Under the leadership of Mike Garcia, the CLCA took on the task of renovating the Richstone Family Center, located in Hawthorne, Calif. The crew from Enviroscape began by taking down a dying tree before attempting to conquer the concrete-like adobe clay soil.
Ask what the California Landscape Contractors Association means to its members, and you will get a variety of answers. However, one view that all members will agree on is this: The CLCA exists to make a difference for the good in the lives of others. If this is the standard by which the CLCA has been set up, then the morning of May 12 saw the CLCA fulfill its highest and loftiest of goals. This was the day the chapter embarked on the Richstone Family Center.
The Richstone Family Center, located in Hawthorne, Calif. was founded in 1973 to provide child victims and their families with therapy that promotes healing and enrichment opportunities, which enhance healthy functioning. Their goal is to keep children safe and in their homes, while helping to prevent abuse.
There could not be a better cause with which the CLCA might align itself. Along with myself, the Enviroscape crew took down a dying tree and spent days working with and tilling the nearly concrete like adobe clay soil. A trencher had to be rented in order to dig the irrigation trenches. The job was not as labor intensive due to the fact that the irrigation nozzles used on the project were none other than the MP Rotators donated by Hunter Industries. Using a conventional irrigation system would have required using more valves and sprinkler heads. Since the MP Rotators work off a very small volume of water, more heads can be put on a single valve, thus reducing the need for more materials and saving in labor as well.
Thanks to Jose Robles, on the morning of May 12, over 4,000 square feet of Marathon sod was delivered for free courtesy of Southland Sod. Prior to laying the sod a trencher was rented in order to dig the irrigation trenches.
The day of the event over 4,000 square feet of Marathon sod was delivered for free courtesy of Southland Sod. Jose Robles was instrumental in making the sod arrangements and also donated tons of necessary irrigation materials.
The event was not only to improve the environment for the kids, but it was all about teaching the kids about water conservation. Which is why the West Basin Municipal Water District donated two smart ET controllers to the project with an approximate value of two thousand dollars. California has already passes a law which will make it mandatory to install only ET based controllers, such as Weathermatic, into new construction by the year 2008…thus the CLCA is keeping ahead of the new technology curve.
Many people donated their time and materials to this incredible project, without demanding credit for all of their hard work. They did not do it for the accolades, but merely to make a difference, and the CLCA is proud to have been involved.
To help in irrigation of the new sod two new smart ET controllers were donated by the West Basin Municipal Water District. The smart controllers by Weathermatic automatically adjust down in the winter and up in the warmer months and completely shut off when it rains, thus resulting in saving water.