Friday, November 30, 2012

The BEST way to pick out your Christmas tree

The three F’s of tree care…fresh tree, fresh cut and fresh hot water
I love the smell of a fresh cut Christmas tree when it’s brought inside. The trick to keeping it fresh and fragrant is to keep the tree hydrated.
Find the Freshest Tree
The first step is to get a fresh tree. When you’re out in the tree lot picking out your tree, bend the little branch tips to make sure they are supple, not brittle. Beware of spruce trees which are notorious for falling apart quickly once they’re cut and brought inside.
Bend the branches…supple means fresh and brittle means DON'T CHOOSE THAT ONE!
Fresh Cut
Next, be sure to make a fresh cut on the base of the tree right before you bring it inside. This is so important because the tree has sucked air into the bottom-most cells of the trunk and it is also clogged with dirt. Even if the tree is placed in water, it can’t absorb it because the first cells at the base are clogged with dirt and air.
Cutting the dirt and air clogged stem of the tree 
A fresh cut exposes fresh cells that can absorb water and send it along to the cells above and right out to the branches and needles. Most tree lots will offer to make this fresh cut for you.
Now this tree can absorb water!
How long is that fresh cut “fresh”?
The fresh cut made at the tree lot is fine if you’re going to rush home and get the tree into water within an hour. If it will be longer than an hour, you should get it into a bucket of water in the garage or make your own fresh cut on the tree at home.
Fresh Hot water
Make sure that your tree stand is clean before you put your tree into it. If your tree stand is like mine, it spends most of its time in the shed gathering dust. If you don’t clean this dust, it will mix with the water the tree is absorbing and clog up those all important cells that you just exposed at the base of the trunk when you made your fresh cut. When you place the tree into the stand, fill the stand with very hot water. Hot water is absorbed more quickly than cold water so the tree will rehydrate as quickly as possible. You don’t need to use hot water every time you add water; just the first time. Make sure that the tree stand always has water in it. If you let it run dry, the tree will suck air into the bottom cells again and it won’t be able to absorb water unless another fresh cut is made. And that isn’t likely to happen once the tree is decorated. Remember: Fresh Tree, Fresh Cut and Fresh Hot Water.
Hold the salt please 
One reason a cut tree can lose needles quickly is that it was transported when the roads have been salted. If you have to transport your tree on your car’s roof when salt spray is a problem, make sure you hose the salt off when you get it home. Nothing sucks the moisture out of a Christmas Tree quicker than a layer of salt on the needles and branches.
Why is there a tree in my house?
If you step back and try to be objective, the practice of installing a tree inside our home at this time of year seems a bit bizarre. How did all this get started; and when?
Romans and Celts decorated oak trees during the solstice
The symbolism and use of trees as decorations at this time of year are far older than many of us suspect. It is known, for instance, that pre-Christian Romans displayed decorated evergreens (oak trees which are evergreen in that part of the world) during their solstice celebration, Saturnalia.. They lit the tree with candles and often topped the tree with a sun symbol. The ancient Celts of the British Isles also ornamented oak trees with apples and candles to offer thanks to the sun during the solstice period.
The Yule Log tradition in England
Many of us can still remember when the Christmas tree wasn’t put up until Christmas Eve. This tradition likely had its roots (no pun intended; well…maybe) in the English tradition of bringing home the Yule log on Christmas Eve. The Yule log was generally a large stump, often including the roots, decorated with mistletoe, holly and other greenery. The log was lighted with a bit of the previous year’s log (thus protecting the house from fire for the upcoming year) and needed to be kept burning for at least twelve hours to insure continued good fortune. With the advent of central heating, the appeal of the Yule log has been all but forgotten.
Evergreen Tree tradition from Eastern Europe
The evergreen tree as the tree of choice for solstice celebrating appears to have its origins in the Christianizing of the Germanic tribes of Eastern Europe. Some of the earliest accounts tell of St. Boniface dedicating the fir tree to the Christ child with the oath, “You are the light of the world, a tree ever green” to counter the sacred oak of Odin in the eighth century.
Other accounts credit Martin Luther as the first to bring home a cut evergreen tree and decorate it with candles that symbolize the stars in the sky over Bethlehem the night Christ was born.
Tree Decorating goes mainstream
Hundreds of years passed until the tradition of decorating evergreen trees at Christmas became common. It wasn’t until 1841 when King Albert displayed a decorated evergreen tree in his palace that the tradition took hold in English speaking countries.
Like the American people, American holiday celebrations have become a melting pot of customs and traditions brought to our shores from the older cultures of our forefathers. The evergreen, ancient symbol of life ever lasting, is still included as the bright focal point of a celebration of rebirth, light and life.

