Garden Pests

18 07, 2018

Lawn Pest & Disease Alert: Brown Patch & Sod Webworm

By |2018-07-18T10:58:34-06:00July 18th, 2018|Diseases, Garden Pests, Lawn Care|0 Comments

The combination of hot, humid weather and hot dry spells has created the perfect conditions for two prominent lawn problems this summer. Our maintenance crews have reported sightings of both brown patch and sod webworm. In this article, we discuss their symptoms, causes and treatment.  Brown Patch Brown patch on tall fescue. Irregular patches [...]

7 06, 2016

Controlling Grubs

By |2018-02-19T16:01:21-06:00June 7th, 2016|Garden Pests, General News, Lawn Care, Maintenance, Organic Pest Control, Plant Damage|0 Comments

If you've noticed brown, dying patches in a sunny area of your lawn, or patches of lawn that appear to have been torn up,  it's possible you have a grub infestation. Grubs are insect larvae that feed on the roots of sunny, well-watered lawns during the spring and fall months. They do considerable damage to the root system [...]

3 08, 2012

July + August = Japanese Beetle Time

By |2018-02-19T16:01:29-06:00August 3rd, 2012|Garden Pests, Organic Pest Control|0 Comments

Japanese Beetles have descended on the Chicago area. Half-inch to three-quarters of an inch long, with an iridecent green head and copper colored wing covers, they are here in greater numbers than usual due to our mild winter and the hot, dry summer. They eat many different kinds of plants, most notably lindens, crabapples, cherries, birch, roses and [...]

3 03, 2010

A Garden to Inspire You: Small Yet Special

By |2018-02-19T16:01:31-06:00March 3rd, 2010|Garden Pests, General News|0 Comments

Our clients reside in a charming Dutch colonial on a fifty by sixty-six foot city lot in Evanston. The only location for a living space was in a small, narrow fenced area (35’ x 16’) on the south side. Our clients wanted to make this space usable and increase its privacy from the street and adjacent neighbors. They replaced [...]

15 09, 2009

Plant Minor Bulbs for Spring Color, Deer/Rabbit Resistance

By |2018-08-30T11:42:43-06:00September 15th, 2009|Bulbs, Flowers, Garden Pests, Landscaping, Plants, Seasonal Color|0 Comments

The most commonly used spring flowering bulbs are the ‘major bulbs’ such as daffodils, tulips and hyacinths. However, there is a whole group of ‘minor bulbs’ that provide such reliable color that most gardens would benefit from including them when planning for early spring color. The bulbs are tiny and the plants are small, [...]

15 09, 2009

Got Grubs?

By |2018-08-30T11:40:56-06:00September 15th, 2009|Garden Pests, Lawn Care|0 Comments

Trying to figure out why you have brown, dying patches in your lawn? It’s possible that you have a white grub infestation. White grubs are insect larvae that feed on the roots of sunny, well-watered lawns during the spring and fall months. They do considerable damage to the root system, causing large, brown areas of dead grass. Untreated [...]

7 07, 2009

The Rise of The Japanese Beetle

By |2018-08-30T11:36:55-06:00July 7th, 2009|Garden Pests|0 Comments

July is Japanese Beetle Hunting Time   Start looking for Japanese beetles in your flower garden. These destructive pests are becoming very numerous in the North Shore. Not only will they eat all sorts of flowers during July and August but, their grubs will live in the lawn and, by eating grass roots, cause [...]