Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Our thoughts go out to those out East

As we get the kiddos ready to trick or treat and gather as much candy as they possibly can, we can't help but feel a little guilty, while our neighbors to the East are faced with destruction, no power, and loss of life and shelter.
Hurricane Sandy packed a punch and our friends out East certainly took the brunt of it.  Trees, homes, and lives were lost. We want to wish those celebrating Halloween today a safe and fun time.  To those faced with unthinkable cleanup and devastation, our thoughts and hearts go out to all of you.  We truly live in an amazing country that rallies together in time of crisis.  God bless America!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Good to know to protect yourself from your trees

With the news of hurricane Sandy, I can only imagine the destruction of the East Coast.  It is hard to protect yourself from such severe elements of nature, but there are things you can do to make sure your trees are as safe as possible, and as strong as possible so they can attempt to put up a fight against Mother Nature. 

There are a number of tree problems that can impact and cause permanent damage. 

I've broken it down to 5 indicators could mean it’s time to call out the pros who can diagnose and recommend a plan of action to get your trees back to a healthy state of being.

1. Tree Cracks and Cankers – Deep slits in the bark is usually a sign of disease. Cankers are holes in the bark that increase the chance of a stem or limb breaking.
2. Weak Tree Branch Unions – When two more branches grow too closely together, bark can grow between them. This can create a condition where branches are not closely connected to the tree. Weight from snow or prevailing winds can easily cause a limb to crack or break off and cause damage to property, or worse, cause bodily harm or injury.
3.Tree Fungi – Fungi on any part of your tree could be the result of decay. And decay, if it’s on the inside of a tree, can be hard to detect. By the time it’s discovered a tree can literally be damaged beyond recovery.
4. Tree Architecture – While the term architecture isn’t normally associated with trees, if fits the scenario because trees can be lopsided, or stand straight and tall. There’s an old saying that one should “bend the fern while it’s young.” Young growing trees can be conditioned to grow straight and tall with proper pruning. On the other hand, storm or high wind damage can permanently damage or bend a perfectly healthy tree.
5. Exposed Roots or Root Decay – Root rot, or decay, is a common cause for disease or death in trees. Roots are an integral part of a tree’s health. Trees that easily blow over often do so because of root rot. They can even topple under the weight of their own leaves and limbs.

It’s difficult for the average person to tell when disease affects their trees or shrubs. Disease doesn’t always reveal itself outright. And when it does, the damage may be irreversible. If you have any questions concerning the health of your trees, you should call the experts at Trees "R" Us, Inc.

We’ll give you a free estimate and recommend action that can give your trees a new lease on life. With over 20 years of service to the Chicagoland area and neighboring communities, we’ve got a lot of experience and knowledge to share.

For a free estimate, give us a call at 847-913-9069, or email today at nick@treesrusinc.com.

Thanks for reading,
Nick

Monday, October 29, 2012

Why is pruning so important?

It seems that all tree services advertise pruning and trimming excessively. Well, there's a good reason for that. Pruning is one of the most important things you can do for your tree to give it a good chance at a long healthy life.
What is it about pruning that is so essential to a tree's care?

Pruning helps your trees maintain a high level of care and maintenance. And it’s good for safety and aesthetic reasons. But pruning should be done with the proper understanding of how a tree will respond to the cuts. Improperly done, pruning can cause damage that lasts the entire lifetime of the tree. Improper pruning can even shorten a tree’s life.

A tree cut has the potential of changing a tree’s growth. However, no branch should ever be removed without a good reason. Some common reasons for pruning include dead or dying branches, crowded limbs, light and air penetration or for aesthetic reasons. Routing branch thinning does not necessarily improve a tree’s health. Leaves serve to manufacture the sugar that trees need for growth and development. Removing foliage can restrict a tree’s sugar energy reserves. And if the pruning is too heavy it can place significant stress and threaten a tree’s health.

It’s simply a fact that in urban and suburban environments, trees need to be modified on occasion for people and trees to coexist. Pruning should be attempted with a full understanding of a tree’s biology.

Here's a little Trees "R" Us, Inc. secret: how we decide which trees need pruning or removal.

With over 20 years of service, we have a lot of knowledge and experience to share with property owners. We follow the “best practices” guidelines established by the American National Standard Institute (ANSI). These standards are also endorsed by the International Society of Arboriculture.

When will Trees "R" Us, Inc. recommend tree removal?

Trees "R" Us, Inc. recommends tree removal when trees are decaying or dead. Tree limbs that fall on power lines should also be removed. Pruning is necessary, and there may be trees that cannot survive. These trees can become hazardous.

Trees "R" Us, Inc. team of professional arborists will remove all pruned tree limbs and brush from your property after completing the job. Ask them if they can cut and stack the pruned limbs along with wood chips for firewood.

At Trees "R" Us, Inc. we stick to the strict standards set by the ISA for tree removal, pruning, tree cabling, bracing fertilization and more. And the fact that we’re family owned means we take a lot of pride in the services we offer. You can expect outstanding results because we employ professional arborists who use our top-of-the line equipment.

Don’t trust amateurs to handle your tree pruning needs. For a free estimate, give us a call at 847-913-9069 or email today at nick@treesrusinc.com

Thanks for reading,
Nick

Sunday, October 28, 2012

A little routine maintenance can really help your trees

Proper tree care maintenance can go a long way to help ensure your trees remain healthy to provide the intended aesthetic value and environmental benefits. So that you can stay knowledgeable, here are answers to some of the most common questions about tree care and arborist services.

