Helping our customers plan for the California Drought

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

Yelp Five Star Reviews of Cleary Bros Landscape

  • Steve M.
    • Steve M.
    • Sacramento, CA
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    • 1 review
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    8/4/2010

    I use this company as a subcontractor ad have found them to be very reliable. They respond quickly to any request, and keep me updated to all work work being done and when a job is completed. I inspect the quality of the work and have found it to be of a high quality. I would recommend them to any one.

  • K C.
    • K C.
    • Orinda, CA
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    • 1 review
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    9/10/2013

    Cleary Bros were selected over four tree vendors for my residence.  I cannot say enough about their professionalism inside the office, coordination and work crew –everything was done efficiently —  and clean up was meticulously done.  Their customer service is outstanding.  Attention to detail amazing.  I would recommend them to anyone..commercial or residential.  A great organization from top to bottom.A family like organization….of which I feel a part.  Will use them again.

  • doreen g.
    • doreen g.
    • Walnut Creek, CA
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    • 1 review
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    10/12/2010

    Our Homeowners’ Association “Quad” was transformed from a woody, neglected area to a beautiful park-like setting by Cleary Brothers. We, as neighbors, are very proud of this new entrance to our homes.

    Cleary Brothers were very sensitive to every detail, rejecting inferior plants and monitoring the new plants and lawns. At the end of each day the area was always made clean and safe for the residents. They were delightful to work with and we feel we were fortunate to have had the best.

  • Jenay J.
    • Jenay J.
    • Walnut Creek, CA
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    9/28/2010

    Cleary has been fantastic is working with our group of homeowners and our HOA to rebuild 2 common areas that were previously disasters.  We now have beautiful drought resistant sustainable grass, tress and shrubs.  They worked wonders and went out of their way to assist us under trying conditions.

  • Jane S.
    • Jane S.
    • Walnut Creek, CA
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    • 3 reviews
    YelpStars5

    9/26/2010

    Having worked with Cleary Bros. as Landscape Manager for a large Homeowners’ Assn. (HOA), in Walnut Creek, and knowing the absolute quality of their work, I called upon them to install two 1,000 ft. garden beds at a second HOA where I was in charge of a rehab project. What I experienced was the highest degree of prefessionalism and quality work. Example: When the new plants were delivered from the nursery, Mike Cleary was there to inspect them as they came off the truck. He sent most of them back because some were one-gallon plants in five-gallon cans, some roses had fungus on their leaves, and some were inferior quality in other ways. While doing the actual installing, Mike found several deficiencies that were not part of his bid and he corrected them. One was a cache basin that was installed so high it could not capture water runoff. Mike’s team lowered it at no extra cost. He also corrected a rain drain that was plugged with mud and debris. We had been living with a flooded sidewalk during rain storms for years and did not realize the source of the problem until Mike pointed it out to me and provided a solution.

    Our new garden beds are so successful that homeowners stop me as they see me in the neighborhood and compliment me on my choice of Cleary Bros. to do the work. Our account manager, Julie Gile, has been attentive and wonderful to work with. It’s been a win-win for us. I will have Cleary bid on other projects and will work with them any chance I get in the future. We have a limited landscape budget and we can’t afford to make mistakes. We know our money is well spent with Cleary.

  • Dave R.
    • Dave R.
    • Danville, CA
    • 1 friend
    • 78 reviews
    YelpStars5

    9/23/2010

    I have worked with Cleary Brothers for about 9 Years. The best Landscaping company around. They are quick to respond and proactive to the needs of a property. They manage all of my Homeowners Associations. They have a great tree division and irrigation division that communicate with each other seamlessly. I tell my supervisor and everything just happens. It’s a pleasure working with them!

  • D T.
    • D T.
    • San Jose, CA
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    • 3 reviews
    YelpStars5

    9/10/2010

    Do you know how hard it is to find a trustworthy landscaping company?  Trust me. We have been through it.  Like people who butcher the shurbs and flowers or never even show up for walk throughs.  Unlike my previous experiences, Cleary Brothers

    Our property was absolutely a disaster.  It is a huge complex and had slowly erroded over time with low budget, un-professional service.

    Within 2 months our property just started looking healthy again.  They use proper treatments and the crews are obviously trained on how to do natural pruning.  The guys are always nice.  They even found a leaking water pipe in the first week that had been ‘a big unknown’ for the last year-Thanks for the savings there.

    We are very excited about finding Cleary.  I would recommend this company to any complex that is tired of looking run-down.

  • Elsey T.
    • Elsey T.
    • Fremont, CA
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    • 1 review
    YelpStars5

    8/25/2010

    These guys are awesome!  They managed to turn our HOA”s fading landscape into a thing of beauty!  Cheers to our board for replacing “the other guys” with a company that really cares.  My mother came to visit this weekend and before even saying hello she said “We’ll, you guys have finally gotten decent gardeners.”  THANKS GUYS!

  • mark r.
    • mark r.
    • Walnut Creek, CA
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    • 5 reviews
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    5/18/2009

    I made a resolution to tell people when the do something right…
    I manage a large commercial property that had always been cared for by a national landscaper.  They were able to get the job done but at a higher cost of time on my part and the owners $.  These guys were picked because they could handle the job but are clearly focused on meeting our goals.  The crews bust their bu$#s and the managers seem to really know their stuff.  We hired their tree department to take care of the large trees near the building, I’ll report back after the work is done.  Irrigation repairs seem to be done top notch for less money that the previous companies.

California is in a drought. What are we doing?

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.

A problem with Organic Fertilizers

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.

Friday is for Safety Bingo. Congrats on staying safe and congrats to our winners!

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

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After a nice meal the games begin20131004-192116.jpgIf you are curious about how this work, we would be happy to share!  Contact hr@clearybros.com with questions.  Keep it Safe!

 

Bad looking lawns? Could be racoons searching for White Grubs

 

 

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
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A Christmas tree like no other

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

lights in a large tree

Diablo Foods

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placing lights in the tree

When to prune your trees

This is very common question:

The basics:

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