Estate Garden Maintenance
The Wood Thrush Lane Residence is located in the heart of Potomac MD, situated on an expansive three-quarter acre lot. The maintenance team began taking care of the property in spring of 2016, soon after the completion of our multi-phased design build project. The project consists of elaborate masonry features and extensive landscape plantings. The complexity of this extravagant French influenced scroll garden and planting design demands the maintenance team to be on site at least two times per week. During peak season we may have up to three crews on site in any given time accomplishing a wide range of tasks to keep the property looking its finest.
The property features a landscape with over 9,000 sq. ft. of French influenced gardens, 500 linear ft. of ‘Justin Brouwer’ Boxwood hedges, multiple carpet rose and geranium filled parterre gardens, topiary boxwoods, specimen trees, and annual color rotations placed throughout the front beds (white Vinca) and entry planters (Verbena, Bacopa, and Trailing Petunias), requiring the maintenance team to have a very diligent and detail oriented approach to tending such an intricate garden. The team is responsible for completing the following services on a seasonal basis; Spring Cleanup (using over 55 yds. of mulch), Mowing, weed control & turf management, pruning, perennial care and cutbacks, Tree & Shrub applications, leaf removal, and winter clean up. In addition the team also manages both irrigation and lighting systems.
Special or Unique Problems:
Managing a property of this high caliber and level of formality, one can expect to run into a fair share of challenges. When managing a landscape dominated by formal Boxwood hedges and strong formality, there are always two problems that must be handled with the utmost attention. The first is the management of Boxwood health which lends a challenge of keeping the garden looking as uniform as possible. The second problem is finding the correct irrigation/watering schedule that will accommodate both Boxwood varieties and other plantings in the landscape. Finding the correct and balanced water regiment for the landscape has proven to be difficult at The Wood Thrush Lane Property. At times the Boxwoods will show signs of stress due to both over watering as well as irrigation spray head locations. This will then result in decay of certain boxwoods, ultimately making the up keep of the formal nature an ongoing challenge.