Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Deer Damage!


As I look out our dining room window and once again see a family of deer forage for food, I am both in awe of nature and hating it at the same time.  I know in a few months when the plants and shrubs are in full bloom, they'll be back.  The deer.  Munching. Feasting on the very plants that I took great care in selecting and caring for for years.  I've spent many hours an dollars in making our landscape beautiful.  I won't let deer munch their way through my plants and my wallet. 
Deer seem to be everywhere.  It used to be seeing deer was such a novelty.  But it seems that more and more people see deer in their yards, in fields, crossing roads and yes, savoring their favorite plants.
At the turn of the century, there were an estimated 500,000 white-tailed deer in the United States. The most recent estimate is that their population has grown to over 25 million — a 5,000% increase! The farming industry and homeowners will lose close to a billion dollars as the result of damage caused by deer. Nature has always kept animal populations in check, but the suburban environment has disrupted the natural checks and balances systems. The deer have had an opportunity to grow...and grow.  In many communities deer have become, for lack of a better word, a nuisance.
Deer feed on many plants and trees commonly found in the yard. They love strawberries, many vegetables, flowers, and the tender tips of young trees. They will also damage trees by rubbing their antlers against them. They have been known to dig up a lawn in search of grubs, the fall favorite of many forest animals. Keeping them from doing what comes naturally, foraging for food, can be arduous. This is especially true during long snowy winters when food supplies are scarce. Most home landscapes and yards are "easy pickings" for a hungry deer. They see it as an easily accessible buffet of culinary delights, much to your chagrin. You can either plant less of their favorite foods, or try to control their feeding habits.
So what can we do to prevent the deer from ruining our landscape?  There are several commercial and home-remedy yard care products available to help reduce their feeding on valuable plants and trees. Many are short-lived, and once the deer become accustomed to the odor or taste, they may become ineffective. It is best to change products or methods on a regular basis. Some of the home remedies to prevent lawn damage by deer are:

  • Hang a bar of soap in a mesh bag from a tree. Fragrant soaps such as Lifebuoy, Irish Spring, and Dial seem to work the best. If there are several trees to protect, use hotel-size bars, or cut the larger bars into several pieces. Tie the bags to the ends of the branches so that any soap that drips off during a rain or snowstorm will not drip onto the trunk. There have been some reports that rabbits will gnaw on the soap residue.
  • Human or dog hair can also be placed in mesh bags or nylons and hung from tree branches.
  • Baby powder, blood meal, or bone meal will also provide some resistance to their feeding, but these will require continued, repeated applications.


There are numerous animal repellent products available. A simple web search on the key 
words 'Deer Repellent Products' will provide you with a wide range of choices.

If you have trees that have beed damaged or injured by deer, call a professional tree service, like Trees "R" Us, Inc. to help you determine the best plan for the tree  Our goal is to keep your trees healthy and thriving for years to come.  Trees "R" Us, Inc. services the North Shore of Chicago and its Northwest suburbs.  

Deer are beautiful, serene creatures and are fascinating to watch. Keeping them away from your landscape plants can be a frustrating and seemingly hopeless task. It is the price we all pay for nature, but we can control it.  Calling the pros will actually keep more of the green stuff in you wallet than in your friendly neighborhood deer.

Thanks for reading,
Nick

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Arbor Day


Arbor Day is Arpil 27!  Go plant a tree for Arbor Day

On Arbor Day, people are encouraged to plant and care for trees. A wide range of events are organized to promote Arbor Day. These include: communal tree planting ceremonies; proclamations by city governments; exhibitions and educational activities on trees and their importance to local communities and the planet as a whole; and fairs, musical performances and open days in garden centers. Schools are encouraged to plan lessons around the theme of trees. Arbor Day awards are also presented to individuals and organizations across the United States and around the world. These are awarded for outstanding service to trees, forestry or related ecological themes.
Trees are the earth’s oldest living organisms. They improve air and water quality; reduce heating and cooling costs; provide a cool and beautiful place to live, work and play; are a renewable source of fuel, shelter, food and other products and provide benefits that directly affect the economic, environmental and social health of people and the communities where they live.

