Executive Personal Assistant

Executive Personal Assistant

Details about this Career

The Executive Personal Assistant provides high-level support to top executives by managing schedules, coordinating meetings, and handling confidential correspondence. They act as the executive’s right hand, often entrusted with complex organizational tasks and the coordination of personal matters.

Job Summary and Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and competency satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required to perform this job.

Responsibilities

  • Manage calendars and schedule appointments (business and personal).
  • Organize, schedule, and prepare for meetings, including gathering documents and contacting appropriate personnel.
  • Attend meetings to take notes and document discussions, provide follow-up as needed.
  • Manage email inboxes and draft correspondence as needed.
  • Monitor phone voicemail inboxes and follow-up as needed.
  • Research, schedule and coordinate business and personal travel and accommodations.
  • Schedule and coordinate personal and business dining reservations.
  • Create and submit expense reports on behalf of the Executive(s).
  • Conduct research and analyze findings on various topics as requested.
  • Prepare executive presentations.
  • Assist with administrative projects as requested.
  • Occasional travel, assisting with business and personal matters
  • Run various errands as needed.
  • Purchase gifts, send cards, and assist with other forms of appreciation.
  • Assist with planning personal and business events.
  • Research and hire contractors and vendors as needed for home projects.
  • Assist with kids, including running to activities
  • Assist with various home organizational tasks as requested
  • Make decisions that are in the best interest of the company.
  • Other duties are needed to help drive and fulfill the Weller Brothers Mission.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Competitive wages for the best talent and for individuals who want to advance their career
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Paid holidays and paid time off
  • Simple IRA with company match
  • Cell phone reimbursement
  • Year-round employment
  • Ample overtime during the summer work season
  • Advancement opportunities are available
  • All job inquiries and interviews will be kept completely confidential

Job Requirements

  • Maintain the highest level of confidentiality and trust.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite. Experience with Google Sheets and Docs, helpful.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented.
  • Strong ability to work independently with little direction.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Collaborative, positive attitude with an eagerness to learn and assist where needed.
  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Completed a post-high school degree.
  • GPA of 3.5 or better
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Light work lighting up to 20 pounds, frequently lighting and carrying such articles as dockets, ledgers, and small tools. Work essentially involves sitting and is considered sedentary if only a small amount of walking and standing is necessary to carry out duties.

The Weller Brothers Way

Our Mission and Roots guide us in our decision and actions every day. They are not just written words; they are our culture.

Why Work Here?

You can work anywhere. So why work at Weller Brothers?

You can be somebody here, and we believe that we are the best employer in the Midwest.

Five Sioux Falls Tree Specialists Pass Arborist Certifications

Weller Brothers Class 2 and 3 Certified Arborists

Five Sioux Falls Tree Specialists Pass Arborist Certifications

Weller Brothers Landscape Professionals does more than just lawn care. 

Recently, five tree care professionals have taken the next step in their careers to become certified arborists in Sioux Falls!

We are proud to congratulate Jamie Boock, Jeremy Ringgenberg, and Ashley Souphimdara for completing Electrical Hazard Awareness Training in compliance with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.269 and ANSI Z133-2017 standards 4.2 to be categorized as an Incidental Line Clearance Arborist (commonly known as level 2 arborist).

Jordan Ringgenberg and Phil Nystrom have completed Level 3 as Qualified Line Clearance Arborists and will maintain MAD (Minimum Approach Distance) from energized electrical conductors per Table 3 in the Z133.

Why are these certifications such a big deal for arborists? There are many benefits to hiring a professional certified arborist; check out the reasons below!

Why Choose a Certified Arborist?

As you consider your tree care or tree removal needs, you may wonder why you should leave the work to the professionals. A certified arborist earns this designation from the International Society of Arboriculture through work experience and education. 

To obtain certification, potential tree care professionals must go through an exam as well as an application process that includes reference letters and verifications. The whole process is what makes us, at Weller Brothers, proud of our entire team of tree care professionals! 

“Certification and furthering my education in tree removal is important to me because it continues to keep everyone at the job site safe, as well as our clients,” says Weller Brothers certified arborist Phil Nystrom. “Tree removal can be very dangerous if you do not do it properly. That is why our clients choose Weller Brothers Certified Arborists for their tree removal needs.”

