Addition By Subtraction: It’s Dormant Pruning Time

Mar. 5th, 2015 by W Scott McAdam Jr.

Addition by subtraction. Whether it’s the Chicago Bears letting go of some personnel in the off-season or tidying up our junk drawer, we’re all familiar with the idea of letting go in order to move forward.

That same principle is at work when putting your trees and shrubs on a “diet” of dormant pruning. Doing so spurs on healthy plant growth come spring.

From Kitty Litter to Snow Plow Safety, 4 Winter Travel Tips

Feb. 9th, 2015 by W Scott McAdam Jr.

In the midst of the snowy, stormy weather that has finally arrived, you may have seen one of the numerous McAdam snow plows deployed throughout the area.

After the driest December imaginable, we dusted them off last week as snow and subzero temperatures packed a powerful one-two punch. You haven’t seen the last of them, either. With that in mind, here are four tips to heighten your road safety this winter:

Operation Decoration: Inject Life into Your Landscape

Nov. 12th, 2014 by W Scott McAdam Jr.

As 2014 comes to a close, with holiday celebrations sure to come up on your calendar, it’s a fitting time to deploy Operation Decoration.

When everything else in your yard is dormant, adding holiday décor is a great way to inject vitality into your landscape.

Those wreaths, garlands, Christmas lights and other winter displays provide sorely needed splashes of color. All will heighten your home’s appeal, making it so much more inviting and aesthetically pleasing. 

Debunking an Overwintering Fertilizer Myth

Oct. 27th, 2014 by W Scott McAdam Jr.

We are fast approaching the date on the calendar when you should treat your lawn with an overwintering fertilizer.

Now, first things first: let’s cover what those numbers on the fertilizer bag stand for. They correspond, respectively, to the percentage of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium in the fertilizer.

Here’s where you need to be wary of a myth that in order to “overwinter” your lawn with fertilizer to improve hardiness over the winter, you need to apply a fertilizer that is higher in concentration of phosphorus and potassium. 

Fall is Great Tree & Evergreen-Planting Season

Sep. 12th, 2014 by W Scott McAdam Jr.

With fall bearing down on us later this month, you may be wondering how to best seize whatever opportunities are presented by the cooler weather. Here’s one: the timeliness of planting large trees and evergreens. 

During the fall months, with lower ground and air temperatures, rates of evaporation decrease significantly, allowing more moisture to be retained over a longer period of time. 

Our Labor of Love 35th Anniversary Special

Sep. 3rd, 2014 by W Scott McAdam Jr.

Thirty-five years ago, my father and uncle launched McAdam Landscape Professionals as a couple of young men in their early 20s. They operated out of the River Forest home that they grew up in.

From those humble roots, and by focusing on service, professionalism, loyalty and community, the company has flourished and operates out of our spacious Forest Park headquarters that expanded in 2003 to include our Nursery and Garden Center.

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