Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Green Lace wings are a good thing



Of all the pests out there, there are actually some that are beneficial, like the Green Lacewings or Chrysoperla.
Green Lace wings are the true beauties of the beneficial insect world. Adult Green Lace wings are pale green, soft bodied, insects about one inch long with large eyes. They have four lace-like wings that make them look delicate, and fairy like. As, adults Lace wings are good pollinators for all your flowers and vegetables. They are not however, the most incredible insect predators. Adults lay pale green, oblong eggs on the ends of tiny, delicate thread like stalks, attached to leaves. The new larvae hatch in just  a few days.
The larvae of the Lace Wing’s are the most impresssive of the insect predators and are sometimes called “aphid lions”. It has been reported that they can eat up to 600 aphids, each in their lifetimes. They also control a number of other insects, including, spider mites, thrips and small caterpillars. The larvae are grey/brown, crawling insects, tapered like tiny alligators. They essentially suck the fluids from the body of their prey with large pincer like jaw protruding from the tops of their heads. Larvae are susceptible to dehydration, always needing a source of moisture. It is best to only use them in well irrigated situations. After a couple of weeks, the larvae pupate by spinning a cocoon. Five days later adult Lace wings emerge, mate and start their life cycle all over again.
Since the adults only eat nectar or honeydew or pollen, it is important to provide food for them so they will stay and lay their eggs. Plantings should include flowering plants if used around vegetable gardens. Artificial foods and honeydew substitutes are available in nurseries, garden stores and mail order sources to help feed adult lacewings. Lace wings will produce up to 3 generations per year.
Green Lace wings can be purchased commercially, through garden centers and many mail order sources. Eggs and larvae are hand sprinkled wherever aphids or other food sources are present. Care should be taken when using insecticides. Broad spectrum insecticides, either organic or man made, should never be used where Lacewings are living.



At Trees "R" Us, Inc. we take pride in not only our professional tree care services, but also educating our customers.  It is through education that we really save trees and help the environment.  We hope you found this post informative and educational. 
Trees "R" Us, Inc. is a professional tree service for the Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest suburbs.  Tree trimming, tree removal, stump grinding, fertilizations, tree disease treatments and prevention as well as plant health care are just a few of our high quality, professional services.  Contact us today for a free analysis or quote at www.treesrusinc.com or at 847-913-9069.
Thanks for reading,
Nick
nick@treesrusinc.com

Monday, July 30, 2012

Pine Sawfly is here and feeding on your pines!


Are your evergreens disappearing right before your eyes? Every year there is an outbreak of the pine sawfly. European Pine Sawfly is an insignificant looking wasp like insect that is brownish black in color.
Sawfly larvae feed on older needles leaving the current year's needles alone. They have a light stripe down the middle of their back, and a light stripe along each side followed by a dark green stripe running parallel down the length of their body. Newly hatched larvae are 1/8" long but measure one inch long when mature. The mature larvae have shiny black heads and are grayish-green. The larvae live and eat together and as a defense mechanism, they will all rise up together making the predator think twice about dining on them and making your Mugo pine"come alive".
Repeated feedings for several years in a row will stress and weaken the pines, making them more susceptible to disease. I have never seen this in the Midwest, yet reports from other parts of the country say that if the larvae run out of older needles, they will eat the current year needles too and that can lead to the death of the plant if this happens repeatedly.
As the name implies this is another of many insects imported into the United States. Mugo Pines seem to be its' favorite food, although it could feed on several other pine species too.
Overwintering eggs along the evergreen needles would typically hatch in May, but this year like so many other things in nature they hatched  and started feeding early due to the unusually warm weather. Once they have fed and reached their mature larval stage, the larvae drop to the ground below the pine where it creates a small brown cocoon. By late summer the adults emerge and mate. Eggs are laid on the needles to overwinter so the whole cycle can begin again. In Northern Illinois, there is only one generation a year.
Once you have sawfly in your yard, it can be there every year, so be sure to scout for it. 

Managing European Sawfly can be as simple as picking of the larvae if there is a limited number on your plants. If it is a bigger job than that, sawfly's respond to carbaryl, or permethrin based insecticides. If an organic approach is called for, neem oil or spinsad can be applied. Treatments should be done as soon as you see any feeding. One of our favorite biological controls, Bt (Bacillus thurengiensis) is not affective against the European Pine Sawfly.  I would recommend contacting your local tree service or arborists.  Trees "R" Us, Inc. can be contacted at 847-913-9069 or at www.treesrusinc.com.