What Can Certified Arborists Do for You? 

  • They have the knowledge and skills necessary to properly identify, maintain, troubleshoot, and care for your trees. 
  • They remain updated on tree care best practices through continued education to serve you better. 
  • They commit to tree care as well as working safely and effectively.

Contact Us for Sioux Falls Tree Removal

Our certified arborists will evaluate and access the best treatment or removal options for your trees. Contact us here if you need tree removal in the Sioux Falls, SD, area.

Horticulture Specialist

Details about this Career

Weller Brothers provides the highest quality landscape design and construction services to clients in the Midwest. Because we are growing, we are looking for a motivated and passionate Horticulture Specialist to become part of our team.

The primary responsibility of the Horticulture Specialist is to grow, maintain, and take care of all types of plants and landscapes in a variety of settings. Provide excellent customer service by assisting customers promptly and courteously. Answer questions and provide information as needed. Perform all job responsibilities in a safe, timely, and efficient manner.

Job Summary and Responsibilities

Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and competency satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required to perform this job.

  • Oversee day-to-day crew tasks, including but not limited to fertilizer and chemical applications, lawn mowing, power raking, irrigation installation and repair, landscape bed maintenance, perimeter pest control applications, spring and fall cleanups, and other lawn and landscape maintenance tasks.
  • Professionally communicate with customers.  Use knowledge of turfgrass and the landscape industry to inform and educate customers.
  • Must be legally licensed with a state-specific pesticide applicator license.
  • Acquires and stores pesticides; mixes or dilutes specified chemicals or materials according to directions; and applies them at the recommended rate.
  • Able to use outdoor maintenance and power equipment, a variety of hand tools, and legally operate a motor vehicle.
  • Willingness to work as part of a team or alone, in all weather conditions.
  • Ability to perform moderately heavy physical labor daily.
  • Installs, adjusts, and performs minor repairs on application equipment.
  • Instruct team members, as required, in applying sprays, dusts, and other materials.
  • Follow the uniform policy and all policies as specified in the Employee Handbook. Hold crew members accountable for following policies.
  • Retain, label, and submit all receipts timely and accurately.
  • Commit the hours necessary to make sure the job is done to satisfaction.
  • Make decisions that are in the best interest of the company.
  • Assist in maintaining all Weller Brothers equipment.
  • Other duties needed to help drive and fulfill the Weller Brothers Mission.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Paid holidays and paid time off
  • Simple IRA with company match
  • Cell phone reimbursement
  • Year-round employment
  • Ample overtime during the summer work season

Job Requirements

  • Ability to work and communicate professionally with customers and team members
  • Superior customer service skills
  • Lead by example
  • Manage and train new team members.
  • Timely input of hours on LMN software to ensure accurate payroll processing.
  • Hold team members accountable for being to work on time and doing their respective duties
  • Hold team members accountable for proper care of company issued tools and equipment 
  • Proficient computer knowledge
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Supervisory skills occasionally needed
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • High school diploma/GED required
  • Degree in Horticulture preferred
  • One year experience preferred but not required

The Weller Brothers Way

Our Mission and Roots guide us in our decision and actions every day. They are not just written words; they are our culture.

Why Work Here?

You can work anywhere. So why work at Weller Brothers?

You can be somebody here, and we believe that we are the best employer in the Midwest.

Enhancement Technician

Details about this Career

This is a full-time, year-round position.

Weller Brothers provides the highest quality landscape design, construction, and maintenance services to clients in Sioux Falls and the surrounding communities.  Because we are growing, we are looking for a motivated and passionate Enhancement Technician to become part of our team. 

The primary responsibility of the Enhancement Technician is to preserve and enhance a client’s landscape.  This position will perform a variety of outdoor projects that improve the property’s functional and aesthetic value.  Provide excellent customer service by assisting customers promptly and courteously.  Answers questions and provides information as needed. Perform all job responsibilities in a safe, timely, and efficient manner. 

Job Summary and Responsibilities

Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and competency satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required to perform this job.

