Category Archives: Plants

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 »

Rabbit and Deer Damage

Deer and Rabbits Can Damage your Landscape

Sweet, doe-eyed deer and adorable rabbits are fascinating to watch as they visit your neighborhood. Unfortunately, these adorable animals are also a great source of destruction to trees, shrubs, plants and your grass.  Both deer and rabbits will eat lower, tender branches and bark off trees as well as new growth on bushes, perennials and grass. In addition, deer will scrape their antlers on trees to stake their territory and attract mates. This can cause unsightly and severe damage to the trunks cutting into the protective bark of the tree.

How do I prevent Wild Life from Damaging my Landscape?

Like deer, rabbits will dine on new grass and shrub growth, even taking them back to ground level, leaving little chance for the grass or shrubs to recover. Preventing wildlife from viewing your landscape as an all-you-can eat buffet … 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 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 »

Japanese Beetle Feeding Frenzy

What is Eating My Trees?

Japanese Beetles are devastating shrubs and trees in the metro area. Homeowners are noticing that without warning, the foliage of a once healthy tree or shrub is consumed in a matter of days.

Life Cycle

Japanese beetles begin life in the larvae stage. More commonly known to frustrated homeowners as grub worms, these insects are famous for their destruction they cause when feeding on the roots of grass. In late June, grubs will emerge in the form of a beetle. Once they have emerged, they will immediately seek out a food source (namely tree and shrub leaves) and will continue to feed on tree and shrub foliage through September.

Physical Appearance

Japanese beetles are an oval shaped insect with an iridescent head and copper colored body. Once the Japanese beetle starts to feed on plant foliage, the now damaged leaves … Read More »