CLCA Sacramento Valley Chapter


Beautification Awards: Congratulations to Our Winners!

On October 20, the CLCA Sacramento Valley Chapter held its Beautification Awards Program at the Sutter Street Steakhouse in Folsom. Thank you to our member landscape contractor firms who entered their projects, to all those who joined us for the awards banquet and especially to our sponsors for their generous support.


  • Republic Services
  • CLCA Insurance Solutions
  • Clinton Polley Insurance Brokers
  • Park Avenue Turf
  • Imperial Sprinkler Supply


Small Residential:
Hoppins Residence by Andy Gagnon Landscapes
Sponsored By: Republic Services

Medium Residential:
Singh Residence by Andy Gagnon Landscapes
Sponsored By: CLCA Insurance Solutions

Large Residential:
Bell/Webb Residence by Andy Gagnon Landscapes
Sponsored By: Clinton Polley Insurance Brokers

Small Commercial:
Unitarian Church of Davis by Andy Gagnon Landscapes
Sponsored By: Park Avenue Turf

Large Commercial Maintenance:
Ironworks by Coast Landscape Management
Sponsored By: Imperial Sprinkler Supply

Public Works Maintenance (Small):
Lincoln City Hall by Coast Landscape Management
Sponsored By: Republic Services

Public Works Maintenance (Large):
Walter and Doris Ricky Park by Coast Landscape Management
Sponsored By: Clinton Polley Insurance Brokers

Lucia Residence by River City Landscaping, Inc.
Sponsored By: CLCA Insurance Solutions

Gillette Residence by River City Landscaping, Inc.
Sponsored By: Park Avenue Turf

Water Feature:
Gillette Residence by River City Landscaping, Inc.
Sponsored By: Imperial Sprinkler Supply

Judges Award:
Gillette Residence by River City Landscaping, Inc.
Sponsored By: Clinton Polley Insurance Brokers

CLICK HERE for additional photos from the event.

November 14 Chapter Meeting

Join us at Round Table Pizza, 3290 Arena Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95834 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. for our monthly chapter meeting. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Check the CALENDAR on this site for all the CLCA Sacramento Valley Chapter events.

December 12 Chapter Meeting

Join us at Round Table Pizza, 3290 Arena Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95834 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. for our monthly chapter meeting. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Check the CALENDAR on this site for all the CLCA Sacramento Valley Chapter events.

CLCA Annual Convention November 15-18

Plan to join friends and colleagues in Scottsdale, Arizona November 15-18 for the CLCA 2017 Annual Convention. Scottsdale is the perfect setting for networking with friends and colleagues while relaxing in a beautiful desert setting. The remarkable clarity of light, exotic cactus blossoms and lush desert landscape create an environment that will leave you inspired.

Our host hotel is the Scott Resort & Spa. CLCA members will enjoy the lush, secluded grounds that showcase colorfully landscaped gardens, a tropical courtyard, a sandy-beach pool and a pool lagoon.


To make your room reservation: Call their Central Reservations Line at (866) 267-1321. Or call the Hotel Direct Line: (480) 945-7666. Room rate: $175 single or double room/$15 resort fee*

Annual Golf Tournament a Blast!

Thank you to all who participated in the CLCA Sacramento Valley Chapter Golf Tournament on September 15 at Turkey Creek Golf Course in Lincoln.

We would like to especially thank our sponsors for their generous support.

Hole Sponsors

  • Delta Blue Grass
  • Normac (Plus Closest to the Pin Front)
  • Cascade Rock
  • Park Avenue Turf
  • Siteone Landscape Supply
  • Spec-West Concrete Systems
  • Hunter Industries
  • CLCA Insurance Solutions (Plus Men's and Women's Longest Drive)

Hole Sponsors with Displays and Giveaways

  • Folsom Ready Mix Concrete (Plus Closest to the Pin Back)
  • Clinton Polley Insurance Brokers
  • Republic Services
  • Landscape Contractors Insurance Services
  • C.L.C.A

Drink Cart Sponsors

  • A-G Sod
  • Village Nursery

Breakfast Sponsor

  • Ewing Irrigation Supply

CLICK HERE for additional photos from the event.

