Charlotte Kidd, M. Ed.
In The Garden Design,
Care & Workshops
NGA Mid-Atlantic Regional Editor
“A thing is right when it tends to
preserve the integrity, stability,
and beauty of the biotic
It is wrong when it tends
Jenny Rose Carey’s Garden Field Trip
Jenny has raised beds because Keeps plant crown above grade and the
freeze/thaw that kills plants. Drainage.
Sunset garden by Elizabeth Green consists of
River gravel, mulch, native soil with
a bit of extra soil to make mounds
Hottest Tip: “Be More Brutal
Than You Can Imagine. When
planting, remove all peat and
nursery soil then rough up the
Moss Garden Care?
Spray sulphur couple times year.
Why does she keep old tree stumps
and edge with wood pieces?
85 bird species involved in
process of decaying tree; enjoys
natural process of fungi
Liz Ball’s Wildlife/Native Plant
What is reconciliation ecology?
““A tree’s leaves may be ever so good,A tree’s leaves may be ever so good,
so may its bark, so may its wood;so may its bark, so may its wood;
But unless you put the right thing to its root,But unless you put the right thing to its root,
It never will show much flower or fruitIt never will show much flower or fruit.”.”
Robert FrostRobert Frost
Veteran Tree Care
Jason Lubar, Director of Urban Forestry
•Regenerative Pruning “We’re a Tree Museum.”
•Turn back the clock by pruning, propping, cultural practices
Cambium Column- Phoenix Tree (Cherry)
Three Stages of Tree’s Life (Energy Budget)
Young (1-15 yrs - growth); Sexually Mature (20 yrs – growth, reproduction
(produces fruit), defense; Mature (300-400 yrs)
Overmature – tree gets smaller, consolidates resources and energy
Scarlet x Red Oak - Heading Cuts to Trigger Interior Canopy Growth
• Layering itself to produce progeny
• Ring of new trees around it
• Same genetic material in progeny as in veteran tree
Monthly Maintenance Plan – MSWord & Excel
Job Description – 5 or more details
Employee-Wanted Ad for the above
Here is the U Mass Soil Test website. It requires downloading a pdf
document and following the directions. They are quick and reliable. I
use ziplock bags, labelled, and padded shipping envelopes. Soil samples
must be dry when sent.
Kay Johns at email@example.com
Ky Bruce Mettler at firstname.lastname@example.org
11/15, 11/17 LM Class Content
• Charlotte Kidd
• Monday, 11/15
• *Perennials Presentations - Denise, Chris
• *READ Bloomfield Farm LM Plan. Which aspects relate to their LM Plans?
• *Students identify their LMP gardens. For Wed., have garden or landscape perimeter and area measurements –
plotted on graph paper.
• *Go over LMP requirements. Start #1 and make list together.
• *Wed. 11/17 Test Information as in Announcements
Tracy DeSabato-Aust,'The Well-Tended Perennial Garden, Planting & Pruning Techniques' Timber Press. ISBN
0-88192-414-8 Chapt. 6. Division
Chapt. 12. Pruning to Prepare for Winter and Pruning to Prepare for Spring
• Doug Talmay, Bringing Nature Home. How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens, Timber Press. ISNB-
13: 978-0-88192-854-9. Chapts. 1, 2, 11, 14
• Lee Reich’s The Pruning Book, Taunton Press, ISBN 1-56158-316-2.
pp. 1-25 online at http://books.google.com/books?
• Dr. Bonnie Appleton’s Pruning – 9 PDFs. http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/author/a/appleton-bonniel-res.html
• Soil Test Prep to mail
Read instructions. Discuss elements and qualities to be measured.
• Do soil pH tests.
• Intro to Quickbooks
• Pass out Professional Landscape Management chapters, David Hensley.
Landscape Management Plan
Second Half of Landscape Management Course 11/03- 12/15
GREEN INDICATES Students to prepare this material for her/his Landscape
Management Plan. LMP will replace final exam. Points ___
1. Student will list equipment needed to start a landscape construction or
landscape maintenance business.
2. Student will select an existing garden or landscape and develop a
maintenance or installation and maintenance plan for that site. Landscape
must have perennials, shrubs, trees.
In that plan, provide the following information as needed for your
maintenance of that site.
Take photo of area. Measure garden and surrounding woodies area.
Draw an outline (shape, perimeter and determine square footage)
of the garden with correct measurements on drawing. Drawing
need not be to scale. Only anchor plants need be included and
identified on drawing. Note paths, walls, other hardscape, fountains….
Measurements must be accurate so you know corresponding amount
of supplies and materials to purchase.
List direct and indirect costs.
Develop and present a schedule of materials, labor, and equipment
for your landscape. Also an equipment maintenance/replacement
List material/equipment costs.
1. Photos, site evaluation, design, soil test/preparation, irrigation,
2. Hardscape if part of the project
3. Planting and maintenance
List of crew defined by the work skills needed. For example, one
arborist to evaluate and prune trees annually. Three laborers to dig,
mulch. Two staff to weed, deadhead, cutback.
1. Project labor costs. # workers, hourly rate paid, hourly rate billed
Develop Monthly Seasonal Maintenance Plan. Plant care, pruning,
fertilizing, mulching, planting….Clear, concise tasks with equipment.
materials, and type of skilled or unskilled help.
To know what maintenance to do when, you'll have to know the
plants. Identify about 25% of the shrubs, trees, perennials and refer to
them in the monthly maintenance plan.
List wholesale and retail materials costs.
Client contract? Terms. How will you bill client? Deposit? Periodic?
One bill? Payment terms- on receipt, 2 weeks, 30 days? Snailmail?
3. Student will have a business card with name, title, phone number,
email address. Location is optional; it can help connect you with a
client though. To "brand" your business, it’s important to use that
same logo/style on all billing, payments, checks, correspondence.·
TO DO AS CLASS BUT NOT INCLUDE IN PLAN. Locate or
develop an employee policy and safety handbook we can discuss
and review in class.
Monthly Maintenance Plan
Month PerennialsAnnuals Shrubs Trees Bulbs Grasses Turf Soil Other Other
Bloomfield Farm Landscape
Review as per…
Which tasks could relate to students’ projects