Maintenance

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Spring Clean-Up

Spring Clean-Up consists of the removal of all leaves and debris that have accumulated on the property over the winter, including cutting and removing any remaining perennials not completed during the fall clean-up. Excessive brush will be billed in addition to the quoted clean-up price. Spring clean-ups begin as soon as weather permits.

Bark Mulch

Benefits of mulching include the reduction in temperature fluctuations in the soil, conserving moisture in the soil, suppressing weed growth, minimizing soil erosion, and improving the aesthetics of shrub and perennial beds. Most commonly used bark mulches: Pine Bark blend, Hemlock Bark blend, and aged Dark Bark. Prices quoted in the proposal are for Pine Bark blends. Bark mulch is most commonly installed in the spring or following new plantings, however, it may be installed throughout the year.

Lawn Maintenance

The cutting season generally begins the first of May and continues through the end of October. Because weather, especially in New England, is unpredictable, the season may start earlier or later. Lawn maintenance includes cutting all lawn areas and trimming all grass along walks, walls, foundations, etc. followed by the removal of all debris from the completed service. A notice will be left by the maintenance crew informing you of the completed service.  Cutting heights will be adjusted according to weather conditions to encourage a healthy, vigorous lawn. Because lawns grow faster when water is more abundant (spring and fall) a bi-weekly cutting schedule is not offered during these periods.  The maintenance crew may determine that your lawn does not require a cut. In this instance, a notice will be left by the crew to inform you and there will be no charge for the visit as no services have been performed on your property.

Fertilizer Program

To keep your lawn thick, green, and healthy, four applications of fertilizer are recommended. The first two applications will contain an herbicide to control crabgrass. Fertilizer is typically applied in April, May, June, and September. We recommend that ornamental trees and shrubs also receive one application of fertilizer to encourage healthy growth and an abundance of flowers. This fertilizer application is typically completed in September or October. A balanced fertilizer program is imperative to ensure that your landscape looks its best.

Lime

PH plays a major role in the availability of nutrients naturally found in the soil. A low pH causes the majority of the nutrients to be chemically bound, or locked, in the soil, and are not available for the plant to use, resulting in plants that do not grow or flower as proficiently as they should. One or two applications of lime per year will help raise the pH in the soil. The recommended rate for lime in Massachusetts is 50lbs per 1000 square feet. Lime can be applied at any time during the year, but is most commonly applied in September or October.

Pesticides

Pesticides are applied as needed to control insects, weeds, and diseases. The first two applications of fertilizer contain an herbicide to control crabgrass. A broadleaf weed control program consists of spot-treating all weeds in the lawn during each application of fertilizer. Although fertilizing is done four times per year, broadleaf weed control is charged twice, once each in the spring and fall. Weed control in open beds, cracks and crevices in sidewalks, walks, patios, and driveways is obtained by using an herbicide called Round-up. These areas are checked and spot-sprayed each time the lawn is fertilized. As with the broadleaf program, you are only billed for two applications, once in the spring and once in the fall. The last regularly scheduled pesticide is for the control of grubs. This pesticide is typically applied in June or July, as grubs hatch in early August. Other pesticides may be needed and will be applied to keep your landscape healthy. Please inform Fairview Landscaping, Inc. if you prefer pesticides not to be used on your property. Massachusetts State Law requires that anyone applying a pesticide on the property of another must be licensed by the state.

Pruning (Maintenance)

Pruning is completed most often during July and August, but can be completed at any time of the year. Annual pruning of shrubs not only controls the size of the plant, but also helps define the shape and density of the plant, while encouraging new growth and flowering.

Pruning (Renovation)

Renovation pruning is required when a plant has grown too large for its location. The proper time to perform this pruning will depend upon the plant variety.  Certain varieties of plants do not respond well to heavy, renovational pruning, and are better being replaced.

Fall Clean-Up

Fall Clean-Ups are performed mid-October through November or early December. The clean-up includes removal of all leaves and debris from all lawn and shrub areas. Removal of perennial tops may take place at this time, or in the spring. If you have previously agreed to a Fall Clean-Up, but want to cancel this service, you must notify Fairview Landscaping, Inc. of the cancellation, in writing, by October 15. Otherwise, your property will be cleaned and billed as agreed in the original contract.

Lawn Aeration

Over time, soil in the lawn area becomes compacted due to normal, everyday foot traffic. Aerating the lawn opens up the soil to allow air, water, and nutrients to more easily reach the root zone of the turf. This service is best performed in the fall when the lawn is actively growing, but not likely to become infested with weeds.

Lawn De-Thatching

Over time, a layer of dead material forms on top of the soil. This layer not only creates the perfect home for insects, but is also a potential breeding ground for diseases. Periodically, this layer should be removed to minimize these threats, and to allow air, water, and nutrients to more easily reach the root zone of the turf. This service is best performed in the fall when the lawn is actively growing, but with less threat of weed infestation.

Slice Seeding

Slice seeding is designed to increase the density of an existing lawn. The key to good seed germination is good seed soil contact and proper moisture levels. Creating grooves in the soil allows for better seed soil contact than seeding by hand. The slice seeding process includes running a machine over the lawn areas in two directions, allowing twice as much seed to be applied, but also mixing the seed with the disturbed soil. The thatch that is brought to the surface during this process is left on top of the soil to act as mulch. The first cutting two weeks after this service will remove the majority of the thatch. The results from slice seeding have a greater impact when combined with aerating.