ORGANIC AND SUSTAINABLE MAINTENANCE SERVICES
Once your garden is installed, our commitment to your garden does not stop. We ensure that you have the proper information on how to care for your garden. We encourage our clients to call at the first sign of insects or disease so that we can do what is necessary to keep your plants healthy. We always use organic and sustainable fertilizers in order to maintain a safe environment for your children and pets and for the health of the planet.
Our uniformed maintenance crews are courteous, well-trained and efficient. The Green Edens maintenance division’s mission is to keep our clients' gardens healthy and beautiful, monitoring grounds proactively to address potential problems such as insect and disease diagnosis, and weeding and pruning needs.
To keep your garden thriving and protect your investment, we recommend our bi-weekly care service once the garden is planted. We’ll weed, feed, prune, deadhead, divide and transplant, keeping it healthy and looking good. We can even providing watering services when you are out of town.
Your maintenance manager can meet you on site to determine a program for your property. Our standard maintenance contract can be downloaded as a PDF here.
Pruning of Specimen Trees & Shrubs
We provide tree and shrub pruning in a natural style to improve the form and provide restorative pruning. We prune to remove dead branches, open up shrubs to allow light inside to enable new growth and remove branches that rub together, which attract insects and disease. We also apply compost and mulch on a yearly basis. This ensures the health of your trees and shrubs.
Weeding and Weed Control
The most important step in keeping weeds at bay is to improve the soil with compost and mulch. Weeds are minimal to non-existent in healthy soil. Our crew is highly educated as to what is a weed and what is not. We hand remove weeds in order to keep the root system of the weeds form out-competing with the root system of your perennials and to ensure that they do not come back. We also apply organic weed control, which is safe for your family and your pets, to patios and pavement to keep these areas weed free all year.
Integrated Pest and Disease Management
We use preventative measures, proper care and also by providing nutrients and protection. When necessary, we use organic pesticides that are safe for your family and your pets, to control pests and disease for your perennials, shrubs and specimen trees.
Compost and Mulch
Though some gardeners may be blessed with perfect soil, most of us garden in soil that is less than perfect. If your soil has too much clay in it, is too sandy, too stony or too acidic, don't despair. Even very poor soil can be dramatically improved, and your efforts will be well rewarded. With their roots in healthy soil, your plants will be more vigorous and more productive.
Although it only makes up a small fraction of the soil (normally 5 to 10 percent), organic matter is absolutely essential. It binds together soil particles into porous crumbs or granules, which allow air and water to move through the soil. Organic matter also retains moisture (humus holds up to 90 percent of its weight in water), and is able to absorb and store nutrients. Most importantly, organic matter is food for microorganisms and other forms of soil life.
You can increase the amount of organic matter in your soil by adding compost and mulch. Because most soil life and plant roots are located in the top 6 inches of soil, we concentrate on this upper layer when applying compost and adding mulch. To learn more about making your own compost, contact us at Green Eden’s.
What is Compost?
What is Mulch?
Mulch can be many things. Straw, river stones and pea gravel, bark chips, leaves, peat moss, seaweed, wood ashes, sawdust and so on. Nature does not like exposed ground. When you walk out into nature, look down. In a healthy ecosystem you will find very little bare ground. Nature always tries to cover soil with plant growth, or decaying matter. You will want to imitate the same process in your garden. At Green Edens, we understand that your plants are an investment and we strive to give the best possible care in order for your plants to thrive. An application of compost and leaf mulch in the spring after your spring clean up and mulching of your leaves in the fall to spread on your garden beds and around your trees is essential for a healthy garden.
What are the Benefits of Compost and Mulch?
Spring, Summer and Fall Fertilization
Your garden is an investment and therefore deserves the best care that you can provide to maintain its health and vitality. We use organic fertilizers at the appropriate times to ensure that your plants get the nutrients they need to thrive.
Spring and Fall Clean-Ups
Clean up in the spring gets your garden in shape for the season. In the fall, we close down the garden and prepare it for the winter. Our goal is to not remove yard waste that can benefit your garden and will add more cost. We encourage and provide composting of your yard waste to benefit your soil and therefore your plants. Shredding of your leaves and spreading them on your garden beds not only protects your plants during the winter, but is also the best type of compost that you can provide.