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

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

What to do for your trees and shrubs in November

As November winds down and the holidays are fast approaching, do not forget about the care that your trees and shrubs still need.  As weather permits some easy things you should do to give your trees and shrubs the care they need are as follows:
~Continue to plant deciduous trees and shrubs providing the weather holds up. The alternate time for planting is next March, before plants leaf out. Apply 2 to 4 inches of wood chips, shredded bark, leaves, or compost to root zones of newly planted trees and shrubs. Be sure to pull mulch 4 inches away from tree trunks.
~Continue to water trees and shrubs, especially evergreens, until the ground has frozen completely.
~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 3 inches away from the trunk.
~If necessary, construct burlap windbreaks 12 inches away from any newly planted, sensitive shrubs. The screens will buffer damaging effects of bitter, northwest winter winds.
Antidessicant sprays are not recommended for routine use on broadleafed evergreens. Some gardeners have used these products on rhododendron, azalea, boxwood, or holly to protect foliage from the drying effects of wind. Research indicates, however, that the waxy coating these products create can interfere with normal transpiration in the plants' foliage.

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


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Lot clearing - not what you think

The need for lot clearing may not be obvious at first, but if you travel during the year or if you’re a recent victim of storm damage, you may need lot clearing services, such as those offered at Trees "R "Us, Inc. The truth is most people really don’t have the time to take care of their property’s true needs.
Like everyone else, you work hard to enjoy your level of lifestyle. Weekends and hard-earned vacation time shouldn’t have to be spent breaking a sweat working on the property. And there’s always the possibility that personal bodily injuries can occur if you attempt strenuous work by yourself!
Don’t risk injury. If you’re looking to find a lot clearing service you can depend on, call the experts.
But many tree removal companies in the Chicago area don’t offer lot clearing services. Dealing with underbrush and thick foliage can be a tough job for some so-called experts. This presents a challenge for homeowners who need this work done for safety and other purposes. Trees "R" Us, Inc. will come out, assess what needs to be done and give you a free estimate. There’s no hassle and our customers like the way we go about business.
We’ve been in the business for over 20 years helping homeowners and property owners just like you. It doesn’t matter how intimidating your brush thickets appear to be, our arborists have the skills, knowledge, and equipment to give you the satisfaction and peace of mind people have come to expect when working with us.
Not only do we offer one of Chicagoland's finest lot clearing services, but we’re also experts in providing services that include tree trimming, tree pruning, tree stump removal, and tree stump grinding.
Keeping your property safe and beautiful is an ongoing task. Healthy trees and shrubbery add to the value of your property, both aesthetically and as an investment. The average homeowner looks to invest in stocks, bonds, and even gold! However, trees increase your property value the moment you plant them and they add to your home’s resale value and overall curb appeal.
Give Trees "R" Us, Inc. a call today for a free estimate at 847-913-9069, or email us at
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

clean up time!

The storm damage that can occur from the wind, rain, snow and ice is unpredictable. When this happens, people are quite often hard-pressed to find a solution that can help restore their property back to its original state of health and beauty.
Why spend personal time in the aftermath of a storm worrying about the next step when you can call the experts at Trees "R" Us, Inc.?
Of course storms don’t always leave destruction in their wake, but when the winds and rain hit 60 mph, there will usually be a lot of debris caused by falling trees and tree limbs. Power lines, uprooted sprinkler systems, electrical systems and property damage are often the result. If this happens, the only solution is to turn to the people with the equipment and know-how to handle the emergency.
The attempt at storm damage cleanup can result in personal injuries that very few people are prepared for. Have you ever fallen off a ladder? Have you ever cut yourself on a piece of broken glass reaching in a pile of debris? Like most people, you probably have a ton of memories that you could share. At Trees "R" Us, Inc., we take the worry you might have and we remove the danger of you trying to go it alone.
Professional arborists can assess the property damage, give you a free estimate of the work we can do, and offer some great advice if repairs on the property are beyond our reach. After all, when you’ve been in business for over fifty years as we have, there aren’t many surprises left when dealing with storm damage cleanup.
We can help restore your property back to its original splendor as quickly as possible. We can even suggest ways of enhancing your property’s aesthetic value beyond its original state. We can also offer other services, which include tree trimming, tree pruning, tree stump removal, cabling, tree removal, and much more.
There’s no need to stress! Contact Trees "R" Us, Inc. 847-913-9069 or We’re the tree service you can depend on.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Tree troubles? Is it necessary to contact a tree service?

