Elm Road, garden maintenance Didsbury case study: a large family garden part of a detached house
Garden maintenance work was done over a 3-year period with 3/hour weekly visits for ongoing maintenance.
- Borders weeded throughout the growing season by hoe and with the trowel, keeping it organic as no chemical treatments were used
- Hedges trimmed at the correct time of year between May and September (eg beech hedge trimmed at end of summer, privet trimmed after first nesting birds have fledged)
- Installation of irrigation system using a timed drip feeder to ensure that the garden flourished all year round
- Laurels hand pruned in order to avoid damaging leaves
- Large trees pruned to keep maximum light coming into the garden which benefits the lawn plants and shrubs
- Lawn mowed once a week throughout the growing season (April – October and frequency reduced during autumn)
- Leaves removed from the lawn in autumn/winter. For such a large garden (a quarter of an acre) it takes several weeks from November until Christmas for the leaves to fall from surrounding trees and to collect them.
- Leaves stored in bespoke leaf mulch storage area in order to allow leaves to turn into leaf mulch for use on the borders in Marc
- Hydrangea flower heads carefully removed after the first frost between April and May.
- Aeration once a year in spring with a lawn aerator and lawn dressing brushed into holes so as to reduce compaction and improve drainage. This encourages healthy roots and greener grass!
- Scarified in spring and autumn to remove moss and thatch.
- Lawn edges maintained with edging shears, not a strimmer
- Lawn feed applied spring summer and autumn
Additional garden maintenance work completed:
- Suggested, planned, designed and installed an island rockery feature created in the lawn near to front door so seasonal bedding and alpines can be planted based on the preferences of the client.
- Roses pruned: cut low in early spring and deadheaded throughout the growing season. Fed with manure after pruning
- Rhododendrons and Azelias fed with Ericaceous feed
- Winter garden maintenance: cutting back and trimming perennials ready to for winter
- Winter: initially beech and privet hedge extensively pruned and shaped whilst dormant in January
- Renewal pruning of fruit trees crab apple (Malus Evereste) and Apple (Malus Domestica) done in winter months
- Jetwashing extensive tarmac driveway sweeping weeding and cleaning patio and pathways
- Herb garden created near to back door
- Bulbs planted in the autumn
- Maintenance of fencing and garden buildings, re-strained, etc.
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