Tip of the Week – Properly Pruning Evergreens

Evergreen trees or shrubs are defined as a plant that retains its’ foliage in the winter. In warmer climates, this category includes many plants that aren’t hardy to the Midwest. Typical Midwest Evergreens include Pine, Spruce, Fir, Cedar and Hemlock trees. Other examples of Evergreens found in the Midwest are Arborvitae, Juniper, Yew and Boxwood […]

Tip of the Week – Experiencing Fall Needle Drop?

  Needle drop is a normal process in the lifecycle of an evergreen, but can be worrisome for homeowners not familiar with this seasonal change. Every needle on an evergreen has a certain life span. As it ages, the needle experiences a number of stages. This includes turning yellow, brown and eventually dropping off the […]

PHC on the Lookout – Protect Susceptible Evergreens during hard Chicago Winters

    Brown, dead needles and brittle twigs and buds are all possible indicators of a desiccated or dehydrated evergreen. While deciduous trees lose their leaves in the winter, evergreens retain foliage and protect themselves from winter water loss with a variety of natural protection mechanisms. Even with these protections, a warm sunny day during […]