One reason we harvest trees is that we all use forest products. Forest resources make up 47% of the total raw materials used in U. S. manufacturing. In fact, each year the average American uses the equivalent of a tree about 100’ tall and 18” in diameter. It’s a good thing that nearly 100% of a tree can be used to make wood and other forest products.
There are over 5,000 products that come from trees. Some are obvious like the wood used to build our homes and furniture, or the paper in our books, bags, milk cartons, boxes and tissues. Other forest products aren't so easily recognized. Chemicals and other materials from trees are key ingredients in paint, varnish, adhesives, asphalt, artificial vanilla flavoring, cereals, chewing gum, hair spray, mouthwash, soaps and shampoos, tires and many, many other things -- even toothpaste.
Every American uses over a ton of wood each year!
 How many times will a tree touch your life today?

Monday, February 27, 2012

When to plant annuals, perennials, trees & shrubs

Spring is the optimum time for planting a variety of shrubs, trees, annuals, perennials and seeds but, before tilling the earth, it is important to consider your specific plant needs and the climate
.

Frost Dates

  • Frost dates are considered to be the last date in which frost forms. This date is especially important when planting seeds. Some seeds, such as radish, can be planted soon after the frost date while other seeds, like watermelon, require the ground be within a warm temperature range prior to sowing. Transplants and starts can normally withstand cooler temperatures, but read the plant's and seed's envelopes and labels to determine the best time to plant.

Annuals and Perennials

  • Hardy annuals such as alyssum, larkspur, calendula and poppies are able to withstand light frosts and can be planted in early spring. Tender annuals such as salvia, marigolds and petunias should be planted in late spring or early summer. Perennial plants, which come back year after year, are planted in spring after frost danger has past. Perennials require time to establish roots, so although late spring and summer plantings are possible, they are not favorable.

Trees and Shrubs

  • Trees "R" Us, Inc. recommends planting packaged and bare root trees in early spring. Other trees can be planted in spring or fall. Before planting bare root or containerized trees, it is recommended that the roots be examined. Trees with poor or limited root systems should be planted in spring. This allows the root system a chance to develop prior to cool weather.
    For help with your plantings, contact Trees "R" Us, Inc.  We are a professional tree service company.  We provide tree care and maintenance as well as disease treatment and prevention.  Trees "R" Us, Inc. has 4 certified arborists on staff to that are highly trained in all aspect of plant health care. We service the North Shore area and the surrounding northwest suburbs.   Keep your trees and plants healthy and thriving for years to come with the help of Trees "R" Us, Inc.

    Thanks for reading,
    Nick
    nick@treesrusinc.com
    847-913-9069

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Why you need a Certified Arborist


Most times I tell customers that we have 4 certified arborists on staff I get a barrage of questions about arboriculture.  Arborists are an integral part of tree care and maintenance.  Many people don't realize the value arborists bring to your tree maintenance regimen.  

An arborist, by definition, is an individual trained in the art and science of planting, caring for, and maintaining individual trees. Arborists are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide proper care. Hiring an arborist is a decision that should not be taken lightly.

Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns. Well-cared-for trees are attractive and can add considerable value to your property. Poorly maintained trees can be a significant liability. Pruning or removing trees, especially large trees, can be dangerous work. Tree work should be done only by those trained and equipped to work safely in trees.

When choosing to hire an arborist, it is best to only consider those arborists that are certified in arboriculture.  Certified arborists are individuals who have achieved a level of knowledge in the art and science of tree care through experience and by passing a comprehensive examination developed by some of the nation’s leading experts on tree care. Certified arborists must also continue their education to maintain their certification and adhere to a Code of Ethics. Therefore, they are more likely to be up to date on the latest techniques in arboriculture.

Becoming certified arborist is a voluntary process through which individuals can measure their knowledge and competence required to provide proper tree care. Certification is not government-sponsored or government-endorsed; it is administered by the International Society of Arboriculture as a way for tree care professionals to demonstrate their commitment to the profession and the industry.

Don't just trust your trees to anyone.  Trust your trees to Trees "R" Us, Inc.  We provide the best in quality tree care and have 4 certified arborists on staff to help you determine the best maintenance for your trees and plants.  Your trees are a large investment and need to be properly maintained.  You'll reap the benefits of well maintained trees in many ways including a higher property value.  

