The Design Fee covers the cost of the
time, effort, and ideas involved with
producing a plan in which a bid or estimate
for installation can be produced.
For shrub beds the procedure is to remove
existing vegetation (grass, old shrubs,
etc). For removal of grass, a herbicide
or sod cutter is used depending on time
of year. Once this is accomplished a bed
line is defined with a shovel and four
to six inches of organic matter is incorporated
by tilling material into existing ground.
Beds are then graded in order to allow
proper drainage. Plant material is then
installed at proper depth so as to not
impair growth by being to low or high
based on grade of bed. Once plant material
is installed a pre-emergant is applied
to reduce weed growth and then a slow
release fertilizer is applied. Finally
an adequate amount of mulch (pine straw
or shredded hardwood, etc.) is applied.