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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Friday
Dec022016

DECEMBER 2016 NEWSLETTER

We here at Waldron Landscape once again wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a great 2017. We have a lot to look forward to and expect the best for everyone here in our beautiful Valley of the Moon.  

The crew pushed through 2016 with only a few minor bumps and bruises. Now, after the company Christmas party and bonus checks, they’re gearing up for another successful year. A few are heading south for a couple of weeks to be with their families in sunny Mexico. It’s good we slow down in December and January to allow well deserved paid vacations and don’t need to worry about being short handed. Our men are the backbone of the company, all hardworking, and just as important, happy to be with the company. Their high spirits, when the work day begins, is infectious. It is heard almost every day someone saying “ Otro dia en el paraiso”. And if you think about it, Sonoma is almost paradise! Even the dour managers catch the fever and end up smiling and joking. Now’s there’s a Christmas miracle for you.

One business note: The clients living in the city of Sonoma will not be hearing the sound of gas blowers after mid December. The ban won by 19 votes. Electric and battery powered blowers are still allowed, but they come with safety and cost issues and still make noise and blow dust and pollen. We’ve been doing research on both alternatives, but for now we are going to be following the spirit of the law, using only brooms and rakes. Our goal is to serve you as cost effectively as possible. As we see where this new wrinkle takes us, we’ll have that goal in mind.

Once again, from all of us here at Waldron Landscape, we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year. If you get down to Mexico for a little winter vacation and see one of our employees in a Waldron Landscape shirt, say hi. You’d be surprised how many of those shirts end up in Ciudad Guzman or La Union de Guadalupe!

 

Tuesday
Oct042016

OCTOBER 2016 NEWSLETTER

 

 The leaves are coming down and being  whisked away in our trucks to the recycler. The timers are being set for fewer watering days. Perennials are being trimmed and all this activity, and more, is done by our faithful crews, known to me at least as ‘los jardineros guapos’, the best gardeners in town. Without their hard work and good attitude, I’d be cutting out paper dolls while mumbling to myself in some dark corner. As it is, they not only make my job here at Waldron Landscape a pleasure, but they’re fun to be around before and after work as well.

Among themselves, the guys do a lot of joking and kidding. One form of kidding is in their use of nicknames for each other. For instance, if you like to sing while you work, as does Cesario Contreras, you’ll be called ‘el canario’, the canary. If you have green eyes like Miguel Gutierrez, your nickname will be ‘el tigre’ , the tiger. Don’t brag too much about how many cows you have back in Mexico or ‘mil vacas’ (a thousand cows) will end up as your moniker. Luis Rangel spent his youth selling his mother’s donuts door to door and for his efforts is now known as ‘Maza’ (dough). Jesus Gutierrez, being the youngest and shortest of his brothers is called ‘molcate’ (little ear of corn).

One of my goals as owner of Waldron Landscape is to keep the camaraderie alive and well. It’s important to provide vacations, holidays, medical and 401-K plans but our enjoyment here is just as critical. I think this is even true for you, our clients. I’ve been told many times by you, how much you enjoy the attitude of our men.

We’ll be using our leaf blowers this fall to help speed up the cleanup. A placard in our office reads ‘no levante polvo’, a nice way to say keep your machines at the absolute lowest volume to do the job. If you want us to continue using the blower, on November 8th , vote no on measure V. If you want to ban the blower, vote yes.

The new rain year began on October 1st with the first measurable rainfall. We’ll always be trying to conserve water whether it rains or not, so don’t hesitate to call us if you need help setting your timer or fixing any leaks

Tuesday
Jul052016

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!

 

Thursday
Mar312016

APRIL 2016 NEWSLETTER

Nacho Navarro arrived from Llano, Michoacan the other day. That only means one thing: Spring is here and we’re ready to put the machinery in high gear. The rains have given us a feeling of hope that a dent may have been put in our drought. It has caused an upsurge in our business. Jose and Rafa are lining up jobs that have come in lately. Since Nacho goes to Mexico every winter, he thinks it’s busy all year. At least he’s well rested. Juvenal  is ready to trouble shoot any problems with irrigations system. He’s turning a few timers to “auto-run” mode too. Shallow root plants and those in containers are already drying out. Be sure to call early for this service. Juv will appreciate it. He’ll still grumble, but he grumbles no matter what!

Last week the Sonoma City Council banned gas-powered leaf blowers in the City of Sonoma starting July 1ST. If you would like to see this issue put to the vote of people in November, you can sign a petition to do so. Talk to Jerry Marino at 996-8146, go to Patt’s Copy World at 677 1ST ST W (see Patt) or to Sonoma Chevrolet at 687 W. Napa St (see Dan).

For some unknown reason, Waldron Landscape seems to be under the umbrella of some kind of “cat karma”. Now that our long lived mascot Slimfast passed away on December 31ST at 20 years of age, a new cat has taken up the furry mantle. Vagabunda lives under the office and appears like clockwork for regular meals and grooming. She’s shy but loves to be brushed and cuddled. She’s a somewhat chubby calico. We don’t know where she came from but karma’s karma. What more can I say? Just don’t breathe a word to my two dogs Coco and Annie or I’m toast.

