Our Design Process
Preliminary planning with the customer
Site and building analysis
Site measurements and soil tests
Municipal codes and regulations
Concept plans and budgets
Final plan development
Final specifications, contract and implementation schedule
Plantings and bed preparation
Patio, walks and driveways
Natural stone construction
Arbors, pergolas and fences
Full seasonal landscape care or just an occasional touch-up
Spring and fall clean-up—removal of all debris and leaf accumulations from landscape beds and turf areas
Pruning or shaping trees and shrubs
Fertilization and weed control—small and large scale properties
Perennial and annual flower care
Plant disease control
Seasonal color changes
Certified arborist available
IPM—Integrated Pest Management and control
Irrigation services available
Certified to create NR151 plans
Organic care including compost tea
Lighting for Style and Beauty
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Bugs Are Here, Save Your Ash
The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an invasive pest introduced from Asia that attacks ash trees (Fraxinus spp.). This metallic wood-boring beetle was found in Detroit, Michigan and Ontario, Canada in 2002, and has continued to spread into neighboring states and eventually across the U.S. and Canada. The adult is a small, metallic green beetle only 10-15 mm in length and about 3 mm in width. The larvae live under the bark of the tree and feed in the vascular cambium. The adults typically emerge around June, leaving D-shaped exit holes in the bark. This ash tree insect briefly feeds in the canopy before reproducing and laying eggs in the twigs and branches.
EAB larvae live under the bark and feed on the vascular tissues. Larvae create meandering galleries through the phloem, vascular cambium and etch the xylem, effectively girdling the tree. The tree responds by sprouting new (epicormic) branches below the disrupted tissues. Dieback of the canopy is a symptom of EAB larval infestation; as many as one half of the branches may die back as infestation progresses. The bark will split over dead vascular tissues, and trees may die within only two years of the onset of symptoms.
Independent studies strongly recommend that treatments be applied early, before extensive disruption to the vascular tissues occurs. Dieback symptoms should be <40%. Arborjet recommends treatment when EAB is detected in your area, but trees still appear healthy for best outcomes. Treat ash with either IMA-jet (imidacloprid) or TREE-äge® Insecticide (emamectin benzoate) using the TREE I.V. system for high volume dosages or the QUIKjet micro-injector for lower volume applications. The comparatively large vasculature in ash trees will readily move IMA-jet upward into the canopy. TREE-äge is more viscous and will take slightly longer to inject but will provide a longer residual effect. TREE-äge and IMAjet will kill the EAB larvae inside the tree. See the IMA-jet and TREE-äge labels for dosage rate based on tree size. To give the tree a greater health benefit, a follow up application of ROOT-jet Iron or MIN-jet Iron is recommended, the specific formulation dependent upon soil type. When applied to the soil, ROOT-jet Iron supplies phosphorous, potassium, iron, manganese, and a low dose of nitrogen. MIN-jet Iron supplies both iron and manganese, micro-elements that may be sequestered in high pH soils, but essential to healthy, green foliage.
Organic Lawn Care
Organic lawn fertilization from Landscape Associates is an environmentally friendly way to get a great lawn. If your concern is having a safer outdoor space for families, pets and the environment, organic lawn care may be the right choice for you. It requires fewer fossil fuels, water and fertilizers.
Not convinced? Organic lawn care also results in stronger, healthier turf over time. A program of natural organic fertilizer will build a biologically complex soil, helping grass take up nutrients and minerals and become deep rooted. The deeper the root system, the less vulnerable a lawn will be to stress and drought. Healthy, non-stressed grass has fewer insect and disease problems. An organic program is focused on the development of good soil populated with beneficial microorganisms.
Applications of compost tea help create rich, healthy soil. The brewing process allows us to extract and activate microorganisms in compost and nurture their growth. When applied to the lawn and watered in, these rejuvenate and begin building healthy soil and encourage root development. Good soil biology is important for suppressing fungal disease.
An organic/natural lawn system nurtures the life inside the soil. A natural soil is loaded with bacteria, fungi, nematodes, earthworms, and other organisms. All have vital roles in recycling nutrients.