Monday, February 8, 2016

Winter's Dreary Days ~ How do they effect our trees?

Winter Sun and Our Trees

Normally our trees have a very fun-loving relationship with the sun. They play a game of cat and mouse together. Trees trap sunlight much like a cat is relentless in its pursuit of a mouse! A tree will
attempt to fill any gaps in its canopy with branches and leaves as it grows. They are phototropic, which is just a fancy word for something that loves light and grows towards the light.

So, what happens in winter? 

Chicago winters are notorious for having dreary days. It seems that days pass with no sun. Spring is usually such a welcome season because the days are longer and the sun seems to come back. Although it's always here, it sure seems to be elusive in the winter. In winter there is less daylight and that significantly reduces de capacity of the plant to photosynthesize. So, just like humans adapt to the shorter days with little sun, the trees do too. 

Trees Hibernate

Trees though are more like a bear than a human. Deciduous trees 'hibernate' all winter long. This is called being dormant. The nutrients stored up in the sap or in other areas of the tree hold the tree over
the winter until the spring comes and they begin to flow again. During autumn the nutrients of the leaves are absorbed by the plant (hence the de-coloration of yellow, orange, red, etc.) including the water existing in the leaves and then is stored in other parts (roots, stem, etc.) for later use. It's a complex activity and when you stop to think about it, it really is amazing.

In fact, the dropping of leaves is a great example of adaptation to harsh conditions.

Trees also develop in balance with their surroundings and according to the space available to them as well as many other factors such as the typical weather conditions they are faced with, the type of soil they grow in and the amount of water available to them. Trees are complete creatures that are built to last.

Take care of your trees!

Trees "R" Us, Inc. is a professional tree service servicing the North Shore of Chicago, including Highland Park, Wilmette, Winnetka, Glencoe and Lake Forest, among other areas. Certified Arborists are readily available to field your questions, provide quotes and give advice. Please contact us for your tree care needs any time of year. We work year-round, rain or shine, below-zero or above 100!

Going out on a limb for you,

Jenni Willis
President and CEO, Trees "R" Us, Inc.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Does the Tree Need to Go?

Does the Tree Need To Go?

Probably Not. No, the tree probably doesn't need to go, but why is it that you may want it to?

Trees are so valuable. 

They can initially cost quite a bit to purchase. But on the flip side, trees add to your property value. It adds curb appeal. They can lower your heating and cooling costs as they provide windbreak and shade. They clean the air you breathe. As you look at that tree in question, think twice before cutting it down. The benefits of trees are innumerable.

Always consult with a professional tree service before you remove a tree. There are many reasons why a tree needs to go, but often times we see trees being removed that shouldn't be and for reasons that are completely unfounded. So many trees are removed unnecessarily that it has prompted us to write this post.

So let's be clear.

  • Trees that are removed without due cause often times have bad consequences on other parts of nature. 
  • Trees that can be saved should not be removed!
  • Trees that should not be removed are trees that you plain just don't like! You don't have to love every tree on your lot. However, you should realize that every tree provides us, the Earth, other animals and other plants exactly what it needs. The benefits trees provide are quite endless. Trees are the lungs of the earth and shouldn't be cut down carelessly. 
  • When there is evidence of a tree disease or infestation of pests, tree removal is sometimes not your only option. But you will never know if you don't consult with your local tree service or arborist. These tree diseases are often times treatable!
  • Not removing a larger, older tree is of even more concern. Did you know that large tree takes 4 to 5 decades or more to grow? These trees deserve to be salvaged if it all possible. It is just not worth it to cut it down. There will most definitely be a loss of privacy, and a loss of curb appeal and value to your home. I would also venture to say that the tree provided some energy saving costs as well. 

Overall, tree removal shouldn't be something that you just decide one day to do. It should be warranted and well thought out. It should be justified and approved by a local arborist or tree service.

Trees "R" Us, Inc. prides itself not only on being the best tree service in the suburbs of Chicago, but
also in educating its customers about trees, tree maintenance and tree care. As tree service providers to the North shore, north suburbs, and northwest suburbs of Chicago, we offer exceptional tree trimming, tree removals, stump grinding and plant health care. Contact Trees "R" Us, Inc. today for more information or an analysis of your trees and plants. Check us out on the web at or call us at 847-913-9069.

