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Yard Maintenance and Renovationby Contributor August 15, 2017
Arborist Now reminds you that no matter the time of year . . . first impressions last.
What is yard maintenance and renovation? According the experts at Arborist Now, your home and its surrounding outdoor areas are special. Keeping these spaces visually appealing and well-maintained involves routine lawn care and adding attractive plant specimens to the landscape. A lush lawn and healthy plants promote curb appeal and create a lovely first impression. All of these tasks take time and effort. With your busy schedule, why not turn to the pros for help?
The trees are planted and the carefully selected flowers are in full bloom – your ideal outdoor space has come together beautifully. Arborist Now understands that impeccably maintaining this space year-round requires a thoughtful, well-planned program in order to preserve its beauty and longevity. One of the most basic, yet important service we offer is outdoor space maintenance. We clean the property, mulch and fertilize beds, seasonally prune plants from perennials to trees, check the water supply, add or replace plants as needed and more. Our wide range of maintenance services is available for homeowners and property managers alike.
- We provide the following services:
- Seasonal spring and fall cleanups
- Edging and bark mulch installation
- Selective ornamental pruning
- Thatching, core aeration, and lawn renovation
- Seasonal flower planting schedules
Yard Maintenance Service Details
To prevent problems next year, Arborist Now cleans up garden debris that can be turned into next year’s compost. Leaves and organic debris can harbor fungi, bacteria, and overwintering insects that will return with a vengeance next spring. Tree leaves can become matted and moldy, smothering the ground and the plants beneath them. Fallen branches can create safety issues for unsuspecting feet. Yet when added to the compost pile, these ingredients are transformed into the world’s best plant nourishment.
Gardening Tip — an alternate view: Garden debris offers shelter and insect food for winter birds. If you like the birds, and do not have major problems with insects or diseases, leave some areas a little messy. Make sure keep watch each year to make sure buildup is not creating problems.
Remove diseased material
If any plants or shrubs were diseased this year, they should be sure to rake up and discard all the fallen leaves – they are contagious. Don’t compost them unless your compost pile can reach 160° F.
Cut back perennials
After your perennials are killed by frost (not before!), cut back the dead stems of any that look messy. If the dried stems have a nice shape or interesting seed pods, you can leave them for winter interest and cut them back in the spring. Trim back perennials after they’re killed back by frost.
Prune dead branches
The only pruning that should be done in the fall is the removal of dead or diseased branches. Inspect your trees, shrubs, and woody perennials, and trim away any dead wood. Remove and discard any branches infected by disease or cankers. Remove branches damaged by storms since broken branches are more susceptible to disease. Save other pruning jobs for early spring or right after the plant blooms.
Till vegetable garden
Many insects and larvae spend the winter underground. Tilling or plowing will expose them to the surface, where they will be eaten by birds or killed by freezing temperatures. Turning the soil also helps control harmful soil fungi and diseases. And just like turning a compost pile, tilling your garden soil will aerate and speed up the decomposition of organic matter, so incorporate shredded leaves, grass clippings, or manure into the soil for on-the-spot composting.
Add Soil Amendments
In a healthy yard or garden, many problems with diseases, insects, and weeds take care of themselves. A healthy garden starts with healthy soil, so take advantage of a nice sunny day to get your soil in shape for next year. We perform a soil test to determine what amendments may be needed.
Apply mulch after the ground cools down for the season – the insulation helps plants through the winter while still allowing them to go dormant
Fall Cleanup and Leaf Removal
As late September approaches, the days and nights are cooler and leaves take on beautiful new colors that catch the eye before they cover your yard. Fall is the time of year for establishing and strengthening lawns, as well as preparation for the harsh temperatures of winter. It is a well-known fact that the best way to ensure a thick, green, and healthy lawn in the spring is to give it some well-timed care in the fall, so it is important that leaves are not left to cover the grass for long periods of time. If not removed, leaves suffocate grass and plant beds and can clog storm drains. Fall cleanup and leaf removal services protect your property’s beauty while keeping driveways and walkways clear to prevent slips and falls.
Tree, Shrub and Hedge Trimming
Arborist Now provides a variety of tree and hedge pruning services to maintain beautiful, healthy trees and shrubs for our customers. Hedge and tree pruning is performed to prevent decay-inducing fungi from penetrating and infecting other areas of a plant. Our expert pruning services include removing broken, diseased or dead branches and, in some cases, removing live branches to increase exposure to sunlight and promote air circulation within the canopy.
Spring is the beginning of a new growing season. You are looking forward to getting back outside. Arborist Now will restore your property’s beauty after the long winter by removing debris and cleaning flower beds and bushes. We prepare your lawn, trees, shrubbery, and plants for the coming warm weather and a summer of outdoor activity. Cleaning up your property for spring is a big job. We understand that your time is valuable and limited. Let us take care of your spring cleanup so that you can enjoy a beautiful, season-ready property. Our renovation and maintenance service experts provide programs which cater to both residential and commercial properties.
