Tip of the Week – Remove Dead Ash tree, Before it’s too Late!

The ash tree on your property provided years of enjoyment, shade, and beauty, but unfortunately, it has become infested with emerald ash borer and it’s past the time for effective treatment. The ash tree continues to decline until it’s completely dead. Removing the tree is the next step. For many homeowners living in villages around […]

Tip of the Week – Reclaiming Wood

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Unique patterns, antique beauty and durable, long-lasting quality are just a few characteristics found in reclaimed wood products. There is a distinctive story behind each furniture piece or floorboard. This is a trend that is gathering steam and popularity as consumers want to recycle what already exists. Another trend becoming popular is using Ash trees […]

Tip of the Week – Where Did That Firewood Come From?

The summer is almost upon us, which means camping for many people. Campfires and camping go hand in hand. Before you purchase firewood for your campfire this summer keep in mind that many tree-killing pests are transported by hitchhiking on infested wood. Prevent the spread of harmful diseases and insects by following these steps: Purchase […]

Tip of the Week – Replace that Ash!

With the recent ravage of the Emerald Ash Borer across the Chicagoland area, homeowners and landowners are left wondering how to fill the open areas in the landscape. Many Chicago villages have plans in place for trees located in parkways, but removed Ash trees on a homeowner’s property are usually the homeowner’s responsibility. There are […]

PHC on the Lookout – Emerald Ash Borer Update

The Emerald Ash Borer has become well known throughout the Chicago area. Many local communities have been hit hard by this pest. Where there are Ash trees, there is concern of an Emerald Ash Borer infestation. Due to the severity of damage caused by this pest, many people choose to take a proactive approach, before […]

PHC on the Lookout – Plant Pests in the Winter

While they aren’t actively feeding and causing damage, many insects that attack trees and shrubs don’t completely disappear in the winter. Insects have a variety of means for surviving cold temperatures and returning in warmer weather to wreak havoc in the landscape. In the late fall, many insects enter a type of dormant stage on […]

PHC on the Lookout – Imidacloprid 101

Kramer Tree Specialists uses Imidacloprid, an active ingredient found under a variety of trade names, to treat many plant insects commonly found in the Chicago area. For example, Japanese Beetles , Emerald Ash Borer and other wood boring or leaf feeding insects. This insecticide works as a systemic, working its way through the tree and […]

PHC on the Lookout – Protecting Your Ash Trees NOW

The drought of 2012 will be remembered by trees and shrubs for seasons to come. When plants are stressed, due to soil dryness and warmer temperatures, they are vulnerable to disease and insect infestations. These are perfect circumstances for the Emerald Ash Borer, which has already invaded many Ash trees in the Chicagoland.   There are a […]

Emerald Ash Borer – Update

Many of our staff attended the 2012 Insect & Disease Update Seminar at the Village of Mount Prospect last week on March 15th.  The seminar was put on by the Illinois Arborist Association, Dr. Rex Bastian, Care of Trees, was conducting the seminar. The population levels of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) continue to rise […]