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Pink Lady's Slipper, Cypripedium acaule

Maintenance

Fine Gardening

As in our designs, in our maintenance work we draw upon nature for inspiration. The pink lady’s slipper blooms in the wild, not because a gardener has fertilized it, but because it grows in an appropriate site. There, the soil and light conditions are right, and every year a new layer of leaf litter falls, providing mulch which later brakes down into nutrients that will support future growth.

As gardeners, we seek to imitate natural systems, which means that we refrain from applying synthetic chemicals to a landscape. Instead we use compost to fertilize, and remove weeds mechanically or suppress them with mulch. We prune lightly, shaping plants to suit our aesthetic sense, but not at the expense of their natural form.

Overall, the maintenance work performed by Grove Hill Gardens involves environmentally friendly practices, and minimizes the use of noisy equipment such as lawnmowers and leaf blowers.


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