Trees planted aren’t just for today; they’re also for the future. Trees need maintenance, but proper maintenance. You just can’t plant trees and let them go. A decision to contract for tree services is one of the best ways to insure the trees on your property will maintain a long and healthy life.
It takes a professional arborist, someone completely knowledgeable, trained and specially equipped, to know what it takes to maintain the trees on a property. These folks understand the essential value of trees, which provide numerous aesthetic, social, environmental, and economical benefits.
Healthy trees can help provide the following:
• An increase in property value–– Trees that are well cared for can actually add value to a property by 5-20%.
• Reduction of cooling costs–– Trees provide free shade and can help to significantly reduce the cost of keeping your property cool during summer months.
• Inexpensive climate control–– Healthy trees can help moderate the effects of the sun, rain, and wind.
• Air filtration–– You may not be aware of it, but the trees on your property are constantly absorbing harmful gases in the air and filtering other airborne pollutants.
• Needed privacy–– Everyone needs privacy along with the beautiful scenery that trees can provide.
As you can see, contracting for tree services is a solid investment that can keep your property looking good and your trees healthy for years to come.
However, contracting for a tree service should be a careful process. The best companies will be bonded along with the proper licenses and insurance. The arborists who service your property should also be properly trained. Even then, your job is to follow-up to make sure they’re legitimate.
Trees "R" Us, Inc. has been in business for over 20 years, serving the residents of Chicagoland and surrounding suburbs with distinction. We do it all; tree trimming, stump removal, tree pruning, tree removal, and much more. We’ll also give you a free estimate on what tree services we think would benefit your property.
Looking to contract for a dependable tree service? Contact Trees "R" Us, Inc. today at 847-913-9069 or

Sunday, November 25, 2012

What to know about seasoned firewood

It’s that time of the year again; a time for snuggling up close to those we love in front of a hearth of warm burning embers.  These are special moments, and to make the most of it, it’s best to use well-seasoned, freshly cut firewood. Firewood that is freshly cut is slow to burn, and it may give off less heat than seasoned firewood. And the use of green firewood can cause a buildup of creosote, which has the potential to cause a fire in your home.
How to Tell if Firewood is Seasoned
Seasoned firewood has an aged look. First, the ends of split wood or the sides will be grayish in color from exposure to the weather. Fresh cut wood is light or white in color.  Second, the bark of seasoned firewood is loose.  And third, the ends of an aged log are usually cracked or splitting.  You can always opt to buy aged wood this year for next year’s use. That way, it’ll be seasoned when the time comes.
Tips for Stacking Cut Wood
Cutting firewood can be great exercise, but it can also be a challenge if your body isn’t used to strenuous activity. If you’re bringing home wood to stack, make sure you stack the wood tight with a tarp covering to keep moisture out.  Also keep in mind that stacking wood for too long a period can increase the chances of insect and disease conditions.
Make Sure Aged Wood Stored in the Home is Safe
Insects burrowed deep in aged wood can become a serious problem. Boring insects can emerge from the wood as adults and become airborne tyrants. Wood roaches and wood boring beetles can also become pesky challenges if unknowingly brought into your home.  Little holes in firewood are a sure sign that a burrowing insect is in the midst.  And perhaps the biggest culprits are termites, who can emerge and cause damage to an entire home if left unchecked.
Trees "R" Us, Inc. in addition to providing excellent services that can protect and prolong the life of your property’s shrubs and trees, now sells seasoned firewood.
And we know our firewood just like we know our trees. Don’t stress the bodily wear and tear of having to cut your own firewood, when you can purchase 1 cord, 1/2 cord, or 1/4 cord from the professionals at Trees "R" Us, Inc.
 Winter and the holiday season is here. Be prepared for the snow, cold weather and all that Mother Nature has in store!
Contact Trees "R" Us, Inc. today for a free estimate of any tree services needed at 847-913-9069, or
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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Choose the best firewood for your needs

T’is the season! Did you know that Trees "R" Us, Inc also sells firewood.  Know the 'lingo' in the firewood industry and knowing what to ask for is important.  Here's what you should know before you buy.
5 tips for knowing – and choosing – the right firewood:
1. Know what a cord of wood is.
Firewood is usually purchased by the cord and measures 4 feet high by 4 feet wide by 8 feet long. No matter where you live, these cord dimensions are standard.
2. Create a comparison chart for cord prices.
The price of a cord will vary depending on where you live in the country and if you’re buying green or dry firewood. Check with several wood dealers in your area and ask for their price list.
3. Measure your fireplace or wood-burning stove before you bring home firewood.
The standard length for a cord is 16 inches. There are some wood-burning stoves which can take cords up to 20 inches or more.
4. Purchase firewood from sources you trust.
Always buy your firewood from a dependable dealer who’s in the business of supplying quality wood. Construction wood scrap might be good for a backyard burn on occasion, but it can’t take the place of seasoned firewood that crackles and warms the hearts of those gathered around the fireplace on a chilly evening.
5. Research Your Firewood.
Maple, elm, and oak are hardwoods that will burn longer, produces longer lasting coals and generate more BTUs of heat.
  • Firewood FAQs
  • Firewood comes in two categories: hardwood or softwood.
    Hardwood produces more heat and less smoke.
  • If cutting firewood, wait until after the tree sheds its leaves.
    Hickory, white oak, red oak and maple oak are generally hard to split.
    A cord measures 2 x 4 x 16.
  • Seasoned firewood should have less than 30% moisture content.
    All hardwoods do not necessarily make good firewood.
Autumn is special because we get to experience pumpkin goodness, golden-bronzed leaves falling from tree limbs, colorful wool sweaters, fall road trips, a hot cup   of our favorite soup and long thoughtful stares into a heart-warming fireplace.
Make autumn even more special by knowing your firewood. But if you need a little help or you want to buy quality firewood, call the experts who know trees inside and out.
Chicago area residents are invited to contact Trees "R" Us, Inc. today for a free estimate of any tree services needed or for firewood cord prices. 847-913-9069 or
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Friday, November 23, 2012

Happy Black Friday - we are open!

