Arbor Masters Blog

Preventing Salt Damage to your Landscape

We have already had a few bouts with slick streets this winter making driving a challenge. We rely on the our city snow plows to treat the streets that allow us to drive safely in snow and ice. Unfortunately, the de-icing agents can have a negative affect on your lawn and near-by trees.

The effects of de-icers on your Landscape The de-icing agents can contain excessive salt levels which can leach vital water away from your landscape and be absorbed into the root system of trees, shrubs and your lawn. The excessive salt levels in the soil can cause browning, stunted growth, delayed budding and even dieback. Evergreens are especially vulnerable to salt damage. Sadly, the damage is not visible until the following spring when new growth begins.

Protecting your Landscape from de-icers There are some steps you can take to avoid salt damage … Read More »

Be Prepared for Winter Storms

Don’t be Caught Off Guard!

What will this winter bring? According to weather forecasters, the Midwest winter should be similar to that of last year, with warmer than normal temperatures. Remember, winter does not mean just snow or ice storms, it can also bring blustery, cold winds that can be strong at times. A seasonal storm is not the time to see how healthy your trees really are. When is the best time to prune my trees? Many homeowners think that the best time to prune trees is while there are still leaves in the canopy. Actually it is easier for your Certified Arborist to evaluate your trees when there are no leaves. Without the leaves, your Arborist can easily identify dead, cracked or diseased limbs; limbs that could potentially become a liability to your property. During an evaluation, they can also spot possible … Read More »

Dormant Seeding; the Solution to Problem Areas in your Lawn

It is too late to reseed your lawn this year. However, if you missed out on reseeding, there is another option; dormant seeding.

What is Dormant Seeding? Dormant seeding is a unique way to seed late in the year and get great results in the spring. While most seeding is done in the fall, there are advantages to dormant seeding later in the year:

Dormant seeding is ideal for filling in bald patches in your lawn and areas that suffered from insect or disease issues. With dormant seeding, you are less likely to get weeds as you might with spring grass seed. Mother Nature takes care of watering with winter snow and early spring rains.

 

How Does Dormant Seeding Work? Grass seed is applied in late fall, usually the last half of November when temperatures are down around the freezing point. This is ideal as it is … Read More »

Fall is a Great Time to Plant Trees and Shrubs

Did you know that fall is a great time to update your landscape with new trees and shrubs? When you planting new trees and shrubs in the fall, it gives them time to establish their root system before cold weather sets in and the trees and shrubs begin their dormant stage.

Which Tree or Shrub is Best for your Landscape?

There are so many trees and shrubs to choose from, it is difficult to know which works best for your landscape and lifestyle. Do you want a fast growing tree? Do you need shade? Does your landscape get a lot of sun or is it mostly shaded? Before you select your new tree or shrub, there are a few rules you must follow in order to give your new landscape additions every opportunity to thrive in their new environment:

Make sure the tree … Read More »

Fall Landscape Services

The days are flying by and soon we will be gearing up for fall with the holiday season not too far behind. With so much to do and so little time, when do you find time for yard work? The solution is Arbor Masters!

What services does Arbor Masters offer?

The list of outdoor chores may seem endless. Arbor Masters is ready to help you get your landscape ready for fall and winter with these fall services:

Fall leaf clean up: Anyone who has large trees knows that raking leaves is a never-ending task. Leaving leaves on the ground throughout the fall and winter can prohibit valuable sunlight and moisture needed for your lawn to thrive. In addition, decomposing leaves can promote insect and disease if left over the winter.

Gutters: If you have leaves on the ground your gutters are probably full of … Read More »