Chicago Flower & Garden Show

GOOD MORNING!
 
And what a wonderful morning it is. The staff is busy with excitement preparing our exhibit for the Chicago Flower & Garden Show at Navy Pier, March 14-18 … planning, designing, and building … telling our story through this very special presentation. Our ‘Garden Trilogy’ display, in keeping with the show’s FlowerTales theme, is inspired by Bernie’s Book Bank and their important ‘Books For A Better Life’ mission to bring quality reading material to under privileged children.
We will reveal some of the book-inspired surprises in our garden later, but in the meantime, enjoy these Flower & Garden Show photos from previous years to give you an idea of the spectacular displays being created for everyone’s enjoyment.
  
  
DETAILS AND INFORMATION
To anyone that has grown tired of winter’s tight hold, we would persuade you to attend the show for a refreshing jump on spring, complete with colorful blooms, heady fragrance, and most importantly … fantastical gardens that bring to life your cherished childhood imaginings. We look forward to seeing you there!  For tickets and information:
                                         
For those looking for a special night out that honors the crucial work of this year’s beneficiaries, we encourage you to attend the Flower & Garden Show charity night, Tuesday, March 13, for an evening of horticulture inspired fashion, delicious food, and aromatic spring flowers. See their website for details:
                                           
Last year they helped 333,000 at risk children in the Chicagoland area read their way to a better life as an investment in their future. For more information about Bernie’s Book Bank and how to help their important program, please visit their website:
                                          

SNOW EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT

HELLO
As I’m sure you’re aware, throughout the night and this morning we have been plowing and salting as we cycle through all of your sites. This storm system is expected to continue throughout the day, so we will be circling back to inspect and treat sites where needed. We are watching forecasts and are prepared for timely response as weather conditions change.
Should you need to contact us, please call your account manager or our office.  Thank you.
Manuel Mercado – 847/514-8452
Chris Reid – 847/514-8453
Dawn Tecza – 847/849-6324
Rebecca Teffeteller – 847/770-8492
Brock Williamson – 847/401-0873
Jake Agema – 847/513-4796 (West Chicago)
DRIVE CAREFULLY

A NEW YEAR LETTER FROM BLAINE AND PHIL

A NEW YEAR MESSAGE
If you are like me, you may have looked back on 2017 to assess the year… What went well? What could have gone better? And you have probably looked ahead to 2018 with a sense of infinite possibilities. For some, 2018 brings opportunity to keep the momentum going. For others it’s a chance to wipe the slate clean and start again with renewed hope.
As I have been doing this, I find that life is a lot like landscapes and gardens … ever changing, with plenty of beauty and growth, and a little bit of reevaluation as some things just don’t work out like we had hoped. 🙂
As I look back over 2017 and beyond, I am humbled by the opportunities you have given us, and the landscapes and gardens we have been blessed to transform and steward. The landscape industry has changed a bit over the 25 plus years we have been privileged to be in business … new plant introductions, new material choices, new design trends, and certainly new technology.  We have experimented with much of it, keeping some and tossing others, but what I found hasn’t changed is the core of our business … people.
As landscapes and gardens grow from seeds sown and plants nurtured, we thrive because of our relationships with you, our clients, that are formed and grow on trust, service and value … making a difference in your life and for those that use your property. It was true in 1991 when we began, it remains true today, and will still be true 25 years from now. The more things change the more they stay the same!  Some of our faces may change year in and year out, but our commitment to you remains steadfast.
So, from all of us at Rosborough Partners, may the New Year bring you a sense of new possibilities, hope and rejuvenation.
Thank you!
Blaine
Phil
P.S. We invite you to visit our garden in support of Bernie’s Book Bank at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show in Navy Pier March 14-18. We look forward to seeing you there!

Watering During Drought Conditions

GOOD MORNING
 
We hope this finds you well. We want to address the drought conditions the Chicago area has been experiencing and how the lack of rain can affect your landscape. There is currently rain in the forecast, but it is unclear which areas will see relief from the precipitation, so we’d like to provide you with general information that can be helpful going forward.
As background, this past spring/summer was extremely mild with an abundance of rain which provided plant material with a solid base for good health by fortifying the root system. In the last few weeks, however, we have experienced unseasonably high temperatures and very little precipitation. September was the fifth driest month on record according to some sources along with record breaking heating days. As a result, we may begin seeing stressed plants in both non-irrigated and irrigated areas and an increase in pest activity.  Deciduous trees and some shrubs can begin to loose leaves early, a natural way of protecting themselves against these dry conditions while they conserve energy and nutrients. Evergreens can begin flagging due to moisture transpiration through their needles. Perennials can go dormant as well while conserving needed nutrients going into winter.
Our Account Management Team, along with our Operations Managers, Supervisors and Foremen are closely monitoring your sites for signs of drought stress. You will be notified if we believe your plants would benefit from additional services we can provide that would help in these conditions. The expected rain over the next few days should help, but close monitoring will still be necessary.
Feel free to contact your Account Manager with any questions, or call our office during regular business hours.
Jake Agema:  847-513-4796
Manuel Mercado:  847-514-8452
Blaine Owens:  847-648-3392
Dawn Tecza:  847-849-6324
Rebecca Teffeteller:  847-770-8492
Brock Williamson:  847-401-0873
HAVE A GREAT WEEK

Commercial Clients: Chinch Bug and Grub Treatment

GOOD MORNING
 
We hope you are well and having a good week. As our teams are out maintaining client sites, we have noticed signs of chinch bugs and grubs, which will be important to address quickly to maintain the health of your turf. As we service sites we will be checking for issues and providing a proposal for treatment as needed.
**Please note, any site receiving treatment must be watered within 24 hours of the application.
Feel free to contact your Account Manager with any questions, or call our office during regular business hours.
Jake Agema:  847-513-4796
Manuel Mercado:  847-514-8452
Blaine Owens:  847-648-3392
Dawn Tecza:  847-849-6324
Rebecca Teffeteller:  847-770-8492
Brock Williamson:  847-401-0873
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND!

