Insights

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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Heat Stress & Your Landscape

Summer 2021 is one for the record books.  Abnormally high temps have taken their toll on ecosystem functions, our environment and our landscapes. As horticulturists and environmental professionals, we know that nature has an incredible ability to recover. Most plants damaged by heat will return with vigor when temperatures cool. Some will not. Why is […]

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Climate Change & Your Landscape

As epic summer weather continues in intensity, frequency and scale, the heat-drought-wildfire cycle and the cost to our landscapes, and environmental and human health is real. At DeSantis, we believe that climate change is a problem no one can solve alone but a solution we can work toward together. To that end, DeSantis is responding […]

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Let it Bee: Burgerville’s Meadow Lawn is Ground Zero for Pollinators

June is Pollinator Month, which is good news for the birds, bees and beneficial insects that are drawn to Burgerville’s many meadows. Brandon Wilson, account manager for DeSantis Landscapes, who oversees the Burgerville landscape maintenance portfolio, says the eco-lawn is a perfect fit.  The restaurant’s sustainable approach to locally-sourced products, healthy food and regional vitality […]

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Our region is facing record-breaking heat and drought.

The Pacific Northwest’s spectacular beauty and the natural resources we too often take for granted are at peak stress as we face one of the most severe heat weaves and dangerous drought conditions in history. The record heat is baking landscapes, compromising the health and safety of families, pets, communities, wildlife habitats, and ecosystems. When […]

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DeSantis Landscapes Promotes Horticulturist Laura House to Regional Manager

We are pleased to announce that Laura House has been named Regional Manager for Greater Portland, a geographic area which includes Sherwood, Oregon and southwest Washington.  She will be responsible for integrating and overseeing regional operations and client service teams, and lead initiatives that accelerate performance. “Over the past several years, Laura has progressively established […]

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Queen of Peace Students Learn to Go with the Flow

Gone are monkey bars and jungle gyms and in its place are playgrounds built with tactile, natural materials, such as boulders, logs, and water features. “Learning how the environment works is a first step to understanding the big picture,” said DeSantis Enhancement Manager, Luke Smith. “Designing and building an interactive water feature that allows kids […]

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The Business of Renewal

“This is the sound of renewal,” says Dean DeSantis in our latest video.  “The sound of business planting new ideas: ideas for ecosystems and habitats, parks and playgrounds, homes and businesses and new ways of living and working. Because when it comes right down to it”, he says, “the pandemic may have taught us how […]

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