Birchcrest

Grubs Are Returning

After a summer absence, grubs are beginning to feast on the grass roots of our lawns again. But these aren’t the same grubs that dined on your lawn this spring. It’s their children. After their spring feast, the grubs pupated, similar to what happens when caterpillars become moths or butterflies. They emerged from the pupa […]

Let Your Lawn Breathe

The soil in the Rochester (NY) area is known for its high clay content, and clay isn’t the best soil for lawns. But it’s what we have so we may have to take extra steps to grow healthy grass. Clay soil is very dense and compacts easily, making it difficult for water and oxygen to […]

Take Pictures & ID Your Plants While They’re In Bloom

Landscape design is typically done in winter and spring. That makes it difficult to determine which plants in your current landscape should be kept, moved, or removed and replaced. Images of your landscape now can provide you and your designer with guidelines for planning changes during a snowy winter. Summer is a good time to […]

Slow Down, It’s Summer

Sometimes, it seems that our plants are smarter than we are. They take it easy on these hot, summer days while some people spend their summers making landscape work. If there’s nothing to do in the yard, these people pace around, mow the parched, straw-like grass twice a week and still aren’t satisfied. They are […]

Check New Growth Before Pruning Evergreens

June and July are the best months in which to prune evergreens. That’s when new growth forms. However, like everything in nature, there are no absolutes, no definitive dates to start pruning. New growth forms at the ends of branches. When the new needles or leaves first appear, they are a lighter green than the […]

An Outdoor Survival Kit

As we start spending more and more time outdoors, please consider using these items that I call, collectively, an outdoor survival kit. • Wide brimmed hat. I know baseball caps are fashionable and more comfortable than wide brim hats but baseball caps leave your ears and the back of your neck unprotected from the sun’s rays. […]

Spring Cleanup

At long last, spring has sprung! It seems as though it’s been a long time coming. As anxious as you’ve been waiting for winter end, your yard probably fared much worse than you. After all, you could retreat inside away from the wind cold, snow and ice. Your yard didn’t have that choice. It had […]