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As I write this, we have recently been blessed or cursed with a tremendous
amount of rainfall. We have received nearly 12 inches of rain
at The Ranchito, outside of Bucyrus, KS, within the last 2 weeks.
I guess that I and many others wished too hard for rain during
the dry month of May.
We are very relieved to have survived the spring rush. We have been
going at full throttle since March 1st. Most of all, we are very
thankful for the demand for our services, and we hope that we have
not offended anyone by not responding to their request in a reasonable
period of time. We have been cautious not to take on more than we
can handle so that we do not compromise our quality and service.
However, we live by and welcome all of your referrals.
I might best describe the last two months as overwhelming. Many of
you saw my picture in the Kansas City Star this past April (if you
did not read the article, please realize that I hate red mulch and
that you should also hate red mulch). We welcomed the exposure, but
we were not entirely prepared for the number of phone calls that
we received. Our deadlines were numerous this spring with many clients
having special events, including graduations and weddings. To put
this in some perspective, we completed a record number of landscape
renovation and new landscape projects this spring. We installed nearly
10 semi-loads of mulch, and performed over 30 spring clean-up projects.
We are now recovering and attempting to get our second wind. We are
looking forward to a more relaxed and less chaotic schedule this
summer, and we hope to slip in some time off before too long.
If you are not already aware of this fact, I must tell you that our
Landscape Design Assistant, Kristin Schoenecker, is engaged to be
married this November. Her fiancé, Jake George, who worked
with us this past year, is now employed with Farmers Insurance. They
both currently reside in Lawrence. Jerry’s succulent plant
collection continues to grow. He is ready to open his own arboretum
if anyone cares to provide financing. As for myself, I still have
one walleye fishing tournament remaining this summer at Milford Reservoir,
outside of Junction City, KS. Hopefully, my dad and I will have a
respectable catch in the two day event. For all of our environmentally
conscience clients, all fish caught at our tournaments are released
after being weighed.
As for the rest of our employees, they continue to make us proud.
Many of you know Raymundo Vera, who spent several years with us previously.
He is back this year and we are very pleased to have his experience
on our side. You will likely find him on our management crew working
diligently to make sure our projects are maintained to perfection.
Many of you also know Pancho (Franciso) Cruz. He is our Management
Foreman and he has been with us since 1999. Pancho recently received
his official naturalization papers and he is now a citizen of the
While I am on the subject of good quality labor, I ask for your support
for any legislation that provides us with a legal source of temporary
workers from Mexico. Considering the seasonality of our work, we
could not survive without their help. As the debate regarding illegal
immigration rages on, please realize how dysfunctional the current
INS system is, and how bad it desperately needs improvement or abolishment.
I am not asking for amnesty for illegal aliens, but I am asking for
a reasonable, efficient, simple, guest worker program that permits
large numbers of Mexicans (and others) to work here on a temporary
basis for a reasonable wage.
Okay I feel better now. I will talk to you later. Have a great summer!
Your humble landscape consultant & designer,