People who have fairly extensive landscaping will sometimes find themselves working with several companies to maintain the lawn, gardens, and various landscape features and support systems. They may contract with one service provider for irrigation, one for lighting, another for the lawn and gardens, and yet another for landscape lighting. At a certain point, they may find themselves wishing there was a simpler way to do this because they’ve got contractors coming and going constantly.
In fact, there are specialty landscape maintenance companies that can provide the simplicity and regularity you are yearning for. They have the resources and expertise on hand to manage both the mechanical and ecological systems on your property.
A Managed Approach to Landscape Maintenance
A managed approach to landscape maintenance service makes good sense if you think about it because mechanical systems (lighting, irrigation, water feature pumps, and filtration equipment) must be integrated into the living fabric of your garden–one should be finely calibrated to support the other to achieve the best results. The person caring for the gardens is going to have the best understanding of the moisture needs of various plants–so why not have that person be in charge of irrigation, too?
As your landscape grows, the irrigation will need to be adjusted and sometimes extensions will have to be added. The same is true for lighting systems. As plants grow up and out, lighting instruments must be added or moved to account for that growth. Both of these are reasons to have one company be in charge, one that understands how to fine-tune the landscape lighting design or irrigation as needed.
Especially in the case of irrigation, it is essential that maintenance personnel have horticultural knowledge so they know how much water is needed at which times of the day for the specific needs of your lawn and garden plants–which is going to vary a lot depending on changing moisture conditions. So, if the same crew that cares for your garden is also in charge of maintaining and adjusting the irrigation–that is optimal.
One Point of Contact
When there is one point of contact for all your landscaping services, you don’t have to remember which contractor is doing what and when–and who to call if they didn’t show up when expected.
A company that takes a management-based approach to landscape maintenance takes care of everything on the property–horticultural and mechanical. The horticultural side includes scheduled programs for mowing, fertilizing, insect/disease control, and pruning. The mechanical side provides regular seasonal services to check, clean, or adjust:
- irrigation system settings
- pond filtration elements
- fountain and waterfall mechanical equipment
- outdoor lighting instruments
- outdoor audio system components
A managed approach to landscape maintenance will also offer you a range of custom services as needed such as:
- power washing patio and deck surfaces
- re-sealing and staining decks and structures
- gutter cleaning
- winterizing outdoor kitchens (water heater, ice maker, water lines),
- pick up and drop off teak furniture for cleaning and refinishing
- cleaning umbrellas,
- rake and refresh pea gravel pathways and driveway shoulders
- storm damage clean-up and tree removal
The Advantage of the Landscape Management Approach
The key advantage of having your property taken care of by a landscape management company is that it takes care of you: It’s a lifestyle improvement because it simplifies everything for you. If you have a question or concern you don’t have to waste time trying to get someone to return your call or text message in a timely fashion. You don’t have to repeat your instructions to a new crew leader because the job details are being communicated internally.
You will most likely pay a premium for this level of service because, to reliably offer all these services, a landscape management company must retain highly trained employees who possess the versatility and broad knowledge base required of them. And the quality of any subcontracted tasks such as pool maintenance is inspected and guaranteed by your landscape management partner.
It isn’t surprising that it costs more to be able to offer all these resources. But to turn into your driveway at the end of the day and see that everything is done exactly as you’ve requested–there’s real value in having that pleasurable experience be the default.
Landscape Maintenance Plus = Landscape Management
Landscape management offers an integrated, all-inclusive menu of services delivered by one company and covering all aspects of your outdoor environment. It is basic landscape maintenance plus everything else landscape-related. It eliminates miscommunication and the potential for “finger-pointing” among various service contractors.
The enjoyment of your gardens and landscape is tied to one call, one company, and one personal garden manager who knows your property well. If the same company that manages your landscape was involved in the original implementation of your landscape design–all the better to protect your landscape design investment.
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