Here’s Your Fall Clean-Up List

Nov. 29th, 2016 by W Scott McAdam Jr.

We have moved closer to winter’s start than summer’s end, so it’s time for a Fall Clean-Up List:

1.    Clean-up landscape debris: Removing any fallen landscape debris such as branches and leaves will help prevent nesting of pests and will limit the ability for plant diseases to incubate in fallen plant tissues. 

2.    Cut back perennials: Doing so will allow them to have uninhibited growth during the spring flush.

On October 22nd: McAdam Pumpkin Party Promises Fun For Entire Family, Community

Oct. 4th, 2016 by W Scott McAdam Jr.

In the southwest corner of Forest Park, it’s that time of year once again 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 22nd at the McAdam Nursery & Garden Center.

Never Say Never! Our Latest ‘Garden Party For Six’ Winner

Sep. 6th, 2016 by W Scott McAdam Jr.

In August, Jenn McCloskey was newly transplanted from Palatine to Forest Park. One day, she figured she would swing around the corner to the McAdam Nursery & Garden Center to pick up some flower boxes in support of her new home’s beautification project.

At the cash register, because her purchase exceeded $100, her name was entered into a drawing for the McAdam Garden Party for Six.

Time Is Now to Prep for Fall Seeding Season

Aug. 23rd, 2016 by W Scott McAdam Jr.

Soil endures significant environmental stresses: periods of heavy rain, punctuated by prolonged dry spells, among other fluctuations that generate plenty of energy within the turf. One of the effects is a rising risk of fungal diseases descending on your lawn. 

To combat that threat, between now and Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to begin your seeding project. Note: a 21-day growth period from germination to full growth is normal, after which you can mow for the first time.

Watering, Mulching Tips to Navigate Our Recent Dry Spell

Aug. 15th, 2016 by W Scott McAdam Jr.

Although we are far from the severe drought that has dogged California for the past five years, after a very wet April and early May, dry times have descended on our area. Since mid-May we have been experiencing drought stress.

Adding supplemental water through this very dry and hot period will greatly benefit your landscape plantings. In addition, mulching will help maintain moisture and promote overall health to your plants and overall landscape.

Responding to Ponding: The French Drain Solution

Jun. 20th, 2016 by W Scott McAdam Jr.

Heavy rainfall and extended rainy periods—as we have experienced recently—often results in ponding, the unwanted pooling of water.

Especially prevalent on properties in low-lying areas, ponding is most easily combatted by French drains. A French drain pit is a large hole at a property’s low point, filled with gravel to make it permeable, that hastens the flow of water through soil layers.

Exterior Home Checklist: The Seller’s Guide to Improving Curb Appeal

May. 20th, 2016 by W Scott McAdam Jr.

Attention to these landscape details can help your home stand out and attract buyers, especially during peak selling seasons

Whether meeting someone for the first time or interviewing for a job, a poor first impression has a huge and lasting effect. Selling your home is no different. On the other hand, a high-quality, well-manicured landscape can add up to 15% to your home value. 

McAdam President Receives ACES Alumni Association Award of Merit

May. 10th, 2016 by McAdam Landscaping

Agriculturally speaking, success does not come by planting seeds, then anxiously hovering over them in the hopes that they transform overnight into a bumper crop.

Success is a process that requires patience, persistence, cultivation of relationships and learning through experience what works and--perhaps even more importantly--what doesn't work. Our president, Scott McAdam, embodies this long-term approach. It's how he and his brother, Rob, have not only survived but thrived for more than 37 years in an increasingly competitive business landscape.


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