As we have done for several years now, we were pleased last week to host the Forest Park Chamber of Commerce & Development’s annual meeting. Among other features, there was a silent auction fundraiser and a variety of outstanding menu items from our community’s terrific lineup of restaurants.
When people think about lawncare, inevitably one of the tasks that comes to mind is mowing the lawn. There's no question that you should do it, if you want a healthy turf. But how often should you do it?
Gone are the days when people only ventured to their backyards to mow the lawn, water their plants, or clean up after their dog.
Today, it is becoming increasingly popular to view the outdoor space as an extension of the home, unifying the interior comforts with the raw beauty of nature.
What are the top points to consider when looking into proper landscape maintenance? How can you avoid dead spots on your lawn? How often should you mow your grass?
These questions are among those included in a Q & A feature of our president, Scott McAdam, on IllinoisHomes.com.
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.
It's March, which at least sounds so much warmer than February, even if the weather is still behaving very much like winter will never end. And as our thoughts move toward spring & summer, our president, Scott McAdam, addresses a lawn care question:
Q: What are some easy maintenance practices to avoid dead spots on my lawn?
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:
"December” and “drought” don’t seem to belong in the same breath, especially after such a damp spring and summer. But with a large deficit in moisture this fall, the drought continues and its cumulative effect is potentially harmful to landscapes.
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.
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.