Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

APR 2017

LC/DBM provides landscape contractors with Educational, Imaginative and Practical information about their business, their employees, their machines and their projects.

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 61 of 63

Landscape Contractor / Design • Build • Maintain (LC/DBM) (ISSN 2150-9093), is published monthly by Landscape Communications, Inc. 14771 Plaza Drive, Suite A, Tustin, California, 92780 Phone: 714-979-5276; Fax: 714-434-3862. Online version (ISSN 2150-9170). Copyright 2017 by Landscape Communications, Inc. Printed in the U.S.A. All rights reserved. Contents may not be reprinted or otherwise reproduced without written permission. Periodicals postage paid at Tustin, CA and additional mailing offices. Subscription Inquiries: Send new or renewal notices or change of address (send both new and old addresses) to Landscape Contractor / Design • Build • Maintain, P.O. Box 1126, Tustin, CA 92781-1126. Subscriptions: Licensed Landscape Contractors free of charge. Others: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii & Canada, 12 issues, $34 .95, 24 issues, $55.00, Mexico: 12 issues, $65.00 per year. Additional copies may be purchased by contacting LC/DBM at or 714-979-5276 ext. 115. Postmaster: Please send address changes to Landscape Contractor / Design • Build • Maintain, P.O. Box 1126, Tustin, CA 92781-1126. >> Madrone Landscapes, out of Atascadero Calif., designed, coordi - nated and installed a complete land- scape for the El Camino Homeless Organization (ECHO). ECHO is a non-profit organization with a 50-bed transitional shelter helping families and individuals find permanent hous - ing within three months of entering the facility. The organization is located on the central coast of California serv - ing North San Luis Obispo County. Madrone's general manager, Daniel Mazawa, led the charge on this proj - ect by helping schedule two volunteer days on two consecutive weekends. With the help of Cal Poly professor Christie O'Hara, 60 volunteers trans - formed the space into an aesthetically pleasing and functional landscape. "It is unique to get so many people from different backgrounds together who are coordinated and committed to finding a common ground focused on helping others," said Mazawa. A quarter acre of fruit trees includ - ing apples, peaches, plums and figs were installed to help residents of ECHO feel connected to nature. A raised vegetable garden was also in - stalled to encourage residents and community members to visit the site. "It is a profound thing for someone without a home to have," said Maza - wa. "Fresh fruits and vegetables in a landscape meant to instill a sense of community is a great way for people to get a fresh start." To prepare the site for volunteer work, Madrone's build team had to grade and level the area before the ir - rigation and plant pallet could be in- stalled. This work was done complete- ly at the expense of the landscape firm. Donated irrigation parts, soil amend - ments and mulches were used in con- junction with donated labor. All mate- rials and time were donated including $3,200 worth of plants, provided by Madrone Landscape. This project was met with enthu - siasm from the community and the city of Atascadero. Once the final touches of the project were complete, the entire community welcomed the new ECHO facility landscape with open arms. If you have a project where landscape services were donated pro bono, you can submit your Off the Clock proposal to: or call Andrew Soto at (714) 979-5276 x116. Story Ideas? 62 LC DBM Above, Left: Madrone Landscape, community volunteers and students from California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, came to- gether to donate their time and labor installing a complete landscape for a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a home for the less for- tunate. The build team and volunteers installed shade trees, an orchard, a vegetable garden, screening and a native plant pallet. Above, Right: Before work could get underway on this project, Madrone staff had to prepare the site for volunteers ahead of time. For a week prior to the installation, the landscape crew brought in a tractor grader to level the soil and prepare it for irrigation. The work was split into two consecutive weekends allowing volunteers the opportunity to give back at times convenient for people who work during the week. A New Landscape for a Fresh Start By Andrew Soto, LC/DBM LC DBM OFF THE CLOCK

Articles in this issue

Links on this page

Archives of this issue

view archives of Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain - APR 2017