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Bagworms = Arborvitaes worst nightmare!

When unsuspecting arborvitaes are invaded by bagworms, it is often times a total loss for the individual evergreen under assault. Bagworm caterpillars feed on specific types of evergreen foliage (arborvitae, juniper, cedar, spruce, cypress, etc.) and may partially stress or … Continue reading

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Bishop’s Weed……………….. friend or foe???

Bishop’s weed (aka goutweed, snow-on-the-mountain, ground elder, etc.) can take over your garden if you are not careful.  While the perennial plant itself looks fairly attractive, the challenge lies in it’s invasive growing nature. The plant will quickly spread into … Continue reading

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Poison Ivy in ALL the wrong places…………………………….

Over the years we have been very fortunate to provide lawn and landscape related services at thousands of area properties.  Based on routine and somewhat unexpected customer demand, we have become a local source frequently called upon to properly identify … Continue reading

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Take a look at that Forsythia over there, it’s trying to tell you something………..

Spring is finally here!! A sure sign that spring has finally arrived is when the forsythia bushes bloom and take on an awesome yellow color.  Even though the forsythia’s great vibrant yellow color only lasts a few short weeks, here … Continue reading

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Never be without your straps and chains!

Whenever the need arises to move heavy material or equipment, you need to be sure to safely secure your payload to the transport vehicle of choice.  A properly secured load will not only ensure your own well-being, but the safety … Continue reading

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3 Proven Ways to Increase Commercial Snow Removal Quality and Reliability!

After spending the last 25 years in the business of commercial snow removal, even to this day, we continue to learn and find new ways to tweak our operational techniques and further improve the level of service we provide for … Continue reading

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Happy New Year from your friends at Pacocha Landscaping Services!

We want to wish all of our friends a very positive, healthy and Happy New Year!  All the best for 2018 and beyond!! Thank you for the continued opportunity and your support from all of us at Pacocha Landscaping Services, … Continue reading

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So what are you anyway ………….. a contractor or a mechanic?

My answer is BOTH!  Well, sort of anyway. Being a contractor in the landscape and snow industry means you have the honor of working with fantastic people, spend your days in the great outdoors and are surrounded by, and rely … Continue reading

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Ideas to relieve standing water from your lawn and landscape

If proper site drainage is lacking at your property and continuous rains routinely cause the ground to become fully saturated, standing water will almost certainly occur. Especially across low lying lawn and poorly drained plant bed areas, if surface water … Continue reading

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A tree that has no equal – the majestic Bur Oak!

There is one very special oak tree that I just love seeing in my day-to-day travels, the Bur oak. Wow…. what a beautiful and majestic tree! The Bur oak is from the white oak family of hard wood trees and … Continue reading

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How to Identify an Oak Tree

The first step to begin identification of an oak tree is to determine whether the tree is from the white or red oak family of trees.  You can identify which group your oak tree belongs to by looking at it’s … Continue reading

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Natures Oddity…………. Slime Mold!

Slime mold can be found growing atop organic decaying material (wood mulch in particular) when hot and humid weather is the norm (June – August). Slime mold can be white, light cream, brown or even yellow in color. When found … Continue reading

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It’s much too hot and way too dry…….. will my lawn be ok?

The first cool-season lawn areas to show signs of heat related stress will likely consist of Kentucky bluegrass and fine fescue grass plant varieties.  Lawn areas that are not routinely watered, experience full-sun exposure or are found growing atop shallow … Continue reading

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Weeds are growing in my newly seeded lawn …….. what to do?

When planting a new lawn from seed (in particular), soil is normally added, amended, cultivated and/or aerated to provide optimum seed-growing conditions.  Lightly cultivated soil is critical for new grass seed germination and eventual plant/root development, but also happens to … Continue reading

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Mechanical Slit-Seeding = Best Way to Rebuild a Thinning Lawn

Slit-seeding is the mechanical process of planting premium site-specific grass seed through an existing stand of turfgrass, directly into the soil. Unlike general over-seeding where a spreader is normally used to simply broadcast seed over a lawn (hoping grass seed … Continue reading

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Contractor’s LEGOS!!

