Carrying out a twice yearly after care service for my garden design clients gives them peace of mind that their plants are being kept an eye on. The visits are usually during Spring and Autumn when pruning can be carried out as required and any problems that have arisen can be identified and dealt with accordingly. Of course gardens are living things and even the best planned ones sometimes need a tweak, so it is also an opportunity to make additions or alterations if need be.
I especially enjoy these sessions when clients go round with me observing and taking notes so that they can then go on and carry out the maintenance themselves. Sometimes people just need to see it “being done” to give them the confidence to take the secateurs to a plant and prune it.
From my perspective one of the advantages of the visits is that I get to see their garden develop and learn what has been most successful in terms of the planting. I am currently fitting in the autumn sessions between working on new plans. Last week I visited a couple with a small garden in Letchworth that I had designed early on this year. This garden has been created with a small budget as my clients are only planning to stay in the house for a few years. I was pleased to find that the planting had filled out well during it’s first spring and summer season so that my clients are already enjoying their new garden.
As you can see from this photo taken before the work began the garden was not very inspiring!
Look at the steps in the above photograph that lead to the garage door and you will see that they’re not only an eyesore but hazardous as well!
I have a couple more maintenance visits booked so watch this space for more before and after photos.