Polaris Founder’s Park is a privately funded park designed to pay homage to the man responsible for envisioning and developing Central Ohio’s largest mixed-use center. Critical to the project is continual adherence to the same strict landscaping and architectural standards set forth by its “parent,” the 1,200-acre master planned development.
This 1.5-acre park, located in Delaware county in central Ohio, features a pagoda, Japanese-style gardens, Colorado-inspired evergreens, waterfalls, a pond, and a 35-foot kinetic wind sculpture. The landscape also includes trees, shrubs and plants, tended by an eight-person professional landscape crew from Davey.
The trade areas that the park resides in houses a Class A office complex, a retail mall/lifestyle center, and high-traffic state interchange. The result is extremes of all types: noise, pollution, foot traffic, climate and more. Coupled with the sometimes regionally and horticulturally incompatible east-meets-west theme, the challenges really begin to add up: plant health concerns, irrigation timing, insubstantial mowing clearance, and biodiversity considerations for plant replacements and/or expansion.
Davey’s professional landscape team implemented a weekly professional maintenance routine. No-mow zones are offset with frequently mowed zones, which require the use of varying mower sizes to accommodate available space. Selective pruning helps prevent such issues as cedar-apple rust on the Hawthornes, while proper pruning helps maintain the client-preferred Asian-style look on evergreens. Tree fertilization, annual mulching, seasonal mulch cultivation, and pest control monitoring round out the mitigation and maintenance plan.