When maintenance becomes butchery

Hacked-up Liquidambar styraciflua

For those who aren’t familiar with the territory of landscape in Southern California, we will let you know this: Almost every landscape is tended to by hired gardeners. Some know a thing or two about plants; many do not. What for newcomers comes initially as a godsend – the opportunity to have a green landscape year-round – quickly becomes a burden. And so enters the hired gardener. That the gardeners are generally underpaid and without any sort of horitcultural background translates into a very limited plant palatte that can look good and survive under their care. And when it comes to trees, the cardinal rule of never lopping off the leader trunk (as this is essentially the spine along which the tree grows) is broken every day, by the hour.

PRAIRIEFORM is not in the business of forcing people to take an interest in tending to their own landscapes; it is, however, in the business of working with skilled gardeners who can ensure that your landscape is cared for properly. An exquisite landscape design means nothing if the subsequent maintenance on it is shoddy at best, especially because one of the most rewarding, soul-satisfying aspects of a landscape is watching it evolve across the seasons and through the years.

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