STORM CLEAN-UP CONTINUES
SEE VIDEO CLIP OF OUR ICE STORM CLEAN-UP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzfVPGY2okk
SEE VIDEO CLIP OF OUR SNOW CLEARING:
Well, the storm was over Monday, but we spent the remainder of the week continuing to clean up. We had some sites In East County and Vancouver that had 8-foot drifts due to the winds. In the southern Metro area, the ice knocked down limbs and trees. While we are itching to get back to our regular maintenance activities, many of our customers have and continue to have storm cleanup issues that we have been diligently working to assist with. The ice storm damage in West Linn, Wilsonville, Woodburn, and Salem is more significant than we have ever seen.
We have lost a week of normal maintenance production due to the storm and the storm cleanup. Although many of our employees worked 12 to 15 hours days over the weekend clearing snow and ice, many continue to work 10 to 12 hour days helping us continue cleanup activities. More frustrated that we are now behind our normal winter schedule due to the storm but will work diligently to catch up. We will likely be working overtime for the next month to help get back on track as we finish up our winter priorities. Not all properties have some of the horrific cleanup need, but we appreciate your patience in allowing us to focus our resources on our customers in greatest need. As mentioned, we will be working overtime and catch up over the next few weeks and appreciate your patience and understanding to allow us to serve those in greatest need first. 
Much of our focus this winter has been pruning and preparing our shrub beds for the season. Our most intensive work in the shrub beds is during the winter. Some ask us if there's anything to do in the landscape during the winter and this surprises us as we are very active and believe some of the most important work that we do is during January and February. For many plants, especially deciduous ones, our best to prune during the dormant season. For us, all plants are touched up or intensely pruned this time of year to get prepared for the coming season. Our pruning during the spring and summer is normally just to maintain height control as the best time to prune plants structurally or correctly is during the dormant season. 
We have not done much mowing this season due to, and thankfully because of the weather. January was quite warm and we were gearing up to start mowing in early February when the weather changed. The weather has since been cool and the early season growth has significantly slowed. We look forward to getting back into our mowing routine and hopefully we can get some improving drier weather to help facilitate this.
Following a messy fall leaf drop season, we also spent much time in cleaning up and removing all the leaves and other organic debris in the shrub beds. Unfortunately, some trees including most oaks, still have yet to drop all of their leaves as this work continues into the early spring. Part of this work is to just keep sites looking cosmetically clean, but it also is to prepare shrub beds for pre-emergent weed control application and re-barkdusting.
Despite the cold weather and snow, most pansy plantings are doing quite well. Some of the credit of this is due to the mild weather in January, but our ongoing winter maintenance program helps regardless of whether your pansies are healthy through the winter and into the spring.
We promote and, upon approval, perform moss control during the winter on most lawns we maintain. Moss is very aggressive due to our dark wet winters. We have wrapped up our efforts to treat approved moss-control for winter, and advise you approve to have moss treated again in early spring, which is an application that will begin in April.
We highly recommend re-barkdusting sites every other year. Barkdust decomposes and its water saving and weed control properties quickly fade after that. Bark is a great moisture control and weed control agent, and makes your project look dramatically better when maintained on an every other year basis.
As wet as it is outside now, irrigation season is only a month or two away. We have been busy for the last month and will continue through April to get your system serviced and ready for the irrigation season. We have in the past started irrigating as early as April 1, but normally irrigation season starts sometime in May. If you see the sprinklers on in the next month, it is likely because our staff is on site tuning up your system for the season. 
Winter has been busy and spring will be busier. We are excited for the weather to improve as well as the plants to return to life and all the work that we've done this past winter to shine with beautiful landscapes the spring and summer.