Maintaining Planting- Is a Maintenance Plan really necessary?

By Patricia Tyrrell MGLDA

For designer and client there is a long journey from initial meeting on site, through design development, final plans and on to the final realisation of the design. The planting plan alone is a time consuming process; getting the appropriate style for the site, the right colour and textural combinations and ensuring the longest possible season of interest. Even for the very experienced it is a long process. On top of this, is the sourcing of good quality plants and, when they arrive on site, ensuring proper care and planting. So when the day finally arrives when all the work is completed and handed over to the client to look after – what then? Is the designers work now finished or is there something more? Many sites will be looked after by a gardener or maintenance crew, some qualified and knowledgeable, some not so much.

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