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Maintenance Services

  • Scheduling of your Spring Landscape Clean Up Service for a comprehensive, manicured clean up of your property.
  • Scheduling of your Spring Turn-On Service to make certain your irrigation system is fully operational following the Winter season.
  • Cultivation of your vegetable garden by removing debris, then tilling and adding organic, nutrient-rich compost to the existing soil.

Installation Services

  • Purchase, delivery and installation of crape myrtles which prefer to be planted in the Spring as they are not cold-hardy plants and need to be established in order to endure Winter weather.
  • Purchase, delivery and installation of frost tolerant pansies, violas and stock in window boxes for early landscape coloring.
  • Purchase and delivery of biodegradable cardboard seed starting trays to start seeding vegetables indoors for your outdoor garden.
  • Purchase, delivery and installation of peas, carrots, cabbage, asparagus, beets, cauliflower, corn and Summer flowering bulbs, such as dahlias, glads and lilies can also be planted at this time.

Pruning Services

  • Careful correct pruning of your crape myrtles (this is recognized time of the year to prune crapes prior to their blooming in mid-Summer).
  • Thinning and trimming excess growth on the inside of your flowering trees before foliage grows.
  • Shearing Winter discoloration of your boxwoods.
  • Trimming back and manicuring your hedge(s).
  • Pruning of your roses for healthy plant structure in preparation for new growth.
  • Trimming back your Summer blooming shrubs such as spirea and potentillas for a clean.
  • Pruning of your vines as necessary on trellises, arbors, pergolas and fences.
  • Pinching the tips of your chrysanthemums, asters, Autumn Joy sedum, perennial sunflowers, coreopsis, sages, and other bush-forming perennials to make them fuller, more compact and self-supporting.

Lawn Services

  • Completing your Sod Installation using turf type tall fescue sod purchased locally from Brookmead Sod Farm in Ashland. The grass seed used to grow Brookmeade sod is engineered by Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture to thrive in Richmond’s climate. All sod is cut from the farm, delivered and installed on the same day to ensure turf health.
  • Aerating your turf to open up the soil to air and water which in turn results in healthy, stronger grass.

General Tips

  • Begin mowing your lawn in early April at the highest level on the mower and in different directions each time your yard is cut to ensure the health of the turf. Mowing at the highest level encourages deeper rooting and reduces heat stress. Water your lawn regularly to nourish grass roots.
  • Water your plants situated under the eaves of residences and under mature trees as these plantings may be dry.
  • Apply a second treatment of pre-emergent to your lawn if you don’t use the services of a lawn treatment provider.
  • Sow tomatoes, lettuce, petunia and marigold seeds indoors; starting seeds indoors provides a thirty to sixty day jump on the gardening season; hardier vegetables such as spinach, fava beans and poppies can be sown outdoors.

Installation Services

  • Purchase, delivery and installation of vines such as fleece vines, wisteria, morning glory, clematis and climbing hydrangea on trellises, arbors and fences.
  • Purchase, delivery and installation of support stakes for peonies, delphiniums or other floppy perennials when plants are half grown.
  • Purchase, delivery and installation of perennials such as astilbe, bleeding heart, campanula, columbine, ferns, lady’s mantle, lupine and sweet woodruff.
  • Purchase and installation of vegetables in your garden.
  • Delivery and spreading of mulch and/or pine straw after Richmond’s pollen season to give your planting beds a clean, fresh appearance. If you laid mulch and/or pine straw early in the year, a light dusting of either material will cover any discoloration caused by pollen and keep your planting beds looking great until leaves drop in the Fall.

Maintainence Services

  • Pruning of your Spring-flowering shrubs post-bloom including forsythia, deutzia and all members of the rhododendren family (this includes the wide assortment of deciduous — shrubs that shed their foliage in the Winter — and evergreen azaleas).
  • Cutting or pinching back to about six inches all relatives of the chrysanthemum family in your landscape including dendranthemum, nipponanthemum and leucanthemum.
  • Cutting back all members of the aster family
  • Pinching other flowering species such as phlox, boltonia, monarda and physotegia.

General Tips

  • Control your weeds now as they are easier to pull when they are small and the soil is still damp.

Lawn Services

  • Scheduling your personalized Lawn Restoration Service and/or Lawn Renovation Service free consultation and price quote based on the current condition of your grass. Our Lawn Restoration Service commences in late August and includes combining aeration, grass seed, lime, fertilizer plus topsoil/organic-rich compost mix as needed.
  • We only use premium 99.9% weed free, fescue blend grass seed engineered by Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture to thrive in Richmond’s climate. Our Lawn Renovation Service is more extensive than our Lawn Restoration Service and requires killing off your current invasive grass and eradicating all weeds and then taking the necessary steps to grow brand-new, lush turf.
  • Scheduling your Lawn Renovation Service which commences in mid July for your new lawn to look exceptional by late September.

