Earth Day started 39 years ago and is intended to inspire awareness of and appreciation for the earth’s environment. At Dennis’ 7 Dees, we’ve been committed to earth friendly practices for years: installing sustainable designed landscapes, water retention systems and eco roofs, practicing integrated pest management and more. Visit our sustainability page for more information on our sustainable practices.
The national lawn and landscape association, Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), holds a nationwide Day of Service every Earth Day. Members of PLANET organize many volunteer lawn and landscape projects in communities across the country. The first PLANET Day of Service was held in 2009 and since then over 830 projects have been completed across the U.S.
2011 Willamette Valley Hospice, Salem
Willamette Valley Hospice is the only 501c3 non-profit hospice organization in the Salem area. Willamette Valley Hospice focuses on meeting the needs of terminally ill patients and their families; the staff and volunteers passionately believe that everyone should be able to receive hospice care services regardless of their ability to pay. We designed a complete landscape plan for this new construction project and installed all donated irrigation, plant material, lawn and bark mulch. We’d like to thank our suppliers who donated the material for this project: Youngblood Nursery, Fisher Farms, Windy Ridge Nursery, and Horizon.
2009-2012 Zenger Farm, SE Portland
Zenger Farm is a nonprofit farm and wetland in outer southeast Portland dedicated to promoting sustainable food systems, environmental stewardship and local economic development through a working urban farm. Friends of Zenger Farm utilize the combination of a 10-acre wetland adjacent to the 6-acre organic farming operation to provide unique experiential learning opportunities for youth, farmers and families in subjects such as sustainable agriculture, wetland ecology, food security, healthy eating and local economic development.
2012 is our fourth consecutive year of ‘Day of Service’ here, providing a variety of landscape and irrigation services at the farm and helping it continue to teach, inspire and prosper for many years to come.
In 2011, we worked on a new addition to Zenger farm called the “Furey Field”, which is a 5-acre community garden granted to Zenger Farm by the City of Portland. We installed water connections at individual garden plots and for field crops.