It’s December which means it’s time to decorate (among other things). While shopping, visits to Santa and cookie baking top our to-do lists, so does picking the perfect Christmas tree. It may seem fun and festive to head out to the local nursery or corner stall to buy a tree, but picking the right Christmas tree for your unique needs can make all the difference in your holiday decorating efforts. Don’t sweat it though, your neighborhood lawn care professionals at Spring-Green is here to guide you through the process of […]
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As summer comes to an end, the leaves begin to hit the ground and the temps dip, we embrace what some might call the best season of the year. Fall brings sweaters, football games and if you want your garden to thrive year-round, fall composting. Whether you’re brand-new to gardening and have no idea where to begin or an experienced pro in need of a fall composting refresher, the lawn care specialists at Spring-Green compiled (pun intended) the composting tips you need to get started! A No-Brainer Guide to Fall […]
Chrysanthemums, more commonly referred to as Mums, are a top choice for the fall garden. Fall Mums are a go-to way to add zest to the garden as summer draws to close because of their beauty and hardiness. However, there are a few tricks of the trade to keep these stunners making a splash in your garden even when your more delicate summer flowers are beginning to fade away. Confusion about how to plant Fall Mums doesn’t have to scare you away from your garden goals – especially since now […]
When it comes to common insects in and around your home such as spiders, ants and even roaches, many people are bypassing the pest control professionals and are attempting to do things on their own. Applying your own pest control products may seem easy, but there is a lot more to it. The first step in controlling any pest problem in your home is correct identification. A complete life cycle has four stages – egg, larva, pupa and adult. An incomplete life cycle has three life stages – egg, nymph […]
For the 22nd year in a row, the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) held their annual Renewal and Remembrance service project at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA on Monday, July 16, 2018. There were over 400 Green Industry Professionals from across the US that worked together to honor the 400,000 of America’s military veterans and their spouses buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Spring-Green has participated every year since 1996. Renewal & Remembrance first began in 1996 with only 50 volunteers and has grown significantly to become one of […]
Summertime is for baseball games, playing in the park, taking bike rides and enjoying picnics with friends and families. It’s also the time for patch lawn diseases to become more noticeable in yards. The patch diseases that can affect warm season grasses such as Bermuda, St. Augustine, Centipede and Zoysia, and affect much of the South and South East lawns include: Large Patch and Take-all Root Rot. These lawn diseases are present in the United States where weather is hot and humid. Although it may be too late to prevent […]
There are many different diseases that turfgrasses can contract, but not all turfgrasses get the same diseases, except for one. That disease is called Leaf Spot. There are several different pathogens that cause leaf spot diseases that includes Helminthosporium, Drechslera and Bipolaris. They all belong to a large family of fungi that share the same descriptive name of leaf spots. The Symptoms and Stages of Leaf Spot For the most part, the infectious stage of leaf spot fungi occurs during the cool, wet and cloudy weather of spring or fall. […]
You may have heard one of your parents or grandparents or the gardener down the street who has the best looking flowers and lawn say, “You got to add lime to sweeten the soil!” In many cases that is true, but not for every lawn or landscape. It’s important to determine the pH of the soil before adding any amendments to the lawn. pH levels that are below a scale of 6.5 are considered acidic while pH levels that are above a scale of 7.0 are considered alkaline. Neutral pH […]
It’s safe to state that spring has finally arrived through much of the United States. The temperatures are on the rise, lawns are waking up from dormancy, trees and shrubs are leafing out and many of these plants are also producing flowers and the tulips, daffodils and other spring bulbs are blooming. It is also the time of year when advertisements for lawn care fertilizers and other control products are seen in the mail, newspapers and online. If you use a professional lawn care service like Spring-Green to care for […]
Spring has taken its sweet time to arrive for most of the U.S. So far, this April has been the coldest on record for the Chicagoland area in the last 130 years. If you live in the more northern states like Minnesota, Wisconsin or Michigan, you may be thinking that spring may never arrive since these areas have received up to two feet of snow in the middle of April. Receiving some snow in April is not uncommon for these folks, but two feet is a little much, even for […]