Going Out On A Limb For You,


Thursday, December 10, 2015

Is Salt Wreaking Havoc on Your Plants?

Salt Can Do More Damage to Trees and Plants Than You Think

Winter in Chicagoland can only mean one thing - Snow! And lots of it. With snow, comes ice and with ice, comes salt. And with salt come....well you get the picture. 

As the plows go buy and spray the roads, little pieces of salt shoot everywhere, including in your yard and on your plants. Even if you don't live on a busy road, your car tracks salt back home with you and that salt can also go anywhere with wind, sleet, rain and snow.  

The Problem with Salt

Salt is a problem when it comes to your plants. While it works wonders at keeping us safe on the reads, salt acts as an herbicide on plants and can seriously damage or kill the shrubs in its path. There is very little you can do for your shrubs that line the streets that are salted by the town or state; however, on your own driveways and walkways, try to limit the amount of salt used near your shrubs, as it will have a negative impact on their health.

There are Salt-Tolerable Shrubs

If you are experiencing salt damage year after year, you should consider planting a salt-tolerable variety of shrub. Burlapping may help protect from salt damage slightly; however, it is very possible that salt will penetrate the burlap.

If you can limit the damage that the wind, snow, and salt cause to your shrubs in the winter, you’ll be much happier with your landscape come spring. It is also a wise idea to have an Arborist inspect the shrubs and trees on your property before winter hits to ensure everything is in a safe, healthy condition. 

Here are Trees "R" Us we have Certified Arborists on staff to help you with just these types of issues and questions. We can help you make decisions about your shrub care in the winter and can even help you pick out varieties of shrubs that will be more resistant to the harsh winter conditions, including salt damage.

If you’re living in the suburbs of Chicago, contact Trees 'R' Us, Inc. for a free quote. We’ll give you an estimate for the care of your shrubs based on 20 years of quality service. We’re I.S.A. certified and have prices that are hard for any tree service to beat. As a family business, we’ve got a reputation of quality service to live up to.

Don’t trust the amateurs to handle your winter shrub care, or any of your tree-care needs. For a free estimate, give us a call at 847-913-9069, or email us at

Going out on a limb for you,

Jenni Willis
President and CEO, Trees R Us, Inc

Friday, November 13, 2015

What sets a Tree Service Apart?

The right experience. The right equipment. The right experience.

Equipment is an integral part of a tree service.

Without decent equipment, you can have skilled tree climbers and get the job done, but efficiency lacks. Just because they have the experience under their belt doesn't mean the job will be done in a timely or safe manner. The right experience includes both the right experience and equipment.

When choosing which tree service to hire, one of the questions you need to ask them is what kind of equipment will they use to perform the tree work? They should be bringing out equipment like axes, grinders (for the stump, if needed), chainsaws, safety gear, trucks and so on. Listen for items like that to be listed off when you ask the question. If it sounds like they’re missing paramount equipment, then you should reconsider using their service for your tree removal.

With the aid of best tree care equipment, we are able to fulfill our mission of offering our clients the
best Illinois tree care available. We provide overall tree care preserving and enhancing the natural beauty of your trees and shrubs.

It is hard to do a good job without the proper equipment. It takes more than a chainsaw and pick-up to properly do a job. Trees "R" Us, Inc. tree service owns and operates the best equipment. We have every tool and piece of equipment that is known to the tree service industry. We have cranes, bucket trucks, grapple trucks, loaders, stump grinders and so much more. You can rest assured that we always come prepared. We'll complete your job efficiently, safely and with the utmost care.

We're expanding our fleet! Meet the newest additions to our family.
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Contact us with confidence for your tree care needs this fall!

Out in a limb for you,

Jenni Willis
President & CEO
Trees "R" Us, Inc.

Friday, November 6, 2015

November Tree Care Checklist

fall tree planting
Fall is a great time to plant trees, but make sure it
gets proper tree care.

