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Garden Maintenance Audit

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Inspections, cleansing and infrastructure - Management Aim: To ensure the sites remain clean and open for safe access and use by key holders at all times.

Inspections - Daily site check

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Litter and cleaning - litter pick whole site

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empty litter bins

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Litter bins

Empty dog bins and clean as required

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Dog bins

Clear dog mess from path and lawns

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Inspections, Cleansing and infrastructure

Furniture, signs, structures, gates and railings

Minor repairs to furniture, signs, structures and notice boards to be carried out as necessary following daily inspections

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Cleaning - Monitor and clean

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Timber treatment - Annual treatment with wood preservative or painting

Railings - Re painting of railings

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Path and hard surfaces

Path and hard surfaces

Sweep, litter pick, clear debris to maintain access

Raking and removal of moss and weed build up

Pressure wash to clean and remove algae

Chemical weed control

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Lawns

Lawns - Management Aim -To maintain lawns as a close mown sward with a minimum of 95% grass cover, minimal weeds and moss growth providing areas for sitting, picnicking and relaxation.

Grass cutting - Grass to be maintained as an even length between 15 & 40 mm

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Grass edges - trimming - Edges to beds and paths to be clearly defined and neatly trimmed

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Clear arisings -sweep or remove by hand from path and beds

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Lawn - Winter Maintenance

Grass Edges, aeration, scarification - Operations to enable summer maintenance standards, cover and requirements for weed and moss control to be achieved.

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Spring/Autumn Feed

Grass areas - Repairs: Bare patches to be repaired and re seeded or turfed, water in until established

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Bedding & Herbaceous

Bedding and herbaceous - Management Aim: Bedding and herbaceous planting provides colour, variety and interest to the squares. Reduce high maintenance areas, in particular bedding, to agree high profile areas such as entrances where it will have the greatest impact. Use herbaceous planting to extend flowering season and enhance biodiversity.

Bedding

Summer / Winter - Agree design for new bedding and order plants

Remove autumn/winter bedding

Apply even layer of compost, farmyard manure or other improver.

Plant out new bedding to agreed design

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Summer Bedding - Watering as required

Remove weeds, dead head and replace and failed plants.

Apply fertiliser during growing seasons

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Winter bedding - Water for establishment

Remove weeds, dead head and replace any failed plants. Beds to be maintained in weed free condition with 100% plant cover

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Herbaceous

Planting season - new planting program as agreed, establishment maintenance inc watering

Spring maintenance - Mulch to 75mm

Summer maintenance - Weed and hoe beds to maintain 90% weed free condition

Autumn maintenance - Cut back and dead head, leave selected seed heads as agreed for winter effect and feeding birds

Divide and/or replace clumps, use healthy division to replant and extend groups - at least 3 of the same species to a group

Shrubs

Shrubs - Management Aim - to maintain all species to ensure healthy growth habit, flowering and fruiting. To manage beds retain and open up views and vistas, retain low level screening of roads and to establish plant layers and improved overall structure to the beds where required.

Shrub beds

Weed and hoe beds to maintain 90% weed free conditions

Top up mulch

Light trimming back of plants overhanging footpaths and beginning to restrict access

Watering - as required

Replacements of losses

Pruning and shaping as required

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Climbers

Climbers

Pruning

Spring maintenance - Mulch to 75%

Summer maintenance - Weed to maintain 90% weed free condition

Winter maintenance - Replacement or additional planting as agreed

Ensure supports are in good order

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Hedges

Hedges - Management Aim - Hedges will be kept neatly trimmed at a frequency suitable to the species composition of hedges

Hedge trimming - Trimming frequencies to define by hedge species and heights

Summer - weed hedge line by hand - care to remove climbers through hedge

Winter - Regeneration of existing hedges

Replacement planting and establishment maintenance

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Trees

Trees - Management Aim - To maintain healthy tree cover in line with strategy. Ensure long term succession by new planting and increase light to garden by crown reduction, lifting and removal of selected trees to an agreed program.

Tree safety - Ensure trees have been inspected and hazards resolved

Young trees - watering as required

Formative pruning to encourage strong leader and good growth form

Maintain weed free circle through mulching and/or chemical weed control

Check stakes/ties/guards and repair as necessary

Mature trees - removal epicormic/basal growth

Remove self sown saplings

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Leaf & Snow fall

Leaf and snow fall - Management Aim - To ensure safe access to the gardens is maintained at all times and to maintain the gardens and leaves largely clear of leaf fall.

Leaf fall - Lawns and path to be kept free of leaves during leaf fall

Flower beds - Bedding and herbaceous beds to be kept free of leaves during leaf fall

Shrub beds - Leaf fall to be cleared as required to maintain appearance of beds

Snow clearance - Clear paths and hard surfaces to enable access

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Additions

Green waste

Composting areas - Managed, weed free and tidy

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Irrigation

Clean inlets/outlets, filters, pipes and electrics

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Tennis court

Maintain court in safe and good condition fit for use

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Playground

Evidence of inspections

Equipment condition

Top up playback

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Health & Safety

Health and safety

Evidence of Monthly Health and safety audits

Evidence of PPE Audits

Correct reporting of incidents

Machinery safety - guards in place, safe machinery use

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Evidence of Risk assessments

Evidence of COSHH files

Good tool management

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Other

Other

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