Introducing Joe DeSena – New Branch Manager

We’d like to introduce Joe DeSena to our Branch Manager Team!

Joe’s passion for landscaping comes from his family’s landscaping business.  Growing up he spent many summers, starting from the age of twelve, in the thick of landscaping. After serving our country in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years, he went on to earn his Associates degree in business management. With that under his belt, it was time to return to his roots and passion for landscaping.  Joe managed irrigation landscape wholesale suppliers and spent some time in landscape construction maintenance.  He’s been in the industry for over 20 years. When he’s not knee-deep in the landscape trenches, Joe enjoys sports and coaching and spending time with his family.

Welcome to Cleary Bros, Joe!

Fundraiser : David’s Medical Expenses

David Becerra Cleary Bros

GoFundMe Link:

As friends, family and coworkers, we are greatly saddened to hear that our beloved friend, David Becerra, was recently diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. He and his wife Margarita are deciding on the next steps they feel are best for them, however, in the interim, David has taken a leave of absence from work to focus on his health and his family.

For those that know David, you know what a wonderful person he is. Always courteous, always happy, always willing to help, always with a bright smile and a joke.  For those that don’t know him well, David has unwavering faith in those who struggle and is always there to provide guidance and encouragement. He takes great pride and ownership in his work and life and is an absolute pleasure to be around. David is truly an excellent example of a man.

As David is the only source of income for his household we have started this GoFundMe page to help him and his wife with living expenses and medical bills. Please help any way you feel you are led to do so. Anything you are able to provide will be appreciated.

Most importantly, please keep David and his family
in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

Source: Fundraiser by Dan Franke : David’s Medical Expenses

Ten Fun Facts About Four-Leaf Clovers!

  1. The four leaves of four-leaf clovers are said to stand for faith, hope, love and luck.
  2. Four-leaf clovers were considered Celtic charms and were believed to offer magical protection and ward of bad luck.
  3. Children in the Middle Ages believed they would be able to see fairies if they carried a four-leaf clover.
  4. In 1620 Sir John Melton made the first literary reference to their ability to provide good fortunate. He said, “If a man walking in the fields find any four-leaved grass, he shall in a small while after find some good thing.”
  5. For every “lucky” four-leaf clover there are approximately 10,000 three-leaf clovers.
  6. Four-leaf clovers are so rare because there are actually no clover plants that produce four leaves naturally.
  7. It is believed that Ireland is home to more four-leaf clovers than any other place, hence the phrase “the luck of the Irish.”
  8. If you give someone a four-leaf clover that you just found it is believed that your luck will double.
  9. Abraham Lincoln carried a four-leaf clover with him everywhere for good luck. However, on the night he was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth he was not carrying it.
  10. Unlike most plants, clover, three-leaved or four, can take nitrogen from the air and fix it to use for growth with the help of special rhizomes in their roots.

Written by Devon MacPherson from #TeamFrankie







Why Native Plants Matter (and What’s Native for Your Area)

Restoring native plant habitat is vital to preserving biodiversity. By creating a native plant garden, each patch of habitat becomes part of a collective effort to nurture and sustain the living landscape for birds and other animals.

Over the past century, urbanization has taken intact, ecologically productive land and fragmented and transformed it with lawns and exotic ornamental plants. The continental U.S. lost a staggering 150 million acres of habitat and farmland to urban sprawl, and that trend isn’t slowing. The modern obsession with highly manicured “perfect” lawns alone has created a green, monoculture carpet across the country that covers over 40 million acres. The human-dominated landscape no longer supports functioning ecosystems, and the remaining isolated natural areas are not large enough to support wildlife.

Native plants are those that occur naturally in a region in which they evolved. They are the ecological basis upon which life depends, including birds and people. Without them and the insects that co-evolved with them, local birds cannot survive. For example, research by the entomologist Doug Tallamy has shown that native oak trees support over 500 species of caterpillars whereas ginkgos, a commonly planted landscape tree from Asia, host only 5 species of caterpillars. When it takes over 6,000 caterpillars to raise one brood of chickadees, that is a significant difference.

Unfortunately, most of the landscaping plants available in nurseries are alien species from other countries. These exotic plants not only sever the food web, but many have become invasive pests, outcompeting native species and degrading habitat in remaining natural areas.

Landscaping choices have meaningful effects on the populations of birds and the insects they need to survive. The bottom line is this—homeowners, landscapers, and local policy makers can benefit birds and other wildlife by simply selecting native plants when making their landscaping decisions. To do your part, you can use Audubon’s handy database to discover native plants in your area and which types of birds they’ll attract. Just enter your zipcode, and it’s as easy as that.

Valentine’s Day Gift-Giving the World Over

On Wednesday, February 14, many of us will shower our loved ones with cards, chocolates, flowers, and even expensive jewelry. The celebration of love as we know it, developed in 1861 when candy maker Richard Cadbury came up with the brilliant idea of selling chocolates in heart-shaped packages. Valentine’s Day has since evolved into one of the biggest consumer spending days of the year.

The National Retail Federation expects the 55% of Americans celebrating the holiday in 2018, to expend an average of $143.56 for a total of $19.6 billion, up from $18.2 billion last year. While buying gifts for the people we love is a great way to show our appreciation, it is not the only way. Here are some fun and unusual traditions from around the world.


Don’t expect to find Welsh citizens exchanging boxes of chocolates on February 14. The country’s residents associate the day of romance with Saint Dwynwen, the patron saint of lovers, and celebrate it, slightly earlier, on January 25. The tradition, which has been around since the 17th century, entails exchanging wooden love spoons that incorporate traditional symbols like hearts for love, horseshoes for good luck, and wheels to indicate support. The cutlery, which is now a popular choice of gift even for weddings, anniversaries, and births, is of course purely ornamental and not practical for daily use.


In Japan, Valentine’s Day is observed by women giving men one of two types of chocolates: “Giri-choco” (obligation chocolate), or “Honmei-choco.” The former is designed for friends, colleagues, and bosses, while Honmei-choco, which is usually homemade, is reserved for boyfriends and husbands. Men return the favor on White Day, which is celebrated a month later, on March 14, with gifts that range from flowers to chocolates and even jewelry, depending on the relationship. In addition to being white, the gifts are also traditionally worth three times the value of what the men received. It is therefore not surprising that other Asian countries like South Korea, Vietnam, China, and Hong Kong have also adopted this fun tradition.

South Africa

Along with going out for a romantic dinner, buying fragrant flowers, and being surrounded by images of Cupid, South African women also celebrate the popular holiday by wearing their hearts on their sleeves — literally. They pin the name of their sweetheart to their clothing, which is how some men discover their secret admirer.


The Danish who began celebrating Valentine’s Day relatively late, in the 1990s, have added their own twist to the holiday. Instead of exchanging roses and candies, friends and sweethearts give each other white flowers, called snowdrops. Men also give women an anonymous gaekkebrev, a “joking letter,” that contains a funny poem or rhyme. If the recipient can guess the name of the sender, she is rewarded with an Easter egg later in the year.

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Welcome to Cleary Bros., Aaron Blau!

We’re happy to announce Aaron Blau has joined our Business Development Team!  Aaron is an East Bay Area native with 14+ years experience as a dynamic, reliable & highly talented sales professional. He is motivated, determined and brings with him a proven track record of success. Aaron will lead sales efforts to grow Cleary Bros. footprint in the South Bay. His diverse experience in sales, ability to drive growth and increase market share and capability in forging strong relationships make him a great addition to our team. When Aaron is not hard at work, he stays busy with his three kids. He enjoys coaching his two sons in youth football and his daughter in soccer.