Hello readers!  Happy Black Friday!  We hope you enjoy your shopping!  While we aren't running any new deals today as our deals are already unbeatable, we didn't want you to forget to schedule your winter tree care with Trees "R" Us, Inc.  We also offer firewood and commercial snow plowing.  So while you're racing for that must-have item at 4am, remember to put contacting Trees "R" Us, Inc. on your list! 847-913-9069 or

Happy shopping!

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

We are thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving.  We are so thankful to have such a wonderful customer base or loyal and returning customers.  We wanted to take this opportunity to share how thankful we are for all of you.  We take pride in making sure we give our customers an unbeatable value with superior service.  Thank you for your business, referrals, and continued support of Trees "R" Us, Inc.

Thanks for being our loyal customers,

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

what is corrective pruning?

Nature has its own way of shaping trees and shrubbery, and for many people, it’s not always the shape or form we think it should be. Corrective pruning allows you to remove the sections of a plant or tree that aren’t growing in the shape we’d like. Examples where corrective pruning are needed include branches rubbing against each other or overhanging limbs and tree branches that obstruct visibility or create unsafe property conditions.
Shrubs that are growing wild or just overgrown are also good candidates for fall and winter pruning. For shrubs, thinning rather than shearing at the top is recommended. Thinning helps to reduce the plants overall size while helping it keeps its overall shape. Thinning will also be important for shrubs in the flowering stage. You just have to make sure that you don’t remove too many stalks or branches. Shrubs that produce flowers, along with flowering trees have already formed their flowers during the fall and winter for the following spring. Make sure your shearing efforts reduce without destroying your trees or shrubs.
Not sure where to begin in having your trees pruned this fall or winter for healthy spring growth? Contact the professionals at Trees "R" Us, Inc. for a free estimate:847-913-9069 or
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Why Trees "R" Us, Inc.

So many of our customers are loyal and say such wonderful things about Trees "R" Us, Inc.  I thought I'd take this opportunity to do a little self promotion and let you all know why we are so loved by our customers.
Trees "R" Us, Inc. is family owned for over 20 years. We stick to ISA standards for tree pruning, tree cabling, tree bracing and fertilization. We use top-of-the-line equipment that can get the job done with results that trump the competition...ALWAYS. Our employees are the best at what they do. They’ll give you the level of service you expect from industry professionals and then some.  We take the care to clean up after a job and make sure you are completely satisfied before we leave.  We care not only about trees, but about you, our customer.  We want you to be safe and satisfied.
Give us a call or email, you'll be glad you did. 847-913-9069 or
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Monday, November 19, 2012

winter pruning questions answered

I've been inundated with questions about pruning during the winter time. Chicago is due for snow any day, so old man winter is certainly upon us. Here is some additional information on winter tree care.

Winter tree pruning is relatively the same as pruning at any other time of the year. The importance of pruning in the winter, when trees are the most exposed, cannot be stressed enough. The tools used, such as shears, saws and clippers are used to remove dead, diseased branches or wayward branches to enhance a tree or shrubs health and to give it a better overall appearance.

Crown thinning is a pruning method that can serve to develop your trees structure or form by removing unwanted branches. It’s a method that helps to improve airflow and allows for greater sunlight penetration––two things necessary for a tree’s health.

Crown raising is a pruning method used to remove unwanted branches from the bottom of a tree. This is used as a safety measure to protect pedestrians or passing vehicles from harm.

Crown reduction is used where trees are in danger of exceeding their growth limits. It helps a tree to regain a natural appearance and lengthens the time between pruning cycles. It also helps to minimize any stress placed on trees. Crown pruning, however, should never be the first line of defense. It should only be a method of last resort. Crown reduction may lead to pruning wounds to tree stems. Perhaps a better solution to crown reduction is the replacement of those trees exceeding their allotted space.

Advantages of Winter Pruning

Pruning in late winter, when the trees are most dormant, allows you to easily see and prune for a tree’s natural shape. It’s easier to determine which branches need removing, trimming, or shortening. Dead or dying branches are easy to spot along with those that might be infested. Winter is also the perfect time to address pruning needs before its limbs become mature. Bigger tree cuts tend to heal at a slower rate.

Benefits of Winter Pruning

Winter pruning is beneficial for trees and shrubs because it helps to stimulate growth for the remaining branches. Trees are able to develop a much stronger structure while their appearance can be greatly improved. Fruit bearing trees will produce a greater yield during spring and summer, and the blossoms of flowering trees will greatly increase.

