Cleary Bros hires David Murphy as Tree Division Manager

ISA Certified Arborist We-1392ACleary Bros is pleased to announce that we have hired David Murphy to take the role of Tree Division Manager.  David will be responsible for leading the division with the primary tasks of managing Safety, getting TCIA certification, managing tree equipment, hiring, creating policy & procedure specific to the tree industry, and staging the department for growth.  David’s arborist license is WE-1392A


update: see March 30 2013 entry

Outside Designer

I’ll elaborate on what I’m looking for.

This would be a 1099 outside contractor assignment.  You would only be required to provide a design by an agreed upon date.  Your hours, work space, tools, and oversight would be up to you.

Background on our company:  We provide grounds maintenance work for the commercial customer- primarily homeowner associations.   We also have a construction division that primarily performs bid/build work.  Attached to our grounds maintenance are some add-on services: Renovation, irrigation repair and upgrade, and arbor services.  You would be helping us with our Renovation services.  2013 sales were $14.3m

We currently have four maintenance branches with a fifth in development.  Your role would be to convert a renovation concept into a graphical representation that is based on sound horticulture and design elements.  Each branch has an Account Manager that has vast practical knowledge but generally lacks CAD skills.

The Account Manager would provide you with a location, a plant list, a hard-scape element list (rocks, paths, lights ect), and some measurement s for scale.  Your task would be to convert this into something that a customer could easily understand in the form of a plan.  We do have copies of Dynascape that we have not made much use of.  Designs in this format may be helpful or simply done in PDF would work.  If possible, I’d like this to be done without the need for an onsite visit.

My preference would be a fixed-fee or line item pricing.  Propose what you are comfortable with.


If you are interested, please email me some samples and your proposed pay structure.

Thank you

Happy New Year

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An edible garden for a common area development

Edible GardenEdible Garden

Here is an example of an Edible Garden that our Account Manager Julie Gile designed for Sycamore Place, a retirement village in Danville. The area was transformed from a relatively unused space to a center piece for the community. The raised planting beds, great soil, irrigation, and layout make it a great place for people to enjoy the hobby of gardening. Now under the care of Cleary Bros, we are excited for 2011 garden harvests.

Service from the Ground Up

Years ago, we were told that we needed a tag line: Service from the Ground Up was the first thing that came to mind. We have always been very clear on the concept that above all, we deliver a service. As a policy, all of our customers are treated with absolute respect. A key difference between Cleary Bros and the rest of the landscapers in the Bay Area is our full view approach to managing the landscape. On our team we have people that are professional earth movers all the way up to professional consulting arborists. Our employees are taught to understand the connection between all of the components in the landscape. Service from the Ground Up says it all.