Selective Pruning

Selective Pruning is the art of using hand pruners, loping shears, and a pruning knife to make select cuts to the interior and the exterior of the plant maintaining the natural form as opposed to simply scalping the plant with hedge shears.

Selective pruning allows sunlight to reach the interior of the plant and maximum air circulation through the plant promoting normal growth habits, decreases fungal and disease activity while increasing the longevity of the plant.

Repeated shearing of shrubs creates a barrier, or shield, to the exterior of the plant not allowing sunlight and proper air circulation to the interior of the plant resulting in poor growth habits, disease, and eventually the demise of the shrub.

Spring Cleanup, Re-Edging, and Mulching

Stevens5.3.13 192After a long cold winter, nothing prepares you for spring more than a beautiful, clean and spruced up garden and yard.

The spring clean up includes removing any remaining leaves and sticks etc from the shrub beds and the turf areas, removing the dead perennial blossoms from the previous year, pruning back the ornamental grasses and touch up pruning of the ornamental trees and shrubs. Re edging (spade cut) all of the shrub beds, applying pre emergent weed control and mulch to the shrub beds as needed.

When re edging the shrub beds we remove all the stripping from the property. Discarding of the stripped soil and grass into the shrub beds promotes weed germination and smother s the roots of the trees and shrubs planted in the shrub beds.

When applying mulch to the shrub beds it is applied at a depth of 1-3 inches depending on the depth of the existing mulch and the variety of existing shrubs.

We use only the highest quality premium double ground shredded Oak bark mulch and screened Pine bark mulch. The mulch is aged giving it a rich dark color.

Turf Maintenance by Certified Applicators

Our turf maintenance program consists of spring fertilization with pre emergent crabgrass and insect control.  Liquid and granular applications are applied throughout the summer to control weeds, insects, and fungus.

Turf aeration and over seeding is performed in the fall.  Aerating allows air to reach the root system of the lawn.  The fertilizer applied after aerating enters the holes providing vital nutrients needed to establish a healthy and deeper root system direct contact to the roots.

When over seeding the seeds germinate in the holes created during aerating to establish a lush thick lawn.

The soil plugs extracted while aerating help break down the thatch in the lawn and also assist in seed germination.