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 […]

Come See Us at The Old House New House® Home Show!

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Looking for something fun and exciting to do this weekend? The Old House New House® Home Show returns this weekend to the Pheasant Run Resort in Saint Charles. The Home Show runs from February 10-12th and features over 300 exhibitors ready to show you the latest and greatest in home and garden products and services. […]

Celebrate the Season at Blooming Fest 2016!

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West Chicago is preparing for the return of spring by celebrating the annual Blooming Fest. Come enjoy fun, family-friendly activities at this free admission event in downtown West Chicago. Blooming Fest 2016 is Saturday, May 21st. Blooming Fest activities this year includes collaboration with the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission in presenting a special art […]

Arbor Day – Did You Know?

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Arbor Day, a day to celebrate and nurture trees, is fast approaching on April 29th. But what is Arbor Day and what is its significance? Arbor Day celebrations began in the year 1872 in Nebraska as a day set aside to plant trees. Over one million trees were planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor […]

Come see KTS at The Old House New House® Home Show!

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Pheasant Run Resort in Saint Charles is the place to be February 12-14, 2016. The Old House New House® Home Show is the largest and longest running consumer home show in the Chicago area. Want to beautify your home? Whether you’re looking to remodel, build, landscape, or searching for quality home service providers, The Old […]

Tip of the Week – Aiming for Tree Diversity

Prior to the Emerald Ash Borer, streets in many local communities were lined with Ash trees. Elm trees in the area and all over the country have suffered from disease. Both tree species were heavily used and planted in urban settings. When a tree disease or insect is introduced into a community the devastation can […]

Tip of the Week – Chicago Region Trees Initiative

Understanding the region’s tree population, improving the health and vigor of local trees, increasing public awareness of the importance of managing our urban forest and improving the conditions of Chicago forests by the year 2040 are goals and visions of the Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI). The CRTI was created in 2013 with the hopes […]

Tip of the Week – Tis the Season for Giving

The Holiday season is well under way. Gifts, wrapping paper, holiday cards and treats of all sorts are just a few things we expect during the Holidays. Of course, giving is just as important as receiving. Openlands TreeKeepers® is one way to give back to local Chicago area communities by identifying potential tree problems and […]

Tip of the Week – Winter Beauty with a Winter Garden

This time of year, outdoor color and interest is usually lacking. Annuals have finished their season, perennials have died back and deciduous trees and shrubs have become bare. But don’t lose hope. There are many striking options to add color and attraction in the winter landscape. One option is evergreen trees and shrubs, which add […]

Tip of the Week – What’s Wrong with My Tree?

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Smaller leaves, slower growth, earlier fall season color or early leaf drop are all characteristics of a tree that is declining. While these can also signal a specific disease or insect infestation, sometimes the decline cannot be linked to just one cause. Why does this happen to a tree? There are usually a number of […]