Q. How can routine tree maintenance benefit my trees?

A. In suburban or urban areas, trees are mostly appreciated for the aesthetic value they provide. They provide environmental benefits by the oxygen they produce. And there are numerous studies that show an increase in property value where trees are maintained to enhance the landscape. Healthy trees can also block up to 90% of solar radiation, which can reduce your energy bill.

Q. Can mulch benefit my tree’s health?

A. Trees can benefit from mulch if it’s applied correctly and the area is kept clean. Mulch helps to reduce weed growth and conserve water during drought seasons. Mulch can also assist in reducing grass-growth competition in the soil surrounding your trees. Check out our subsidiary, Organic Solutions, Inc. for more information on mulch.

Q. Can I forgo pruning my trees?

A. At Trees "R" Us, Inc., we wouldn’t recommend it. Keeping your trees trimmed helps encourage sound branch structure and promote vibrant growth. There’s also the aesthetic value to consider. Trimmed trees are attractive and add value to your property too.

Q. Why do I need a professional arborist service to trim my trees?

A. Just imagine what it would be like if you asked a perfect stranger to cut your hair. They may do a satisfactory job, or they may butcher your hair in the attempt. You’ll most likely have to follow up with the services of a trained barber or hair stylist. It’s the same with trees. A professional arborist, like the team members at Trees "R" Us, Inc., are trained experts and can ensure that your trees will maintain their health and livelihood. A non-professional could damage your trees and even sustain personal injury while on your property.

Q. What’s the difference between tree pruning and tree topping?

A. Tree topping is an invasive process, and can leave your trees damaged if not performed properly. Your trees growth and appearance can be permanently affected. Tree pruning is a more concise procedure, and places focus on the growth patterns of your trees. Pruning, when done correctly, is a health benefit for your trees and the results are attractive and pleasing to the eye.

Q. Is there a preferred time of year to prune trees?

A. Routine tree trimming should and can be performed whenever necessary. At Trees "R" Us, Inc., we can give you an estimate and evaluate your property’s needs. The fall, winter and summer are usually the best times for extensive pruning. In the spring, trees use tremendous amounts of energy to sprout new growth and may be more vulnerable to infections caused by tree pruning stress.

If you’re an Chicago-area resident, living in north or northwest suburbs, contact Trees 'r' Us, Inc. for a free quote. We’ll give you an estimate of your property’s needs based on 20 years of service. We’re I.S.A. certified with prices that are hard 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 tree-care needs. For a free estimate, give us a call at 847-913-9069, or email us at nick@treesrusinc.com.

Thanks for reading, 
Nick

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Fall tree trimming

For an amateur tree trimmer, autumn may not be the best time of year to prune trees and shrubs. For the professional arborist, like the folks that provide services at Trees "R" Us, Inc., any time of the year is fair game.

Consider the following October tree pruning tips:
During the early autumn, wounds caused by pruning can close more slowly. Plants and trees are far more at risk for fungal diseases. Late winter is an opportune time because tree wounds tend to close more quickly.

Pruning in the fall should be attempted after trees have dropped their leaves and become dormant. It’s easy to see the tree’s structure and identify diseases or insect problems more easily.

Fall is the perfect time to remove dead, damaged or diseased wood. It’s best to hire a professional arborist to remove large limbs, out of reach branches or other large jobs that are tough to handle.  Trees "R" Us, Inc. has certified arborists fully trained and ready to help you with your tree care this fall.

Late summer and early fall pruning can help stimulate a tree or shrub’s growth.

Really Consider Hiring a Tree Service that has Certified Arborists to do the Job!  Here's why:
Tree pruning can be dangerous business, especially if the job requires working above ground or using heavy equipment. Arborists, like those employed by Trees "R" Us, Inc., are trained to determine what type of pruning works best. They can also provide the trusted services of a well-trained crew, required safety equipment and proper liability insurance.

A professional tree pruning service will be able to provide proof of:
Professional membership in professional organizations such as the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), or the American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA)
ISA Certification
Proof of liability insurance
Legitimate references

Trees "R" Us, Inc. has provided stellar tree-trimming services for over 20 years. Services include tree trimming, tree and stump removal, tree cabling, tree bracing, fertilization and more.

Don’t trust your tree-pruning needs to anyone other than a professional service. Call Trees "R" Us, Inc. today for a free quote. Call today at 847-913-9069, or email at nick@treesrusinc.com

Thanks for reading,
Nick

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Best fall plants.

There are just too many easy and beautiful trees, shrubs, and flowers available to waste precious time on fussy ones. These four look great in fall and need about as much care as your sidewalk.

First one up — Fanny’s aster (shown above). A superior selection of our native aromatic aster (Aster oblongifolius, recently changed by bored taxonomists to Symphytotrichum oblonglifolius), ‘Fanny’ grows into a dense mound about 3 feet tall and wide. Hundreds of rich purple, daisy-shaped blooms smother this tough perennial in October and November. Give it sun and well-drained soil. Crushed leaves emit a lemony scent and butterflies love the flowers. 


How many of you out there think goldenrod causes hay fever? GOLDENROD DOES NOT CAUSE HAY FEVER! Ragweed does.

