Organic, Year-Round Garden MaintenanceWhy Regular Maintenance? When we spend time in your garden on a regular basis, we are more likely to see what needs to be done, communicate those things to you, and implement them in the proper timeline. We take responsibility for an action plan so that you can be only as involved as you’d like to be. With regular care, your garden won’t get out of control and require enormous cleanups. It becomes a place where you can relax and enjoy yourself! What do you DO in the winter? Winter is the best time of year for pruning most trees and shrubs. Winter is also the best time to put down a thick layer of mulch to insulate your plants’ roots and suppress spring weeds. Our year-round clients suffer less of a weed explosion in spring, and their gardens stay better maintained throughout the busy season. What Year-Round Maintenance Includes – Skilled pruning of shrubs and trees (up to 25’ height) – Raking, weeding, and general cleanup – Organic fertilization of garden beds and lawns* – Mulching garden beds – Splitting perennials – Deadheading spent blooming plants – Transplanting and reorganizing garden beds, as needed – Seasonal container refreshing and maintenance – Lawn overseeding and hand-weeding (Note: only chemically managed lawns can achieve perfectly weed-free status; our goal is to pop out the worst offenders.) – Maintenance, repairs and winterization of microspray irrigation systems * Please note: we do not mow lawns. Frequency of Maintenance We offer year-round maintenance on either a monthly or bimonthly (every other month) basis, with a minimum of 6 labor hours per visit. If you’re not sure how much care your garden requires, contact us for a free initial meeting and we’ll customize a plan that fits your needs and budget. Garden Design Our year-round maintenance clients enjoy the benefit of ongoing garden design services. Plant People Northwest can help rework areas of your garden to maximize the beauty, effectiveness and flow of your garden space. We can facilitate a quiet and serene place of retreat, a haven for birds and butterflies, a jubilant and colorful flower garden, or an edible garden with vegetable beds and berry patches. A careful assessment of soil health, drainage issues, and light and water availability will aid us in designing various elements and choosing the best plants to thrive in your garden. Though the desire for immediate gratification is strong, we refrain from “overplanting”, which is a common practice of planting a new garden too densely in order to create a lush, full look at the start. We design so that each plant may reach its full potential and structural beauty. Structural Elements A great garden has spaces that people remember: a bench in a sunny, sheltered spot with fragrant groundcovers underfoot. A wandering pathway that leads you through the garden from one surprise to the next. An open patio that invites you to step outside with bare feet. The flow of a garden is often about more than just the plants. Structural elements create a sense of definition between the various “rooms” of your garden, as well as a backdrop for the beauty of your plants. We accomplish hardscape projects, such as patios and pathways, for our year-round maintenance clients during the quieter months of garden care. We’ll take the time to install these features properly so that the results last a lifetime. Microspray Irrigation A common misconception is that gardens require little water in the Pacific Northwest due to our reputation for rain. However, our summers are getting hotter and drier, and an irrigation system is more essential than ever. Microspray irrigation is an effective, convenient and affordable way to irrigate your garden. We connect your system to a timer to maintain a consistent watering schedule, so you don’t need to give it a second thought. As your regular maintenance team, we will perform routine checks on your irrigation system, ensuring a smooth running operation throughout the dry season. Consultation & Teaching Some of our clients would enjoy being more hands-on with their gardens, but feel their skills aren’t up to the task. We can provide a one- to four-hour consultation to work on garden concepts. A skilled member of our team will work alongside you to teach correct pruning methods, learn the names and needs of your plants, and answer any questions you might have about the garden. *Please note that we are currently only able to offer teaching consultations to those on our year-round maintenance roster. Get in touch today!