Merit Applications

IMG_4846_cropMerit applications are used on trees such as crape myrtle, hackberry, pin oak, white birch, and flowering plum to prevent aphid infestation.  Merit applications are injected into the soil around trees and shrubs during January and February.

Merit injections are a cost effective and environmentally friendly method for controlling aphids because the application last for approximately one year.

The main alternative to merit injections is spraying trees with an insecticide that is more expensive, less effective, and can be a logistical challenge.  If not treated, the common side effect is a waxy residue/sap that drips onto cars and grounds and is transferred into the buildings by foot traffic.  Also, infestations can distort leaf growth and appearance, taking away from the beauty of your plants and trees.

Merit FAQ’s

What types of insects does Merit control?

Merit controls many insects including aphids, ash sawfly, leafhopper, leafminer, mealy bugs, japanese beetles, lacebug, thrips, whiteflies, birch borers, and many more.  Please note that Merit does not control spider mites.

I have insects on my tree now, is Merit the best treatment?

No, Merit will not begin to control the insects for 3-8 weeks after application.

Is there anything I should do for the tree after the application is performed?

You do not have to do anything for the tree.

If you would like more information on Merit applications, please contact our service desk.


Service above and beyond

Our Promise

Edith Pina, Customer Service Supervisor

We have made it a central principle of our company to develop customer service relationships built on understanding, integrity and a commitment to our clients’ needs and challenges.

In our business, we know that delivering excellent customer service is not a one-time affair. Our team always works to foster a culture of trust with our clients, one that encourages a successful partnership for many years to come.

Your trust is our most valued asset, and providing you with excellent customer service that helps us to keep it is our business – and our pleasure.

Service Calls

We have a Customer Service team dedicated to you.  When you have a service request, we ask that you call or email the service desk so your work order can be entered in our database.   This ensures everyone who works on your account is up to speed and helps us identify trends in the field.

P: 916-379-9088


Other Inquiries?  

P: 916-379-9088


From all of us at The Growing Company, thank you for your business!

Come visit us at BOMA Sacramento Taste of the Town

Come visit our wine booth at the BOMA Sacramento Taste of the Town Vendor Showcase on Thursday, 9/13 for a chance to win prizes, enjoy some great wine, and have a good time!

Event Information
Doubletree by Hilton, Sacramento
Grand Ballroom
2001 Point West Way
Sacramento, CA 95815
Thursday, 9/13, 4:00pm – 8:00pm
PROPERTY MANAGERS GET IN FREE!  Click here for more information and to register.


Decoy Pinot Noir ’10 – Wine Score 87

Winemaker Notes: The aromas offer enticing layers of Bing cherry, anise, cola, mint and oak-inspired vanilla. On the palate, the wine displays lovely weight and balance with rich and appealing layers of raspberry, fresh strawberry pie, Santa Rosa plum and morel mushroom, all underscored by a streak of acidity that carries the flavors to a long, satisfying finish.

Decoy Sauvignon Blanc ’11 – Wine Score 88

Winemaker Notes: The bright, enticing nature of this wine is immediately apparent in the aromatics, where tropical notes of guava and passion fruit mingle with hints of fresh-cut grass and grapefruit blossom. On the palate, crisp green apple and pineapple flavors are supported by a touch of citrus zest, with uplifting acidity contributing length and poise to this lovely Sauvignon Blanc.

You can find us in the Mexico Region.  We hope you’ll stop by and say hello!


Morgan Garrett

Customer Spotlight – Let’s take a trip to CalSTRS

Property Management Firm: Jones Lange LaSalle

Property Manager: Betsie Goulart

Landscape Maintenance: The Growing Company

Location: 100 Waterfront Place, West Sacramento, CA, 95605

LEED Certification: LEED Platinum


Saves energy, reduces water consumption, healthier work environment

The CalSTRS building has earned a LEED Platinum rating by the U.S. Green Building Council, the highest rating given, making it one of Sacramento’s most environmentally friendly buildings.  Reaching Platinum-level certification is a rigorous process which requires extensive inspections of the following categories: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials and resource selection, indoor environmental quality, innovation and design.

The Growing Company is proud to contribute to their platinum-level certification.  We have maintained the landscape at this 4.5 acre property since it was built in 2009.  The Growing Company assists their LEED Certification process through a series of monthly reports and green landscaping techniques.  The Growing Company meets the unique challenges of water conservation by using water-efficient landscaping along with smart irrigation practices, which equates to a 40% reduction in water usage!


Improves air quality, reduce stress

In addition to the external landscape maintenance, The Interior Plant Company designs and maintains the indoor plants and holiday decor.  The use of indoor plants throughout the building is not only aesthetically beautiful, but is a natural way of improving building air quality.  Interior plants play a vital role in continuing the theme of a healthy and tranquil environment.

“I am always impressed by the commitment and dedication provided by The Growing Company. Their expertise, responsiveness and professionalism to all of their clients is truly exceptional.” – Betsie Goulart, JLL Property Manager

Ask us how we can can help your existing building earn LEED certification!

