NEXTDOOR……. the private neighborhood network that everyone can use!

Just a few weeks ago I was told about a pretty unique private website called Nextdoor.

Nextdoor is a FREE local social network that was exclusively created for our unique neighborhoods (across the United States) and the individual residents that choose to reside in them.

Whether it be local classifieds, crime and safety, urgent alerts, free items, event announcements, lost and found, etc. the usefulness of this website appears to be positively growing each and every day.

I have found that even a brief visit to the site can translate into a greater sense of neighborhood awareness.  If you have just a few minutes to spare, check the site out for yourself.  I think you will be pleasantly surprised!

Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!

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NO WINTER VACATIONS!!

Pacocha - Weather Forecast UncertaintyWe just had quite the winter weather experience here in the Chicago area.  Weather forecasters were predicting anywhere from 5-10 inches of snow for our area.  Over the past 3 or 4 days, all we heard from the major news networks was to prepare for a major winter storm that was heading our way (high winds, heavy snow, etc.).  Ok, fine by us.  We are ready, let’s do it!!  We’ll, fast forward 12 hours and we had basically no accumulated snow on paved surfaces (barely a trace in a few areas), temperatures remained slightly above freezing and the forecasters proved to be entirely wrong yet again.  Of course, no big deal either way.  However, a day in the life of a snow management professional is one that has no guarantee.

Our customers rely on us to make trusted service related decisions while “babysitting” winter weather from November thru early April.  Our clients expect prompt service all winter long and whenever the need arises.

Snow Management Professionals take NO WINTER VACATIONS!  

Pacocha - Snow Melting on Contact - Above FreezingWhether we experience a fast moving ice storm overnight or a multi-day blizzard, we are expected to be properly equipped, ready and able to act in a very timely manner.

On behalf of our team at Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc., we would like to thank our valued clients for yet another wonderful winter season and we look forward to earning your business well into the future!

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

 

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Calcium Chloride ……. when only THE BEST will do!

Pacocha - Walks Cleared of Snow and Calcium Chloride AppliedDepending on actual pavement and ambient temperatures (+/- 32 degrees) at time of application, you can effectively melt light snow and ice (up to 1″+/-) within a very short period of time.  With just a single application, calcium chloride is very effective at eliminating the formation of ice on pedestrian and vehicle traversed pavement.

Pacocha - Calcium Chloride Treated Walk Main EntryCalcium chloride is not perfect, but it is considered to be the finest form of deicing material available (in it’s pure granular pellet form – in particular) due to it’s ability to easily melt snow and ice at very low temperatures (-25F).  It also creates relatively low environmental stress to nearby plants, lawns, etc. (compared to sodium chloride – rock salt) and can be purchased in small or large quantities at a relatively fair price.  A 50lb. bag of calcium chloride normally comes in a very durable plastic bag that can be rolled closed for long term storage (as/if needed).  As long as the calcium chloride material remains dry (stored in it’s original plastic bag if possible and not left open to attract moisture from the atmosphere), it will remain active, granular and ready to spread whenever the need arises.

Pacocha - Manually Handling Calcium ChlorideManually spreading calcium chloride by hand (directly from plastic bag or a 5 gallon plastic bucket wearing PVC coated gloves) is the preferred approach for small paved areas.  However, large area applications will require the use of a walk behind rotary/drop type spreader or a vehicle mounted material spreader for best results.

Areas best served by the melting power of calcium chloride are:

  • Pacocha - Basketball Court Area Treated with Calcium ChlorideDriveways
  • Small Parking Lots
  • Sidewalks
  • Entry Ways
  • Patios
  • Ramps
  • Staircases
  • Loading Docks
  • Frozen Gutters and Downspouts
  • Brick, Cured Concrete, Asphalt, etc.

Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. to learn more about our ice melt application programs and other snow related services.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our site and have a great day!

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Happy New Year!!

It has been our great pleasure helping so many wonderful people in 2015.  We thank you for the opportunity and would like to wish you and your family a healthy and happy new year!

May 2016 be your best year yet!!

From your friends at Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc.

