Tip of the Week – Leaf Recycling

Most people know the importance of paper and plastic recycling, but what about leaves? The advantages of leaf material in the landscape are numerous. Keep these benefits in mind when raking this fall: Leaves are an excellent source of organic matter that will promote microbial activity in the soil, which in turn helps plant growth. […]

Tip of the Week – Ladybugs, Ladybugs Everywhere!

Along with the beautiful fall tree colors comes the annual migration of Asian ladybeetles. Asian ladybeetles were introduced into the United States in the 1970’s to control the Pecan aphid in Georgia. Unfortunately, they have worked their way up and overtaken the native ladybug population in many parts of the country. While native ladybugs tend […]

PHC on the Lookout – Are Your Trees Struggling with Urban Stresses?

Poor soil, drought, confined growing conditions, exposure to higher heat temperatures in the summer and road salt in the winter are all stressful factors that trees in urban settings must contend with. In some cases our intervention becomes necessary for the health and life of the tree. There are solutions available to combat the stresses […]

Kramer Tree Specialists Office Hours Changing with the Seasons!

This Saturday, October 19th will be the last weekend the KTS office and mulch yard are open on weekends. Saturday hours will resume the spring of 2014. In addition, KTS office hours during the week are changing soon. Starting October 28th, the KTS office is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. […]

PHC on the Lookout – KTS is starting fall Bio-Green applications!

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The cooler temperatures we’ve experienced lately are an indicator of the changing seasons. Swimming pools and beach vacations are making way for football and changing leaf colors. Now, more than ever, it’s important to ensure your trees and shrubs are healthy. The droughts we’ve suffered recently have added stress to local landscapes. Not only did […]

Tip of the Week – Suffering from Seasonal Allergies?

Sneezing, stuffy nose, coughing and watering eyes are all symptoms of outdoor allergies. The difficulty is finding the culprit for your discomfort. Many outdoor allergies are caused by some type of pollen. This could be coming from a tree, grass, weed or even a combination of plants. During the fall, pollen particles from trees, grass […]

Tip of the Week – Winterizing the Landscape

Old Man Winter is just around the corner. The typical Midwest winter brings icy temperatures and cold winds that can really do damage to the landscape. Taking a few precautionary steps in the fall will make a big difference the next growing season. First and foremost, continue to water newly planted trees and shrubs until […]

PHC on the Lookout – Fall Webworm

              Come September, Fall Webworms are found munching on a large variety of deciduous trees and shrubs. Preferred host trees include Hickory, Ash, Birch, Black Walnut, Crabapple, Elm, Maple, Oak and Pecan, but their feeding is not limited to these species. Fall Webworms are often confused with the Eastern Tent […]

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 […]

Pest to Watch For – Boxelder Bug

Mounds of writhing blackish and red insects, in mid-summer to early fall, are often an indication of a Boxelder Bug infestation. Although they are a nuisance, the Boxelder Bug does not actually harm the areas they congregate and because it may be a temporary stopping location, the bugs may be gone in just a couple […]