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Are you looking for a "Sweet" career with a top Chicago area firm? 

We are looking for a few outstanding candidates to fill full time Landscapesweet success photo Operations Trainee positions.  On Friday, March 23rd we will be interviewing candidates at PLANET Student Career Days held at Kansas State and would enjoy the opportunity to meet you.

Please stop by booth #109 with your resume.  We've got a "Sweet" treat for you!  Interviews will be scheduled at the event.  If you are not attending, please send your resume to Shari at [email protected].

Successful candidates should posses a passion for the landscape and snow industry, be highly motivated and have the desire to constantly learn from your experiences.

For more information on PLANET Student Career Days visit: http://www.studentcareerdays.org/

About the Landscape Operations Trainee position:

Initial responsibilities and training of this year round position will include field production activities, initially assisting crew leaders with the maintenance and installation of landscape projects, followed by assuming the responsibilities of a crew leader.  Operations trainees will also be involved with a a variety of other assignments including horticultural services, yard management responsibilities, site take-offs and surveys, project planning and snow plow operations.  After experience in the position, future opportunities will include support of sales, design and client management efforts, as well as planning and supervising installation and maintenance crews, clients and projects.

A complete overview of James Martin Associates and our career opportunities can be accessed at JMA Careers.

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Our homes are one of the most important investments we ever make…it is an investment that needs nurturing. With proper care and maintenance of your landscape your outdoor area will be kept immaculate and beautiful while adding value to your home and neighborhood. "A good first appearance on a home can add as much as 5 percent to 10 percent to the value of the home," says John Aust, president of the National Association of Real Estate Appraisers. "

 Your landscape is not only maintenance but consists of hardscape and softscape elements. Hardscape refers to the permanent structures such as patios, walks and retaining walls. Softscape refers to living elements such as perennials, groundcovers, lawn space, trees and shrubs. People associate a well maintained landscape and beautiful gardens as warm and inviting. A well designed properly maintained landscape gives an impression that carries through to the inside of the home.

 Your landscape (your investment) needs to be properly cared for through a professional turf and plant health care program designed to protect your investment and ensure a healthy and more enduring landscape. The best landscapes are created to thrive and mature for years to come and are valued by you, your neighbors and your guests.

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Friday, 24 February 2012 11:45

Winter Damage to Trees and Shrubs

Winter Damage to Trees and Shrubssnow on tree

There are many factors that have the potential to cause winter damage to trees and shrubs in the winter months. Fluctuating of temperatures during the winter season can cause bark to split, the site placement of the tree or shrub on the property or rodents and deer that feed on the bark, twigs or foliage all which may cause injury.

How can you minimize winter damage to trees and shrubs?

  • Start by selecting a hardy species that is suggested for the area’s zone
  • Do not prune or fertilize in late summer this may stimulate new growth
  • Continue to water trees and shrubs during dry periods until the ground freezes
  • Place mulch around the base of trees and shrubs to insulate the roots from harsh winter temperatures
  • Use burlap screens to protect evergreens from the wind and salt
  • In late fall spray an anti-desiccant to evergreen foliage, this treatment creates a thin layer that will help the tree or shrub maintain moisture
  • In the fall wrap tree trunks and any major branches of newly planted trees and remove in the spring.


Please let us know if you have any comments or questions on this as our team of landscape professional or horticulturists can assist in making sure your trees and shrubs are healthy year round.

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James Martin Associates is Hosting a Lunch and Learn on the Emerald Ash Borereab image

WHEN: Wednesday February 29, 2012

TIME: 11:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m.

WHAT: Arborist, Dan Klindera of Autumn Tree Care will lead a discussion on the Emerald Ash Borer

  • How it will affect your company?
  • What is being done and what you can do?
  • What are the costs associated with this pesky beetle that is decimating the ash trees in Illinois and more...

WHERE: Philly G’s at 1252 East US Hwy 45 in Vernon Hills, IL

SEATS LIMITED-Bring a guest and reserve your spot TODAY:

Contact Dorie Roth at [email protected] or 847-876-8049




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