Perennial Garden Maintenance
Perennial gardens require less maintenance than lawns, but they need regular care to look their best and stay healthy. Some of the services that we perform as part of our Perennial Gardening service are:
- Seasonal clean-up
- Fertilize and mulch
- Inspect for pests and problems
- Edge the beds
- Water when necessary
- Remove spent flowers
- Pull weeds
Ornamental Plant Bed Edging
Defined ornamental garden bed edging can really make a big difference to the look and feel of your garden. A row of bulbs or even low hedges can work extremely well to create soft edging between different garden zones. The fragrant smells make herb edging a good choice for paths or seating areas. Living moss might be the dominant feature for shady garden bed edging or we can create a moss-clad edge between a deep shade garden and the surrounding area.
Annuals and Container Plantings
Nothing adds instant color and appeal to your landscape more than bright annuals strategically placed in and around your landscape.
Annuals typically bloom more freely and over a longer time period than most perennials. Whether you prefer classic landscaped beds or container plantings, annuals are always a favorite. Planted before the hot and dry summer, their root systems can get established ensuring beautiful flowers throughout the season.
When we arrive on your property for your initial consultation we will inspect your lawn to determine: property size, type of grass, levels of shade, and any possible obstructions. We will then suggest an appropriate mowing schedule. We will recommend leaving lawn clippings to help shade and feed the lawn, but, in the event of clumping or excessive clippings, we will include bagging and removal.
Our lawn care program ensures the health of your turf and addresses any problems it may be having. We start with a complete soil analysis that helps us identify nutrient deficiencies or other soil issues. If necessary, we’ll then recommend corrective measures and adjust your lawn care service accordingly.
SPRING AND FALL CLEANUP
As part of your lawn maintenance service, a complete spring and fall clean-up will be performed that includes pick up and removal of sticks, leaves and other debris from your property. Not only unsightly, these materials can also cause damage to your lawn, alter the soil chemistry, harbor harmful bugs or insects, and promote the spread of diseases to trees and other plants.
Skillful mulch application is one of the many services offered by our estate management division. Not only does mulch look great while controlling weeds, it also has many benefits to your landscape. A good layer of mulch limits water evaporation from the soil requiring less watering of plants, adds organic matter as it decomposes, reduces erosion, allows better rain absorption, and insulates root systems in the winter.
Not all critters in your yard are pests and we will help you control the undesirable ones. Not all pests are obvious to see either. Monitoring your property for their tell-tale signs allows for early intervention and the use of fewer products. Pesticides are used only when insect and/or disease levels have reached intolerable levels. Our goal is to reduce our impact on the environment therefore we practice Integrated Pest Management.
A service offered to our estate management clients and available as an option to other clients, dormant pruning is the routine maintenance pruning to trees and shrubs when they are not actively growing. We will address any dead, diseased or damaged branches, suckers, or water sprouts. Pruning can also help shape the plant, allow for more air circulation and give inside branches more access to sunlight.