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Pruning Care for Ornamental Shade Trees

Pruning Care for Ornamental Shade Trees

Tree pruning is recommended for all ornamental/shade trees that are cultivated for landscape purposes every 3-7 years, depending on the species. Of course if there is damage from a storm, disease, or other situation,  then we recommend pruning to remove the damaged/dead wood immediately so the tree can properly recover.

The reason why trees in a landscape setting should be pruned on a routine basis is to ensure the health of the tree. It is far easier to remove a problem when the branch affected is small then wait until the problem spreads to a larger part of the tree, or the branch continues to grow and the later removal results in a misshapen tree that is no longer nice to look at.


Proper pruning can help take care of the following issues with branches:

  • Crossing
  • Broken
  • Diseases
  • Crowding

The removal of these problems allows for the tree to continue growing in a manner that is sustainable…therefore living a longer and healthier life.

To say that a tree that is regularly cared for/pruned will have no problems is as unreasonable as saying a person who goes to a doctor for an annual exam will never become ill. However, similarly to seeing a doctor regularly, proper maintenance of your trees by a professional arborist can help to keep your trees healthy.

The primary reason why pruning is recommended for trees is to maintain and improve its health, or address a known issue.  Though it is not the primary reason when done...

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What Happens If You Don't Remove Fall Leaves?

What Happens If You Don't Remove Fall Leaves?

Fall leaves are a beautiful sight to see, just not when they cover your entire yard.

A lawn with a thick layer of leaves is at risk for developing diseases, pest infestations, and weakened grass growth. Removing your leaves with a professional service will protect your lawn from these issues.

Understanding why leaf removal is important can help your grass stay healthy even after it goes into winter dormancy.

Leaves can smother your lawn and eventually kill it.

The health of your lawn is reliant on getting enough water, sunlight, and nutrients to maintain strong growth. A thick mat of leaves covering your yard can suffocate and block these necessary elements. This can quickly kill your lawn if the leaves are not picked up for several weeks and create a breeding ground for certain insects and pests.

As the leaves begin to rot, there is also an increased chance for fungus and mold growth. A lawn that is suffering from fungal disease will start developing yellow, white, or brown spots throughout your yard. The most common fall disease is dollar spot, which are small, silver dollar-sized spots that can merge and form large clumps of discolored grass.

Schedule Leaf Removal

Leave-ridden lawns will impact your grass during the next growing season.

Dead lawn grass after leaves smothered yard in Pewaukee, WI.

One serious issue you may find if you don't perform some kind of leaf removal is an increase in voles and mice. These critters love to hide under layers of leaves so they can safely ravage your yard...

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Is Aeration Enough? Do I REALLY Need Overseeding?

Is Aeration Enough? Do I REALLY Need Overseeding?

Aeration and overseeding in the fall creates beautiful lawns in the spring in the Brookfield, Elm Grove, Wauwatosa, Pewaukee and surrounding areas of Wisconsin.

You’re likely familiar with the aeration, or at least those plugs you see on the ground, but what you may not realize is that the aeration process helps the overall health of the lawn. Fall aeration is often combined with overseeding, which is the process of laying grass seed on top of areas where there is already grass.

If you want a denser, healthier lawn, overseeding and aeration as a combined service may be exactly what you need.

How does aeration work?

Core aeration infographic for lawns in the Brookfield, Elm Grove, WI area.

Grass develops a dense layer of decaying organic matter at its base called thatch. This thatch is rich in helpful microorganisms. Over time this layer gets compacted and starts to create a barrier to the roots, and less water, air, and nutrients can get to the grass.

We recommend aerating your lawn once a year to encourage stronger root development.

Core aeration is the process of loosening the compacted soil and thatch layer by pulling plugs of soil out, which will allow the grass to get increased resources. These plugs are full of nutrients and will break down and nourish the grass. Aeration is fantastic for yard health:

  • Encourages a healthy root system
  • Increases weed and pest resistance
  • Improves water, air, and nutrient intake
  • Improves heat tolerance

What is overseeding?

Grass seeds falling from hands near Wauwatosa, WI.

Overseeding involves...