Contact Trees "R "Us, Inc. today for a free estimate for all your property’s tree service needs. 847-913-9069 or

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Winter tree care

Winter can present some tough conditions that can put a great deal of stress on trees, shrubs and lawns. Even though it’s winter, shrubs and trees still need water. Most people assume that foggy mornings and heavy frost provides adequate moisture that finds its way to the soil.
The truth is dry air winter conditions and low precipitation lead to dry soil conditions.
Watering your plants and trees during the fall and winter is crucial if they are to remain healthy in the spring and summer. Winter, trees and shrubbery can’t tell us if anything is wrong if they haven’t been properly cared for. We only have an indication damage occurred during
the spring if they fail to bloom or thrive. And if there is actual tree or root damage, it may take several years for the injury to make itself known. Shrubs and trees have the ability to leaf out and flower by drawing from stored energy even if they’ve been neglected the previous season.
The following are several tips that can keep your trees and shrubs healthy throughout the entire year.
Tip #1: Prune Your Trees in Winter
Winter pruning can be the best time to prune trees, because without leaves it’s easier to work with a tree’s structure. Deadwood can easily be removed and improvements can be made to save living branches.
Tip#2: Water Your Trees in Winter
To remain healthy, trees need water the entire year. Dew and frost cannot provide enough moisture for harsh winter soil conditions. Winter watering is a life saver for trees. However, it’s not advised to water if the ground is frozen.
The ravages of winter can take its toll on your property’s trees and shrubs, and it’s difficult for most people to imagine the extent of the damage that can occur. That’s why it makes all the sense in the world to call the professionals at Trees "R" Us, Inc. who can suggest needed services and give you a free estimate. The trees and shrubs on your property will determine its beauty and value for years to come.
Contact Trees "R" Us, Inc. today and get a free estimate of your property’s tree service needs.
Call Nick at 847-913-9069 or email
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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Why an arborist?

There are lot of special things about an arborist. For starters, he or she can determine, with respect to the appearance and safety of your trees, the type and amount of pruning necessary to help maintain or improve their health.
Recommendations can include the following actions.
Pruning – Tree pruning takes into consideration a lot of things. Tree branches that rub against each other may need removing. Branches or limbs that interfere with wires, roofs, gutters, or that obstruct streets and sidewalks are a hazard. Diseased or limbs infected with insects can weaken and break at any time. These conditions could be an accident waiting to happen!
Tree or Stump Removal – An arborist can determine if any trees on your property need removing. They have the tools, equipment and skills necessary to take on the job. Tree removal is usually recommended if a tree is considered hazardous, dead or dying, causing an obstruction, or needs to be replaced by a more suitable tree.
Emergency Tree Care – Storms and high winds can do a lot of damage to trees on a property. And damaged trees can fall on other trees, homes, other structures and vehicles. An arborist can determine what needs to be done and go about the job in a completely safe manner.
Other Services – Arborists are able to provide other services, which include plant health care, preventative tree maintenance, cabling and spraying to control and prevent insect and disease problems.
Select the Right Arborist for the Job
Make sure the arborist you choose has the right credentials and the skills to cover all aspects of tree care. All the necessary permits and licenses should be up to date and ready for your inspection. Don’t be afraid to check references either. Why? Because tree care is a long-term investment; it’s like buying a new car after having first taken it for a test drive.
Don’t feel that it’s necessary to take the first bid that comes your way. If you know the company and you’re satisfied with its practices, feel free to go ahead and schedule work.
Be on the lookout for door-to- door sales people offering a bargain for tree maintenance. Most reputable and legitimate companies are too busy to solicit business in this manner. And don’t be afraid to ask questions. The professional arborists at Trees "R" Us, Inc are here to help.
In need of a free quote? Contact Trees "R" Us, Inc. today: 847-913-9069 or
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Thursday, November 15, 2012

more on winter tree care

Well, it’s that time of the year again when the leaves have dropped from the trees and the winter storms are gearing up to move in. And winter is a great time to prune trees and clear the deadwood from the property to insure its safety. The winds of winter and snow can rest heavy on a tree’s limbs and cause a branch to snap when least expected. And this can spell danger for your property or its inhabitants.
Pruning is something anyone can accomplish. Good pruning takes experience and knowledge. It takes knowing whether the tree needs to be merely pruned or removed because of damage to the unseen eye. If there are damaged trees close to electrical lines, there may be a need to communicate directly with your local utility company. A professional service can work with the necessary people, and have your services restored the same day if utility services have been interrupted due to tree obstruction.
About the Trees on Your Property
You may have one or several type of trees on your property including conifers, maples, oaks, birches or hickories. Each species has its own way of dealing with winter temperatures. Conifers are graced with the ability to ignore snow, icy conditions and harsh freezing weather. On the other hands, maples, oaks, hickories, and such, have broader leaves that can be severely damaged by the ravishes of repeated freezing and thawing.
Roses, trees, shrubs along with other plants are all candidates for pruning the year round. While winter is a perfect time for pruning in the garden or yard, there should always be a good reason to prune. Plants such as roses, raspberries, clematis, lilacs, and others all have pruning needs along with the best way of pruning them.
When in need of pruning services, it’s always best to pass the torch to the professionals who know trees. Trees "R" Us, Inc. has been in business for over fifty years. We’re I.S.A. certified and can offer services at prices you can afford.  We’d be happy to come out, access your needs and give you a free estimate.
Contact Trees "R" Us, Inc. for a free estimate for your property’s tree service needs. Make sure to ask about pricing on our seasoned firewood too. Contact Nick at 847-913-9069, or

