The Hort Report
What is it?
The Hort report is a hardcopy booklet that is written specifically for your garden by an experienced, qualified horticulturalist. Think of it as the medical record of your garden. The Hort Report gives you a professional diagnosis covering all aspects of your garden, with sustainable solutions to the problems found. It is presented in an easy to read report that is divided into 3 main sections: Plants, Soils and Improvements.
What does it include?
- Identification of all plant species including botanical name, common name and colour photos for easy identification.
- Flowering and/or fruiting guide for each plant.
- Maintenance requirements for each species including feeding schedule, how and when to prune, and any other specific requirements.
- List of species tailored specifically to the conditions of your garden, to replace those plants that are failing to thrive or are classified as environmental weeds.
- Identification of any pest and disease within the garden and detailed solutions for their control and future management.
- Identification of soil type, pH levels and water holding capacity.
- A detailed list of improvements that can be made to the soil and soil surface (mulch). This also includes how and when these improvements can be made plus details on quantities needed etc.
- Month-by-month task lists for the care and maintenance of the garden.
What are the advantages?
This report allows you to easily manage your garden to a high professional standard using sustainable and environmentally friendly techniques. Equally it gives your gardener/landscaper a guide to follow and a checklist of tasks to be performed. A well managed landscape takes far less input (time and money) which results in a garden that not only survives, but thrives.
If you have recently purchased your property, The Hort Report gives you the ability to instantly understand your new garden and decide if it’s worth improving or simply starting again.
On the other hand, if you are selling your property it is another positive selling point/document that comes with the property.
What is the process?
Basically, depending on the size of the property, I spend from an hour to a few hours assessing your garden. I will usually take a series of photographs for my own reference.
As long as I have access to the garden, it is not necessary for you to be present for this visit.
I then take this information and create your personalized report which is delivered to you approximately 2 weeks after the initial assessment.
What does it cost?
This depends on the size of the property of course, but to purchase The Hort Report for an average house block (700m2) would be approximately $900.00