"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.
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.
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.
Summer is here for a while—but if you’re like many others, you are hitting the road for some vacation. How do you keep your garden flourishing in your absence?
Follow these four tips:
Summer is faithfully showing up, so with that in mind, we give you three steps for a more healthy landscape:
Tip 1: Water, water, water.
Start supplemental watering to keep the landscape nourished and healthy. To avoid overwatering your plants, check under the mulch to be sure the soils are dry. A little attention to detail can be the difference in stressed or healthy landscapes.
EAB, or Emerald Ash Borer, is a very destructive insect pest that wreaks havoc on all species of ash. Originating in Michigan, it arrived through firewood deliveries and has now proliferated throughout the Chicago area.
With much of our urban forest composed of Ash trees, the future effects from this insect will be devastating. If left untreated, a great number of those trees will die over the next one to four years.
So what can be done? Either replacement or treatment.
Spring's here--and not a moment too soon!
Not only did we get hammered by a brutal winter, but we also entered the winter in a drought.
Once the "drought season" is over, unfortunately, the drought doesn't magically disappear. Landscape plantings have been enduring a stressful environment for over a year: excessive moisture in the spring, intense heat and drought through the summer and fall, and the intense winter's crushing blow.
One of the most frequent inquiries I get relates to the pruning of roses. So with Valentine’s Day arriving tomorrow, there’s no better time to offer a few tips on how to approach this delicate operation.
Mind you, roses are generally resilient, so it’s the timing of your actions that is delicate—not necessarily the flower itself.