Rooney Landscape: Arlington Heights Landscaping Company

Landscaping topics to help our Arlington Heights neighbors

   Dec 13

Dormant Pruning: When?

Well it’s that time of year again where snow is on the ground and the temps are hovering around freezing.  Winter crept up on us quickly and we even had a snowfall during the final rounds of our fall clean ups.  But what we wanted to talk about is dormant pruning.

Most DIY’s forget about this step or perform pruning while the plant is growing during the warmer months.  Just so you know, pruning during the warmer months can actually hurt the plant.

There is an art of pruning and if we can best describe it, you want the plant to grow as Nature intended it to grow.  We do not want to hack the plant but we want to trim it from the inside out, not the outside it.

You need to get deep into the plant and prune back the shoots that are getting a bit too long or out out of control.  This process during the winter time gives the plant a chance to wake up and feel healthy come spring.

The end result is “Beauty” as Nature intended it.


   Dec 13

Why Do So Many Paver Driveway in Arlington Heights Fall Apart?

Many homeowners here in Arlington Heights turn to the option of getting a paver driveway installed.  This option brings  aesthetic harmony with your existing home and adds a touch of class.  It’s yet another way to give character to your existing landscape.

Now comes the very real outcome of most Arlington Heights paver driveways, they fail.  Actually, they fail miserably after one  Chicago winter.  To us, this is of no surprise.  We know that that the lowest bidder simply can not build the correct base needed to sustain harsh Chicago elements.

Let’s give you a quick crash course….

In order for any stationary object installed at ground level to be “dynamic”, it must have a solid platform.  This means the foundation has to use the correct gravel (yes, there are different types of rocks  and yes it makes a huge difference), every foot must be tamped by an industrial strenght tamper (few companies have this), and the snap edge must be installed with ground expansion in mind.

All of these “unseen” factors cause havoc and why so many paver driveways fall apart in Arlington Heights.  Now of course we like to brag about our crews, but if you get down to the facts, the lowest bidder is using cheap gravel, the snap edge is weak, the tamping is underwhelming, and the brick is laid with no care.

Of course here at Rooney, we know that we simply can not control everything.  We know that there might be a few driveways we’ve installed that may need some tweaking.  This is not a problem and that’s why we offer a lifetime guarantee.

So if there’s anything for you to take away from this, it’s to remember that you get what you pay for.