Category Archives: Lawn and Shrub Care

Conquering Weeds and Grubs in your Landscape

Winning the Weed War

The battle to control weeds, grubs and fungus can what seem never ending. 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. Unfortunately, by the time the homeowner discovers they have a grub problem the damage to their lawn is already done. Grubs do not discriminate against grass varieties however, they are sun seekers and rarely attack shady lawns.

So how do you treat for grub worms? The best defense against grub worms is an effective insecticide. It is best to apply in July or August when grubs are feeding.

The never ending battle continues with weeds A cool wet spring can make your landscape optimal for invasive weeds. Weeds such as nutsedge and crabgrass can rapidly germinate and spread throughout … Read More »

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 »

Protecting your Shrubs and Trees from Winter Burn

Protecting your Shrubs and Trees from Winter Burn Laura Peterson, Certified Arborist

I cannot begin to guess what this winter is going to bring; 2 feet of snow covering the ground until March, below zero with high winds and no snow until January or mild 40 degree days with sporadic snowfall and 2 inches of ice covering everything in March. Whatever conditions occur this winter it is bound to be dry for the evergreens. Soil moisture is a factor, but the almost constant winds from November through February are extremely drying and damaging to evergreens.

Drying Winter Harms Trees

Native evergreen trees and shrubs are well adapted to our winters, but the majority of plants in landscapes are not native and don’t have the resources to combat the drying winds.

Plants lose moisture through pores in the leaves. If there is not sufficient soil moisture, … 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 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 »

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