December Blood Drive – Schedule Appointments Online

Help BANN and the Builders Association Charity (BAC) spread holiday cheer by participating in the Big Give BACk.

What better way to spread holiday joy than to give back to our community here in Northern Nevada. The Builders Association of  Northern Nevada along with the Builders Association Charity (BAC), is hosting The BIG Give BACk this holiday season. There will be tons of food and snacks – and lunch too! So please help this holiday season. Lots of appointment times left.

or CALL us at (775) 857-4333

 

NEW Online Donation Scheduling is easy, secure and guarantees your spot!

Here’s how you can help:

  •  Toy Drive – Donate new unwraped toys for ages infant to17 yrs.
  •  Food Drive – Donate non perishable food items.
  •  Blood Drive – December 11th 8 am – 3:30 pm at the BANN office. Sponsored by yours truly, Signature Landscapes. Please call us at 775-857-4333 to schedule an appointment.
Mix it Up - Join us for a Networking Mixer, December 5th from 5-7 pm at the BANN office.

The Builders

The cost of admission is 2 non perishable food items or 1 new unwrapped toy. It’s a great networking opportunity and an easy way to give back to our community! Please RSVP to Tina at the Builders, register online or download a flyer.

Food & Toy Collection bins will be located at the BANN office (Mon-Fri 9am – 5pm) and at 5 Star Athletics, 3760 Barron Way, Reno 89511( Mon – Thurs 5-8pm) November 1st through December 11th. Flyer

   Click to download the flyer: BANN Give Back 2012


 

Signature Landscapes now offers military discounts

A Military Discount is our way of expressing our sincere appreciation for all who have served honorably OR are currently serving in our Armed Forces. We offer a 10% Military Discount on all lawn maintenance, tree care services and Christmas Light installation projects.

Note: Our only requirement is you need to show either a valid Military or Veterans Affairs ID card for a customer discount.

Additionally, we encourage ALL Americans to patronize businesses who Support Our Troops by offering a Military Discount.

 

Reasons to offer a Military Discount:

  • Opportunity to give back
  • Say Thank You for your service
  • Americans support businesses that Support Our Troops!
  • We must remember that freedom isn't free and that someone has to pay the price...and that is those in our Military

We’d like to thank our friends at  Helsel Construction Operations for inspiring all local businesses to support all of those serving or have served. We hope you enjoy the Signature Landscapes Military Discount for our Armed Forces!

Garden clean-up in fall pays off in the spring

If you’re tired of outdoor chores, it’s tempting to walk away from the garden with a plan to clean it up next spring. But if you want a great veggie garden next year, you’ll be wise to take advantage of this warm weekend by doing some fall clean-up.

Why can’t you just wait until spring? Leaving leaves and debris in the garden gives diseases, fungus and pests a nice place overwinter and come back with a vengeance next spring. A garden that goes to sleep all cleaned up for the winter will wake up healthier in the springtime. There will also be less need to treat for pests and disease.

Need help with fall landscape chores? Contacting a landscape clean up pros at Signature Landscapes is as easy as clicking on our service request form, or calling (775) 857-4333.

Take these steps before you begin the clean-up:

  • Harvest root crops like carrots or potatoes that are still in the ground.
  • Make a sketch of this year’s garden, before removing any plant debris, that shows what was planted where. Having a sketch of this year’s garden will help you rotate placement of next season’s crops – like tomatoes – that do best when not grown in the same place each year.
  • Plant herbs, that will not overwinter outdoors, in containers to bring inside.

Tips for the clean-up

  • Remove all old veggies, vines, leaves and other debris from the garden. If leaves from trees blow in, keep them cleaned up as well. All of this decaying plant material makes a nice winter home for insects and disease.
  • Remove the weeds, too.
  • Most greens, leaves and small plants are fine to pitch in the compost pile. But leave out the weeds whose seeds will get back in the garden when you spread the compost. Also leave out tomato plants as they often carry disease, and large-stemmed vines such as pumpkin as they take too long to decompose.

When the garden is clean, do one last chore that will pay off next spring: work compost into the soil. You can also add straw mulch or grass clippings as mulch on top. Now your garden is nicely tucked in for its long winter’s nap.

