Category Archives: Weed Control

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »