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Spring Is Right Around the Corner

Spring is Just Around the Corner

With the exception of a few cold days and a few snow falls this year, the Midwest has had a warmer than usual winter. Hopefully spring is not too far behind!

While it is still too early to start planting, you can prepare your landscape for spring growth.

Late February and March are the ideal time to prune fruit trees, shrubs and ornamental grasses. Pruning trees and shrubs now while trees are still dormant will promote new growth and allow pruned areas to heal before the tree starts to bloom in spring. Prevent weeds such as crabgrass, foxtail and broadleaf from overtaking your lawn with an early pre-emergent application. A pre-emergent works on the weed seeds that may over winter in your lawn and prohibits them from germinating in the spring. Maintain the health of your ash trees and … Read More »

Tree Fertilization

Did your trees suffer from the summer heat this year? Lack of consistent moisture, insect or disease issues and environmental can cause undue stress to your your trees.

How do I know my tree is stressed?

Signs a tree may be in distress are early leaf drop, stagnant growth, branch dieback, too little or too much moisture, or trees that have suffered from recent insect or diseases. In addition, there are environmental issues such as nearby construction, pollution or trees that have come in contact with de-icing agents. All of these elements can cause your trees stress and affect their overall health.

How do I keep my trees healthy?

The first step to making sure that your trees are healthy is to have them evaluated by a Certified Arborist. It is important to keep trees away from roof lines, outdoor structures and over drives … Read More »

Fall is the Best Time to Renovate Your Lawn

When is the best time to start your lawn renovation?

It may sound a bit premature to think about your spring lawn, but September is one of the best times to get your lawn ready for next year.  The warm days and cool nights in September make spring lawn preparation ideal.

Summer heat, insects and weeds can take a toll on your lawn. If your lawn has dead patches, insect issues or weeds, then now is the time to sign up for your fall lawn care.

The lawn care specialists at Arbor Masters of Kansas City and Wichita can design a program tailored to your lawns needs.

What treatments are best for your lawn?

Depending on the type of lawn you grass you have, we recommend de-thatching or power-raking your lawn to break up the thatch of grass clippings left from mowing. Turf such as … Read More »

Summer Landscaping Tips

Summer may be in full swing, but you still need to give your plants and trees some TLC.  The heat combined with insects and lack of rain can take a toll on your landscape.

Even though it is mid-summer and your landscape is in full bloom, routine care is still required.

Keep weeds at bay with a fresh layer of mulch. Mulch is a great barrier against weed while helping to retain much needed moisture during the summer heat. In addition, mulch protects your plants and trees from damage from lawn equipment.  Ideally, a 2-3 inch layer of mulch is best for landscape gardens. Feed your plants mid-season.  Heat, lack of water or too much water can affect the health of your plants.  If your soil is less than ideal, add nutrients through fertilization to help maintain valuable nutrients to sustain them through … Read More »

Overcoming Weeds

Homeowners know that controlling grubs, weeds and fungus can what seems a never ending battle. During summer months, grubs can be especially harmful to your lawn. Grubs can destroy lawns by feeding on the roots of grasses, causing the grass to brown and die. Sadly, by the time the homeowner discovers they have a grub problem, the damage to their lawn is already done. While grubs do not discriminate against grass varieties, they are sun seekers and rarely attack shady lawns. Fighting grubs is just half the battle, there are also weeds and fungus battling for space in your lawns.

Weather Affects Weed Germination The cool, wet spring has made it optimal for invasive weeds such as nutsedge and crabgrass to germinate and spread throughout your lawn. Nutsedge appears as a three-blade, thick grass-like weed rising high above your neatly mowed lawn. … Read More »