This newsletter features 5 questions with Jared Eaves, Section Head Grower (Woody Shrubs)
Describe your duties on an average day at the farm:
“We begin the day pulling plants for the crews to take on various jobs and installations. We are responsible for checking the quality of the plants and making sure the designer has the correct material to take to the job site. The rest of the day is spent making sure plants are spaced correctly and checking the various water requirements.”
What is your biggest challenge?
“Large-scale contract growing. Making sure the finished product is ready on time for installation. Right now we have a contract with the new Cerner campus.
We are growing 14,000 grasses and a majority of the shrubs.”
What advice do you have for people concerned with watering?
“The plant will tell you. Watering early in the day gives enough time for it to soak in and let the foliage dry off. Watering too late in the day, or over-watering, can lead to fungal issues and rot.”
What current innovative practices are you using at the farm?
“Trying to minimize the use of chemicals and apply integrated pest management techniques. Having more of an awareness of the environment, for example, concern about bee health and population decline.”
What type of landscape are you drawn to?
“Lush, overgrown, naturalized and native. I like areas of Powell Gardens for this.”