Trees "R" Us, Inc. has the right experience, the right equipment and is the right choice.  We are a professional tree care company.  Our tree services include arboriculture services, tree planting, pruning/trimming, tree removal, stump grinding and plant health care.  To contact us, visit us on line at http://www.treesrusinc.com or phone us at {847} 913-9069 or shoot us an email to nick@treesrusinc.com.

Trees "R" Us, Inc. services the North Shore area of Chicago.  Cook, Lake and McHenry counties have, for many years, received the tree services of Trees "R" Us, Inc.  Thanks for supporting us and having us help you help your trees.

Thanks for reading,
Nick

Friday, February 24, 2012

OPALS - How do your trees measure up?


In my last post I explained how poor judgement in planting all male varieties of trees has caused an increase in pollen in the air we breath, which in turn has caused allergies and asthma in children and adults to skyrocket. 

Of course, pollen isn’t the only thing causing increases in respiratory ailments. Automobile exhaust is another obvious culprit as is dust, tobacco smoke, animal dander, molds, and other airborne substances. Mold in particular is another significant source of increased allergy and asthma rates, and has become increasingly prevalent in the landscape as plant health has declined. Many trees and shrubs are unhealthy for a number of reasons, including poor placement in the landscape, poor or insufficient maintenance, storm damage, insect damage, and others. As their health deteriorates, many plants become vulnerable to attack by insects including aphids, scale, mealy bugs, and white flies. These insects secrete nutrient-rich feces, called honeydew, which attracts mold. The mold quickly reproduces creating millions of tiny spores which become airborne. Like pollen, these spores settle on our skin, eyes, noses, and throats. They can also reach our lungs and cause asthma. The American College of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology reports that asthma rates have exploded to the point that asthma is now the leading childhood chronic disease in America.

Excessive pollen and mold spores are actually considered pollutants.   It is predicted that allergy rates will continue to shoot upward and as a result the public will demand that all new city trees be planted are allergy free or at the very least are lower allergy selections.  Millions of people, urban children especially, will benefit from this switch, and it is really the best choice.  Remember, the reason for the excessive pollen is from planting mostly male trees to avoid "smelly and messy" landscapes.  And, let's not forget that planting mainly elms lead to a mass die off when Dutch Elm Disease struck.  

So, if we are to learn from our mistakes and prevent history from repeating itself, we know we can't decide to plant just one species of tree that is allergy free.   What not many of us know is that there actually is a rating system for evaluating the level of allergens produced by trees and shrubs called Ogren Plant-Allergy Scale (OPALS). This system rates plants from 1-10 with 10 being the most allergenic. It is currently used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With this system, land managers can determine how allergenic their plant lists are and make changes in order to limit this level.  It is a fact that some of the most widely planted street trees in Chicago have high allergenic rates, including Green ash males with a rating of 9 on the OPALS scale; Norway maple (8); Horse chestnut (7); Honeylocust males (7); Hackberry (8); Kentucky coffee tree males (9); and Linden (7). Experts believe that municipalities and private citizens alike should strive to plant plants that do not exceed a rating of 3-4 on the OPALS scale. However, this is easier said than done. Once again, the propagation of male, low-litter trees and shrubs has been a nursery standard for decades, which means that an overabundance of urban trees and shrubs are male pollen-producers. So how do we reverse this trend?  It needs to start with landscape nurseries as well as city planners, landscape architects, land managers, and landscapers who order from them.  They all need to be aware of the consequences of their poor planting. Nursery owners especially need to be made aware that just offering male plant species contributes to unhealthy air in towns and cities.

However, even if this can be done, a measurable difference will not be seen in pollen levels for at least a couple of decades, as female flowering and fruiting trees and shrubs gradually replace the pollen producing males. Reversing this trend can begin by doing three things: first, incorporate appropriate native plants into home landscapes; second, ask for a variety of male and female tree and shrub types from landscape and garden centers; third, maintain landscapes in order to retain good plant health for trees and shrubs. We can also support stronger clean air legislation and healthier living in general which will lead to healthier landscapes for both plants and people.

Plant health care is something we take very seriously at Trees "R Us, Inc.  We have 4 certified arborists on staff to diagnose, treat and prevent diseases in trees and plants.  You should consider having your plants and trees assessed by Trees "R" Us, Inc. to ensure they last for years to come and aren't contributing to the allergens we breath, like mold.  Trees "R" Us, Inc. can be contacted via the web at http://www.treesrusinc.com/contact-us.html or by phone at {847}913.9069 or email at nick@treesrusinc.com.

