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Tree and plant care tips, industry insight and business tips from Doty Nurseries

Landscaping with Extreme Weather Conditions

CRAFTED BY Kelly Girup
Landscaping with Extreme Weather Conditions

Photo: Powdery Mildew (courtesy of The Missouri Botanic Garden)

Extreme weather conditions and the Chicago-land area are no strangers. So why it is so shocking to homeowners when their landscapes don’t look like the gardens at Buckingham Palace? Because most of the time, it takes weeks and sometimes even months after the harsh weather conditions before a plant shows signs of weakness and stress, and by then, homeowners have long forgotten about the 12 feet of snow, 6 inches of rain or extreme high humidity. And to make matters even worse, by then it’s often too late to offer proper treatment. So what do we do?

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Recommended Shade Trees in the Chicagoland Area

CRAFTED BY Kelly Girup
Recommended Shade Trees in the Chicagoland Area

Finding a homeowner that is generally interested in having a shade tree planted in their yard with a realistic understanding of cost, labor and growth rates is a very rare thing. Many homeowners don't understand the value of planting shade trees and are then surprised by the cost of material and labor. Typically, an installed and guaranteed 3 inch caliper or larger shade tree costs anywhere from $500 - $1,000. And depending on the tree, the homeowner will have to wait many years before their newly planted shade tree actually provides them with some shade.

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