Warm Winter Creates Hot Issue

May. 4th, 2017 by W Scott McAdam Jr.

The past winter, or lack thereof, was punctuated by warmer than average temperatures and one of the longest snow droughts in Chicago’s meteorological history. For those who despise the winter months, this uncharacteristic weather inspired great praise. 

Unfortunately, while the winter may have been mild and much more enjoyable than the norm, there will be lasting effects through this landscape season, particularly in the realm of insects.

Due to the mortality rates in typical winter months, insect populations for the following season are kept at manageable levels. This season, however, we should expect a much larger presence of insects in the landscape and homeowners will need to keep their eyes peeled for any changes in quality of turf or landscape plantings. 

Orkin, the major pest-control company, has reported a 30% increase in service calls nationwide, which suggests we will face a difficult season ahead. If you notice any damage, a proper diagnosis and rapid, directed treatment is crucial to mitigating these problems. 

Should you have any concerns or if you notice any changes in your landscape, please contact the professionals at McAdam Landscaping to assist you with your needs. 

This installment of "Ask the Plant Expert" was published in the April 26, 2017 edition of theWednesday Journal of Oak Park and River Forest, the Forest Park Review and the Riverside-Brookfield Landmark.