Portland Landscapers You Want To Know for 2017

by Ben Bowen

Landscaping in Portland, Oregon is a year-round endeavor. The last of the leaves are raked up in mid-December and the first weeds show up in February. The weather in between is largely free of ice and snow so new gardens are going in (in the mud, that is).

This is just one factor making Portland such a great place to be a landscaper. Unsurprisingly there are thousands of individuals and companies who can provide "landscaping". From solo gardeners like Mike Ellena of Ellena Gardens, to small family design-build firms like Ross NW Watergardens, to do-it-all behemoths like 7 Dees (whichever "D" you prefer) Portlanders have tons of options.

My goal with the list below is to help you decide which landscaper is right for your garden, property, family, and budget. The list is broken up into three main categories (small, medium, large), with a couple bonus niche categories (organic, irrigation repair, low voltage lighting).

Now, you might be thinking, why would you put this list together? Good question :-)

I am realistic. Not every client or project is going to work for us. There are more than enough gardens to go around and we will all be happier if we are compatible. So, yeah, I hope we are the landscaper for you. But if not, hopefully I can help you find the one who is.

Keep in mind that the recommendations below are just my opinion, in most cases based on projects I have seen, online portfolios, and interactions with employees of the companies. I am not running background checks or anything. Please use the lists below as a starting point and then do your due diligence.

Now for the lists!


Best Small Landscape Companies in Portland

Top Portland Landscape Contractors

Small companies are 1-5 employees and the person you deal with is the owner. A company this size is often a great choice for cleanups, weekly maintenance on an average sized yard, and small landscape improvement projects. Here are 2 really good small companies to check out:

  1. De La Cruz Landscapes. The owner, Julian, used to be a crew leader here at Ross NW Watergardens. He does excellent work maintaining lawns and properties, pruning plants, and basic improvements like spreading bark dust.
  2. Ball Landscaping. Yep, no website but you can get contact info here. Mike and his helpers are ready to tackle any landscape project you have, from new lawns to retaining walls to low voltage lighting.

Top Medium Landscape Companies in Portland

A medium sized landscape company is 4-15 people. Firms this size are likely to do everything from weekly lawn mowing to designing and installing complete landscapes. Most of the companies I really admire fit in this category (including Ross NW Watergardens!)

  1. Pistils Landscape Design + Build. A beautiful portfolio shows they understand how to use stone the right way. I also appreciate the diversity in their plantings. No "paint by numbers" landscape design here.
  2. Beautiful Bones and Purple Stones. Speaking of stone... some of the best stone work in the area comes from this team. More whimsical than Pistils or Ross NW Watergardens, make sure their style fits yours.
  3. JP Stone Contractors. Traditional stone mason crew that also does landscaping. I really admire their craftwork. I had the privilege of watching them work next door to us in Lake Oswego a couple of years ago. I was impressed by professionalism of the crew (and the great wall they built!)

Recommended Large Landscape Companies in Portland

The big boys have multiple crews dedicated to installation and maintenance of landscapes. To my eye most of them produce landscapes that are boring and at least a couple years behind the times. Some of them, however, greatly exceed my low expectations for a big landscape firm:

  1. Paradise Restored Landscaping. No one does big outdoor living spaces, outdoor kitchens, and over the top play areas better. No one.
  2. Desantis Landscaping. I am consistently impressed by the quality and variety of residential and commercial spaces these guys produce. They also offer a top notch organic landscape maintenance service that is working for the Rose Quarter and Burgerville.
  3. Landscape East & West. Skilled crews and very nice support people. I like everyone I ever meet associated with these guys. And they build some great fences and screens.

Best Organic Landscape Companies in Portland

Any of the companies above can avoid the use of chemicals while installing your landscape. But when it comes to maintenance the selection thins out. Here are two companies that do excellent work and are true believers in organic and chemical free landscape care:

  1. Katie's Gardening. Katie and her small team care for several of our completed gardens and do excellent work with them. Can't recommend enough!
  2. Clean Air Lawn Care. Organic and they used battery powered equipment. Every time they finish up at the property across the street from my home I feel a little guilty about the big blowers my crew use.