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Transplanted young EVERGREEN trees………………… The gifts that keep on giving!!

Pacocha - Northern WisconsinJust a few weeks ago I was very fortunate to not only experience a beautiful part of northern Wisconsin for the very first time, but was also blessed by being able to bring a piece of the tranquil northwoods home with me.Pacocha - Northern Wisconsin 5

Pacocha - Northern Wisconsin Yound SpruceA long time friend not only allowed my cousin and I to stay at his wonderful Wisconsin property for a few days, but also very graciously allowed us to harvest/transplant a few young evergreen trees (spruce, fir and pine) that happen to grow wildly on his property for our own yards back home.

Wow, what a very special gift!

Pacocha - Northern Wisconsin Transplanted Spruce TreeEvery day I lookPacocha - Northern Wisconsin Transplanted Fir at these fantastic small evergreen trees I can’t help but think of the great time we had and the overwhelming generosity of my friend and his family.

Thank you once again Rob for the wonderful evergreen gifts you have shared with my family……. we greatly appreciate it!!

 

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INSTALL A CATCH BASIN FILTER and say goodbye to clogged buried downspout drains forever!!

The beauty of a buried landscape drain system is that it remains normally hidden fromPacocha - 12 x 12 Catch Basin Leaves Atop sight while automatically relocating excess stormwater that runs off a roof, large paved surface or any other impermeable area.  Most residential drainage systems revolve around single or multiple buried drain lines that range in size from 3″ in diameter on up to 6″+ diameter (4″ drain pipe being most common – excess storm water dependent).  Not only are there different pipe diameter sizes to considerPacocha - 12 x 12 Catch Basin Cover Off, but also different materials as well.  Depending on site conditions, amount of water to relocate, distance to extend across and location of pipe outlet (to daylight), one will need to choose between flexible plastic or solid PVC pipe.  The most widely used types of drainage pipe are plastic corrugated, plastic corrugated and perforated, PVC solid, PVC solid and perforated.

One major problem with buried residential drainage systems that relocate water from an Pacocha - 12 x 12 Catch Basin Cleaned and Rinsedunscreened and unfiltered water source (downspouts connected to gutters with NO overhead leaf gutter guard protection in particular) is that debris can easily make it’s way into the buried pipe(s) and create clogs.  As the buried pipe(s) become clogged, water flow at the outlet point can be reduced to a trickle and/or become stopped entirely.  As you can imagine, without routine inspection and a thorough underground drain pipe cleaning (via vacuum, forced air or high pressured water jet), unnoticed clogs may lead to other serious problems around your property.  Common problems like standing water, leaky basements, ice damming along roof edges, overly saturated plant material or even washout of nearby mulch or once compacted pavement base materials can be experienced when water flows into areas where it is not welcomed.

A solution for clogged buried drain pipes has recently become available and is Pacocha - 12 x 12 Catch Basin Filter Installedmanufactured by a company called NDS.  They have created a simple catch basin filter that comes in two different sizes to fit their common 9″ and 12″ square shaped catch basins. Catch basins are commonly used under existing downspouts to funnel water underground to/through attached drain system.  The NDS catch basin filters are removable and cleanable.  They efficiently prevent dirt and debris from entering/cloggingPacocha - 12 x 12 Catch Basin Cleaned Filter Installed Covered to Complete your underground drainage system.

Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. for help with any residential landscape drainage related challenge you may currently have.

Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!

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Mulberry Tree ……….. the UNINVITED one!!

There is one type of problematic fruit bearing deciduous tree that grows wild, grows fast and often within inaccessible areas surrounding our Chicago area properties…… the mulberry tree!Pacocha - Mulberry Growing Within Low Growing Arborvitaes

