Services offered at Eat My Shrubs have the main objective to make your property as beautiful as possible, while doing no harm to the environment or your family in the process. We use guidelines set out by the Canadian Society for Organic Urban Land Care (SOUL).
Harmful chemicals and loud machinery wreak havoc on our environment, and our state of mind, more than we really understand. When Eat My Shrubs looks after your property we use methods and compounds that increase the biodiversity and encourage the natural processes of the soils and plants under our care. Among other practices, we use essential oils, and natural compounds, to combat unwanted pests and diseases, and encourage the collection and use of rainwater for irrigation.
We understand that everything is in the garden or lawn for a reason. It’s not just that the dandelions are there, but why? What can we do to discourage them from growing there in the future. Pulling unwanted plants over and over is not the answer in the long term. If the soil is right for the dandelion, but not for the grass seed, then the dandelion will win every time. Something more needs to be done. That’s where we come in. We are low-impact, earth friendly and organic and we do not use the harsh chemicals that (modern day) traditional property maintenance companies use.
If you are interested in any of the services outlined below, or would like a free onsite estimate, please contact me.
In the Spring we do a clean up of the property, (usually around the end of May weather depending). This includes a compost tea application. All Summer we mow the grass, dead head flowers, remove unwanted plants, do any light pruning and shaping of shrubs and hedges, and control the insects and microorganisms in the garden beds. If anything unexpected comes up (pest infestation, wind storm debris, etc,.) additional work can be completed, and will be discussed prior to any additional costs being charged. In the Fall we prep the garden for winter do any final pruning and THEN, in the Winter, we keep your sidewalk, walking paths, parking pad and stairs, clear of snow and ice. Click here for more information and pricing for the worry-free year long maintenance packages.
Spring clean up of lawn and garden beds $175 – $325
Pick up any non-organic debris for proper disposal, edge garden bed and remove unwanted plants, mow lawn and mulch organic debris, prune any damaged shrubs, assess overall health of garden.
Compost Tea Application $75
20L of fresh compost tea brewed specifically for your property and applied to lawn and garden. Additional tea available for larger areas. 20L usually covers the average urban property sufficiently. Recommended in early spring and early summer, but helpful most times of the year.
Disease and pest treatments $50
Pest spray specifically mixed for the pests in your garden that become to plentiful. Earth, pet and kid friendly. Heck, most of them have benefits for you. Mixing and 1 application included.
Topdressing of compost** $675
1/4″ layer of quality compost raked in and watered to help bring microorganisms back to the soil.
Topdressing of loam (top soil)** $350
1/4″ layer of quality loam (top soil) raked in to raise any low spots and even out rough areas.
Topdressing of mix** $425
1/4″ layer of quality compost and loam mixed 1:1 raked in and watered to give your lawn a boost.
Snow Clearing (per visit) * $35 – $125
Other services offered:
Food-scapes and Vegetable Garden Construction
Garden repairs and renovations (small projects)
Presentations and Classes
And other services offered just ask!…..
*Pricing based on average urban property at a rate of $55.00 per hour for and average of 1.5 hours per visit. The actual time of each visit may vary if requested through out the year as growth cycles of the plants change.
**Compost and Topsoil may come from different suppliers through out the summer and from year to year as required. Not every load of compost is the same. If it is too “rich” or “hot” for the application then I will search out a more suitable supply. The same is true if the topsoil or loam is too sandy, it will do more harm then good in the long term.
Prices subject to change without notice. Please contact us for more details.