As of late, I have been having more and more conversations with both new and existing clients in regard to the possibility of surface damage caused by routine string-trimmer use at their properties. When mowing a lawn, it is often the case, that any grass found growing on-site, not accessible by a conventional lawn mower will be cut using a mechanical string-trimmer (aka weed-wacker, line trimmer, weed eater, etc).
Unless improved landscape design or protective strategies are employed (targeted wood mulch placement, expanded plant bed areas, use of sacrificial contact materials, simple grass removal, etc.), contact damage is very likely.
When placed/installed directly atop growing grass or are left in very close proximity to a regularly maintained lawn, the following items or structures are commonly exposed to accidental string-trimmer related damage.
Wood Stairs, Fencing and Gates
Deck, Fence and Mail Box Posts
Tree Bark/Exposed Roots
Wooden or Plastic Children Playground Sets
Low-Voltage Light Fixtures
Exposed Utility Cables
Vinyl, Wood or Aluminum Siding
Air Conditioner Condensers
Low-Growing Annual and/or Perennial Foliage
Aluminum Downspout Extensions
Please be sure to let us know if you have any questions or if our team at Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. can be of help in the creation of a beautiful, maintenance-friendly landscape at your property. Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!
Deciduous and Evergreen Care: Bush trimming, select pruning, shrub and hedgerow rejuvenation (partial or complete).
New Plant Material Installation: Perennials, annuals, shrubs, ground cover, bushes, trees and new lawns from seed.
Drainage Solutions: Buried extended down spout drains, debris filtered drain inlets, surface and sub-surface water capture and conveyance, buried sump pump outlet relocation, etc.
Residential Soil Grade Modifications: Perimeter slope adjustments along foundation, problematic plant relocation/elevation/complete removal, strategic soil berm placement, lawn replacement, etc.
Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any lawn or landscape related questions you may have. We stand ready to assist and look forward to being of service any way possible. Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!
Besides being found just about everywhere in a landscape setting, we find that poison ivy is very comfortable growing vertically. Very comfortable!! In fact, if left alone over time, poison ivy loves growing directly up mature trees, wooden utility poles, fences and even walls of houses (usually intertwined with other desirable climbing vines – in particular).
Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any poison ivy related concern you may have. We stand ready and able to help any way we can. Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!
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 leaves, acorns and it’s bark.
Red Oak Group Characteristics:
Leaves have pointed tips
Acorns are round in shape and have a flattened overlapping/scaled cap
Bark is fairly dark in color and often appears as ridged/furrowed
Members of the red oak group of trees include – Northern red oak, Black oak, Pin oak, Shingle oak, Red oak, etc.
White Oak Group Characteristics:
Leaves are rounded at tip of each lobe
Acorns are oval/elongated and have a bumpy faced cap that is usually 1/3 or so it’s overall length
Bark often appears to be light colored and scaly in appearance
Members of the white oak group of trees include – Bur oak, Post oak, Swamp White oak, Eastern White oak, etc.
Oak trees are fantastic hardwood trees that can live for hundreds of years and provide awesome shade for all to enjoy. Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any comments, questions or service requests you may have. We greatly appreciate your visit to our site and look forward to being of service to you. Have a great day!
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 growing atop wood mulch, slime mold can be easily removed by just scooping it up and throwing it away.
Try not to dispose of slime mold in your compost bin to avoid further possible on-site spread. Normal routine cultivation of wood mulch will keep slime mold growth at bay. Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any lawn, landscape or snow management related questions you may have. Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!
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 are simply the visible top growths extending from buried fungi in the soil below.
One way to possibly stop (or slow) new mushroom’s from growing is to remove it’s buried food source.
Here are just a few of the organic food sources that will eventually lead to new mushroom growth: dead buried roots, buried wood, thick layers of wood mulch, under wood piles, old tree stump areas, etc.
Please be sure to let our team at Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. know if we can be of additional help or answer any questions you may have. Thank you for visiting and have a great day!
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 and survive for the long term.
We are asked many times a year from new potential clients (in particular) whether or not our company provides bi-weekly lawn mowing service (once every two weeks), and the answer is simply NO. Your lawn needs to be maintained/mowed/cleared of debris at least once a week when it’s actively growing for best results. If you wait too long (2 weeks or more) you will likely end up cutting away too much of the new top growth (well beyond 1/3 of grass plant – recommended limit per mowing) which translates into the plant placing all of it’s remaining energy into top side leaf recovery and not critical root development. Just by looking at a lawn from the curb, I can tell whether or not it is being properly mechanically maintained on a routine basis. A lawn THAT IS NOT MAINTAINED ON A ROUTINE BASIS is usually light green in color, has heavy broadleaf weed populations (dandelion, clover and creeping charlie especially – sometimes even thistle), they are thin and contain multiple bare spots from past injuries and/or stress.When a lawn has a shallow/inadequate root mass it suffers in so many ways. The grass plant needs to develop a substantial root zone in order for it to survive the occasional challenge from extended periods of drought, weed seed competition for any/all bare soil, compacted soil from foot traffic, disease, insect invasion, cutting too short, fallen leaves left atop/smothering lawn, etc.
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. 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.
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!
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.
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).
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.
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.
As we experience another great summer season, I have been contacted by many area residents that have confirmed poison ivy contact on or near their property. Anyone may have a chance encounter with poison ivy especially if you enjoy gardening, camping, walking or running along a local trail or even while repairing your back yard fence. Really, the locations where poison ivy can spring up are vast and ever expanding. Since birds routinely spread poison ivy by seed after eating it’s berries, there really is no fertile soil that is off-limits to new poison ivy growth. Not to mention that poison ivy contact is very normal for outdoor roaming animals as well. Even though it appears that dogs and cats are primarily protected by their furry coats, petting a dog that has just run through a patch of poison ivy is a common way for people to come in direct contact with the toxic oil resin (urushiol) that poison ivy emits. I highly recommend learning how to identify poison ivy so you can take the necessary actions needed when spending quality time in the great outdoors. Please contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. to help identify and create a plan to eliminate any troublesome poison ivy that may be growing on your greater Chicago area property.
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