Good Morning Gardening Friends,
Gardening season is getting closer. We are excited to be already accepting consultation appointments. We had 6 just this week and of course we did garden on the two 70+ degree days that really surprised all of us. Please remember to use caution in planting just yet. It is a bit too early unless you want to plant cold weather lovers like Pansies, Hellebore, Primroses or hardy herbs. These flowers will give you some curb appeal, bring a smile to your face, and they just happen to love the chill that is still with us.
We would like to take a few moments to express our gratitude for you following our blog and for your generous support of our small gardening efforts in Parkfairfax. It is clear this early in our season, that we will be busier this year. Even today, we have a consultation scheduled for 2:30pm.
One of our recent requests was for “cleanup.” It’s frankly the nicest thing you can do for your garden and very often requested. If you plan to do any plantings this year, now is the best time for clean up. It can be very frustrating for you, if you wait until flowers and plants are available at the nursery. The very best time to accomplish cleanup is late in the fall. Then when spring arrives you are very close to ready. We cannot stress this enough. It’s so important in terms of your gardening budget as well. Cleanup can add additional cost to your spring gardening effort.
The Garden Contessa provides excellent cleanup services. But in most cases we prefer to ask you to allow us to provide this service with the following in mind. We are able and willing to provide professional services. Having said that, we will not, going forward, provide less than a professional job. It’s about our personal ethics to provide nothing less than a complete and professional job for each and every client. If you want to save funds and do some of the work yourselves, we ask that you consult with us and make sure you provide this information during our initial free consultation. In some cases jobs are small in scope and we may offer to team with you and complete your work together. We take great pride in giving and offering complete cleanup. Anything less than that would mean we are not doing our best job for you. It’s about professional gardening standards. Many of you live within several hundred feet of parking access. During cleanup several bags of your gardens refuse are collected. We are happy to do the haul away for you. Our fee for this service is $10 per bag – taking into consideration distance, weight and travel to the refuse deposit area at PFF. If you wish to save some fees, you can take all your refuse to the “leaf mulch” area at the maintenance yard yourselves. Thus….a cost savings for you. But please make your preference known during our initial consultation.
Note: FYI – txt by phone is best in terms of communication with us, as you will find that most often, from now through late fall, we will be “out and about” in our community.
Finally, additions of new bushes, removal of existing overly large or diseased bushes will require Parkfairfax approvals. Please use the community “Buildium” module to advance these kinds of requests to PFF management. This Buildium tool was designed for you and its best to start there. We cannot make these decision on your behalf. So do your homework and allow us to complete the beautification of your property. This is our pleasure, and our joy.
Here’s to a wonderful gardening season!!
THE GARDEN CONTESSA