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 […]

Spring Ephemerals – Bloodroot

Spring Ephemerals - Bloodroot

With the winter thaw, Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) is one of the first spring ephemeral of Illinois to emerge.  A native to Illinois, it can be found throughout much of the state; however, it is considered generally rare with areas of localized abundance.  Bloodroot is a perennial plant found in woodland settings, on flood plains and […]

Spring Ephemerals – Trout Lily

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Trout lilies (Erythronium albidum) are often called “dog-tooth violets” which is a bit perplexing as this plant is a member of the lily family, having no relationship to violets.  The common name, Trout Lily, is derived from the mottled leaves that some think resembles the markings on a trout.  Trout lilies may be found statewide […]

The Legend of the Woolly Bear Caterpillar

Woolly Bear Caterpillar

The Woolly Bear Caterpillar (Pyrrharctia Isabella) is normally associated with an approaching winter as it is often seen walking around the ground at the same time as the first frost of the season.  Unlike most other caterpillars that overwinter as eggs or cocoons, Woolly Bears spend the frigid winter month in caterpillar form (larval stage) […]

Why Should I Use Mulch? – Mulch Benefits to Your Trees and Landscape

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The trees in our urban environment are stressed due to a variety of reasons, one of which including mowed and meticulously manicured lawns resulting in a lack of natural organic matter cycling through the soil. This lack of organic matter depletes the structure and nutrient availability of the soil. To combat this and improve the […]

Kramer Tree Specialists COVID-19 Response Update

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Kramer Tree Specialists considers the health and safety of our employees and their families our highest priority, along with the safety of our clients and communities that we work within.  Our response to COVID-19 layout how we plan to navigate this crisis and achieve our goal of safety for our staff, clients, and communities. As […]

How to Enhance Your Home Office

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As we all do our part to help slow the spread of COVID-19, many of us are doing so by working out of our home offices. For some, this may be the first time and for others, it may be simply a little more than usual.  Either way, it’s a different environment than the traditional […]

Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers

Tree Green Leaf Yellow Bellied Sap Sucker

The temperatures are warming and we are experiencing consistently more days and nights above the freezing mark. Warmer temperatures mean a whole host of migrating birds will soon be upon us. One migrating bird that often grabs the attention of homeowners is the Yellow-bellied sapsucker and this is because of the distinctive damage they leave […]