MEADOW CLEAN UP
Once a year your meadow needs a cut back. The old material is removed about 3-4” from above the soil and composted outside of the garden (perfect for the home compost).
This can happen in the late fall (late November/December) or early spring (early April).
The greatest ecological impact is gained by an early spring cutting. A spring cutting provides valuable overwintering sites for invertebrates. It also provides visual interest over the winter months.
A late fall/winter clean up works well to keep a neater appearance through the winter.
We are happy to perform either for you to get your garden ready for its new year of growth!
WOODY PLANT PRUNING
Important to the heath and aesthetics of any landscape is its care and maintenance of woody plants. For most plants this ideally happens during the plant’s dormancy where the stress of pruning will not affect its growth. In the North East this happens in the late winter when conditions allow for it. January through March is an ideal time to have your plants pruned in preparation for the growing season ahead.
We focus on shrubs and small trees for our pruning regiment. Larger trees (20’ and higher) are best handled by a tree care company.
SPRING CLEAN UP
Springtime is always a welcome time in New England. Seeing the trees start leafing out and green coming back into the landscape is the promise of healthy year ahead. A spring clean up is always a good idea to remove the remains of winter (fallen branches, leaves, and other organic debris) and get your landscape looking its best and ready for the abundance of summer.
This is also the best time to edge garden beds to really make them stand out within the landscape. Garden bed edging is great to do in conjunction with our spring mulching service as it gets your garden looking its best and ready for the season ahead.
Green Abundance with its spring clean ups, like its Fall Clean Ups, looks to utlize this surplus of material. We mulch any leaves that remain as well as woody material less than 3” in diameter. This material is applied back to the landscape as mulch where it can be used to help naturally cycle nutrients and maintain fertility in the garden.
Any larger diameter woody material can be neatly cut up and stacked on the property. Wood piles provides valuable ecological value as wildlife shelter and help increase the overall health of the ecosystem of your landscape.
MULCH & COMPOST
Natural forms of mulch are a great addition to any garden. Wood Chip mulch is usually the preferred mulch to help clean up beds while also providing a valuable function in reducing water evaporation and weed pressure. This is often best performed in the spring after our clean up, where its aesthetics and function can be maximized for the rest of the growing season.
We always recommend using a natural form of wood chips free of dyes for the healthiest gardens and soil building. The reason why we do not recommend the shredded & dyed mulches is that they tend to break down in a uniform fashion (due to the uniform shape and appearance of the shreds) which has the effect of creating a spongy layer above the existing soil. By applying a mulch with a less uniform appearance, different rates of decomposition occur which prevents the mulch from developing that uniform spongy layer.
Before the season’s mulch is applied, consider an application of compost around your woody plants. Compost has numerous benefits to the landscape.
It is a slow release fertilizer that feeds your plants all year
It improves the soil’s water retaining abilities by increasing its organic mater.
It also fosters beneficial micro organisms which are essential to the health of any landscape.
Both of these services are best performed after a Spring Clean Up.
SUMMER GARDEN CARE
Nature is never static. Always growing and changing. In this way, a gardens find a way of continuously producing a surplus that might be in conflict with our plans and aesthetic preferences. We offer site check ups during the summer to keep your garden at its best. From weeding beds to cleaning paths we look to help maintain your landscape’s appearance at its peak. We tailor this based on our clients budget and needs. Bi Weekly to monthly site visits are recommended as optimum schedules.
VEGETABLE GARDEN CARE
At Green Abundance we love local food! As part of that we love helping any gardeners produce their own food. We understand the time and effort that is needed to maintain a healthy vegetable garden. While its rewards are great, we understand not everyone has the time needed to keep them at their best. We want people to not be worried about going on vacation and coming back to a healthy garden. We can tailor your care schedules based on your needs an budgets. Weekly to bi-weekly site checks are recommended for optimum care.
FALL LEAF CLEAN UP
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Green Abundance offers an alternative to your standard fall clean up.
Green Abundance recycles your fall leaves back into the landscape as a fine mulch. This removes their smothering characteristics and allows them to fertilize your existing lawn and garden.
Where appropriate, like in a woodland/woodland edge setting, we love to leave the leaves to provide shelter and overwintering habitat for wildlife.
Save your weekend. Save the waste.
Let Green Abundance turn autumn’s abundance into your garden’s gold.
ORGANIC LAWN CARE
WIth our lawncare approach we offer organic approaches to lawn maintenance. Currently we offer:
Spring/Fall Organic Fertilization
WINTER EVER-GREEN CARE
We understand that New England winters can be tough on our plants. Especially our evergreens. When the ground freezes, Evergreen plants stop taking up water. Under sunny, dry, windy conditions this can often lead to leaf and plant damage. Thanfully there is a non toxic biodegrable product that we apply to our evergreen leaves in the winter to help them through winter stresses. Early winter application recommended for specimen evergreen shrubs especially where plants provide privacy functions.