Reducing landfill waste

Celestial Seasonings tea is packaged without a string, tag, staple or individual wrapper for its teabags. A few years ago they realized that eliminating these elements from their product would save more than 3.5 million pounds of waste from entering landfills each year.

Scott Tube-Free Tissue

This year, the Scott paper company introduced its no-tube toilet paper product. The full-page ads that launched this product announce that each year 17 billion TP tubes are thrown away. Scott’s innovation may change how things roll in the bathroom – and to the landfill.

Many industries are on board with reducing the waste they generate and that includes the landscape industry.  One of the landscape industry’s major commitments is to reduce the high volume waste produced by mowing lawns and pruning trees and shrubs

 

Grass clippings
During the last 20 years, most lawn maintenance companies have converted to mulching mowers which finely cut grass clippings and deposit them back on top of the lawn. This practice alone has removed tons of green waste that would have headed to the landfill each year.

In addition, this process of grasscycled mulch reduces the amount of fertilizer needed on the lawn because as clippings decompose, they create nutrients for the lawn. These clippings also help hold moisture in the soil which reduces water needs.

Pruning debris
Every year, tree service companies and landscape maintenance companies cut down dead trees and prune live trees to remove dead branches and keep trees properly shaped and healthy. This activity produces tons and tons of debris that is recycled for compost or chipped and ground to create wood mulch. Many recycling and composting centers throughout the state accept pruning debris from landscape companies and homeowners.

Mulch derived from pruning debris can be put right back into the landscape as a healthy amendment. Because this mulch is derived from organic material, it settles onto the soil and does not blow away like mulch that has been recycled from treated or dried wood products such as pallets. It must first be watered in so that it settles. Over time, the mulch breaks down and completes the cycle of returning back to the earth from which it came.

Mulching tip: when using wood mulch, do not use landscape fabric under the mulch as its slick surface will cause mulch to blow away in the wind.

Need help adding mulch or dealing with spring landscape chores?  We have dozens of pros in your area to help you get your garden, your landscape and your well-being situated for the season.

Call Julie at (775) 827-5296 to learn more.

The Gift of a Beautiful Landscape

Shopping for someone else but not sure what to give?

How about a gift of a beautiful yard with a Signature Landscapes Gift Card!

» Use a Signature Landscapes gift card for fertilization & aeration, weed control, yard clean-ups, tree pruning services, mulching, edging & weeding, Christmas lights and much more!

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  • A Thoughtful Housewarming Gift
    A unique gift that will warm their hearts AND their new home. Express your friendship and goodwill with a thoughtful gift they’ll treasure every day!
  • A Gift for Family Members
    Mom and dad probably have a lot to do – and backbreaking yardwork isn’t necessarily where their time should be spent. You don’t want to rake and clear either! Let our talented team help you help your loved ones enjoy a beautiful yard this season
  • A Father’s Day Surprise
    Think outside the box for your Father’s Day surprise. This year, why not let us take care of the dirty work and give your dad a day (more like weeks!) off.
  • For the Person Who has Everything
    It’s a question we’ve all asked ourselves before: how do you buy a gift for the person who has everything? It stumps us at nearly every holiday, including birthdays, Valentine’s day, and anniversaries.
  • For a Different Perspective
    Do you ever look at your yard and think, “Something is missing. I can’t put my finger on it, but it just isn’t quite right.” We can almost guarantee that you’ve heard your spouse or partner say the same thing! So why not do something about it?

Gift cards are delivered by email and contain instructions to redeem them at checkout. Plus, our gift cards never have additional processing fees!

Install Christmas lights without stress this year

Save time and aggravation by hiring a local decorator to adorn your home this holiday

There’s nothing like the sight of a beautifully-decorated home with dazzling lights to signal the arrival of the holidays. But, nothing can be more aggravating than that annual chore of hanging the lights, wrestling that old ladder and untangling strand after strand of lights.

If you’re like me, it seems holiday stress tends to rise with over-commitments, over-spending, over-eating, and over-indulging – all done with the hopes of making everything perfect and memorable.  That’s why I recommend letting someone else the climb the ladder, negotiate the roof, handle the electrical, and do the lighting and decorating – so you can achieve a happier and safer holiday season.