November Tree Care Checklist

November is such a beautiful month and it reminds us of everything we have to be thankful for. Planting trees is a popular choice in November. Many think that planting in November is not a good idea since cold winter weather in imminent, but in actuality, is the perfect time to plant new trees.

Advantages to planting in the fall

There are many advantages to planting trees in the fall, especially for trees like Sugar Maples and even Bloodgood Japanese Maples. The warm soil temperatures coupled with the cooler days and nights, actually promote root growth right through to December and in some cases, depending on where you live, beyond the New Year! Trees planted in fall get off to a great start when given the proper care.
So, what do you need to do to make sure your newly planted tree gets well accustomed to its soil and ready for winter? Here's my fall tree care checklist which holds true for any tree, but especially newly planted ones.

November Tree Care Checklist

~DO continue to plant.

As long as mother nature lets you (meaning you aren't having an unseasonably cold or snowy November), you may continue to plant deciduous trees and shrubs. It is a myth that soil should be amended when planting trees and shrubs. If you miss the opportunity in the fall to plant, be aware that the next best time for planting will be in March. You'll want to get your planting in before the trees leaf out.

~DON'T till the soil

It is a myth that soil should be amended when planting trees and shrubs. The first instinct is to make the soil easier for roots to penetrate. But if you make the soil in the dug hole nice, what’s to encourage the tree roots to expand? You’re left with a tree that can’t support itself, because its roots circle in the hole and don’t reach out into the native soil. Those circling roots cause other problems down the road, like girdling, which chokes the trunk. So don’t add anything else to the original soil, just break the soil surrounding the hole up with a spade. 

~ DON'T relocate established trees and shrubs at this time. 

mulch trees in fall
Add mulch to your trees and shrubs in the fall, but make sure
it does not contact the truck of the tree. 
Possibly late November to January or February is a better choice. Depending on where you live your trees will be in slightly different states, the key here is to relocate when the trees are dormant.

~DO mulch!

Mulch is one of the best things you can do for any plant before the winter strikes, but especially for newly planted trees. Apply 2 to 4 inches of organic mulch, wood chips, shredded bark, leaves, or compost to root zones of newly planted trees and shrubs. Be sure to pull mulch 4 inches away from tree trunks.

~DO water it and water it well.

Continue to water trees and shrubs, especially evergreens, until the ground has frozen completely.
water trees and protect them from critters
Water your trees well in the fall
and add a protective barrier between
the tree and animals that may want
to munch on it over the winter.

~DO put down Protective barriers.

If rabbits, rodents, or deer have been a problem in past winters, take precautions with valuable woody plants now. For new trees, create a physical barrier between the tree and potential enemies. We like physical barriers better than sprays. It's a greener way to protect your trees and usually just a effective. For trees that were gnawed upon in years past, garden netting or snow fencing should work well to keep the tree free and clear from abuse this season. Our favorite method of protecting tree trunks from gnawing rabbits is by setting up 12 to 16 inches of hardware cloth tacked into the soil approximately 3 inches away from the trunk.

~DO wrap the tree.

Another option is to help the tree make it through winter is to wrap the trunk, especially those of young tree. It will protect them from winter winds and may also deter animals from rubbing up against them or munching on them.

~DO create windbreaks.

If necessary, construct burlap windbreaks 12 inches away from any newly planted, sensitive shrubs. The screens will buffer damaging effects of bitter, northwest winter winds.
Antidessicant sprays are not recommended for routine use on broadleafed evergreens. Some gardeners have used these products on rhododendron, azalea, boxwood, or holly to protect foliage from the drying effects of wind. Research indicates, however, that the waxy coating these products create can interfere with normal transpiration in the plants' foliage.

Trees "R" Us, Inc. prides itself not only on being the best tree service in the suburbs of Chicago, but also in educating its customers about trees, tree maintenance and tree care. As tree service providers to the North shore, north suburbs, and northwest suburbs of Chicago, we offer exceptional tree trimming, tree removals, stump grinding and plant health care. Contact Trees "R" Us, Inc. today for more information or an analysis of your trees and plants. Check us out on the web at or call us at 847-913-9069.

