Tree of the Week – Miyabe Maple

Miyabe Maple (Acer miyabei)   The Miyabe Maple is a medium sized tree typically growing to 30 to 60 feet high and 30 to 35 feet wide. It was brought to this country in the nineteenth century by Professor C.S. Sargent of the Arnold Arboretum. He discovered it by accident while waiting for a train […]

Tip of the Week – How to Protect Trees during a Construction Project

   Whether it’s adding on to an existing property or building a brand new structure, precautions can be made to keep the established landscape intact. First and foremost, consult with a Certified Arborist prior to beginning the project. A Certified Arborist will determine which trees can be saved. Tree species and varieties vary in tolerance […]

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 – Identifying Heartwood Decay

  Also known as “Heart Rot”, Heartwood Decay is caused by a fungus that deteriorates the inner wood of a tree. Decay is a naturally occurring tree process. Many times, a tree uses its’ own defense mechanisms to stop the fungus and decay from spreading throughout the tree. Also, just like people, healthy trees are […]

Tip of the Week – Quick Tips for Proper Tree Planting

The benefits of having trees in the landscape are numerous. Mature trees provide shade and a healthy landscape can increase the value of a home.  Fall is an excellent season for planting new trees. Roots have a chance to get established before encountering the next hot summer season. Keeping these advantages in mind, the next […]

Tree of the Week – American Yellowwood

Considered a rare tree in the wild, the American Yellowwood is native to parts of Illinois. Its’ habitat in Illinois is primarily in the Southern part of the State and is found in woodland areas in river valleys, lower slopes of wooded bluffs and shaded banks near rivers. Luckily for homeowners, the American Yellowwood is […]

Pest to Watch For – Japanese Beetle

Have you started noticing colorful, metallic green insects flying around your plants? Japanese beetles have just begun their normal Summer feeding of trees and shrubs. The sight of large numbers of feeding insects can be discomforting for homeowners. Their destruction can be rapid and completely skeletonize leaves. The Japanese beetles normally become present in large […]

Tree of the Week – Crimson Spire Oak

A beautiful tall tree with a narrow columnar habit of growth and deep red fall color, ideal for formal screening or distinctive as an accent “stand alone” specimen. It is a far better choice than the disease prone/short lived Lombardy Poplar, being tough and adaptable plus faster growing than other oaks. Crimson Spire Oak melds […]

Tip of the Week – How to guy and stake a tree

  Tree staking and guying systems must be checked and adjusted frequently to be certain that they are not causing tree damage.  Guyed or staked trees that are under 4 inches in diameter should have the guying/staking materials removed after one complete growing season.   Trees 4 inches in diameter and larger should have the […]

Pest to Watch For – Eastern Tent Caterpillar

With the arrival of beautiful spring days, new leaves emerge on trees and Eastern Tent Caterpillars emerge from eggs and begin feeding on the new foliage. Their favorite hosts include Crabapple, Apple and Cherry trees, along with many other shade and fruit tree varieties. The path of destruction created by the Eastern Tent Caterpillar can […]