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.



Bay Area Tree Care


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

Morgan Hall Joins Cleary Bros

Morgan Hall joins Cleary Bros.  bringing commercial landscaping to the Bay Area

Please join us in welcoming Morgan Hall to Cleary Bros. 

Morgan will be our new Vice President of Sales.  He is a Bay Area Native with 15 years sales experience, the last nine in Commercial Landscaping.  His diverse experience in sales, attention to the customer experience, knowledge of the market and leadership skills make him a great addition to our team.  Morgan has been married 10 years with a daughter and son.  He stays involved in his children’s school community and their youth sports organizations.



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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10 Genius Life Hacks That Will Save Your Summer


Ella Fitzgerald’s famous song “Summertime” captures what we love most about the season: “The livin’ is easy.” For three whole months, we have opportunities to lounge on the beach, plan picnics in the park, indulge with chilled white wine and frozen treats, and tan on a dock — preferably somewhere remote — with our friends and family.
But all of these summer perks come with their own minor annoyances. Sticky popsicle fingers, dock splinters, and warm wine, just to name a few. Not to worry, though — we’re here to help. Take a look at our top 10 favorite tips from Dan Marshall’s book, Life Hacks, designed to make your summer livin’ a little easier.

  1. Grape Cubes The only thing worse than no white wine is warm white wine. And the only thing worse than that is watery white wine. Forgo ice cubes for this popular alternative: “To chill your drink instantly, freeze some grapes and drop them into your glass.”
  2. Eau Naturelle Treat yourself to a spa-level steam shower after a long day at the office or relaxing on the beach. “Help yourself to a few branches of eucalyptus and hang them from the showerhead. As you shower, the warmth and moisture will disperse the fragrance from the leaves, giving you a natural, sweet-smelling boost to your showering.
  3. Phone Lantern On your next camping trip, ditch the flashlight and use that extra backpack space for s’mores ingredients. “Put a water bottle on top of your phone to create a makeshift lantern. The light from the screen will turn the water bottle into a light…remember to turn off the lock on your phone to keep the light continuous, and make sure that the bottle has water in it for optimum refraction.”
  4. Ice Pop Drip-Catcher Refreshing, delicious, and perfectly sweet…what’s not to love about popsicles? Ah, yes, the sticky popsicle fingers. Say goodbye to the goo with this clever trick. “Just poke the wooden stick down through the middle of a [cupcake wrapper] to create a little cup to catch the offending drips.”
  5. No-Cramp Running This tip sounds crazy, but we’re willing try anything to avoid cramping on our (sporadic) summer jogs. “If you exhale when your left foot hits the ground, it stops you from cramping up.”
  6. Assisted Splinter Removal Nothing can ruin a good day spent on a dock like an annoying splinter. But here’s baking soda to the rescue! “Wet the area with water and sprinkle baking soda onto it, then cover with a [Band-Aid]. Leave it for a day or so. When you peel back the bandage, the splinter will be raised out of the skin, making it easy to pick out.”
  7. Milk Bottle Watering Can Maintain your beautiful summer garden (and save a few bucks) with this simple DIY watering can. “Find an empty plastic milk carton. Remove the lid and pierce it with a metal skewer until you have sufficient holes to resemble the nozzle of a watering can. Fill the milk carton with water and attach the lid.”
  8. Six-Pack Caddy On your next picnic, save yourself multiple trips to the car with this handy hack. “To create your caddy, simply save a cardboard six-pack holder. Put napkins, cutlery, salt and pepper shakers, and sauce bottles in the compartments.”
  9. Tanning Secrets With this clever trick, you can take a dip in the ocean and not have to worry about your unattended valuables disappearing. “Use an empty sun lotion bottle to store those precious little things like car keys [or] your phone.”
  10. Clothing De-Wrinkler Warm summer temps mean trading out those wool sweaters for light cotton blouses and tanks…which, sadly, are no strangers to wrinkling. Try out this hack and save yourself a trip to the dry cleaner. “Throw your shirt in the dryer along with a few ice cubes and set it to spin for five minutes.”

By Sydney Mondry


The Declaration of Independence, 1776

By issuing the Declaration of Independence, adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, the 13 American colonies severed their political connections to Great Britain. The Declaration summarized the colonists’ motivations for seeking independence. By declaring themselves an independent nation, the American colonists were able to confirm an official alliance with the Government of France and obtain French assistance in the war against Great Britain.

The Declaration of Independence

Throughout the 1760s and early 1770s, the North American colonists found themselves increasingly at odds with British imperial policies regarding taxation and frontier policy. When repeated protests failed to influence British policies, and instead resulted in the closing of the port of Boston and the declaration of martial law in Massachusetts, the colonial governments sent delegates to a Continental Congress to coordinate a colonial boycott of British goods. When fighting broke out between American colonists and British forces in Massachusetts, the Continental Congress worked with local groups, originally intended to enforce the boycott, to coordinate resistance against  more…