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APPROPRIATE MAINTENANCE
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Plantings

Pruning, pest control and weeding will help ensure that your garden vision is realized. Think of this as an investment and remember that as plants mature they will require less maintenance. Once plants are established apply only the minimum amount of fertilizer needed. Avoid the lush growth that results from over-fertilizing because it reduces the plant’s drought tolerance.

Lawn

Water less often and deeply to encourage deep roots. Water only when needed. When turf grass is under water stress it takes on a blue-green colour and the leaves tend to roll or fold. Foot printing may also be observed which is a good indication that water is needed. Have soil tested for nutrients. It is best to apply Phosphorus in the spring to promote root development. Apply nitrogen in the late fall ( 3 – 4 weeks before soil freezes). A good rule for mowing is: Mow high, mow frequently and leave the clippings.

Irrigation System

Take note of the weather and adjust watering accordingly. Check water filters monthly. Watch for plants showing water stress (wilting) which indicates either a clogged emitter or that more water is needed. Winterize the system in mid October.

At start up in the spring check for any breakage and ensure the system operates correctly.


| Intro | Planning/Design | Practical Turf Areas | Plant Selection | Soil Improvement | Mulches | Irrigation | Maintenance | Plant List |