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Thank you Hinsdale Garden Club!

Hi Everybody!


I want to give a big thank you to the Hinsdale Garden Club for their warm welcome and wonderful hospitality yesterday at their monthly meeting.  You were very kind and gracious and I hope I could share a few things that was helpful or informative.  Thank you again!


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It's still winter!  This morning the wind chill is zero degrees.  More than that, it's the wind.  Chris and I work outside and anyone who is outside for any length of time knows the wind will really take it out of you.  My insulated Carharts are still front and center.  :-(


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Here's a progress report; The trees and lawns look good.  

Turf is ready to go.  The new green shoots are formed and ready to begin growing but they are hardy and these cold snaps will not do much damage.  As soon as the weather breaks the lawns will green up quickly.  Our turf grasses are well adapted to this kind of back-and-forth weather altho the wind may dry out a few of the new shoots.  The roots systems of turf grass are very strong and plants will draw on root reserves to make new blades of grass to replace anything that might have been damaged by late cold or wind.

From the lawns point of view, these late winter snows and rains have been a real blessing.  Last year was too dry.  And what especially hurt was the dry Autumn.  In the Autumn, plants store food in their roots but they need water to make their food so a dry Autumn means that plants are going into winter with low root reserves.  I know some books say not to water your plants in the Autumn because it will make them grow and become soft and vulnerable to winter kill but I have not observed that and those dry plants will suffer more winter damage and have very poor vigor in the springtime.  I have observed this many times.

The trees still have their buds tight to the stem just like they did in January.  I see that Silver Maple buds have swollen and are separated from the stem so when the air temperature warms up they will be the first to flower.  Their flowers are not showy but instead are small and reddish.  From a distance they look like little red fuzz balls.  They will develop little "helicopters" that will fall to the ground in May and the squirrels eat most of them as it's their first fresh food since last Autumn.

When the air temperature goes above 32 or 35 then we can begin feeding our trees if we want to.  Bark has pores just like our skin and they absorb food thru the pores very well.  Bark feeding our trees is very effective and efficient.  Within one week the food will be translocated all the way to the top of the tree even if it is very tall!  It's very important that plant foods be high in phosphorus.  There are a number of reasons for this which I will explain another time.

Take care everybody and stay warm.  Our plants are fine but they want some sunshine as much as we do!

And remember, for very high quality organic lawn and tree feeding
in the Western suburbs of Chicago then call Chris to schedule an estimate and start service when you are ready.  We are experts at soil and plant nutrition.  We control insects and diseases nutritionally or with minimal pesticide spray.  Our organic lawn and tree fertilizers are very effective at growing healthy plants and are also completely safe for our children and pets.  Call Chris today! 630-649-1476.

Happy gardening!

Bill 


Why fertilize your lawn in the late fall?


In the late fall as the soil temperature drops the lawn starts to go dormant.  The grass starts to lose the dark green color and slowly takes on a light brown color...winter is coming.  

At this time of the year when the days are significantly shorter and colder, when lawn furniture is covered or in storage. When summer flowering bulbs have been dug up. Lawn mowers and rakes switch places with snow blowers and snow shovels there is one thing is is all too often not thought of, THE LAWN!

Many homeowners figure they are done with the lawn fertilization program for the year. I have been doing professional lawn care for about 18 years now...and now is an important time to get that last application down into the ground. This last application can be called a late fall application or a winterizer application. 

There are a vital reasons to feed and take care of the lawn this one last time.  One is the lawn will still need some food for those occasional days when the temperatures rise and it warms up enough for the lawn to grow a bit.  But more importantly this last application is ofgreat benefit in the early spring of the next year. This fertilizer that gets applied in the late fall will work it's way into the soil and be ready to get used up as soon as the temperature rises in the early spring.  The fertilizer will be there to be used up and turn your grass a nice dark green color way before the other lawns that didn't get that late fall/winterizer application.

As we start up mid March we can usually spot those lawns that were fed in the late fall.  They have a distinct dark green color while the neighbors lawns still have the straw colored/light brown hue to them. We smile with satisfaction as we work on lawns and see the neighbors lawns looking less than desirable. We even take some quick pictures in the early spring of "our" lawns so that we can help remind (and show) others of this important step that should be taken late in the season. We try to make sure to get part of the other neighbors lawn in the picture so that "our" nice green lawns really are noticeable.

Who doesn't want to come home to a natural and organic lush, healthy green lawn? A lawn that can be enjoyed by all, pets and children too with no "stay off the grass time". Each season, many special memories are created, let your lawn shine. 
 
Enjoy your lawn and make sure that late fall fertilizer application gets applied as the lawn starts to go dormant. Make sure to schedule your last seasonal application and rest easy knowing that come spring, you're already a step ahead. 

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See you next season! 
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