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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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!

 

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