Thanks for reading,
Nick

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Part 2: Trees, Disease and Allergies

Due to the outbreak of Dutch Elm Disease that plagued the tree-lined streets of many cities, we learned that we need to vary our plantings in order to avoid massive die outs.  Well, at least that's what one would think we learned.  However, history tells us something different.

People realized that they needed to plant trees that could withstand the challenges of the urban jungle.  Pollution, exhaust, road salt and soil compaction are just some of the hazards trees face in the city.  

The tree varieties that were determined capable of withstanding harsh urban challenges also became popular to the point of over-planting in many cities. Notice a cycle.  History is about to repeat itself.

Here we go again.  Cities are now facing mass die outs again.  For the exact same reason as the die outs for Elms.  Now, for instance, emerald ash borer is killing ash trees throughout the Midwest and eastern states. It is believed that approximately 15 percent of Chicago street trees are of the ash variety, and soon all of the ashes will be falling down, stricken with the deadly emerald ash borer. 

Another trend with unforeseen consequences that has been ongoing for some 60 years is the manipulation of trees and shrubs in the lab to create varieties that are less messy and smelly.  That's right folks.  Residents of cities complained about the mess leaves made in the fall and smell of the flowering fruit trees.  Perhaps we should just let nature be.  As a result, in the 1950s it was recommended that nurseries grow more male street tree varieties (non-flowering and non-fruiting) in order to reduce tree litter, odor, size, the presence of thorns, and other attributes considered undesirable in urban areas. Buyers continued to ask for these varieties to the point that it became a nursery standard and the consequences of this are rather alarming.  It is too bad that the experts in the nurseries didn't have any forethought about this. 

So, now main streets throughout the country are lined with 'male' trees. The problem?  
well, it is very easy to understand. Male trees produce a lot of pollen which is what pollinates female trees so they can flower and bear fruit. 

This causes another even more serious problem.  Pollen is allergenic to many people. Fewer than 10 percent of the U.S. population reported having allergies 30 years ago. Today that number has skyrocketed to 38 percent. And allergy rates are significantly higher among urban residents than rural folks, even though there is far more vegetation in rural areas.

As it turns out, four out of the top five selling street trees in the U.S. are male varieties, which means there is far more pollen floating around in cities than ever before and much of it is attracted to our mucus membranes, our skin, our eyes, and our noses and throats. Since there are far fewer female trees and shrubs being planted and many more male types are replacing them, there is much more pollen in the air coinciding with far fewer flowers to trap it.

It's a domino effect of problems that only with education and change will we begin to make some improvements.


Stay tuned for part 3 to find out what trees are our biggest culprits to asthma and allergies, sneezing and wheezing.


Thanks for reading,
Nick
nick@treesrusinc.com
 www.treesrusinc.com


Trees R Us, Inc. is a professional tree service specializing in plant health care as well as tree maintenance.  Trees "R" Us, Inc. is located in Wauconda and services the North Shore area and Northwest suburbs.  For quality tree care,   Trees "R" Us, Inc. can be contacted online at www.treesrusinc.com, or via phone at {847} 913-9069.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Dutch Elm Disease Origins and History



Dutch Elm Disease is a terrible tree bug that can destroy all the elms of entire communities.  The trees have no natural defenses against the bug since the bug is not from this region.  The bug was imported here from France and here it stays.  

Some of us may remember Dutch elm  from the early 1930s to the late 1970s. It all began in the 1930s.  Here in America, especially the Midwest, we love to landscape.  Communities were taking pride in the beautification of their towns and villages.  Citizens and officials primarily planted one tree species which would end up lining thousands of streets in the U.S., the elm.  Elms were beautiful, majestic, hearty and if well maintained could last for hundreds of years to come.  However, by lining all our trees with the elm, and only the elm, we had a huge source of food for an insect or disease outbreak such as Dutch elm disease. Unfortunately, a shipment of elm logs transported from France to Cleveland, Ohio in 1931, introduced the Dutch elm fungus to the U.S. and that simple shipment of logs started this endless cycle of disease.  As a result, approximately 77 million elm trees were wiped out between 1931 and 1980.  A staggering number.

