The hot months.

When it’s warm and everything is blooming, we all want to spend as much time as possible outside enjoying our gardens. As much as plants love the summer, too much heat can be harmful if they are not maintained or irrigated properly.

Our gardeners will make sure that you get the most out of your garden on those warm summer evenings.

Spring Bulbs

Bulbs that have finished blooming can now be cut down to make way for Summer-blooming annuals and perennials.


Pruning of Spring flowering plants happens now, to allow for the growth of next year’s buds. Good examples are Rhododendrons, Hydrangeas, Lilacs and Spring-blooming perennials like Peonies.

Fruit Trees

Summer is the time to prune stone fruits like Peaches, Plums and Cherries that are prone to disease if pruned in the colder, wet months.

Trees like Apples and Pears should generally be pruned in Winter while dormant, however we can prune lightly now, to encourage proper growth of espalier trees and promote fruit ripening.

Reduction Pruning

Summer is a good time to prune plants that tend to get overgrown, such as Roses, Buddleia, and Forsythia. They have already produced next Spring’s growth and therefore have less reserve energy.

This can be especially good for Cherry trees that produce lots of suckers.

Yup, keep weeding!

Drought and Pest Maintenance

The hot summer months can be devastating to plants. Plants that are lacking in water or nutrients are also susceptible to pests.

We’ll ensure that your plants have the care and attention they need to make it through the dry months.

Invasive Plants

When growing slows down in the heat of the summer, it’s the perfect time to get our crews in to take care of invasive species on your property. Blackberries, Ivy, Daphne and Broom are just a few examples of plants that we attack (ruthlessly) at this time of year.

We are Chemical-Free!

In business since 2009, Lush was the Cowichan Valley’s first pesticide-free lawn care company. We have been recognized with several green awards including the Duncan Chamber of Commerce's Black Tie award for Green Business of the Year, Vancouver Island’s Green Business of the Year and was named a Top 10 Green Business in BC.

John Close, the owner, has been a finalist for Vancouver Island’s Top 20 Under 40 three times and in 2016, he was named a Top 20 Under 40 for Vancouver Island.