Get Ready for Fall Seeding Season

Aug. 8th, 2018 by W Scott McAdam Jr.

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.

Mulch in Moderation

Apr. 2nd, 2018 by W Scott McAdam Jr.

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:

The Buck(thorn) Stops Here!

Mar. 5th, 2018 by W Scott McAdam Jr.

Are you aware of the threat that common buckthorn poses to the landscape, wildlife habitat and environment overall?

Widespread throughout the state and identified as an invasive plant by the State of Illinois, buckthorn can grow from seed, as well as sprout from cut stems, which increases its ability to invade new areas. 

So, why is buckthorn such a problem? 

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