Awards, Recognitions, & News
PACIFIC LANDSCAPES EARNS AWARD of RECOGNITION for
A typical commercial concrete tilt up with a conventional landscape sporting an expansive turf frontage, overhead irrigation and other high maintenance and high water use features seems to be a bit out of context in the realm of "sustainable landscapes".
High water use resulting from irrigation water run-off, compacted soils, and shallow rooting depths are just some of the problems that have plagued this project. Years of conventional petro-chemical fertilizer and pesticide applications have de-graded soil health resulting in plantings that require rescue chemical therapy to control pest and disease in an attempt to maintain a false fašade of plant health.
You may be asking yourself "How is this site being maintained with sustainable landscape practices? And could these practices benefit my projects?" With Class One Office consumer expectations of pristine grounds managed with eco friendly practices in an economy climate that demands solid fiscal management, the challenge was put forward.
Pacific Landscapes received an Award of Recognition in the Sustainable Maintenance category at the 2010 Achievement Awards Banquet of the North Coast Chapter of the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) for their work at 1244 Apollo Way, Santa Rosa, CA. Developed in 2005 with a conventional landscape design of its time, this site has continuously remained vacant and funding for landscape improvements are severely limited.
Our goal was to demonstrate that an existing conventional landscape could be successfully maintained with sustainable practices without a major overhaul and the associated expenses.
A detailed analysis of the irrigation system was performed that high-lighted and allowed for the correction of the low hanging fruit, such as, low and crooked sprinkler heads, mismatched nozzles and improper sprinkler placement.
A new smart irrigation controller was installed with weekly follow up monitoring and adjustments keeping a close eye on the water meter.
An in depth soil analysis was performed with laboratory assays of mineral content and soil biology. Field tests included soil compaction profiles and measurements of rooting depths.
Soil remediation included a custom formulated organic fertility program that balanced key mineral ratios to achieve soil flocculation to reduce compaction and reduce excess pressures from plant pest and disease.
The turf was mechanically aerated and a fine layer of organic compost was applied to stimulate healthy soil biology. The soil was drenched with a blend of actively aerated compost tea that had been inoculated with beneficial soil microorganisms and fortified with additional microbe food sources.
Actively aerated compost tea was applied in foliar drenches to provide protection from pest and disease.
A new organic corn gluten hydrolysate pre emergent herbicide was developed and applied to control weeds.
The results included increased plant health and vigor while eliminating all use of synthetic chemical fertilizers, herbicides and other pesticides. Soil compaction was reduced from in excess of 300 psi (pounds per square inch) to an acceptable range of 200 psi. Turf rooting depths increased from 3"- 4" to an excess of 8". Irrigation water use went down from 157% eto (reference evapotranspiration rate) to 87% eto.
If you would like to read more about our sustainable and biologic land management practices, click here to visit our Organics page.
CONGRATULATIONS - 2010 WHEEL PROGRAM GRADUATES
Pacific Landscapes is proud of their thirteen graduates from the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce sponsored 'WHEEL' (Worksite Held Employee English Learning)
program hosted by the North Coast Builders Exchange. The program was created in an effort to narrow the achievement gap between native speakers of English and those whose second language is English.
"It was a very positive experience for all the men." says Armando Garcia, Pacific Landscapes Human Resources Manager, "They came to classes every Thursday after work from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. and worked very hard and improved their comprehension in English."
Instructor Eleanor Welsh said that the assessment exercises given on the first and last days of the eight week course "...showed great improvement; we are very proud of them."
Graduates from left to right standing: (Instructor Eleanor Welsh), Jaime Sanchez, José Tinoco-Casaves, Javier Quintero, Bonifacio Villanueva, Luis Beltrán, Emilio Diaz, Gregory Trevino, (Armando Garica - HR Manager).
Squatting: Hector Garcia (Park Landscape), Rosendo Bernabe-Villanueva, Norberto T. Casaves, Jesus Campos, Manuel Monroy, Luis Villanueva. Not picture: José Gomez
PACIFIC LANDSCAPES IS PROUD TO HONOR OUR SPRING 2010 BAY FRIENDLY GRADUATING CLASS!
Employee graduates (left to right in photo below) April Haines, Warren Lum, Darryl Orr, Tom Clary, Debra Younggren and Malcolm Morrison (kneeling) display their certificates
while wearing their new 'Bay Friendly' hats. Yippee!
The seven week training held at Marin Arts and Garden Center was sponsored by Marin County Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program (MCSTOPPP) and Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD).
The Bay Friendly Landscape Guidelines teach sustainable practices to landscape professionals. The seven principles are:
- Landscape Locally
- Landscape for Less
- Nurture the Soil
- Conserve Water
- Conserve Energy
- Protect Air and Water Quality
- Create Wildlife Habitat
This is a great fit with our organic soil fertility program we introduced last year as a standard practice to all our landscape projects.
