Right Tree Right Place

Thinking of a new tree?  Make the right choice and enjoy that tree for many years.

Here is some advice from arbor day.org:

Any Friend of Tree City USA can list the many bene ts of trees — shade, beauty, windbreak, privacy, cleaner air, less noise, less glare, and higher property values to name a few. But the key to these bene ts is to select
the right tree and plant it in the right place. The right tree in the right place not only ensures a lifetime of satisfaction, it also keeps maintenance costs low.

 If you are going to be planting a tree in the SF Bay Area, consider having is done by a professional that can warranty that tree and give it a good start.  Cleary Bros. Loves Trees.

 

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Time to reduce irrigation and clear away fire hazards

The autumnal equinox is behind us, and winter looms. Time to do some clean up in the Bay Area garden, get the winter planting done, and get ready to ease into the slow lane.  Commercial or Residential

  • Although we sometimes have downright hot days, the overall evaporation rate is slowing as the days grow shorter and the nights cooler. That means you can start reducing your irrigation schedule or, depending on what you’re growing, cut it off completely.
  • If we don’t have any rain in the next few weeks, water your trees and shrubs to a depth of about 12 inches, once this month.
  • You probably don’t need any more incentive after watching the destruction of Wine Country, but you really need to do some fire protection around your home. Prune low-lying branches on shrubs, and clean the eaves to remove leaf buildup. If you have flammable plants close to your home, you might want to get rid of them.
  • Shred pine needles, and use them as mulch beneath irrigated, acid-loving plants, or compost them. Trim away dead woody plant parts, and while using oak and redwood leaves beneath those trees as mulch is a good idea, you’ll need to shred them first if you live in a high fire danger zone.
  • Plant spring bulbs — daffodils, hyacinths, grape hyacinths — this month and next. Chill tulips before planting.
  • This is the week to plant garlic and shallots for harvest next summer.
  • Remember, Cleary Bros is your commercial landscaper serving the Bay Area
  • If you aren’t growing winter crops this year, considering planting a cover crop to protect your beds and improve their fertility. Plant legumes or grains, or a combination of both.Cleary Bros gardening tip

Source: Time to reduce irrigation and clear away fire hazards

5 Lawn Care Myths Debunked

There are so many lawn care myths floating around it’s hard to separate fact from fiction. Here are the top 5 myths we hear from our customers that need to be cleared up, once and for all.

Lawn Care Myth 1: It’s a good idea to remove grass clippings after mowing

Reality: A common misbelief is that grass clippings contribute to thatch, but in reality clippings act as a natural fertilizer for your lawn. Clippings are mostly water and will easily break down into your lawn’s soil. Save yourself the extra work by leaving the clippings and using them to fertilize your lawn.

Lawn Care Myth 2: You need to water your grass every day

Reality: Watering too frequently is just as bad for your lawn, if not worse, than not watering at all! Watering daily creates a mushy, shallow-rooted lawn that needs more and more water to survive. Lawns are heartier than we think – you really only need to water once a week. Just make sure your entire lawn gets an equal amount of water (about one inch).

Lawn Care Myth 3: Wearing spiked shoes helps aerate your lawn

Reality: While it’s incredibly convenient to just walk around your yard and have all your aerating done, it’s also incredibly false. Spiked shoes simply don’t dig deep enough into the soil and cover too small of an area to be of any use. Don’t waste time and money – aerate your lawn right the first time.

Lawn Care Myth 4: The best time to replace your lawn is in spring

Reality: Spring seems like the perfect time – after all, that’s when just about everything starts blooming. In reality, sowing seeds in spring is a fantastic way to end up with a brown lawn in the summer as your seedlings struggle to compete with heat and weeds. Fall is actually the best time to do your seeding – most weeds are dormant and the temperatures are more consistent.

Lawn Care Myth 5: Cutting grass short means you don’t have to mow as often

Reality: Seems tempting to just lower your blades…but beware! Lowering your blades actually causes more damage to your lawn – cutting too short can leave your lawn’s roots exposed to the harsh sun. Suddenly your beautiful green lawn turns into a patchy brown nightmare. In fact – guidelines actually recommend raising your blades in summer by one inch, to help your lawn stay healthy.

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Watering Schedule Helps Save Water & Keep Your Yard Green

Sage advice from our friends at Contra Costa Water District.

As we approach summer, it’s clear our water supply is in a good position. The state-declared drought that began in 2014 is officially behind us, but we still should be mindful of efficient use of our water.
You can give your yard the water it needs, but we ask that you do so wisely. It is possible to have beautiful lawns and gardens without wasting water.   Please remember the common sense water rules from the drought and make them habits: Adjust sprinklers to avoid runoff, fix breaks and leaks in your sprinkler system and turn off sprinklers during and after rains.   Please use our outdoor watering schedule to help you accurately set sprinkler timers to your yard’s needs each month.

Landscapers, celebrate National Public Gardens Day today!

National Public Gardens Day is held on the Friday before Mother’s Day weekend each year and invites the community to explore their local green spaces.

Today is National Public Gardens Day and it serves as an opportunity for the public and the green industry to get out and appreciate the country’s many public gardens.

Established in 2008 by the American Public Gardens Association, along with their then partner Rain Bird, the day was created to drive local and national exposure to the importance of building gardens committed to community enrichment and environmental responsibility.

National Public Gardens Day is held on the Friday before Mother’s Day weekend each year and invites the community to explore their local green spaces and take advantage of the conservation education that public gardens provide.

Members of the American Public Gardens Associate use the day to promote plant conservation, water conservation and the preservation of green spaces.

Visitors to public gardens, arboretums, zoos and historic gardens today can receive various discounts, promotions, demonstrations and other great incentives.

Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, is one of the participating gardens and will be demonstrating how its horticulture staff designs and grows their displays. They will also be showing off their production greenhouses on this day.

Others like Cheekwood Estate and Garden in Nashville, Tennessee, will be offering free admission while some public gardens will offer discounts if visitors download a coupon off the American Public Gardens Association’s website for that specific garden.

While some may think that public gardens are just for the community, these locations are also treasure troves of inspiration for landscapers. Additionally, sometimes it can simply be a treat to enjoy a beautiful space that you know one of your peers in the industry helped create.

To find participating public gardens, or any public garden, check out this link to search for one within 150 miles of the set location. You can also refine your search for specific horticulture features such as sensory gardens, rose gardens and more.

Source: Landscapers, celebrate National Public Gardens Day today!