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Keeping It Green with Spring-Green Lawn Care

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. In addition to being a great way to let loose and celebrate the onset of spring, our greenest holiday is also the perfect time to remember the importance of being environmentally responsible. Spring-Green Lawn Care is committed to developing sustainable lawn care methods and giving back to the community and environment that are so vital to our success. That’s how we put the “green” in Spring-Green. We’ve been sustainable from the start – Spring-Green is a founding member of the Professional Lawn […]

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Spring-Green Lawn Care Prepares for March Madness

Winning a college basketball championship requires a lot of planning and execution. As NCAA teams across the country prepare for March Madness, Spring-Green Lawn Care is also preparing for our busiest season. Spring-Green Lawn Care franchise owners use a tried-and-true system of business planning and marketing to prepare for the spring. Our franchise owners take advantage of the off season to plan for spring, and they are already starting to get out on the lawns in some parts of the country. They are also using the marketing support provided by […]

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Spring-Green Lawn Care Commits to Planting Trees

Spring-Green Lawn Care has been working with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant trees for several years, and they have renewed that commitment in 2013. Spring-Green has participated in the Arbor Day Foundation’s initiative to increase awareness of tree care programs for three years, planting at least 10,000 trees each year. This year, Spring-Green has added a component that allows customers to make their own donation to plant a tree. The partnerships allows customers to donate via a special website host be Arbor Day or text message. The Arbor Day […]

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Going Green at Spring-Green

Making lawns and landscapes healthy and beautiful has been the main focus of Spring-Green for over 35 years. We are a leader in the Be Green movement that is on top of most people’s thoughts nowadays. The benefits of a healthy lawn are numerous and by being on Spring-Green’s environmentally safe lawn care program, you are also helping our environment. It has been estimated that there are over 30 million acres of lawns in the United States. Lawns remove carbon dioxide and pollutants from the atmosphere. They have a cooling […]

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Squirrel Damage: The Feeding Habits of Red Squirrels

A colleague of mine recently sent me an article from Michigan State University on squirrel damage and what the Red Squirrel can do to a tree, specifically, to the buds of numerous trees in their unending search for food. Often times, they will chew off the last foot or so of a branch, feed on newly emerging buds and throw away the limb after feeding. I have seen this occur on my own tree, usually in the early spring, just as the tree is beginning to bud out. Red squirrels, […]

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Why are There Still Leaves on my Tree?

I recently received a question from a person asking why their ash tree still has leaves on it at this late date. The person stated that some leaves were turning brown during the summer and that they figured it was due to the drought that much of the Midwest experienced this year. There are some trees that keep leaves that turn a fall color for a long time. Some of them remain on the tree all the way until spring. Ironwood, certain oaks and beeches are a few of the […]

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Maintaining Your Sprinkler System

Spring-Green is now offering sprinkler system services in select markets. We will be providing spring start ups, mid season system evaluations and repairs as well as fall blowouts of the system in markets where this is a requirement in the fall to prevent damage to the water lines when it freezes. I was very interested in a recent article in Lawn and Landscape magazine that referenced seven reasons why people hate sprinkler systems. I never thought about why someone would dislike having a sprinkler system since it seems like such […]

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Applying & Removing Christmas Lights from Trees in the Yard

It’s that time of year when people are busy putting up their Christmas decorations. I recently received a question from a person asking if it hurt trees to wrap all those lights around its trunk. This is a terrific tree care question – I suppose if the lights are left wrapped around a tree for many years, it could girdle the tree. Most people remove their lights at the end of the holiday season, so this should not be a major concern. The thought could also be that the heat […]

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First Detector Forest Pest Training

Earlier this week, I attended the First Detector Forest Pest training program put on by the University of Illinois Extension Service in Springfield, IL. It focused on different invasive species that threaten native plants or have the potential to cause major financial impacts on local economies in an effort to control these pests. The first pest discussed was the Emerald Ash Borer which is causing the death of literally millions of trees in the Midwest and is moving outward from there. Currently, it can be found in 15 states and […]

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Fall Yard Clean-Up Work

It is the time of year to put your gardens to bed for the winter, unless you live in the areas of the country that are not affected by frost and freezing temperatures. Almost all of my annuals have died due to some cold nights and heavy frosts. As is the case with Mother Nature, one day it can be 70 degrees and the next it is in the 40’s. Being in the Midwest, you sometimes can wake up to a little snow on the ground in the morning.As you […]

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