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The horticultural approach to landscape maintenance
We operate a horticultural approach to the landscape maintenance
at our sheltered schemes. This means the work undertaken at any
one visit is dependent upon the level and nature work required at
the time of the visit, rather than what is set out in a pre-determined,
fixed schedule of works. The work undertaken can vary at each visit
and year-on–year, dependent upon the weather, or other growing
This does make it difficult to prescribe exactly what work will be
undertaken and when, but does allow for a degree of flexibility. For
example, mild weather conditions may mean we continue grass
cutting well into the winter months and delay the severe pruning
some plants require at that time of year. A fixed schedule would not
account for this and the last cut would probably be in October, with
plants pruned whilst growth is still occurring.
This schedule sets out, as far as is reasonably practical, the time of
year at which certain horticultural tasks will be undertaken,
providing guidance on what work you can expect. However, this
may vary as explained above.
We are committed to providing a landscape maintenance service of
the highest quality and consider our approach to be the most
If you wish to make a complaint, comment or compliment about the
landscape maintained service, then please contact our Service
Improvement Officer on 01904 735007, firstname.lastname@example.org,
JRHT, The Garth, White Rose Avenue, New Earswick, York YO32
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Pre season work
Before the start of the grass cutting season, usually April, we will
undertake the following work. Staff will normally make 3 to 4 visits
per month, plus time for salting.
Salting and snow clearing as required, including topping up
Pruning/reducing certain shrubs, to keep pathways clear and
maintain visibility in car parks.
Remove dead leaves and debris from shrubs, rose beds,
drying areas, car parks and grassed areas. Lightly fork over
shrub beds where possible.
Check condition of trees, replace stakes and ties as required.
Carry out any tree pruning as agreed.
Replanting of shrubs. Division of herbaceous plants if
Pruning of roses including shrub roses.
Application of a pre emergent herbicide on shrub beds, rose
beds and drying areas.
Reforming grass edges to footpaths and shrub beds.
One application of a general fertiliser to shrub beds and a rose
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Grass cutting season
The grass will be cut once in late March and once in April, depending on
weather conditions. It will then be cut fortnightly until the end of
September, with a final cu usually in October dependant upon
growing conditions. Staff will also undertake the following work.
At every visit
Keep rose, shrub beds, drying areas, wall bases and footpaths
weed free by hoeing or spraying.
Check grass edges to shrub and rose beds and trim the edges
Cut, spray or trim off grassed areas missed by machinery (eg
around signs or lampposts).
Check roses and deadhead as required.
May/June and Aug/Sept periods
Apply two applications of herbicide to grassed areas.
May and July/Aug
Spray roses on two occasions to help prevent/control pest and
Remove dead/dying bulb foliage from shrub beds.
Once per month
Sweep or blow car parks clean.
May, June and July
Apply 3 applications of rose fertiliser when weather conditions
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Pruning of early flowering shrubs to keep shrubs off pathways.
Boundary hedge (thorn) cut to the existing height and width.
End of season work
This work will be carried out from October onwards. All areas will be
sprayed with weed killer when weather permits.
Replanting of shrubs as agreed with residents.
Old foliage of perennial plants removed
Nov or Dec
Site will be visited once to remove leaves from grassed areas,
car parks and drying areas.
Nov/Dec as required
Filling salt bins.
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Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust
White Rose Avenue
Tel: 01904 735000
We welcome calls through typetalk
Fax: 01904 735001
Updated May 2009
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