Locking Down Gardening Maintenance

Knowing everything about your land and the soil that you want to use for your garden spot will be very beneficial to your gardening maintenance. If you know what plants you want in your garden you can check your soil texture to make sure that there is enough nutrients in the soil for that plant. Check also to see if your garden spot will receive enough sunlight to sustain the plants you are planting.

Finding out what the PH in your soil will help you decide if you will need to add fertilizer to your soil. If the soil is poor changes are you will need to add some type of fertilizer. If your soil is to sticks together to much sand may need to be added to help with draining water from the soil and plants.

Having your soil prepared well before you get stated will make your plant maintenance easier. The most work will come once you have started planting. Weeds will become your worse enemy once your plants start growing. If you do not remove the weeds they will soon take over and choke out your plants. Another problem could be insects. The key to avoiding insects is to get a jump on them before they jump on your plants. You can purchase several kinds of pesticides at your local hardware store.

After you have spent many hours in the garden you will be pleased with what happens. All of the wonderful vegetables or flowers which ever you decide to plant will make you very satisfied. A garden and its maintenance is very time consuming but will pay off in the long run. You will need to decide if you are planting only enough food for you and your family or if you will want to plant enough so that you can sell some and make a profit.

Garden Maintenance Service, What Should You Expect to Pay!

PRICES AND WHAT TO EXPECT.

OK so you have a garden, you are very busy with work and you may also have kids, so you can’t find the time to attend to the garden and do the essential lawn cutting and weed control, and before you know it the garden looks like a jungle with weeds and long grass, by this point you will be stressing out thinking how am I going to sort this garden out?

First thing that will come to mind is a GARDEN SERVICES COMPANY.

So how to find a local gardener?

1. Google

2. Local papers

3. Ask friends and family

So you are now searching for a gardener, always try to have 2-3 garden maintenance companies to come and give you a free quotation, once they arrive ask the few questions about thee company and also if they would kindly offer some recent customer references this way you can call the client and find out from them about the gardening company and how good their garden services are.

Now how to choice which gardening company to go with, maybe you could go with the cheapest? or the most well spoken? or the most well turned out?

FACT is you just have to go with your instinct, as they say you pay cheap you get cheap so find out what you will receive with the price you have been given

Example

1. How often will they visit with the monthly price?

2. What does the price include (lawn cutting, weed removal, lawn treatment, plant treatment etc etc)?

3. Is there contract? if so can you cancel at any time?

Using these easy steps will make your decision that little bit easier.

Maybe you can also ask for 1 month trial basis were they would visit for one month and then you could decide to enter the contract, but this can be a long process, because if they don’t live up to expectations you would need to again call out 2-3 garden services providers and repeat the process, saying that this way you are more likely to find that perfect gardener in your local area.

Once you have chosen your gardener ask friends and family if they would be interested in receiving and garden maintenance service from your gardener and sometimes the gardening company will give you discount for referrals.

These are a few local based gardening companies which could maybe provide you with a guide line price and what to expect with the prices.

Hedge Cutting and Garden Maintenance

Hedge cutting and garden maintenance are extremely important when it comes to defining your exterior boundaries with your neighbours.

Like all garden maintenance jobs, planning is extremely important, and none more so than the equipment to be used. Not only is it important to ensure your trimmers and shears are in good working order but you must also give some thought to your safety equipment such as gloves, goggles and for high positioned tasks helmets and proper boots.

For smaller hedges hand shears would normally suffice however for large scale jobs petrol or electrical trimmers would be seen as the standard option nowadays.

The majority of hedges have to be clipped after planting and then twice a year in spring and late summer. Normally, you would only trim the side shoots of more temperately growing hedges leaving the leading shoots untouched. The most vigorous species might need trimming 2 or 3 times in the growing season. Once the leading shoots have attained the desired height, trim them level to make a flat-topped, wider-growing hedge.

Whilst trimming the hedge, it’s extremely important to make sure you always have a good vantage point to assess how your “lines” are running as it’s very difficult to determine accurately by eye; it’s only when you have finished that any mistakes become apparent.

The great thing about working in the garden is that its a dynamic environment – even if you do make mistakes they will soon be remedied – take for example the rosebush; roses are very hardy and forgiving, so short of cutting them off an inch above the ground, it’s hard to make a mistake. Get a good sharp pair of secateurs for this job. Cut off all the dead branches and the branches that are aiming in the wrong directions. Finally trim the branches that you want to regenerate the new buds for future growth – keep around three growth buds on the branch in question.

Another great tip for freshening up the layout is to move plants from one part of the garden to the other. If you are moving shrubs, don’t try it with anything too big, as you will have problem getting up all the roots. But for smaller shrubs such as daphne, rosemary or roses (again), all you need to do is first dig a sizeable hole where you desire to place the shrub. Put some blood and bone down the end. Then cautiously dig up the shrub you want to transplant, taking as much root and as much soil around the root as you can. Then move the shrub – roots, soil and all – into the pit where it’s going to do. Put in as much soil as you need to fill the hole to the top, then water it.