January 2014
Vol. 4, Issue #1
In This Newsletter
New Website & Customer Survey
Spotlight on Hansel BMW
Record Cold and Your Plants
Winter Bulbs
January Priorities
Leaf Abatement
Winter Tree/Shrub Pruning
Shrub Bed Care
Spraying Fruit Trees


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The New Year is More than a Number
The beginning of a new year is always a great time for a fresh start and a new way of looking at the same things. That's why we're excited to announce the launch of our new website. This is one of the projects that JJ, our  Business Manager has been busy working on and now that it's complete we're excited for you to take a peek. Same address-new approach! www.landesign-inc.com

It's also time for us to learn more about what you, our clients, think of us! As leaders in an industry that strives to keep things green in more ways than one, we thought it important to send our Customer Survey via email. We know your time is valuable, that's why there are only 14 simple questions and we'll send you a $5.00 Starbucks gift card for taking 5 minutes of your time. We value your opinion so please click on the email coming to your computer on Wednesday, January 15th 2014 and thanks in advance for your input.

We want to wish all of you a healthy, happy and prosperous 2014. We look forward to the year ahead and thank you for helping us make Landesign Construction & Maintenance, Inc. a place we're happy to work.


John and Denise Fitzgerald
Landesign C&M, Founders


Hansel BMW
Landesign C & M  is pleased to have played a part in Hansel's new and exciting state-of-the art BMW Center. The design and construction of this 21.3 million project was focused on using green construction techniques and materials where possible. In that same spirit, Landesign C & M inc. used inline drip irrigation to minimize water run-off and maximize availability for the plants. Smart Controllers and Rain Sensors were implemented to maximize adequate watering with minimal cost.  

Drought tolerant plants were used throughout the landscape and "no mow" grasses were used in conjunction with bio-retention swales which allow water to be trapped on site and diverted back into the ground instead of the storm drain. In turn, this replenishes the water table. In addition, these grasses require less water and the lack of necessary mowing reduces the carbon footprint. It's what we call a win-win!
Brrr...Plants React to the Cold
A desiccated lawn
It's not just humans that shudder from the cold-many lawns and plants aren't looking their best. If your lawn is brown, don't despair. This is called dessication and it's a big word for "dried up".The cold freezes the roots and thus the lawn is unable to absorb water. However, the grass plants are not dead and they should recover naturally as weather warms up.
Damaged shrubs will drop leaves 

Even some of our hardiest plants have suffered the same effect. Some damage can be seen now but some may not show up until the spring which may mean we'll have a messier spring. Most evergreen plants to shed more than normal the amount of leaves when they break bud but don't worry, we'll have our rakes and blowers ready!
It's Not Too Late for Bulbs
What you say? I thought Fall was the time to plant bulbs. Well it is, but certain bulbs from South Africa can be planted in January. Some of the most colorful, fuss-free and reliable bulbs are Freesia, Sparaxis (harlequin flower) and Ixia (corn lily). They like being planted twice the depth of the bulb in loose, fertile soil with a bit of bulb food or bone meal. The nice thing about these bulbs is that because of where they are from, they don't need a winter and so there is no need to refrigerate before planting.

Most of these bulbs come in a multitude of colors from pinks and reds to yellows, oranges, purples and whites. If you're interested in having beautiful flowers bloom in mid-spring, call us soon as these should be put in the ground between September and early February.
Landesign Construction & Maintenance, Inc.
P. O. Box 2326
Santa Rosa, California  95403
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