Services

Tree Care

Food in the Landscape

Natural Resource Consulting and Contracting


Tree Care

Why should you chose Sense of Place for your tree care needs?  To start, we offer estimate appointments after working hours and on weekends.  You won't wait hours for our sales person to arrive.  When we say 6pm, we mean 6pm.

Our ISA Certified Arborist does the bids AND performs the work.  This eliminates the potential for miscommunications.  A detailed written estimate gives you peace of mind that what was discussed is what will occur on work day.

Fruit tree pruning.  As home orchardists and arborists, we have fruit tree pruning experience that only comes from working on the same trees year after year after year.  We've also invested in equipment that speeds our work and prevents repetitive motion injuries.  The combination of experience and equipment equals unparalleled efficiency.  

We use a commercial grade back yard chipper and leave wood chips on site whenever possible.  We can scatter chips or leave them in a pile for you to use as mulch in your landscape beds, allowing you to benefit from their weed suppressing, water preserving goodness.

Oregon law requires any business trimming branches higher than 15' or removing trees or branches greater than 4" in diameter to be licensed with the Oregon Construction Contractors Board, or the Oregon Landscape Contractors Board.  Our LCB# is 8795.  Sense of Place is bonded and insured for your protection.

Payment convenience.  Invoices are promptly mailed or sent via email.  We accept cash, check, and VISA and MC credit cards.

Tree care services include:

•    Health and risk assessment

•    Preservation

•    Pruning, removal, and stump grinding

•    Fruit tree pruning, restoration and organic pest & disease control

•    Storm cleanup: 24 hr emergency response

•    Cat in tree rescue (no charge for rescue of stranded kitty cats)


       The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Food in the Landscape

From raised beds to full blown mini-farms, we'll help you maximize success and avoid common mistakes.  Production goals, light availability, soil fertility, watering methods, weed loading and control methods, and pollinator habitat: addressing these issues is key to getting the most out of your food production efforts.  Whether you are starting from scratch or needing help with renovation plans, we'll help you design systems that stack functions, turn problems into solutions, turn waste into resources, and multiply your bounty.  

Our designer will work with you to customize your design to fit your fresh eating and food preservation goals, gardening style, available effort, and on-site resources.  Our installation work is performed with attention to detail and care for the environment.  Areas of in-house expertise include:

•   Vegetable gardens, fruit trees, and all aspects of edible landscaping

•   Native plantings for drought tolerance, pollinator support, and bird habitat

•   Fences and paths

•   Drainage improvement

•   Bio-swales and rain gardens

•   Drip irrigation systems

•   Rain water catchment

•   Chicken coops and grazing systems

•   Greenhouses

Take a look through our Portfolio to see some of our recent projects.  References are available on request.  Sense of Place is an all phase landscape contractor, licensed with the Oregon Landscape Contractors Board (LCB#8795).

Natural Resource Consulting and Contracting

We solve natural resource problems using logic and determination to insist on science-based, data-driven decisions.  Service areas include:

•   Stormwater management

•   Ecological inventory and conservation planning for properties large and     small

•   Wildfire fuels reduction

•   Timber stand improvement

•   Riparian restoration and management

•   Trail construction and maintenance

•   Noxious weed control--Canada thistle, lesser celandine, morning glory,             Himalayan blackberry, English ivy, creeping charlie.

•   Grant and technical writing, editing, and group facilitation


Training and Seminars

Customized, hands-on seminars for small groups are the preferred setting for our training workshops.  We maintain a high instructor-to-student ratio to ensure you will have adequate time for questions and covering the subject matter.

Available topics include:

•   Fruit trees

•   Composting

•   Intro to Permaculture

•   Low maintenance vegetable gardening

•   Hand tool repair and maintenance

If you don't see your topic of interest listed above, just ask and we'll work with you to customize a seminar, or find another resource for getting you the information you need.

Low Carbon, Organic Landscape and Tree Care Services

Looking for an organic, low carbon way to manage your landscape?  If you live in Clackamas, Milwaukie, Oregon City, Gladstone, or North Clackamas County, we may be able to help with tree care or regular landscape maintenance using bicycle transportation and hand powered tools.  We're also available for consultations to help integrate decisions about landscape care into your overall household environmental footprint.  Although owner Nick Bezzerides has long been a bicycling, doubling digging, reel mowing, hand tools first environmental nerd, don't think we won't apply common sense.  Sense of Place regulars know that we look out for your pocketbook too.  Call us today to initiate a conversation on this important topic.