California is in one of the worst droughts on record. Governor Brown has asked residents to voluntarily reduce water use by 20%, and many water districts have already implemented mandatory restrictions.
Cleary Bros Landscape is a go-to company in water management, and we have already reduced landscape water consumption on nearly all of our properties.
Some of the programs that we have implemented are:
•Irrigation system checks done by gardeners monthly and Irrigation Specialists every six months
•documenting the condition of the irrigation systems
•Use of Cleary Bros proprietary Meter Reading system
•proposing tried and true improvements such as Smart Irrigation Timers, improved sprinklers for even coverage, converting spray irrigation to drip irrigation, smart timer programming, and reducing water run-off
•Training and certification- Water Auditors and Certified Water Managers
•Recruiting conservation experts from your water district for evaluations and incentives
At this stage, we will be engaging you (our customer) to explore all of the options for reducing water use. The end result will be a plan on how to deal with the drought.
Please feel free to call your Account Manager to discuss the options that we can provide
What is Cleary Bros. doing to address the 2014 drought situation?
For our current customers:
Your account manager is already thinking about how to handle increasing water costs and possible restrictions.
We are looking at the lawn areas and categorizing them in terms of visual impact and water consumption. We will identify the low priority lawns as candidates for conversion to low or no water use areas.
We are currently providing sheet mulching projects. Essentially, Sheet Mulching is a very cost effective and healthy way to convert lawn areas to low or no water use areas. Rebates are available from some water districts for this.
We already have an inventory of our customer’s irrigation timers and equipment. We will be providing information on upgrading these systems to modern “Smart” systems that typically result in 30% water savings.
Cleary Bros has partnered with Rain Bird Irrigation to be able to centralize our customers systems. This is a huge step beyond the current “Smart Timer” system. Our Account Manager will be discussing this with our property representatives.
As always, we are using proper horticultural practices to manage water. As an example, in our first year of service at Palomares Owners Association in Castro Valley, we saved the customer 12 million gallons of water through proper adjustments. This is prior to any significant changes to the irrigation equipment.
Cleary Bros. is reaching out to water districts representatives and engaging them in conversations about what is coming.
For those that are not customers: A few general rules that will help you or your landscaper save water:
Lawns are thirsty! Reduce lawn area or convert to shrubs. This is where your primary focus should be.
Fix leaks. Over the long term, large leaks use huge amounts of water.
Even out the coverage. With uneven watering, your gardener will set your system based on the most lightly watered areas. The heaviest watered areas will be way over watered.
Once the above are done, look at your timers. If you have multiple timers, ask us about centralizing. Essentially, this is what golf courses use.
One of our owners met with a manager from another large landscape maintenance companies. This company has over 400 employees serving the Bay Area. In an effort to force their cutomers to move to a more sustainable method of landscape care, the company chose to use organic fertilizer on all of the lawn areas. The trouble with organic fertilizer is the massive volume of material needed to supply the lawns with the needed nutrients. The company was not willing to pay the labor to do the second application and eded up shorting the plants of the needed 1 pound of Nitrogen per 1000 square feet. The end result was 80% of the lawn areas were yellow and thin.
Our danville yard hosted the Safety Bingo today. Cash and prizes were awarded to entrants who came through the last quarter with no injuries. Crews that went ‘above and beyond’ were also given additional opportunities to win. Carnitas off the grill were a nice way to end the day. Martin Cleary took the opportunity to make sure that the Danville Yard knows that we appreciate the guys efforts
Leon wins a gift card
Norma from HR shows a crip $100 won by a gardener from another yard
After a nice meal the games beginIf you are curious about how this work, we would be happy to share! Contact email@example.com with questions. Keep it Safe!
White grubs are in the root zone of some lawns in the Fall. At this time the racoons come by to dig back the lawns to get at the White Grubs for a high protein meal. Pretty gross!
The Racoons will remember where they found the grubs and will return a year later in search of the same meal. In spring the grubs can damage the lawns by feeding on the turf roots, causing the lawn to look dry and unhealthy. The White Grubs can be treated with very specific chemicals. In fact, this chemical is Very similar to what we put on our cats and dogs to control fleas!
Below is a photo of racoon damage to a lawn area
Below is a photo of the White Grub
We just completed placing over 100,000 lights in a large Redwood tree for Diablo Foods in Lafayette. The accompanying photos were taken by Sally Rae Kimmel
adding lights to a redwood tree
placing lights in the tree
This is very common question:
Oaks should be pruned in the dryer months to avoid exposing the open wood to fungus
Evergreens and conifers should be pruned in the colder months to reduce ‘bleeding’ and susceptibility to beetles.
Fruit tree should be pruned in early spring to let the right buds develop in the growing season.
For any questions, feel free to contact one of our Certified Arborists