Waldron Landscape

We are a full service Sonoma Valley landscape company equipped for any residential or commercial project, large or small.  Our services include consultation to full design, through construction, and regular maintenance.  We also provides one-time cleanups, garden renovations, high weed mowing, and emergency irrigation repairs.

We are fully insured and licensed in landscape architecture, construction and maintenance.
Contact us today to discuss your needs:
(707) 996-5868

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Monday
Jun042018

JUNE 2018 NEWSLETTER

 

The guys got the summer season off to a good start with an after work Memorial Day party at the yard. There was plenty of tacos, beer, soda and a chance to relax and catch up with everyone. It's not often they all gather at once. The Gutierrez brothers Juvenal, Jesus, and Luis told me their mother Dona Chuy and her 94 year old father , Gregorio,. had just spent a couple of weeks here visiting their kids and grandkids. Our long time employee,  Martin de la Cruz, is Dona Chuy's  brother. Dona Chuy's given name is Jesus, but since her husband had the same name, she's always been called Dona Chuy. Gregorio got a little bored with the lack of activity, so one of his sons, a local gardener, put him to work weed whacking. At home he keeps busy with his corn field, which he works without machinery.

As most of you know, Juvenal is our irrigation expert. He's one of the best around and has a special talent for diagnosing problems quickly, even on complicated systems often put in by various owners over decades. These systems sometimes defy logic and almost everything is buried. Since Juv needs to carry a large stock of parts, pipes and pieces and generally works alone, we need to raise his hourly repair rated to $60. This only applies to irrigation work. No other areas like maintenance will be affected.

Our calico yard cat, Vagabunda, stopped eating a couple of weeks ago and hunkered down in her little den under the office. We kept pushing food and water bowls near her, but she ignored them. Finally, she came out stiff and thin. I got her to eat a little and was able to put her in a pet container and get her to Dr. Palermo. V is not overly friendly and only lets me pet her when I feed her, but once in hand, she's gentle and will allow me to comb her and put flea repellant on her neck. Dr. Palermo has had her about a week now, trying to build up her strength and diagnose her. She's about 15 years old and has some kidney issues. Putting her back at the yard looks like a bad idea given her age and condition. Five years of greeting us every morning will be something we'll miss. One of our friends has agreed to give her a good indoor home.

Gregorio can still muscle the weedeater in the dry fields. He must have a secret that only those from Gregorio's little village, La Union de Guadalupe, know about. I like to keep up with all the health research on exercise and good eating habits and bugged Juv to at least let me in on the secret. Finally, after shrugging off my inquiries, he broke down and gave it up. I'm a generous sort, so I'll not hoard the information. Here it is according to Juv: Gregorio enjoys a cigarette with his tequila. That's it! I'm never drinking almond milk again. At least not without a cigarette!

 

Wednesday
Feb282018

MARCH 2018 NEWSLETTER

 

 

 

Around here the new year seems to kick off with the return of our men from Mexico. Pablo and Gerardo will soon be back north to  bring us to our full strength of 42 employees. A welcome sight and much needed boost, since installations are already booked solid through May. It's great to see everyone together again trading stories of winter months spent at home with family. Pablo's wife Flor will once again take over caring for the small herd of cattle on their 'Rancho California' just outside La Union de Guadalupe, home of 12 other employees. Gerardo may be delayed until March 15 to spend a little extra time with his 90 year old father who is in the hospital.

As the company has grown over the decade, we have spent some effort organizing our company, giving the managers specific responsibilities and trying to streamline the increasing amount of paperwork that has come about, not only from our growth, but increased government and insurance requirements. To help us, we'd like you to call the 996-5868 number. This way we can efficiently direct your calls to the right manager. We also ask you to call at least one day in advance of your requests. It's often impossible to relay information to the men in the field immediately, since they're often out of cell range. If you have an emergency such as an irrigation leak, use the 996-5868 where even after hours the numbers of the managers are available. Avoid texting if possible.

It doesn't seem possible that 44 years ago my brother Dave started Waldron Landscaping. He lacked almost everything but an old 1964 GMC truck with hand painted signs. He didn't buy a lawn mower until he landed the maintenance of a fledgling winery in Kenwood called Chateau St Jean. The mower didn't even have a bag, but since the lawn at the winery was small and so full gopher holes, it didn't make much difference. Today, the bags on our commercial mower cost 5 times as much as his first mower. No matter. It's time for another season of good gardening and we're all fresh and ready to tackle it once again. Thanks for being on the journey with us, and remember to call early!