What does spring cleanup involve?
- Clearing away leaves, branches, and clutter
- Hauling away and composting debris
- Mowing the grass
- Re-edging and cleaning garden and flower beds
- Redefining the borders of the lawn
- Re-seed damaged areas of the lawn
- Pruning and trimming trees and shrubs
What does a maintenance checklist look like?
Homeowners and property managers are assured that their property will be maintained year round by the best yard renovation and maintenance service company in the greater San Francisco area. Here are 5 key areas of focus at Arborist Now:
Trees and Shrubs
We create a pruning schedule to keep your trees and shrubs from looking untidy and overgrown. We provide structural training for your plants to eliminate future growth problems. Our skilled staff also checks for signs of pests, decay, and poor health.
We devise a plan for various mowing heights designed to minimize watering, stress and expenses. Our mulching decks recycle lawn clippings saving on labor costs while replenishing the landscape with vital nutrients.
When your soil is compacted, oxygen, water, and key nutrients cannot pass through to the roots of your trees, shrubs and other plants. Aerating the soil reduces soil compaction and promotes root growth, which helps your plants stay healthy and vibrant.
Well-maintained flower beds add a splash of color to your property, but they can quickly eat up your landscape maintenance expenses. To minimize costs for your site, we carefully plant the best annuals for your specific location.
The key to a perfect outdoor property is fertilization. Our combination blend of slow-release/fast-release fertilizers guarantees maximum results at a minimum expense. Your trees, shrubs and other outdoor plants always look healthy and cared for when you choose Arborist Now.
Free Estimates for Year-Round Maintenance
For pricing on our year-round lawn maintenance programs in San Francisco and surrounding areas, simply contact us or call 415-310-7781 to schedule an appointment. Our representative will meet with you to inspect your property and identify your individual needs in order to provide you with an estimate on your monthly costs. We offer flexible options for maintenance, including bi-weekly, monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly services.
Is your landscaping looking distressed or dated?
From a complete landscape design – to stunning garden displays – to simple but exciting updates to existing gardens and landscapes, Arborist Now has the experience and skill to beautifully transform your property! As we have been recognized as a top provider for professional tree service in San Francisco for almost a decade, you can expect a personal, friendly approach and the experience to make your yard and garden design dreams come true. Arborist Now promises to transform your lackluster, unmanageable or unsightly surroundings into a stunning setting with landscape services in Millbrae and in Marin County. We provide all services including basic yard care, extensive tree work, or a total yard transformation — your satisfaction is our guarantee!
We build decks and wooden garden furniture – we install flagstone, wood chips, and rocks – and we plants trees, vines, fruiting plants, aromatic plants, shrubs, and flowers. Arborist Now combines all of these elements for a unique design for your landscape.
We consult with you on the plan, design, and support services based on existing landscape, specific needs, and overall environmental conditions. And we are mindful of your budget.
We meet the challenges presented by your distressed or dated outdoor space. The results are a transformation of these assets through:
- Careful evaluation of land and yard.
- Examination of existing conditions and vegetation.
- Restoration of overgrown and matured plantings.
- Sun and shadow conditions.
- Slopes and drainage.
- Soil assessments.
- Planting plans specifically suited to the site condition.
- Removal of invasive plant species.
Arborist Now works with you through these easy steps to transform your yard and outdoor space.
- Schedule an appointment or consultation.
- Assessment of situation will be performed and an optimized
cost effective maintenance plan will be delivered.
- Once assessment approved job is put on ongoing schedule.
- Customer receives a reminder 24 hours prior to start of
- Upon arrival, the surrounding area of service to be
performed is secured, taking all necessary safety and protections precautions.
- Service performed in a safe and timely manner.
- Haul away and dispose of waste, cleaning any debris from
Proud of Our Work . . . Proud of Ourselves
When you choose Arborist Now to renovate and maintain your outdoor environment, you are opting for more than a tree care service. You are choosing a company with the highest level of professionalism, quality and attention to detail. The yard renovation and maintenance services offered by Arborist Now keeps your outdoor property looking its finest in every season even during a drought.
Our experience with a wide variety of property, including but not limited to:
- Residential property
- Commercial centers
- Industrial complexes
- Apartment buildings
- Public and municipal spaces
At Arborist Now, we know that renovating and maintaining your property is a daunting task. The good news is that renovation and maintenance services are a significant part of our business which has been providing superior tree care services since 2007. Call us for superior renovation or maintenance of your yard or outdoor spaces. Arborist Now is also the best and smartest choice for tree and shrub pruning service in San Francisco.