The Science of Good Commercial Landscaping (yes really, the science)

 Humans have a natural appreciation for nature, it’s in our genes.  Edward O. Wilson even coined a term for this; biophilia, the urge to affiliate with other forms of life. When we have access to or take time in the natural environment, our heart rate slows, our productivity increases, we have fewer sick days and […]

RIP CITY – “Sustainability Dream Team”

How can landscaper contractors partner with others in facility management to advance sustainability goals? For one answer check out this Public Service Announcement recently released by the Portland TrailBlazers. RIP CITY!


Know who you are buying from: A salesperson can and may tell you anything.  Don’t take their word for it.  Do your research and check the Better Business Bureau.  See if there were complaints and if there were, how quickly were they resolved?  Also, review the company’s website and get a feel for their values and […]

New Commercial Landscape Project – nearly finished

We have about a week to go, but here’s some progress photos of a new Senior Living facility in Wilsonville called Active Adult. The terrace patio includes a paver pattern that will allow residents to play with “life-size” chess pieces. The other side of the terrace includes an Ipe hardwood deck for lounging and dining next to the outdoor […]

Add Some Color to Your Winter Landscape

by Laura House As the fall leaves drop and the cooler weather arrives, we can sometimes be left yearning for a splash of color to brighten the winter landscape. That’s when frost-hardy annuals, bulbs, and winter-blooming or fruiting plants can be a welcome addition to the landscape.                       Annuals: Cabbage and Kale – We are not […]

Clover comeback? “Bee lawns” gaining favor

Turf grass may be an attractive ground cover for homeowners but it holds little appeal for pollinators. Add some broadleaf plants with flowers to the mix, and it’s a different story: great forage for the birds and the bees. Lower maintenance, too. “Bee lawns aren’t 100 percent flowers. They have some grass included,” said Mary […]

Transplanting in the Pacific Northwest

By Jamie Sloan Here in the Willamette Valley, we are quite fortunate to be able to enjoy the bounty of many prolific landscapes and gardens. It’s a relatively easy conquest to find swaths of green, undoubtedly dappled with vibrant hues of thriving annuals and perennials. However, like most deliberate creations, much trial and error is […]