Lots of goldenrods are native to the South. Some are invasive, but here’s one that’s not — ‘Fireworks’ rough-leaf goldenrod(Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks’). It forms a non-spreading clump about 3 feet tall and wide. Sprays of bright-yellow blooms explode atop the foliage in late summer and fall, attracting butterflies from all over. Combine it with blue and purple flowers, like Fanny’s aster and wild ageratum. Give it sun and well-drained soil. 

Wear protective eyewear when ‘Neon’ showy sedum blooms!

If you have trouble sleeping at night, don’t plant ‘Neon’ showy sedum (Sedum spectabile ‘Neon’) beneath your bedroom window! The unearthly bubblegum-pink glow from the blooms atop this succulent perennial in late summer and fall will burn right through your eyelids.

‘Neon’ makes a clump of plump, gray-green leaves about 18 inches tall and wide. Do butterflies like it too? You bet. It’s great for containers or the front of a mixed border. Give ‘Neon’ showy sedum lots of sun and well-drained soil. Forget about ever watering. It doesn’t need it. 

Chinese elm — My favorite medium-size shade & street tree.
Most shade trees that grow fast are horrible candidates for the average home garden. (Think silver maple, willows, mulberry, mimosa, sycamore, and poplars.) They’re messy, buggy, weedy, weak-wooded, and have shallow roots that invade water lines and lift up pavement. Not Chinese elm (Ulmus parviflora), especially a superior selection named ‘Allee’ (pronounced al-lay).



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, October 23, 2012

Tips for tree and scrub care before October runs out on us!

October Tree and Shrub Care

Consider applying fertilizer this month to trees or shrubs that have not received any fertilizer this year and/or have demonstrated need — for example, stunted growth, failure to fully flower or leaf out, undersized fruit, off-color foliage, recovery from disease, or insect attack.

Continue to water newly planted trees and shrubs, especially evergreens, up until ground freezes. Milder temperatures can fool gardeners into thinking woody plants don’t require as much moisture in fall as they do in summer.

Many deciduous trees and shrubs can be planted when they demonstrate fall color or drop their leaves. This indicates they are initiating dormancy. Water well and mulch with 2 to 4 inches of shredded bark. Do not fertilize at this time. Wait one year before applying a balanced, slow-release granular 10-10-10 fertilizer. Certain trees are better planted in spring, among them magnolia, redbud, Japanese maple, dogwood, doublefile viburnum, rhododendron, and any other woody plant considered marginally hardy in zone 5.

If rabbits, rodents, or deer have been a problem in past winters, take precautions with valuable woody plants now. To keep deer from rubbing antlers on tree trunks, spread garden netting or snow fencing around abused trees. Creation of physical barriers is more effective than sprays. Deter rabbits and rodents from overwintering in gardens by cutting down their winter habitats, such as ornamental grass clumps or perennials left standing for winter interest. Protect tree trunks from gnawing rabbits by setting up 12 to 16 inches of hardware cloth tacked into the soil three inches away from the trunk.


For assistance in developing a plan of action for your trees and shrubs contact Trees "R" Us, Inc.



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
nick@treesrusinc.com

Monday, October 22, 2012

October Glory!

Fall is the best time for appreciating the beauty of shade trees. It’s also the best time to plant them. Cool temperatures mean minimal transplanting shock. And after the leaves drop, you can let nature take care of watering until spring. Plus, even though the above-ground part of the tree is dormant, the roots can keep growing all winter in the South. This results in faster growth the following spring.

Now, there are lots of shade trees for sale out there. Some are great; some are garbage. How can you tell which is which? For the next few weeks, I’ll be profiling some truly superior shade trees for the average yard. Bonus: I’ll also tell you which trees to avoid!

‘October Glory’ red maple is hot, hot, hot!

Glorious, Simply Glorious

If someone asked me to name one tree that absolutely guaranteed glorious fall foliage, it would have to be ‘October Glory’ red maple (Acer rubrum ‘October Glory’).

‘October Glory’ is one of two very popular selections of our native red maple chosen for outstanding fall color. The other is ‘Red Sunset.’ Both grow rather quickly, reaching 50-60 feet tall with an oval to pyramidal shape. They make excellent lawn and street trees, due to their ascending branches and lack of problematic surface roots. Both feature handsome, silvery bark.

So what’s the difference between them? ‘October Glory’ is more heat-tolerant, while ‘Red Sunset’ is more cold-tolerant. Plus, ‘Red Sunset’ grows a little faster (more than 2 feet a year) and colors up two weeks earlier in fall.

My recommendation — if you live in the South, plant ‘October Glory.’ If you live in the Midwest or North, go with ‘Red Sunset.’ If you live on the West Coast, do whatever the heck you want!

Growing Tips

For the best fall color, plant in full sun. Red maple tolerates most soils, even wet ones, but does not like drought and will be among the first trees to scorch, defoliate, and die back if it doesn’t get enough water in summer. Don’t plant it where its roots will be restricted (like those little islands in parking lots) or near hot pavement. Prune it in summer, not winter or spring, or the cuts will bleed sap.

Both of these red maples are widely available at garden centers and nurseries.

Don’t Plant This

Silver maple (Acer saccharinum) is one of the best retorts I know to the specious argument that just because a plant is native, it’s necessarily better. Silver maple is native. It’s also a horrible tree!