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

how to store firewood properly

Depending on where you live, burning firewood is an excellent alternative to the high costs of autumn and winter heating. However, to store firewood properly, you’ll need the appropriate equipment and storage space.
The first order of business is to think in terms of circulation. An open wood shed is the perfect solution. It’s affordable and you can stack the wood from the ground up. Make sure the location you choose is fairly close to where you’ll actually be staying. If the wood is stored close by, you won’t have to walk too far.
If using an outside rack to store firewood, make sure the bottom of the rack clears the ground so the wood can remain dry and relatively free from crawling insects.
If storing wood inside the home, check to make sure the wood is free of insect infestation. If using the basement for storage, just realize that pests, especially flying insects, can easily migrate through air connections to other parts of the home.
Logs piled on the ground on earth or cement are especially prone to insect attacks. However, if it’s the only place you can store wood, make sure the logs are stacked perfectly so they won’t fall when removing logs from the top of the pile. Try and store the wood at least 35 feet from your home.
Don’t forget to cover your outside logs with a simple nylon tarp to keep the wood dry. Tie downs will keep the tarp from flying away in high winds. There are still sunny days in the autumn and winter, so take advantage when one happens your way. On sunny winter days, be sure and remove the tarp so the wood can dry any moisture that has seeped in.
If your wood is seasoned and dry, it will burn well. On the other hand, wet wood smokes. Where you buy your wood this autumn and winter is as important as the care you take in storing it.
Trees "R" Us, Inc. is now selling seasoned firewood. Why not buy your firewood this year from the people who know trees?
Contact Trees "R" Us, Inc. today for a free estimate for your property’s tree service needs, and don’t forget to ask about prices for our seasoned firewood. You can call Nick at 847-913-9069, or email
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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Protect your trees from the upcoming cold snap

It is finally upon us. The first real threat of really cold weather with the threat of snow for the season. After a great weekend enjoying mild temps, I guess we're in for a real change. Make the best of winter’s challenges with several preventative acts.

Trim Trees to Prevent Winter Power Outages

Any winter conditions that forecast strong winds call for proper tree trimming. Strong winds can easily weaken and break tree branches and overgrown limbs that threaten power lines often go unnoticed. Anyone with power down during the shivering temperatures will readily agree there’s nothing worse. If you have tree problems, seek professional help in clearing the boughs. Attempting to trim tree branches by yourself that are close to power lines can be hazardous to your health.

Avoid Infrastructure Collapse

The average person is mentally conditioned to avoid imagining the worst that can happen when it comes to property damage caused by uprooted or fallen trees. And when the thought does occur, we often think of it as being the neighbor’s problem –– not our own. The truth is heavy snowfalls can quickly accumulate on treetops and branches causing limbs to break. When a branch or limb breaks it will either fall and damage objects on the ground or wreak havoc on an infrastructure. Even small branches can collect enough snow to cause damage to windows and doorways.

Seek Help from the Professionals

It may be tempting to go it yourself and prune your property’s trees. It may also be tempting to call the handyman whose card winks at you every time you open and close the refrigerator door. For results you can count on, it’s best to employ a professional tree services company like Wauson who will ensure your trees are cared for safely and accurately.

You can expect the following from a professional arborist:
Timely trimming ­–– trees should be trimmed or pruned before the first frost of the year or spring’s first blossom. The reason being is that trees need time to heal.
Professional inspection –– Only a professional arborist can inspect your trees for parasite damage, hidden diseases or structural damage due to added stresses of winter cold and ice.
Professional equipment to tackle the job ­­ –– Only a professional arborist has the proper equipment to accurately cut tree limbs or remove large and small branches. And they’ll work within safety guidelines to ensure the safety of residents or anyone passing by.

You can count on the professional tree services at Trees "R" Us, Inc. We have over 20 years of experience and we’re (I.S.A.) International Society of Arboriculture certified. We also think it’s tough to beat our affordable prices. Call for a free estimate today at 847-913-9669 or email us at

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

trees vs. turf

Trees and turf, when used in the same area, will compete for many of the same soil ingredients. So, a concentrated effort should be made to make sure that trees and lawns are compatible. Grass is, for the most part, a sun-loving species, and will not grow well in areas where there is less than 50 percent open sunlight. However, new species of grass with a greater tolerance for reduced sunlight are being introduced. Consult a professional arborist for more information about the competition experienced between trees and turf.

A Lawn as the Primary Design Feature

In areas where a lawn is the primary design feature, you should select woody plants or trees that do not root near the soil’s surface. Keep in mind that tree roots grow larger as trees get older. Shrubs, trees and lawn grasses all require and compete for sunlight, space for rooting and sunlight. Some plants even exude chemicals that are designed to restrict the growth of competing plants. For plants and trees to get the nourishment they need, no matter what their species, they must have adequate space to grow.

