Landscape maintenance is just as important as home maintenance!
We recommend adding premium mulch to your landscape beds each spring as it breaks down nicely for compost and is healthier for the plants. It also helps to freshen up the look of your landscaping for the rest of the summer! We can also install dyed mulch if it is preferred. For spring mulching we typically put down 1 inch of mulch and taper it away from plant trunks, so it does not build up and injure the plant. The mulch is also tapered to the bed edge so the edge looks clean and crisp. When installing new landscape beds we typically apply 3 inches of new mulch to keep moisture in to help the newly planted landscape.
When preparing your landscape beds for fresh mulch a clean deep bed edge is a must! We have a machine bed edger attached to one of our walker mowers that allows us to cut a nice, easily shapeable, bed edge. The typical edge is 2-3 inches deep when rocks and tree roots are not an issue. After the edge is cut our landscape crews go back through to clean-up any debris and grass that was cut away. Another benefit of edging your beds, during the summer months of mowing the lawn, is that you can easily run a weed trimmer along the edge to keep the grass from creeping into the beds!
It’s important to keep weeds cleared out of flowerbeds so that they don’t spread into the flowers and shrubs. It’s also important to get them taken care of early so they don’t spread seeds across the rest of the flowerbed and lawn.
Our landscape maintenance crews go to training classes each year to keep up on their weed identification. Weed identification is key to us, we want to make sure we know the difference between weeds and flowers! We can set up a weeding schedule that fits your budget and needs. We even offer FREE weekly weeding if we also have a spring cleanup contract and weekly mowing contract with the client.
Our crew leaders have many years of experience with hand pruning shrubs and power trimming. If we are unfamiliar with a certain plant we will take the time to research it to make sure we know how to properly prune it at the right time of year and using the correct technique. We always clean up all the trimming debris and haul it away to make sure your property is left looking beautiful!
Spring, summer and fall are all important times to have your pruning and trimming done.
In the spring it’s important to trim out any dead or damaged limbs or branches that may have been broken over the harsh winter. If they are not properly pruned out at the beginning of the season they could be susceptible to infection and disease throughout the summer months. We also clean out any other debris that might be left over from winter.
Mid-Summer is when most of the major trimming and pruning of shrubs and trees is done. It’s important to wait until most of the shrubs are done pushing their new growth so that there’s less of a chance of them growing out too much after the trimming is done. Trimming during this season helps to keep shrubs maintained to a manageable size so that they don’t get too overgrown. Pruning or dead-heading perennials or flowering shrubs that are done blooming at this time of year can also help to encourage re-blooming. This helps you to get the most color out of your garden all summer!
Fall is the time of year to prepare your flowerbeds for the upcoming winter months. It’s important to trim back perennials and flowering shrubs so that they are protected from damage and disease over the winter. It’s also the time of year when leaves should be blown out of the beds and cleaned up, along with any other debris. This helps to keep certain types of mold from growing in your flowerbeds.