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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.