Why do so many people plant it? One reason. It’s among the fastest growing shade trees around (3 to 5 feet a year), so if your treeless yard is broiling you alive, you may not think far enough ahead. You should, because like many skyrocketing trees, silver maple is beset with a host of problems.

It’s weak-wooded and breaks up in storms. It develops a hungry net of surface roots that cracks sidewalks and invades water and sewer lines. Its fall color is poor. It’s also incredible weedy.

There are a pair of silver maples up the street from me. In late spring, each drops about one billion seeds. That’s enough to cover the entire lawn! And all of them will germinate somewhere.


Thanks for reading this excerpt on maple trees.  I hope you found this helpful and it taught you a thing or two about the different maple 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.


Thanks for reading,
Nick
nick@treesrusinc.com

Sunday, October 21, 2012

As we get our last blast of summer weather here in the Midwest, I want to share with you something that I've just read about the cooling effect of well-maintained street trees.Basically, it comes down to this: You can’t have a great street without street trees. You can do white roofs and green roofs, but it’s that street canopy that makes all the difference.

We are “returning to some timeless qualities,” with demographic and cultural shifts causing Americans to take another look at more urban lifestyle.  People want to move to the city.

Policies over the last several decades helped build the middle class, but also fueled dependence on the automobile and increased suburban sprawl, and some of those trends have begun to reverse as a result of the housing bubble bursting.

It’s not that everybody is going to move back to the city. That’s a little bit of a misnomer that people get very excited about. We need to rethink how we build our cities, so it can’t be this ‘one-size-fits-all’ paradigm that we’ve had for so long.

The best solution for the urban jungle is a well maintained tree canopy.  This will reduce temperature in forested areas by as much as 10 degrees! This results in cost savings for cooling residences and businesses.

Regardless of the local context, citizens and policymakers trying to bring people back into cities are encouraged to make urban forestry central to their cause, and you should too!


Trees "R" Us, Inc. is a professional tree service in the Chicagoland area.  We service the north shore, north suburbs and northwest suburbs of Chicago.  Trees "R" Us, Inc. has 4 certified arborists on staff ready to assess your plants and tree care needs in a timely manner.  Our services include tree trimming, pruning, stump grinding, emergency tree services, tree removal, cabling and bracing, fertilization and plant health care.

Thanks for reading, 
Nick

Saturday, October 20, 2012

More on Pine Wilt Disease

More on Pine Wilt Disease.
If you've been following my posts, yesterday, I described Pine Wilt Disease.  It is considered an epidemic here in Illinois.  Several varieties of pine trees are very susceptible to this disease.  

Here's some more valuable information on Pine Wilt.

Damage and Life Cycle
Pine sawyers (longhorn borers with long antennae) feed on the twigs of healthy trees from May to July. In this way, the sawyers introduce the pinewood nematode into the tree. Nematodes are tiny wormlike creatures barely 1/100th of an inch long. Nematodes multiply rapidly in the tree. As a result of nematode feeding, the tree’s water moving system becomes clogged and resin flow slows and then stops. Wilt symptoms develop and the tree dies.

Early symptoms of Pine wilt may include reduced shoot growth, needle length and bud development. Pines turn off-color (dull green) in August through October. Symptoms first appear on one or a few branches but often develop quickly throughout the crown. The tree may turn from green to brown seemingly overnight. Trees die quickly in one or two months.

The straw-colored needles will stay on the tree. Tree branches become dry and brittle.

Control Measures
Pine wilt-diseased trees cannot be saved and must be removed by May to prevent the spread of pine sawyers and nematodes. The entire tree, including the stump, should be removed. The wood must be chipped or buried. Do not keep Scotch or Austrian pine wood for firewood.

Healthy pine trees should be protected. The control method is a nematicide injected directly into the tree trunk. Early to mid-spring is the best time for this tree service. Trees must be trunk -injected once every other year for protection.

A Trees "R" Us, Inc. certified arborist can provide a free quote customized for your landscape local to the Chicagoland area.

Additional preventive measures property owners should consider include:
Dormant Pruning. Trees with leaves or dead, dying or weak branches pose risk to people and property.
The lack of moisture the Chicago are has experienced this year is impacting our trees in ways we won’t see for a year or two. Regular watering, even after sprinkler systems have been winterized, supplemented tree and shrub root watering is the best way to keep your trees and shrubs strong and healthy. 

For assistance in developing a plan of action for your pine trees contact Trees "R" Us, Inc.


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

Friday, October 19, 2012

Pine trees suffered from the drought in the Chicago area

2012 will be remembered for record heat and drought throughout the Chicagoland area. You may have seen pine trees die in your neighborhood and attributed it to the weather or poor growing conditions. Certainly the weather has stressed our urban trees, but there is another threat on the horizon: Pine Wilt disease.

You have probably never heard of Pine Wilt. This disease is caused by the Pine Wood Nematode. The frightening thing about this disease is it targets Austrian and Scotch pines. The Austrian pine is not native to Illinois, but has been introduced and is common in Lake county, Illinois. The Scotch pine has been planted all over the United States due to its adaptability and is common in Illinois.

With pine wilt disease, without warning and without any signs of insect or disease, the tree turns straw color and dies. Ponderosa, pinion and foxtail pines are resistant.

Since discovery in 1979, Austrian and Scotch pine losses have reached epidemic levels in Missouri, Illinois and Iowa.

As an Illinois tree service, we've become very accustomed to dealing with Pine Wilt Disease. Please check back tomorrow for more information on this very common tree disease.

