not be a job for the weekend warrior within you. Calling the experts can avoid some long term and costly hassles, even if it is for some quick advice, you’ll be happy you did.

Extra Bonuses

Having experts like AK Timber come out to examine and trim your trees will take the guess work out of tree care, we know what to look for even in the smallest of details. Our tree care services will maintain a long term healthy tree(s) that will provide the look and shade you love, saving you time, potential stress, and a lot of long term money to prevent replacing the tree(s) or even replacing pieces of your home.

So remember to walk out in your yard, give us a quick call and ensure the health of your trees and safety of your home. Do you need us every year? Not always, every yard is different, and our Arborist will be able to advise you on the most cost effective plan in maintaining your trees. Winter tree care in the Portland Vancouver area became much simpler.