Yesterday, Mike Boag of Boag Nurseries and his crew came to Gramercy Park for their annual Spring cleanup.
They removed all debris and foreign material from the Park, particularly around the edges next to the fence. They pruned all the ornamental trees and shrubs, removing any overgrowth, and dead or damaged branches. This year there was very little damage to Park plantings and there were very few replacements of boxwoods. After that, they edged all the beds to give them a clean groomed appearance.
All natural organic fertilizer was then applied to promote better root growth and moisture retention. This will provide the trees and shrubs all the nutrients for a more lush green color. They also applied rose tone and bulb tone to the rose bushes and bulbs. They then triple shredded recycled hardwood mulch, which was installed around the trees and beds for weed control and moisture retention.
This year, the two bulb gardens on the north side of the Park have had drainage issues, which is why the tulips in those gardens have been struggling. To remedy this, in the fall Boag plans to remove all the soil in those beds, install a French drain (if needed), then add new soil.
Last fall, the lawn areas had a bad infestation of an invasive weed, which Boag's crew sprayed at that time. They are now cultivating the soil to re-establish the lawn. The areas that were thinning out were seeded with a mixture of blue grass and shade seed. An organic starter-slow release fertilizer with Penn Mulch stabilizer was then added to promote growth and prevent erosion of the newly seeded areas.
The Trustees apologize for any inconvenience the Park closing may have caused you.
Please see photos below: