We are fortunate in the landscape business to interact frequently with our customers. Each crew has weekly scheduled maintenance and our account managers visit the communities on a regular basis. We take great pride in building relationships and trust by doing great work. Over the years we are proud and humbled to have received letters and phone calls from community managers, homeowners and neighbors that are pleased with our work, our crews and our professionalism. The link below is a voice message left for us by a neighbor near one of our communities in Castro Valley. Thank you Jason (click on link to hear message) for taking the time to call and thank us and send extra appreciation to our crew!
Oustanding Cleary Staff!
If you live in one of California’s micro climates with cold winters, you’re familiar with the regimen of moving potted plants indoors before the first frost. If you live in an area with mild winters, the occasional frosty night can still wreak havoc on plants, especially potted ones, which are more susceptible to cold weather. Incorporate one or more proactive measures to protect your potted plants from frost damage.
- Water the potted plants the morning before frost is expected. Well-watered plants are less susceptible to frost damage.
- Move potted plants indoors or into a garage or outbuilding. You can also put them on an enclosed porch. You can do this just for the night or for the few days when frost is an issue.
- Apply mulch on top of the soil, up to the rims of the pots. This will insulate the soil and protect the roots. You can also wrap blankets, bubble wrap or burlap around the outside of the containers for extra insulation. If you have extra mulch, surround the containers with it. In autumn, fallen leaves provide abundant and easy-to-use insulating mulch.
- Place the open side of cardboard boxes up and over the pots, making sure they are large enough that they don’t touch the foliage. Cover the plants in the evening and take the boxes off in the morning after the air has warmed. Another simple way to cover plants is to put a chair over the pots. Drape a sheet or burlap over the chair until it touches the ground on all sides. You can also use buckets, milk jugs with the bottoms cut off or larger plant pots.
- Gather potted plants together and place them close to each other. Do this in front of a wall or under an overhang on the warmer southern or western side of the house. The wall and overhang provide some cold protection and the grouped plants have greater thermal mass and help each other stay warm. Place your most cold-hardy plants on the outside of the group and the tenderest plants in the middle.
Things You Will Need
- Blanket, bubble wrap or burlap
- Cardboard box, bucket, milk jugs or plant pots
- Take note of the temperatures in your yard, particularly in the areas you have potted plants. Compare this information with the weather report to give you a more accurate picture of the weather in your landscape. This information will help you know when you should protect your potted plants.
All employees were invited to Cleary Bros. End of the Year catered luncheon. Martin Cleary’s positive presentation on the company’s growth and stability since 2002 was largely attributed to the hard work of our employees, a large increase in new client business and continued relationships with many loyal customers. Mike Cleary brought the group up to date with the construction department. In recent years construction has maintained steady growth but is rapidly picking up speed! Our current projects are keeping our crews hopping and we are capitalizing on the increasing demand for construction projects.
While many other companies have struggled over the last few years, Cleary Bros. has been fortunate to avoid layoffs and recognizes our continued success and future business is reliant on our employee’s hard work, dedication and safety. Overall the event was extremely positive and we are all looking forward to a great 2013.
Our valued and loyal employees were honored and key anniversaries celebrated (approximately 60 anniversaries), beginning with 5 years of service, all the way up to 20 years!
Juan Macias (left) Jorge Ponce (right) smile with Kelly Silva proudly displaying her cerificate for 6 years with the tree department!
A big thank you to Jose Aguilar Cleary Bros. Senior Mechanic of 11.7 years for keeping our guys safetly on the road!
Mike Cleary (left), Palmer Hill (center) and Martin Cleary (right) celebrate Palmer’s 15.9 years with Cleary Bros!
Mike and Martin Cleary congratulate Pedro Hernandez (center) a valued member of the Cleary team for over 20 years!!
Our 2012 Holiday Card
Happy Holidays. The above artwork was done by Emily Guitierrez. Emily’s beautiful drawing is the cover of our 2012 Holiday Card.
Tournesol Siteworks, Carducci & Associates team up with Cleary Bros. Landscape to solve a puzzle that results in a perfect fit for the Grand Hyatt’s Entrance and a GRAND sight to see… follow the link for more pictures and the story courtesy of Tournesol Siteworks.
Grand Hyatt Entrance Renovation, San Francisco, CA
The weather can change quickly. The rain hit hard last night and saturated the ground. This is one of our tree crews working to remove a large felled Oak tree. It fell over during the storm and we responded to the emergency that day.
When you need Cleary Bros. our rapid emergency call response is available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.
The students at the Beach Schoolmates program were thrilled to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty as they put the finishing touches on their new kitchen garden. Using plastic spoons for trowels, the kids began planting all kinds of winter vegetables, herbs and a few colorful blooming plants as well. William Kuhn of Cleary Bros. pointed out there were strawberries, cabbage, kale, onions, garlic, broccoli, cilantro, and nasturtiums.
Piedmont Parks and Projects Manager Mark Feldkamp designed the transformation of the steep, rocky hill that extends behind the Schoolmates building along Linda Avenue into a drought resistant fruit and kitchen garden. The hillside has been planted with a number of succulants, fragrants such as lavender and Felkamp’s favorite, miniature pomegranates.
Pictured here with Recreation Director Mark Delventhal, Mark Feldkamp and William Kuhn of Cleary Bros. Landscape, who often collaborate on city landscaping projects, oversaw the installation of the planting. Cleary Bros. also donated all the plants for the kitchen garden.
Photos by Katie Hall
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Julie joined the Cleary Bros. Landscape team in 2009, and brings over 15 years of landscape industry experience to the company. With a degree in Landscape Design and Turf Grass Management from The University of Minnesota, Julie has continued her education locally to become a Bay Friendly Certified Landscape Designer and a valuable asset to our team. Currently she is managing landscape accounts in the Walnut Creek, Moraga, Oakland, and Danville areas with a true passion for creating sustainable landscape designs. Julie is skilled at preparing CAD designs that clearly illustrate the vision of her ideas.
Outside of landscaping, Julie enjoys spending time with her family exploring the Northern California outdoors, farmer’s markets, and wine culture.