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:
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?
Have you set your alarm for 11:15 a.m. on March 20th?
That’s when Winter makes way for Spring, although the time to start planning your landscape project or new design is right now. Here’s a five-step plan to make that happen:
Winter has tightened its grip on the Chicago area for the past couple of weeks, a far cry from the mild winters we have experienced recently.
Higher utility costs, dangerous driving conditions and all-around discomfort are plaguing everyone. For the landscape, however, the snow and brutal cold provide benefits:
Next month marks the 39th anniversary of McAdam Landscaping, which means our business has been around longer than most people have been alive, including me!
Summer-like weather lingered for an extra month this year, so you may be surprised by this reminder: the holidays are knocking on our door.
Our recent heat wave notwithstanding, it will soon be time for hayrides, painted faces, a pumpkin-painting station, a spooky story-time and sweet treats.
In other words, the annual McAdam Pumpkin Party is just around the corner, on Saturday, October 21st at our Nursery & Garden Center.
Once again this year, as predictably as the change of seasons, I am being peppered with familiar late-summer inquiries:
“Is it too late to plant? Should we wait until next spring?” Those questions allow me to dispel the misconception that if you do any planting in the fall, there will not be enough time for the plants to establish and they will suffer.
In fact, fall is considered the best time for planting. Here’s why: