Are Your Trees Prepared for the Winter?

Tree Care During the Winter Time

As temperatures become steadily colder and the sun sets just a bit earlier than we would prefer, wrapping up outside yard work becomes a priority.  Beyond the obvious chores of raking up fallen leaves, tidying the shed or garage of garden tools, a little attention and thought should also be given to the following;   […]

Knots To Know For Arborists

Figure 2 Sheet Bend

I have been in the arboriculture industry for over 30 years and the industry has certainly evolved and changed over that time. The education on proper pruning techniques has improved and we now have many more tools available to get the work done. When I started working in the field the primary tools that we […]

Kramer Tree Specialists CDL Training Assistance

Mulch Products

Having a CDL as an arborist is critical to growing your career and earning potential in the arboriculture industry. Many of the vehicles used in commercial arboriculture require a CDL, some of which are Class A or B. We require our staff to earn their CDL Class A with air brakes endorsement. This then allows […]

Safe Practices Handling Storm Damaged Trees

Storm Damaged Trees

Summertime is here in the Midwest which means thunderstorms and the potential for severe weather.  Severe weather and trees are a bad combination, in many cases resulting in damage to the tree as well as surrounding structures or other targets.  Summer can be of heightened risk as our deciduous trees have all their leaves, which […]

Preparing Your Tree for Effective Systemic Plant Health Care Treatments

Macro Trunk Injection DED - Plant Health Care Treatments

Systemic plant health care treatments are highly effective at protecting our trees from various insects or diseases. Systemic refers to a treatment that is taken up by a tree and translocated throughout its entire vascular system. The healthier the tree, the better the treatment will be distributed throughout the tree. In addition to the health […]

Hydration For Safety and Peak Performance

Larch - Hydration

It has been an extremely dry spring in our area along with hot temperatures, which appears to be continuing into the summer season. This is great news for beach seekers and water park enthusiasts, but these types of conditions prevent challenges for our trees as well as for anyone who works outside. Hydration is critical […]

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

Kramer Tree Specialists Mulch Products - Red Dye Mulch

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 […]

Integrated Pest Management & Benefits For Your Trees

Plant Health Care - Hackberry Nipple Gall

The urban environment can be extremely stressful on trees and in a lot of cases does not reflect the natural growing conditions of our trees.  Trees will adapt to stresses in their natural conditions, but many times the stresses they experience in the urban environment are much more severe.  As with any living organism, stressed […]

Spring Tree Care Tips

Larch - Hydration

Spring is the perfect time to review your trees and get them prepared for the season of growth.  This quick list will provide you with guidance and tips to set your trees up for a successful growing season. Cleaning – “spring cleaning” is not just for the interior of your home.  This is a very […]