Thanks for reading,

Nick,

nick@treesrusinc.com

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

What the heck is vista pruning?

It's time to start thinking about pruning.  But, how do you respond to your arborist when he asks if you want vista pruning for your trees this year?

Vista pruning is commonly used jargon in the world of arboriculture, but what exactly does it mean to the interested homeowner?

A vista is defined as a “pleasing view, especially one seen through a long, narrow opening.”  As it relates to tree care, vista pruning is essentially the pruning of trees to create a pleasing view, whether through a series of trees, or over a serious of trees.

It is common that homeowners enlist the services of a tree pruner to vista prune trees in order to improve a view of the ocean, pond, stream, mountain, or various other beautiful settings.

There are two main techniques that are used when vista pruning; and they are crown reduction, and tree thinning. Reducing the crown consists of pruning the upper portion of the tree, effectively opening up views above the trees. Crown reduction works especially well when the desired view is in the distance and the viewing platform – be it a house, deck, patio, etc – is elevated.

Thinning a tree is a common pruning practice, as it improves light and air flow, making for a healthier tree; however, thinning can also be used when vista pruning to open up views through the trees. This is common along water-front properties, as homeowners are looking to improve their views, without cutting down the trees that add both appeal and privacy to their property. Those of you on Lake Michigan will want to have your trees pruned in this manner.

Trees can be vista pruned year-round; however, the winter months are the best for vista pruning because the limited foliage allows for clear sight lines, and the firm ground allows for easier access with pruning equipment. We recommend vista pruning every two years or so, but some properties may need it more frequently in order to maintain those desirable views.  So, it is time to call your local tree service as winter is just around the corner.  


These helpful hints will make your tree pruning project a successful one, and give you gorgeous views too! 

Trees "R" Us, Inc. is a professional tree service in the Chicagoland area.  We service the north shore, north suburbs and northwest suburbs of Chicago.  Trees "R" Us, Inc. has 4 certified arborists on staff ready to assess your plants and tree care needs in a timely manner.  Our services include tree trimming, pruning, stump grinding, emergency tree services, tree removal, cabling and bracing, fertilization and plant health care.

Trees "R" Us, Inc. can be contacted at 847-913-9069 or through our online forms at www.treesrusinc.com.

Thanks for reading,
Nick
nick@treesrusinc.com

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Protect yourself during tree removal even if you aren't the one doing the job!


In today's world you need to protect yourself at all times and during tree removal is no different.  


Did you know when you hire a tree service, especially for dangerous jobs, such as tree removal, you should ask if they are fully insured and practice industry standard safety standards?  Hiring a company with a stellar safety record and that is fully insured will protect you as a homeowner.

Tree removal can be a dangerous process, depending on the age, size and location of the tree. Professional tree removers have the equipment and training necessary to get the job done safely and efficiently. But an established company also offers higher standards of business that protect homeowners and their property during the job. Discover how vital insurance is to this type of home improvement project.

Here's Why You Need to Hire a Fully Insured Tree Removal Services Contractor

Insurance covers several incidents that could occur during tree removal. For optimum coverage, ask any contractor you are considering if they carry these types of insurance:

* Liability - reputable tree service companies carry full liability coverage, meaning that any damage done to your property or the surrounding area during the course of operations will be covered. Although professionals have the skills and tools to get the job done without mishap, weather conditions and limb breakage could result in damage. Be sure to hire a contractor that is insured for liabilities.

* Vehicle - established tree removers use various types of vehicles and equipment on the job, including cranes for large tree removal, chippers and trucks of various sizes. Vehicle insurance covers any damage incurred by those vehicles and to those vehicles.

* Workman's Compensation - contractors need to have up to date workman's compensation insurance and should be able to provide proof of that coverage to their clients. This special type of insurance covers any harm to or injuries incurred by the employees while on the jobsite. Responsible employers carry workman's comp coverage to protect their staff and clients.

Other safety standards should also be followed during the course of operations. Both OSHA and ANSI provide tree service standards to direct safety procedures on the jobsite. Ask your tree removal contractor about compliance to ensure all safety measures are stated and followed on your property.

A professional tree service, like Trees "R" Us, Inc. in the greater Chicago area, will provide insurance information to every client, protecting you and your property throughout the course of the job.  Make sure you make the right choice when choosing a tree service.  Trees "R" Us, Inc. is has the right equipment, the right experience, and is the right choice.

Thanks for reading,
Nick

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Are your evergreens losing their needles?


If your evergreen trees are dropping needles like falling leaves, you are not alone!  Find out why your conifer trees may be losing their needles this fall.

10.) Your tree is a larch (tamarack) which is deciduous, it’s supposed to lose needles in the fall and grow new ones in the spring

9.) The needles that your evergreen tree is losing are 4 and 5 years old. Old needles are less productive than newer needles, so in the Fall most conifers shed old needles that aren’t contributing to the photosynthetic uptake of the tree.

8.) Your tree is THIRSTY. September was the driest Fall in 10 plus years. Although we had an overabundance of rain this spring, it didn’t carry over in the Fall. Conifer roots need moisture going into the winter, without it trees will drop the needles it can no longer support. Make sure to water your trees if you don’t have in ground irrigation.