So we learned a few things.  One, is to protect these trees that have no natural defense against this deadly bug.  Tree maintenance by a professional tree service company is key.  Trees "R" Us, Inc. has experience dealing with this bug, diagnosing tree diseases, and providing you either with a treatment plan or a prevention plan.  Trees "R " Us, Inc. has been working on controlling the spread of Dutch Elm Disease on the North Shore area of Chicago and its surrounding suburbs since the mid 1990s.  We certainly have seen our fair share of trees that have perished from the bug and don't want to see anymore!  Prompt and correct treatment is key and Trees "R" Us, Inc. is here to help you.  Contact us at www.treesrusinc.com, fill out our online form or call us at 847-913-9069.

The other valuable lesson is  also crucial to keeping this disease at bay.  Citizens and officials must learn that they need to diversify street tree plantings to prevent disease outbreaks that cause mass die-offs.  If the citizens and officials had heeded this warning back in the 1930s, the tree loss from that era wouldn't be so staggering.  It's a good thing we all learned our lesson...or did we?  Stay tuned to read what's next.  You'll be shocked at what you're about to read.

Thanks for reading,
Nick

Monday, February 20, 2012

Mulch - An Important Component to Planting and Maintaining Your Trees.


The Importance of Using Mulch

A newly planted tree’s best friend is mulch. It is very important to remember to mulch your tree after you have planted it.
Mulch
Mulch is invaluable for your tree's health and care because
  • Mulch insulates the soil helping to provide a buffer from heat and cold temperatures, which here in Illinois, we know about extreme temperatures all too well!
  • Mulch retains water helping to keep the roots moist.
  • Mulch keeps weeds out to help prevent root competition.
  • Mulch prevents soil compaction.
  • Mulch reduces lawn mower damage.

Here are some steps to Adding Mulch Around Your Tree.  These steps can be followed by a novice, however we recommend contacting a professional tree service to mulch you trees and plants.  Trees "R" Us, Inc. has a sister company that can help you.  Organic Solutions Inc., formerly Mulch Master, specializes in mulching with premium organic mulch of many varieties.  Our professional staff can help you decide what kind of mulch is best for your trees and plants.  Follow the directions below, or give us a call and we'll help you get the job done right.

  1. Add mulch to the base of your tree by removing any grass within a 3 to 10 foot area depending on the size of your tree.
  2. Pour natural mulch such as wood chips or bark pieces 2 to 4 inches deep within the circle.
  3. Keep the mulch from touching the trunk of the tree.
Learn proper tree watering practices.  Our certified arborists can help you understand how to maintain your tree properly.  Contact Trees "R" Us, Inc. or Organic Solutions Inc., via phone, 847-913-9069 (Trees R Us),  847-366-8869 (Organic Solutions) 

Trees "R" Us, Inc. and Organic Solutions Inc. service the North Shore of Chicago and its surrounding suburbs.  If you live in Cook, Lake or McHenry county, you are in our service area, so give us a call and we will be happy to discuss your plants' needs with you and help you decide what kind of mulch is best for your plants and trees. 

Thanks for reading,
Nick
Nick@treesrusinc.com

Sunday, February 19, 2012

How many years your trees could last

With proper care for your tree, it should remain a healthy part of your landscape for quite some time.  A reasonable estimate of the life-time of trees is 100-150 years – Based on information from the U.S. Forest Service, the life-time of trees varies by region and species, but generally ranges from 50 years to 300 years of age.  If you have ever taken a stroll on Chicago's North Shore, you'll see some majestic, towering trees.  These trees have probably been there for at least 75 years.  Amazing what proper care can do for your trees. 


An average life-time of trees planted in forests for long-term restoration purposes might be 100-150 years. Here are a few examples by region
  • In the Southeast, conifers may live 100-150 years, while hardwoods may live 150-200 years
  • In the Northeast and Lake States, some conifers (e.g. White Pine and Red Pine) may live 100-150 years, while Jack Pine lives 80-100 years; mixed hardwoods (e.g. Maples and Oaks) might live beyond 150 years, while Aspen and Birch might only live 50-70 years
  • In the Pacific Northwest, conifers may live 200-300 years and longer.
Trees "R" Us, Inc. is a professional tree care company in Chicago's North Shore and its surrounding suburbs.  Trees "R" Us, Inc. will help you with your tree maintenance plan so  that your trees can live for many years to come.  You will reap more benefits than you realize from your trees, so let Trees "R" Us, Inc. help you keep them disease free and properly maintained.

