Tree and Ladder

Home Orchard Care

We specialize in helping homeowners grow fruit trees and berries by providing expert help with pruning, grafting, pest and disease management, planting and design.

Whether you want to learn how to care for your backyard orchard yourself, use our year-round organic management services, or just have access to expert advice, we help you install, maintain and repair fruit-bearing trees and shrubs for maximum health, yield, and environmental conscientiousness.

With our help, your edible landscapes will thrive, adding value to your home, bringing fresh produce to your kitchen,  and boosting your health.

Rates

Maintenance: Following an initial consultation, we will provide a thorough list of seasonal recommendations specific to your site, varieties, and fruit/tree size and conditions. Maintenance services are billed at $75/hr (1 hr minimum)Hauling and dumping fee $75 per load

Teaching and Consulting:  One on one training, or consulting which will teach you how to care for and maintain your fruit crops on your own. Includes all aspects of year-round seasonal care. $85/per hour (1 hour minimum)

Harvest and Preserving: Knowing when and how to harvest and preserve your fruit is as important as growing it! We bring the equipment and know-how. Fruit press, fruit crusher, canning equipment, etc. Call for availability and approximate harvest dates. $55/hour

DIY Option to lower costs:  Don’t be shy about joining in! We are happy to have you work along side us and appreciate your insights. Helping out typically involves loading wood or putting it in the greenwaste bin, thinning fruit, mulching, or spreading fertilizer. Other ways you can cut costs: sourcing and picking up your own plants, amendments, etc from the nursery (see blog post on recommended fruit varieties for Portland), or disposing of the clippings after we are gone.

Travel time fee: Due to the increase in traffic in the Portland Metro area we will be charging a fee for travel time that exceeds 25 minutes. Please contact us for more specific information regarding your location.