If you are a facilities manager, a block manager, a residents management company, you need to know this. Just because it looks neat, does not mean it is done right.
Bad cleaning or poor building maintenance are usually easily spotted and can be quickly corrected. However, bad gardening practices can take months, even years to correct
This is a list of the five most common bad practices we find being carried out in communal grounds, private gardens and commercial properties.
Incorrect Hedge Batters
This is probably the most common bad practice we come across. A hedge should be narrower at the top than it is at the base. This is achieved by sloping the sides, and is called the batter. Hedges need a batter to allow light to reach all the way down to the base and keep the base from becoming bare.
Weed Species of Tree
Welcome to the Jumble
Different shrubs are planted together in a mixed shrub bed. On smaller, more domestic sites these may consist of only one or two shrubs of each variety. In larger settings such as residential communal areas, many shrubs of the same variety may be planted in blocks in a larger mixed shrub bed.
The untrained and the unconcerned tend to treat these mixed shrub beds as if they were just one big hedge. The whole thing is cut to the same height at the same time in the same manor. The more vigorous shrubs are allowed to smother the less vigorous, different varieties of shrubs mix and intertwine and the whole bed starts to look like a dogs breakfast. No attempt is made to bring the best out of the different varieties. Colours, textures and shapes are all lost in a bland, amorphous lump.
Noticed One or More of the Five Signs in Your Grounds?
By engaging the services of a specialist, professional gardening and grounds maintenance contractor, you are engaging some one who will consider what your gardens will look like; now, a week from now, a month from now, a year from now, even a decade from now. You are ensuring your grounds look good now and in years to come.