Serving South-Central Wisconsin
9751 Wilkinson Rd., Mazomanie, WI 53560
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12 Feb 2020

Spring 2020 Newsletter

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.

Tim

21 Feb 2014

The 2013 Season

Every growing season is unique and 2013 was no exception.  A very late spring followed by flooding was little relief to drought stricken trees, shrubs and landscape plantings.  New foliage was infected with fungus and we experienced high levels of Apple Scab, Spruce Needle Blight, Burr Oak Wilt and Anthracnose.

Later in the summer, the drought returned further stressing the plant material.  Lawns went dormant and new seeding and plantings suffered.  A little supplemental watering went a long way at this time of year. Then the bombshell exploded as Emerald Ash Borer was discovered in Madison’s Warner Park.  Although we suspected that this devastating pest was probably in Dane county, confirmation of its presence and the subsequent quarantine on moving firewood and plant material is a bitter pill.  Area Arborists have been meeting for years, making plans to slow the spread and treat trees with insecticidal injections that last for 2 years.  We have also been replacing trees  that are otherwise unhealthy or growing in poor locations. Then came the winter that won’t quit.  Snowy, sub-zero conditions began in mid-December and as February comes to an end we find that the ice on the Madison lakes in excess of three feet thick.  My hope is that the long stretch of sub-zero weather will kill some of the overwintering pests, especially those that overwinter as larvae and adults. I remember two years ago when we received two weeks of 80 degree temperatures during early March, forcing the leaves which were doomed to freezing later in the month.  So there is no way to predict what the weather will be in just a few weeks.  All that we can do is to be ready for any eventuality and ready we are.  Four of us are now certified arborists and we have trained personnel, certified in pesticide application and controlled burning.  Because we do not plow snow, all of our equipment is in top shape and ready to go whenever nature allows. Whether it’s tree work, landscape maintenance, vegetation control or a complete Landscape Makeover, my hope is that you will think of our family business for all aspects of caring for your green world.