  • Maintain a strong work ethic to complete a variety of physical job tasks.
  • Professionally communicate with homeowners to achieve strong client/company relationships
  • Operate a variety of outdoor maintenance and power equipment, as well as a variety of hand tools.
  • Commit the hours necessary to make sure the job is done to satisfaction, this may include weekends and/or holidays
  • Maintain a clean appearance and conform to the dress code.
  • Willingness to learn new techniques and installation practices.
  • Assist in maintaining all company equipment.
  • Follow all policies as specified in the Employee Handbook.
  • Make decisions that are in the best interest of the company.
  • Other duties needed to help drive and fulfill the Weller Brothers Mission.
  • Snow removal during winter months

Compensation and Benefits

  • Competitive wages for the best talent and for individuals who want to advance their career
  • Simple IRA with company Match
  • Year-round employment
  • Ample overtime during the summer work season
  • Advancement opportunities available
  • All job inquiries and interviews will be kept completely confidential

Job Requirements

  • Strong communication skills.
  • Superior work ethic.
  • Detail-oriented, with considerable attention to order and cleanliness
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks
  • Strong attention to detail

The Weller Brothers Way

Our Mission and Roots guide us in our decision and actions every day. They are not just written words; they are our culture.

Why Work Here?

You can work anywhere. So why work at Weller Brothers?

You can be somebody here, and we believe that we are the best employer in the Midwest.

Lawn Maintenance Foreman

Details about this Career

Weller Brothers provides the highest quality landscape design, construction, and maintenance services to clients in Sioux Falls and the surrounding communities.  Because we are growing, we are looking for a motivated and passionate Lawn Maintenance Foreman to become part of our team.

Job Summary and Responsibilities

Responsibilities

  • Oversee day to day job site operations
  • Manage and train crew members
  • Manage the crew members, making sure all time is recorded correctly, making sure all receipts are turned into Accounting
  • Communicate with customers in a professional manner
  • Working with crew members and holding them accountable for being on time for their shift and ready to work

Compensation and Benefits

  • Competitive wages for the best talent and for individuals who want to advance their career
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Paid holidays and paid time off
  • Simple IRA with company match
  • Cell phone reimbursement
  • Year-round employment
  • Ample overtime during the summer work season
  • Advancement opportunities are available
  • All job inquiries and interviews will be kept completely confidential

Job Requirements

  • 3 or more years of similar experience
  • Ability to communicate with customers professionally and regularly to answer questions and solve problems
  • Valid driver’s license, clean driving record
  • Exceptional leadership skills
  • Manage 2-4 crew-members efficiently, keeping everyone on task and focused
  • Perform the most physical tasks on the job site for at least one hour per day, including heavy lifting
  • Self-starter
  • Hold teammates accountable for timeliness, professionalism, and attention to detail
  • Willingness to work long hours to get the job done on time

The Weller Brothers Way

Our Mission and Roots guide us in our decision and actions every day. They are not just written words; they are our culture.

Why Work Here?

You can work anywhere. So why work at Weller Brothers?

You can be somebody here, and we believe that we are the best employer in the Midwest.

Groundsman

Details about this Career

Weller Brothers provides the highest quality landscape design and lawn maintenance services to customers in the Midwest. We are looking for a motivated and passionate Groundsman to become a part of our team. 

The primary responsibility of the Groundsman is to haul brush and wood from the tree to the truck, assist the tree climber, use ropes and various hand and power tools, and clean the job site. Provide excellent customer service by assisting customers promptly and courteously as needed. Answer questions and provide information as needed. Perform all job responsibilities in a safe, timely, and efficient manner.

Job Summary and Responsibilities

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and competency satisfactorily. The requirements below represent the knowledge, skill, and ability required to perform this job.

  • Cutting, chipping, and loading logs, brush, and limbs
  • Operating a chainsaw, chipper, handsaw, pole saw and Avant in a safe manner
  • Providing support for arborist and other crew members by controlling lowering ropes, limbs, and persons from above
  • Job site cleanup
  • Supplying tools for tree workers
  • Working with the crew to complete tree care and landscaping jobs
  • Driving a truck with a trailer
  • Assisting with equipment maintenance
  • Adheres to company safety standards at all times, including the use of PPE
  • Follow the uniform policy and all policies as specified in the employee handbook. Hold crew members accountable for following policies.
  • Commit the hours necessary to make sure the job is done to satisfaction.
  • Make decisions that are in the best interest of the company.
  • Assist in maintaining all Weller Brothers equipment.
  • Other duties are needed to help drive and fulfill the Weller Brothers Mission.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Competitive wages for the best talent and for individuals who want to advance their career
  • Year-round employment opportunities 
  • Ample overtime from approximately April through November
  • Great advancement opportunities