WATERING DURING HEAT WAVES

IT’S FRIDAY!
 
What a fabulous weather week we have had. This weekend things are predicted to heat up into the 90’s, which affects plants, especially those newly planted and annuals in containers. It is crucial for plants to receive water during heat waves to ensure good health. In the absence of rain, we recommend the following watering guidelines:
WATERING GUIDELINES
Annuals & Perennials – 1-2 hours twice a week, let top of soil dry without plant wilting.
Established Groundcover – 1 hour every 2 weeks.
Small Shrubs – soaker hose or slow trickle 1-2 hours per week.
Ornamental Trees & Large Evergreens – soaker hose or slow trickle 4 hours per week
Lawns – Give new sod a good soaking 45-60 minutes daily.  Sprinkle seed daily just enough to keep it moist.  Established lawns need 1-1.5″ of water per week, depending on sun exposure, or you can let lawn go dormant.
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND

REMINDER: Legislation – Senate Bill SB9

GOOD MORNING ALL
Urgent Notice to ALL our clients: SENATE ILL (SB9) NEW TAX on Landscape Contractors in Illinois.
DETAILS ON SB9
Rosborough Partners, Inc., is writing to inform all of our clients of a significant tax bill now in our Senate that would be imposed on all who use landscape services. Whether you are one of our residential or commercial clients, this will affect you. The Illinois Landscape Contractor Association (ILCA), of which we are a member, as well as many other qualified landscape contractors in the state of Illinois, have been monitoring this bill. Many of us have already written to our Senators and Governor Rauner. Senate Bill 9 is proposing a tax that would be charged on all landscape services, both installation and maintenance alike. This bill does include other services such as dry cleaners, sprinkler systems, and spa services to name a few. This sales tax, though a pass through cost, is a jump in your already approved 2017 budgets, both for your household and business.
Here is the link to the 3rd Amendment that addresses the 6.25% tax on your landscape services:
http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/100/SB/PDF/10000SB0009sam003.pdf
If you would like to voice an opinion to your state senator, this link will offer their contact information:
http://capwiz.com/nea/il/home/

Legislation – Senate Bill SB9

GOOD MORNING
 
Urgent Notice to ALL our Clients: SENATE BILL (SB9) NEW SALES TAX on Landscape Contractors in Illinois.
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DETAILS ON SB9
Rosborough Partners, Inc., is writing to inform all our clients of a significant tax bill now in our Senate that would be imposed on all who use landscape services. Whether you are one of our residential or commercial clients, this will affect you.
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The Illinois Landscape Contractor Association (ILCA,) which we are a member, as well as many other qualified landscape contractors in the state of Illinois; have been monitoring this Bill. Many of us have already written to our Senators and Governor Rauner. Senate Bill 9 is proposing a tax that would be charged on all landscape services, both installation and maintenance alike. This bill does include other services such as dry cleaners, sprinkler systems, and spa services, to name a few.   This sales tax, though a pass though cost, is a jump in your already approved 2017 Budgets both for your household and business.
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Here is a link to the 3rd Amendment that addresses the 6.25% tax on your landscape services:
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If you would like to voice an opinion to your state senator, this link will offer their contact information:

Chinch Bug Awareness

Signs and Symptoms

Chinch Bug Damage 1A healthy lawn is a beautiful thing. Sometimes pests find it irresistible as well, so knowing what signs to look for can head off problems and ensure a season-long green carpet. One nuisance this time of year is chinch bugs, which are tiny little pests .16 of an inch long, with distinctive brown and white markings. The diminutive size makes them difficult to see, but the effects of their presence are visible. Chinch bug damage looks like irregularly shaped brown patches resembling drought damage. This is caused by the adult chinch bug feeding on the fresh foliage, sucking the sap out of the growing plant.

 

Pest Control

Chinch Bugs 1Brown patches are fairly common and have many sources, so it’s important to have the lawn evaluated by a professional to determine the specific cause. Chinch bug control is done when they are present, is highly effective, and keeps your lawn looking amazing throughout the season. If left unchecked, turf renovation is often necessary to repair damaged areas.

You can be confident that our crews will be diligently identifying any issues as we work to maintain your healthy lawn.

Crabgrass Alert

Crabgrass 1It is that time of year when we see the emergence of crabgrass. Below normal temperatures this spring (two snowfalls in April) resulted in lower than normal soil temperatures coming out of spring. This was followed by rapid heating in June, with low moisture counts and a resulting crabgrass barrier breach that contributed to this year’s crop. In July, some areas of the south suburbs received near record rainfall, while areas to the north and into southern Wisconsin experienced near to below normal rain totals. What has accelerated all weed activity is the recent band of high heat and high humidity. In some cases the average heat index was near 100 degrees.

We are circulating through all sites and spot spraying for crabgrass. In addition; we are spot spraying for broadleaf and touching up hardscape services with non-selective herbicide. We will be doing this between rounds and should have completion by the end of August.

We will be doing spot checking as always throughout the remainder of this season.

We are always grateful for your patience as we address this year’s crop of weeds.

Enjoy your summer!!!