With the extreme cold blowing through the Chicago area this week, please consider the following safety tips:

* Avoid prolonged time outdoors. If you must, dress in layers. Cover any exposed areas of skin – including the face, neck, hands, etc.

* Know the risk, signs and symptoms of hypothermia
– Adults: Shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech and drowsiness.
– Children & Infants: Bright red, cold skin and very low energy.

* Know the risk, signs and symptoms of frostbite
– A white or grayish-yellow skin area
– Skin that feels unusually firm or waxy
– Numbness
– At the first sign of redness or pain in any skin area, get out of the cold or protect any exposed skin – frostbite may be beginning.
– A victim of frostbite is often unaware of frostbite until someone else points it out because the frozen tissues are numb.

If you experience of hypothermia or frostbite, seek immediate medical attention. Do not wait!

Other Safety Reminders:

* Have an emergency kit ready in your car – blankets, flashlights, water, snacks and jumper cables are a few of the essentials.

* Keep your cell phone on a full charge.

* Keep your car’s gas tank full or fill it when the gauge hits the ½ tank mark.

* Don’t overexert yourself while shoveling snow. Call 9-1-1 if you experience chest pain.

* Extreme cold is dangerous for pets too. Keep your pets indoors as much as possible.

Finally, consider the following safety tips when using supplemental heat sources such as space heaters:

* Ensure that all combustible items are kept away from the unit

* If using a kerosene heater, make sure it’s in a well-ventilated area.

* Do not run your stove or oven to generate heat

* Homes with high-efficiency furnaces should make sure the venting to the outside of the home is clear and not snow covered.

Bottom line, please extreme caution during these dangerous conditions and do everything that you can in order to keep yourself and your family safe.

Fall Color In The Landscape


As the calendar flips and temperatures cool, we delight as the landscape changes from bright summer colors to autumn shades of gold, red and russet orange. Creative garden design plans for that transformation with careful plant selection and seasonal displays sprinkled throughout in vivid jewel tones to enhance the overall affect.


We continue installing fall annuals this week in addition to regular maintenance as contracted.

If you have any questions or would like to request a service, feel free to call your Account Manager directly, or contact our office 847/549-1361 Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00PM.

Jose Mercado:  847/417-0841
Terri Thornton:  847/514-8455
Kathy Rockett:  224/275-1377
Guy Seno:        224/275-1378



Our Plant Health Care team will continue performing the following fall preparation services this week as contracted:

  • Core aeration to ensure water and nutrients reach your lawn’s root system
  • Turf fertilization to give your lawn a nutrition boost prior to winter

Please contact our Plant Health Care Department if you have any questions or requests for service.

Lucio Torres:  847/417-1618
Lisa Wasik:  847/313-5706


Good Morning,

We want to inform you that instances of Fire Blight have come to our attention, a plant health care issue that affects ornamental trees such as Pear, Crabapple and Alder, and is brought about by the record precipitation and extreme temperature and humidity swings we have been experiencing. This unique set of weather circumstances creates an ideal environment for Erwinia amylovora, the bacterium responsible for Fire Blight, and can cause critical damage fairly quickly which is incurable.


Fire Blight affects ornamental trees, and presents as a tan or reddish fluid seeping from discolored branches or trunk cankers combined with curled and/or browning foliage near the infection site.


We recommend careful pruning out of diseased wood in accordance with horticulture practices, including sterilization of tools between cuts. Because there is no cure for Fire Blight, severely affected trees may require removal.

Our plant health care professionals will be looking for signs of Fire Blight at client sites, and will make contact regarding treatment if any issues are identified.

Please contact our Plant Health Care Department (847-549-1361) if you have any questions or believe you have infected trees.

And The Award Goes To…


Rosborough is excited to have won an award for our work on the Shakespeare Garden at Northwestern University. Below is the press release announcing this wonderful honor.

Rosborough Partners (RP) has won the Gold Award from the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA) for their construction work on the landmark ‘Shakespeare Garden’ on the picturesque Northwestern University campus in Evanston. This landscape was in collaboration with Hitchcock Design Group, and the award recognizes Rosborough Partners for their superior construction in updating the garden while still honoring its long-standing history. Initially commissioned and still controlled by the Garden Club of Evanston, the design of the Shakespeare themed garden was originally done in 1913 by Jens Jensen, the celebrated landscape architect made famous for his “prairie-style” designs. In restoring the garden back to its original splendor, Rosborough’s attention to detail included incorporating elements from the Elizabethan era for visitors to feel transported back in time as they stroll through the garden.


“Partnering with Northwestern University and Hitchcock Group to rehabilitate this historic garden has truly been an honor,” said Phil Rosborough, President of Rosborough Partners. “The garden was time worn and in need of rejuvenation to restore its life and character, so our team worked with a committee to research plants and architectural details from Shakespeare’s boyhood home to ensure accuracy, such as fragrant heirloom roses and clematis-filled wooden obelisks. Our goal was to invite visitors to slow down and immerse themselves in Shakespeare’s world, so we also updated the flagstone sitting area for guests to literally stop and smell the roses.  We are humbled by the recognition and thrilled to receive this award.”


Rosborough Partners is one of Chicagoland’s premier full-service landscape architecture firms, offering a full array of residential and commercial garden and landscaping services to help you transform your outdoor space into a warm and welcoming part of your life. Their remarkable work on this historic garden was honored February 1, 2018 at the iLandscape Show, ILCA’s Midwestern event for landscape professionals. This award, in addition to two others this year, marks the 16th ILCA award Rosborough Partners has received for excellence in landscape design, construction and maintenance, emphasizing their commitment to service and stewardship, and an overall superior client experience.

Rosborough’s honor is awarded by the ILCA, whose mission it is to enhance the professionalism and capabilities of members by providing leadership, education, representation, and services, while promoting environmental awareness and the value of the landscape industry.

(Photos by Mike Crews Photography)

Chicago Flower & Garden Show

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.
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:


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)


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!
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

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

Commercial Clients: Chinch Bug and Grub Treatment

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


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:
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.