Job Requirements

  • Ability to work and communicate professionally with customers and team members
  • Superior customer service skills
  • Lead by example
  • Manage and train new team members.
  • Timely input of hours on LMN software to ensure accurate payroll processing.
  • Hold team members accountable for being on time and doing their respective duties
  • Hold team members accountable for proper care of company-issued tools and equipment 
  • Proficient computer knowledge
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • High school diploma/GED required
  • One-year experience preferred but not required
  • Must be able to lift up to 80 pounds; and frequently lift or carry objects weighing up to 45 pounds.

The Weller Brothers Way

Our Mission and Roots guide us in our decision and actions every day. They are not just written words; they are our culture.

Why Work Here?

You can work anywhere. So why work at Weller Brothers?

You can be somebody here, and we believe that we are the best employer in the Midwest.

Six Reasons To Use Native Plants in Your Next Landscaping Project

Landscaping project utilizing South Dakota Native Plants

Six Reasons To Use Native Plants in Your Next Landscaping Project

Did you know that utilizing native plants in your next landscaping project is not only great for the environment but can also make lawn maintenance easier?

We know that low-maintenance solutions are a priority as a homeowner. When it comes to your landscaping, Weller Brothers has you covered on the best ways to make a big impact on your property while only making a small impact on the earth. 

Let’s learn why you should choose native plants when spring makes its eagerly awaited arrival back to the midwestern states!

One thing to keep in mind is that different geographic areas have different types of native plants. Finding a local nursery that can serve as a great asset to ensure that your selection of native plants is native to your area

Native flowers in a landscaping rock bed.

Environmental and Pocketbook Friendly

Native plants are low maintenance because they are naturally well suited for the local environment. By choosing native species for your landscaping, you can significantly cut down the time and money you spend on multiple different aspects of maintenance.

Native plants offer a wide variety of benefits to connect us with our environment. Below are six reasons from the professionals:

1. No Fertilizer or Pesticides Needed

Native plants have adapted to their ecosystem’s soil. No matter if your soil is poor or extremely fertile, they can survive off of the soil’s available nutrients, as well as defend against the area’s insects, diseases and fungi. Not only does this save you time and cash, but it is also great for the environment.

2. Irrigation

Though our planet may be full of water, the availability of clean and safe drinking water is shrinking. Water that is used to irrigate your lawn, garden, or flower bed is valuable and can quickly add up costs in the heat of summer. Native plants generally require less water than non-native plants due to their adaptation.

3. Annual Bloom

Gone are the days of having to head to your local nursery each spring to purchase plants for your yard! Due to the adaptability of native plants, they will resurface each spring as if you just planted them, saving you the hassle of having to repurchase, cage, tear out, and replant each year.

Coneflowers in South Dakota Sunset.

4. Water Runoff

When rain falls, it must go somewhere. The soil will soak up some of the water and replenish the groundwater. However, most water flows into a storm drain as runoff, which is often polluted by several different types of chemicals. By adding native plants, you can help minimize the effects of this runoff as their deep roots help filter stormwater before it makes its way to a waterway.

5. Erosion Prevention

Erosion — it is a real pain! It begins to change the shape of your yard’s slopes and landscape beds and can even change water flow. The extremely deep roots from native plants can help stabilize and anchor the soil to avoid further erosion.

6. Fostering Habitats and Biodiversity

Biodiversity is the wide variety of life on Earth; from humans to tiny organisms, biodiversity is the interconnection between all living things. When you grow native plants you’re preserving the natural connections and habitats between organisms in your yard. Homegrown National Park is a nationwide call to action to regenerate biodiversity in the ecosystem. This allows for a unique habitat to be built for discovery and learning from children of all ages in the outdoors.

Traditional style landscape in front yard.

What Native Plants to Include in the Midwest Region

Since you are now convinced to create your very own habitat from native plants, sourcing and selecting the perfect plants comes next! Prairie Moon Nursery is an advocate for prairie restoration and is a resource for authentic native plants. 

Here are some of Weller Brothers favorite native plants that will not only thrive here in the Midwest, but add the fundamental elements needed to bring your landscape project to life.

