Our green nest team offers service visits on an as-needed basis or for seasonal landscape maintenance

Maintenance service

Maintenance service


Our green nest team offers service visits on an as-needed basis or for seasonal landscape maintenance. We offer installation of winter protection, pruning, cutting back perennials, weeding, plant replacement and removing dead shrubs and ground covers, fertilizing, deadheading, and inspecting plants for insect or disease damage.

Winter protection
Container plants are more exposed to harsh weather conditions than in-ground plants, and many require protection from cold, drying winds and temperature extremes. We install winter protection in November and remove it in the beginning of April. Fall and spring are also ideal periods for the addition if fertilizer, which is essential for container plants that don't benefit from organic material turnover as a constant source of food from the ground.
Pruning and cutting back
The green nest takes care of cutting back perennials in the fall. We prune out dead, dying, damaged or diseased wood. Formative pruning helps develop a strong framework for the future while respecting the cultivar's natural shape. When important portions of trees are damaged, corrective pruning restores the balance of a tree's form. Pruning is also used to restrict plant growth, which is occasionally necessary for trees in container gardens. Ideally, specimens are selected with a mature size that is compatible to the space in which they will live. All the plant material that we remove is composted.
Weeding
Weeds find their way almost everywhere. Carried by wind and birds, their seeds invade all gardens, even on third storey and rooftop gardens. We will gladly take care of weeding your container garden, and we take all plant material to be composted.
Replacing plants
Death is a part of life, particularly so in container gardens. It is not unusual to find that some of our plant specimens have not survived the winter. Even winter hardy plants can succumb to the large temperature oscillations of Montreal bitterness. We remove and replace these plants, and can offer recommendations if plant choices risk being problematic from year to year.
Annuals
Perennial gardens can always benefit from the addition of annual plants. Annuals add color throughout the growing season, and can change the look of a garden from one year to the next. Thanks to annuals, we can express our artistic sensitivities on a temporary basis, without breaking the bank. The green nest is pleased to help our clients choose and plant their selection of annuals.
Timing
Spring starts with the removal of winter protection and inspection of plants. Dead, dying, diseased or damaged wood is removed. Certain species should be pruned formatively before the growing season. Overcrowded perennials can be divided. Fertilizer is added and soil is amended. Annuals can be planted from the end of May to September. Weeding and deadheading are needed on a continuous basis from spring to fall. Fall brings more pruning, cutting down perennials and grasses, and fertilizing. Winter protection is added as late as possible to prevent plants from overheating during a late warm spell.