Call Tim Scott for help with light installation at 827-5296


Tim Scott, lighting manager for Christmas Décor of Reno sums it up this way, “There are two unspoken rules to hanging lights and decorating. One, whenever you decide to put up the decorations, the weather will turn bad. Two, it will always take longer than you thought.”

“That’s where we come in,” says Tim. “When you recruit help for the lighting and decorating, you know it will be done with attention to every detail because the installation is done to your personal specifications. We’re not done until you’re a smiling Christmas Elf yourself!” he chuckles.

Christmas Decor - Caughin RanchWhen hiring a lighting company like Christmas Decor (managed by Signature Landscapes), you should always check to ensure the company is fully insured and expertly trained. And by trained, a friendly uniformed crew should really understand what it takes to get on your roof, not break a tile or damage the delicate wood fascia, and most importantly how to navigate all types of ladders. Safety is king when it comes to hanging Christmas lights.

On the lighter side, Tim says he’s already received calls for lights and overwhelming requests are for the newer LED lights. “These lights are the strongest and most durable lights you can get and their power savings are 1/100th the energy of larger, traditional bulbs. When you consider how long these thousands of bulbs are powered on each night you will quickly notice the effect of the more efficient LEDs in your NV Energy bill. Plus with the newer technology the bulbs now have that warm glow versus that stark bright neon look from earlier LED products.”

In addition to the installation of your décor, you’ll want to make sure you’re to receive proactive drive-by maintenance, and of course, prompt take-down. Some companies, like Christmas Décor, will store your materials during the off season too.

Installation from start to finish usually takes about 6 hours. This includes wrapping the trees and hanging garland. Some of the larger properties can take much longer depending on the depth of their lighting and decor, so plan ahead and get on the install schedule early.

“Our clients want an impeccably-decorated home,” said Tim.  “Whether entertaining guests, lighting the family home, or creating a warm and welcome environment for business customers, people are discovering that using the services of a professional really lowers stress levels for the holidays.”

 

Extend your outdoor living this season

Nice weather this week has been a reminder that fall can be glorious in Northern Nevada. There are many great days ahead to enjoy outdoor living even when there’s a chill in the air.

The key to extending outdoor enjoyment beyond the balmy days of summer is as simple as the using the elements of fire and light.


Start a fire!

Staying warm on a chilling fall afternoon is as easy as striking a match in a wood-burning fire pit. A cozy fire brings people together, prolongs a good conversation and adds ambiance to a glass of wine or a bottle of beer. For kids and teens, it’s one more campfire and round of s’mores to enjoy.

Plus, the old-fashioned fire pit is a good way to test drive whether you want a more permanent fixture with less maintenance and no smoke. Out-of-the-box propane models can be embellished to look like custom work that matches other outdoor features in your yard. Or you can create a permanent feature encircled in stone or even a standing fireplace complete with a hearth and chimney. However you make it happen, taking the chill off the air makes the outdoors livable well into the fall.

» Learn about Signature Landscapes fire pit installations.

Turn on the lights

The sun is setting earlier and it will soon be time to turn the clocks back. Since no one likes moving around or sitting in the dark, the darkness alone chases us indoors. On the other hand, lighting up pathways and outdoor living areas keeps outdoor living areas inviting.

There are several benefits to outdoor lighting, especially LED lighting:

  • It is relatively easy to install any time of year
  • LED lighting uses minimal power
  • LED lights are low maintenance because bulb replacements are few and far between

Adding warmth and light are both strategic outdoor projects to tackle in the off-season.

Outdoor lighting also ups the safety factor around your home. If you decide more fire and light are in order, these can be fast-track fall upgrades that won’t interfere with your landscape during the growing season.

This weekend, get outside to kick through the leaves, light a fire and keep enjoying the outdoor season as long as you can.

The Gospel Truth of Landscaping

God and Lawn Care

GOD:
Frank, you know all about gardens and nature. What in the world is going on down there on the planet? What happened to the dandelions, violets, milkweeds and stuff I started eons ago? I had a perfect no-maintenance garden plan. Those plants grow in any type of soil, withstand drought and multiply with abandon. The nectar from the long-lasting blossoms attracts butterflies, honey bees and flocks of songbirds. I expected to see a vast garden of colors by now. But, all I see are these green rectangles.

St. FRANCIS:
It’s the tribes that settled there, Lord. The Suburbanites. They started calling your flowers ‘weeds’ and went to great lengths to kill them and replace them
with grass.