Maintainence Services

  • Trimming back your spirea and lavendula (lavender) to promote second bloom in August.
  • Deadheading your flowers including salvia, hemerocallis, scabiosa, heliopsis and achillea.
  • Pruning and shaping your evergreens; junipers, cypress and conifers can also be sheared, pinched and pruned. This is also a good time to prune heather, fuscias, vines, deadwood, weak and diseased branches.
  • Pruning spent flowers from your perennials to promote new growth.

General Tips

  • Monitor your roses and crape myrtles for mildew, aphid, black spot or other insect and disease problems and call Cartwright Landscaping to verify any problems and to recommend appropriate treatments.
  • Removal of your weeds as they are apt to germinate faster as the weather gets warmer; pulling and eliminating them now before they mature.
  • Plant broccoli, gourmet greens and aquatic plants.
  • Fertilize your vegetables and berries with manure, compost tea or organic 5-10-5 fertilizer.
  • Fertilize your annuals bi-weekly with Miracle Grow.
  • Remove and sharpen your dull mower blade to ensure healthy cutting of your lawn.
  • Water your lawn deeply and thoroughly rather than lightly and frequently. The best time to water is in the early morning just prior to daybreak. This allows for the water to seep into the soil for use by the grass roots. Watering during the day in the Summer months risks a lot of water evaporating due to the Summer heat prior to it having time to make its way to the grass roots. Remember to save water by directing sprinklers onto the lawn and beds and not the driveway or sidewalk.

Installation Services

  • Purchase, delivery and installation of roses, perennials, ornamental grasses, shrubs, trees, berry bushes and fruit trees.
  • Purchase, delivery and installation of Winter vegetables such as green onions, carrots, lettuce, spinach, radishes and over-Wintering cauliflowers.

Pruning Services

  • Deadheading of your marigolds, zinnias, snapdragons and other annuals.
  • Spent flowers on perennials should also be removed.

General Tips

  • Continue to mow your grass at the highest mower level to promote healthy, strong-rooted grass.
  • Water your lawn carefully this time of year as it can take as little as three days for the lawn to dry-out. The best time to water is in the early morning just prior to daybreak. This allows for the water to seep into the soil for use by the grass roots. Watering during the day risks a lot of water evaporating due to the Summer heat prior to it having time to make its way to the grass roots. Remember to save water by directing sprinklers onto the lawn and beds and not the driveway or sidewalk.

Lawn Services

  • Scheduling your Lawn Restoration Service which commences in mid to late August and includes combining aeration, grass seed, lime, fertilizer plus topsoil/organic-rich compost mix as needed. We only use premium 99.9% weed free, fescue blend grass seed engineered by Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture to thrive in Richmond’s climate.
  • Scheduling your Lawn Dethatching Service during August and September to remove excess stems, leaves and roots resistant to decomposition, interwoven between the surface of a healthy lawn and the soil surface. Too much thatch can harbor organisms and insects, making the lawn more susceptible to damage from disease and drought.
  • Completing your Sod Installation using turf type tall fescue sod purchased locally from Brookmead Sod Farm in Ashland. The grass seed used to grow Brookmeade sod is engineered by Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture to thrive in Richmond’s climate. All sod is cut from the farm, delivered and installed on the same day to ensure turf health.

Installation Services

  • Purchase, delivery and installation of mums, dusty miller, pansies, violas and flowering kale for Fall and Winter color.
  • Purchase, delivery and installation of bulbs for bursts of Spring color in your planting beds and containers. We provide an exceptional, extensive selection of bulbs from one of the country’s premier bulb providers.
  • Dividing and transplanting Summer flowering perennials and grasses such as hostas, lariope, etc.
  • Sowing wildflower meadows by scattering seeds on well prepared ground; raking lightly and covering with a thin layer of peat moss.

Maintainence Services

  • Removal of your annuals, roots and all, when they fade and cutting perennial stalks to a couple of inches above the ground.
  • Removal or transplanting of your poorly performing shrubs. We will inventory your landscape to identify which shrubs are struggling and those that aren’t going to survive due to poor placement or disease. We work with clients to inform them of the best locations to transplant struggling shrubs and to identify better candidates for the areas from which shrubs have been removed.
  • Raking of leaves frequently from your lawn and recycling by composting if possible. When leaves are left on your lawn, they can quickly kill off grass underneath due to partial or full blocking of the sunlight required for photosynthesis necessary for lush, healthy grass.
  • Collecting and disposal of rotted fruit around your fruit trees/shrubs to prevent the spreading of disease.

General Tips

  • Winterize by moving your tender plants like geraniums, lantana, begonias, impatients and gerber daisies indoors before the first frost ruins them. Likewise, fuchsias, dahlias and other semi-tender plants should be prepared for their winter storage.
  • Remember if your lawn has been treated with “Weed and Feed” or any type of herbicides, do not place grass clippings in your compost bin. These herbicides can last for up to nine to twelve months, and even if composted could affect the growth of plants and seeds.

