The abnormal weather of 2019 wasn’t only challenging but it really honed our skills. Aside from scheduling around challenging weather conditions, a whole new slew of diseases and problems arose.

The -20°’s brought on by the polar vortex last January killed many popular landscape trees and shrubs. We had many calls for dead Burning Bushes, Callery Pears, Barberries, Japanese Maples, Privet hedges, Boxwoods and Yews. Most of these species had to be replaced altogether although some were lucky enough to sprout back from the base.

Just like the last year, 2019 started cold and wet, and ended the same. Fungal problems challenged us all season long. Anthracnose raged across Maples early in the spring just after leaves had emerged. Turf diseases caused bare spots in lawns in the fall. Foliar diseases on plants not prone to diseases had us scratching our heads all season long. Spruce and Pines continue to suffer their respective needle blights.

Emerald Ash Borer continues its wave through Ash trees. For the first time ever, we found live adult beetles! We are to the point now that it is very easy to tell which trees have not been treated as they will require removal.

Replacement trees are getting harder and harder to recommend. Maple species still seem to be the top pick. However, we have learned from Elms and now Ashes the importance of plant diversity. We are encouraging a variety of species, all which are hardy for our location and bring great aesthetic appeal. Our latest favorites we recommend include Ironwood, Tulip Tree, Tree Lilac, Catalpa, Horse Chestnut, White Pine, Norway Spruce and White Fir.

Thanks to better equipment and the best crew that I’ve had in over 40 years in business, we are able to serve you better than ever before. We now have seven family members working in our family business. Our son Paul joined us this spring and is learning the bookwork and accounting from Cyndy. Our daughter Jessy is our office manager who expertly schedules our appointments and the work schedule. Her husband James manages all of the chemical treatments. Lawns have never looked better after a season of his care. Our son Beau and his wife Becky manage the tree and landscape crews. These two certified arborists are also taking over the sales while I reduce my workload. Now that I am finally feeling better after all of my health issues of the last couple years, I look forward to taking more time off to travel with Cyndy.

Our customer base has grown as you call us back year after year entrusting us with not only your properties but in many cases of those of your families and friends. These referrals are not only appreciated but are an honor and a responsibility. We will always do our very best to give you the best service and products that we can.

It is hard to express how very grateful I am as we all plunge into the new season together.