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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 »

Caring for Trees with Iron Chlorosis

Trees are like people, they need vitamins and nutrients in order to survive. A lack of these can adversely affect a trees overall health. A very important vitamin needed for many trees is iron. Without sufficient levels of iron, trees that grow in a high pH, heavy clay soil or lack adequate watering can suffer from iron chlorosis.

Iron chlorosis is common in many shade trees, especially oaks. This is also common on trees that have problems with girdling roots. Whereas a healthy tree will have bright green leaves, trees suffering from iron chlorosis will have pale yellow leaves that are highlighted by dark green veins. In addition, leaves may appear smaller, start curling and have early leaf drop. In severe cases, leaf edges may appear scorched and may result in branch dieback.

Left untreated, the leaves will continue to fade, eventually … Read More »

Prepare Your Garden for Spring Planting

March is a great time to start planning your spring and summer gardens. It may still be cold outside and Mother Nature may still have a few hard freezes or even more snow in store for us, but there are things you can do now to be ready for spring planting.

Remove spent annuals and plant debris from garden areas. Leaving spent plants in the garden can become a great hiding place for insects and disease that can emerge in warmer weather and affect new plant growth. Amend your soil. If you had poor plant growth last year, add peat moss and compost to help improve soil quality. Many gardeners in the Midwest fight heavy clay and compacted soil. To help break this up and give new plantings every opportunity for new root growth, experts recommend adding hummus and manure. Hummus will … Read More »

Fungus in the garden

With the recent wet weather, some homeowners might see a yellow substance growing on top of their mulch. This is a fungus sometimes called slime mold or scrambled egg fungus. This fungus is a result of wet conditions on grass clippings, decaying vegetation or mulch. Ranging in color, the most commonly seen color is a bright yellow. While it is not visually appealing in your garden, it will not cause harm your landscape. The best way to control it is to remove the fungus infected area and try to dry out the garden area by re-distributing the mulch or grass clippings.