Maintainence Services

  • Scheduling your Winterizing of Irrigation System Service when we use a commercial grade air compressor to blow all water out of the system to prevent freezing and cracking of the underground piping.
  • Raking of leaves frequently from your lawn and recycling by composting if possible. When leaves are left on your lawn, they can quickly kill off grass underneath due to partial or full blocking of the sunlight required for photosynthesis necessary for lush, healthy grass.

Maintainence Services

  • Scheduling your Landscape Winterization Service for a comprehensive, manicured clean up of your property.
  • Application of Wilt Pruf, an environmentally safe moisture sealant, to provide protection to your gardenias, camellias, rhododendrons, laurels and other evergreen plantings from wind burn and freezing temperatures.
  • Fastening of your climbing roses to help prevent wind damage and staking of newly planted trees as necessary.
  • Mounding soil around the base of your grafted roses to protect them from harsh Winter weather.
  • Weeding your planting beds. Many weeds have already flowered and gone to seed at this time of year. Eliminating them now will save work for months to come. If you choose to weed yourself and opt to use weed killer, be advised that weed killers usually have a bleed area of about one to two feet and such bleed usually follows the slope of the land. Be particularly careful when spraying weeds in the cracks in sidewalks or in planting beds.
  • Fertilizing your shrubs. We use a rhododendron type fertilizer to feed evergreens like junipers, conifers, broadleaf evergreens, azaleas and camellias. An all-purpose garden fertilizer is used for roses, fruit and flowering trees and other deciduous trees and shrubs. If you chose to fertilize yourself, make certain not to over-fertilize and to read the application directions carefully.
  • Providing protection for your tender or early flowering plants like rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas and daphne by staking around then covering them with burlap if a severe cold spell is forecasted.
  • Tying up your loosely branched evergreens and boxwoods to prevent snow damage. In the event of a heavy snowfall we strongly urge frequent use of a leaf blower to remove snow from shrubs (every few hours during a strong storm). Do not use a broom or snow shovel to knock the snow off shrubs— the limbs are frozen and likely covered with ice making them extremely fragile—even the lightest poke at a shrub in such weather can result in substantial damage.

Pruning Services

  • Cutting back your lariope and all ornamental grass to two inches above the ground surface. This ensures the healthy growth of the perennial grass and keeps the grass nicely manicured as all dead growth from the previous year is removed.
  • Pruning your fruit, flowering and shade trees to improve the shape of the plant, stimulate air circulation and increase sun exposure.

Lawn Services

  • Completing your Sod Installation using turf type tall fescue sod purchased locally from Brookmead Sod Farm in Ashland. The grass seed used to grow Brookmeade sod is engineered by Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture to thrive in Richmond’s climate. All sod is cut from the farm, delivered and installed on the same day to ensure turf health. Winter is a great time to install turf type tall fescue. Don’t let the cooler temperatures stop you from installing sod. Fescue is a cool season grass and will root at about 32 degrees and if the ground if frozen, the fescue will simply lie dormant until the temperature is warm enough to enable rooting.

Installation Services

  • Planning of your Spring planting by identifying structural or ornamental changes you would like to make to your landscape. The placement of existing plants can also be addressed based on their growing needs and size. Installation of new shrubs, trees, hardscaping, lighting, etc. can be discussed at this time.
  • Planting fruit, flowering or shade trees. Most nurseries dig their annual supply at this time of year, so availability is strong and because the trees are dormant, the shock of transplanting is minimal.
  • Purchase, delivery and installation of berries, asparagus, rhubarb, garlic and potatoes as well as fragrant shrubs such as witch hazel, daphne and sarcococca.

General Tips

  • Schedule professional service for your lawn and garden equipment now to save you weeks of waiting time in the Spring; have your lawn mower serviced to sharpen blade, change out the air filter and install new spark plug(s).
  • Use a leaf blower to remove snow from your landscape plantings (every few hours during a strong storm). Do not use a broom or snow shovel to knock the snow off shrubs — the limbs are frozen and likely covered with ice making them extremely fragile — even the lightest poke at a shrub in such weather can result in substantial damage.
  • Avoid walking on your frozen lawn as it causes bare spots that will not disappear until the grass comes out of Winter dormancy.
  • Apply a first treatment of pre-emergent to your lawn if you don’t use the services of a lawn treatment provider.
  • Make certain all your evergreen shrubs and trees get plenty of water before Winter.
  • Empty gasoline remaining in your mower and other equipment engines and in fuel lines. Store leftover organic chemicals where they cannot freeze. Turn off outside water and drain hoses.
  • Maintain your tools by sharpening shovels, spades, hoes and pruners; rub down wood handles with linseed oil and wipe metal blades with an oily cloth to prevent rusting.
  • Mow your lawn just a bit shorter than usual to prevent matting under the snow.
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