President's Message

Billy Montesclaros, Park Avenue Turf, Inc.

I would like to start off by thanking all the first responders in Las Vegas for their quick response to a tragic event. Our prayers and thoughts go out to the families affected by this evil act. I was in Vegas the following week and looked at the concert area, Mandalay Bay, and Las Vegas Blvd inbetween them. I am glad they got him fast. Always be aware of your surroundings, and know where the closest exits are at any event.

I hope you are all safe from the wildfires that have been raging through our part of the state. I have seen a lot of our members reaching out to offer their services in helping families evacuate. Hearing about these great actions makes me proud to be part of this association.

The Sacramento Valley Chapter held our annual golf tournament a few weeks ago. I would like to thank our sponsors and our board members for putting on a great event, and all the participants who came out and made this a fun and memorable event.

The year is winding down, and we have our chapter elections coming up. If you would like to become part of our great board and help our chapter grow, please let me know. We have big plans for more events and educational classes for our chapter in the coming year. I am very proud of our chapter and where we are headed.

Thank you everybody, and be safe out there.

Free Member Benefit Webinars Help You Retain Employees

What Keeps Employers Up at Night?
3 - 4 p.m. | Thursday, November 9

Owners have a lot on their plate. In addition to profits and competitors, employee issues are also a challenge. Join us to learn more about six areas that often "Keep Employers Up at Night." In this CLCA Member Benefit Webinar, you'll learn:

  • The 8 steps of conducting an investigation
  • How to handle on the job injuries
  • What to do when your employee is expecting
  • Reasonable vs. unreasonable accommodations
  • How to determine who is an employee and who is an independent contractor
  • The pitfalls of meal and rest periods

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    Rain Bird Services Announces 2017-18 Irrigation Training Schedule

    Rain Bird Training Services will host over 60 irrigation training events throughout the United States from October 2017 through May 2018. These classes are open to irrigation professionals at all experience levels, including contractors, distributors, golf course superintendents, designers and architects. All Rain Bird training classes count toward valuable continuing education units (CEUs) from the Irrigation Association, as well as some counties and organizations nationwide.

    Rain Bird Training Services offers three different ways for irrigation professionals to enhance their skill sets, become better water managers and improve their career prospects:

    1) Rain Bird Factory Trained Classes provide comprehensive training on Rain Bird products and help attendees become experts on installing, managing and maintaining Rain Bird irrigation systems. By becoming Rain Bird Factory Trained, irrigation professionals can earn a specific designation that proves they’re the best choice for the job.

    Rain Bird Services will host 28 Factory Trained classes during the 2017-2018 training season. These classes span a wide range of topics, including drainage, low-volume irrigation, valves, residential controllers, commercial controllers (ESP-LX, central control systems (MAXICOM and IQ v3.0) and decoders. Golf irrigation topics include Integrated Control System (IC) technician, central control operation, satellite control operation and golf course technician. Due to the hands-on nature of these classes, space is limited.

    Commercial Central Control Class offered April 30, 2018 - May 04, 2018 in Carmichael.

    2) Rain Bird Academy Classes provide industry-leading, general irrigation skills training on products from various manufacturers – not just Rain Bird. This training track includes Rain Bird’s five popular Boot Camp classes, which are endorsed as “IA Select” courses by the Irrigation Association (IA). Rain Bird’s Irrigation Boot Camp provides attendees with the basics of irrigation in just one short week, making it ideal for individuals who are new to the profession.

    Rain Bird Academy classes are also available to prepare individuals for the IA’s certification exams (Irrigation Technician, Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor, Certified Golf Irrigation Auditor, Certified Irrigation Designer and Certified Irrigation Consultant).

    Rain Bird Academy offered March 26, 2018 - March 30, 2018 in Sacramento

    3) Rain Bird Customized Training is ideal for medium and large-sized irrigation contractors, public agencies and irrigation distributors. Rain Bird’s highly trained instructors travel to your location and provide training on only the products you use.

