B.H Labrie Maintenance Services

Spring Clean Up


Spring is the season of growth, renewal, and repair. Winter’s cold,  snow, and ice disappear, leaving chaos behind. A spring clean up will  help your turf and landscape recover from winter and look beautiful  again.

This service includes:

  • Removing fallen branches, twigs, and winter debris from all established lawn and landscaped areas
  • Power raking lawn areas to eliminate residual winter problems and over seed as required
  • Edge all established beds
  • Inspect shrubs for damage from snow and/or plowing and prune as needed
  • Sweep and remove gravel and sand from edge of lawn, driveways, and walkways


Mulching 

Neatly mulched beds improve the appearance of any landscape. But beyond  its appearance, a layer of mulch provides many other  benefits. Mulch protects the plants’ root systems, slows the erosion of  topsoil, and helps to prevent weeds and retain moisture. At the same  time a granular pre-emergent weed control in all the beds to aid in  reduction of cool season weeds growth.


Bark Blowing

We use various bark blowing machines. The advantages of having mulch  blown is that there is a lot less clean-up and we are on your property  for at least half the amount of time as hand spreading. It is more  efficient, allows mulch to be spread more evenly,  and has a more consistent finished look. The machine gives us the  capability to spread up to 100+ yards of mulch per day.


Tree and Shrub Fertilization

Deep-root feed all the ornamental trees shrubs and perennials  with a slow release organic fertilizer, which is spread around the root  drip zone and allowed to release slowly into the soil to encourage root  and shoot growth. The fertilizer also consists  of super phosphate which is the element needed to create strong flower  buds and aid in the prolific flowering of trees, shrubs and perennials.  This is also done at the time of spring cleanup to allow longer lasting  results and time for absorption into the  soil and therefore the plants.


Dethatching
Dethatching is essential to maintain a lush, healthy lawn.  Thatch is the layer of built-up plant material between the green top  growth and the roots of grass plants. A thin layer of thatch, ½”,is  normal, even healthy. A layer of ½” or more, prevents  air, light, and water from reaching the turf’s root zone. We use  professional power rakes to comb out the right amount of dead materials  which is then raked up and removed. This is not a ‘pretty’ process but  is necessary for improved fertilizer absorption,  a better root system, and a green, healthy lawn.


Lawn Mowing Service
Mowing on an as needed basis to maintain a 2 ½” – 3” height, not to  exceed 7 days between mowing to maintain a neat, clean appearance,  weather permitting. Weed whacking around all buildings, planting beds,  utilities, trees, etc. Blowing off all walkways, drives  and patios to remove clippings, leaves, and debris.


Lawn Fertilization
Lawns need regular fertilization to keep the grass growing and weeds  out. When done properly, it has a major positive impact on lawn  appearance. We use a five step semi-organic fertilizer application and a  one time lime application. This promotes root growth,  aids in the recovery from foot and equipment traffic and pest damage,  reduces and controls weeds, and replaces nutrients lost to leaching.

Garden Services
This is a customized garden program to care for the lawn and landscaped areas of your property.

It includes:

  • Keeping beds edged and weeded
  • Perennial and annual care
  • Prune dead branches or unruly growth on shrubs in landscaped areas
  • Inspection of landscaped areas for insects and disease and advise clients
  • Monitor the irrigation system to make sure coverage and quantities are adequate
  • Raking and maintaining beaches
  • Meets your ongoing landscaping needs and offers services that other landscapers just can’t match

This service generally runs from May – October.


Ornamental Tree and Shrub Pruning
A more intensive pruning than the one that falls under the garden services described above.

Correct pruning is an essential maintenance practice for trees and  shrubs in the home landscape. Light, periodic pruning is a better  long-term approach to maintain plant size and form. Proper pruning can  restore a youthful, natural growth habit in certain overgrown shrubs.

Pruning is required to:
1. Maintain or reduce plant size.
2. Remove undesirable growth.
3. Remove dead, diseased, or broken branches.
4. Stimulate flowering and fruiting.
5. Rejuvenate and restore old plants to vigorous growth.
6. Prevent damage to life and property.
7. Shape plants in an artificial form.


Core Aeration
To maintain a healthy lawn through periods of stress, the soil needs  water, air and nutrients. Lawn aeration is the process of mechanically  removing soil plugs and small portions of thatch from the lawn. Lawn  aeration relieves soil compaction and improves the  ability of roots to grow deeper into the soil and expand. The  mechanical removal of soil plugs is generally recognized as the best way  to improve air and gas exchange, along with water and fertilizer  intake. Lawns that receive this care will be healthier,  more vigorous, easier to maintain and have fewer pest problems than  lawns that are neglected. Fall aeration is preferable as new root  development is more prevalent at this time of year and continues through  most of the winter.


Irrigation Service and repair 


Fall Cleanup
A typical fall clean up consists of the following:

  • Removal of bulk leaves and debris from lawn and other maintained areas around the property
  • Leaves and debris are either relocated to another part of the property or hauled away for disposal
  • A final mowing is performed to bring the grass to a proper “winter” heightcompany – recent changes to operations, the latest company softball game – or the industry you’re in. General business trends (think national and even international) are great article fodder, too.

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