  • Oak Trees’ (Quercus) ecological benefits number as high as their lifespan. Their mighty crown of branches provides not only an oasis of shade but also an abundant food source for native animals. The expansive root system also makes it an ideal choice for soil conservation, preventing erosion in natural or manmade terrain. 
  • Yarrow (Achillea) is a unique plant sure to add color and texture to your landscape. This deer and rabbit-resistant plant can grow in some pretty unfavorable conditions but will give you long-lasting blooms that seem to float above the stems like lazy clouds ranging from red to pink to yellow. Yarrow is also a perfect addition to any fresh bouquet or to cut and dry.
Vine like native plants in landscaping bed
  • Penstemon or Beardtongues are another native flower that come in a vibrant array of colors. These blooms provide a bountiful buffet of nectar to our favorite winged pollinators — hummingbirds and bees. As well as being an important player in promoting diversity, Penstemon is pest and drought-resistant. 
  • Grasses such as Little BlueStem (Schizachyrium) provide not only year-round interest to your landscape, but year-round safety to one of our most important gardeners. This grass is often chosen by the female bumblebee as her shelter for the long winter. The seed of this grass also attracts many varieties of songbirds, a welcome sign of life on our long and dismal winter days. 
  • Potentilla is a prolific blooming shrub that can add a pop of color to any landscape. Besides the benefit of beauty, the root system is fibrous and wide-spanning — acting as a perfect natural netting to prevent erosion.

Contact Us To Have the Professionals Design Your Native Plant Sanctuary

Take the guesswork out of creating an all-encompassing native landscape project and let the professionals at Weller Brothers in Sioux Falls, SD, Rochester, MN, and Des Moines, IA, handle your project. 

Our experienced Landscape Design team will ensure your native landscape project comes to life. Contact us here to request landscape design services.

Maxwell Tolk Promoted To Account Manager in Sioux Falls

Maxwell Tolk, Account Manager at Weller Brothers Landscaping

Maxwell Tolk Promoted To Account Manager in Sioux Falls

Maxwell Tolk, Account Manager at Weller Brothers Landscaping

Weller Brothers is well known for promoting from within, giving each and every individual the opportunity to advance their career as they gain on the job experience and confidence. 

We are thrilled to share that Maxwell Tolk has taken a leap forward in his career at Weller Brothers Landscaping in Sioux Falls, SD and has been promoted from Horticulture Foreman to Account Manager.

A Strong Foundation

Originally from Lake Park, Iowa, Maxwell attended Southeast Technical College in Sioux Falls, SD, graduating in 2020 with a degree in Horticulture and Landscape Design. After graduating, Tolk pursued an opportunity working in Vancouver, British Columbia for two years. 

During Maxwell’s time in Vancouver, he gained an all-encompassing hands on experience which utilized his degree knowledge while learning customer services and problem solving skills. Maxwell was the on-site point of contact for many of the HOA properties in Vancouver, which led him to branching out to find new growth opportunities.

Horticulture team at Weller Brothers Landscaping

Maximizing Potential

Upon his return to Sioux Falls, SD, he joined the Weller Brothers team as a Horticulture Foreman and continued to grow as a leader on the Weller Brothers Team. 

“I am very excited to have Maxwell on our team,” says Camrin Meyer, Weller Brothers Lead Account Manager. “His personality meshes perfectly in the office, and I know that his hard work and dedication to our customers is something that they are also going to love.”

Maxwell is very eager to be at the forefront of client interactions, ensuring that their landscaping and maintenance goals are not only met but exceeded. His understanding of landscaping services combined with his proven leadership will undoubtedly contribute to the growth of Weller Brothers Landscaping in Sioux Falls, SD

I am always looking for growth opportunities in my career to learn new things and overcome challenges, while providing the best customer service possible,” Maxwell says. 

“One person that influenced and mentored me to take the opportunity of an Account Manager was Ryan Benda; he has a wealth of experience and knowledge that I learn from.” 

As Maxwell steps into his new role as an Account Manager at Weller Brothers Landscaping, we celebrate not just an individual accomplishment but also his commitment to excellence. We look forward to witnessing the continued growth and success of his career! 

Learn More About Careers at Weller Brothers

Our team in constantly growing. As we create positions and promote employees within, we are always looking to fill roles with talented individuals. 

