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.

Getting Your Garden On in 2016

Apr. 11th, 2016 by W Scott McAdam Jr.

We are three weeks into spring, even if Mother Nature hasn't fully acknowledged the changing of the seasons. True green thumbs undoubtedly have already begun taking steps to prep for the blooming to come and for even the most skeptical weather-watchers, it's likely only a matter of days before thoughts fully shift to how to make the most of your garden experience this year.

Green Tips for Maximizing Minimal Space

Feb. 26th, 2016 by W Scott McAdam Jr.

One of the hot trends in the horticultural field is turning small spaces into green spaces.  

This is partly generational, as Gen Ys and Millennials seem to be yearning for that connection to the outdoors and nature. They want to dig in, get their hands dirty, and reap some sort of tangible benefit from their labor.

In small spaces, balconies, or urban locations, container gardens are an excellent way of maximizing the small amount of space you have and making it “green.” 


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