Signature recognized by Nevada Chamber of Commerce

Community Spirit Award Finalist

The_Chamber_LogoSignature recognized as an exceptional business making a difference? You bet! And that’s really good news for the community.  Imagine coming to work to find Signature is one of the top three businesses recognized for this prestigeous award. The award notes we have demonstrated a sense of caring and responsibility for others that connects citizens and solves community problems.

View Signature’s Social Responsibility Page

Wow! Thank you to the Reno/Sparks Chamber, the non-profits we support, and the crews on staff that work hard to support our incredible community!


 

April showers, May flowers and June tomato towers

With water resources looking to be tight throughout much of northern Nevada, many of us are wondering what we should plant in our gardens this year – or should we plant at all.

If there are no April showers, should we scratch the May flowers?  Should we grow tomatoes or corn or petunias?  Mr. Vegetable, where are you?

Nasturtium

Nasturtium – colorful and edible.

First things first… get the garden off to a good and healthy start.  

  • Clean out the debris like leaves and dead plants that has collected over the winter.
  • Till the garden by double digging or even consider the new trend which is triple digging.  You have to dig down to the third shovel depth to till. This is done in Africa with amazing results in production.
  • Add compost.  Tilling plus adding compost will improve soil quality and help it hold more water.
  • Use mulch this season because it keeps more water in the soil and lowers evaporation.  Wood mulch, straw and even newspapers and grass clippings all do the job.

Be sustainable in your plant choices and practices.

Growing food is not a waste of water – it puts the most locally-grown food possible on your table.  Just do it wisely.

Here are some tips:

  • Grow more edibles than ornamentals.  Tomatoes have many uses on the menu and are easily consumed.  Pumpkins, on the other hand, are generally more ornamental and tend to overrun your garden if you’re not careful.  Scale back on the pumpkin patch and devote more resources to food crops.
  • Dress up your edible garden with companion flowers.  Nasturtium aren’t just pretty, they taste good in a salad.  Marigolds help deter pests.  Using dual purpose flowers like these in your garden gives more bang for your water buck.
  • Plant in blocks, rather than in rows.  Putting plants closer together creates shade that holds in moisture.
  • Control weeds.  They will suck up moisture your veggies need.
  • Use containers to grow some herbs, veggies and summer annual flowers.  Potted plants generally need less water than those planted in the soil.  Containers can also be watered efficiently with drip irrigation.
  • Recycle water from the kitchen.  After swishing a head of lettuce in a big bowl of water to clean it, pour the water on the pot of herbs outside.  It’s a few more steps, but the effort reminds us how precious our water is and that we need to use it wisely and even “twicely” whenever we can.

Productive landscapes add value to our lives and are a responsible use of resources.  This year, plan ahead and water wisely.

Phil Petrocco Joins Signature Landscapes

Phil Petrocco

Phil Petrocco

Signature Landscapes is proud to announce Phil Petrocco has joined the Commercial Landscape Construction team and will leading business development efforts for Northern Nevada and California. Petrocco has an extensive background in large-scale landscape construction projects working with companies such as SoilTech out of Las Vegas and Gothic Landscape as the landscape manager in charge of the recently completed I-580 freeway construction.

Petrocco’s experience in working alongside government and municipal entities means he is uniquely suited to providing solutions to the larger, complex landscape challenges faced in our region today. He is a licensed Right of Way pest control operator for the State, and carries a C-10 contractor license for Utah and Arizona.

Revitalized Landscapes on Horizon for 2013

Recent research shows that at least 30% of homeowners nationwide have plans for a major landscape project sometime in the next two years. And that’s aside from many more of us who have lesser projects planned that will add to the ambiance and enjoyment of our outdoor spaces.

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Brian, Signature Designer & ISA Certified Arborist

Brian, Signature Designer & ISA Certified Arborist

Interestingly, this research also showed that most of us turn to our family and friends to get referrals when looking for help with landscape projects. It’s easy to peek over the fence to see the neighbor’s new project and there’s a built-in trust factor in the recommendation.  That’s good info and it’s where Signature Landscapes gets a large number of new landscape construction customers!