7.) You planted your conifer tree <10 years old, covered the root ball with landscape fabric, put limestone rock mulch on top of the fabric and surrounded your tree with landscape edging. New planting sites are a harsh environment for trees to survive in. Compacted clay soil reduces the growth of new roots and landscape fabric prevents water and nutrients from getting to the root system of the tree. In addition, limestone rock holds heat that can damage roots and as water runs over the rock it raises the pH of the soil which limits the availability of nutrients to the already stressed roots of the tree. When a tree can’t support itself with its root system it will drop needles. Remove the rock, fabric and edging and add Prescription Organic Matter and mulch to the soil to help the roots survive and the tree to thrive.




Lirula needle cast


SNEED close up


Rhizosphera Needle Cast Spruce

6.) Your in-ground irrigation system has been hitting the branches of your tree, coveringthe needles of with water and creating a great environment for diseases like rhizospheara, sirrococcus, dothistroma, lirula and lophodermium needles casts . The only way to prevent the disease is to reduce the moisture contacting the needles and/or treating with preventative fungicide treatments next spring.

5.) Your tree has SNEED disorder (spruce needle drop disorder). While the cause of the disease is not yet understood, it is known that black hills spruce and Colorado blue spruce are susceptible to the disorder if they are stressed (drought, construction etc.). The best way to manage the problem is to improve the trees growing environment to enhance root health and use a preventative fungicide spray in the spring.

4.) You have damage due to herbicide injury from a new lawn care product, “Imprellis®“, that was pulled from the market this summer. Check with your lawn care provider to see if they used the product. If they did, you can have them submit a claim to compensate you for the damage to your tree. Most of the problems we observed this year were on Black Hills spruce and Colorado spruce although many other conifers were impacted by the product.

3.) Your tree received little to no supplemental watering during the last few years of dry weather. You may now be seeing your tree decline because two years of adequate rainfall cannot fix the damage caused by the years of drought. Bark beetle emergence holes indicate how much damage has been done. If you see holes (pin head size), plan on replacing the tree. If you don’t see the holes or if you see pitch/sap coming out of the holes, water your tree and spray it with a trunk insecticide next spring to control any bark beetles that may be attracted to it.

2.) You put a patio around the trunk of the tree, or did some other home remodeling/construction project that removed or damaged a majority of the root system of your tree. By removing or damaging tree roots, you remove it’s energy reserves that support everything above ground, you will lose needles and likely the whole tree.

1.) It was last year’s Christmas tree and you should have recycled it 10 months ago (LOL)

Still can’t figure it out? Give us a call and one of our certified arborists can stop by to help. 847-916-9069.  www. treesrusinc.com

Thanks for reading,
Nick
nick@treesrusinc.com

Friday, October 12, 2012

fall checklist for healthy trees in the spring


Greetings, tree lovers! Fall is upon us and with it, comes a new list of tasks to be done in the garden and landscape. It’s a good time to plant new trees and shrubs, as the soil is warm but the air is cool. It is also the right time to take stock of your yard and make sure there are no risky trees that could pose a threat over the winter. Some trees and shrubs are sensitive to the cold and need to be fertilized and mulched, before winter really sets in. It is a time for preparation and planting.
It is also the time to enjoy the mild temperatures and get outside! Go for a hike with the family and take in the fall colors of our beautiful Northwest forests. Or just take a walk through your neighborhood to see what trees are turning in other people’s yards. It’s a great way to get ideas and inspiration for your own landscape.
Here is our list of tasks that need to be done in the fall. If you need help with any of them, you can always call on us! We can help you assess what needs to be done, as well!
- Remove critical risk trees
- Fertilize trees and shrubs (as part of your normal annual program)
- Prune dead diseased or unsafe branches
- Plant any new trees or shrubs
- Mulch trees and shrubs as appropriate
- Remove leaf piles from beds and turf
- Inspect trees and shrubs for insects and diseases, and treat if necessary
- Cable weak limbs in preparation for severe weather
Do you have gorgeous fall color in your yard? Snap a photo and post it to our Facebook wall! We’d love to see it and share it with all our fans! Click here to find us on Facebook. If you have questions about your yard or if there are any specific topics you’d like to see us cover in this blog, leave a comment below. To discuss a project, contact us at 847-913-9069 or at our website at www.treesrusinc.com!
Thanks for reading,
Nick
nick@treesrusinc.com

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Box Elder Bugs are Everywhere!

Box Elder bugs can cause more aggravation than any other pest!

Recently, we experienced a box elder bug hatch. Boxelder bugs, sometimes called maple bugs, are medium size insects about 1/2" long, dark grey with red markings on their back. These otherwise harmless insects can become an extreme nuisance because of their tendency to congregate in large numbers on houses in the fall. If the congregating bugs gain entry to walls or attics they can become a problem all winter as they find their way into living spaces.

There is only one generation of these insects per year. Eggs are laid on maple leaves(the tree called boxelder, or box elder, is a type of maple tree) in early summer and young boxelder bugs develop there throughout the summer, without harming the trees. Young bugs resemble adults except they are more red in color and lack wings.

In the fall adult bugs leave the maple trees in search of protected places to spend winter months. Large numbers may congregate on trees, and nearby houses, and cause a great deal of concern from affected homeowners. In spring the adults fly off to find maple trees on which to lay eggs to begin the cycle all over again. Eggs are not laid on houses, inside or out

Boxelder bugs invade homes in the fall seeking shelter for the winter. They cause no damage but bugs that get into wall voids and attics may eventually enter into the living space. The key to combating this invasion is to prevent access to overwintering sites in the fall.