Planting New Trees or Shrubs

New trees and shrubs being planted should be given should be given special attention to receive adequate water, nutrients and sunlight. Refrain from tilling the soil around trees and remove competing sod from around transplanted trees and shrubs.

Benefits of Mulching

Mulching is another method used to eliminate competition between trees and turf. A 2-4 inch layer of wood chips, or bark over the soil and under its drip line is recommended. Mulching helps in retaining soil moisture, reducing weeds growth, increasing soil fertility and improving the overall appearance of a lawn.

Tree and Turf Maintenance Practices

Maintenance practices for trees and turf are of course different. The fact that tree and grass roots quite often exist together in the upper 6 to 8 inches of topsoil means that treatment of one may actually cause damage to the other. As a result, other plants can absorb fertilizers applied for one plant. In most cases this is a good thing, but excessive fertilization of either trees or turf can result in over-growth of one species over the other.

Herbicides and weed killers used in turn can severely damage trees if misapplied. Be on the lookout for applying herbicides on windy or hot days (when vaporization can occur). While most herbicides are not known to kill tree roots, there are some on the market that will. Make sure you read the product’s label before applying.

Watering Trees and Shrubs

Watering is essential to all of life. On average, trees and shrubs depending on the species need roughly the equivalent of one inch of rain every seven to tend days. Trees and shrubs in tropical environments may require more. Frequent watering, if shallow, may not meet trees and shrubbery watering needs. For most people, knowing what to plant, when to plant, where to plant, and when and how much to fertilize is beyond them. That’s why it makes perfect sense to get the opinion of a professional arborist who can best estimate your property’s needs.

Call Trees "R" Us, Inc. for a free estimate today. We can be reached at, or by telephone at 847-913-9069.

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Winter is on its way...time to prune!

For some, winter consists of days and nights filled with ice and snow. For others who live in a milder climate, winter days and nights are cold and wet. No matter where you live, pruning trees and shrubs during the winter of year can be one of the most feared acts in gardening.
Perhaps using sharp meal objects to cut away life goes against our inner code of ethics.  However, nature is a great pruner. When trees and shrubs grow too close together, branches of one tree may die in the fierce competition for sunlight and airflow.
Pruning is a vital component in the gardening process. Consider the following practical winter pruning tips for trees and shrubs.
• Thinning – Thinning cuts away diseased and injured parts of a tree or shrub. The process allows more air and light to find its way to healthier parts.  Thinning enhances a tree or shrub’s health.
• Reduction – Nature, for the most part, allows trees to grow in an environment where there is ample sunlight and water for each tree. The task of the weekend gardener is to prevent trees and shrubs from growing too close together in a yard.  Reduction can eliminate the stress of overgrowth and allow for maximum flowering and bountiful fruit yields.
• Amputation – Amputation is a harsh sounding word no matter what it’s used to describe.  Often, plants or shrubs may need severe pruning to restore them back to health.  The good thing is that plants can be amazingly forgiving with the pruning experiments conducted by amateur gardeners.
Pruning can be a chore anytime of the year, and especially during winter months. The good thing is you don’t have to go it alone.  The professional  Arborists at Trees "R" Us, Inc. have served the Chicagoland area for over 20 years.  Give us a call!  We’ll give you a free estimate of your property’s tree service needs along with several practical winter pruning tips.
We can be reached at, or by telephone at 847-913-9069.
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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Get it done like the pros do!

Landscaping is a tough job, even for the professionals who do it for a living. The reason being, there are so many things to consider, such as the landscape design area, if plants and flowers will complement each other, and if there are any nearby trees that need trimming or removal.

If your goal is to maintain an appealing home, tree trimming and stump removal may be a part of the equation at some point in time. However, if you’re short of time and energy, it may be time to hire the professionals at Trees "R" Us, Inc. who can provide a free estimate and get needed tree services completed to your satisfaction.

It’s a common mistake to assume that trees can maintain a healthy and beautiful look. Trees in a forest can maintain their health because nature will naturally balance out the available landscape for growth with respect to sunlight, air and water. The growth areas for trees and shrubs on home and commercial properties must be strategically planned if a beautiful and manicured look is the desired result.

For over 20 years, Trees "R" Us, Inc. has helped the residents of the Chicago suburbs and surrounding areas make timely decisions on how best to beautify and maintain the trees and shrubs surrounding their property.

Services offered include:
Tree pruning
Tree removal
Stump removal
Root barrier removal
City code compliance
Deep root fertilization
Lot clearing
Storm damage cleanup
And more

We can respect anyone who attempts to take on the tough job of tree pruning. The truth is trees are living and breathing things and will respond to the attention given them—sometimes favorably and sometimes negatively.