If you’re interested in a lawn or landscape job in Sioux Falls, SD, Rochester, MN, or Des Moines, IA, – Contact Us Today!

What Is Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and How Do You Prevent It From Killing Your Ash Tree?

Ash tree's lining the road

What Is Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and How Do You Prevent It From Killing Your Ash Tree?

The emerald ash borer (EAB) is an invasive beetle species native to Asia that infects and kills ash trees. The larvae of the emerald ash borer feed on the inside of ash trees, which disrupts the tree’s ability to be well nourished and grow, ultimately leading to the tree’s death.

The infestation of emerald ash borer is problematic in Sioux Falls, SD, as it poses a threat to the ash tree population. Ash trees are valuable for their aesthetic, ecological, and economic contributions. The loss of ash trees can impact ecosystems, reduce biodiversity, and have economic consequences for industries related to wood and forest products.

As we begin identifying and treating your ash trees there are a few different treatment options for treating EAB in Sioux Falls, SD.  The professionals at Weller Brothers and the City of Sioux Falls, SD remind you that if you are not performing treatment on your ash trees of EAB you will be required to remove them.

How to Identify an Ash Tree

It is important to identify if your tree is an ash tree prior to beginning treatment, as EAB does not infect any other species of trees. Identifying an ash tree involves examining various features such as leaves, bark, branches, and seeds. Here are some key characteristics to help you identify an ash tree:

Ash Tree Characteristics:

  • Leaves, ash trees typically have compound leaves composed of multiple leaflets. Each leaf has five to 11 leaflets arranged opposite each other on the stem.
  • Bark, the bark of mature ash trees is generally furrowed, forming diamond-shaped patterns. Young ash trees may present smoother bark. 
  • Branches, ash trees have distinctive branching patterns. The branches and twigs are usually opposite, meaning they grow directly across from each other on the stem.
  • Seeds, ash trees produce winged seeds known as samaras. These seeds often form in clusters and have a flat, wing-like structure that helps them disperse in the wind.
The different types of Ash tree leaves

Checking if your Ash Tree is Infected

If your tree is an ash tree, it is vulnerable to EAB and will likely become infested. 

The signs of an early EAB infestation can be difficult to see. As the infestation grows (and greater harm is caused to the tree), the signs become more visible. You are NOT likely to see an adult EAB (beetle). However, you may see an EAB larva if you look beneath the bark of an infested ash tree. 

If you value your ash tree, the best course of action is to protect the tree from infestation instead of waiting to see if it becomes infected.

The most common signs of an EAB-infested ash tree are:

  • Woodpeckers are known to feed on EAB larvae. An increase in woodpecker activity on an ash tree could indicate an infestation, as they may be targeting the larvae beneath the bark.
  • The canopy of your tree is beginning to thin.
  • The bark is beginning to crack and split. 
  • EAB larvae create serpentine galleries (tunnels) under the bark as they feed on the tree’s vascular tissue. If you peel back the bark, you may observe these galleries, which have a distinctive S-shaped or serpentine pattern.
  • Adult emerald ash borers create distinctive D-shaped exit holes when they emerge from the tree. These small exit holes are usually about 1/8 inch in diameter and can be found on the trunk and branches.
EAB infected Ash Tree

How to Treat your EAB Infested Ash Tree

An EAB-infested ash tree may be saved if the infestation is caught early (within the first couple of years of infestation) and the tree is otherwise healthy.

However, once an infested ash tree has lost about 30% or more of its leaf canopy, it has become very compromised and is unlikely to survive even with treatment. Depending on the size and health of an ash tree, it may take anywhere between two to five years for a tree to die from an EAB infestation.

EAB Treatment Options:

  • Treat your ash tree for the life of the tree: Treatments typically cost $150 – $350 per tree and need to be repeated every two years. After the primary infestation is over and most of the Ash within the area are dead, you can treat it every four years. Now that it is here, EAB will always be present in the Midwest area.
  • Remove your ash tree: If you do not treat your ash tree, it will eventually die within the next ten years. You can remove your tree now, or you can remove it later. Typically, the cost for removing a tree that is still alive is quite a bit cheaper than removing a tree that is dead, so cutting early is to your benefit. Once the ash tree dies it becomes very brittle and can fall apart becoming a hazard to people and property.
EAB treatment in Ash Tree
EAB Injection on an Ash Tree in Sioux Falls, SD

Contact Us For Professional Ash Tree Treatment

If you are ready to tackle your EAB infestation, Weller Brothers is here to help you. Our team of professionals, including Certified Arborists, will advise you on the best plan of action to ensure you remain city-compliant.