Thanks for reading,
Nick

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Trees and positive emotions


Trees increase the feeling of well-being

Just looking at trees has a positive effect on people. It has been proven time and time again in study after study.
Changes in the visual surrounding affect perception - it's a proven fact.
In a recent study, the psychological and physiological perceptions of urban scenery with trees of different shapes, such as conic, globular and jutting out, with non-living objects were compared. The general mood of the test persons was studied by using computer graphics that showed an urban scene, firstly without trees and secondly with single, different shapes of trees.

Result of the study
The participants showed more positive emotions, such as happiness, friendliness and assertiveness, and less negative emotions, such as sadness, fear and annoyance, whie looking at the urban scenery with trees. Interestingly, the positive emotions were especially strengthened when looking at the computer graphic with the jutting out trees.
It must be said that the study impressively proves what significant role trees, independent of their shapes, play in an urban environment. They have the effect of a calming catalyst on people, especially those who live in urban areas, and contribute to their well-being and therefore better health. Because the positive effects were shown more by the trees with the jutting out shape, they should be used for landscaping in hospitals, job centers etc, because people in these situations will benefit most. 
If you need help planting or choosing trees to yoru landscape, contact Trees "R" Us, Inc. in Wauconda.  Trees "R" Us, Inc. services the North Shore of Chicago and the surrounding Northwest suburbs including  most areas of Cook, Lake and McHenry counties. A quick call, or email is all it takes.  847-913-9069.  nick@treesrusinc.com.  www.treesrusinc.com

Thanks for reading,
Nick

Friday, February 17, 2012

How to identify what kinds of trees you have

Now that spring will be on its way, hopefully sooner than later, I thought I'd share some information about how you can identify what kids of trees you have.  Once you do that, you'll know when you need to have them trimmed and what kind of maintenance they need.  There are only certain times of the year that you should trim certain varieties of trees in order to spare them from disease and even death.  Get your list of the kinds of trees you have in your yard, and call a professional tree service company, like Trees "R" Us, Inc.  We will help you determine the best time to do some tree trimming based on what kinds of trees you have.  Our arborists will also develop a maintenance program for your trees to keep them healthy and beautiful for years to come.

The easiest way to figure out what kinds of trees you have is to use a smartphone.  Yes, that's right, a smartphone!  These phones really live up to their name! They are indeed smart, that is with the right app.  There's an app called LeafSnap.  It is great!  This app lets you take a picture of a leaf and it will tell you what kind of tree it is.  It couldn't be any easier.  From what I've seen, the app is does a great job of identifying trees correctly.  Check it out.  You'll be glad you did as it will make your tree maintenance decisions easier.
If you don't have a smartphone, Trees "R" Us, Inc. is happy to help you determine what's growing in your yard. A quick call or email is all it takes.  Remember, healthy trees pay us back.  That is, they give us much more than we invest in them.

Trees "R" Us, Inc.,
847-913-9069,
nick@treesrusinc.com or
www.treesrusinc.com for our online form.

We're in the North Shore of Chicago, the Northwest suburbs all the way out North to Wauconda and McHenry.  Trees "R" Us, Inc.  The right experience, the right equipment, the right choice.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Search for us on You Tube

Trees "R" Us, Inc. has several videos on You Tube.  Search for us and you should find all of our videos, with more being added this week.  You Tube is a great way to spread good information about your business or industry.  Our latest video is an educational one about the many benefits or trees.  It's very clearly presented and can be used to demonstrate to elected officials how important healthy trees are to a community.
Here are some of the links to our videos.  Remember, we'll be posting more this week, so look back for links.

http://youtu.be/gFHxd0GnxUA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-L1wfmyZ-0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_jn2oxf64w

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Trees. Worth Our Time. Worth Our Resources.

It's Valentine's Day and besides having the best valentine in the world, my great wife and kids, I love the information about my industry available through The Center for Urban Forest Research and through the USDA Forest Service.  The Center for Urban Forest Research has a great powerpoint presentation that I just downloaded and hope to add to my arsenal of marketing.  It is really meant as a means to teach elected officials how the community will be much better off with trees and how to properly maintain them.

