With summer now upon us many people will be planning for their vacation, enjoying either short day trips or perhaps an extended holiday away from home. Among the many preparations involved if you plan on going on a long trip should be the continued care of your indoor and outdoor plants. As with house pets your plants and flowers require ongoing nurturing during your absence and should be tended to by a qualified, trusted and caring individual.
At HOUSEGUARD we provide professional service specifically geared toward taking special care of your plants.
Since most people have their own routine for tending to their plants, including watering and fertilizing, our service is customized to your individual needs so that all of your plant care requirements are met while you are away.
Caring for indoor plants is generally not a problem since their environment is stable and not susceptible to sudden and extreme shifts in weather and temperature. Primarily care should be exercised in watering and ensuring the water given is of the right amount to maintain the proper soil moisture – not too much or too little, either of which can harm the plant. In short, moist but not wet. Also, while plants should have adequate light, they should not be kept in direct sunlight. The house temperature should stay at a comfortable level, between 68-75° during the day and 64 – 68° at night.
It is important to note that if an air conditioning unit is left on continuously plants will tend to dry out.
Flower beds do not require extensive care provided there is not a hot spell or long dry period. However flower beds situated under overhangs such as eavestroughs or even garden awnings do not get sufficient moisture when it rains and we recommend that these areas should be watered every second day. Garden pots and planters that are located in the sun or which are vulnerable to hot dry spells should always be watered daily. Ideally, outdoor container plants should be positioned away from direct sunlight, placed in an area of dim shade. The growing media for pots is generally very light and does not retain water.
Our outdoor plant care service includes the watering of flower beds, garden pots and planters and even new sod grass laid in your yard. We ensure that sod is watered to the proper requirement, which generally is twice a day.
In addition to plant care, our qualified sitters will also keep up the maintenance on your lawn, offering mowing services if requested, along with watering to keep your grass green and healthy during those hot summer days. Ask about our additional services so that you can enjoy your vacation, relaxed in the knowledge that your houseplant and outdoor plantings will remain in full bloom until you get back.