Thanks for reading, 
Nick
nick@treesrusic.com

Sunday, July 29, 2012


Tree service companies are not all the same.  Choosing the right tree service to care for your trees can be a difficult decision.  Here are a few tips on how to choose the right tree service and how to avoid scams in the industry.  

Unfortunately for you, and unfortunately for those of us trying to run legitimate tree service companies, our industry is full of con artists, fly-by-night crooks, and companies that produce less than desirable results. According to a recent news release from the Better Business Bureau, “the tree service industry was the sixth most complained about industry at your BBB last year”.  So what can you do to protect yourself when hiring a tree service? How do you choose the right company? What are the necessary steps to avoiding tree service scams?
I've compiled this list in order to help my readers feel more confident in choosing the right tree service company.  Of course, if you are local, you can rest assured in a professional, honest and hard working tree service when you choose Trees "R" Us, Inc.  However, for those out of our service area, these tips will help you in your decision making process.
1. Insurance: Make sure each tree service you are considering has appropriate liability insurance and workers compensation insurance. All certificates of insurance should be sent from the tree service’s insurance agency directly to you. Otherwise, it could be a fraudulent certificate. If a company has an accident, and does not have the proper insurance, then you are liable. You will have to pay for repairs to your property and any injuries that may have occurred as a result of the accident.
2. Too Cheap?: If a price seems too good to be true, it probably is. During these tough economic times we are all looking for bargains. But if a tree service is giving you a very low price, it may be because they a) have no experience, b) do not have the proper insurances and certifications, or c) they only intend to complete part of the project.
3. Too Expensive?: Similarly, if a price seems too high, say no thanks. Do not let a smooth-talking salesman convince you that $9000 is a reasonable price for removing an easily accessible oak tree in your front yard.
4. Multiple Estimates: You may be asking yourself, “how will I know if a price is too high or too low?” We recommend that you get estimates from at least three different companies. From the three estimates you should get some sense of what price is normal. If possible, we recommend that you meet with each representative in person. This will give you a chance to judge the company’s expertise and professionalism. It will also enable you to ask questions, learn about more about what is involved, and so on.
5. Compare Apples to Apples: When you consider different estimates you should compare what is actually being offered. If one tree service is offering extra services or some extra benefit then you should take this into account. For example, perhaps one tree service plans on felling the tree whereas another tree service will remove it in small sections? Felling a tree is easier and requires less time, but it will cause more damage to your property. Piecing a tree down in small sections will cause minimal damage to your yard, but it requires more time and effort and thus it will generally be the more expensive option. This is also a good point at which to compare the service, professionalism, knowledge, presentation, etc of each different company. Remember that price is not everything – you should listen to your instincts about which company is most trustworthy.
6. Avoid Door-to-Door Contractors: Do not ever do business with door-to-door contractors, particularly for large projects such as tree removal. The BBB and a number of district attorneys offices across the country regularly warn against this. Door to door contractors are often con artists that travel from town to town, preying on homeowners, particularly seniors. If you simply make it a policy not to do business with them, you will not have to worry about being caught in a scam. Besides, deciding to complete tree work on the spur of the moment is not a good idea – there are too many variables that must be carefully considered first.
7. Use Caution After a Disaster: Natural disasters (or whatever sort of disaster it may be) usually bring the con artists out in droves. Unfortunately, this may be the one instance where hiring a door-to-door contractor is necessary. If, for example, you have a tree lying on your house and there is no electricity, you may have to hire a tree service that passes by. But even in this situation, make sure you are being charged a reasonable price. There are many examples of companies charging exorbitant rates for simple tree removal projects after a hurricane, ice storm, etc. You should also ensure that the company has the necessary insurances and certifications.
8. Pay When Satisfied: Once you have picked a tree service you feel comfortable with, the most important rule to follow is never NEVER pay for a tree removal or tree trimming project of any kind until you are 100% satisfied with the work. There are countless instances of homeowners paying for a tree service project up front, only to never hear from the company again. The tree service industry is not like the building industry – we never under any circumstance need to be paid in advance for our work. One popular trick among disreputable tree services is to begin a project, collect money (for any number of reasons – “I have to pay my staff”, “we need money for fuel”, “we need payment to finish the job”, etc), and then never return. This is especially true with stump removal. In this scenario the company has completely removed the tree and then asks for payment, promising to return later to remove the stump. Upon receiving payment, the company never returns. Remember: do not pay a dime until your job is completely finished and you are happy with the service.
So long as you make contact with several companies, do your homework, make sure your company of choice is properly insured, and exert common sense, you are sure to choose the right tree service. Add to that never paying for a job until it is properly completed, and it is almost certain that you will avoid any sort of tree service scam altogether.
For those of you residing in Chicago's  North Shore, northwest suburbs or the north suburbs, contact Trees "R" Us, Inc. for you tree services.  Tree trimming, tree removal and stump grinding are just some of the professional services offered.  For plant health care, general tree care and maintenance, the right choice is an easy one; it's Trees "R" Us, Inc. Contact us today at 847-913-9069 or www.treesrusinc.com
Thanks for reading, 
Nick

