Horticultural maintenance and planting
The key advantages of working with one gardener are consistent follow-up and quality service. Once I’m familiar with your requirements, you can rest assured that your garden will mature and evolve under my care.
A typical horticultural program
Soil conditioning I use two types of fertilizers for your garden. Organic fertilizers are applied twice to the garden to provide nutrients and minerals for your plants. Composted manure adds nutrients to the soil and nourishes the planting beds for spring.
Spring-cleaning I collect and dispose of any winter debris or damaged vegetative material. Where applicable, I remove winter protection from the trees, shrubs and planting beds.
Pruning of trees and shrubs I remove dead, diseased or injured wood. Judicious pruning improves the natural shape of the plant and encourages flower production. I do not prune trees above ten feet; if required, this should be done by a certified arborist.
Seasonal plantings and decorations Depending on your needs, I develop a planting design concept. This involves:
- Annual plants in gardens
- Fall bulbs
- All annual flowers
- Arrangements of pots for spring, summer and winter
Weed control As much as possible, I weed planted areas manually.
Pest and disease control I favour the use of organic pest control products and methods.
Cultivation of plantings and planters This keeps the earth around the plants friable and free of weeds.
Fall clean-up I cut back and remove debris that is unsightly or has the potential for pest problems.
Winter protection When necessary, I install winter protection based on the hardiness of the plant types and typical snow accumulations.
Irrigation system If your property benefits from an irrigation system, I will make recommendations about watering frequency and your systems performance.