Fall Decor And Landscape Services

It has been a wet but beautiful autumn so far as fall colors are beginning to appear. During this time we simultaneously celebrate the harvest and prepare your landscape for the upcoming winter. It is our goal and our pleasure to amplify the joy each season’s garden brings.


This week we will continue installing fall annuals and decor to dress up your entrance and gardens for the season. Whether whimsical, organic or simply colorful, autumn decorations send friends and family a cheerful greeting, and put a sparkling jewel on your fall landscape.

Plant Health Care

Our team will be performing the following services this week to ensure a beautiful, healthy landscape:

* Turf fertilization to promote strong root growth before winter

* Core aeration to ensure water and nutrients reach the turf roots

Contact Information

Feel free to contact your Account Manager or Plant Health Care professional directly with any questions or requests for service. Or contact our office 847-549-1361, Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm.

Account Management

Jose Mercado: 847-417-0841

Terri Thornton: 847-514-2455

Kathryn Rockett: 224-285-1377

Plant Health Care

Lucio Torres: 847-417-1618

Lisa Wasik: 847-313-5706


We don’t need the thermostat to tell us it is hot outside … just step out of the house. Like with people, plants must stay hydrated in extreme heat to retain good health. When temperatures climb into the 90’s it is important to watch for signs of dehydration in the garden, such as wilting, browning and leaves dropping. Irrigation systems offer the easiest method of ensuring sufficient moisture during the summer and can be adjusted as necessary, but alternatives are strategically placed soaker hoses and sprinklers. Turf can be left to go dormant with little or no long term damage, however, perennials, shrubs and trees, especially newly planted, can suffer and potentially perish if left unwatered. In addition, pots and annuals will need to be watched and watered more frequently. We want to make clients aware of the following industry 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 go dormant.


Due to the upcoming holiday week we are planning to complete all landscape maintenance by end of the day Wednesday, July 3, 2019. This will help ensure your property is ready for you to enjoy it, undisturbed, over the holiday weekend. In order to accomplish this, you may see the crews working outside of your normally scheduled time. We wish you all a very safe and happy 4th of July.


Our goal is to make sure your property is ready for any holiday festivities, so our crews will be performing regular maintenance services as contracted but on a condensed schedule. Please let us know if you have any special requests or requirements.


The team continues performing mosquito abatement services as we head into the holiday to make sure your outdoor activities are pest free. Please note, we offer organic products, and you can be confident that all of our treatments are safe to use.


Let us know any special requests or extra services you require for events you are hosting in the coming weeks. We will make sure your landscape is looking its summer best. Call your Account Manager directly, or call 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

Plant Health Care

As everyone is aware, we have had a record breaking start to the season.  Record snow in April, record rain in May, and a wet start to June.  These extreme weather conditions have resulted in an increase in the plant disease and pest issues listed below, which we are diligently monitoring on client sites. In particular, Doublefile Viburnum and Burning Bush were hit hard, and many have not come back this season.  The Rosborough team is inspecting for these plant health care concerns for our clients and providing recommendations as needed.

Red thread on turf
Dollar spot on turf
Mites on burning bush
Leaf beetle on viburnum
Scale on magnolias and euonymus
Leaf miner on boxwoods and hawthorn trees

Our teams are working hard to apply the appropriate treatments for each of these issues, and in many cases re-applying due to rain.

If you believe you have a matter that requires attention or diagnosis, please contact our office: 847-549-1361 Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm.

Product Replacement For Weed Control


We hope this communication finds you well.  As many of you are probably aware, there have been reports in the media regarding Roundup non-selective weed killer, and in particular the active ingredient glyphosate.  We are aware of the reports and are paying close attention to the court case in San Francisco.

Glyphosate is the most commonly used herbicide and has been used safely for more than 40 years by landscape professionals around the world. It also continues to be approved by the EPA, and studies have shown when properly applied is safe and effective.  However, we understand there could be concerns from media coverage.

Therefore, effective August 1, Rosborough Partners will be switching to a non-selective weed killer that is a non-glyphosate alternative and dropping Roundup from our inventory.  This new product is FDA regulated, safe to use, and we believe its effectiveness will be comparable.

If you have any questions or requests for service, please contact your Account Manager or Plant Health Care professional directly, or call our office:847/549-1361 Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm.


  • Manuel Mercado   847/514-8452
  • Jodi Legieza          224/275-4233
  • Dawn Tecza           847/849-6324
  • Bill Wegener          847/770-8492
  • Brock Williamson  847/401-0873
  • Jim Wollney          847/514-8453


  • Jose Mercado:  847/417-0841
  • Terri Thornton:  847/514-845
  • Kathy Rockett:  224/275-1377


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


The unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day is a time to honor those fallen heros that have served our country to protect our freedoms.  As we spend time with family and friends this weekend, it is with deep gratitude and great admiration that we remember the sacrifice that allows us these pleasures.


Our crews are installing summer annual flowers that provide that immediate pop of color at your entrance, on your terrace, and in your gardens.

Jose Mercado:  847/417-0841

Terri Thornton:  847/514-8455

Kathy Rockett:  224/275-1377


The plant health care team will be providing the following services this week:

  • Animal repellent to ward off critters
  • Weed control for the best looking lawns and gardens
  • Ornamental fungicide to prevent plant disease
  • Rose care for prolific blooms on healthy plants

Lucio Torres:  847/417-1618

Lisa Wasik:  847/313-5706

If you have any requests for service, please contact your Account Manager or Plant Health Care professional directly, or call our office:847/549-1361 Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm.


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.


We hope you enjoyed the holiday season and are looking forward to 2019. With the new year upon us, here at RP we have been looking back at the past year with a thoughtful eye, capitalizing on successes and working on areas for improvement. Always forward motion … always striving upward … always refining ourselves personally and professionally.

With that in mind, may 2019 be your most rewarding year to date.



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 and fruit trees such as Pear, Crabapple and Alder, which 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 pretty 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.



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.