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Cedar Rust

We have received photographic evidence in our Plant Clinic email this week to show that the cedar rust galls are producing their telial spore horns and producing spores. I went to my back window to check my neighbor’s poor juniper. On Tuesday morning, I could not see any spore horns, but by Wednesday noon, I did not need the binoculars to confirm the horns are expanded. They are fully expanded due to the rain this week. All three cedar rusts (cedar-apple, cedar hawthorn and cedar quince) are active now. If you have not started protective sprays on the deciduous host, it time to get going!

Source: Morton Arboretum

Landscape Pro Potting Soil

Potting Soil

For planters and beds

Designed with landscapers in mind. This soil is great for all container sizes - such as mixed planters or specimen annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, mums and large patio planters.

Coarse southern pine bark is utilized in the blend to provide long term structural stability as the larger particle sizes are more resistant to degradation over time due to smaller relative surface area. This pine also provides adequate porosity to the blend, eliminating the need for aggregates such as perlite. Mix is pH buffered with a combination of dolomitic and high calcium lime to ensure proper Ca/Mg balance in the substrate. Starter charge provides up to 2 weeks of crop support. Blue chip (38-0-0) is included to stabilize the organic matter in blends to prevent any nitrogen immobilization. The Landscaper’s Pro: All Purpose Potting Soil is manufactured at optimum moisture content of 45 to 55 percent.

Landscaper’s Pro All Purpose Potting Soil contains: 1/2” and 3/8” Southern Pine Bark Fines, Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss, Coconut Coir, Starter Charge & Blue Chip, Phosphorous, Mycorrhizae, Lime and Wetting Agent.

Acelepryn® Insecticide

Acelepryn Insecticide

Surface/Subsurface Insect Control

Award Turf Fertilizer with 0.067% Acelepryn Insecticide may be applied for the control of white grubs and other listed pests. This product may be used on plants or on turfgrasses that are being grown for aesthetic or recreational purposes or climatic modification in or around home lawns, commercial lawns, industrial facilities, residential dwellings, business and office complexes, shopping complexes, multifamily residential complexes, institutional buildings, airports, cemeteries, interior plantscapes, ornamental gardens, parks, wildlife plantings, playgrounds, schools, day-care facilities, golf courses (tee box areas, roughs, fairways, greens, collars, etc.), athletic fields, sod farms and other landscaped areas



Give your turf a great spring/summer with Solu-Cal PEAK Iron + Mag. Fostering no-surge growth while promoting dark green color.

  • Powered by Organic Humic/Fulvic Acid Technology to significantly increase nutrient availability
  • Micro nutrient delivery with Soluble Calcium (12 percent), Iron (5 percent), Mg (5 percent)
  • Covers 5,000 to 10,000 sq. ft. with a 6- to 8-week green up
  • Safe to use any time of year on turf and all types of plantings
  • Provides Iron to invigorate chlorotic turf and plants
  • Contains Wolf Trax® DDP® Iron uniform coating technology*

* Wolf Trax® and DDP® are registered trademarks of Wolf Trax, Incorporated.

Some Good News!

TeenThis group of teens created a website to deliver groceries to seniors.
Senior citizens are at the highest risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. With extra time on their hands from social distancing, California native Daniel Goldberg, a junior student-athlete at San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara (along with a couple of friends), wanted to help the elderly. He created Zoomers to Boomers, a website where seniors in the Santa Barbara area can sign up to have their groceries delivered the next day by a high school student. This act inspired many citizens throughout the country to check on their elderly neighbors.

Texas RoadhouseTexas Roadhouse CEO is giving up his salary and bonus to pay his workers.
Restaurant chain Texas Roadhouse CEO Kent Taylor recently announced that he is forgoing his remaining 2020 salary and bonus toward paying his employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. His remaining salary and bonus totals around $1,050,000. Kent believes his company is a people-company above everything and wants to make sure his employees are taken care of during this difficult time for businesses across the country.


Chinese billionaire Jack Ma will donate 500,000 test kits and one million masks to the U.S. to help with supply shortages.
And Jack Ma just announced he will also donate 20,000 testing kits, 100,000 masks, and 1,000 protective suits and face shields for medical use!

Industry Events & News

IAAIllinois Arborist Association

NEMF Meeting
Date: May 21, 2020
Time:10:00am – 12:00pm
Speaker: Tricia Bethke, The Morton Arboretum
Topic: 2020 Pest Update
RSVP: and you’ll receive the dial-in number the day before the event.



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