Whenever a contractor has to store bulk material in a somewhat orderly and cost effective manner (temporary or long-term), he often turn’s to stackable concrete blocks to meet the challenge.  These 2′ x 2′ x (3′ or 6′) long solid … Continue reading

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No Chicago area snow cover means NO SNOW MOLD for your lawn…… YES!!

Since we have had absolutely no snow covering the ground over the past few winter months, experienced a fairly steady rise in soil temperatures recently and have had only occasional rainfall, you can be fairly certain that your Chicago area … Continue reading

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Can you help me get this stuff out of here?!?

Ever wonder where you can go to get rid of a few old tires, construction debris, asphalt shingles or even an old unsalvageable appliance you happened to have laying around your residential property?  We’ll, if you happened to reside in … Continue reading

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Happy 2017!

We would like to say thank you for a wonderful 2016 and wish you and your family nothing but the best for 2017. Happy New Year!

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Oak Tree = Living Heirloom

It seems that the older I become the more I appreciate trees that manage to survive the test of time.  Oak trees in particular are hardwood trees that can easily outlive us by several generations.   Please find a few … Continue reading

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What is this so called nimblewill you speak of?

Nimblewill is a warm season perennial grass that has a tendency to grow in patches and is occasionally found growing in poorly drained soil and lightly shaded lawn areas.  Nimblewill is considered a weed grass and is never planted on … Continue reading

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Seed Germination Blanket ………… NEVER plant a new lawn from seed without it!!

Whenever starting a new lawn from seed, it is highly recommended to cover all improved bare soil/seed planted areas with germination blanket for best results.  Seed germination blanket is a bio-degradable, wood fiber stranded mat-like material that is sold by … Continue reading

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MUSHROOMS are growing in my lawn ………. why my yard??

Every growing season, especially after heavy ground saturating rains, mushrooms start to appear in select lawn and wood mulched landscape bed areas.  Wherever dead buried organic material exists you will eventually find some type of mushroom growing near by. Mushrooms … Continue reading

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Boo……. THISTLE …….. Boo ……….. GO AWAY ALREADY!!!

Anyone that has had a run-in with thistle around their yard knows how tough this broadleaf weed is and how difficult it is to completely eradicate.  With it’s deep and wide spreading root mass and sharp pointed prickly foliage, it … Continue reading

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What is a pop-up drainage emitter anyway?

When installing an extended underground downspout or sump pump drain, it is always a good idea to direct excess discharged water away from your foundation and into a water safe area several feet away (open lawn area, french drain, dry … Continue reading

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Tri-Color Beech …… what a unique tree!!

If I have to name one tree as my favorite, it has to be a European Tri-Color Beech. They are such beautiful trees with their colorful variegated leaves (sometimes pink-white-purple-green or rose colored) which make it a complete stand-out in … Continue reading

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Proper Routine Mechanical Lawn Maintenance = A Happy Lawn!!

One way or another, if you are the proud owner of property that happens to include a lawn, you need to understand that it will require a certain level of on-going mechanical care in order for it to be healthy … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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NO WINTER VACATIONS!!

We 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 … Continue reading

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

Depending 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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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

Just 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 … Continue reading

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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 from 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 … Continue reading

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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! The mulberry tree is rarely purposely planted by man in our area. … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Poison Ivy growing on your property? We can help eliminate the problematic vine once and for all!

As summer approaches and we spend greater amounts of time outdoors, be on the lookout for troublesome poison ivy that may be growing on your property. Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. offers effective poison ivy removal solutions for the greater Chicago … Continue reading

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Tree and stump recently removed? Heaping pile of wood chips left atop your lawn? ……….. Repair your lawn now by following these few simple steps!

If you recently had a tree removed from your property and it’s stump ground down, this information may prove beneficial to you.  Please find a few steps listed below that will ensure a successful lawn repair. 1). Be sure that … Continue reading

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Oh no…… my lawn has SNOW MOLD!!