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4 Must-Have Summer Services for Your Lawn & Landscape

4 Must-Have Summer Services for Your Lawn & Landscape

Summer is an important time of year for both your lawn and landscape, so make sure you do not neglect them during this season. At Beautiful Blooms, LLC, we tend to yards across Wauwatosa, Brookfield, Elm Grove, Pewaukee, and more throughout Wisconsin.

Learn more about four of the must-have services for your lawn and landscape this summer.

1. Consistent lawn mowing is absolutely vital.

A large back yard in Wauwatosa, WI with fresh lawn mowing lines.

Your grass needs to be mowed consistently throughout the entire growing season. Without a proper mowing schedule, it may grow to be too tall and you could end up cutting off more of it than is recommended. Especially during the warm summer months, you should keep the lawn at a height of about 3.5-4 inches so that the grass can protect the soil and its roots from the heat of the summer sun. This is vital, otherwise the soil and roots can end up getting scorched.

2. Install mulch to keep plants protected.

Organic mulch in a landscape bed with plantings near Wauwatosa, WI.

Many appreciate mulch for its aesthetic appeal in a landscape bed, but it also has many other benefits. If you did not get mulch installed in the spring, then you need to have it put in during the summer for a few reasons:

  • The mulch will insulate the plants, keeping the roots cooler from the sun.
  • It will also help to retain moisture so that water does not evaporate away before the plants can absorb that much needed moisture.
  • Mulch works to prevent weed growth, and those plants can sap up nutrients that your landscape plants need.

At Beautiful Blooms, LLC, we offer...

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Mowing Alone Won't Keep Your Lawn Looking Great

Mowing Alone Won't Keep Your Lawn Looking Great

Many people think that all they need to do to manage the appearance of their lawns is to routinely mow the grass. While this is important and vital to your lawn, there are other tasks required for your lawn to look green and lush during the growing season.

At Beautiful Blooms, LLC, we recommend several steps for a healthy lawn. Learn about what it takes to create a gorgeous lawn in Brookfield, Elm Grove, Pewaukee, Wauwatosa, and nearby areas of Wisconsin.

Fertilization treatments feed your lawn with key nutrients.

Well fertilized home lawn in Wauwatosa, WI.

Without fertilizer, your grass will not get the nutrients needed to strengthen itself. We offer both conventional and natural fertilizer programs so you can choose which one best suits you and your property. No matter which program you choose, we'll apply five treatments of fertilizer or soil conditioner throughout the year.

Weed control applications eliminate common weeds from your lawn and landscaping.

To keep common weeds from invading your lawn and landscape, it's also important to put down weed control applications in the spring. We use a pre-emergent weed control treatment that eliminates broadleaf weeds and others such as:

  • Crabgrass
  • Creeping Charlies
  • Chickweed
  • Clover
  • Violets
  • And more

Trimming and pruning help maintain your plants' appearance and health.

Keeping your landscape plants, shrubs, and hedges well-maintained requires regular trimming during the year. If you enroll in our full-service packages,...

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Why You Should Recruit a Mosquito Control Company

Why You Should Recruit a Mosquito Control Company

Once it begins to heat up outside, mosquitoes seem to overtake our southern Wisconsin area. Some homeowners choose to take on the mosquito control process themselves. However, if you go this DIY route, it often takes a lot of time and effort to figure out an effective strategy.

Plus, you'll need to spend a significant amount of money trying to find the most effective product for your yard. If you choose to forgo mosquito control services altogether, you and your family may face some serious health consequences.

At Beautiful Blooms, LLC, we are a professional mosquito control company that serves homes in and around Pewaukee, Brookfield, Elm Grove, and Wauwatosa, WI. Our pest control specialists always adhere to industry best practices, and we possess the knowledge required to keep mosquitoes at bay. Check out some reasons why you should recruit a professional mosquito control company like us.

In Wisconsin, mosquitoes are most active from May to September.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, mosquitoes are most active from May to September. However, they can continue to be active outside of these months until temperatures consistently drop below 50°F.

Our team has found it most effective to perform 3 to 4 applications between May and September. This kind of targeted treatment offers your property the best protection possible and keeps mosquitoes away once the colder months roll around.

Your yard will likely harbor mosquitoes...

