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Soft Landscaping(FLOWERING)

Our Soft Landscaping services include:
Here at ChrestonPhil LTD, we offer various services under soft landscaping. Some of these services are:

I. Lawn Care:

A. Mowing and Edging:

Lawns shall be mowed more frequently during the active growing season and as needed during other seasons. During extended rainy or dry periods mowing will take place as conditions dictate. Mowing height will be based on what is horticulturally correct for the turf variety taking into account the season. Clippings shall not be caught and removed from lawn area unless they are lying in swaths which may damage the lawn. Edges shall be trimmed to maintain a neat appearance.

B. Fertilization:

Lawns shall be fertilized as warranted with a commercial fertilizer. The number of applications will be dependent on the type of nitrogen used and the type of turf grass.

C. Disease control:

Disease control is maintained through proper fertilization, mowing and water management. In the event that disease problems occur Contractor will use treatments to stop or slow progression of disease. This program does not include the prevention of disease with weekly or monthly applications of disease control products although such protection is available at substantial additional cost. Disease caused by infestation of nematodes (microscopic round worms that feed on roots) is not included. Currently, there is no effective nematode control product registered for use on landscapes. Contractor will recommend additional treatments and procedures to minimize should nematodes become a problem. These treatments will be provided at additional cost. Nematode control is available for some sports turf locations and will be quoted separately if required.

D. Insect control:

Contractor will provide control of turf damaging insects using Federal and State registered insect control products as needed to prevent or mitigate turf damage. These treatments do not include the prevention of fire ant infestation which is available at added cost.

E. Weed control:

Contractor will use proper fertilization, mowing and watering practices to promote the growth of weed resistant turf. Additionally, applications of pre and post emergence weed controls will be applied at times if warranted to control weeds without damaging desirable turf. Recent changes in Federal regulations have resulted in our loss of ability to selectively control some weeds including crabgrass when they are present in St Augustine. The only control of these weeds is to treat infested turf with non-selective products such as Roundup. These treatments require the re-sodding which will be quoted at additional charge.

II. Ground Cover Area/ Shrub Areas:

A. Edging:

Edge ground cover as needed to keep within bounds and away from obstacles.

B. Pruning:

Shrubs shall be pruned only as necessary to maintain the natural form of the plant, to maintain growth within space limitations, and to eliminate damage or diseased wood. This excludes pruning necessitated by storm damage, disease, neglected overgrowth or winterkill.

C. Weed Control:

Keep beds reasonably free of broadleaf or grassy weeds, preferably with pre-emergent and/or selective post-emergent/contact herbicides. Pre-emerge: This type of control should be used only if a known weed problem warrants its use. Post-emerge: Control broadleaf weeds with selective herbicides. The chosen chemical will be recommended and legally approved for the specific weed problem.

D. Fertilization:

Apply fertilizer as warranted. The number of applications will be dependent on the type of nitrogen used and the type of plant material.

E. Fungicide:

Apply recommended, legally approved fungicides to control disease-causing damage to ornamentals if warranted.

F. Pesticide:

Apply recommended, legally approved pesticides to control insects causing damage to ornamentals if warranted.

G. Control of imported pests:
Certain locations in the United States have a record of accidental introduction of pests from other countries. These imported pests can be very damaging and difficult or impossible to control with available products. Where such pests become a problem Contractor will recommend the most cost effective alternatives for pest mitigation. Such recommendations may include plant replacement or intensified treatment schedules that may require additional cost to the customer.

III. Slope Care:

A. Edging:

Edge is needed to keep plant material within bounds and away from obstacles.

B. Weed Control:

Maintain slopes so they are reasonably free of weeds. Use recommended, legally approved herbicides to control weed growth in open areas whenever possible, and if necessary. Avoid soil cultivation to maintain pre-emergent herbicide effectiveness and root health. Pre-emerge: This type of control should be used only if a known weed problem warrants its use. Post-emerge: Control broadleaf weeds with selective herbicides.

C. Fertilization:

Apply fertilizer as warranted. The number of applications will be dependent on the type of nitrogen used and the type of plant material.

D. Fungicide:

Apply recommended, legally approved fungicides to control disease- causing damage to slope area when necessary.

E. Insecticide:

Apply recommended, legally approved pesticides to control insects causing damage to slope area when necessary.

IV. Tree Care:

A. Pruning:

Height limitation for tree pruning covered in the specification is 12 feet. On trees over 12 feet in height only low- hanging branches that present a hazard to pedestrian or vehicular traffic will be raised. Trees under12 feet are scheduled to be pruned except for safety- related pruning, which will be done only if necessary. Evergreen trees under 12 feet shall be thinned out and shaped only if necessary to minimize wind and storm damage.

B. Staking:

Stakes are to be inspected and adjusted or removed as necessary. When trees attain a trunk caliper of 4” or substantial root development stability, removal will be discussed with client.

V. Mulched Areas/ Granite Areas:

Mulched or decomposed granite areas will be inspected on our days of service. Weeds and grasses shall be controlled with recommended, legally approved herbicides only if necessary. In those areas with excessive mulch build up alternatives will be discussed with the client.

VI. Irrigation System:

Watering shall be scheduled with automatic controllers to supply quantities and frequencies consistent with seasonal requirements of the plant materials in the landscape. In some circumstances, water scheduling may be limited by local watering restrictions. Where practical, watering shall be done at night or early morning if the system is automatic, unless notified otherwise by the owner. Any damages to the irrigation system caused by the Contractor while carrying out maintenance operations shall be repaired without charge. Where practical, repairs shall be made within one watering period. Faulty equipment, vandalism or accidental damage caused by others shall be reported promptly to owner. Cost of labor and material to perform repair is an extra and shall be paid for by the owner upon authorization. Whenever possible, owner’s representative shall be instructed on how to turn off system in case of emergency. Our office is to be advised at once or by next business day. If the Contractor is required to make emergency repairs or adjustments other than regularly scheduled visits, a minimum charge will apply.

VII. Debris Cleanup:

All landscape areas shall be inspected on days of service and excess debris removed. Gardening debris, generated from our work, shall be removed from paved areas on days of service. This excludes leaf fall pickup from parking areas, sidewalks, pools, etc.

VIII. Bio- Hazards:

Contractor shall not be responsible for policing, picking up, removing or disposing of certain materials that may be bio -hazards on the Owner/Client's property. This includes, but is not limited to, items such as hypodermic needles (Sharps/needles) will not be handled by the Contractor’s employees at any time),condoms, feminine hygiene products, clothing or materials used in the process of cleaning up bodily fluids. Contractor shall only be obligated to report/communicate any observations of potential bio -hazards to the Owner/Client for their appropriate removal by others, unless previously arranged by the Owner/Client and Contractor.