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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(707) 996-5868

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JULY 2016 NEWSLETTER 

 

YIKES!

It’s time to put our dump fee policy to bed. In our November 2015 newsletter we explained the somewhat complicated details of our dump fees. At that time the green waste dump fee for leaves, branches, and lawn clippings had risen from $33.00 to $77.00 a ton. We asked that you make plans to minimize our part in removing yard waste during our regular maintenance by giving you the city of Sonoma’s garbage service phone number (996-7555) and the county’s garbage service (800-243-0291). These services are very cheap. The city of Sonoma’s garbage service will give you 1 yard waste can for an additional $1.00 per month. The county’s garbage service will give you 2 yard waste cans for no additional charge. We must hand unload your yard waste each day onto  larger diesel  trucks at our corporation yard  and then drive them to the dumps daily. This is very labor intensive. In order to just cover our costs we must charge $3.50 a can starting August  1st. Obviously, we’d prefer you to use the cheaper and much more efficient regular garbage collectors. Mulching on site is also a potential option. We will continue to remove yard waste if necessary and will work with you to find more economical options.

When we began our business as Waldron Brothers’ Landscaping in 1974, our fleet,  (one truck) had a catch all sign painted on the sideboards “hauling, pruning, treework, cleanups” .  After falling a few trees onto fences we misjudged, the treework was painted over and we began to wisely refer that to Anderson Tree Service. Cleanups continued to be a big part of the business though and we made many  trips to the dumps. We even did some light demolition. If you sport a little grey hair and lived in the valley back then, you may recall that the dump site on Stage Gulch Rd was a valley. We backed up to a vertical ledge and threw everything down where a tractor pushed it out of the way. No fuss and it was free! Eventually the valley filled up and the county decided to create a mountain. Pushing the garbage got harder and Prop 13 didn’t help either. That’s when prices started to creep up and recycling became more common. So here we are. We’ve gone from burning our garbage in the backyard incinerators and our leaves in the gutter, to filling up valleys, to hauling everything far away. I think our Dad had it right.  The first thing he did when he bought the house at 365 W. Spain St in 1962 (he paid $17,000!) was to remove the concrete incinerator and built a simple mulch bin in the back corner of the property which turned his yard waste into the valuable soil he badly needed to amend his rock hard adobe soil and grow tomatoes and zucchini.  Now that was a win-win situation before its time!

 

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