The mulberry tree is rarely purposely planted by man in our area.  It tends to grow in any location where the soil is left undisturbed and is frequented by birds and animals that eat the tree’s fleshy fruit and “deposit” its remaining seed to the soil below.  The problem we landscape professionals face is when a mulberry tree happens to grow directly within evergreen bushes, deciduous hedges, inches away from foundations, along retaining walls or even within chain link fences they become very difficult to remove.  An unchallenged mulberry tree will eventually dominate the area it’s growing within and take on the appearance of an unruly out of control 20’+ tall tree-like weed.  However, once a property owner finally decides to remove the uninvited mulberry tree (and it’s stump), even at the cost of likely damaging the adjacent obstacle (plant, fence, retaining wall, etc.), the tree will certainly lose and will become all but a distant memory.Pacocha - Mulberry Growing Along Base of Chainlink Fence

As you can imagine, we highly recommend the complete removal of any/all wild growing mulberry trees located on your property while they are still relatively small in size and easy to physically remove.  This early visual identification (physical removal) strategy will help limit possible future property damage, instantly improve the overall appearance of your landscape and eliminate the need for non-selective herbicide applications to eradicate the problematic tree.

Pacocha - Mulberry Growing Within Arborvitae    Pacocha - Mulberry Growing Under Spruce Tree

Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any questions or comments you may have in regard to the information listed above.  Once again, thank you for visiting and have a great day!

 

 

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Watch out for RUST…….. ON YOUR LAWN!!!

Yes, lawn rust!

When we hear the word rust we usually think of deteriorating steel or iron somewhere in our local surroundings.  However, you may be interested to learn more about a common lawn disease that shares the same name.  Whether it be the tell-tale sign of your shoes turning orange when walking across the lawn or the lawn taking on a semi-faded orange color, your lawn is likely dealing with this common late summer fungal related disease called lawn rust.

Pacocha - Lawn Rust on Shoe

Here are a few lawn rust specifics for your review.

  1. Shoes become orange colored when walking across the lawn (orange/brown/rust colored powder sticks to shoes)
  2. Lawn takes on a temporary rusty color (entirely or in patches)
  3. Usually found during late summer/early fall season Pacocha - Rust on Blade of Kentucky Bluegrass
  4. Very common when lawn has gone dormant (partially or fully)
  5. Disease very likely when high humidity AND high temperatures are the norm
  6. In severe cases, rust disease may thin overall lawn (although not very common).  Plant premium site-specific grass seed to rebuild lost density as needed.
  7. Core aerate and/or mechanically power rake all lawn areas to break down/remove problematic excess thatch
  8. Perform infrequent watering and continue lawn fertilization (nitrogen in particular) to speed recovery

Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any questions or service requests you may have.  Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!

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Our new FAQ page!

Please check out our new frequently asked questions page on our website.

As always, please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. for any lawn, landscape or snow removal services needed at your property.  Thank you for taking the time to visit our site and have a great day!

 

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Strange dark green colored circular shaped ring found on my lawn = FAIRY RING DISEASE

With the abundance of rain we have enjoyed over the past few months, you may have noticed a few odd looking circular shaped dark green colored rings (3′ to 10′ +/- in diameter) located across your lawn.  If so, you are not alone.  In all likelihood, the saturated soil below your lawn has initiated a very common fungal based disease called Fairy Ring.

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The first signs of Fairy Ring disease are usually the appearance of dark green colored circles, arcs and/or mushrooms across the lawn’s surface.  Of course, the mushrooms are a reliable sign that an abundance of buried decaying organic material is in the soil (old tree roots, stumps, etc.).  As the fungi break down the excess organic matter in the soil nitrogen is produced giving the lawn located just above/around a healthy dark green color and a decent growth spurt (beyond surrounding non-affected lawn areas).

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If Fairy Ring effected lawn areas prove to be seasonally persistent at your property and grass fails to grow/survive, then you may want to consider removing a 6″-10″ layer of soil located just below the plagued lawn areas, add clean topsoil and plant premium grass seed to repair the specific areas.  There is no guarantee this soil replacement approach will be 100% effective, but may be worth the investment over the long term if your lawn continues to struggle.

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In most cases, just by power raking (mechanical dethatching) the entire lawn in the spring, mowing frequently and providing routine lawn fertilization will increase the vigor/growth rate of the entire lawn and adequately conceal most Fairy Ring outbreaks that may occur over the course of a growing season.

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Please contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any lawn care or lawn repair services needed at your property.  Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

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