 

Free Dump Days: October 6th and 7th 2012

“Residential Dump Days”
Offers Reduced Rates and Free Select Dumping on October 6 and 7

Waste Management announced today the fourth quarterly “Residential Dump Days” to be held in 2012 at the Waste Management Transfer Stations in Reno. The dates for this event are Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7. Residential Dump Days are held solely at the Transfer Stations in Reno – the Lockwood Landfill is closed on weekends.

The reduced dump rates accompanied by free dumping for specific items during Residential Dump Days is the result of a partnership between Waste Management and Washoe County government including our partner in beauty.. Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful. This program helps residents clean up their homes and our communities, which in turn, decreases the amount of illegal dumping in our area.

Rates

  • Standard pick-up truck with MSW $10.00 flat fee
  • Small pick-up truck with MSW $6.50 flat fee
  • All eligible common household appliances No charge

Appliances &  Bulky Waste

  • Refrigerators (additional charge for Freon recovery)
  • Chairs & Sofas
  • Hot Water Heaters
  • Mattresses  & Box Springs
  • Stoves & Dishwashers
  • Washers & Dryers

Please Note

  1. Lockwood Landfill is closed on Saturdays and Sundays
  2. Electronic Waste/Recycling will NOT be accepted at this event
  3. Hazardous wastes will not be accepted at any time

WM Transfer Station Locations

HOURS:
Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Sunday: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm Sunday: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

1390 E. Commercial Row (click for map)
Reno, NV 89512

13890 Mt. Anderson Road (click for map)
Reno, NV 89506

Trees are people too!

Drip Line IllustrationSometimes we take our trees for granted because they are always there and don’t turn brown as fast as a heat-stressed lawn. We forget that they, too, can be water-deprived. Right now, your tree needs to soak up water–and nutrients–to survive the dormant season.

So how do you help your trees?

Water them now and water once per month through October. Use a deep root watering device that attaches to a garden hose and soak the soil 6 to 8 inches deep.

To know where to water, draw an imaginary circle of where the outermost branches extend over the ground.  That circle is called the drip line of the tree.  Water at various points within this drip line.  Be sure to probe and water some points that are closer and some points that farther away from the trunk as you move around the tree.

Fertilize?  The deep-root watering device can also deliver fertilizer while you water.  But wait until about Labor Day to add fertilizer.  Look specifically for a fall blend that has the micro-nutrients that are beneficial for the fall fertilization.

Remember, Signature Landscapes has two skilled and knowledgeable ISA Certified arborists on staff to help you with your tree questions. Call us at (775) 857-4333 and we’ll work to keep your gentle giants happy, healthy and ready for the coming winter.

Signature Landscapes voted BEST LANDSCAPER

You read that right! Signature Landscapes voted #1 Landscaper in Northern Nevada in the 2012 Reno News and Review’s Best of Northern Nevada reader’s choice contest. Otherwise known as the Reno News & Review’s Biggest Little Best of Northern Nevada. And just in case you missed the Best Of’s from prior years, this is our SECOND first place win!

So…

Thank you, Northern Nevada!

We love you! There’s nothing else we’d rather be doing than serving each and every one of you all year long. Landscaping is our passion, our art and our way of life, and we couldn’t do it without your business.

LINK TO THE RENO NEWS & REVIEW BEST-OF ARTICLE

Best of Northern Nevada

PHOTO GALLERY OF SIGNATURE’S BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPES

Landscape Design Gallery

Heat stress on your lawn

Just like any other living creature in Northern Nevada, your lawn can suffer serious heat stress symptoms. Caused by high heat and lack of rainfall, dry summers and lack of humidity, we’re seeing heat stress is really take a toll on our local lawns.

Consistent watering is one of the most important practices in taking care of your lawn right now. 

 But be alert – temperatures over ninety degrees day after day can cause a slowdown in grass growth. With our low humidity, the blades of grass can experience a daytime wilt which can cause a loss of color normally associated with a healthy lawn. But don’t stress yourself…this does not necessarily mean the lawn is dying or in serious trouble.

Your grass is comprised of 80% water. High heat and low humidity takes some of this away, even with good watering practices – hence the wilting. But properly watered lawns will recover much more quickly than a drought stressed yard when the longer nights and cooler days return.

