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 […]

Fall Mulch Application – Benefits of Natural Wood and Leaf Mulch

Kramer Tree Specialists Mulch Products - Red Dye Mulch

Mulch is a cyclic treatment for our urban trees and landscapes. It breaks down naturally over time providing biological benefits and recycling back into our urban forest. Prior to breaking down it also provides aesthetic benefits for the beauty of our urban landscapes. Applying mulch is often associated with the spring season, but fall is […]

Leaf and Twig Galls Oh My!

Woolly Oak Leaf Gall

There are thousands of leaf and twig galls that impact numerous types of trees and plants. There are more than 500 different galls that impact oak trees alone! In almost all cases, leaf, twig, or any type of gall on a tree or plant is of minimal concern. The variety of galls though is quite […]

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

Trout lilies (Erythronium albidum) - Blog

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 […]

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

Kramer Tree Mulch Products - Brown Dye Mulch

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 […]

How to Enhance Your Home Office

Work from home

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 […]

Fungus Fun Facts – Jack O’Lantern Mushroom

Mushroom Jack O Lantern

Omphalotus illudens, commonly called “Jack O’Lantern mushroom”. Fun Facts: Gets its name because of its bright pumpkin orange color and its occurrence around the time of Halloween. A common fall mushroom found east of the Rockies, frequently found in urban settings sprouting from dead trees.  Pictured here is a Red oak that died over the […]

Fungus Fun Facts – Giant Puffball

Calvatia Gigantea

Fun facts:            On record, the largest specimen measured 5ft in size and weighed 50lbs!  More often than not, they get to be between the size of a volleyball and a soccer ball. With a light rainfall in autumn, one mushroom will develop in just hours overnight. This fungus is often found in meadows, fields, golf […]

Urban and Native Environments

It’s fun to walk outside and see the contrast between our urban built environment alongside the natural environment. If you are looking for it, it doesn’t take too long to notice it. Certainly, in more urban areas it can be more difficult to come across, but as more focus is put on the benefit of […]