Choosing the right landscape company

The Senator Hotel

Have you ever wondered with so many landscape companies, how you choose the right one?

Choosing the best landscape maintenance company for your commercial property will require careful consideration of a number of factors, which at the very least should include their capabilities, professionalism, and concern for you and your property.  You are looking for a company in which you have mutual respect and chemistry, so it will turn into a longstanding relationship.

Here the three important tips for choosing a landscape maintenance company for your property.


Do they have insurance? Should be a no brainer, but you’d be surprised. 

What professional affiliations do they belong to? If they are affiliated with professional associations, this means they are more likely to be current on the latest landscaping trends.

Do they have experience? Find out how long the company has been in business.  The longer they have been in business the more experience they have, which probably means they are more knowledgeable and efficient.

Are they licensed? Being certified by the state will mean that the service is both accountable to you and the highest legal standards.  What other certifications does the company hold?  Is your building LEED certified or want to be?  Be sure to hire a company with the proper certifications to care for your property.


Do they show concern and respect to you and your property? Do they show attention to detail – how is their appearance?  Do the employees wear uniforms with clear company logos?  Are their trucks and equipment well maintained and in good condition?

A company should take pride in what they do and how well they do it. Drive through several of the properties currently being maintained by your prospects.


Do they communicate efficiently and effectively?  Clear communication up front builds a foundation for a successful relationship.  Be sure to ask if a live person answers their phones, how quickly calls get returned, and what the procedure is in the event of an emergency.

What are the company values – do they value safety, the environment, are they involved in the community?


By hiring the right company and building a relationship with them, you will have to spend less time on your landscape and more time on other important aspects of your business.

Did we miss anything?  We encourage your questions and comments.

That’s all for now!

Annual Budgets

Annual Budgets are a helpful tool to manage commercial landscapes.   At The Growing Company, we provide an annual budget for all of our propeties.   The annual budget outlines all expenses throughout the year.  It provides a monthly breakdown of costs such as annual color, merit injections and tree trimming.   Please click here to view a sample annual budget sheet that we provide to all our clients.
Questions?  Contact us at 916-379-9088 or

Employee iPads

At The Growing Company we are committed to utilizing cutting edge processes to improve efficiency and service.  Which is why the next time you see The Growing Company crews around town look closely, they may just be sporting their new toy (em… tool), an iPad.  Only a month into launch and we’ve seen a reduction in paper waste and increased productivity and flexibility from employees as they have been able to perform tasks out in the field they were previously only able to do in the office.  And better yet, our team LOVES them!


Sherie Bishop, The Interior Plant Company, Account Executive

“I love my iPad. I can show great pictures of plant varieties, pot styles and holiday themes. Prospective clients can get a visual of existing properties with past installations of interior plants, pots and holiday décor.  The iPad makes it easy for clients to see what we are selling and inform us of their preferences.” – Sherie


Patrick Smith, The Growing Company, Operations Manager




“I am very thankful for my new iPAD. It has allowed me to be more organized throughout the day and keeps my paperwork stack at the end of the day minimal.” – Patrick


Dionisio Coronoa, The Growing Company, Production and Enhancement Manager





The iPad is really useful when I need to take site pictures to bring back to the office or show to my team.  I also control water remotely with the iPad instead of waiting until I get back to the office” – Dionisio


So next time you see our team they may just be controlling water, responding to emails, communicating with their team, completing forms, or taking property pictures with their iPad.  How cool is that!

Be green: sustainable landscape practices.

The Growing Company has been using sustainable landscape practices for more than 20 years. Our programs conserve water, soil and energy, reduce waste, and help prevent water, air and soil pollution.

A sustainable landscape is not only environmentally sound, but beautiful and cost-effective, too. Healthy plants, healthy planet. Makes sense, doesn’t it?

The U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the most adopted and recognized measure for green building standards (  The USGBC created LEED to emphasize sustainable building practices and to provide a practical tool to measure results for building owners and occupants.

The Growing Company currently maintains several LEED certified properties.  Water usage, chemical applications, and maintenance equipment are monitored closely.   If you have any questions regarding LEED and how it applies to landscape, please contact us at 916-379-9088 or

Holiday 2011 – Wells Fargo Building

Contact the Interior Plant Company for a free holiday design consultation.  You will be amazed at how we can transform your space!

Sherie Bishop | 916.379.9087

The new Growing Company blog has arrived

Hello and welcome to the new Growing Company blog, we are SO excited to be writing this first blog post!  This is where you’ll find the latest and greatest news on everything about The Growing Company – from product/service updates, to tips and tricks, employee interviews (yes, there are wildly interesting people running around here)!   Plus you’ll see The Growing Company clients in the spotlight with our monthly client profiles.  Along the way, we’ll try to spice things up a bit and hopefully make this more interesting to read than your procedures manual.

So bookmark this blog, email to a friend/colleague, and sign up for email blog notifications.  And of course, we love getting your feedback on The Growing Company and this blog – and what you want to see discussed (and showcased) in the future.

Until next time friends…