Right Tree Right Place


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;   […]

Properly Watering Your Trees

Tree Planting - Properly Watering Your Trees

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

Kramer Tree Specialists Mulch Products - Red Dye Mulch

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How to Avoid Girdling Your Tree


There are times when installing guy wires to a tree are necessary for helping to straighten the tree as it grows. But like everything, eventually that time passes and either the guying of the tree worked or it didn’t. At that point, the wires and supports put on the tree need to be either adjusted […]

Tree of the Week – Hackberry

Hackberry Bark

Hackberry, an awesome tree that does very well in our area and is an easier one to learn identification of for the dendrologists out there!  Look for the raised bark along the trunk of the tree and/or the circular fruits that it produces, these fruits start out green and then turn a purplish color as […]

Tree of the Week – Making a Comeback!


Cercis canadensis, commonly known as Eastern Redbud, is naturally found growing in the eastern region of United States growing in well-drained, organic-rich, moist soil types. This tree naturally grows as an understory tree in it’s native forest setting.  It is also very common to see this specimen throughout Chicagoland area landscapes, or simply the midwestern […]