Our company journey began 45+ years ago with a focus on tree care, but along the way we learned that most landscaping and lawn care providers aren’t aware of or don’t care about the impact their work can have on trees and the ways that trees and lawns interact and compete.
While trees and lawns are both critical design elements in most landscapes, they offer distinct benefits and challenges. Unfortunately the intended benefits may never be achieved if potential incompatibilities are not appropriately managed.
Trees and lawns both require sunlight, water, nutrients, and rooting space to maintain vitality and live up to their genetic potential. In the landscape, every plant competes with their neighbors for these resources.
While shading is the most obvious form of competition, roots also compete below ground for water, nutrients, and space. The majority of fine, water-absorbing tree and grass roots are in the top 6 inches of soil. In this region, grass roots ordinarily occupy a much greater percentage of the soil volume than tree roots and absorb more of the available water and nutrients (especially around young trees).
Given their different requirements and the close proximity of tree and lawn roots, the treatment of one may negatively impact the other. Herbicides used in lawn care may cause severe damage to trees when misapplied. Fertilizer applied to one plant will also be absorbed by the roots of a nearby plant. This can be a good thing if done intentionally, but excessive fertilization of either trees or turf can result in excessive aboveground growth or reduced disease and pest resistance.
Liquid fertilizer more easily runs off your property and into our shared watershed. This not only prevents the nutrients from being used by your lawn, but it also has serious negative impacts on the environment. At Winkler we exclusively use a slow release granular fertilizer which is manually spread by our technician.
By combining the liquid weed killer with a liquid fertilizer, these lower quality providers spray the weed killer evenly across the entire lawn which does one of two of two things (both bad): either applying too little weed killer where it’s needed (directly on the weeds!) or applying too much where it’s not needed (everywhere else). Winkler sprays weed killer by hand only where needed which is directly where our technicians see weeds! This approach meaningfully reduces the amount of excess herbicide used and minimizes the negative impacts it can have on your trees and the broader ecosystem.
Treating your lawn in this way is a bit more labor intensive, but we know it’s worth it!
Our services spread like roots across the Chicagoland, nurturing landscapes in areas including:
At Winkler Tree & Lawn Care, we know that expertise is the heart of exceptional service. Our 45+ year journey reflects our commitment to both the art of Lawn Care and the communities we serve.
We’re more than just a service provider; we are your neighbors, deeply connected to the landscapes we nurture.