Plant Health Care is the regular monitoring of a landscape through scheduled site and plant inspections. This enables TLC to identify problems early and solve them when they are small and prevent loss of plants and aesthetics.
The initial site analysis includes identifying, inventorying and locating all landscape plants and hardscaping, gathering all available history of the site, inspecting the sprinkler system, testing soil for pH, nutrient and mineral deficiencies and excesses. At the initial site analysis, locating and inventorying plants will be done using pictures and drawings. Using this information, current needs will be identified and proposed and future needs and goals will be discussed with the client and will be listed.
This initial site analysis will be done on an hourly rate. Frequency and duration of subsequent visits will depend in the size of the property and complexity of the landscape. Landscape size will be categorized and small, medium and large. Small will be ¼ acre and smaller lots, medium lots would up to 1 acre and large would be more than one acre. Complexity is categorized as average and complex.
Generally, an initial site analysis will take 2-3 hours. This site and plant analysis and diagnosis includes taking samples back to TLC office. If further lab work such as growing cultures in the lab, petiole analysis and soil testing to verify micronutrient levels are required, the lab cost for those tests will be passed along to the client.
Some insect and disease management measures that may be accomplished with small tools and machinery may be conducted on the site visits. When this can be done, there will be a nominal up charge added, but this will save the cost of additional visits. These charges will generally half or less or the cost of a scheduled site visit later.