With the onset of cooler weather, annual flowers are in peak bloom throughout Downtown Boise. You owe it to yourself to spend a day or evening exploring Downtown Boise’s shops, enjoying a meal, having a drink, & catching a show. Of course, don’t forget to stop & smell the flowers!
When ink dries on new contracts & work orders, we have to build up our team to handle the workload! That’s been the story of our company in recent weeks. There are some tremendous opportunities for individuals hoping to catch on with a quality company that’s willing to invest in & develop the right kinds of people. Now hiring for:
- Mow Crew Leader
- Mow Crew Technician
- Pruning Crew Tech
- Landscape Crew Tech
These jobs pay between $11-$15/hr depending on experience. We offer a steady 40+ hour work schedule Monday through Saturdays with most everyone on our team enjoying a 3-day weekend every weekend! We have an open door management team that takes great interest in your development, goals, & well being. Our company is well organized & professional. We provide weekly training sessions where we learn a new topic & praise great performance. Advancement opportunities are many. Also, it’s a drug-free, low-drama work place. Our simple goal is to put out terrific quality landscaping & have fun doing it. If that’s for you, fill out an online application & we’ll talk soon.
You can tell a lot about a business by the care of its facilities & grounds. Lush, healthy, well-manicured landscaping says “we care enough about our business to project a professional, quality image before you even step inside our doors.” Companies & owners who put this kind of care into their properties tend to attract the very best clients & the highest caliber employees. Case in point: Wells Fargo Center in Downtown Boise.
Pro Care has had the distinct opportunity to care for Wells Fargo Center for over 20 years. We’re often told that tenants enjoy stepping out of their offices & into a true oasis of beautiful flowers, stunning shade trees, & lush green lawns.
Why do we love commercial landscape maintenance so much? Because we are a small business, too, & image matters. We relate closely to our clients & understand how to put a thoughtful service plan into action on their properties.
Pro Care is commercial landscape maintenance & our work is the very definition of “curb appeal.” When you’re considering your landscape options this year, please contact Pro Care. Estimates are free & you’ll benefit from our thoughtful approach to landscape maintenance.
If your sycamore tree is making your yard look like October in the middle of June, you’re not alone. It’s a common fungal disease called “anthracnose.” Symptoms are yellowing leaves that shrivel on the limbs & eventually fall. Like all plant diseases, it requires three things to develop:
- A susceptible host (sycamore).
- A pathogen (anthracnose).
- Favorable conditions for disease development (rainy weather when buds emerge; warm spring temps).
The first two conditions are certainties every year. Sycamores are susceptible & anthracnose spores are waiting on branches & twigs in early spring. Unknown is whether or not it will rain when new leaves emerge. Rain splashes spores through the canopy & onto tender new leaves. It’s also unknown if temperatures will favor the disease or help inhibit it. The good news is that new leaves often push through by July & the tree almost looks normal by mid-summer. However, anthracnose can damage twigs & branches, causing deformities known as “witches’ brooms.”
Pro Care offers specialized cambium injections for current full-service clients on our Tree/Shrub Care Programs. Treatments made this year would be for suppression next year. The optimal timing for cambium injections is approximately 1-month before the first frost. Our Certified Arborists are ready to help!
Summer is coming early to Boise. As temperatures reach near the 100s in the first week of June, property owners & landscape professionals must adjust sprinkler systems to replenish water loss in plants & soil. It’s called “evapotranspiration,” the combination of water evaporating from soil & plant transpiration. “ET” rates increase with temperatures & sun exposure, meaning you have to replace water more frequently. While you should adjust your sprinkler system before the heat arrives, avoid these 4 common mistakes:
- Overwatering – if a little water is good, a lot of water is great, right? Nope. Too much water can stress or kill a plant as quickly as too little. Soil should be consistently moist but not saturated to a depth of 6″-8″.
- Misdiagnosis – are those yellow spots caused by drought or something else? Billbugs, necrotic ring spot, & other lawn issues look similar to drought. Ascochyta leaf blight is also closely related to drought. A simple way to tell is to dig into the soil. Again, it should be moist 6″-8″ deep. Any less is not enough water in the heat of summer.
- Assuming heads/nozzles are covering well – most systems are not installed with efficiency in mind. Also, components age with time, plants grow & affect coverage, & heads settle. Even if everything was perfectly adjusted upon activating your system in the spring, you should check coverage at least every 2-4 weeks during the summer.
- Underestimating the role soil composition plays – heavy clay soil affects water flow & root development. It’s often best to break up cycles, applying half of the water during one run, letting it soak in for a few hours, & applying the second half during a later time. This reduces runoff & pooling.
As the heat arrives, slather on the sun screen, crank up the A/C, & keep the landscape well hydrated!
Japanese beetles voraciously feed on 300+ species of plants, costing US agriculture & turf/ornamental industries hundreds of millions of dollars in crop losses & treatments. If allowed to become established in Idaho, the impact on farming could be significant. In additional to the aforementioned costs, exported crops would have to be quarantined & inspected before leaving the state.
The Idaho State Department of Agriculture started finding high populations of this pest in east Boise in 2012. They consulted with Pro Care on a strategic management plan to treat thousands of properties in residential areas. In working our plan, the city of Boise has seen a 90% reduction in this pest. The goal is eradication, which requires two years of zero catches in beetle traps.
If you live in east Boise around the Warm Springs area, you will likely see Pro Care teams hard at work. The men & women assigned to this project are among the most experienced in Idaho. Some have been licensed Professional Applicators for over 15 years & most have worked on this project for multiple years. You can be confident that these treatments will be done with expertise & safety in mind.