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Usefulness of trees

I bet you'd never guess all the things we use daily that we get from trees.  Trees are valuable to us in more ways than just providing us with a pretty landscape and some shade. 

Check out some of the items we get from trees ... and this is the short list! 
■ Toothpaste (cellulose gum) 
■ Tape (cellophanes and wood pulping) 
■ Mulch (bark) 
■ Paper/Toilet Paper (pulpwood) 
■ Glue (resin from trees) 
■ Aspirin (bark of willow tree) 
■ Pencil (wood) 
■ Maple Syrup (maple trees) 
■ Crayons (leaves of palm tree) 
■ Cough Syrup (pine resin with antiseptic properties)

Good incentive to go plant some trees!



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 www.treesrusinc.com or call us at 847-913-9069.

Nick


Friday, July 27, 2012

How to have the best looking trees around!


It's so nice to have all the neighbors be envious of your landscape, trees, lawn and seemingly green thumb.  While tree and lawn maintenance is the key to keeping it looking nice there are some easy steps you can take to help the process.  Here are six easy ways to have the best looking trees in your neighborhood:

  1. Plant the right tree in the right place. Dogwoods don't belong in full sun, Douglas-fir shouldn't be planted under the power lines.  There are so many dos and don'ts that I couldn't possibly go over all of them here.  Your local tree service will know the best trees for planting in your location.  Trees "R" Us, Inc. is happy to help those readers in the Chicagoland area.  Just give us a call at 847-913-9069 or fill out our on line form on our site at www.treesrusinc.com  
  2. Water and mulch newly planted trees. Mulch with a ring of woodchips extending out 2 feet from the base of the tree. For the best mulch prices in the Chicagoland area, contact Organic Solutions, Inc. Premium and Super Premium organic mulch in a variety of colors at unbeatable prices; what more could you ask for?
  3. Protect trees from mowers, weedeaters, and other equipment. Avoid growing grass right up to the base of the tree.
  4. The soil should be firm around the trunk, but don't pack the soil tightly when planting. Mulch around the tree to avoid soil compaction and root suffocation. Leave roots alone.
  5. Prune according to accepted methods. Hire an arborist when the job is too big. Trees "R" Us, Inc. has professional, certified arborists that can help you with this.
  6. If you think a tree needs to be topped, you might be better off cutting the tree down and planting a smaller variety.
Best of luck to you.  Hope you found these tips helpful.  Remember to use your local tree company to get jobs like these done correctly.

Thanks for reading,
Nick
nick@treesrusinc.com

Of all these steps, I still stand by proper pruning as one of the top  tips for tree maintenance.  Correct pruning is the best thing you can do for your tree.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

tree roots exposed

A common question I get asked is about a tree's roots and how to deal with them when they pop up through the grass.  The roots under a large tree can grow up and out of the grass. When this happens you need to take special care around the roots so that you won't nick them by the lawn mower, or trip over them.  These roots are often times unattractive as well.  A common solution that most homeowners make is covering the roots with a layer of soil, but is this the best choice?

No it is not.  

A common misconception is that trees put down deep tap roots. Although trees generally put down a few deep roots, most roots grow laterally close to the surface in the top 12-18” of soil. Lawn mowing equipment wounds surface roots and makes a tree more susceptible to disease or insect problems. An easy solution to this problem is to create a turf-free zone under large trees to protect their roots from damage. Mulched areas beneath trees also reduce competition with turf grass for water and nutrients. The zone should begin at the trunk, extending outward to the edge of the tree canopy, and can be expanded as young trees grow.

