Landscape Maintenance

Hand-Tailored To Your Unique Landscape

In a perfect world, you could build your dream garden and it would stay lush and beautiful forever, without anyone ever having to lift a finger. But this is the real world, where plants are living things that grow, change, and require continuous nurturing and care. Therefore, an exceptional landscape requires extraordinary maintenance and management.

Gardens for Living started out as a nursery, nurturing seedlings into healthy, sturdy plants. We have a genuine love for plants, and for beautiful gardens. Protecting the vitality and beauty of your valuable landscape is our team’s highest priority. Every landscape is different, and every plant in every landscape has different needs. From fertilizing, to pruning, to moving and rearranging plants, we have the in-depth knowledge it takes to ensure that your garden becomes and remains the beautiful, charming and welcoming space you always wanted it to be.

Every landscape is different, and every plant in every landscape has different needs. From fertilizing, to pruning, to moving and rearranging plants, we have the in-depth knowledge it takes to ensure that your garden becomes and remains the beautiful, charming and welcoming space you always wanted it to be.

We provide our clients with a custom Lawn Maintenance Plan that’s hand-tailored to their unique landscape. Gardens for Living can give you the peace of mind of knowing that your property is receiving the expert care and personal attention it deserves.

Landscapes need continuous care throughout the year. Here’s our helpful seasonal guide for Asheville landscape maintenance:

Winter

January is the time to cut back perennials and remove spent leaves and stems. In February, you should begin pruning those shrubs that aren’t early spring bloomers (you don’t want to run the risk of cutting off early blooms). Late winter is a great time to prune trees and shrubs, because you can clearly see the tree branches and any adjustments that may be needed.

Winter is also time to preemptively combat that first flush of spring weeds we all know is coming. For tall fescue lawn areas, you should apply one application of pre-emergent herbicide. For flower and vegetable beds, you should cut new bed lines and add mulch. Mulching will also protect roots from desiccation during dry winter months.

Fertilization is an essential part of landscape care, and you should begin thinking about it in winter. In late February/early March, it’s wise to get a soil test to determine which fertilizer should be applied during the growing season.

Spring

At the beginning of spring, it’s important to pay attention to the weather. If there are still winter conditions, you should wait on the first application of fertilizer. In March (or April) you will want to fertilize trees, shrubs, perennials and your lawn.

In May, you should put a second application of pre-emergent weed control down on your lawn, depending on which weeds you’ve had problems with in the past.

Summer

In June and July, you’ll want to cut back certain perennials to extend their bloom time. Shrubs should be deadheaded when they’re done flowering; this redirects energy used to produce seeds into stems and foliage. Weeds are of special concern during the summer. Post emergent weed control in lawn areas is very important during this time, as is weeding and spot spraying weeds in plant beds.

Fall

Fall is an active time for maintenance. It’s a great time to fertilize, and to plant new trees and shrubs. Fall is also the time to aerate and over-seed your lawn. Tall fescue – the grass most commonly used in western North Carolina – is a cool-weather grass. It’s best to seed in the fall, so that the grass has time to take root and become established well before the stress of the hot summer months. Fall is also the time to do lawn care and leaf cleanup. It’s important that your grass is clear so that sunlight can reach it, as grass needs sunlight in order to photosynthesize and store energy for winter.

Caring for a landscape is all about nurturing and maintaining each and every component, from the soil to the flowers, to the trees. Even the hardscapes need continuous attention. After all, they’re the framework that supports the entire structure.

Asheville landscape maintenance is an involved process that requires time, effort and a wealth of specialized knowledge. It’s best to put yourself in the hands of professionals you trust, to ensure that you have the outdoor space of your dreams. Gardens for Living has been caring for landscapes for generations. We take a holistic approach to our work, and nothing makes us happier than to continuously care for a garden we have installed. And nothing will be better for your outdoor space than to be cared for by the experts who know it best.

Property Maintenance

  • Weed control
  • Early season cleanup
  • Properly timed pruning of trees, perennials, and shrubs
  • Edging plant beds
  • Wooded area cleanup
  • Invasive plants species removal and management
  • Integrated pest management
  • Annual mulching of plant beds
  • Fertilizing trees shrubs and perennials
  • Applying pre-emergent to turf areas
  • Fertilizing turf areas
  • Leaf cleanup and removal
  • Aerating and overseeding turf
  • Annual color
  • Plant bed refreshes
  • Mowing turf areas
  • Blowing off driveways
  • General cleanup
  • Special occasion cleanup
  • Container plantings
  • Deadheading
  • Water feature system maintenance
  • Irrigation system maintenance
  • Outdoor Lighting maintenance
  • Rainwater harvesting system maintenance
  • Backflow assembly testing

Interested in learning more about designer landscapes and how it can improve your home’s beauty. Give us a call at 828 274 7225.