1. Spring clean up time

    March 19, 2011 by MAX

    Early to mid spring is the opportune time to begin cleaning up the gardens.

    We recommend NOT removing all organic matter, as rotting leaf litter benefits the soils, and the tree’s systems. A tidying up, trimming back of dead growth etc, and of course…

    makes the clean up sooo easy, and quick too!

    FIRE! Fire can be a benefit, plus a recycling of nutrients.

  2. EAB (Emerald Ash Borer) Update, pix and video…

    March 4, 2011 by MAX

    Great info.

    BTW-we have an infestation here in West Chicago.Seems that ALL the ash are infected,  seemingly right under our noses!  Bring on the parasitic wasps!          ASAP! watch video below:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded& =Jc668J_TxYs

    infected only a yr. ago or less!

    Peeled away to reveal the damage to this Green Ash

  3. Signs of spring – bulbs and borers

    March 1, 2011 by MAX

    As of March 1 here in the woods of West Chicago; the snow drops are popping up through the last vestiges of  crusty snow cover, plus all the ash on our property, and every ash in our wooded environ have been stripped of their bark by hungry woodpeckers these last few months in hot pursuit of EAB  (Emerald Ash Borer) which is now engulfing our entire Chicago land area. Sooner than we though and so swiftly! The thought of a landscape devoid of all ash trees-quite sad.


    Lg. flowering Snowdrops, first to show up in late winter