May 2019 President’s Message

by Justin White, Chapter President, K&D Landscaping Company

spring has sprung!

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Spring has sprung! The warm weather and sunshine bring with it good vibes and growth for the landscape community. In the spirit of growth, we have some great events coming up in the next two months. The first being an insurance “talk & learn.” As contractors, our exposure and risk factors are much higher than other sectors of our economy. It is crucial we stay up to date with changing laws to mitigate our risks as much as possible. The CLCA is working hard to ensure you stay informed and supplied with the tools to run your business and protect what you have built. On May 30th we have an educational dinner sponsored by CLCA Insurance Solutions—come learn about the changes in landscape insurance and what you can do to save money while keeping your business and employees safe. This dinner will be held in south county, at Graniterock, 1755 Del Monte Blvd, in Seaside. Hope to see you there!

The next big event is our annual Beautification Awards Dinner & Banquet on June 22nd. This is a great opportunity to show off the projects you have been working so hard to complete. You can also use this event to bring your team out for a night of employee appreciation; let them see their hard work on display and potentially accept an award! This year’s event will be held at the Dream Inn in Santa Cruz, with a theme of “In Honor of the Redwoods.” I hope to see you all there!

I recently sat in on a speaker who talked about the Chinese Bamboo Tree. For those who haven’t heard the story, it’s one of those that stays with you after you hear it. The Chinese Bamboo Tree teaches us success lessons on patience, faith, determination, and growth. Like any plant, the Chinese Bamboo Tree requires the right amount of water, fertilizer and proper soil to thrive. The difference is that the Chinese Bamboo Tree shows no sign of visible growth during the first year, or the second, or even the third or fourth! But in year five the tree emerges from the soil and within six weeks grows over 80' tall! When I heard this, I immediately thought of our CLCA family. It is such a great parable that relates to so much in our lives. The tree was watered daily for over five years without the gardener giving up. Even though there were no signs of growth, she continued to faithfully fertilize and water the ground until she was eventually rewarded with an amazingly beautiful tree. This story can teach us many lessons and each of us will take something different away from it. So what does this teach to you? How can you take the determination and patience from the gardener and apply it to your life? Or better yet, share this story with someone who is working hard towards a goal and they aren’t yet seeing results. I leave you with one last quote: “People are rewarded in public for what they practice in private.”

Have you checked out our new website yet? If not, I encourage you to take a minute to go explore the site and peek at the calendar to stay current on upcoming events!

Thank yous to everyone who volunteered for our the community projects, Grange in Live Oak and the Animal Shelter of Santa Cruz County.

The Grange orchard irrigation project volunteers included: Chris Elliot—Aqua Green Landscape Irrigation, Ewing Irrigation, Netafim, and California H2orticulture Services who generously donated all irrigation materials. K&D also volunteered for this project. Thank you Cabrillo College and Michael Johnson for organizing this venture. It was a huge success and will provide efficient water to trees and plants in the Live Oak Garden!

The Animal Shelter of Santa Cruz project was lead by Tish O’Reilly of Mountain Horticulture. She was joined by John Kern of Monterey Peninsula College Horticulture, Phil Dundas of The Landscape Company and Regan Barry of Coastal Evergreen Company, and K&D Landscaping. They brought the tools and spruced up the grounds. More awesome volunteerism by Central Coast!

Scroll down to see photos and read more about these projects. Big thanks to the CLCA family!

To our success,
Justin White
CEO, K&D Landscaping Inc.

Link to Partner’s Feature: Katia Velasquez of Netafim

This month Katia Velasquez, Central Coast Event Director, is featured in our “Partner’s Corner.” This article appears on the website and you can find it HERE (scroll down the page.)