My parents were avid gardeners in the middle of farm country. I never imagined that childhood years of trotting through garden centers and nurseries would result in such a deep passion for growing things. Living in the Willamette area for over 10 years I maintained a lovely yard complete with a front lawn matching all the neighbors. I weeded, mowed, pruned, aerated, fertilized and made occasional trips with debris to either Dan Davis Recycling or S&H Logging. Both close to home and more cost effective than waiting in line at a scaled station farther away. The choice of which place to go to was a matter of business hours and who was driving the truck to help.
A serious knee injury three years ago provided time to reflect on a long-imagined yard project. Unable to pull weeds, lift or bend down I could only contemplate the design and the plants I wanted in it. As the weeds constantly mocked my inability to remove them, the premise of my design became clear. I don't want the new landscape to own me. Essentially I am a lazy gardener. I want to plant something once and have it thrive. Dragging hoses around before or after work was out. Fighting clay soil with a shovel in July is not fun.
After removing the entire front lawn I thought the hard part was over. It was just the beginning of an intense but rewarding project. Today it is lush, productive and a joy to keep playing in. The neighbor kids want to see all the monstrous worms when I plant.
S&H Landscape Supplies was a huge part of my success. With a torn up lawn and the clock ticking on dug up bushes/plants potted in buckets, I didn’t have the luxury of waiting a season for manure and leaves to compost. After the drip irrigation was installed S&H delivered a truck full (7 yds.) of the most gorgeous blended premium soil. The delivery topped off with a carton of farm fresh eggs. The neighbors were blown away by how fast everything grew that summer.
Having grown up in America’s Dairlyland and living next to a dairy farm, the only hazard we ever experienced was a loose cow tearing up mom’s flowers. I am happy about being able to buy composted manure in bulk and avoiding bagged versions from big box stores miles away. It’s also easier than convincing a friend to loan a truck to pick up manure.
Thank you all for providing such an overlooked but vital community service to anyone that has a yard, a few potted plants or a desire for local eggs and meat. A local and sustainable business in the true sense.
- Kim B. (West Linn, Oregon)