Featured Property: Heather Farms

Heather Farms

We are proud to name Heather Farms in Walnut Creek as our Featured Property of the month. Our outstanding, dedicated foreman and crew have achieved a beautiful environment. Heather Farms has long been a premiere Cleary Bros. property with many opportunities fulfilled from designing new planting and tree projects to keeping up with water conservation efforts by installing new irrigation spray heads and drip systems. Of course, it’s a team effort that also includes Cleary Bros. support staff working behind the scenes that keep us on track!  We have enjoyed our relationship with the board and landscape committee for over 17 years and want to thank them for allowing us the privilege in maintaining their property. We look forward to many more years of a beautiful relationship.

 

There’s a New Account Manager in Town

Matt Weist

We’d like to introduce you to our newest team member, Matt Weist! He started with Cleary Bros. in July and is a great addition to our Account Management Team. Matt has a long history in the landscaping world.  Armed with a BS in Horticulture from the highly regarded BYU,  after college Matt worked for a national landscaper then moved on to a leadership role in a large landscape firm in Sacramento.  “I’ve always admired the high standards of Cleary Bros and appreciate their values,” says Matt.  Welcome to the Team!

 

Spare the Air

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Spare the Air in the San Francisco Bay Area There’s a better way to work! Look for ways to share, shorten, or change your commute so you spend less time alone in your car and more time doing what you want to do. Be “in the know” by carpooling with coworkers. Take transit where you can finally finish that novel or clean out your inbox. Ride your bike to work and let your commute be your new gym. Find a better way to work and enjoy the many perks experienced by commuters who take transit, carpool, bike, or walk to work instead of driving alone. Summer Spare the Air Alerts The Bay Area Air Quality Management District issues Spare the Air Alerts when ozone pollution is forecast to reach unhealthy levels in the Bay Area. The 2016 Spare the Air summer smog season runs from May through October.

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Community Curb Appeal

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As a community matures, landscaping in older communities may show signs of aging. This is the time of year that many boards across the country are considering different ways to update and enhance their landscaping. It’s a good financial investment that can enhance the curb appeal, add direct value to individual residences, and increase the quality of life in an association. So, what are a few ways established communities can renovate and upgrade its green spaces? Have a plan – It’s hard to know where to start if you don’t know what you want. Find a professional to partner with – an architect or seasoned contractor – and share your vision. Your partner will help you navigate the thought process by focusing on high impact areas first, then smaller areas. Breaking large spaces down into sections, prioritizing them and then figuring out what is needed is crucial – and the right partner will develop the plan with you, in order to achieve your vision. Establish a regular program to replace plant material – Select new plants that tie in to your present landscape configuration. Also, choose plants that will bloom at different times of the year, so there is always some natural color around to brighten the view.

Replace shrubs – Shrubs have a relatively short life span – around ten years. They are often replaced or removed because of declining health or incorrect location. Consider replacing with drought-tolerant shrubs; they can thrive in either sunlight or shade, and also will bloom during the year.

Use ground cover – Converting small lawn areas or other greenbelt areas to ground cover, dwarf shrubs or tall grasses will often reduce maintenance and water costs. Associations with a well-conceived water conservation program can save money and better protect the value of their property.

Replace trees – Traditionally, communities planted Eucalyptus, Ficus and Melaleucas trees, which can grow large enough to crack curbs and gutters, lift sidewalks, and create hazards. When considering replacement tree options, research to find out how big the tree will be in 10 to 15 years, and the required maintenance. For example, trees that drop leaves in the fall mean more maintenance expenses.

Upgrade Irrigation – Old systems typically don’t provide much water conservation, while newer systems can be programmed to make every drop count.  Many communities have reduced water consumption by up to 20 to 30 percent. Your landscape contractor can help to design the best system for you with new sprinklers, a hose system with emitters, or smart clocks.

Landscape is usually one of the largest and often the most visual part of a community. Enhancing it not only brings enjoyment to your residents, but it’s an investment that can increase property values. Check with local landscape professionals for help with making appropriate plant selections.

Lucinda Hoe
Executive VP Property Services
N.N Jaeschke, Inc.

Source: Community Curb Appeal | HOA Management Blog | Property Management Blog | Association Management Articles

New Research: Wind, Not Water, Responsible For CA Drought

New research from the University of Texas at Austin shows wind is largely responsible for droughts in California, not the amount of evaporated moisture or human activity.The finding, which was published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, shows that while evaporation of the Pacific Ocean is a major source of California’s precipitation, the amount of water evaporating does not have a major impact on the amount of rain. The researchers note the Pacific evaporation rate does not really change from year to year, so rainfall rates wouldn’t change either.“Ocean evaporation provides moisture for California precipitation but is not the reason for droughts there,” Jiangfeng Wei, lead author and research scientist at The University of Texas at Austin, said in a press release.The finding helps scientists understand how the water cycle plays into extreme weather events, like the California drought, and could aid in drought prediction moving forward. The researchers say the current California drought is due to a high-pressure system that is disturbing atmospheric circulation.

Source: New Research: Wind, Not Water, Responsible For CA Drought | The Daily Caller

Turf Rebates Still Available Through State Program | Association of California Water Agencies

Turf Rebates Still Available Through State Program Submitted by Lisa Lien-Mager on Wed, 07/06/2016 – 6:48pm in Water Supply Challenges Save Our Water Water News Rebates of up to $2,000 are still available for removing turf and replacing it with water-wise landscapes through a program administered by the California Department of Water Resources. The $24 million program budget is expected to support the conversion of more than 10 million square-feet of turf, or approximately 20% of the statewide goal of 50 million square-feet of turf. Up to $2 per square foot of removed and replaced turf will be rebated per eligible household. The total rebated amount, including any rebates the homeowner has already applied for from another agency, can’t exceed a total of $2 per square foot. Fifty percent of funding will go%2

Source: Turf Rebates Still Available Through State Program | Association of California Water Agencies