Watering Bags – Easy Way To Water Your Tree

With the drought conditions that we have been experiencing, this spring and now into summer, everybody is looking for some kind of relief for their lawns and gardens. Driving down the street you will see most yards have gone dormant without any rain. In this vast landscape of brown yards, you will see some yards […]

Planting & Watering Practices For Your New Tree

Spring is a time of year when tree planting comes to the forefront of many people’s minds. Arbor Day is April 28th and with that and other events in the Spring, come tree giveaways or discounted trees. If you are reading this before May 20th, 2023, come find our booth at Blooming Fest in West […]

Right Tree Right Place


Planting a tree is one of the best, low-cost investments property owners can do for themselves and for the community.  Trees clean air, prevent erosion, manage stormwater, cool landscapes, provides beauty, and increases property values, to name a few.  These benefits are only enjoyed when the right tree is planted in the right place.  Proper […]

Mulch – Best Management Practices

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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 […]

Tip of the Week – Aiming for Tree Diversity

Prior to the Emerald Ash Borer, streets in many local communities were lined with Ash trees. Elm trees in the area and all over the country have suffered from disease. Both tree species were heavily used and planted in urban settings. When a tree disease or insect is introduced into a community the devastation can […]

Tree of the Week – Sweetbay Magnolia

Also known by its’ botanical name, Magnolia virginiana, the Sweetbay Magnolia is a wonderful addition to the landscape in usda hardiness zones 5-9. Creamy, lemon scented flowers appear in late June and are one of the most spectacular features of the Sweetbay Magnolia. In late summer, the beautiful flowers are replaced by scarlet red fruit, which […]

Tree of the Week – Eastern White Pine

Eastern White Pine is a distinctly unique conifer belonging to the ‘soft pines’ sub group of the Pinus genus. Historically, it has a huge range of native stands in 31 states and several Canadian provinces. This includes isolated native stands in Illinois such as White Pines State Park in Oregon, Illinois. The native habitats of […]

Tree of the Week – Ginkgo

Here is the tree of the week recommendation from our Board Certified Master Arborist (BCMA)… The Ginkgo is a unique species of tree, virtually unchanged since it’s origin nearly 300 million years ago during the early Jurassic Period.  They are a tough species, adapting well to the urban environment, with tolerances to pollution and confined […]

Tree Decline Due to Improper Planting Depth

In years past improper planting techniques were extremely widespread, causing the death of many a transplanted tree. Unfortunately, in spite of the educational efforts of those in the field of Arboriculture, improper techniques are in practice today. Some studies have found 93% of excavated trees had excessive soil or other material covering the root collar.

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