Glossary of Landscape Service Terms
Aerate or Aeration
Loosing or puncturing the soil by mechanical means to
increase water penetration and air permeability to the soil.
An environment devoid of free oxygen.
Modified leaves which sometimes grow below a flower or flower
cluster. They are usually green but they are sometimes colorful
and are considered the flower itself; example the bracts on the
Stripping out the dead leaves from a plant
The process of removing the dead undergrowth of turf and ground
Often known as “ET”, evapotranspiration
is the amount of water that transpires through a plant’s
leaves combined with the amount that evaporates from the soil
in which the plant is growing. Measured in inches, ET can be used
as a guideline for setting irrigation controller programs.
A class of chemicals used to control funguses.
A tight impervious layer of soil sometimes referred to as “caliche”
and usually containing clay. Many times this brick like layer
is formed from excavated subsoil spread over the surface and then
run over by heavy equipment used during the construction process
A class of chemicals used to destroy weeds or other
The term used for an ideal soil based on a mixture of
the smallest mineral particles, clay, silt and the largest particles,
sand. Generally considered as the soil to use for gardening which
balances the extremes of clay and soil for good drainage and has
plenty of organic matter and oxygen for healthy root growth.
“Mow and Blow” or “Mow,
Blow, and Go”
Alludes to a bare bones service that focuses only on
the mowing, trimming, and blowing down of a landscape.
Any loose, usually organic and many times recycled material
placed over the soil. Its is used for many purposes such as a
top dressing, weed inhibitor, evaporation barrier, soil insulator
and builder of soil structure.
Removing the dead blooms on annual or perennial color
Sucker or Watersprout
Any strong vertical shoot rapidly growing from the main framework
of the trunk and branches.
The release of moisture through a plants leaves.
Three or more leaves, branches, or flowers growing in
a circle from joint (node) on a stem or trunk.
Patented name that refers to water conserving landscapes.