As we near the end of 2018, and the holiday celebrations that come with it, many yards appear to be far from a festive mood.
Largely dormant, they are in need of what we call Operation Decoration. Injecting some holiday décor is a tried-and-true method of transforming your landscape.
It’s just around the corner: the McAdam Pumpkin Party is back on Saturday, October 20th, from Noon to 3 p.m.
Hayrides, painted faces, a pumpkin painting station, a spooky story time and sweet treats are the main ingredients. The Pumpkin Party is for kids of all ages and is open to the entire community—and it’s all free.
During the event, we will also have huge fall discounts on all in stock trees, shrubs, and perennials.
When it comes to mums, what should you really be looking for?
Do you seek instant gratification, only to have those good vibes disappear after a few weeks? Or are you in it for the long haul, seeking a long-blooming, hardy plant that will thrive through the end of the season?
The area experienced record-setting rainfall in May and an extraordinarily wet June. During that time, fungus—which thrives in wet, cool weather—was masked by the equally thriving turf.
But with an exceptionally dry spell over the past five or six weeks, stress from drought has descended and the prevalent underlying damage is now plainly apparent.
At this point, the centerpiece of your game plan should be a seeding project between mid-August and Labor Day weekend. A 21-day growth period from germination to full growth is normal, after which you can mow for the first time.
This past Saturday, we were pleased to host a Garden Party for customer Suzanne Ritzler, who was joined by family and friends as they learned how to make potted plant arrangements—then brought their creations home. The group enjoyed wine, cheese and other refreshments.
We know it doesn’t feel like the first day of summer…just the same, mention this ad (which appears in this week’s edition of the Forest Park Review) and you will receive a $15 discount on purchases of $100 or more from our Nursery & Garden Center.
Until three years ago, the viburnum leaf beetle was virtually non-existent in the Chicago area. But today, it has become a household name—and for all the wrong reasons. Even if you are unaware of this tiny beetle, chances are you have seen the havoc that has resulted from their aggressive feeding habits, primarily on Arrowwood viburnum.
Drainage, or storm water management, has been on our clients’ minds plenty the past couple of seasons.
One of the best solutions: the French drain pit, which can be as large as 10' long x 10' wide x 7' deep in more extreme cases of flooding.
When it comes to mulch, the temptation is to do too much—packing 6 to 12 inches of mulch at the base of a tree. It’s called a “mulch volcano,” the landscaping equivalent of issuing a slow, but sure, death sentence.
When done properly, mulching can be a great asset for a landscape. But a variety of problems erupt from mulch volcanoes, including: