Owned and operated out of Oregon City, Greenblade Lawn Care fields a team of professional landscapers who expertly tend to the lawns, trees, and shrubs that surround customers’ homes. The team aims to reveal the healthy and verdant yards lying beneath weed overgrowth and makeshift MMA cages through its custom plans, composed of fertilization, aeration, and disease and pest prevention. Homeowners may also opt for 100% organic treatments, which include fertilizer made from the nitrogen naturally found in fish and chicken.
Expanding on a tradition of supplying firewood and landscaping supplies that stems back to 1968, the Stroupe Family gave the public a literal taste of their ranching lifestyle when they decided to start selling their locally raised meats in 2009. All meat––including tenderloin steaks, pork spare ribs, and whole free-range chickens––comes from animals raised without antibiotics or hormones, which ensures a more peaceful upbringing unmarred by temper tantrums over the cattle's curfew. These animals are also pasture raised on a vegetarian diet of fruits, vegetables, grass, and hay, and all meat is cut and processed at a local USDA-approved facility to guarantee its quality.
The licensed, bonded, and insured arborists at AK Timber Services, LLC deftly perform tree care ranging from planting and pruning to disease treatment. In the event of damage caused by wind, lightning, or a crash-landed Millennium Falcon, homeowners can call upon the team for emergency care, including cabling or full removal. The team also takes pride in its use of eco-friendly and green practices, employing biodegradable oil and recycling wood waste.
Whether pruning Portland's most prominent trees—including a 150-year-old Oregon white oak and a semiretired giving tree—or tending to newborn saplings in residential lawns, the International Society of Arboriculture¬–certified arborists at Urban Forest Pro treat each tree with care, earning the Angie's List Super Service award for three consecutive years. The crew's cornucopia of services includes trimming, deep-root fertilization, and organic pest control using environmentally friendly sprays. After tree pruning and removal, the technicians recycle all branches, milling the large pieces into furniture and repurposing smaller pieces as wood chips for local farms or false teeth for colonial re-enactors.
Urban Farm Store's storied urban farmer Robert Litt quit his job as a landscape architect to form this beloved bucolic boutique—offering the metropolitan masses a chance at their own barnyard bliss with supplies such as organic vegetables (starting at $2.95) and organic fertilizers (bulk, priced as marked). Use your digging skills for good instead of graves when you plant a fruit tree ($12.95 to $27.95). Or nurture a bountiful garden bed using organic potting soil (two cubic feet for $12), which is better than willing plants to grow by rubbing your genie-infested wishing sweater. Urban Farm Store also offers beer-making supplies, cheese-making classes, and pasture-raised meat and eggs far superior to meat and eggs conjured from thin air by starving birthday-party magicians. For the ultimate farm feat, however, adopt and bring home a baby chick ($4.95). These infantile egg producers arrive at the store on certain dates and sell quickly. Urban Farm Store also hosts free classes on basic chicken care every other Thursday at 6:30 p.m., during which they'll explain why it's better to feed chicks with organic chicken feed ($21) than molding clay and clock parts.
Those with surgically implanted green thumbs can find common houseplants (starting at $4.25 for 4" plants) alongside exotic tropical plant species, water-retaining succulent plants, and various cactus varieties. The shop also stocks decorative pottery (starting at $9.99), which includes the work of local and international artists, and baskets for displaying arrangements. The Plant Peddler provides a number of services including design assistance, product delivery, and home visits. Knowledgeable staffers can help transform stark indoor spaces with lush greenery that is beneficial to health and is said to be a natural mood-booster. They also can counsel clients in artful arrangement and plant maintenance in the home or office. And for less long-term commitments, rental plants are available to temporarily enhance the atmosphere for special occasions.