Tips for Battling the Emerald Ash Borer

Apr. 22nd, 2014 by W Scott McAdam Jr.

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.

Practice Patience With Your Landscape

Date: 
May. 7th, 2014 | 06:15PM

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.

Roses Are (Often) Red, But Not Yet Ready for Pruning

Feb. 13th, 2013 by W Scott McAdam Jr.

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.

What is Horticulture?

Apr. 22nd, 2012 by W Scott McAdam Jr.

If I were to take a group of people and ask them to define horticulture, most would be hard-pressed to give a clear definition. Many would surely stare blankly, a befuddled look on their faces, and wonder,  “Horti-what?”

The truth is many people have never heard of the word and among those who have, confusion reigns.

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