2016 Fall & Winter Newsletter

Is it Time to Retire your Landscape?

Are you paying for landscape maintenance month after month and wondering why your landscape still is not meeting your expectations? Many view the landscape appearance as a direct reflection of the landscape services, but often, this is not the case. Maybe your landscape has reached the end of its useful life and needs renovation.

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HOA Embraces Greener Alternative to Thirsty Lawn

In 2015, with California in the midst of a record-breaking drought, a community of more than 400 homes near the eastern shore of the San Francisco Bay decided to make a big change. The Casitas Alameda Homeowners’ Association replaced 25,000 square feet of water-intensive lawn with gorgeous landscaping that saves water, increases biodiversity and prevents stormwater runoff.

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Minimum Wage Going Up - What is the Impact?

As you may know, the California Fair Wage Act of 2016, which increases the minimum wage from $10.00 per hour to $15.00 per hour by 2022, went into effect on January 1, 2016. The hourly minimum wage will increase from the current $10 to $10.50 on Jan. 1, 2017, then to $11 the following year, and increase by $1 annually until it reaches $15.00 in the year 2022. Economists have estimated that under this measure, nearly six million, more than one-third the state’s workforce, will receive a raise.

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Transitioning your Landscape to Fall

As the seasons change, so should your landscaping practices. The challenges you face when tending to your garden and your lawn during the summer are different than those you will face in the fall. Read on to learn some tips for transitioning your landscape from summer to fall:

  • Fall is a good time to deal with problems with your lawn. Start with core aeration, the practice of mechanically removing small bits of thatch and soil from your lawn to help it breathe. Also, as the summer’s hottest temperatures recede; it is a good time to reseed.

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Best Plants for Cool Season Color

Cool-season flowers bring a splash of color to your garden right when you need it most. Where freezes are infrequent, you can plant cheery pansies, snapdragons, English daisies, and more from early fall through late winter. They'll overwinter, filling your borders, containers, and pocket gardens with months of flower power. In cold climates, plants will die off in winter but can be planted again in spring. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Cyclamen - Few blooms say winter like cyclamen. Pretty flowers in shades of white, pink, rose, and red are carried atop an attractive clump of leaves. Flowers resemble shooting stars or butterflies. Give them part shade and regular water.

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