They really focus on the major factors of the benefits of trees and present it in a very user friendly manner.   They clearly explain that trees are an integral part of community infrastructure, that they are vital to community health and legacies, they give a positive impact on business and tax base and are a wise investment of community dollars.

Trees help sell homes and increase property values.  Trees mean better business and help save the environment.

The power point even remembers to add that trees must be healthy and to keep trees healthy they need quality care.  And, the best part, they added that quality care depends on you!  So very true.  Without the support of the elected officials to keep the community trees and landscaping healthy, all the benefits listed above wouldn't happen.

Now, if I could just get them to change that to quality care depends on Trees "R" Us, Inc!

In all seriousness, Trees "R" Us, Inc. has all you need to keep your trees healthy and well maintained.  We are the premier choice for tree care and tree services for many villages around the North Shore and surrounding suburbs.  Your community can benefit from Trees "R" Us, Inc. too.  Give us call or shoot us an email.  {847}913-9069.  nick@treesrusinc.com.  Quotes are always free.

Thanks for reading,
Nick
www.treesrusinc.com

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Comfort of Home


There is nothing better than the comfort of home.  Did you now that trees create a sense of comfort and home?

It is proven that views of trees from inside homes and offices provide a sense of calm.  The mere sight of trees outside your window ease mental fatigue and even help people concentrate.  I'll use this to my benefit when I'm trying to get the kids to study for school!

In the workplace, scenic views of lush landscaping actually improve employee health.  Employees with views of nature call in sick 23 percent less often than employees without views. Imagine the money this saves businesses over time!

The urban jungle can be a stressful place.  Lots of hustle and bustle, competition, performance evaluations, stress. Lots of stress.  Employers should know that when they provide their employees with views of nature, they reduce the stress response of both body and mind.  When stressors of urban conditions are present, trees actually help people stay focused, happy, and dedicated to their profession, despite all the stressors present each and every day. 

It is amazing how being in the company of trees can influence one's psyche.  In laboratory research, visual exposure to settings with trees produced significant recovery from stress within five minutes.  Five minutes!  That's amazing.  There were changes in blood pressure and muscle tension within 5 minutes of viewing the trees.  Imagine what being exposed to trees all day, every day, could do for your well being.  

I'm excited to spread the word about all the benefits trees have to offer.  Business owners should not only pay attention to the products they sell, but also keeping employees happy and healthy.  Planting trees will not only enhance the appearance of your shop, entice shoppers to linger longer and spend more, but it will also help your staff stay focused, happy and healthy.  What more could you ask for?

Trees "R" Us, Inc. will help you choose what trees are best for your location and also plant them for you. Trees "R" Us, Inc. can provide the maintenance your tree needs for years to come.  Fertilization, trimming, and disease prevention are all important aspects to your tree's "health care".  Trees "R" Us, Inc. has 4 arborists on staff to assess what exactly your tree needs.  We are the tree service of choice on the North Shore and the surrounding suburbs.  Give us a call. 847-913-9069.  Or, fill out our online form. You can trust your trees to Trees "R" Us, Inc.

Thanks for reading,
Nick

Friday, February 10, 2012

Trees and Nature Increase Our Physical Activity

On a day like today that has been filled with falling snow and dropping temperatures, I'm not sure anyone wants to be outside.  Yet, my mind keeps dreaming of being outside.  Running around with the kids.  Walking the dogs.  Doing anything, but being trapped inside by the weather.  It's no wonder we're facing a public health crisis - too many days making us all want to snuggle up on the couch with a blanket and some popcorn.  So this got me thinking about nature and how we are directly affected by nature in the choices we make for our lifestyle.

I've been reading recently that having trees and nature nearby is important to a person's choice to go outdoors and be active.  Research shows positive relationships between natural environments and living a healthier lifestyle.  For example, people are more likely to walk, jog or ride a bike to a local coffee shop or other store if there are trees and other natural features along the way.  In less green neighborhoods, people actually judge distances to be greater than they really are and will choose not to walk or ride a bike to their destination.  People will actually avoid walking all together in areas with no greenery or trees.