Contact us here to request Tree Health and EAB Services in Sioux Falls, SD.

Caring for Your Outdoor Patio

Outdoor Fireplace with Custom Outdoor Furniture and Patio

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Caring for Your Outdoor Patio

Outdoor patios combine comfort, and versatility that allows relaxation, socialization, and while enjoying the outdoors! The ability to create a personalized and inviting outdoor area makes patios a favorite feature of many homes.

However, caring for a patio and outdoor furniture in the Midwest involves addressing specific challenges with the region’s diverse climate, including frigid winters, hot summers, and varying types of precipitation. 

Weller Brother’s landscape designers and HGTV are here to offer you their professional expertise to ensure your patio and outdoor furniture are maintained and cared for to optimize your next hosting experience!

Outdoor Patio Care

Not all patios are created the same; different materials need to be cared for specifically to ensure that you maintain the integrity of the paver materials. Avoid using harsh or abrasive cleaning solutions that are not recommended for your patio materials. Here are our general patio cleaning recommendations:

Recommended Patio Cleaning Guidelines:

  • Remove all patio furniture, sweep off or use a leaf blower to remove debris from the patio. 
  • Hose down the concrete or pavers with a garden hose equipped with a nozzle that provides a strong stream of water or a pressure washer on a low setting. 
  • Use a mild grease-cutting detergent such as Dawn or Ajax dishwashing liquid mixed with water and a natural or synthetic bristle scrub brush to help brighten the patio surface. NOTE: Never use a wire brush as it can leave rust stains and scratch the concrete or paver surface.
  • Use a degreaser made for concrete to remove oily spots, often found near the grill.
  • If your patio is heavily discolored, you should call in a professional. They will apply a solution on the patio surface to bring it back to life.

Outdoor Furniture Maintenance

You should maintain your outdoor furniture  to ensure many years of comfort and pleasure in your outdoor living space. We recommend that patio furniture be “deep cleaned” at least twice a year – once in the spring when temperatures begin to rise, and once in the late fall before it is stored out of the winter elements. 

Regular cleaning is recommended for all types of outdoor furniture, this will minimize mildew, dirt and debris buildup.

How to Clean your Outdoor Furniture:

  • Wash cushions and furniture frames with mild soap and clean water. Let cushions dry completely before placing them back on the furniture to prevent mildew from growing.
  • Use auto polish on metal furniture frames to make them shine; make sure that the metal is not coated with a paint prior, as the polish will remove the paint. NOTE: When using new products on your furniture, test the product in a small inconspicuous area of the furniture prior to ensuring the product does not damage any metal finishing. 
  • Use a glass cleaner on glass tabletops and don’t forget to clean the glass on the windows of your outdoor lanterns so the light shines through.
  • Use a kitchen degreaser on grill grates and the outside of stainless steel grills. Learn more on how to deep clean your grill.
  • Open your umbrella and wash the fabric with mild soap and water, and use a household oil — such as WD-40 silicone lubricant — on any moving parts to keep them working well.
  • Remove and discard any old potting soil from planters and clean the insides of pots with a bleach and water solution to kill any insects or bacteria that may have overwintered in the pots. Fill with fresh potting soil and put in new plants.

Don’t Sleep On Our Outdoor Furniture Design Services!

Whether you have an outdoor living space that is in need of new furniture or you are wanting to upgrade your existing furniture, Weller Brothers is the place to call. In addition to a free face-to-face design experience, Weller Brothers also offers outdoor furniture cleaning in the winter months for existing customers! This gives you the opportunity to put your furniture out of sight and out of mind, while having it ready to use as the warmer weather quickly approaches again.

Contact Us For Your Patio Upgrade

If it’s time for a new patio or quality outdoor furniture in Sioux Falls, SD, Rochester, MN, or Des Moines, IA, you’re in the right place.

Our experienced landscape design and furniture design teams will ensure your dream landscape project comes to life and stays that way. Contact us here to get started on your new outdoor living space!