Bring the Green In!

Boughs of holly, candy canes and visions of gifts under the tree. These are just a few things that help make the season merry and bright. With the holidays just around the corner, many people have begun their own traditions. The Elf on the Shelf has appeared in many homes. Children are enjoying Advent calendars […]

Tip of the Week – Choosing the Perfect Christmas Tree

Tinsel, lights, ornaments and candy canes are all wonderful Christmas tree decorating tools. But no matter how you decorate your live Christmas tree, it’s important to start with a tree that fits your space and needs. For many families, the tradition of selecting a Christmas tree is an exciting part of the holiday season. Many […]

The Season is turning Frosty!

It’s that time of year again, temperatures are dropping and snow is in the forecast. Come celebrate the season in West Chicago at the 2016 Frosty Fest on Saturday, December 3rd from 4-7 pm in downtown West Chicago. This fun, family-friendly event offers a variety of happenings sure to please all your family members. Whether […]

From our Family to Yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

Celebrating with family and friends is what makes Thanksgiving a special holiday. Traditions, both old and new are born from the time spent together with loved ones. Thanksgiving is also National Family Health History Day. Take the time this Thanksgiving to discuss and document health issues that seem to carry over generation to generation. National […]

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

The colder temperatures, blowing winds and snow will begin soon. Chicagoans must once again brace themselves for a cold winter. While we can’t do much about Chicago winters, we can help protect our evergreen trees and shrubs through the winter months. Whereas deciduous trees and shrubs lose their leaves in the winter, evergreens retain foliage […]

Arbor-Culture – Risk Assessment

Crane Removing Tree

There is risk in everything we do from getting out of bed to driving to work. I have noticed we all look at risk in different ways and try to balance that risk in our own way. Here at Kramer Tree Specialists we deal with many different forms of risk. Our Arborist Associates have to […]

Trick or Treat! Celebrate the Holiday with a Halloween Tree.

Ghosts and goblins will visit soon. It’s not too late to create a spooky decoration to greet all who dare to enter. A Halloween tree is a creative way to celebrate Halloween and delight guests. Gather smaller, dead tree branches and paint them in whatever color, theme or method you choose. Spray paint, sponges and […]

Tip of the Week – Just in time for Halloween, Boxelder Bugs have returned!

While it may seem like a scene from a horror movie, mounds of writhing black and red insects appearing in early fall are actually an indication of a boxelder bug infestation. But there’s no reason to scream in fright, the boxelder bug does not actually harm the areas they congregate and because it may be […]

Celebrate OAKtober!

White Oak

The mighty oak tree is featured during the month of October, which in 2015, was proclaimed as Oak Awareness Month in Illinois. The focus on oak trees comes as a result of their decline in the state of Illinois. At one point in history, oak trees comprised 60% of the tree canopy in the Chicago […]

PHC on the Lookout – Leaf Spots Making an Appearance this Fall?

A cool, wet spring often brings increased fungi growth on trees, shrubs and other plants in the landscape. Sometimes the fungus doesn’t become evident until late summer or during the fall season. Brown, black and yellow spots, leaf blotches and distortion, and early leaf drop are all symptoms of fungal diseases. Keep in mind, these […]

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