For many years now, NBLA have had a close affiliation with the team at Botanic Horticulture to offer our clients a quality garden aftercare program once their design has been installed. We caught up with General Manager, Paul Smith, to discuss the benefits of a regular garden maintenance plan and why it’s so important in seeing a design realised through maturity.
Hi Paul, tell us a little about what Botanic Horticulture do?
Basically, we ensure a garden design continues to flourish and evolve once it’s been installed. There’s an amount of care and attention that goes into keeping a garden looking stunning all year round.
We have a team of qualified and experienced horticulturists who understand the particular care needs for the different components that make up a design, including lawns, hedging, planting, hardscapes, garden beds and irrigation.
What are the benefits of regular garden maintenance?
A garden is a living organism that is forever growing and evolving. The requirements can change from season to season. Some plants grow more quickly than others, others have higher water requirements. A tailored and considered maintenance approach manages the balance between plant species, encourages healthy growth, maintains shape and form, and protects against pests and diseases.
Also, seasons present different challenges and opportunities. Summer tends to have a focus on irrigation and watering. Deciduous trees require special winter pruning. But there’s also the opportunity to introduce new plants and elements, which adapt particularly well to the season at hand. This way, you have a garden that remains in season all year round.
Botanic Horticulture provide total garden care which also ensures your deckings, pavers and screens are always clean and looking their best.
How does garden maintenance help realise a design through maturity?
While low garden maintenance is a key consideration with each of NBLA’s designs, most young plants need care and attention to fully establish.
Hedging, for example, requires regular and careful pruning to mature into a thick, healthy hedge. Garden beds in their initial stages need fertilising, watering and topping up of premium mulch to make sure the nutritional needs of plants are being met.
Also, regular weeding prevents weeds sabotaging the planned planting elements within a design.
How do you manage a handover from NBLA?
Once a design has been installed, we meet with the client and Nathan onsite to discuss the ongoing maintenance needs. Nathan informs us of the specific requirements for the design, including hard surfaces, water features, ponds, planting, turf etc.
In consultation with Nathan, we put together a garden maintenance schedule that meets the client’s objectives and the requirements for the garden. Within this plan, we recommend the types of care activities we’ll be providing and the frequency of visits we recommend.
At each visit we provide Nathan and the team at NBLA with a photographic record of the work performed via our online portal. This allows NBLA the opportunity to keep abreast of the progress of the Garden well into its maturity and provide us with comment or instruction as required.
Would you like to talk with us about a tailored maintenance plan for your garden? Call the team on 03 9095 8328.
Visit botanichorticulture.com.au for more information.