When Lightning Strikes

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Lightning striking trees can be a concern not only to the safety of homeowners, but the continued health of an otherwise healthy tree. Understanding their impact can help in mitigating and lessening the damage. While Florida and Texas are generally the most lightning prone states, with the summer months being the majority of the timeframe, […]

Right Tree Right Place

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Planting a tree is one of the best, low-cost investments property owners can do for themselves and for the community.  Trees clean air, prevent erosion, manage stormwater, cool landscapes, provides beauty, and increases property values, to name a few.  These benefits are only enjoyed when the right tree is planted in the right place.  Proper […]

Are Your Trees Prepared for the Winter?

Tree Care During the Winter Time

As temperatures become steadily colder and the sun sets just a bit earlier than we would prefer, wrapping up outside yard work becomes a priority.  Beyond the obvious chores of raking up fallen leaves, tidying the shed or garage of garden tools, a little attention and thought should also be given to the following;   […]

Safe Practices Handling Storm Damaged Trees

Storm Damaged Trees

Summertime is here in the Midwest which means thunderstorms and the potential for severe weather.  Severe weather and trees are a bad combination, in many cases resulting in damage to the tree as well as surrounding structures or other targets.  Summer can be of heightened risk as our deciduous trees have all their leaves, which […]

Preparing Your Tree for Effective Systemic Plant Health Care Treatments

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Systemic plant health care treatments are highly effective at protecting our trees from various insects or diseases. Systemic refers to a treatment that is taken up by a tree and translocated throughout its entire vascular system. The healthier the tree, the better the treatment will be distributed throughout the tree. In addition to the health […]

Properly Watering Your Trees

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All living things need water to survive, from bacteria to giant Sequoias. All organisms, plants, and animals use water: salty or fresh, hot or cold, massive amounts of water, or almost no water at all. Without water, life would not exist. This year’s spring season has offered little rainfall to mention. Chicago and surrounding suburbs […]

Mulch – Best Management Practices

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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

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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

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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 […]