Maintenance & Fine Gardening

EARTHeim is committed to taking care of your garden sustainably to enhance its beauty and functionality. The garden is taken care of in a manner that:

  • Enhances the garden’s beauty and functionality
  • Keeps the plants, soil, groundwater, and air healthy
  • Benefits wildlife and pollinators

I offer seasonal scheduled maintenance plans which ensures your garden looks good all year. The maintenance season begins in March/April and ends in October/November. However, plans can be signed up for at anytime of year.

Click Here for 2019 Fine Gardening Plans

You may click the link to learn about the most popular plans. If you’re looking for a custom plan, I will put together a custom plan for you based on your needs and budget.

I am also available for on-call per hour if this better suits your needs.

Request an Estimate

If you’re unsure which plan is right for you or would like a custom plan, I’m available to come and visit the site. There is a charge of $25+tax for an estimate, due at time of appointment. However, this fee is refunded in full when a maintenance plan is scheduled. Please fill out this Estimate request form.

Description of Garden Maintenance & Fine Gardening

Weeding

Plants are pulled by hand or tool. Herbicide is used as a last resort and carefully applied.

Pruning

Stems are pruned to invigorate growth, support good health, and maintain appearance of the plant or shrub in its most natural form. Shrubs are never sheared unless a hedge or specific shape is to be maintained. Pruning is a true art and should be done by a trained professional. Special pruning skills include Japanese maples and thinning out boxwoods.

Spade edging garden beds

A hand spade is used to define garden beds.

Mulching

Natural hardwood mulch, pine fines or nuggets can be freshened in small areas in a maintenance visit.  Pine straw makes a nice top dressing. Larger areas to mulch will be scheduled as an on-call maintenance day.

Compost & soil amendments

Compost can be added to garden beds, raised beds, or kitchen garden areas. Compost is sourced locally from Seedleaf or other reputable source.

Transplanting & dividing

Some plants need to be invigorated every few years by dividing. Plants that have outgrown their space or needing a second chance can be transplanted to a new area.

Fine Gardening

Fertilizing

All fertilizers used are natural & organic. Special fertilizing is recommended for specific plants including: vegetables, fruiting shrubs like blueberries, raspberries, blackberries. Trees, hydrangeas, holly, rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias, boxwoods, and even lawns.

Annual & container plantings

Annuals can be planted in garden beds or in potted containers spring, summer, fall, and winter. Herbs planted in the kitchen garden, or colorful hanging baskets hung on the patio. Spring bulbs planted in the fall. Simple holiday decor can be added such as flags, lights, pumpkins, wreaths, ornaments, etc. This includes plantings by seed, bulb, or live plants.

Kitchen gardens

I can help plan and plant your vegetable garden, fertilize, water, and harvest. Prune berry shrubs and young fruit trees.

Plant care

Plants will be taken care of should an issue arise with a pest or disease. Some flowers will be deadheaded to encourage reblooming or to focus energy back into the plant.

Lawns

An organic fertilizer can be applied in the fall. This is the only fertilization the lawn needs! Seed can also be broadcasted at this time for overseeding or reseeding bare patches.

before old spirea, after dogwood

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