Eliminating the conventional use of synthetic petro-chemical fertilizers is protecting water supplies from toxic nitrate runoff and preserving air quality from the release of carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide greenhouse gases.
Pacific Landscapes a ‘Best Place To Work’ for 4th Year In A Row
We are extremely proud to have been named one of the Best Places To Work by the North Bay Business Journal for the fourth year in a row.
Winners are selected by the Business Journal's staff
based on a combination of employee survey results and information requested on the application form.
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Pacific Landscapes Earns 3 New 2009 Commercial Awards for North Coast CLCA
Pacific Landscapes brought home two of three First Place Commercial Maintenance Awards and an Award of Recognition for Sustainable Maintenance at the 2009 Achievement Awards Banquet of the North Coast Chapter of the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA).
We received a First Place Award for Unlimited Property Commercial Maintenance for our work at Pacific Union College located in Angwin, CA.
Another First Place Award was received for Small Property Commercial Maintenance for landscape management of Vintage at Brush Creek located in Santa Rosa, CA (formally Avalon at Brush Creek). This is our second time receiving a first place award at this site.
We also received an Award of Recognition in the Sustainable Maintenance category for our work at 100 B Street, Santa Rosa, CA.
Click here to see a list of our previous awards
2009 Waste Reduction Awards Program
Pacific Landscapes Inc. has earned the distinction of becoming a 2009 Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP) winner
for our efforts to reduce, reuse, recycle and buy recycled.
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Three New Arborists Certified At Pacific Landscapes in 2009
April Haines of Rohnert Park, Darryl Orr of Forestville and Steve Cole of Vacaville, CA recently completed the CERTIFIED ARBORIST examination.
Pacific Landscapes is a commercial landscaping company based in Sebastopol, serving clients in Sonoma, Marin, Napa and Solano counties.
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Business Environmental Alliance Award
In 2008, Pacific Landscapes, Inc. was honored by the Sonoma County Business Environmental Alliance (BEA) with a Best Practices Award for dedication to profitable environmental practices and their leadership role in environmental efforts.
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PRO Magazine Best of The Rest ALL-PRO
Pacific Landscapes Inc. was among PRO Magazine’s Best of the Rest All-Pros listed in the December 2007 professional landscaper magazine. Editor Rod Dickens cited the companies as having “excelled in becoming true industry professionals.” The magazine looks a how their honorees train employees, handle customer communication, and grow profitably. Pacific Landscapes was cited for systematic management, water conservation, and non-traditional advertising.
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Owner Penry Earns Statewide Award
The company's president, Dave Penry, was honored in 2007 with the California Landscape Contractors Association’s highest award: The Allegiance Award. Presented at the organization’s annual Leadership Conference in Los Angeles, The Allegiance Award has been made only 17 times in the organization’s 54-year-history. The Award honors members who advance the professionalism of the industry.
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California Landscape Contractors Association, North Coast Chapter Awards Earned by Pacific Landscapes
- 2010 Award of Recognition, Sustainable Maintenance,
1244 Apollo Way, Santa Rosa, CA
- 2009 First Place, Small Commercial Maintenance,
Vintage Brush Creek, Santa Rosa, CA
- 2009 First Place, Unlimited Commercial Maintenance,
Pacific Union College, Angwin, CA
- 2009 Award of Recognition, Sustainable Maintenance,
100 B Street, Santa Rosa, CA
- 2008 Award of Recognition, Medium Commercial Maintenance,
The Meritage and Vino Bella Resorts, Napa, CA
- 2008 Award of Recognition, Small Commercial Maintenance,
Oil Stop Store, Rohnert Park, CA
- 2007 First Place, Large Commercial Maintenance,
Stony Point Business Park, Santa Rosa, CA
- 2007 First Place, Small Commercial Maintenance,
Avalon at Brush Creek, Santa Rosa, CA
- 2006 First Place, Small Commercial Maintenance,
Northwood Shopping Center, Napa, CA
- 2005 First Place, Large Commercial Maintenance,
Sonoma Country Day School, Santa Rosa, CA
- 2005 First Place, Medium Commercial Maintenance,
The Reserve at Napa, Napa, CA
- 2005 Award of Recognition, Medium Commercial Maintenance,
2235 Mercury Way, Santa Rosa, CA
- 2004 First Place, Medium Commercial Maintenance,
Stony Point Business Park, Santa Rosa, CA
- 2004 First Place, Small Commercial Maintenance,
Oil Stop Store, Rohnert Park, CA
- 2002 First Place, Large Commercial Maintenance,
Santa Rosa Corporate Center, Santa Rosa, CA
- 2002 Excelsior Award, Medium Commercial Maintenance,
Hansel Ford Lincoln Mercury, Santa Rosa, CA
- 2002 First Place, Small Commercial Maintenance,
Oil Stop Store, Rohnert Park, CA
Page Last Updated 01/18/2011
Pacific Landscapes was named among the North Bay’s top 55 employers by the North Bay Business Journal for its fourth consecutive year.