Cleary makes Top 100 US and Canadian Landscapers

Cleary Bros Top 100 Landscapers

Cleary Bros. is proud to announce that we have made the Top 100 US and Canadian Landscapers list by Lawn and Landscape.

After 30 years, the two brothers have carefully built up one of the Best and most stable landscape companies in the country.

“It’s been a lot of work, but we are very proud of our Company.  With a constant focus on excellence, customer care, and employees we have built a truly high quality green services firm”  Says Martin Cleary, President and founding partner.

With three service lines: Commercial Grounds Maintenance, Tree Care Services, and Landscape Installation and 230 employees.  Cleary Bros has a proven track record of serving the San Francisco Bay Area.

**Note: the article states the revenue mix incorrectly.  Over 95% of the sales are to commercial owners**

Link to the results

source: Lawn and Landscape Magazine


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!

Hiring Maintenance Business Development Manager


Hiring Sales PersonWe are looking for a Business Development Team Member for our Landscape Maintenance Division in the Bay Area.

Click here for an online application

The target income for this position is $100k+.
Cleary Bros. Landscape, Inc., a leading contractor in the Landscape Construction industry, is currently seeking to add another skilled Maintenance Sales Representative. Cleary Bros. is celebrating 30 years of success and has 225 employees.

You will be taking over an area that already has tremendous momentum, a large data base, and hundreds of previous bids to re-visit with people that already know us.

Position Purpose: 
Generate new landscape maintenance service contract sales for Cleary Bros. Landscape, Inc. (CBL). Our work includes landscape services of commercial real estate types . . .Office, Large Corporate Sites, Retail, Resort, Home Owners Associations, and related landscaped sites. The ideal candidate must be a self starter that possesses a passion for success, and a proven sales record in the San Francisco Bay Area. The regional territory for this position is the East Bay. Representative must have the ability to meet the assigned annual contract sales goals. 

Job Title: Maintenance Business Development 
Department: Maintenance 
Reports To: Division Manager 

The qualified candidate will possess effective personal leadership, inter-personal skills, time management, and recognize needs of the customer, and successfully sell landscape maintenance contracts with integration to (CBL) operations. The position requires the candidate to exercise leadership within a team-based environment. Also, effective sales process, interpersonal skills, prospecting and follow-through with prospects, co-workers and clients. Other skills required of the position include organizational, computer (Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook), and mentoring. 
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Backyard Investment

Get to know your backyard.  Get the most out of your private outdoor living space.

Realtors suggest spending 10% of your home value on your backyard.

Back Yard Investment

From the Washington Post:

While meeting with clients recently to discuss preparing their home to sell, the topic of landscaping came up.

They asked me:

• “What is the return on our investment for improving the landscaping around our house before listing the home for sale?”

• “Will we get more money for the house if we improve the yard and, if so, how much more will we get?”

• “How much should we spend on landscaping to maximize our return on investment?”

Of course, landscaping adds value to your home.  Who hasn’t heard about the value of curb appeal?  HGTV has pound that into our heads.

As a real estate agent, I have found that most homebuyers are more excited about touring a home that looks inviting on the outside than one that is sad and dreary, unless they were focused on buying a fixer-upper.

Similarly, you would probably run from a first date who showed up disheveled and wilted.  Hopefully, you wouldn’t be looking for a fixer-upper in this scenario.

Yet I struggled to quantify an exact return on investment for my clients.   So I set out to find a definitive answer.

“I have been asked about this multiple times,” said John Gidding, host of HGTV’s “Curb Appeal” and Logo TV’s “Secret Guide to Fabulous” in response to my question about the return on investment of landscaping.

“I have always heard the number 150 percent,” Gidding said in a recent phone interview.  “But to me that is conservative.  On a ‘Curb Appeal’ project, I put in $20,000 and the sellers got $200,000 more than they had paid for the house just a year prior.  The return was astonishing.”

I certainly wasn’t going to guarantee my clients a 1,000 percent return on their investment in landscaping.

“I would not say that every $20,000 gets you $200,000,” Gidding agreed.  “It depends on if you are investing your money well.  The best strategy is to research the architectural style of your home and create a landscaping plan that matches.”

What if you don’t have $20,000 to invest in landscaping?

“In terms of dollar amount, the standard suggested is to invest 10 percent of the value of your home in landscaping.  That is a general guideline,” said Erik Shorb, co-owner along with his two brothers of American Plant, a Bethesda-based nursery and landscaping company.

“If you don’t have that kind of money to invest, at the minimum I would recommend adding color with annuals, perennials, or seasonal flowering shrubs; mulching; edging; removing weeds; and getting the grass as green and full as possible,” Shorb said.  “Those are the quick and inexpensive fixes.”

Shorb offered an even cheaper alternative.   “Hire a mow and blow guy for a few hundred dollars to do a full yard cleanup and plant a few flowering annuals.”

“If you only have a few hundred dollars, paint the front door and get new house numbers.  Improve whatever the eye will see from the street,” Gidding said.

A quick Web search resulted in a medley of statistics on the return on investment of landscaping.   I found numbers ranging from a 100 percent to 1,000 percent ROI on landscaping.  Other Web sites estimated an increase in value on your home from 5 percent to 20 percent.

“I would be throwing darts in the dark if I were to give you an exact return on your investment,” said Shorb.

“If you are looking for a specific number, good luck,” said Gidding.

Does spending more money translate into higher returns?

“Very extensive 
landscaping, while loved and valued by fellow gardeners, can be seen as a negative by buyers who are concerned about the extra maintenance cost and extra work involved,” said Cindy Moses, associate broker of Keller Williams Flagship of Maryland.  “That prize rose garden can be seen as a thorny problem by 
those lacking green thumbs.”

If you are getting your home ready to sell this spring, here are some tips for getting the yard in shape on a budget:

•  Keep the yard weed free – preferably without the use of chemicals. That means getting your hands dirty.

• Add some potted and planted flowering annuals near the front door.

• Mulch and edge the lawn for a clean and tidy appearance.

• Keep the lawn mowed and watered.

Despite not being able to pin down an exact ROI on landscaping, a positive first impression of a home can mean the difference between a buyer driving by or stopping to take a closer look.  Just like the importance of making a good first impression when meeting someone new, with a little attention to the landscaping of your home, you can increase your chances of a better outcome when selling your home.

Source: Jill Chodorov at the Washington Post

People Are Talking!

People are talking about Cleary Bros and here’s what they’re saying!

“I just got a glowing ‘Thank you’ from the homeowner saying it looks great and thanking you that you got it taken care of so quickly.”

Property Manager at Stoneridge Townhouses

“Manuel was here. He turned on and checked the sprinkler system. He is wonderful and probably the best Lead Gardener we have. Please let his boss know that our flowers, shrubs and home owners appreciate his hard work!”

Thank you again for your attention.
Resident at Rinconada Hills

“Dan, thank you for the mulch by the pool.  I was down there this morning to check it all out before the official pool opening tomorrow, and the area around the small lawn and to the right of the gate has been mulched and looks really nice.  Thank you so much.

Also, in walking back to my unit I have to say that the 2 lawns in that common area below my deck are the nicest they’ve ever looked.  They are truly green and full and so well-manicured.  AND the ivy that I was worried about is so nice and full and healthy and growing beautifully all around the complex.”

Thanks for doing such a good job looking out after us.
Resident at Cobblestone Homeowners Association

“Your crews did a great job! I drove by and it looks great!
Please thank your crew for their hard work. Elias was very interested in doing a good job.”

City of Piedmont