A 2-3” layer of mulch over the zone is beneficial as it conserves soil and moisture, moderates soil temperature, suppresses weeds, and aids in root formation. Be sure that mulch does not come into contact with the tree’s trunk. If plants are desired, choose groundcovers such as Barrenwort (Epimedium), Pachysandra, or Sweet Woodruff (Gallium) as the roots of groundcover plants are less competitive than those of turf grass.

For those of you wanting to use mulch, make sure you check out the mulch offered at Organic Solutions, Inc.  With several varieties of organic mulch offered in different colors, and unbeatable prices, Organic Solutions, Inc. is clearly the best choice for mulch in the Chicagoland area.  

You can find out more about Organic Solutions at http://organicsolutionsinc.net or call 847-366-8869.

Thanks for reading,
Nick

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

an apple tree with no apples



Before we know it, apple season will be here.  Apple trees can be finicky.  While they really are beautiful trees to look at, many apple trees won't produce apples every year.  For some trees it may even be a few years that it hasn't produced apples.  I often see apple trees in the middle of summer that the leaves die and fall off.  This defoliation will also result in lack of fruit.  If your trees are defoliating and are not producing apples, this is most likely due to apple scab.  Apple scab is a fungal disease most common in areas of relatively high rainfall and relative humidity. Because the scab fungus overwinters in fallen leaves, the disease can be partially controlled by raking and burning. However, fungicide sprays usually provide the only practical means of scab control in commercial orchards.
Correct spray timing during the primary scab cycle lessens the need for extensive fungicide applications during the later stages of disease development. The critical period for scab control is from the beginning of bud growth until the apples are 1/2 inch (1.27 cm) in diameter.
In order to properly control secondary scab, apple trees should be closely monitored for primary scab. Fungicides should be applied if one or two scab lesions per tree are present. Irrigation sets 12 hours or longer should be avoided.
There are two approaches to control of apple scab using fungicides. Protective, post-infective (kickback or eradicant), or a combination of both types of programs can be followed. The protective schedule is the least complicated, but usually requires more applications.
Sprays are applied as soon as susceptible tissue is exposed in the spring and every 7-10 days throughout the season if scab is present on the leaves, or until all of the spores are gone. The interval between sprays is dependent on the rate of growth of the host, weather conditions, and stability of the fungicide. Fungicides such as captan and dodine (dodine can also be used in a post-infective program) are examples of Protective materials.



Trees "R" Us, Inc. offers plant health care as well as a highly knowledgeable staff that includes 4 certified arborists.  When you choose Trees "R" Us, Inc. you can rest assured that you've made the right choice for your tree care, tree maintenance, and plant health care needs.  Trees "R" Us, Inc. services the North Shore and the Northwest suburbs of Chicago.  You can contact Trees "R" Us, Inc. via the web at www.treesrusinc.com or by phone at 847-913-9069.

Thanks for reading, 
Nick

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


Have you been to the Chicago Botanic Gardens in Glencoe yet?  This is one of the top attractions for the North Shore in my opinion.  The North Shore's Botanic Gardens are not only beautiful, but they also have so much to offer in terms of educating us all about trees and plants.  
While at the gardens the other day, I learned that by 2050, the world could lose tens of thousands of plant species—with some estimates predicting a loss of up to one-third of the world's plant species (about 150,000).
In the United States alone, we risk losing 25 percent of the plant species that exist today. Of the millions of acres of native Midwest prairie that existed years ago, only a tiny fraction remains today. These fragments are in danger of disappearing completely, and with them, the birds, insects, and other animals that depend on them. Including us.
The disappearance of one single species is a lost opportunity: a chemical or genetic answer that could solve a medical problem or change the way we live.

ALL LIFE DEPENDS ON PLANTS

Why does this matter to us?  We should all care about what happens to the plants and this is why...
We rely on plants for everything that sustains life: Air. Food. Clothing. Shelter. Clean Water. Medicine. While this is a seemingly obvious fact, it is one that most people do not realize. 

WHY ARE PLANTS AT RISK?

