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

Navigation
Main | MARCH 2017 NEWSLETTER »
Tuesday
May022017

MAY 2017 NEWSLETTER

 

In our efforts to find free places to dump clean gravel and soil from our various jobs, we often resort to spreading it on the road right here at our corporation yard on 8TH St E. Each year, as you might have already guessed, the road gains a couple of inches in elevation. We’ve been looking at the problem and searching for long term solutions. Right now we’re thinking of continuing to build up the property and as the sea levels rise over the next couple of centuries,  give the future owners of Waldron Landscape the opportunity to create a resort on what might be called “Schellville Keys”. Since Glen Ellen will have a deep water port by then, our resort will cater to the thousands of tourists tendered from the cruise ships that will dock there. We’ll expect to sell lots of wine from the local wineries who were smart enough to plant their vines high up on the mountain sides.  There should be some great scuba diving on the artificial reefs created by all the warehouses that now surround our yard. Of course we’re only in the planning stages: No EIR reports yet. None of the guys seem eager to start working on their scuba certification though.

Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are a-Changin” is very relevant in today’s world. Interesting times to say the least, and we’re not talking about globally, nationally or statewide but right here in Sonoma and more precisely, the tight  local labor market. Here in Sonoma it seems like every store has a sign in the window that says “We’re Hiring.” All the Tradesmen are looking for workers too. In the last couple of years there has been fewer and fewer people coming out to our corporation yard asking for work. The group of men on the corner of Boyes Blvd and Sonoma Hwy doing the same also has vanished. There is a shortage of employees for us and other local trades. Yes, you can guess where this is going, our prices must go up. We here at Waldron Landscape pride ourselves in treating our employees with respect and paying them a fair wage along with vacation days, sick leave, paid holidays, 401-K, Kaiser Health and a yearend bonus. We have given  everyone a substantial raise to keep them happy. The raise might also help them with their bills and from jumping ship and joining another firm. As of June 1st we will be raising our prices to $46 per hour. We hope you understand, but without you, we can’t make the lives of all of our employees better.

Our prayers for rain were finally answered, and now we’re praying again. This time for the ability to keep up with the growth of weeds, high grasses, lawns and ornamental shrubs which are calling for either shaping, shearing or removal. It’s irrigation time too. The temperature is pushing 90 and that means it’s time to get the timers, valves and sprinklers back in action. Our concentration will still be on efficiency and water conservation. We can help out with getting this year’s annual color and vegetable seedlings planted as well. Call as soon as possible.

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>