We are offering treatments for $150 to keep them out of your house. Call Trees "R" Us, Inc.  to get your Box Elder bug treatment scheduled today. 847-913-9069.  This is a fantastic deal.


Trees "R" Us, Inc. is a professional tree service in the Chicagoland area.  We service the north shore, north suburbs and northwest suburbs of Chicago.  Trees "R" Us, Inc. has 4 certified arborists on staff ready to assess your plants and tree care needs in a timely manner.  Our services include tree trimming, pruning, stump grinding, emergency tree services, tree removal, cabling and bracing, fertilization and plant health care.

Trees "R" Us, Inc. can be contacted at 847-913-9069 or through our online forms at www.treesrusinc.com.

Thanks for reading,
Nick

Monday, October 8, 2012

Hazardous trees recapped

Hazardous trees can happen for a variety of reasons, but regardless of why they happened, they need to be dealt with as quickly as possible if there is going to hope of saving the tree.  

It is best to get  a professional evaluation by a tree service in most cases.  If a tree has been hit above or below ground by a piece of machinery, there is a chance that the living tissue of the tree has been impacted. If there is a deep wound on the trunk or limb, or a significant incursion into the root zone, have it examined by a Certified Arborist.  

Trees give us innumerable benefits.  It is generally best to try to save the tree rather than invest in a new one.  The amount spent on good tree maintenance is repaid 10-fold by all the benefits trees give to us as homeowners.

Let's all remember that tree hazards are more easily prevented than repaired. You can spend a lot of money trying to rescue a damaged tree, or a little money and time trying to prevent damage in the first place.  A little preplanning and preventative maintenance will go a long way.  And, when in doubt, leave it to the pros.  A tree service can step in and take all the research and guess work away, so you have the time to deal with your construction project, job and family.



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.

Thanks for following this series on hazardous trees!
Nick

Sunday, October 7, 2012

How to repair construction injury to trees when it is above ground

Construction injuries to trees happen above ground and under ground.  See yesterday's post if you need advice on how to recover from an underground injury.  

If the construction injury to your tree has happened above ground, there are a few things you can do to help your tree recover.

The best thing you can do to your tree is make sure it is properly pruned.  If limbs have been broken by equipment, make sure the broken limb is cut off cleanly with a proper pruning cut.

Unfortunately, some trees will be beyond repair. If all else fails and there is no hope for maintaining a healthy tree, you should consider removal.  Tree removal can be costly, so check with your local tree service to ensure that the tree is a lost cause before you decide to remove it.  If the tree can be saved, the money you put into saving your tree will come back to you 10-fold.  Trees pay us back much more than we invest in them, so it is always best to try to save your tree than remove it if at all possible.

For both pruning and tree removal, you should contact a local tree service with an on-staff certified arborist. Pruning needs to be done correctly and removal is dangerous, so leave it to the pros.  


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

Saturday, October 6, 2012

How to repair a below ground construction injury

Construction injuries to trees are a common occurrence.  Quick attention and repair are your best bets to getting those trees back to optimum health.

When repairing a construction injury to a tree that is below ground you should:

• Re-establish the grade – if dirt has been piled up in the root zone during the construction process, return the grade to the original level. Water the tree as needed.

• Prune the roots – if roots have been severed, cut them cleanly with a hand saw. Make sure the tree doesn't have any stability issues as a result of cutting large roots.

• Vertical Mulching – for a severely impacted tree, you may want to install a vertical mulching system. Drill 2 in diameter holes 12 inches deep in the ground on a grid pattern within the tree's dripline. Backfill with pea gravel and then use these holes to apply water and fertilizer directly to the root zone.

If this sounds like something your don't want to tackle, then your local tree service can step in and take care of your tree for you.  Any professional tree service will know how to handle your ailing tree.  Ask for a certified arborist to come visit your property when you call the tree service.  A good one will have a certified arborist on staff to help with these types of situations.  Here at Trees "R" Us, Inc., we have 4 on staff to tend to our customers needs such as this.  If you are local to the Chicagoland area, contact Trees "R" Us, Inc. for your tree care needs.


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

Friday, October 5, 2012

Oh No! Your trees were damaged during the construction!

Inevitable, no matter how hard we plan for our trees to remain healthy, accidents happen.  Especially during a construction phase, it is easy for trees to succumb to various ailments from being damaged through the process.  Here are a few tips on what you can do if your tree became damaged during construction.

~Repairing Damaged Trees~
After construction activities have ended, it is important to provide a level of care to trees to help them overcome any unintended damage. It can take trees years to recover from construction damage, so be dilligent!

~Aftercare - Following Up~

• Watering – make sure the tree is getting sufficient water, especially if an excavation has caused roots to dry out or die

• Mulching – mulching around the base of the trees helps the tree retain moisture and protect it from lawnmowers and other potential hazards.

• Monitoring – keep an eye out for sudden changes in the tree's appearance, drying or wilting of leaves, dieback, or other symptoms of potential problems.


Anything else that seems more severe would require the attention of a tree service or a certified arborist. Here at Trees "R" Us, Inc. we have 4 certified arborists on staff that deal with ailing and needy trees on a daily basis.  We can help you solve your tree issues, so contact us for more information.