There are many factors that are driving the endangerment of plants. Agriculture, urbanization, invasive species, pollution, and global warming have all played a role. A global assessment of data since 1970 has shown that it is likely that anthropogenic (human-caused) warming that has had a discernable influence on the many physical and biological systems.
The world is warming up and we humans are to blame. Our impact on this earth is having profound repercussions, changing the planet as we know it.

What great information!  We all need to be aware of how we treat the earth and the repercussions to our actions.  Take care of your trees and plants.  For assistance, advice, and overall tree care, contact Trees "R" Us, Inc. at www.treesrusinc.com or call us at 847-913-9069.  Trees "R" Us, Inc. provides quality tree care and tree maintenance to the north shore of Chicago and its surrounding north and northwest suburbs.  Trees "R" Us, Inc is a tree service that provides quality tree trimming, tree removal, stump grinding and plant health care among other services.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Tree Rings Explained

So many of us think that if we look at a tree's rings it will tell us how old the tree is.  While that is true, it tells us much,  much more about the history of the tree, the weather it endured, the pests that munched upon it,  and where it grew.

The amount of wood produced by a tree each year depends

on tree condition, genetic programming, and growing conditions.

Wood is mature xylem, the result of inward cell

divisions by the vascular cambium, the new cell generator

located between the wood and the inner bark.

In temperate climatic zones, where a spring and summer

growing season alternates with winter dormancy, the vascular

cambium usually produces a single layer or increment of

wood each year. Tree rings are annual growth layers seen

in cross section. 

Simple counting of tree rings from the bark to the pith

provides a relatively accurate estimate of tree age. Ring counts

may, however, be inaccurate because annual boundaries

may be hard to identify in particularly narrow rings. Rings

may be locally absent from the sample or the sample may

contain false rings.  An “extra” or false ring occurs from premature

deactivation and reactivation of the vascular cambium

in a single growing season. A barrier zone produced

as part of the tree response to wounding may also be misidentified

as a ring boundary, resulting in a false ring.

In addition to tree age, the tree ring record can provide

information on environmental processes of forest dynamics

as well as disturbance events, such as damage from landscape

equipment, vandalism, fire, storm, and insect outbreak. Tree

rings can also record annual variation in temperature and

precipitation in addition to documenting the age and provenance

of archaeological and cultural objects. Sometimes

the tree ring record is easy to interpret, but interpretation

often requires a deeper understanding of the interaction of

the tree system with the environment.

Distinct growth rings result from the visual contrast

between the wood formed late in one growing season and

wood formed early in the following growing season.

Tree rings are seen in cut stumps or in “cookies” sawed

from a stem or branch. Much less destructively, tree rings

are observed in cores extracted from trees using an increment

borer. For detailed examination, increment

cores are usually mounted in grooved wooden blocks

to provide support in handling and surfacing.

In many conifers, such as red cedar and spruce, the tree

ring boundary is between the thick-walled latewood tracheids,

produced late in the growing season, and the thin-walled

earlywood tracheids formed early in the following growing

season. The visual contrast can also be high in ring-porous

hardwoods such as oak, locust, and ash, with wide spring

vessels that contrast with the much finer-pored summer

vessels that formed late in the previous year.

Ring boundaries can be harder to distinguish in diffuse porous

hardwoods that have narrow vessels scattered across

the growth ring. Still, ring boundaries are visible in finely

sanded cross sections. Although woodworkers usually use

an electric plane along the grain direction, mounted cores

can be quickly surfaced for examination with an electric

plane across the grain. In roughly sawed disks, a plane can

remove saw marks, with the surface finished by fine sanding.

Observations from Single Trees
A single stem disk or core from a forest-grown tree can show

periods of growth and release that reflect changes in the

stand of trees.


A tree formerly in a closed forest and now in an open

house lot may show a release or growth stimulation due

to selective clearing. Unfortunately, the release may be followed

by a growth decline due to construction injury or

adverse changes in grade or drainage. Landscape trees that

began life in full sunlight as nursery stock or as forest

“pioneers” often show very wide rings early in their lives,

followed by an abrupt narrowing due to shade or shock

from transplanting. A tree in a closely spaced forest develops

with a minimal taper in the stem. When neighboring

trees are removed, the “released” tree may develop a crown

that is out of balance with what the trunk can structurally

support.

Tree rings can also record responses to natural mechanical

events. The young sapling that produced the stem section
below had a pronounced J-shaped bend. The local 

forester attributed that bend to heavy snows in the 1999-

2000 winter season. The tree rings support that explanation.