Water at least 2 to 2 1/2 inches per week. One inch of water should re-wet the soil about 6 inches deep. To determine how much water has been applied, set a straight-sided can under the sprinkler.

And remember, without adequate water, your heat stressed lawn will quickly turn into drought stressed lawn.

In a drought stressed lawn, grass soon turns brown and becomes dormant. An early clue to drought stress is when grassy areas show a dark bluish-green cast. Begin applying water when the soil starts to dry out and before the grass wilts and has a chance to become brown.

A word of caution about limited watering: A single watering during a high heat and/or drought period is likely to do more harm than good. If the grass cannot be kept actively growing with sufficient water, it is best to let the grass go dormant. Inconsistent or “light” watering during extended dry periods will slow the rate of recovery when adequate rainfall does occur. Bluegrass is very resilient and will come out of the heat and drought quickly as long as it is properly cared for and steps are taken to keep insects and weeds out of the stressed or dormant areas of the lawn.

Some things you can do when water restrictions prevent you from watering as much as the lawn really needs:

  1. Make sure your irrigation timer/clock is set to provide all the water your grass needs this month.
  2. Water only that part of the lawn where improvement is most important.
  3. Use a sharp mower blade; the cleaner the cut the less water the grass blades will lose out of the injury done by the cutting.
  4. Mow regularly until growth slows, but at a higher (rather than lower) cutting height.
  5. Make each watering consistent and make sure enough water is being applied to moisten soil to a good depth.
  6. Remember, with our losw humidity, a ten minute watering of most sprinkler systems will not likely get enough water into the soil. This will force the roots to go shallow and weaken the lawn’s resistance to heat stress and drought stress/damage.

If you have questions about your irrigation timer, how to propertly adjust for this high heat, don’t hesitate to call us. Our PLANET Certified Irrigation Technicians can quickly help get your lawn’s watering needs on track.

Call Signature Landscapes at 827-5296 and we’ll come out immediately!

Signature Helps Renovate the Reno Tahoe Open Entry

Signature Landscapes is digging in and donating crews to help this year’s Reno Tahoe Open out at Montrêux look its best for the upcoming event next week.

“This area is going to shine because of Signature’s expertise and we’re so grateful to have their support,” said Michael Tragash, Special Events Manager for the Reno Tahoe Open.

A longtime fan of local PGA tournament, Signature Landscapes is completely refurbishing the grand visitor entry area to offer the 60,000 visitors a beautiful experience immediately upon entering the grounds.

“The sweet spot of any event starts the very first second you walk onto the course,” said Steven Fine, of Signature Landscapes. “So we made it a point to guarantee something colorful and inviting for the RTO guests.”

This project has come down to the wire in terms of timing with the opening. Signature crews plan on wrapping up the landscape renovations by Monday. Just in time for the huge volume of busses arriving hourly with excited Reno Tahoe Open fans.

Reno sells firewood to general public

Did you know… Reno Urban Forestry sells firewood to the general public twice each year. During the months of September and March, the wood yard located at 190 Telegraph is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for wood cutting.

The wood, which includes mixed hardwoods, is in log form and requires people to saw their own rounds for splitting.

The cost for the firewood is $75 per cord. Customers must first sign a waiver of liability and pay in advance in order to enter the wood yard. Waivers can be obtained at the Park Maintenance Office, 2055 Idlewild Drive, in Idlewild Park. Office hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

X-FEST Music Brews and Peace Concert Downtown

XFEST 2012  |  Music. Brews. Peace.

Harrah’s Plaza 2012
July 21, 2012 | 4pm – 10pm

$10 ENTRY FEE INCLUDES THREE TASTER TICKETS
Additional taster tickets can be purchased for $1 each
Proceeds benefit our favorite organization in the entire earth:
Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful

THE BANDS

Tim Snider
Whitney Myer Band
Jelly Bread

Tickets can be purchased at the plaza entrance the day of the event

THE BREWS

High Sierra Brewery
Sierra Nevada
B.J.’s Brewing
Great Basin Brewing Company
Silver Peak Brewing
Under Cover Ale Works


Click this link for the official XFEST 2012 Poster (in Adobe PDF)

Harrah’s Reno – Plaza
219 N. Center St. | Reno, NV 89501 | (775) 788-2900  | http://www.harrahsreno.com
Map to this location

 

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