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"Classic Nursery & Landscape/Alan Burke completed a landscape project for our Seattle home and we couldn't be happier with the result! My husband and I highly recommend them and we plan on using their services in the future. Here are some of the highlights from our experience and why we suggest using them: - Amazing communication and professionalism throughout the entire project - Highly qualified team of people who work for Classic. Everyone we interacted with was awesome. From the owner Alan, the Landscape Designer, the folks at the nursery who select the plants and the crew who execute the project -- all very talented, customer service focused and hard working folks. - Attention to detail and respect for our property. I was consistently impressed by how clean they left the work site. Every day upon completion the crew cleaned up and made sure there wasn't debris all over the sidewalk etc. - The end result is gorgeous! All the neighbors stopped to look and comment on our new landscaping and accused us of raising their property taxes because it looks so darn good! - Three months later and the new plants and new sod are very healthy and thriving! Here's a tip -- you have to WATER!! Watering my plants/grass has become my new hobby! I do it by hand to conserve water. However, one must be committed to watering their new plants and sod. Alan told me that since we used primarily native plant species and grass that will adapt and not require too much water in the long run but initially you have to water a lot, especially during the summer and throughout the next couple of seasons. - The owner Alan was very attentive to our project throughout and when the project completed he did a walk-thru with me to tell me all the things about my new plants. He has been very responsive to questions once the project completed as well. - The Classic Nursery is awesome and the folks who work there are so knowledgeable and helpful! You'd be crazy not to use Classic Nursery and Landscape!!"

- AA

Current & ongoing work...

By year end, when we compiled these shots, we had completed over 150 projects, from South King County to as far north as Everett. We are underway with a range of outdoor construction efforts, and had started a large paving project in Woodway in winter as well as a comprehensive project involving the renovation of a large water feature. In between, there will be scores of smaller projects, all prepared and executed with the same focused intensity. We are bidding lots of plans from other landscape designers and as often happens, are being called in when another landscape company drops the ball. Lots of folks are having landscape architectural plans drawn up and as always, we are making complimentary on site appointments to prepare estimates for projects all over the Puget Sound. We just received a large shipment of colorful hybrid shrubs and specialty trees at our nursery and look forward to an interesting season!

Services Provided:

  • Accent Rocks

    We do a lot of work in rock, from small boulders to river cobble, flagstone, and large boulders. Set by our experienced crews by hand or with a large trackhoe, rocks typically installed are local basalt and granite.

    With many other styles, shapes, colors and textures to choose from, we'll make it easy for you to sort through the types and sizes of rock available.

  • Decks

    Decks can present a good alternative to patios when we create a dynamic outdoor living space.

    The ability to make a more complex shape, add arbors and custom rails and span over an existing grade without a lot of retaining wall construction make decking a good choice.

    We have built them from basic and clear-grained cedar as well as TREX recycled lumber and imported ironwood.

  • Dry Streambeds

    We create these "dry streambeds" for a lot of clients. Inexpensive and visually appealing, this accent accomplishes a number of things, from controlling erosion to channeling drainage.

    Best of all, a dry stream breaks the beds into manageable spaces, allowing you to segment the bed areas for easier maintenance.

    We usually accent them with small mixed grasses, and always line them with a permeable weed barrier.

  • Flagstone

    You can choose from a wide variety of flat stone paving or flagstone.

    We most often use Montana slate, but also work frequently with flat granite, Wilkinson stone, tumbled slate, and a host of other types.

    Usually set in a crushed rock base covered with compacted sand, the stone can also be mortared, custom cut, and fit against other styles of paving for a more eccentric look.

  • Garden Structures

    A myriad of garden structures can be created for you, from gazebos and storage structures to sport courts, arbors, and fences with gates. We can also show you portfolios and manufacturer catalogs of a range of other outdoor structures and accents when you visit our Redmond sample library.

  • Lighting

    We do lighting a certain way, and we stick with it. Lights can be problematic if not installed well or from cheap kits. We use a high-quality copper pathlight with a higher wattage bulb than many outdoor low-voltage kit lights.

    There is a range of styles to choose from, and there are quite a few ways to light specific areas. Best of all, we also perform a night consultation to set your lights, so you can really study the effects and make changes.

    Finally, we install an FM frequency transmitter clock (it looks like a plug-in travel alarm clock) to allow you to adjust the lights from inside your home. That's right, no more fiddling with the transformer outside in the rain!

    Oh, and the bulbs are guaranteed for a year.

  • Patios

    We do a lot of patios. Keep in mind that you may need a slightly bigger space than you think to set a four-person table where you can still move your chair back without stepping onto the adjacent lawn or bed area.

    First you determine the shape and then you choose the materials. We'll give you a catalog showing stone selections as well as other types of paving to help you choose. You can also visit our sample library in Redmond for more information.

    Add pots and a few Adirondack chairs and...well, suffice it to say that we have to look at the size carefully.

  • Planting Beds

    Planting is what you think of when you think of landscaping, and nobody does it better than we do. We bring perennials that recur every year, beefy, robust evergreen plants that last all year, and fabulously colorful deciduous shrubs and trees as accents. We have acres of plants to choose from and a uniquely flexible way of working that allows you to "see the plants before you start."

    As one of the largest purveyors of Cedar Grove compost in the county, we also rototill or hand-turn your bedsand fertilize all of your new plantings. Best of all, we guarantee it all for one year and offer you a discount card when the dust has settled to shop at the Nursery.

  • Rock Steps

    These simple rock steps, made up of fitted small boulders, are one of the longest-lasting and most cost-effective ways to make steps. We can also make them from flagstone and other types of rock.

  • Walkways

    Creating a pathway through a native area or simply from the garage to the rear patio enables you to fully access your property.

    It can also create a distinctive and low-maintenance transition between beds and lawn areas.

    Constructed of crushed rock, flagstone, pavers, concrete or wood, pathways are one of the most common installations for our experienced crews.

  • Water Features & fountains

    A waterfall, stream or recirculating pond can be an attractive and calming amenity for any home. The pleasant sound of splashing water and the beauty of colorful fish can create a wonderful sense of serenity in even a small backyard.

    At Classic, we know that a successful waterfall or pond should look like a natural element in the landscape. You may also want to have a landscape architectural plan drawn up for the area to allow for such things as expanded patios, walkways or other design elements.

    The Classic pond utilizes a debris skimmer, much like a swimming pool, which is easy to access and clean. We can provide overflow assemblies, pump timers, self-filling valves, pond lighting, and a wide range of aquatic plants and different types of flagstone, rock, and paving materials.

  • Miscellaneous

    We can also coordinate the construction of all types of outdoor amenities, from pools to sport courts and spas.

    Working with us to design this type of construction offers some distinct advantages for you as a client. We design the feature to fit within a budget framework and solicit competitive bids on your behalf as part of your landscape architectural design package.

    Most importantly, these features fit within the overall site design, integrating with planting and other construction. We show you how to stage this effort to minimize site damage and perform the construction efficiently.

  • Garden art

  • Garden pots

  • Raised garden beds

  • Masonry

  • Carpentry

  • Swimming pools & spas

  • Native & naturalized areas

  • Theatrical Gardens

  • Outdoor kitchens