With a degree in landscape architecture from Washington State and more than 20 years of experience, Chris McAuslan crafts custom designs for both residential and commercial properties. When he isn't stocking his nursery with beautiful trees and shrubs, he installs landscape lighting, waterfalls, synthetic grass, and eco-friendly, solar-powered flowers.
Countless do-it-yourself projects would never have seen the light of day were it not for Aurora Rents—gardens would remain untended, furniture unsanded, bedrooms unpainted. Luckily, the locally owned and operated business has rented tools and equipment—all properly cared for—to northwestern craftspeople for 50 years. Equally as vital, each employee carries industry expertise around in his or her tool belt, and delights in providing insights, safety tips, and techniques for refinishing floors or shellacking homemade Trojan horses.
A pesticide-free and carbon-neutral company, Lush Eco Lawns avoids harsh chemicals in lawn-grooming services. The crew includes a certified arborist and gardener. In addition to offering basic services, such as weekly mowing, core aeration, and hedge trimming, crew members also design rolling landscapes. The Lush Alive program feeds grass plots with a unique fertilizer, which brims with microorganisms and nutrients that work with nature rather than replacing grass blades with painted steel slivers. When the Lush Eco Lawns staffers aren't nurturing botanicals, they attend workshops and trade shows, where they proudly display their verdant thumbs.
All 11 acres of Wintergreen Tree Farm smell like Christmas. Noble, Fraser, and Nordmann firs?along with eight other species?stretch across its Christmas tree field, giving off a sweet scent that evokes the holiday season. Trees range from 5 to 15 feet. A trip to the farm should always culminate in a steaming mug of apple cider by the gift shop's fireplace, where you can also peruse Christmas ornaments, fresh wreaths, garlands, and boughs. And if you purchase a photo package, kids can also take turns sitting on Santa's lap, whisper their gift list, and walk away with antlers, ornaments, and candy canes.
Signature service: Full exterior maintenance company
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Pro Tip: We have great customer service and quality work.
Sometimes it's all about the little things in life. What supplemental courtesies do you include with your main services to leave clients with a smile on their face?
We do free estimates on any work that that you would like done. Our crews are very professional and will talk with our customers to see if there is anything else that can be done to make sure they are happy when we leave the job.
How is your approach different than that of other professionals in your field?
We want to gain new customers and build a relationship with them to be able to service their exterior needs for years to come. We send out special offers to our customers to show our appreciation.
For 12 years, Ryan Ringe battled wildfires in Idaho, Washington, and Alaska, learning about forestry while preventing the destruction of natural areas. Now an ISA-certified arborist and tree-risk assessor, Ringe owns Arbor Barber Tree Service, where he trims, removes, and maintains trees alongside a crew of trained and certified professionals. Free consultations are included to assess trees, shrubs, and hedges for health problems, potential hazards, and hidden Swiss Family Robinson residences. The technicians perform all work according to ISA and ANSI standards to maintain the safety of both humans and plants.