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When You Can’t Leave it to Beaver

There is a piece of the Tualatin Creek that runs through the nature-rich landscape at Quintet Condominium in Portland – a stream bed, pond and shallow wetland that’s home to diverse species of insects, plants and wildlife, including a family of beavers. As Oregonians, we’re big fans of beavers. They’re hard-working and smart, and second […]

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DeSantis Landscapes Returns to Mount Angel Abbey

Seventy-five years after Luigi DeSantis cared for the grounds and the grotto, DeSantis Landscapes returns to Mount Angel Abbey. In 1905, Luigi DeSantis arrived in New York from Montefortino, Italy. He spoke no English. He had one suitcase, a deeply-rooted belief in his faith, and a determination to succeed in the land of opportunity. A […]

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Beyond Pesticides: Reducing Toxicity in Our Landscapes

DeSantis Landscapes supports the State of Oregon’s recently enacted curbs on the indiscriminate use of toxins on key property types, including HOAs.  These toxins fall into a class of chemicals that include glyphosates and neonicotinoids, which represent a potential risk to pollinators, non-target organisms, and human health and safety. As environmental professionals, and as a […]

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City of Milwaukie Partners with DeSantis Landscapes to Implement Sustainability Vision

DeSantis Landscapes is proud to announce that the company has entered into an agreement to provide the City of Milwaukie, Oregon with climate-positive landscape maintenance services to help the city meet its climate action goals for 2045. Included in the plan are multiple components that improve and protect waterways, plant and maintain public open spaces […]

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DeSantis Raises the Bar for Sustainability

DeSantis Landscapes, a preeminent Oregon impact partner on environmental health and landscape best practices, has implemented ambitious water stewardship standards across its portfolio to address the region’s environmental challenges. “To be green, you have to do green well,” says company president Dean DeSantis, a 2021 recipient of Lawn & Landscape magazine’s Industry Leadership Award for […]

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Soren Hughes Joins DeSantis Landscapes as Design Lead

Wisconsin native Soren Hughes says that among his favorite things since arriving in Oregon is the state’s ecologically diverse environment. A graduate in Landscape Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Soren has found a role at DeSantis that combines his interest in protecting and regenerating the natural world with approaches that reverse soil depletion and biodiversity decline and improve groundwater […]

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Empowering the Front Line

Portland Gas & Electric’s (PGE) line workers are utility players in the best sense, says Dean DeSantis, whose landscape teams are working on a new state-of-the-art training facility in Sherwood, Oregon. “We’ve all relied on these workers through wildfires and ice storms and weather events over the past year, and it’s an honor to be […]

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Calculating the R in ROI: 10 Ways to Generate a Higher Return on Your Landscape Investment

For most property and facility managers and commercial real estate firms, linking landscape strategy to tangible value is an enduring exercise in understanding landscape’s role as a key business driver. Typical landscape budget conversations can often get stuck in the weeds—endless negotiations about resource allocation and not enough time spent on resource conservation. By radically […]

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