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September 2016 NEWS

Seasonal Needle Dropping

Coming soon to an evergreen near you: seasonal needle drop (also known as normal needle drop).


In autumn, man evergreens will drop older needles. This is a normal process. Needles on an evergreen live for a limited number of years. At the end of their lives, these needles will turn brown and eventually fall off. On some evergreens, such as white pine or arborvitae, this process can be very dramatic, making the evergreen look like it is dying.

To determine if your tree has a disease or is going through normal needle drop, check the location of the browning. Trees going through normal needle drop will have a fairly uniform brown appearance in the interior of the tree since this is where the oldest needles are located. After a few weeks the brown needles will fall off leaving the tree looking normal and healthy. Trees with a disease may have brown needles in various areas of the tree, depending on the disease, but the appearance will not be as uniform as that of needle drop. Diseased needles may eventually fall off, but the tree won’t look healthy.

For more insight on seasonal needle dropping visit The Morton Arboretum website.

Overseeding Lawns

  • Overseeding lawns in fall reduces or eliminates competition from summer weedy grasses, such as crabgrass, foxtails, and other weeds.
  • Overseeding lawns in fall reduces or eliminates competition from summer weedy grasses, such as crabgrass, foxtails, and other weeds.
  • Rain amounts and soil moisture is generally better in the fall.


Field of DreamsField of Dreams™ Re-seeder Mixture

  • 25% Improved Kentucky Bluegrass
  • 25% Improved Kentucky Bluegrass
  • 25% Turf-Type Perennial Ryegrass
  • 25% Turf-Type Perennial Ryegrass

Field of Dreams™ Athletic Turf Mixture

  • 30% Turf-Type Perennial Ryegrass
  • 30% Turf-Type Perennial Ryegrass
  • 20% Improved Kentucky Bluegrass
  • 20% Improved Kentucky Bluegrass

Greenskeepers Glamour Mixture

  • 30% Kentucky Bluegrass 98/85
  • 30% Creeping Red Fescue
  • 40% Containing 2 Turf-type Perennial Ryegrasse

Call your sales rep for more information.

PHC for Trees 11-22-22 SRN

Commercial Strength Ice MeltPHC for Trees SRN 11-22-22 is a fully soluble product that provides both chemical and biological fertility. Its chemically-based elements address trees’ immediate nutritional needs, while its beneficial bacteria will help to sustain fertility over the long term. Recommended for spring or fall applications.


Mark Your Calendar!


ILCA Turf Education Day (TED)

ILCA and the Chicago Botanic Garden have come together to present the 8th annual Turf Education Day! Lawn care is a big part of many of our businesses and organizations. Whether you choose to subcontract some of those services, or provide them in-house, it is critical to your profitability and customers’ satisfaction to stay informed about the latest turf care products and practices. This day of training and education is for any professional who cares for and looks after turf.

Venue: the Chicago Botanic Garden
Address: 1000 Lake Cook Road Glencoe IL 60022, US
Starts: Fri Sep 9 2016, 8:00am CDT
Ends: Fri Sep 9 2016, 3:00pm CDT

»Event information

Contact your sales rep for more information (630) 417-9054 (630) 417-9056 (630) 417-9055 (630) 417-9057 (630) 903-5240


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