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, […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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) […]