Mulch – Best Management Practices

Kramer Tree Specialists Mulch Products - Red Dye Mulch

Mulch – Best Management Practices When done correctly, top dressing tree rings and planting beds with mulch is one of the highest benefiting practices homeowners can do for the health of their trees and woody ornamentals.  However, when mulch is applied incorrectly, it can adversely affect plants.  Mulch that is too deep, piled against the […]

Integrated Pest Management & Benefits For Your Trees

Plant Health Care - Hackberry Nipple Gall

The urban environment can be extremely stressful on trees and in a lot of cases does not reflect the natural growing conditions of our trees.  Trees will adapt to stresses in their natural conditions, but many times the stresses they experience in the urban environment are much more severe.  As with any living organism, stressed […]

Spring Tree Care Tips

Larch

Spring is the perfect time to review your trees and get them prepared for the season of growth.  This quick list will provide you with guidance and tips to set your trees up for a successful growing season. Cleaning – “spring cleaning” is not just for the interior of your home.  This is a very […]

Monitor Service For Your Trees

Monitor Program - Viburnum Leaf Beetle Larvae

Loving trees can be easy; however, caring for trees sometimes requires professional guidance.  Like us, trees are long-lived organisms.  Annually, we as long-lived organisms, visit different professionals to keep track of our health and seek guidance to ensure we are living the healthiest possible life.  We do this through all stages of life; newborn, youth, […]

2021 Renewals are OUT!

Plant Health Care Fertilization

After these past weekends of endless snow shoveling and freezing temperatures, it might be hard to believe that Spring is around the corner but, we are in luck. Woodstock Willie is just as ready for Spring as we are. The first sign that Spring is coming was confirmed by Mr. Willie and we could not […]

Limb Walk Talk

Kramer Tree Specialists and our Evolution of Rigging Practices

Kramer Tree Specialists and our Evolution of Rigging Practices Kramer Tree Specialists has been performing arboriculture services to the Chicagoland area for more than 45 years. Over that time, we have continually evolved and advanced in our skills, techniques, and work practices. The constant evolution of technology, work practices, and training in the industry continually […]

Plant Health Care – Japanese Beetle

Japanese Beetle is an exotic pest that has been a part of our urban forest for many years. They were first discovered in New Jersey in 19161. They are established and prevalent throughout the United States and feed on numerous types of trees and plants. Lindens are highly preferred, but many other trees are impacted […]

Codominant Stems on Urban Trees

Urban trees and forest stand trees have a variety of different stresses impacting their growth and longevity. Forest stand trees have evolved over time to naturally address and handle these stresses, while urban trees are very much dependent upon proactive and reactive care from arborists to effectively incorporate trees into our urban environments. Focusing on […]

Foliar Disease & Fungal Issues on Your Trees

It has been quite the beginning to the Spring season and now it’s heating up as we head towards summer. The heavy rains in the month of April and May have created ideal growing conditions for a number of fungal diseases that we are seeing in our urban forest. Many of these diseases are aesthetic […]

Spring Ephemeral Series – Have You Ever heard of the term “myrmecochory”

Spring Flower

Myrmecochory is the relationship between spring ephemeral’s reliance on ants to disperse their seeds. Myrmecochory derives from the Greek term “myrmex”, which means ant.  Certain structures of the ephemeral seeds are high in lipids and proteins which attracts the ants.  The ants bring the seeds back to their nests and consume these tasty structures.  After […]