Care and Maintenance
As part of our efforts to make Abingdon Square more beautiful and welcoming in all seasons, the Conservancy has embarked upon a multi-year project to increase the variety, density, and health of the plantings. We are also focused on cleanliness and improved overall maintenance of the Square.
2017 Planting & Gardening
Gardens of Distinction's Susan Sipos serves as the Square's Horticulturalist and Landscape Designer. The following horticultural tasks are undertaken every season:
- East and West beds are planted with mature evergreens and flowering shrubs - including boxwoods, yews, pieris, and azaleas;
- Hundreds of flowering summer annuals are installed in the center island, and new shrubs and perennials planted in the perimeter beds;
- Pruning is done on a regular basis on all understory and London Plane trees;
- Compost, soil, and fertilizer are added to all beds spring and fall;
- Ongoing tending to plants are performed: weeding, deadheading, pruning, and replacement;
- Over 9.600 spring bulbs are planted in October, including tulips, windflowers, crocus, chionodoxa, galanthus and allium;
- And eight yards of mulch is distributed to tuck in the bulbs for the winter!
Groundskeeping & Maintenance
The Conservancy employs Ramon Valdez as the Square's part-time groundskeeper. In addition to the City's trash collection, Ramon and his crew haul out garbage and sweep in the Square 1-2 times daily during "high season" from April 1 to November 30, and provide other maintenance as needed:
- Sweeping paths and clearing trash from gardens;
- Hosing down bluestone paths weekly;
- Emptying NYC trash baskets outside the Square;
- Ongoing repair and maintenance of irrigation system;
- Repainting post & chains around garden beds and lawn;
- Clearing fall leaves from paths and gardens.