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.
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MARCH 2015 NEWSLETTER

 

March is the start of the gardeners’ year, so Nacho, Gerardo, and Pablo, naturally arrived on February 28th at Oakland on a Volaris flight from Guadalajara, ready to fill out the staff and get to work. They looked well rested after 2 months in sunny Mexico. It’s good to have everyone back and in good spirits, swapping stories and getting the news from Mexico. Another year begins…

 

Pablo tells me his youngest, 15 year old Paulina, enjoyed her December Quinceanera held at their country home in Destacamento. Pablo’s wife, Florentina, had the garden overflowing with color, especially bougainvillea, which she plants in profusion. About 90 guests enjoyed the DJ, food, and beer. Pablo reports that his famous “Rancho California” is doing well: his 3 cows are set to double the herd when they give birth this October.

 

Gerardo’s home of Atotonilco is a few hours north of Destacamento, and is known for its Tequila production. His wife, Cecelia, and sons Luis 14, and Giovani 6, will hold down the front until he returns next December. Gerardo has been making the migration north since he was 12. He is now 50. He started out picking cherries in Washington and eventually worked his way south to the apples of Graton and grapes of Napa. He worked at Skylark Nursery before becoming a full time landscaper. He owns a two story house in Atotonilco and says his favorite part of it is the rooftop patio, which has a view of town and surrounding hills.

 

Nacho’s house in Llano, Michoacan has a similar roof patio. Llano is a small pueblo, but the views of the area on a warm , quiet evening are still impressive. Nacho’s sister, Elena, stays in the house all year maintaining it for her brothers and sisters when they come to visit. Nacho turns 65 September 4th and is looking forward to retirement. He got his start at Skylark Nursery back in the 1970’s before joining us at Waldron Landscape in the early 1990’s.

 

Every 4 years or so we adjust our rates to try to keep up with inflation. In April, we will raise our prices 7% to take a bite out of the 8% inflation of the last 4 years that has set us back. If you have any questions on this issue, give me a call.  Another business concern is centered on the drought. We will be concentrating on water conservation more than ever. This includes fixing leaks, adjusting irrigation timers and sprinklers for the highest efficiency, and in some cases encouraging everyone to think about the possibility of converting areas like lawns for more drought tolerant landscaping. In the meantime, think “March Miracle” and pray for rain.

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