A small scar at the 5 to 6 o’clock position, just outside the

1999 ring, is consistent with the tearing of cambial cells

that would result from tension as the stem was bent to the

opposite side under the weight of snow. The wide rings of

compression wood at the 12 o’clock position corrected the

growth back to the upright orientation, as I found it.








Dendrochronology and Crossdating
The examples presented thus far are based on simple examination

and counting of rings. Investigations of more complex

environmental questions with the tree ring record

requires dendrochronology. Dendrochronology is the art

and science of connecting tree ring patterns across many

wood samples and with the environment. Patterns in tree

rings are often based on characteristics such as ring width,

but other features may also be the basis for patterns such

as wood density, latewood width, the proportion of latewood

to earlywood, chemical characteristics, and anatomical

features, such as resin canals and scars. Measurements

of such characteristics along a single radius are referred to as a series.



The hallmark of dendrochronology is the accurate and

precise assignment of a calendar year of wood formation to

each tree ring. This assignment often depends on crossdating,

the alignment of multiple series according to common patterns

of growth across samples of wood collected from many

trees. Marker years, unusual rings found in essentially all

trees in a study area or region, aid in crossdating. Marker

years enable the alignment of series containing unknown

beginning and end dates. Examples include samples from

living and dead trees, wooden structures, and archeological

samples. Especially narrow rings, due to extreme drought,

are most often used as marker years. Exceptionally wide

rings may also be useful, particularly for trees in a normally

arid environment that infrequently experience a wet year.

Depending on the timing, the effect of weather extremes

and disturbances on ring width may persist over several

years. The listed resource materials describe several good

methods for effective crossdating.

Crossdating can identify locally absent rings or false rings

that would otherwise result in mistaken assignment of calendar

dates. Careful crossdating greatly extends the length

of the tree ring record for environmental history beyond the

age of the oldest living trees. Series are used to construct

annual chronologies of ring characteristics. These chronologies

can then be used to position a floating series of unknown

dates, perhaps derived from architectural timbers or artifacts.

Because even adjacent trees may vary in growth rates, statistical

modeling tools are frequently used to reduce the effect

of tree-to-tree variation and to maximize the common growth

signal in the chronology.

Dating Injury and Pest Outbreaks
In addition to growth, dendrochronology can yield information

on the timing of injury or defoliation. Many natural

forests depend on recurring disturbances such as fire.

Chronologies based on dated series of fire scars can help

forest managers understand the natural frequency of fire

for a particular landscape. Fire scars result from successful

compartmentalization after injury from repeated exposure.


Severe outbreaks of insect pests are also recorded in tree

rings.  Where independent

observations of forest health are not

available, insect outbreaks are sometimes

identified in chronologies by comparison

with chronologies constructed from nonhost

trees in the same forest stands. The

high degree of year-to-year variation in

growth and the trends of growth increase

and decline highlight the need to identify

the growth signal of interest, whether for modeling

annual variation in weather, trends in forest stand

dynamics, or episodic outbreaks of fire, pest, or

storm injury.

Applying dendrochronology to regional and

global environmental processes requires extensive

sampling and usually the manipulation of tree rings

with sophisticated statistical and modeling techniques.

But simple observations of a well-prepared

tree ring sample can reveal a lot about the life history

of a particular tree or small group of trees.


Thanks for reading this excerpt on tree rings.  I hope you found this helpful and it taught you a thing or two about trees and their rings.

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 www.treesrusinc.com or call us at 847-913-9069.

Nick

Sunday, July 22, 2012

More Mulch Please


With these dry summer weather conditions, it is important to make sure you have adequate mulch around your trees.
Tree roots love to be mulched with a few inches of wood chips or composted leaves. Spread the mulch in an area a few to several feet around the trunk, depending on the size of the tree. If you have grass growing in the area you want to mulch, laying cardboard down first will help to prevent the grass from growing through the mulch. Some types of grass are particularly vigorous and may work their way back to the surface. Removing the grass as soon as possible is critical to controlling the grass.
To conserve even more water during summer, apply mulch while the soil is still well saturated with water to prevent it from drying out as rapidly. It is possible for the mulch to prevent overhead watering from reaching the roots during summer if irrigation is infrequent and shallow. That is one reason why we recommend deep, infrequent watering for most trees.
Should you have any questions about tree care during these harsh summer conditions, please contact us at Trees "R" Us, Inc. for an analysis of your trees and landscape.  We can be reached through our website at www.treesrusinc.com or at 847-913-9069.
For top-quality and organic mulch in several varieties, contact our subsidiary, Organic Solutions, Inc.  