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4 Reasons to Hire a Professional Mowing Company

4 Reasons to Hire a Professional Mowing Company

A well-manicured lawn is an important part of both maintaining your property's curb appeal and enjoying your outdoor space. If you choose to take on mowing your lawn yourself, other obligations and time limitations may prevent you from giving your lawn the attention it needs to thrive.

Our team here at Beautiful Blooms, LLC specializes in offering professional lawn mowing services to residents in Pewaukee, Wauwatosa, Brookfield, Elm Grove, and the surrounding areas.

Check out four reasons to hire a professional mowing company instead of attempting to take on the task yourself.

1. Our professional lawn mowers perform every part of the lawn mowing process.

Even if you dedicate an hour each week to mowing your lawn, you may be neglecting other aspects of the mowing process.

Our team works to perform every part of the mowing process. At every visit, you will receive edging, blowing, and string-trimming in addition to your regular lawn mowing services. To ensure your lawn looks its best, we never skip out on any of these essential tasks.

Regular lawn maintenance performed on this clients lawn located in Brookfield, Elm Grove.

2. A professional mowing company saves you time and money.

When done on your own and without the right equipment, lawn mowing can take hours and you may be unprepared to produce ideal long-term results. It is our team's job to provide efficient lawn mowing services.

Our lawn mowing company uses proven techniques to preserve the health of your residential lawn. We always keep your grass at the proper...

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How to Protect Your Landscaping from Winter Weather

How to Protect Your Landscaping from Winter Weather

When winter weather rolls around, it can get bitterly cold in Brookfield, Elm Grove, WI, and the surrounding areas. Plants native to our area are usually able to go dormant during the winter months, but sometimes they need extra protection to endure the freezing weather.

Here are some ways we recommend protecting your landscape plants, trees, and shrubs from the cold weather and why you need to protect them in the areas of Brookfield, Elm Grove, Wauwatosa, Pewaukee, and surrounding Wisconsin cities.

Why You Need to Protect Plants from Freezing Weather

It’s not easy for anything living to survive in the bitter cold. Animals huddle together for warmth and plants may also need a bit of a boost to make it through the long winter months. Additionally, animals may be seeking out food sources and when deer or rabbits come into your yard to eat your plants, this can kill them. At Beautiful Blooms, LLC, we have devised several ways to help your plants make it through the winter.

How We Protect Plants, Trees, & Shrubs from Snow & Ice

Snow covers a lawn and landscaping in Wauwatosa, WI.

One method to protect plants from winter weather is called wilt pruf. This is an anti-desiccant that we apply to select types of evergreen plants. Wilt pruf is made from pine sap and helps to prevent winter windburn of your trees and plants.

Our professional crews may also choose to use burlap wrapping, especially if you have plants that are close to the street or other areas where winter wind or salt spray can be thrown ...

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Reasons Fall Yard Cleanups Benefit Your Lawn

Reasons Fall Yard Cleanups Benefit Your Lawn

Regular lawn maintenance is vital to a healthy lawn year-round. Did you know that seasonal cleanups can be just as important for your lawn’s health? Fall yard cleanups are important to prepare your lawn for the upcoming winter months and provide it with the nutrients it needs to grow back strong and full in spring.

A proper fall yard cleanup removes leaves from your yard, makes space for new growth in the spring, and rids your yard of dangerous pests and diseases. Here are some reasons fall yard cleanups benefit your lawn in Brookfield, Elm Grove, Wauwatosa, Pewaukee, and the surrounding areas of WI.

Fall yard cleanup maintains healthy new growth and removes pests and diseases in Brookfield, Elm Grove.

Cleaning Your Yard Prepares it for Winter

Wintertime brings with it cold, wet weather and if not prepared, your lawn can sustain some pretty harsh damage. Failing to properly clean up your yard before the winter hits leaves your lawn in a weakened state and susceptible to damage from the cold, pests, diseases, and more. Leaf clutter suffocates your lawn, robbing it of sunlight and air essential for its growth. Removing leaf clutter and other debris from your yard ensures it’s in the best shape possible before the cold winter months hit.

Cleanups Allow New Grass to Grow in Spring

When debris and leaf clutter create a thick carpet on top of your lawn, it crushes your grass and prevents new growth from popping up when spring returns. Allowing old debris, organic matter, and leaf buildup to linger in your yard smothers your lawn and...

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