Trees and nature are definitely an important part of outdoor environments that support physical activity.  When you have regular physical activity, you are healthier.  When you are healthier, you have less medical costs.  Once again, it looks like trees pay us back!

Municipalities that need a plan to plant trees or maintain the ones they already have planted should contact a professional tree service.  Trees "R" Us, Inc. services Cook, Lake and McHenry counties in Illinois with a special focus on the North Shore.  Our estimates are always free, so you've got nothing to lose by giving us a call.  The community will thank you for helping make its residents healthier by providing them with natural environments to support their physical well being.  Trees "R" Us, Inc. is the perfect partner to help you create alluring tree-filled landscapes, walkways, sidewalks, bike paths and parks.

Thanks for reading,
Nick
Nick@treesrusinc.com
www.treesrusinc.com

Thursday, February 9, 2012

How much does it cost to plant a tree?

With spring on its way and the planting season nearing, you may be wondering about the costs of planting and maintaining your trees.  I've been blogging about how trees pay us back after we plant them and take good care of them.  I've also urged my readers to plant some trees this spring.  So, here's a breakdown of the costs you should expect when planting and maintaing a tree over time.

After you purchase and plant the tree you should keep the tree well maintained.  You should employ a professional tree service to do some or all of the following tree services to maintain your tree's health.  Trees "R" Us, Inc. would be happy to help you with all or some of the following.  We offer free quotes, so go ahead and call Trees "R" Us, Inc. for costs for any of the following services at 847-913-9069 or email us nick@treesrusinc.com

- Pruning.  Pruning is essential to maintaining optimum health for your trees.
- Irrigation.  Like all plants, trees "breathe" oxygen from the soil through their roots, so it is important to get the right amount of water deep enough for the tree to thrive.
- Pest and disease prevention and control. This is also called plant health care.  (PHC)  Trees "R" Us, Inc. is happy to announce its new plant health care division.  Run by professional, certified arborists.  With all the diseases like Emerald Ash Borer, your trees need protection from infestations as they don't have any natural defenses against many diseases.  It is essential that you give your trees the prevention they need from diseases.
- Leaf clean up in the fall.
- Tree relocation, removal or disposal, only if needed.

As you analyze these costs, keep in mind how the benefits of your tree will outweigh your monetary investment for these services.

The energy savings from the cooling and heating benefits trees provide will save you on your electric and gas bills.  The air you breathe will be cleaner.  Trees help rid the air of carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, ozone, airborne particles and volatile organic compounds.

Trees help prevent flooding as it reduces runoff.

And, the best bang for your buck is that trees increase your property value as much as 10%.

The costs of tree care and maintenance are minimal compared to what you get back in return. If you have any concerns about your trees or their maintenance, please feel free to contact Trees "R" Us, Inc. , visit our website at www.treesrusinc.com, or email me directly at nick@treesrusinc.com.  We service Chicago's North Shore and surrounding suburbs.

Thanks for reading.
Nick

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Business Owners Need to Plant Trees Too!

Well, this explains everything.  I need to keep my wife out of the North Shore.

I'm in and around the North Shore regularly.  Trees "R" Us, Inc., a tree service company, has many business contracts as well as residential jobs in the North Shore and its surrounding suburbs.  But, like I said, I am working with Trees "R" Us, Inc. when I am there. Not enjoying all the wonderful amenities that it has to offer.

If you've never visited the North Shore, you are missing out.  Its beautiful tree-lined streets, gorgeous homes and proximity to Lake Michigan are the perfect backdrop to thriving downtown commerce and shopping.  Did I mention the shopping?  My wife can tell you all about it.

Today, after reading an article by the USDA Forest Service, I've realized why I can't keep my wife away from the North Shore!

It is true that businesses set amidst lush landscaping and mature trees fair better than those that are not.

However, I didn't realize that shops set in tree-lined commercial districts report more frequent shopping by repeat shoppers.

They also report shoppers take their time and shop for longer periods of time.

And, here's the best finding of all - those shopping in tree-filled commercial districts are more likely to pay more for parking and spend 12% more for goods.

Business owners, plant some trees (Trees "R" Us, Inc. will help you)!  And I'll send my wife and all her friends your way!

Thanks for reading,

Nick
Nick@treesrusinc.com