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Orchard Maintenance in Santa Cruz County

When you look outside at your orchard, are your trees losing their visual appeal? Are they not as fruitful as they once were? Watching such an important feature of your property lose its vitality is worrying, but finding the time and energy to maintain your orchard is hard to fit into your schedule. The Landscape Company is here to put your worries to rest.

Orchards require expert knowledge, ample time, and significant energy to maintain their health and beauty. We are here to help.

Our expert team is well-versed in care options for orchard trees. Whether your apple trees need more water or your stone fruit trees require special soil treatments, we know what it takes to keep your orchard producing delicious fruit and looking lush and vibrant.

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Phil’s crews have years of experience, are able to make independent decisions, and offer design modifications which we accepted. The team of Jesus and Jesus handled the pruning, lighting, installation of the water feature, and irrigation. Their work was of the highest quality, in particular, the pruning which was a masterpiece of Japanese style.
– Jan. D., Yelp

Knowledge is Fruitful

The experience and understanding required to keep your orchard thriving is not common knowledge. Hands-on work and tested methods are needed to ensure you continue to enjoy a steady production of fruit or nuts. Our team is equipped with this knowledge and experience, and we can ensure that your orchard stays healthy. Use your time to relax and enjoy your orchard while our experts focus on maintenance.

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Quarterly Orchard Maintenance

Different trees require different types of care throughout every season. Our team has a deep understanding of trees and offers orchard maintenance solutions to perfectly match the needs of your trees. We divide the year into quarters and offer specific services depending on the trees in your orchard.

January – March: Dormant season for deciduous fruit trees.

  • Pruning: Pruning for structure, size management, and fruit yields.
  • Pest Control: Dormant sprays are applied to control pests and diseases.
  • Plant Training: Bare root season, plant to start training new trees.
  • Damage Prevention: Monitor storms, (mainly heavy rainfall and wind) for damage prevention.

April – June: Blossoms are starting to form and bloom, followed by vegetative growth.

  • Fertilize trees.
  • Turn in cover crops.
  • Apply mulch.
  • Pest Control: Monitor for pest and or disease emergence.
  • Plant: Plant beneficials in and around your orchard to attract pollinators.
  • Irrigation: Full irrigation check, to be ready to turn on when rains stop.

July – September: Fruit is setting and trees are still pumping out new growth.

  • Irrigation: Monitor irrigation for repairs.
  • Fertilize: Apply another round of fertilizer.
  • Summer pruning, (differs from dormant pruning).
  • Fruit thinning, to start early summer and finishing by mid-July.

October – December: Fruit production has slowed down and it’s time for the final harvest.

  • Pest Control: Monitor for pests and or disease. Clean the orchard floor of weeds, old fruits, and any debris that can attract pests over the winter.
  • Tree Prep: Clear crowns of trees to avoid rot over the rainy season.
  • Ground Prep: Seed orchard floor with cover crops. Seed with beneficial wildflowers in and around the orchard.
  • Apply mulch.
  • Irrigation: Turn off irrigation when rain starts.

Reach out to our team to schedule maintenance services for your orchard!

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Our Reviews

Scott Pierce
Scott Pierce
November 16, 2023
Phil, Laura, and the team at The Landscape Company are amazing! We have been working with them on landscaping a large hill in our backyard. They recommended prepping it for winter rains by installing a waddle system and laying down erosion control netting and straw. They noticed a storm system was arriving early so they prioritized the work and got everything installed before the rain arrived. Can't thank them enough!
Rosemary Sarka
Rosemary Sarka
October 4, 2023
I had a leak in an old irrigation system and a plumber told me they would need to dig up my yard and walkways. I was panicked and had no idea where to go for a solution. I cold-called 3 different companies and The Landscape Company was the only one that called me back on a timely basis. They came out early the next morning, and, despite my old system being a unicorn, fixed the leak promptly and gave me an idea of how my system could work. I continue to be so grateful for their prompt, professional, creative help.
Andres Flores
Andres Flores
May 9, 2023
Paul, Efrain and Thomas were great partners for a new homeowner! They helped us understand what we needed and were very transparent about process, materials and costs associated. We had them come in for a full day to get everything back into shape and I couldn't be happy with how everything turned out. Looking forward to having them come by on a bi-weekly basis to keep things looking manicured and (more importantly) healthy.
Sarah Murphy
Sarah Murphy
July 27, 2020
This is a company that strives on professionalism, attention to detail, and connecting to their customers. Phil takes pride in giving his customers the small mom and pop business feel , but has the team and business knowledge to support a large business operation. I love the fact that the business owner works directly with his clients. He provides custom packages for each of his clients if needed. His team is really friendly, trustworthy, and always arrives on time! Phil has a kind heart. He is a really great guy who cares about his customers. I honestly do not like being one in a million of customers in the corporate world. You feel like you are lost in the shuffle of things. I never felt this way when working with this company. Not only did I receive outstanding customer service, I got direct calls from the owner to check on how my services were going. now if that's not customer service I don't know what else is! I highly recommend The Landscape Company for your landscaping needs!
CRAIG Minshull
CRAIG Minshull
November 2, 2019
Professional, friendly and skilled service. Joinery work was excellent and all snags that were brought to their attention were fixed straight away with no issues. Definitely recommend.
Kristen Faris
Kristen Faris
December 4, 2018
Phil and his team did an amazing job on my front yard remodel. His team was a pleasure to work with, very tidy and friendly. They executed perfectly on our vision! I would highly recommend the Landscape Company.
ian jonson
ian jonson
June 3, 2018
The Landscape Company came to our rescue! Phil and the crew found a way to build an enormous gate to our backyard. TLC had clear communication through out the entire project, very professional people. Everyone was on time, cheerful, and cared just as much ( or more ) for our project. These people are into doing the job right, no shortcuts on quality or craftsmanship. What more can we say? If you have a project that you want done right, call The Landscape Company. Thank You All,
Anita Connor
Anita Connor
December 14, 2017
With great enthusiasm I applaud the work product created by The Landscape Company, thanks to its owner, Phil Dundas, and his competent crew. My Santa Cruz Gardens front yard was transformed from 1,200 square feet of lifeless turf to a spectacular display of drought resistant plants, providing a variety of texture and color and accented with three new trees. The backyard was renovated with drought tolerant red fescue and perimeter plants as well as mulch. The experienced crew pruned existing fruit trees, created a flagstone pathway, restored a cracked sidewalk, installed a drip irrigation system, reinforced a retaining wall, and corrected an eroded sided yard with a French drain and river rock. I recommend The Landscape Company because of the owner’s prompt response, accurate estimates, flexibility with plant selection and budget, sense of aesthetics, knowledge, practical considerations, and relationship with the landscape community. Anita
Suki Woodward
Suki Woodward
June 14, 2017
The Landscape Company provides all my properties with outstanding A+ service. Professional and quality, it's what I've come to expect. Thanks Phil for raising the bar. I would recommend your crews for any landscape project, big or small.

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California is known for its scenic beauty and abundant produce. Reach out to us and let’s discuss how we can ensure that your trees look beautiful and produce a fruitful bounty on your property.

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Our estimate process is quick and easy. Simply fill out the request form below and one of our friendly team members will give you a call to discuss your project in more detail. Then, we’ll schedule an in-person visit to get a closer look at your property so we can create a customized plan that meets your specific needs. After our visit, you’ll receive an email with your detailed estimate. Let’s transform your outdoor space into the oasis of your dreams!

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