Details of Growth: Special Delivery


AFTER MORE THAN TWO-AND-A-HALF YEARS of planning and development, Outlets of Des Moines has opened in Altoona, ushering in a variety of new factory-direct shopping options to local consumers. The project was put together by Massachusetts-based New England Development after identifying Greater Des Moines as a desirable market for the retail concept. Construction management was provided by Ryan Companies, with landscape installation and maintenance by Perficut.

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In its 34th Year, the Festival of Trees & Lights has Become a Holiday Tradition with Dramatic Impact

According to Iowa historians, the first Christmas tree was set up in Des Moines by the Neumann family, nine-generations ago at a location near what would eventually become the city center. The Neumanns were a family of German immigrants who arrived on the frontier in covered wagons and made a life on the prairie, working in the family’s bakery business. As winter came, the days drew shorter and the darkness and cold seemed to discourage customers from visiting the bakery. Christmas trees were still relatively unknown in the rest of the world and had only recently begun popping up in the Christmas markets in Germany. There was a rumor circulating that Queen Victoria’s German husband, Prince Albert, had set up a tree in Windsor Castle, but whatever the source, the Neumanns were inspired to bring this new holiday celebration to Iowa.

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New Kum and Go Landscaping by Perficut

In Good Company

When you think of all the great cities in the world – New York, Chicago, London, Paris, what is it that motivates people to fly for hours in cramped airplanes (next to a woman named Tippy who eats tuna out of a pouch), just to step on those sidewalks? What is it that enamors us to the point of dropped jaws and shameless gawking? What is it that makes our hearts beat faster without exchanging so much as a word.

Hint: It’s the buildings.

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Matt Boelman and Kory Ballard

Your Best Summer Yet

We’re saying goodbye to La Nina and getting ready for your best summer ever. As we reported in an earlier post, La Nina is characterized by warm temperatures and above-average moisture, and she delivered exactly as we predicted. For most of us in Iowa and Nebraska, that meant a winter with more rainy days than snowy days, and many more days spent killing time in the shop changing oil in our snow blowers, than actually digging out from any big dumps. For guys that live to dig and plow, it was a long winter with a lot of time for daydreaming and making plans for warmer weather. Now that the mercury is climbing, we’re ready to get after it!

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The Queen Bee


AFTER SEEING GRACE KELLY FOR THE FIRST TIME, the Prince of Monaco, Rainier III, is rumored to have remarked that she was “tangible proof of the existence of God.” After all, he reasoned, what other explanation could there be for something so beautiful and perfect to exist?

A walk through the many spectacular gardens of downtown Des Moines forces the same question. From the dramatic formal gardens at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates and the modern design of Cowles Commons, to the ever-changing seasonal planters that fight for attention from the sculptures in the Western Gateway; what possible explanation could there be for such beauty and perfection? Continue reading "The Queen Bee"

Japanese Beetle

July first marks the beginning of the emergence of the Japanese Beetle in our region. This service alert is designed to give you more information about this pest and a few tips on how to mitigate the damage.


The Japanese beetle is a serious pest of turf, trees and ornamental plants, and a difficult species to attack due to the complex nature of its lifecycle.

The Japanese beetle begins its destruction as a grub or larvae living 2-3 inches below the soil. Grubs feed on grass roots, reducing the ability of the grass plant to take up enough water and nutrients to withstand the stress of hot, dry weather. As a result, large dead patches of grass develop, which can be rolled back like a carpet to expose the destruction. Grub infestation may also be indicated where crows, moles, and skunks are found to be digging up the soil while feeding on grubs.

In early July, the grubs grow into adult Japanese beetles and begin to emerge from the soil to feed, mate and lay eggs. By the Fourth of July, adult beetles will begin to feed on trees, vines and other ornamental plants. This activity typically continues for 6-8 weeks, during which more than 60 eggs will be laid.

Japanese beetles feed in full sun at the top of plants, moving downward as the leaves are consumed. At dusk, the females fly to the turf to lay eggs, burrowing about 2-3 inches below the soil. Grubs hatch a few weeks later, growing quickly and eventually growing to about an inch by late September. Most beetles pass the winter about 2-6 inches below the surface, and then begin feeding in April or May when ground temperatures begin to rise.

Where You’ll Find Them

Around the Fourth of July, Japanese Beetles will begin emerging from the ground and feeding on the leaves of Linden, Birch, Maples and Crabapple trees, as well as rose bushes and other ornamental plants. The beetles will be found feeding between leaf veins, making the foliage look similar to lace. The insects prefer to feed on the outer portions of the foliage where the sun is strongest.

Control Methods

Treating Japanese beetles can be complex due to the nature of the pest’s life cycle and the distances travelled by adult beetles. An effective treatment program may require the application of insecticide to both the trees and turf.

Turf applications can be applied in the spring when the recently overwintered grubs start feeding. However, these grubs can be difficult to kill due to their large size and ground applications are generally more effective when applied in early fall.

If damage is found to trees and ornamental plants, treating adult Japanese beetles is recommended in July and August. The presence of beetles on a plant attracts more beetles. Therefore, by not allowing beetles to accumulate, the plants and trees will be less attractive to other beetles - benefitting the trees and ultimately the turf. In circumstances with advanced infestation, multiple treatments may be required.

Any tree treatment for Japanese beetles should be combined with a fall grub control program so that the life cycle does not repeat itself the following year.




LM150 list, published by national trade publication Landscape Management,

Represents the top 1 percent of landscape industry companies.

CLEVELAND, Ohio – June 24, 2016 – Perficut Companies has been named to the prestigious “LM150” list by the national trade publication Landscape Management. Perficut was the only company in Iowa to be recognized in the 2016 list which represents the top 1% of the landscape industry.

“Congratulations to Perficut Companies and all the companies on this year’s LM150 list,” said Marisa Palmieri, editor of Landscape Management. “The firms on this list represent the top 1% of the landscape industry. It’s an honor to be among them.”

“Perficut is honored to represent Iowa in the ‘LM150’ list”, said Kory Ballard, Perficut Co-owner and President.

“We are driven to be the best,” said Matt Boelman, Co-owner and Vice President, “and on our way to the top, it’s wonderful to be recognized by our industry.”

The landscape industry’s largest 150 revenue-generating firms logged a combined $9.4 billion in 2015 annual revenue – a 13% increase from last year’s list. Overall, LM150 companies averaged a 12% growth rate from 2014 to 2015.



Perficut is an industry-leading site management company dedicated to serving critical commercial sites such as hospitals and clinics, high traffic locations, and shipping centers. Perficut provides a wide variety of commercial services including snow and ice maintenance, commercial mowing and grounds maintenance, landscape construction, turf and tree health, commercial irrigation, storm water runoff, holiday lighting, and interiorscapes.