My Favorite Irrigation Repair Companies in Portland

Many of the companies above do sprinkler system repairs, but I recommend you go with a pro who specializes in them:

  1. Green Leaf Irrigation. Excellent service from knowledgeable technicians at a fair price. They test backflow prevention devices (as required by Oregon law) as well. When we can't spare a technician for a repair at one of our maintenance properties we call Green Leaf.

Recommended Low Voltage Landscape Lighting Companies in Portland

I love low voltage landscape lighting, and we would love to design and install yours. But if you need just repairs or for some reason don't like us you can rely on these guys:

  1. Oregon Outdoor Lighting. It is all they do and they do it well.
  2. Lewis Landscape Services. The owner, Jim, loves low voltage lighting and will personally make sure you get a fantastic system.

More Highly Rated Landscape Contractors

Evergreen Landscape Care & Tree Services

(360) 313-0728

17902 South Holly Lane, Oregon City, OR 97045

Autumn Leaf Home Services

(503) 201-1500

1898 NE Jamie Drive, Hillsboro, OR 97124

Bart's Landscape & Maintenance Service, Inc.

(503) 631-4814

PO Box 68015, Milwaukie, OR 97268

Blazer Landscape, Inc.

(503) 998-1507

13010 Southwest Caspian Court, Beaverton, OR 97008

C & J Landscapes, LLC

(503) 839-1671

3544 Northeast Cesar Chavez Boulevard, Portland, OR 97212

Elkridge Landscape Construction

(503) 663-7840

31735 SE Bluff Road, Gresham, OR 97080

Forest Landscape Inc.

(503) 648-8308

3975 Northwest Susbauer Road, Cornelius, OR 97113

Exstream Landscaping

11030 SE 92nd Ct, Happy Valley, OR 97086

(503) 850-8954

LandCrafters, LLC

(503) 647-2071

40040 Northwest Murtaugh Road, North Plains, OR 97133

Landservices, Inc.

(503) 644-8575

P.O. Box 1777, North Plains, OR 97133

Mountain View Landscapes

(503) 491-9194

17809 N.E. Marine Dr. D-1, Portland, OR 97230

Pro Scape N.W., Inc.

(503) 653-8707

3947 Southeast Wake Street, Milwaukie, OR 97222

ProGrass, Inc.

(800) 776-4727

29895 SW Kinsman Road, Wilsonville, OR 97070

New Dimensions Landscape

(877) 287-9418

8505 SE 162nd Ave, Portland, OR 97236

Summit Landscape, LLC

(503) 380-7618

PO Box 3610, Hillsboro, OR 97123

Tellurian Gardens, LLC

(503) 839-3069

PO Box 86273, Portland, OR 97206

Terra-Sol Landscaping, Ltd.

(503) 691-6105

21685 SW Hedges Drive, Tualatin, OR 97062

Preferred Landscape Services

(503) 319-0307

12337 SE Henderson St, Portland, OR 97236

American Landscaping Service

(503) 816-9755

10940 SW Barnes Rd Ste 252, Portland, OR 97225

Blessing Landscapes

(503) 284-3557

7219 Northeast 47th Avenue, Portland, OR 97218

Admirable Landscapes

(503) 249-1127

7005 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97218

Landscape Resources:

Oregon Landscape Contractor's Board. See if your landscaper is licensed before you hire!

Find a Landscaper on OLCA (Oregon Landscape Contractor Association.)

A Collection of Portland Landscape Projects (follow to see new ones when posted.)

Portland Landscaping on LandscapingNetwork.com

Thumbtack's Top 10 Landscapers in Portland Oregon.

Top Landscaping Companies According To Yelp.

Portland Oregon Landscapers on Houzz (lots of pictures!)

Porch's Top Landscaping Companies Here.

Landscape Services on Craigslist.

Top Landscapers According to Expertise.

Top 150+ Landscapers on AngiesList (free signup required.)

HomeAdvisor's Best Landscapers in Portland.

Landscape Management's Top Grossing Landscape Companies (nationally.)

Lawn & Landscape's Top 100 (nationally.)

Landscape Cost Estimator from Manta.