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Dormant Oil standard

A dormant oil application is one of the most important steps to take to help protect ornamental trees and shrubs against insect populations. What is Dormant Oil? Dormant oil is an application that is done while ornamental trees and shrubs are still in their dormant state. The oil is mixed with water and sprayed onto the leaves, branches, and trunks of trees and shrubs. Dormant oil is classified as an insecticide. The oil suffocates and kills exposed insects and exposed eggs on or in the plant by covering their breathing tubes or through absorption of their outer layer that destroys the cells within the insects. When to Apply Dormant Oil? Dormant oils should be applied to trees and shrubs while ...

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Frost standard

With cooler temperatures in the late fall, throughout winter and into early spring, frost may appear. A cool frosty morning can be a beautiful sight while enjoying a cup of coffee but can cause concern for the lawn and other plant life. What is Frost? It is a coating of ice crystals, formed by moisture in the air overnight, among other things. In our area, this ice usually forms as white ice crystals or frozen dew drops on the grounds surface. What Causes the Ice Crystals? A lot of meteorology knowledge goes into predicting if a frost will occur because frost depends on the air temperature, the dew point and the barometric pressure. The ice crystals are formed when the ...

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Rose Rosette Disease standard

As with everything in nature, there are always predators and always diseases just as there are always those that are more susceptible. Even the hardiest trees and plants can become target to diseases and sometimes can result in devastating losses. In the case of Knockout Roses and other rose bushes, in the last 10 years they have been over planted in landscape areas and now have become a susceptible host. The infective agent known as the Eriophyid Mite is responsible for Rose Rosette Disease (RRD). What is Rose Rosette Disease? Rose Rosette Disease is a viral disease that is transmitted by Eriophyid Mites. Most rose species are susceptible to Rose Rosette Disease and will often die within a few years ...

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Moss standard

Green and fuzzy moss can be highly unsightly within a lawn, but it is also an indication that there is something going on below the soil that needs to be addressed. What is Moss? It is a small plant that likes to grow in thin and bare areas. Ideal conditions for moss are not ideal for growing grass and the spore-producing plant can quickly take over a lawn. Luckily, it will not kill the existing grass it merely spreads where the grass is not, which however, prevents new grass from spreading into these areas. What Causes Moss? The number one underlying cause is a poor pH level or lack of nutrients within the soil. Ideal growing conditions for grass are ...

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Types of Ticks standard

It seems that as we move into summer, the tick population is growing. With the population growing, the risk of contracting a tick-carried disease increases. There are many different types of ticks. Some may carry certain diseases and some may carry nothing. Knowing the types of ticks, how to remove a tick, and what to do if you have any suspicions are key factors in protecting yourself and your pets from their blood sucking bite. Types of Ticks One of the most common types of ticks throughout Illinois includes the Black-legged Tick, also known as the Deer tick. Deer ticks like to lurk in knee-high brush and shrubbery. The female deer tick prefers to attack larger hosts, like deer, but ...

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When Pricing Lawn Care standard

When pricing lawn care it is important to shop around and get different prices from numerous companies within your area. It is important to remember that cheaper is not always better and sometimes the price really is too good to be true. Every industry has their own tricks of the trade or sales gimmicks to lure customers in but most of those tricks are easily debunked with some careful consideration and comparisons. Cheap or Free Applications Marketing is how companies reach out to potential customers and reel them in by advertising their special or discounted pricing. Two of the biggest marketing schemes in lawn care are “your first application at a discounted rate” or “first application free when you buy ...

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Child and Pet Safety standard

Whether you have a two legged bundle of joy or a four legged furry friend or both, we love them immensely and want to keep them happy, healthy and safe. We want to give them (and us) a beautiful green lawn to play in, but are often concerned about child and pet safety and the effects from lawn care. With new advances in product development and application methods, lawn care may be safer than you think, when following all of the important safety recommendations. Fertilizer Many homeowners call us with concern about granules of fertilizer on their lawn, and ask if their children or pets need to stay off the lawn until those granules have broken down completely. The answer ...

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Chemical Drought standard

During the winter, lawn care is the last thing on most peoples’ minds, especially when there is inclement weather in the forecast. Ice melt & salt products are important to apply to sidewalks and driveways to prevent slips & falls; however, it is important to keep these products out of the lawn and landscaping to prevent chemical drought. Safety First and foremost, always be sure to follow precautionary procedures in case of inclement weather by applying ice melt or salt to any surfaces that require it. Chemical drought is a nuisance but should not be used as a deciding factor of whether or not to apply these items. Personal safety is much more important than a few spots that may ...

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Armyworms standard

They attack without notice, move in army formation from one host to the next, and damage plants very quickly. Armyworms are insects that exist every year, but occasionally cause a devastating infestation. What are Armyworms? The Fall Armyworm is a caterpillar that is roughly 1.5-2 inches long. The armyworm travels in an army and will move from one food source, deplete it, then move onto another. This caterpillar is usually a grey, dull green, or dull yellow color and has stripes the length of its body. The armyworm is native to eastern and central North America, as well as South America and is unable to survive freezing winters. The armyworm moth will migrate to Illinois in April or May to ...

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Landscape Weeds standard

There is nothing peskier when finishing up planting new flowers or shrubs than having to go back through and pull weeds from the landscape beds. The nuisance of landscape bed weeds can be unsightly as well as damaging to the plants and shrubs that you are trying to grow. Luckily, there are a few things that can be done to ease the burden of these landscape weeds and possibly prevent them all together. Landscape Mulch One of the easiest ways to combat weeds within landscape beds is to install mulch or other filler item such as rock. Landscape mulch has multiple benefits to protect and promote the life of the plants within the beds, as well as add color and ...

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