All of our maintenance packages are bespoke, personalised to your needs and your property. Some of our popular packages include the following visits:
Early Spring – waking up the garden: crew members will cut down last year’s perennial growth, clean up leaves, remove weeds and edge gardens. We will also prune small trees and shrubs, as necessary. We can also mulch your gardens with Composted Pine Mulch if needed, which promotes the important soil microbiome, adds nutrients, preserves soil moisture and insulates from excessive heat and cold. We avoid the use of wood mulch, since wood mulch can deplete nitrogen levels in the soil! Barring persistent perennial weeds, some such as bindweed which take consecutive years to control, your garden will be in excellent shape for the upcoming growing season.
Summer – maintaining the garden: while some folks love working in their gardens, other folks just want to sit back and enjoy being surrounded by a beautiful landscape. Some spend a lot of time at the cottage but want the garden to look its best all the time. (We also have lawn maintenance companies we can refer you to if needed.) Fern Ridge can structure a summer maintenance program with just one or two visits, or as often as monthly, depending on your desired level of participation. We won’t just globe your shrubs and we won’t weed out your prized perennials. Our knowledge of plants and how to maintain them in an ecologically friendly fashion will help your garden last for decades, with a minimum of expense.
Late fall: leaves lying on the garden are not a problem unless they overwhelm the perennials. We remove or mulch excess leaves, prune evergreens to prevent snow damage and cut down selected perennials for the winter. Generally, with the exception of disease-prone plants, perennials should be left standing for the winter for protection, for sheltering beneficial insects, feeding the birds and for winter interest, to be cut down in early spring.