It is imperative that once your garden has been designed and constructed, that it is maintained in a professional way. Therefore every design that is produced comes with a maintenance management plan to assist in the ongoing upkeep of the garden, whether by the client or a third party.
Maintaining a garden properly is a skilled job requiring a working knowledge of the plants and processes required to keep a garden in good condition for future seasons. In most cases, the maintenance is split between the client and a skilled gardener, with the latter providing assistance with formative pruning, topiary, hedges and tree work.
It is a common misconception that 'anyone with a mower and a spade' is a gardener. Such persons, often offering their services for low levels of renumeration can pose a threat to the integrity of the design and longevity of the planting as incorrect husbandry will lead to disappointment.
We therefore we recommend that if you are looking to have your space maintained post completion, it is important that the person responsible for carrying out the work has a passion for gardening, appropriate experience, knowledge and training. I would always recommend that gardeners taken on in the role of maintenance have a recognised qualification from a horticultural college or through the Royal Horticultural Society.
David Loy MSGD B.Sc. (Hons) Horticulture RHS Cert Horticulture SGD (Society of Garden Designers) - Registered Member