2016 Spring & Summer Newsletter

Is There an App for That?

In 1955, when Disneyland opened its gates, Tomorrowland had innovations that we thought would be modern conveniences of the future.

Today, we have microwave ovens, LED lights, electric cars, and smart watches. We can check our emails, take and send pictures, and look at videos and play games – all from our cell phones. We can check the weather, get alerts when someone is on our property, turn on the lights at our home, and even set the temperature remotely. We can find our way around a new town… all from our cell phone.

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Design-Build, a Contractors Perspective:

As many of our customers consider renovating aging, water-intensive landscapes with more attractive and less resource intensive options, we encourage using a design-build approach. This approach can cost significantly less than the traditional design – bid – build approach, and creates a more enjoyable customer experience from the start.

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Cagwin & Dorward Featured in BOSS Magazine's Sustainability Issue

We are proud to announce that Cagwin & Dorward was recently featured BOSS Magazine. The article highlights our history of sustainable business practices, water conservation and dedication to educating our customers about sustainable landscaping options.



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Employee Spotlight - Raul Munoz

Raul started with Cagwin & Dorward in 2008 as a Landscape Improvement Foreman. He was promoted to Landscape Construction Foreman in 2015, and recently to a Project Manager. Raul has worked with many managers on various sized projects. He has been an essential part of our East Bay team for 18 years, and brings a high level of leadership, dedication and craftsmanship to his work. This next step in his career will challenge him to work more independently, designing, selling and managing landscape construction projects, all while further developing his direct reports. Congratulations Raul!


Plant Spotlight - Winnifred Gilman

Salvia clevelandii 'Winnifred Gilman' is an evergreen shrub, native to California, with lavender to blue flowers in May and April. It's a hummingbird-magnet, having tubular flowers that are held in whorls atop the 3’ x 3’ nicely rounded fragrant foliage, reaching up to 4.5' tall. It makes an outstanding filler plant in a drought tolerant garden and works very well as the backbone of a difficult garden site. This cultivar of Cleveland sage thrives on the dry slopes of coastal and inland Southern California. It likes sun and well-drained soil. The gray-green leaves have intense fragrance. It is cold tolerant to at least 15 degrees, can survive with very little irrigation, and is a great choice for sunny, well drained, low water-use landscapes throughout most of northern California.