Low maintenance landscape is the thing I get asked for most. The truth is all gardens will need maintenance at some point in the year. To promise a maintenance free landscape is to promise a snow free winter. One might get away with it for a year or two but it will happen. The extent of the maintenance is something we work very closely with our customers to gage.
Complete Tear Outs
Putting the right plant in the right places is the motto of a true landscaper. We remind customers that plants are living things. As such they have a habit or growth potential. Most non-dwarf bushes will grow to 3ft by 3ft size on low end. So unless we have a 6ft wide garden bed, chances are that a row of bushes will over grow and consume the whole bed. Heavy maintenance would be required to keep most bushes in a small bed and have room for other plants. This is why dwarf plants are so great in small landscapes and in places where over growth is a problem.
Other problems can be avoided by knowing potential problems year down the line. The joy of owning a majestic tree in ones front yard is not easily achieved. After years of letting a tree grow and develop the last thing anyone wants to hear is that the tree has to come down.
Something as innocent as planting a birch, or willow tree over a homes sewer line can end up costing the home owner thousands of dollars in excavation and plumbing repair bills. An ornamental tree under a homes electrical service can cause loss of power during a mild storm.
"Right plant, right place"