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Clean Up For The Spring


Now that spring is finally here, it’s time to do spring clean up! Any perennials you have can be cut down so the new growth can push through, and you can also cut off any ornamental grasses. Try not to prune any plants or bushes that bloom in the spring, such as lilacs, because you will cut off new growth and they will not bloom. This is the time to cut down spireas, right before the blooms emerge.  Also, trees can be trimmed and the suckers at the base of the tree can be cut off at any time of the year, but be aware that the sap is currently flowing in trees, so if you prune them now it will be sticky! Call us today if you’d like us to do the work for you, 630-475-7229!

Do You Have a Soggy Yard?

At this time of year when it rains so heavily, people often get wet spots in their yard where the water collects or cannot drain fast enough. There are several solutions to this problem, and you should try some of the simpler ones first. Try to find where the water is coming from before you take any action as well, it may just be that your downspout needs to be re-directed from a low spot in your yard.

If there is an area where the water is constantly flowing over and it prevents anything from growing there, you could create a creek bed. This way it will look more like an aesthetic feature rather that a messy trail of water.

If the water all flows to one place, you could create a dry well, which is simply a hole that is filled with gravel. However, this will catch the water, and because it is filled with gravel then the water drains easily into it. You can also add a plastic container at the bottom which will hold the water while it is absorbed into the soil around it.

Spruce Disease

As we posted about previously, Spruce trees in our area are under attack from several diseases.

Another disease affecting Spruces is Rhizosphaera Needle Cast. This is also caused by a fungus and can severely damage your tree. Again, this will rarely kill your Spruce but it will become unsightly. After several years of the disease you will usually only have the current growth of needles on the tree. The way this one works is needles become infected in spring, and often you will not know until the late summer when they start to become spotted with yellow or reddish blotches, and they fall off the following spring and the cycle starts over and spreads.