In the maintenance division, Midwest Arbor strives to
bring life and vibrancy to your outdoor spaces. Midwest Arbor maintains both jobs that we have completed the construction
on as well as jobs with existing landscapes in need of maintenance. With an attention to both detail and efficiency, Midwest
Arbor’s maintenance is focused on providing our customers with a fiscally responsible way to a beautiful yard.
For each customer, an individualized plan is created to accommodate for the specific needs of your home. In every maintenance plan,
recommendations are given as options to enhance the beauty of a landscape. From these recommendations, the homeowner is given the
option to choose what best fits their needs.
Weekly maintenance is performed during the growing season and is designed to provide the correct services based on the season and proper horticultural standards.
Included in weekly maintenance is the fall clean up that spans the last four weeks of the weekly maintenance visits.
The fall clean up is designed to properly prepare a home for the coming winter months.
Weed, cultivate and edge beds and tree rings as needed to maintain a neat and weed free appearance.
Hand prune deciduous and evergreen shrubs, ornamental trees and groundcovers at the appropriate time throughout the season to
encourage flowering, plant vigor and the effect intended by the homeowner and landscape architect. Formal hedges shall be sheared
when appropriate to meet established horticultural standards.
Perennial / Rose Care
Applicable perennials and roses shall be pruned and dead headed to remove spent flowers and encourage bloom.
Vines shall be pruned as necessary to keep clear of window frames, vents, eaves, wood siding and light fixtures.
Turf shall be cut at a height of 2 – 3” as conditions dictate. Mowing equipment and patterns shall be utilized to permit recycling
of clippings where possible. Excess clippings and debris shall be removed when necessary. Blades on all equipment shall be kept sharp to prevent tearing of
the grass blades. Turf adjacent to hard surfaces shall be power edged as needed.
Hard surfaces shall be swept or blown off at the completion of each visit. All associated landscape debris shall be removed and delivered
to a licensed composting center.
Spring Clean Up and Mulch
The spring clean up and mulch installation are typically performed during the month of April and help prepare your landscape for
the upcoming season.
Remove weeds and landscape debris that has accumulated since last season. Remove protective tree wrap.
Cultivate bare & mulched beds. Vertically, hand spade edge bedlines and tree rings to define edges and provide a neat appearance.
Apply a pre-emergent herbicide to all applicable beds to control weeds. Apply a granular, organic base fertilizer to all applicable
planting beds to promote plant health.
Perennial / Rose Care
Prune applicable perennial or ornamental grass foliage remaining from the previous year. Prune roses as needed to
remove dead, diseased, or damaged tissue.
Remove accumulated landscape debris from turf.
Mulch is to be installed in all planting beds during the spring clean up to assist in moisture retention, weed control,
Debris shall be removed from accessible window wells. Hard surfaces shall be swept or blown off. All associated
landscape debris shall be removed and delivered to a licensed composting center.
Midwest Arbor provides a variety of supplemental work to ensure any landscape environment can be and remain at its best.
Spring dethatching is the one-time mechanical or biological removal of excessive thatch, or
grass clippings, in your yard. The removal of excess
thatch is important so that proper air and water absorption may occur in turf
panels. This process helps your yard establish a healthier root system and grow
with greater fullness. The process occurs typically once every two or three years but
is recommended on a per home basis.
Fall core aeration is the process of relieving compaction in soil by mechanically
removing plugs in the turf. The relieving of compaction helps promote better water absorption, airflow, and fertilizer intake in the turf.
Fall Top Seeding
After the fall aeration, top seeding a lawn is beneficial to the development of the turf.
As the aeration allows for better water absorption and airflow, top seeding will germinate through the
fall to promote richer and more full growth in the turf come the following spring.
Protective Deer Netting
In order to protect plant material over the winter months from deer, a protective fencing is installed surrounding plants
such as yews and arborvitae on your property. This plastic fencing can come in either black or green so as to create as minimal of impact as possible
on a landscape.
In evergreen plants, the weak root system after a transplant
makes them prone to drying out and losing their leaves over the harsh winter
months. In order to avoid this problem, unnoticeable oil is applied to the leaves of
evergreen plant material in the fall when the plants have gone dormant. This oil
allows the plants to avoid desiccation through the winter. Wilt proofing is often
sprayed on the evergreen plants the first two or three years until the root system
establishes and no longer needs to be applied after that.
In order to protect roses from harsh winters, it is important to
take precautionary steps in the fall months. After the plant goes dormant, roses are
reduced to a height of approximately 30” in order to protect the rose from winter
wind while also removing any dead wood. After the reduction, any excess leaves on
the plant or surrounding the plant are removed so as to protect against black spots
or mildew from spreading. After the plants are reduced and protected, a layer of
bark mulch is installed to protect the roses from freezing temperatures.
Deer Repellant Applications
Deer repellent applications are typically a bi-weekly foliar
application spray that is meant to deter deer from feeding on plant material. Deer
repellent applications occur throughout the entire growing season and can be
increased to weekly applications when necessary.
Turf Fertilization Program
The turf fertilization contract is a six-visit program spanning the
months of March to November. The program includes an early spring, late spring,
early summer, late summer, early fall, and late fall application. All applications are
meant to promote turf growth as well as prevent fungus, insects, and diseases in
Preventative Grub Treatments
Preventative grub treatments are a late spring granular turf
application. Without the treatment, grubs can mature into the summer through
eating the roots of the grass. As the grubs mature, patches of dead grass may
develop in turf panels. These patches typically spread to destroy large sections of a lawn.
Tree and Shrub Treatments
Tree and shrub treatments are a five-visit program that spans
the months of March to October. Each treatment is a foliar application spray that is
meant to control mites, scale, and other leaf chewing or sucking insects from
damaging the health of plant material.
Root feeding is a semi annual application that injects nutrients
directly into a plant’s root zone in a controlled release form. The root feeding
injection promotes proper growth of plant material while also protecting the plants
The fungicide treatment is a three-visit program performed
throughout the growing season. Each treatment is a foliar spray meant to prevent
fungus growth on plant material such as crabapples, spruce, and hawthorns.
During the spring clean up, fountain tarps will be removed in
order to prep the fountain for the summer season. Any debris inside of the fountain
will be cleaned out, pumps will be checked to see if they are in working order, the
fountain will be filled with water, a chlorine tablet will be added to prevent algae
build up, and the fountain will be turned on.
At the conclusion of the season, fountains will be drained of all
water to prevent freezing and cracking in the fountain over the winter months. The
pump will be stored in a safe place and the fountain will be covered with a tarp.
Midwest Arbor offers unique, year around services to ensure your home is always looking its best no matter the season.
Seasonal planter pricing is based on the number of planters at the home,
the design chosen, and the size of each planter. The cost associated includes the installation and
materials for each planter. At the end of the planter’s season, the plant material will be removed
and prepped for the next season of planters.
Annual Flower Decorations
Seasonal annuals are based on the homeowner’s selection from those provided.
Seasonal annual installation includes the bed preparation, installation, and removal of plant material
at the end of the growing period.
Winter holiday decorations bring interest to your home after plant material goes dormant.
Holiday lighting is executed in the early part of December and the cost is determined based on a lighting design
completed for your home. The price for lighting includes design, material, and installation of holiday lighting at
Garden preparation is the process of removing the existing soil in the garden beds and amending
the soil with a new blend of soils, composts, fertilizer, and planting mixes for optimum growing environments. All of the
new soil will then be cultivated and covered with a peat moss to aid in moisture retention and to finish the garden with a
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