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

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Pre-Construction Prep for your Trees

We all plan, maybe even over-plan, when it comes to making changes to your home or yard that involve construction and/or demolition.  You want to make sure nothing is overlooked, as you should - major changes to your home or landscape are relatively permanent and costly.  But, did you consider your trees, and their health during the construction phase?

You've heard the old adage about of ounce of prevention being better than a pound of cure? It sure holds true when if comes to trees. The goal of tree protection is to help trees remain as healthy after you work around them as they were before you began. The key in this process is to plan to protect them before you begin any construction activities..

When do trees need protecting? Anytime an action above or below ground has the potential to injure them. That can include installing a new lawn or trenching for a cable television wire. It can include putting in a new driveway or a room addition.

How do you protect trees? First, learn what it takes to keep trees healthy.  If you understand what it takes to keep trees healthy, you can understand how our actions sometimes lead to their decline. Next, tree protection takes place when you apply that knowledge by having a plan in mind on how to protect trees before any ground is broken.

Start by making an inventory of the trees you will be working around. If you are just working around one or two trees, you can do that by making a simple map listing the size, species, and health of each tree. If you have a lot of trees that need to be protected, it may make sense to hire a certified arborist to develop the plan for you. Take your tree information and overlay it with your construction plans to determine how much the planned activity will impact the tree. If the planned construction will have such an impact on the tree that it won't survive, either make the decision to remove the tree or change construction project to avoid the tree. Once you have identified which trees are in the path of your planned construction activities, put that information down on paper and communicate it to anyone you hire to work on the project. The quality of the tree protection zones you establish will be critical to the success of minimizing the impacts of the project on your trees.



Trees "R" Us, Inc. is a professional tree service in the Chicagoland area.  We service the north shore, north suburbs and northwest suburbs of Chicago.  Trees "R" Us, Inc. has 4 certified arborists on staff ready to assess your plants and tree care needs in a timely manner.  Our services include tree trimming, pruning, stump grinding, emergency tree services, tree removal, cabling and bracing, fertilization and plant health care.

Trees "R" Us, Inc. can be contacted at 847-913-9069 or through our online forms at www.treesrusinc.com.

Thanks for reading,
Nick
nick@treesrusinc.com

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Keep your trees healthy - what NOT to do

There are lots of dos and don't when it comes to tree care.  What we often times don't realize is that there are many activities that take place around trees that can potentially cause adverse impacts. These can include lawn renovation, installation of any underground utilities, including irrigation systems, constructing a new sidewalk, driveway, patio, or street, or even adding on another room to your home.  If you have an injured tree it can cost a lot of money to have it removed, not to mention a significant and probably undesirable change to their landscape.

While there are many steps you can take to protect your tree from construction activities, the first step is learning how tree damage occurs when you have to work around them. Here are the most common mistakes people make when working around trees;

• Trenching through the root zone – Tree roots need to be protected from damage from construction activities. Installing cable television wires or other underground utilities, sidewalk repair, curb construction, and other similar activities can have negative impacts on the root system. The result of trenching through a root system is a decline in the tree's ability to sustain itself.

• Paving too much of the tree's dripline – Tree roots need access to oxygen and water. If too much of the dripline (the area where the tree's crown extends outward from the trunk) is paved, the tree will suffer.

• Changing the grade – Because tree roots need oxygen, changing the grade, or ground level around a tree, is very detrimental since the compaction of added soil levels put the roots further from the surface. If you are re-grading a lawn or landscaped area, don't pile up excess soil around the tree.

If you can work around your trees and successfully avoid these three adverse impacts, your tree should remain a healthy part of your landscape for years to come.



Trees "R" Us, Inc. is a professional tree service in the Chicagoland area.  We service the north shore, north suburbs and northwest suburbs of Chicago.  Trees "R" Us, Inc. has 4 certified arborists on staff ready to assess your plants and tree care needs in a timely manner.  Our services include tree trimming, pruning, stump grinding, emergency tree services, tree removal, cabling and bracing, fertilization and plant health care.

Trees "R" Us, Inc. can be contacted at 847-913-9069 or through our online forms at www.treesrusinc.com.


Nick

Monday, October 1, 2012

Protect your trees - no hazards just healthy

Let's face it, most of us plant a tree and then expect it grow lush, grand and with minimal care from us.  We expect great things from very little effort.  But, truth be told, a little more attention and work at the beginning will pay off in the long run.

If you're reading this page, you probably already know the many benefits we get from trees, and that you get from the trees in your yard. Your trees beautify your home, speak volumes about it's “curb appeal”, and contribute to making your home a place you want to live. Your trees are a valuable financial asset too; they make your home more valuable when you go to sell it and they reduce your energy costs. With all these benefits in mind, it makes sense that you would want to go to great lengths to protect this asset.

Here is one of the first questions to ask yourself when dealing with a tree and construction situation: “Is this tree worth saving?” Many well intentioned protection efforts fail because large old trees nearing the end of their live spans were protected and younger trees weren't. Take time to look critically at your trees and decide what you want them to look like in 10-20 years.

It pays to keep your trees safe, so that they remain an asset and don't become a liability. This module will give you some insights into what it takes to protect trees – to keep them healthy, safe, and productive assets in your home landscape. The fact is, tree hazards are more easily prevented than repaired. In this case, your efforts at prevention will be a lot cheaper, and successful, than attempting to cure a damaged tree that is on it's way to becoming a hazard.


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
nick@treesrusinc.com