GOD:
Grass? But, it’s so boring. It’s not colorful. It doesn’t attract butterflies, birds and bees; only grubs and sod worms. It’s sensitive to temperatures. Do these Suburbanites really want all that grass growing there?

ST. FRANCIS:
Apparently so, Lord. They go to great pains to grow it and keep it green. They begin each spring by fertilizing grass and poisoning any other plant that crops up in the lawn.

oldmowersGOD:
The spring rains and warm weather probably make grass grow
really fast. That must make the Suburbanites happy.

ST. FRANCIS:
Apparently not, Lord. As soon as it grows a little, they cut it-sometimes twice a week.

GOD:They cut it? Do they then bale it like hay?

ST. FRANCIS:
Not exactly, Lord. Most of them rake it up and put it in bags.

GOD:
They bag it? Why? Is it a cash crop? Do they sell it?

ST. FRANCIS:
No, Sir, just the opposite. They pay to throw it away.

oldthailandmowerGOD:
Now, let me get this straight. They fertilize grass so it will grow. And, when it does grow, they cut it off and pay to throw it away?

ST. FRANCIS:
Yes, Sir.

GOD:
These Suburbanites must be relieved in the summer when we cut back on the rain and turn up the heat. That surely slows the growth and saves them a lot of work.

ST. FRANCIS:
You aren’t going to believe this, Lord. When the grass stops growing so fast, they
drag out hoses and pay more money to water it, so they can continue to mow it and pay to get rid of it.

GOD:
What nonsense. At least they kept some of the trees. That was a sheer stroke of genius, if I do say so myself. The trees grow leaves in the spring to provide beauty and shade in the summer. In the autumn, they fall to the ground and form a natural blanket to keep moisture in the soil and protect the trees and bushes. It’s a natural cycle of life.

ST. FRANCIS:
You better sit down, Lord. The Suburbanites have drawn a new circle. As soon as the leaves fall, they rake them into great piles and pay to have them hauled away.

GOD:
No!? What do they do to protect the shrub and tree roots in the winter to keep the soil moist and loose?

goofyST. FRANCIS:
After throwing away the leaves, they go out and buy something which they call mulch. They haul it home and spread it around in place of the leaves.

GOD:
And where do they get this mulch?

ST. FRANCIS:
They cut down trees and grind them up to make the mulch.

GOD:
Enough! I don’t want to think about this anymore. St. Catherine, you’re in charge of the arts. What movie have you scheduled for us tonight?
ST. CATHERINE:
‘Dumb and Dumber’, Lord. It’s a story about….

GOD:
Never mind, I think I just heard the whole story from St. Francis.

 

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It’s A Water-Saver Coloring Book

Even young children understand the importance of protecting the environment for the future. Download this free coloring book so your kids can learn how to make a difference courtesy of Signature Landscapes and the Irrigation Association.

Signature’s Take on the book: The simple info covered in this little book are worded perfectly for the busy parent too. Download and see for yourself! 


The 8-page book includes coloring pages, puzzles and jokes, along with easy tips to save water outdoors. Promote smart irrigation to kids in your community.

Download Coloring Book

Signature helps wounded hero and family enjoy a new home

Defenders of Freedom Home

A Northern Nevada soldier & family enjoy new home in Somersett

Signature Landscapes Defenders of Freedom work

Signature crews installing landscape

In May of this year, a group of volunteers including Signature Landscapes raised the support walls for a Reno house being built for Sgt. Thomas “Trey” Humphrey and his wife, Lindsey.

Humphrey, 29, a graduate of Foothill High School in Henderson, suffered severe leg, arm, facial and brain injuries when he stepped on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan in November 2010. His squad was trying to maneuver on an enemy machine gun position at the time.

The 1,739-square-foot home, valued at $275,000, is being donated to the couple as the first such project sponsored by the Reno chapter of the Texas-based organization Defenders of Freedom.

Some 40 local companies and individuals have donated more than $200,000 in cash, supplies and services for the Reno home to date.

houseduringconsructionDefenders of Freedom ~ Northern Nevada is a local organization that was formed to build fully compliant homes for our American heroes with physical challenges faced as they return home. Defenders of Freedom is a nonprofit (501c3) organization. All donations, grants, and in-kind services are 100% tax-deductible. One Hundred Percent (100%) of all monies contributed support construction of the homes.


 

 

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

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

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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