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CI Member Mike Daley Scores Big at CI/SFV Awards Night

Posted on: July 30th, 2014 by Elana Daley • No Comments

Mike Daley of Daley Landscape, Inc. brought the gold home to the Channel Chapter by capturing eight awards at the June 28 CI/SFV Beautification Awards Dinner held at Valley Crest Specimen Tree Nursery in Sunland. His take included awards in Small Residential, Medium Residential, Custom Residential, Renovation, Small Residential Maintenance, Water Feature “A”, and Night Lighting “A”. He also won both First Place and Outstanding Achievement in one of the categories.

Mike is a Past President of the Santa Barbara Chapter (2005-2007) which became part of the Channel Islands Chapter when the Ventura and Santa Barbara Chapters merged in 2008.

Another CI Chapter winner is Daniel Wilson of Wilson Environmental Contracting which garnered two awards, one in Xeriscape and the other in Large Commercial/Industrial.

Congratulations to both Mike and Daniel for their awards and for “doing the CI Chapter proud.”

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Keep the Leaves Part 3 – Importance of Leaf Mulch for Oak Trees

Posted on: January 21st, 2014 by Elana Daley • No Comments

Oak trees produce large leaves as do a host of many species of deciduous trees. Trees benefit most when leaves remain within their drip line. Too many leaves accompanied by over watering can cause a fallen Oak tree. It’s best to avoid watering an oak tree and keep the leaves.

Deciduous oak leaves may be used for compost in edible gardens and landscapes, however oak leaves are better left with their tree. Due to larger leaf size, mulching is required. Oak leaves take longer to break down. By mulching, the decomposition process is sped up, occurring more easily, so mulch as much as possible.

Mulching can be done a variety of ways. If you have a landscape team, like Daley Landscape, Inc. ask them to do it for you. If you are an avid do-it-yourselfer, a chipper or mulcher can be purchased. If the cost is out of the budget, a lawn mower may work best with dry leaves, avoid doing this after rain. Some lawn mowers have special leaf shredding attachments. Wear recommended safety gear to avoid flying debris.

Avoid overwatering Oak trees and spread the leaves within the drip line of the tree. Mulch the leaves when using them for compost or in landscape. Avoid mulching wet leaves with a lawn mower and always use proper safety gear. Ask Daley Landscape, Inc. how they can help maintain this organic process.

Keep the Leaves Part 2 – Importance of Leaf Mulch for Edible Landscapes

Posted on: January 15th, 2014 by Elana Daley • No Comments

Most bare root fruit trees can take up to 5 years to produce. When Daley Landscape, Inc. planted bare root fruit trees as part of an edible landscape, it was no surprise the trees produced within the first year.

Begin with excellent stock and be sure the soil is well prepared. The soil did not require amendment as it had been nourished over time. For years leaves were raked under the existing trees. By the time the old trees were replaced with the bare root fruit trees, the soil was ready.

Fruit trees provide food, shade and cooling in summer. By autumn they drop their leaves which provide nourishment to the soil. Even if leaves are from other trees, Daley Landscape, Inc. says keep the leaves.

Rake leaves around the base of the tree; keep them less than one foot off the base of the trunk. If leaves are really large, mulch them and spread them under plants in the edible garden. Leaves work best under the tree from which they fall and they help the edible landscape by providing nutrient rich soil; encouraging optimum root growth.

When there is an abundance of leaves, create a compost pile. Mix the leaves with grass clippings, yard waste, and greens. Add a little water. Be sure to turn the compost pile to enhance decomposition. By spring the compost will be ready to use in your edible garden.

Keep the Leaves Part 1- Importance of Leaf Mulch for Outdoor Landscapes

Posted on: December 27th, 2013 by Elana Daley • No Comments

Leaves are an excellent source of nutrition for an outdoor landscape. Deciduous trees like American and Chinese elms drop small leaves in the fall. We at Daley Landscape, Inc say: “Keep the leaves.”

Fallen leaves help reduce weeds and retain soil moisture. Leaves also protect against fluctuating soil temperatures during winter. Thatch buildup is prevented as a result of the natural fungi developed from fallen leaves. Ask your maintenance team to rake leaves to the base of the trees; leave the rest on the grass. If the leaves are small it is not necessary to mulch them, but mulching will help them decompose faster, adding nutrients to the soil, improving both soil quality and structure. The new growth of grass in the spring is gorgeous and lasts through summer. It’s a rich full green that presents as a soft cushion inviting anyone to lie down and relax.

Daley Landscape, Inc. reminds you to keep the leaves. Use them as natural fertilizer for grass, trees, and shrubs in your landscape. If your trees drop large leaves, use a leaf mulcher to reduce size. Spread it around the base of trees, shrubs, and plants. Sprinkle it on the grass. Microscopic organisms work to convert the leaves into nutrients absorbed by the plants. It’s free fertilizer and it’s natural. Your landscape will thank you with healthy, colorful, and rich full growth in the spring.