Thursday
Mar312016

FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only Gerardo (Jerry to most of you) is still working on his tan in sunny Mexico. Juvenal and family returned from La Union de Guadalupe with nothing but good news. Even the avocado tree in Juv's courtyard is loaded with fruit. Judging from the weight he gained over the vacation, his wife Luz was feeding him a lot of guacamole. OK. OK. The busy season is looming. Time to work off those extra poundTalking about the busy season, be sure to have us finish all of the rose and fruit tree pruning. Ornamental grasses and perennials should be cut back too. This is also a good time to get any of the repairs and upgrades you have been thinking about. Everything from lighting to irrigation can be handled now.  This will take a little of the burden off of us in the busy months of March and April. When the Iphones begin blasting out their musical ringtones 30 times a day, we'll be dancing to a much faster drummer.

If you're like me, you've hit the limit of patience on the unending saga of the leaf blower issue. It's more complicated (fill in the most complicated math course here) back in my UC Davis student days. I even begin to nod off writing about it again. But before I slip into a catatonic state , one last note. Since the City Council can't stop tossing the issue around like the old hot potato, it's probably time to bring it to a vote, let the people decide and move on. Jerry Marino is collecting signatures to bring the "to ban or not to ban" question up on the November ballot. If you reside in Sonoma and want to see this voted upon, Jerry can be reached at 707-996-8146 or chickenjer@comcast.net  .

After the vote, we can move in the direction the majority chooses and get back to the things that really matter around here, like perfecting Luz's guacamole recipe.

Happy gardening to everyone.

Thanks,

Dan

DECEMBER 2015 NEWSLETTER

 

 

 

 

 

Hold onto your sleigh bells, Christmas is coming. That means it’s time for me to not only wish all of you a Merry Christmas but take this opportunity to thank all of you once again for allowing us to work for you. All our ‘strong, silent type’ guys feel the same and would pass on their appreciation for opportunities you provide if they weren’t so strong and silent.

 

Whether or not we see rain this winter, California has been jolted (finally) into water conservation mode. We took out many lawns in 2015 and replaced them with landscapes of flagstone, pavers or rock walls or shrubs on drip systems. Next year will bring more of the same conversions, so get a jump on what will be a hectic year for us by planning ahead if you think you will pulling out the old lawn for something more appropriate. One benefit to hardscapes ( besides requiring zero water) is that they can be useful for outdoor activities and entertaining. They last a long time and require minimum maintenance.

 

A few lucky guys will be escaping the frost this month for the balmy breezes of central Mexico. Juvenal and Rogelio Gutierrez will be taking their families to La Union de Guadalupe. Juv needs to check out the avocado tree in his courtyard. His parents water it, but may have harvested the fruit as well. Payback Juv, don’t fuss. Rene Almejo will visit San Andres, a little town 10 miles or so down the hillside from La Union in the valley near Ciudad Guzman. Every frosty morning, the rest of the freezing gang left up north will think envious thoughts of our avocado eating compadres basking in the warm southern sun.

 

It’s not only the 40 of us landscapers who thank all of you. Don’t forget our calico yard cat who indirectly is overfed by your keeping us in business. I thought Vagabundo was a boy. Shows I am a dog person. Calicos I am told are almost always female. She’s definitely stopped wandering and now lives on our doorsteps, although during the day she may waddle backs towards our neighbor, the Montini’s dairy. She shows up immediately after the guys leave in the evening and after a substantial breakfast evaporates like magic when they arrive in the morning. You’ll be happy to know that not only is she plump and happy, but loves to be petted and handled. Fortunately for the mouse that occasionally forays into the office to check our accounting, ‘Bunda’ hasn’t the slightest interest in pretending to work for her keep and Mickey gets a free pass. I guess it’s all for the best and in the spirit of good will towards. tis the season. Merry Christmas

NOVEMBER 2015 NEWSLETTER

 

 

 

 

 

If anyone tells you 2015 is coming to a rapid conclusion; no way! Didn’t it just start a few weeks ago? Something tells me the leaves are falling and the days are getting shorter.

Just in case Fall is here, have the gardeners pay attention to cleaning out drains and rain gutters (only to 15 ft, due to liability insurance restrictions). They can also begin removing spent perennials. Roses and fruit trees are best pruned in January and February when they’ve gone into dormancy.

 

All those leaves, etc. will be hauled to the transfer station, as in the past. One BIG difference is that since the county shut down Sonoma Compost over at the main waste facility in Cotati, all the 100,000 tons of yard waste is now hauled out of Sonoma County for composting and eventual sale as mulch. No big surprise that our dumping cost is now $77.10 (.10?) per ton at the Stage Gulch facility, a jump of more than double of a year ago when our cost was $35.00 per ton. We’ve decided to wait until next summer to deal with this because we want to see how this will all settle out. In the mean time, there are ways you can help us and yourself mitigate this increase. For those who have garbage service in the city of Sonoma, Sonoma Garbage Collectors (996-7555) will provide you a 96 gallon yard waste can for $1 per month. Or you can put out up to 3-32 gallon cans of your own as long as they don’t have a top and contain no plastic bags.   If you have garbage service in the county, Waste Management (800-243-0291) will provide you 2-96 gallon yard waste cans for no additional charge.

