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Gardening advices - Chamonix Multiservices


For an annual contract , we organize the passages most frequently in spring and early summer and then at longer intervals at the end of the season.  
Defining trimming and digging with our customers with the seasons.  
For occasional works , a quote will be made.

Scarifying lawns

It completely regenerated a lawn : it is much less expensive than a complete renovation . Eliminating foam , felting and debris , this operation aerated soil surface and thins the tufts .  
Scarification may be accompanied

  • On the addition of lime 
  • Organic slow release fertilizer 
  • Seedlings relining 
  • On generous watering

After scarification, lawn looks weak but in 3 to 4 weeks the lawn takes a strong look. Scarification every 2 to 3 years benefits the lawn according to the regularity of turf maintenance .


Our company is a player in sustainable development . We must constantly choose between the application of pesticides , the "clean" desired by customers and water conservation and animal life.

The rational maintenance of all gardens improve our shared environment.  
Weeding gravelled paths and gravel main causes recurrent application of pesticides ..  
Alternatives exist ( boiling water , manual weeding torch )  
For flower beds mulching is one of the solutions also aesthetic.  

Compost and organic fertilisers  

Plants and micro- organisms feed on organic matter , the product of the soil humus.  
Humus is the living surface layer of soil rich in nutrients usable by plants .  
Organic matter must return to the ground to keep the natural cycles of fertility.  
It is a natural balance to feed your flowerbeds, hedges and shrubs with organic amendments.  
The compost is applied to the soil surface layer of about 8cm, are worms that incorporate ground .  

When and how to prune the hedges?  

A hedge requires little maintenance, cut 1-2 times a year.  
Some tips for a beautiful hedge throughout the year..  

Season for hedge trimming

The growth of a coniferous hedge active 2 times a year , spring and late summer.  
After the end of two growings, pruning to maintain as long as possible the shape and size that you gave them .  
The good times are April-May and September- October-November  
But nothing forces to strictly follow these months, a hedge can be cut more frequently, it will require more labor.  
For flowering hedges , prune after flowering ( For early flowering hedge such as lilac, prune after flowering and not in autumn because you will not have flowers the following season )  

Technique for trimming a hedge

The base can be wider than the top (but possible) to give light to all branches, hold less snow and wind away.  
Cutting the hedge with an electric or thermal portable tool for better accuracy and greater comfort.

Shrubs suitable for creating a hedge :

Weigelia , cornus alba, laurel Caucasus ( attention to their acclimation to low temperatures in altitude) , forsithya , snowball viburnum , physocarpus  
Persistent green hedge is also possible with yew , fir , cedars , cypresses .  
Flowering shrubs create a hedge with flowers rhytming seasons.  
The flowering hedges promote biodiversity and attract birds.  
The various hurdles are less susceptible to disease and parasites.  
The size is important for the development , flowering and health of the hedge.

Elixir of youth , trimming helps plants to grow aesthetically

When to prune ?

Depending on plant , 3 times per year:  
Do not prune spring flowering plants at the end of the winter, but at the end of flowering and often at the beginning of the summer.  
1- spring flowering shrubs : after flowering, when the flowers fade.  
2 - summer flowering shrubs :  
Light pruning in late winter removal of dead branches or frozen  
After flowering , balance of the shape of the plant and clarification from the center to get the light.  
For all  shrubs except the winter and spring flowering shrubs in the fall , aesthetic lightweight size. :  

Trimming plant evergreen: the shrub will grow more vigorously  
In late winter, giving shape to the shrub , very important for a hedge. This cut is sometimes the most severe.  
In early summer,  balance the shrub form and removing branches whose shape is disproportionate.  
In autumn light rebalancing form without cutting large branches long to heal and sensitive to winter frost .