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

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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 […]

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

Pine

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!

redbud

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 […]

You Love that Tree, but is it Time to say Goodbye?

Many of us have fond memories of certain trees that are special to us. Trees are living things that give us much more than typical tree functions, such as shade or ornamental interest. What we remember is relaxing under the shade of a big Oak tree, the Maple Tree planted in memory of a loved […]

How to Mulch your Trees and Landscape Beds

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Proper mulching of your trees and landscape is essential to the prolonged health and vigor of your plants.  There are a variety of mulch products out there to choose from and it is important to understand the importance of mulching your trees and how to apply the mulch itself. Trees in their natural environment grow […]