But if you’re in that 30% with a major project on your agenda, it will be worth your time to do some homework and make the selection process thorough. Depending on your yard and your budget, a “major landscape project” can range from $10,000 to $150,000 or more. It’s an investment in your ongoing property value and personal enjoyment, so it pays to be a wise consumer.

Here are 4 tips to get started:

  • Identify your priorities, your “maybe” list and your problems. For example, you may know you want an outdoor kitchen, but aren’t sure about a fire pit. Or there may be an eyesore in the yard that needs a creative solution, but you’re not sure what it is. Laying out your priorities, maybes and problems will help you match your needs to the right expert.
  • Know your budget and be ready to discuss it. This will help you get the best value from your available resources.
  • Check out the company, even if you got the referral from a friend. Is it a member of the Nevada Landscape Association? Does the company have industry certified people on board? Are they aware of licenses and permits that may be required by your city? Do they offer to provide you with a certificate of insurance to show that they have the necessary liability and worker’s comp coverage?
  • Look for professionalism. Do they have everything in writing? A detailed landscape design, a well-written contract that protects the interests of both parties and a fair payment schedule are the marks of a pro. They should spell out exactly what you are buying and they are essential to doing good business. These documents will be critical should a dispute arise.

Support KTMB’S Great Community Cleanup May 11th

It’s that time of year to put on your work gloves and Levi’s and set out for a little community clean up!

Like all of us, we are so blessed to thrive in such a beautiful, vibrant and compassionate community. The Truckee Meadows has been so good to us, our employees and their families too. So it’s a no-brainer to take on the challenge of raising funds to support the folks at KTMB – their employees and their volunteers are the backbone of our clean city.

Please show your support for all the great things KTMB does around here. Here’s how…

Donate right now! You can do it!

Visit Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful website for more details

You’re a web-savvy person. You know how this works. You were thinking about buying something online today anyway, weren’t you? The website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support KTMB‘s fundraising efforts.

And when you’re done, forward this on to your friends and family. Let’s do what we can to keep the programs moving forward!

Many thanks for your support — and don’t forget – forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too! It’s amazing what a few folks can do to keep our community beautiful.

 

Environmental ROI

Is your landscaping worth it?

Water and maintenance used to keep landscapes healthy don’t go down the drain

  • Just one average tree absorbs 26 lbs. of carbon dioxide from the air each year. That is enough to negate 11,000 miles of car emissions. (Hug your tree!)
  • Lawns act as a filter to purify water passing through the root zone. The front lawns of just eight houses provide the cooling effect of 70 tons of air conditioning. That’s amazing when you consider that the AC unit at the average home has a 3- or 4-ton capacity. (Love your lawn!)

Landscaping cuts energy costs

  • Carefully selected and placed trees around a home can cut energy costs as much as 25%.
  • Shading the AC unit can increase its effectiveness 10%.
  • Planting ground covers, shrubs and lawns reduces heat reflected off the ground and onto walls and windows. That helps cool the indoors and saves energy dollars.

Growing veggies is a healthy pastime that saves money.

  • Working in your garden 45 minutes burns off as many calories as 30 minutes of aerobics.
  • Weeding for an hour burns 300 calories.
  • The cash spent to grow a garden will return 7 to 10 times your initial investment in the value of your produce.  In other words, $50 spent on a garden will give you at least $350 worth of produce you would otherwise buy.  You won’t get that rate of return in your savings account.
  • There’s no produce more sustainable than what you grow yourself or more fresh than what you bring to the table within minutes of picking.  You also know where it was grown and how it was grown.  Those health benefits are priceless.

 

These great tips were brought to you by the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado

Common Landscape Irrigation Problems

No two landscapes are alike

That’s why Signature Landscapes  installs some of the most diverse, durable and precise irrigation components in the industry. Whatever landscape problems you might have, be worry-free knowing Signature Landscapes has an efficient, hassle-free solution.

PROBLEM: Watering Slopes or Hills
Water can puddle or pool around sprinklers installed at the bottom of slopes or hills, causing soggy areas, which can kill grass or encourage fungus to grow.

