Urban Trees & Drought – How To Water Your Trees & When

KTS Rain Gauge

Watering your trees is essential for their health and survival. All trees will vary on volume and frequency of watering, but in the end they all need water. In the urban forest, different challenges are incurred regarding water access for trees compared to the natural forest setting. We’ll talk about what influences a tree’s need […]

Why is my tree changing color early this year?

Autumn Blaze Maple - Parkway tree

Is your tree starting to change it’s leaf color already?. Is that a sign of a short summer and an early winter season? Not at all, trees will at times change color early if they are dealing with some sort of environmental or physiological stress. One of our arborists recently came across this Autumn Blaze […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]