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Maintenance

 
It has been estimated that 80% of the total cost of a garden over a 20-year life span is for maintenance. That means 20% for design and construction. Sustainable maintenance practices help to greatly reduce maintenance costs.
At Madrone Landscapes, we have spent the last several years developing a different kind of Landscape Maintenance program.

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Healthy Gardens

We call it ‘Healthy Gardens’. Our exclusive ‘Healthy Gardens’ program was created to replace the need for conventional fertilizer programs and the excess use of chemicals in the landscape.  We know the best way to grow a beautiful landscape is to combine our efforts with the life cycles that support native habitats, like our local oak woodlands.  Using our specially formulated Compost Tea Fertilizer, we replenish the soil with the micro-organisms that live to naturally process organic matter and provide the essential nutrients and minerals for uninhibited plant growth.  This combined with other organic soil building methods ensures the establishment of a thriving soil food web and in turn, a healthy garden.  Our goal is to redefine the standard of landscape care by partnering with the soil experts, and allow natures perfect design to transform your landscape and garden.

The soil food web is the community of organisms living all or part of their lives in the soil. It describes a complex living system in the soil and how it interacts with the environment, plants, and animals.  This food web consists in part of; bacteria, fungi, protazoa, nematodes, arthropods, and insects.
All plants require nutrients and minerals for lush uninhibited growth.  These nutrients are often available in the soil and our goal is to restore the natural processes required to make them available for the plant life they support.  By discontinuing the use of synthetic fertilizers and herbicides, we begin the process of bringing the soils back to life.  We use certified organic compost and local vermicompost as our base bacteria and fungal population to create our living brew of Compost Tea Fertilizer. Using Compost Tea, we reinvigorate the soil with living organisms that nature has set into place to manage healthy soils.  The micro-organisms work to leech toxins from the soils, break down soil compaction and process organic matter.  This process provides pore space for optimal root growth and water storage, frees up bound minerals and nutrients that are otherwise unavailable for root uptake, and helps prevent the invasion of pests and disease.
IPM is an ecosystem-based strategy that focuses on long-term prevention of pests and use of “least toxic solutions first”, before escalating to the more random, broad-spectrum and environmentally threatening uses of “chemical warfare” in your garden. Pest control materials and tactics are selected and applied in a manner that minimizes risks to human health, beneficial and nontarget organisms, and the environment. Using IPM, we control weeds through mulching, non-toxic “herbicides” and manual removal; we control insect pests through beneficials, soaps and oils, and certain microbials; we continually build a healthier, more pest-resistant garden environment through our “Healthy Gardens” program. For more information on IPM visit this site

Organic Soil Building Methods

Core Aeration is a method used to actively aerate the soil or turf area by drilling or using a core aerator.  This method opens the root zones to oxygen and  allows deep water penetration.
We apply vermicompost as a topdressing and organic fertilizer. “Vermicompost can benefit plants by providing increased nutrition as well as the natural beneficial bacteria left by the worms. This enriches the soil and creates more fertile conditions, resulting in healthier, more beautiful and bountiful plants.” – SLO County Worm Farm, producers of Black Diamond Vermicompost.
Organic Fertilizer is superior to conventional fertilizers in that they actively introduce micro-organisms which input nitrogen and other nutrients naturally, the nutients applied are more readily available to the plants and they do not leach harmful synthetic chemicals into our watersheds.  We use Green Diamond Biologicals products such as ‘Mykos; and ‘Duet’.
The soil food web is the community of organisms living all or part of their lives in the soil. It describes a complex living system in the soil and how it interacts with the environment, plants, and animals.  This food web consists in part of; bacteria, fungi, protazoa, nematodes, arthropods, and insects.
Topdressing a bed with a 2-3″ layer of chipped wood trimmings does wonders to the landscape.  Not only does it provide a clean finished look but it also prevents evaporation, greatly improving the soils ability to store moisture.   Mulch prevents weed seed germination, creates a barrier between sensitive root zones and harsh temperature swings, and supplies micro-organisms with surplus organic matter for the future.

It is important to maintain a landscape with the design’s goals in mind. Good landscapes can suffer from maintenance efforts that aren’t informed about their particular needs. You can’t always just “Mow, blow, and go,” without knowing how the landscape was intended to develop.

At Madrone Landscapes, our trained horticulturists will establish and maintain today’s landscapes in superior condition, connecting to the design, and applying the knowledge and care they deserve.

Take the time to observe and participate in what’s going on out there. It’s the best way to ensure success in the garden, AND unwind and enjoy yourself at the same time.

It is important to maintain a landscape with the design’s goals in mind. Good landscapes can suffer from maintenance efforts that aren’t informed about their particular needs. You can’t always just “Mow, blow, and go,” without knowing how the landscape was intended to develop.

At Madrone Landscapes, our trained horticulturists will establish and maintain today’s landscapes in superior condition, connecting to the design, and applying the knowledge and care you deserve.  As your garden grows, we encourage you to take the time to observe and participate in what’s going on out there. It’s the best way to ensure success in the garden, AND unwind and enjoy yourself at the same time. Together, let’s make YOUR garden “dazzle the eye, and nurture the spirit.”