SIGNATURE LANDSCAPES SOLUTION
3500 Rotors and 5000 Rotors with a Seal-A-Matic™ (SAM) Check Valve stop the problem of low head drainage and eliminate puddling. Or use Rain Bird Rotary Nozzles which deliver water at a lower rate, allowing sufficient soak-in time to prevent run-off.

Basalite Nevada overstock inventory sale April 20th

BASALITE HARDSCAPE PRODUCTS

Basalite Nevada has an overstock of selected inventory!

They are looking to reduce these quantities significantly.  

Because they’re so serious about reducing inventory, there will be fantastic deals to be had.  They’ve lowered the price up to 80% off the regular price on selected items!  There is a large array of products such as the following:

  • Clay Brick
  • Mailbox Columns
  • Patio Block
  • Natural Stone
  • Garden Items
  • Lipped Retaining Wall Block
  • Structural Block
  • Interlocking Pavers
  • Segmental Retaining Wall Block
  • Manufactured Stone
  • RoxPro Products
  • Precast Concrete

Basalite Country Cobble offers the warmth of the summer sun

  • All of this material and more will be available at Basalite-Carson City (2500 Boeing Way, Carson City, NV 89706) on a first come basis on Saturday, April 20.  There is a no return policy on this material.  Material can be picked up that day or a delivery can be scheduled.  Standard delivery charges/rates will apply for all material delivered by Basalite.
  • CLICK LINK for SALE SHEET 

Talk to Jeremy Anthony | Plant Manager

BASALITE CONCRETE PRODUCTS, LLC

MAP: 2500 Boeing Way
Carson City, NV 89706

Office: 775-882-9336  |  Fax:     775-283-3477  |  Cell:     775-690-803
email:  Jeremy.Anthony@paccoast.com

Irrigation – a Nozzle for Every Need

Selecting the correct nozzle is one of the most crucial, yet overlooked, elements in irrigation system design.


Choosing the correct nozzle, whether it’s for a spray head or a rotor, is easy if you take the time to study the nozzle charts in a manufacturer’s product catalog and select one that best suits your needs; irrigation equipment manufacturers have put a tremendous amount of effort into developing nozzles to fit almost every application:

  • For slopes and compacted soils, select a nozzle with a lower precipitation rate.
  • For windy areas, select a nozzle with a low nozzle outlet trajectory.
  • To achieve even water distribution without having to separate part-circle from full-circle sprinklers, select a nozzle set that features a matched precipitation rate.
  • Another way to ensure uniform watering, if you’re working with spray heads, is to select nozzles that have an undercut nozzle. These nozzles have an second, undercut orifice for watering closer to the head.
  • For flexibility with spray heads, select a nozzle with an adjustable or variable arc.

Because nozzles are designed to work within a wide range of pressures, it is important to ensure you have the correct pressure at the base of the nozzle. Too much pressure, as is commonly the situation with spray heads, will result in misting. Misting creates a reduction in the radius of throw and you may experience uneven coverage, and cause wet and dry spots. To correct this, several manufacturers offer devices that can be installed at the nozzle or are integrated in the sprinkler, such as the Rain Bird PRS Series.

If you’re working primarily with rotors, keep in mind that too much pressure can cause the rotor to rotate too quickly. The nozzle stream of a fast moving rotor will “horsetail” and cause a severe reduction in the radius of coverage. Too little pressure will also result in a reduction in the radius of throw and uneven water distribution.

For more information on proper nozzle selection, contact Signature Landscapes Landscape Industry Certified irrigation pros (775) 857-4333. We’re here to help your landscape grow!

 

Watering Variations & Sun Exposure

Over- or under-watering often results because not every part of your yard and garden requires the same amount of moisture due to exposure to the sun.
SIGNATURE LANDSCAPES SOLUTIONS
Easy-to-set controllers with multiple, independent programs, like the ESP-Modular, allow additional watering times to be programmed for areas with more sun exposure. Low-volume drip allows the customization of precise water delivery to individual plants or groups of plants, based on specific watering needs and exposure to the sun.

Call (775) 827-LAWN (5296) for a quick and helpful phone quote. Or visit SigLands.com and schedule a free consultation. Our team will help you get the most out of your current irrigation system today. We’re proud to use Rain Bird products for a green, healthy lawn!

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