    Rain Bird Services will host two Professional Irrigation Training Camps (PITC). These week-long events include both Factory Trained, Boot Camp and Golf training tracks, giving attendees the flexibility to register for those courses that best meet their needs. The first PITC will take place in Las Vegas from December 11-15, 2017, and the second will take place in Orlando, FL from February 12-16, 2018.

    For more than 14 years, Rain Bird Services has built a strong reputation for helping irrigation and landscape professionals quickly learn new skills and increase their marketability within the industry. To view the latest class schedules, register for an event or learn more about Rain Bird Services training events held throughout the United States and internationally, visit or call 1-800-498-1942.

    Verdana Project in Sebastopol

    In early 2017, at a residence in Sebastopol, an old retaining wall built 20 years prior without proper drainage or hydrostatic evaluation was ready to burst and fall down when Malcolm OMeara of Coolmore Construction installed Verdura®, a retaining wall system made by Soil Retention Products, Inc.

    The storms in early 2017 caused severe erosion to the primitively built wall. OMeara used Soil Retention’s advanced system to replace the failed wall, because Verdura blocks prevent an undercurrent or hydrostatic pressure. Verdura’s uniquely engineered design eliminates the need for a gravel base or gravel backfill, allowing for water to weep through the plantable spacing in the block. In addition to working with a product that would solve the problem of hydrostatic pressure, OMeara wanted material that could curve around the property without complicated form work, since the project site is on a corner lot. Verdura fit the bill.

    Verdura, manufactured by Soil Retention Products, is a fully plantable and the most versatile MSE block available on the market today. Verdura is highly suitable for the landscape professional looking to offer their client a solution for a more durable, longer-lasting wall. Soil Retention provides a Standard Design for its Verdura 30 product line for walls up to 7 feet high, which makes the permitting process a breeze. Just hand the engineer the standard design during the site survey, saving you TIME and MONEY. Soil Retention’s Verdura product is a fail-proof product provided installation instructions are followed during construction.

    OMeara also chose Verdura for its visually appealing system – the blocks come in various colors and sizes and are fully plantable. “The cost comparison and savings on labor is significant using Verdura,” said OMeara. “I was able to yield a good margin on this project and the end result was very rewarding from a craftsman’s viewpoint.” Because Verdura covers more square footage than most blocks and because there is no rock in the footing or behind the wall, OMeara saved on material and additional labor. With the added advantage of being a plantable system, more than a concrete wall is built – with Verdura, you get an opportunity to create a dreamscape with plants. There is a suggested list of plants that work well planted in Verdura on Soil Retention’s web site at:

    OMeara purchased Verdura from Sonomarin Landscape Materials in Petaluma: He contacted Soil Retention to obtain marketing materials about Verdura and now there is a station at the project site where neighbors can get information about the beautiful wall he created.

    Soil Retention offers assistance with questions regarding Verdura and general construction. Visit Soil Retention’s web site for information at, or call 800-346-7995. Verdura® is sold through a network of distributors in California.

    Introducing the First Dwarf Jacaranda

    Bonsai Blue Jacaranda
    Jacaranda mimosifolia 'Sakai01' Bonsai Blue PP# 26,574

    Village Nurseries is proud to introduce the first dwarf Jacaranda, Bonsai Blue, to the California landscape!

    Bred in Japan and grafted in Israel, this is a truly unique plant that has the elegant beauty of a standard Jacaranda in a compact, multi-branch habit. Its lush foliage and bright purple-blue blooms would make a statement in large containers, borders, or as a small specimen tree in the landscape.

    Bonsai Blue is semi-evergreen, can grow to 8' wide by 15' tall at maturity, prefers full sun, and low water once established.

    Bonsai Blue is now available as a small multi-branch tree in 5 gal and 24" box, and later will be available in 15 gal and 36" box, and as a standard.

    Member Benefit: Networking

    Benefit your business by attending your CLCA Chapter events!

    Getting to know others in your industry leads to new opportunities, new friends, and new connections that can be valuable to your success. Participating in state and chapter activities is a great way to connect, learn and grow with CLCA.

    For an event near you, see

  • Normac


    AG Sod

    West Coast Turf

    Delta Bluegrass

    NorCal Show

    Cascade Rock
    Custom Pump
    Imperial Sprinker

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