 

Like water and other essentials that are becoming more expensive, it’s time to do some creative work to bring down the costs. You can begin thinking about mulching your own green waste. It’s a bit of work, but can be done and provides one big benefit: excellent soil amendments. If you’re lucky enough to have a little acreage, spreading the leaves around to mulch on the ground is an option. It’s time to begin planning anyway. We’ll see where this is going by next summer.

 

I guarantee my Chihuahua Coco, the smallest dog on the block, with the attitude of a Great Dane, isn’t worried about the cost of mulch. Neither is our corporation yard cat Vagabundo who eats enough food before dawn to actually create quite a bit of mulch himself, though he does a good job of hiding it. I saw my brother’s cat Slimfast the other day. He’s pretty stiff and gets a big dose of subcutaneous water injected into his 20 year old body each week to counter the effects of kidney failure. As long as he can meow for food like a hungry lion, he’ll be good to go until the next visit to Dr. Palmero. Have a pleasant November and enjoy Thanksgiving

AUGUST 2015 NEWSLETTER

 

 

 

Most of you may have already followed the “ban the blower” debate that has unfolded for the last couple of years at the Sonoma City Council. The debate by now may seem beaten to death. You’ve heard both sides and probably realize there are good arguments to ban the blowers and cogent ones to keep using them. The purpose of this newsletter is not to try to sway your opinion on this issue, but to specifically let you know how a ban on blowers would affect your monthly service and the price you pay for it.

 

If the city council bans the blowers at their September 9th meeting (currently they’re leaning 3-2 for a ban), your service will be influenced in one of two ways. If you want your landscape maintained with brooms to the same standard as it was by the blower, your costs will go up. It takes longer to broom hardscaped areas and you are basically buying time. If you keep your monthly rate exactly where it is now, your landscape will simply be a little less tidy. We will put in our usual time and even work a little harder because a push broom takes more elbow grease to use. The result won’t be as perfect, especially if you have a lot of paths, asphalt areas, heavy tree cover or decks.

 

I am giving you the email addresses and phone numbers for the 5 city council members in case you want to contact them. You can also access their contact information from the City of Sonoma website. In a preliminary vote Gary Edwards and David Cook have been pro-blower and Laurie Gallian, Madolyn Agrimonti, and Rachel Hundley have leaned toward a ban. It is notable that the previous council voted 3-2 not to ban the blower, but did put restrictions on noise levels and times of use. The ban would also prevent homeowners using a blower on their own property.

 

   David Cook, Mayor
David@cvmgrapes.com 
707-490-8921
Office Hours: Every Wednesday 11:00 - Noon @ City Hall

 

Laurie Gallian, Mayor Pro Tem
lauriegallian@comcast.net
(707) 738-9847

 

Madolyn Agrimonti, Councilmember
magrimonti@comcast.net 
650-740-2540

 

Gary Edwards, Councilmember
gary@sagekase.com 
707-695-0329

 

Rachel Hundley, Councilmember
rachelhundleyesq@gmail.com 
707-999-8394

 

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Nacho Navarro arrived from Llano, Michoacan the other day. That only means one thing: Spring is here and we’re ready to put the machinery in high gear. The rains have given us a feeling of hope that a dent may have been put in our drought. It has caused an upsurge in our business. Jose and Rafa are lining up jobs that have come in lately. Since Nacho goes to Mexico every winter, he thinks it’s busy all year. At least he’s well rested. Juvenal  is ready to trouble shoot any problems with irrigations system. He’s turning a few timers to “auto-run” mode too. Shallow root plants and those in containers are already drying out. Be sure to call early for this service. Juv will appreciate it. He’ll still grumble, but he grumbles no matter what!

Last week the Sonoma City Council banned gas-powered leaf blowers in the City of Sonoma starting July 1ST. If you would like to see this issue put to the vote of people in November, you can sign a petition to do so. Talk to Jerry Marino at 996-8146, go to Patt’s Copy World at 677 1ST ST W (see Patt) or to Sonoma Chevrolet at 687 W. Napa St (see Dan).

For some unknown reason, Waldron Landscape seems to be under the umbrella of some kind of “cat karma”. Now that our long lived mascot Slimfast passed away on December 31ST at 20 years of age, a new cat has taken up the furry mantle. Vagabunda lives under the office and appears like clockwork for regular meals and grooming. She’s shy but loves to be brushed and cuddled. She’s a somewhat chubby calico. We don’t know where she came from but karma’s karma. What more can I say? Just don’t breathe a word to my two dogs Coco and Annie or I’m toast.