Now that the snow has finally melted and warmer temperatures are upon us, many lawns are showing signs of a common fungal disease called snow mold (gray snow mold in particular). Snow mold occurs when spring conditions allow warm unfrozen … Continue reading

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Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. – Commercial Snow Removal Services

  Please contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. to learn more about our extremely reliable commercial snow and ice management services.  Thank you for visiting our site!

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Excellent Winter Weather and Snow Accumulation Forecasting Websites

Here are a few fantastic websites that provide very detailed winter weather forecast information so you can prepare well in advance for winter’s worst. 1). Weather Underground  2). National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)  3). AccuWeather 4). The Weather Channel … Continue reading

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A few tips to further improve your next treated wood timber landscape installation project

Even though concrete block seems to be the most commonly used construction material for raised beds and retaining walls in the residential landscape, I personally find wood (treated wood timbers in particular) to be superior in many ways. For starters, … Continue reading

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Recommended Ice Melt Material……… Thunder Melt!

If you are responsible for winter maintenance (ice melting and plowing snow) at a northern Illinois commercial property, I highly recommend taking a look at this particular bulk ice melt material to properly service your property. It is not very … Continue reading

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Improved Snow Management Services: Provide unobstructed on-site areas to adequately accommodate snow plowed piles

Whenever visiting a new prospective snow and ice management property, one of the first things we quickly notice is if there are any plants, fences, sprinkler heads and/or any other obstructions located within anticipated plowed snow stacking areas. Plentiful OPEN … Continue reading

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A fruit bearing perennial TOXIC WEED that has many unique uses dating back hundreds of years!!

One day a client asked if I would stop by his property to look at a few small projects he needed taken care of.  So during my property visit I noticed a very striking plant.  The client indicated that he … Continue reading

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Just a few locations we have found and eliminated the problematic POISON IVY vine

Please contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. for assistance identifying and removing poison ivy from your northern Illinois property.  Thank you for visiting!  

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Three basic types of turfgrass weeds

The basic definition of a weed is any plant growing in a place that it is not wanted. The three basic types of weeds found in managed stands of turfgrass are grassy weeds, grass-like weeds and broadleaf weeds. 1). Grassy … Continue reading

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5 Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Control Methods

The goal of any successful lawn and landscape management program is to optimize (not maximize) pest control over time.  A pest is any insect, mite, nematode, rodent, fungus, weed, or other organism that is problematic to humans, structures, plants or … Continue reading

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When planting cool season grass seed…………. timing is key!

When planting grass seed it is not enough to properly prepare the soil, fertilize, choose a premium site specific grass seed, cover large seedbed areas to protect/retain moisture and routinely water.  In addition to each of the critical steps mentioned … Continue reading

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Rabbits have eaten my bushes this winter!!!

After such a cold and snowy winter here in the greater Chicagoland area, it turns out that deciduous and evergreen bushes were not “off the menu” for feeding rabbits.  Since the majority of our ground was covered by a heavy … Continue reading

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Mark, flag or map all shallow buried utilities BEFORE core aerating your lawn to avoid possible damage

As winter ends and spring finally starts, many property owners will have their lawn’s core aerated.  Core aeration is the mechanical process of repeatedly penetrating the lawn/soil with a machine that removes a great many soil cores (1/2″ diameter x … Continue reading

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A few proven ways to reduce labor, save money and increase the quality of your residential lawn and landscape management service

Over the last 20 years or so I have had the privilege of performing lawn and landscape related services at several thousand Chicago area properties.  As you can imagine, there are many time consuming variables on each individual property that … Continue reading

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How much does 1 cubic yard of deicing salt weigh anyway?

Here is a little experiment our team at Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. did to quickly verify how much rock salt (by weight) would fit into a 1 yard loader bucket. We started by filling the 1 yard bucket with 50lb. … Continue reading

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Trust, but verify! Snow, sleet and ice accumulation reporting by a third party certified meteorologist.

A very important part of our customer service approach at Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. is the ability to keep very detailed records of any/all services performed at a client’s property (snow and ice management services in particular).  Whether it be … Continue reading

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