Organic Solutions, Inc. can be reached at http://organicsolutionsinc.net/ or 847-366-8869.


Thanks for reading,
Nick
nick@treesrusinc.com

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Interesting Tree Facts

I came across these interesting tree facts and though I'd share them.  It really is amazing that trees provide us with so many benefits.  


On air quality...
A tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year, and can sequester one ton of carbon dioxide by the time it reaches 40 years old. 


One large tree can provide a supply of oxygen for two people.

On energy savings...
According to the USDA Forest Service, “Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30 percent and save 20-50 percent in energy used for heating.”
The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.

On water...
In one day, one large tree can lift up to 100 gallons of water out of the ground and discharge it into the air.
For every five percent of tree cover added to a community, stormwater runoff is reduced by approximately two percent. 

These are such great reasons to plant more trees.  Trees pay us back when we plant them and take good care of them.  Worth every penny.


Trees "R " Us, Inc. is proud to educate our communities on proper tree care and maintenance.

It is through education that we really save trees and help the environment.  We hope you found this post informative and educational. 
Trees "R" Us, Inc. is a professional tree service for the Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest suburbs.  Tree trimming, tree removal, stump grinding, fertilizations, tree disease treatments and prevention as well as plant health care are just a few of our high quality, professional services.  Contact us today for a free analysis or quote at www.treesrusinc.com or at 847-913-9069.
Thanks for reading,
Nick

Friday, July 20, 2012

How to Identify and Manage Scale Insects

Scale insects are small, immobile insects with no visible legs or antennae, pressed tightly against the plant on which they are feeding. Many are common and serious pests of trees, shrubs and indoor plants. Scale insects are parasites on many evergreen and deciduous plants. They can occur on leaves, twigs, branches or trunks. These small pests feed on sap drawn directly from the plant’s vascular system.


Damage:


Scale insects feed on plant sap. They have long, threadlike mouthparts (stylets) which are six to eight times longer than the insect itself. Scale feeding slowly reduces plant vigor; heavily infested plants grow poorly and may suffer dieback of twigs and branches. An infested host is occasionally so weakened that it dies. Scales often secrete a sticky honeydew which is attractive to wasps and ants and which supports the growth of black sooty molds.


Control:


Scale insects are generally controlled by natural enemies, including tiny parasitic wasps and predators such as ladybugs. It is very common for ladybugs to move onto a plant with a growing scale infestation; before deciding upon treatment, look for adult and immature ladybugs on your plants. These pests are often controlled with horticultural spray oils, biological control or pest resistant plants. Dormant oil treatments can be used against almost all scale problems and are generally applied in very early spring, before bud break. Summer oils can also be very effective against most scales, but as with dormant oils, some plants are sensitive to these treatments. Check labels to make sure your plant is not harmed by the oil treatment you are considering. Most other insecticides, including insecticidal soaps, can be used only against the mobile crawler stage of scales since adult scales are protected from insecticides by a waxy covering. These treatments are very effective, but must be carefully timed as crawlers are only active for a limited period.

However, preventive maintenance is the most cost-effective way to keep your landscape trees and shrubs from infestations. Healthy plants resist insects, diseases and damage. For this reason, it is important to have an arborist inspect your property and recommend appropriate action.  Trees "R" Us, Inc. has arborists on staff ready to assess your trees and shrubs.  If scale insects are the problem, the staff at Trees "R" Us, Inc. has the experience and knowledge on how to treat your trees appropriately and safely.



Trees "R " Us, Inc. is proud to educate our communities on proper tree care and maintenance.

It is through education that we really save trees and help the environment.  We hope you found this post informative and educational. 
Trees "R" Us, Inc. is a professional tree service for the Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest suburbs.  Tree trimming, tree removal, stump grinding, fertilizations, tree disease treatments and prevention as well as plant health care are just a few of our high quality, professional services.  Contact us today for a free analysis or quote at www.treesrusinc.com or at 847-913-9069.
Thanks for reading,
Nick