Plantscapes offers three types of lawn health care solutions. First, our lawn care technician will visit your property and assess current conditions. Our tech will look at existing grass species, weed problems, watering capabilities, drainage issues, and problem areas. Based on clients’ expectations we will make a recommendation for one our 3 programs. We offer organic, hybrid organic, and traditional programs. All three programs include the services listed below and the cost is based on the size of your property. Our techs have all be trained and certified by CT NOFA as organic land care professionals.
- Seeding & Aeration
- Weed Control
- Insect & Disease prevention
- Soil nutrition
What are the differences between each program?
Organic: Use of high-quality organic fertilizers. Focus is geared around heavily seeding your property multiple times per season and soil nutrition through the spraying of compost teas. Our goal initially is to introduce grass species such as tall fescue that are drought tolerant and can withstand a variety of conditions such as hot, wet, and shady. By using these grass types you’re able to have a resilient & durable lawn that can stand up to the rigors of heat stress, diseases, and lack of water without the reliance on the traditional treatments. Each program contains spring & fall seeding, organic fertilizer, compost teas, and organic lime. Weeds & insect issues are handled ad hoc and their options are discussed during initial consultation. Organic lawn programs will be more costly than hybrid or traditional. Organic programs while great for eliminating traditional treatments are highly susceptible to weed & insect issues. Organic lawns get better over time so being patient is key.
Hybrid: Hybrid organic lawn programs combine the “best of both worlds”. Each program contains the use of high-quality organic fertilizers as well traditional fertilizers applied at the lowest rate possible to contain & prevent most weed & insect issues. This program yields the best results with the least amount of chemicals possible. Hybrid programs include fertilization, spring & fall seeding w/ aeration, organic lime, weed control, compost teas, and insect prevention. Hybrid programs cost less than 100% organic programs while eliminating the insects & weeds and heavily reducing chemical usage. Weeds are controlled by “spot spraying” and targeting only existing patches. No property is ever “blanket” sprayed from corner to corner. Insect prevention is applied early so pests like white grubs, chinch bugs, ticks, and other insects don’t invade your green space. Similar to the organic program there is a heavy focus on the use of sustainable grass species and creating a lawn that is resilient & durable. Also, soil nutrition is incorporated into all hybrid programs. The cost of a hybrid programs fall somewhere between the organic & traditional.
Traditional: Traditional lawn programs yield optimal results at the lowest possible cost. While considered traditional there is still a focus put on giving our clients a safe green space so elements of the organic & the hybrid programs that can be incorporated will be. Lawns that are treated traditionally rarely have issues with weeds, insects, and diseases. If any issues arise they are quickly curable.
Plantscapes is different than most other landscaping contractors in our area because we actually provide all landscaping services where as in most cases clients would have to hire multiple contractors to care for their landscapes. In most cases this reduces “finger pointing”, less contractors in and out of your property, and the convenience of knowing you only have to call one company to resolve any issues. Our full services maintenance programs include
Gardening & Pruning performed on a monthly, weekly, bi-weekly, or ad hoc basis
- Spring and Fall property cleanups
- Weekly Lawn Mowing
- Mulching with organic mulches (sweet peet, pine, cedar, hemlock)
- Organic Lawn Care and Hybrid Organic Lawn Care Programs
- Tree and Shrub Care
- Organic Tick, Deer, and Mosquito control
Planting and Construction
Plantscapes works with residential homeowners as well as many well-known landscape designers to provide planting and design installations. One thing that separates Plantscapes in this area is that there is always an owner managing the project with a crew of highly skilled and trained workers that know how to properly plant to ensure plant health and long-term success. Also, we source the plant material from only the best nurseries which helps reduce costs and allows us to provide the healthy-looking plants that we guarantee to live. We provide a 1-year guarantee on every plant that is placed in the ground. In addition, we always provide high quality organic compost and topsoil mixtures for use when planting to ensure plants are placed in only the healthiest soils. Our landscape construction services include:
- Planting and design installations
- Specimen tree planting: No size too big!
- Lawn installations using SOD or Seed
- Excavation and drainage
- Walkways and patios
- Wildflower meadows
- Invasive plant removal
- Wetland Remediation
- Vegetable Garden Construction
Organic Tick Control
Over the last 20 years ticks have become a major problem in the landscape. Feeding on warm-blooded animals like deer, ticks thrive in shaded environments especially along woodland areas and property edges, where humans live, work, and play. With the recent research and reporting on the dangers of Lyme disease, combined with increasing tick populations, clients more than ever before have become conscious about the threat that exposure to ticks can pose.
Plantscapes offers an organic tick control program which consists of applications every 30-45 days starting in late March/Early April and ending usually in October or November. The application of cedar oil is 100% organic and much more effective than the synthetic alternative. Cedar oil spray also has a double function in that it not only controls ticks but also mosquitos as well.
Plant Health Care
Using the same objective as the organic lawn care program we provide a comprehensive year-round tree and shrub care. Through the careful monitoring of your landscape and using only the latest techniques and finest quality materials we can keep your trees and shrubs healthy all season long. Our tree and shrub care programs include the following:
- Scouting and Monitoring
- Expert Pruning
- Insect and disease controls
- Boxwood Care and Protection
- Root feeding with organic fertilizer
- Compost Tea applications for trees and shrubs
- Organic Deer Control
- Winter Protection