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Handmade Repurposed Planter Fences, Raise Beds, and Stonescapes at Hygiene4All

Hygiene4All is a houseless-led Portland nonprofit dedicated to create community hygiene, sanitation, and safety hubs for our houseless neighbors. SymbiOp was tasked to build planters, fences, raise beds, and stonescapes for this particular hub so that the space is not only safe but also beautiful. As usual, we gave this project our non-profit discount.

Bioswales, Food Forest, Medicine Garden, and Native Habitat at Tabor Commons

Tabor Commons is venue owned and operated by Southeast Uplift, a Portland non-profit with a mission to collaborate with the Southeast Portland community to build informed, inclusive, and participatory neighborhoods that support our social and ecological well-being. We are very glad to work with them because their mission aligns perfectly with SymbiOp’s mission. As usual, …

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Eco-lawns Take Two Years to Break Even with Savings from Mowing and Watering

Transitioning from a traditional grass lawn to an eco-lawn can seem like a daunting task. Inevitably, the question of cost comes up. So let’s talk about how the up-front costs of eco-lawn fair with their long-term financial and ecological benefits. The biggest financial savings of an eco-lawn are in maintenance costs. A traditional lawn needs …

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Budding Native Woodland-scape with Mini-Stonehenge Borders in Woodstock

This client wanted us to help them get the Backyard Habitat Certification, and we know exactly what to do! The site had grass lawns for their front and back yard. We sheet mulched some of the lawn and installed baby native woodland plants such as Ferns, Snowberries, Oregon grape, Wild Strawberries, Yarrow, Lupine, Oxalis, Wild …

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Bountiful Food Forest of Eden with Hugelkultur in Foster-Powell

This project is probably the most dear to our heart, not only because some of our workers live here, but also because it best represents our mission – creating landscapes that are good for the people and the planet. Here’s a video of just a quarter of the yard: We installed 17 fruit trees, 5 …

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