Tuesday
Nov282017

DECEMBER 2017 NEWSLETTER

 

2017 has certainly been a memorable year for both good and bad. At the beginning, we had the good fortune of lots of rain. Then in October, unprecedented wildfires wreaked havoc from Santa Rosa to the Carneros. 2018 looks like a year to begin rebuilding and trying to raise our spirits a notch or two. We've been spreading a lot of annual rye grass seed over burned areas lately in an effort to keep the soil from washing away. So far the gentle rains have been helpful , germinating plenty of seed, giving the landscape a fresh green face.

We rolled a little fresh sod in early November onto  the five bare spots on the Plaza's lawn caused by the beautiful sculptures the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art had erected there last summer. It was our little contribution to help the museum defray expenses.

As we move into December and January, we'll be cutting perennials, trimming roses and fruit trees and taking care of all the winter chores. Our new wrinkle is that we will no longer be able to clean gutters due to restrictions placed on us by our insurance providers. Insurers are watching us more closely these days making sure our safety meetings are up to speed. We don't provide services they deem unsafe. Our overall safety record is very good due to at least in part to our efforts to take this part of the business seriously, providing excellent training to our employees.

Speaking of our employees, they're ready for their annual Christmas party. As though you might doubt it. And to take the holiday spirit to the limit, a record 8 guys will head to Mexico for a bit of well deserved vacation and visits with their families. While they're catching the southern sun and enjoying life in Mexico, don't forget to do a little relaxing yourselves.

We here at Waldron Landscape certainly wish everyone a joyful holiday and of course a wonderful 2018.

Monday
Oct022017

OCTOBER 2017 NEWSLETTER

 

Our stray cat Lucky had hardly been fixed by our friends down the road on 8TH ST E at Sonoma Pets' Lifeline when he decided to move on. He's probably next door at the Montini Ranch. Meanwhile, a resourceful young possum pays a visit every night to clean up our long time yard cat Vagabunda's left over dinner. Nothing goes to waste around here.

Our sturdy and impervious-to-heat gardeners arrived back at the yard on the Friday before Labor Day Weekend in 100 plus weather to be greeted by our own temporary cantinero and chef,  Miguel Gutierrez, who offered sodas and the beer of choice of our Guapos: Budlight. (Corona  runs a distant second.) Miguel Gutierrez grilled up the meat and vegetables and supplied the tortillas. Everyone ate and drank in the shade of the huge Valley Oak in the western corner of the yard. Food, music and comaraderie  add  a welcome dimension to company moral and nobody deserves it more than the great guys we're so lucky to have with us.

We hope the worst of the heat is behind us and look forward to raking leaves under more pleasant conditions. As the year winds down, we're still going full speed to catch up on a backlog of installations. Jose Hernandez, who manages the installers, seems to have kept some semblance of sanity during the crunch of Summer work. Juvenal Gutierrez, our resident irrigation expert, has been working six days a week for months keeping timers and leaks plugged. He is remarkably efficient  and the most imperturbable employee we have.

We hope everyone enjoys the cooler weather and coming Fall color. We'll be on hand with our trusty rakes and leaf blowers to keep your gardens the way they should be:"neat and tidy". 

Tuesday
Aug012017

AUGUST 2017 NEWSLETTER

 

 

 One of our summer helpers, Juan Pablo Estrada, is looking past the hot work days he still faces this August to entering Sacramento State University later in the month. He's got his sights on a degree in construction management. If he succeeds, he'll be the first in his family to graduate from college. He'll be quitting his second job at MacArthur Place. There's no lack of work ethic in his life.                                                             

The maintenance crews under Raphael and the installation crews under Jose are at full speed these days. The only  creatures to sit around are the two yard cats. Vagabunda, our old calico, was joined recently  by a black cat, who after a brief stay at Pet's lifeline for minor surgery (you guessed right) was released back to our corp yard where he'll enjoy fine dining and plenty of places to hide. With luck, he'll catch the moles that pester Juvenal in his vegetable garden. We haven't named our new black cat yet, although  finding a new home with  breakfast and dinner served daily, "Lucky" might fit. If you have any suggestions, let us know.

While on the topic of education, it should be noted that Juvenal's daughter Bianca is still on track to become a kindergarten teacher. She's been at SRJC and will complete her studies at Sonoma State University. Rafael's daughter Brianda is working toward a career in special education. She and her brother Brian are both at SRJC. Jose's son Eduardo, is at SRJC studying to become an X-ray technician. It's great to see the kids of our employees putting in the hard work in college to enter professions they aspire to.

Call us early for any extra work or larger landscape needs, so we can get to them in a timely manner. Stay cool and enjoy the rest of  the summer.