Out on a limb for you,

Jenni Willis
Trees "R" Us, Inc.
President and CEO

Friday, October 30, 2015

9 Tree Care Tips for the Fall

Fall is a time for tree care

Time to ramp up your gardening and tree care regimen

Hello fall! What a wonderful time of year. It's not time to shut down the gardening and tree care duties just because days are shorter and the weather is cooler. On the contrary, it is time to ramp up your gardening duties and your tree care regimen

What's on my fall tree care regimen?

With fall comes a list of tasks that all homeowners should complete before winter sets in. Now is the right time to do a variety of tree services too, like planting new trees and shrubs, removing unhealthy or hazardous trees that could pose a threat over the winter, adding fertilizer and completing your tasks prep to do and we will walk you through it.
Fall is a great time to prune trees. 
with a 2-3 inch layer of mulch. There's lots to

Fall tree care checklist

1. Remove trees that pose a hazard.

How do you know? Talk to a Certified Arborist or better yet a professional tree service with Certified Arborists on staff. Remember that some trees pose a real hazard and may cause damage to property or people. Winter can be brutal and can exasperate the situation. Ice and snow pile up on tree branches and high winds can pose a definite threat. If a tree is hazardous and you don't do something about it now, you could be looking at an emergency tree removal as a result. These jobs are often performed on a rush basis and are more expensive than a routine tree removal; not to mention the damage that may have occurred in the process.

2. Fertilize trees and shrubs.

This should be part of your annual program, but doing this in the fall as opposed to other seasons is beneficial. Having a hot summer and cold winter means trees can lose vital nutrients in the soil. To help make sure your trees regain the nutrients lost from the summer and continue to feed during winter, we recommend that application of a slow-release fertilizer. This type of fertilizer will replace nutrients and improve resistance to damage from disease, insects and stressful weather. Remember that the fertilizers available to the average consumer at the big box stores are less concentrated than those a professional tree service will use. In many cases, a tree service needs a special license to apply professional-grade fertilizers. If you want to ensure you are giving your trees the right mix and strength, ask your local tree service to fertilize for you.

3. Hydrate.

Quench their thirst! Fall is the time to give your trees a good drink of water. Do this before the winter hits to make sure they stay hydrated until spring. Make sure you are giving them enough water to get to the trees' roots. Depending on the type of tree you have and it's age, you make need a injection
tree injection probe for watering tree roots trees r us
Watering trees sufficiently so that
their roots become saturated is
important in the fall. Sometimes a
tree injection probe is needed to
accomplish this. 
probe in order to get water down to the tree's root system. This will make your trees happy during a long cold winter!

4. Prune dead, diseased or unsafe branches. 

This is a great time to do that now that some of the leaves are starting to fall and the trees structure can be seen more easily.

5. Inspect trees and shrubs.

You are looking for insects and diseases. Depending on what you find, now is also the time to treat any infestations or diseases. Not sure what to look for or how to treat your trees. This is one of the most common reasons people use a tree service. Contact your local tree service and lean upon them for this. They are highly trained in this area and will serve your tree much better than you can just because they have hands-on experience in dealing with tree diseases and infestations many, many times a year.

6. Cable or brace weak limbs in preparation for severe weather

Do this now to avoid an emergency later. Winter is not nice to trees and shrubs. Extreme weather conditions are bound to happen so be proactive in preventing damage or loss. Cabling and bracing before the snow and ice hit will help your tree especially if it has weakened, broken or rotting branches. The added weight of a heavy snowfall or ice storm could be cause for emergency tree removal. You want to avoid that at all costs.

7. Remove leaf piles from beds and turf

Remove the leaf piles and turf and till the soil a bit. Apply a good amount of water to soak the roots of your plants and trees. You'll follow this up with a layer of mulch. 

8. Plant any new trees or shrubs

Even though you make think that since most trees sprout new life in spring and let their leaves fall in autumn that spring is the time to plant trees. In actuality, this is very counterintuitive because it is autumn that is the most opportune time to plant. There are several reasons for this. By planting in the fall, trees get the time to build and grow roots in effort to prepare for winter dormancy. In addition, the cooler temperatures and less sunlight yield a lesser chance of scorch from the sun, drought and stress from high summer temperatures.

9. Mulch trees and shrubs as appropriate.

Your finishing touch is mulch. A fresh 2-3 inch layer of mulch will protect your trees and shrubs from
Contact Organic Solutions, Inc. for hardwood mulch.
Adding mulch in the fall is good idea to protect trees and shrubs
from the harsh winter elements. 
the cold winter elements. It will preserve your last good watering and will provide the soil a host of nutrients that the trees can then feed upon.

There's no doubt that this fall checklist will improve the overall health and appeal of your landscape. For more information, or for a consultation with a Trees "R" Us, Inc. contact us through our website, by phone at 847-913-9069, or by email.

Out on a limb for you,

Jenni Willis
Trees "R" Us, Inc.
President and CEO

Friday, October 23, 2015

Fall is a great time to plant! Find out why.

It's a great time for tree work! 

Tree trimming, tree removal, planting, and health care are in full swing this fall.

Fall Is A Great Time For Planting Trees & Shrubs

If you are an avid gardener, you may be sad thinking that fall is here and your work in nearly done in the garden. But really, there is no off season when it comes to gardening and the same holds true to tree care...maybe even mores for tree care!
Fall is a busy time of year for us at
Trees "R" Us. Inc. It's a great time for all types of tree work!
Fall is the perfect season for planting trees, shrubs and other various plants and for all types of tree care services. The key to perfectly timing your tree services is to do so when you'll be encouraging good root growth. A good tree service will know when to plan certain services and they choose to do these things when root growth will be optimum. Planting trees and shrubs in fall enables the root systems to grow before the hot summer returns.

Get a head start on growth

Planting in the fall means come winter your smaller plants will be given the chance to get established before the real rough weather sets in. It also means that come spring, you new fall plantings will have a nice head start over other plants that just got planted that spring. The general rule of thumb for trees and larger plants is one year per inch of trunk diameter. So, those trees and larger plants that you've planted in the fall will also get a head start on growth.

Tree planting, tree trimming and tree removals
are all very popular tree services in the fall. 
The ideal time to begin planting trees and shrubs is six weeks before the first sign of hard frost. September through November for us in Northern Illinois is the ideal time for tree planting because it allows the roots to become established before the ground freezes and winter sets in. Be careful thought with your timing. We caution you to no plant too late into the fall because this can have a negative effect on plant health.

With fall comes cooler, wetter weather which plants and trees love! It really is the perfect time for tree planting. There's generally an increase in rainfall and cooler temperatures in the fall. This means less watering is required. Trees are smart and grown with the seasons. So u fall, tree shoot growth halts and subsequently the trees require less water because the fall days are cooler and shorter and the rate of photosynthesis decreases.
The stable air temperatures also promote rapid root development. Soils stay warm well after the air temperature cools, also encouraging root growth. During shoot dormancy, trees grow to establish roots in new locations before warm weather stimulates top growth.

Benefits to planting in the fall

There are several benefits to fall planting. Generally, trees planted in the fall are better equipped to deal with heat and drought in the following season. Another great reason to plant your shrubs in the fall is because you can pick your trees and shrubs by the fall color they produce. Avoid planting broad leaved evergreens in the fall such as rhododendrons, azaleas, boxwoods and hollies. If planted, provide them with protection from winter winds and have them treated with an anti desiccant. Some tree species that are recommended for fall planting include the maple, buckeye, horse chestnut, alder, catalpa, hackberry, hawthorn, ash, honey locust, crabapple, amur corktree, spruce, pine, sycamore, linden and elm.

We fill up fast, so contact us today for your fall tree care.

It's a great time for tree work. Tree trimming, tree removal, planting, and health care are in full swing this fall. We fill up fast, so contact us today for your fall tree care.
Posted by Trees R Us, Inc on Thursday, October 22, 2015
Out on a limb for you,
Jenni Willis
Trees "R" Us, Inc.
President and CEO