Give us a call today at 847-913-9069 and ask for a free quote. You can also email me at

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Many benefits to contracting a tree service

Whether you contract for tree services is a personal matter. The truths you can’t just plant a tree and let it go. Trees, just like people, need proper maintenance if they are to live a long healthy life. Hiring a professional arborist is the best way to maintain your trees so they can fulfill their life expectancy.
Arborists are trained and knowledgeable professionals who are specifically equipped to provide proper care for the trees on your property. Not only are trees vital to life, but they’re also investments that can raise or lower the value of your property.  Trees provide aesthetic, social, environmental and economical benefits––amenities that we all enjoy.  So, contracting tree services to professionals who fully understand the scope of value your trees provide is the best way to ensure their longevity.
The benefits of contracting your property’s tree services include:
  • Increased property value – the value of your real estate can increase from 5 – 20% based on how well your property is manicured
  • Heating and cooling cost reduction – trees, by providing year round shade, can help reduce the nation’s heating and cooling costs by $2.1 billion
  • Climate control ­– trees are great at helping to moderate the effects of sun, rain and wind
  • Providing air filtration – trees help filter out harmful air  particles and absorb harmful atmospheric gasses
  • Water purification – trees naturally help to improve water quality by filtering and slowing down the run-off of rain water
  • Privacy and enhanced scenery – perhaps the most notable benefit is the privacy and scenery that trees provide when strategically planted and well-cared for
Contracting your property’s tree care services has tremendous benefits. Selecting the right certified arborists and contracting the work is the next step. Make sure the tree care service you choose is bonded and carries the proper insurance. The arborists who you’re considering contracting the work out to should be able to show proof of training along with references that you can easily follow up on.
At Trees "R" Us, Inc., we make sure you get quality work for tree pruning, tree removal and stump removal at affordable prices. For over 20 years we’ve provided top quality tree services to the residents of the Chicagoland area.  We take a lot of pride in doing this the right way—the first time around.
Call us today at 847-913-9069 and get a free quote, or email
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Sunday, November 4, 2012

What can cause expensive property damage

Millions of dollars are spent annually on commercial and residential repairs to fix cracked pavement and damaged sprinkler lines damaged by shrubbery or tree roots. Damage occurs when too little space is allocated for root systems to grow and develop within their natural environment.  Installing root barriers might be the easiest way to offset the damages that can occur from future root growth, especially where new trees are planted on streets or in new parking lots. Wayward roots can also do a significant amount of damage to driveways and other hardscapes.
Roots tend to travel away from a tree’s trunk in the search for water and nutrients. While access to water is necessary for a tree’s healthy growth, a tree’s roots can literally suck the moisture from the soil leaving it dry and flaky. This may have an affect on other plants, trees or shrubbery planted in the immediate area.
Pavement and hardscapes all depend on the integrity of their base materials that lie just below the surface. It’s the disruption or movement of these materials that causes rutting, heaving and paving surface displacement, which can present a dangerous hazard to vehicles and pedestrians.
Many home and property owners consider root barriers a non-necessity. The truth is they are quite affordable and much less expensive than having to repair a foundation’s damage. For repair or damage prevention, material used for root barriers may include concrete, plastic, or tough flexible material that resists cracking from potential soil movement or applied root pressure. It takes a skilled arborist to determine what works best in any scenario.
An arborist can also suggest which roots of a shrub, plant or tree need to be trimmed. To most, the thought of pruning roots might sound like an alarming attempt to control root growth, but it can often resolve numerous root problems before they actualize. Pruning roots is not a common practice, because there is the potential for harm if not done properly. There are definite tools and techniques that must be used to keep trees safe. For this reason, many home and property owners often leave obstructive roots unattended, which can of course lead to property damage.
Don’t hesitate to contact Trees "R" Us, Inc. for a free quote. We’ve been in business for over 20 years. We’d much rather pass the savings on to you. Feel free to ask about all the tree services we provide, such as stump removal, cabling, fertilization and more. Just call Trees "R" Us, Inc. at 847-913-0-9069, or email Trees "R" Us, Inc. today at
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Friday, November 2, 2012

Keeping up with nature

Home and property owners everywhere are fortunate to enjoy the natural beauty that trees can bestow upon a landscape. Tress like oaks, birch, maple, pine and many others add aesthetic appeal and other amenities such as shading our homes and properties and providing a home to nesting birds and other animals. Trees also add value by protecting homes from rainstorms, wind, snow and other potentially harmful elements of nature.

Unfortunately, nature happens! Huge thunderstorms accompanied by powerful winds and rain can create serious damage to your property’s trees. However, before you grab your chain saw and head out to remove toppled trees or broken branches, take a moment to consider if it’s a job that you can handle.

Get a Tree Hazard Assessment from the Pros

Professional arborists are qualified to handle just about any tree problems that exist, including removing decaying or diseased trees, tree trimming, stump removal, crown raising, crown reduction, cabling, installing root barriers, lot clearing and more. You’ll get solid advice about the trees on your property and whether an assessment indicates possible tree hazards.

Hazardous trees, if left unattended, may result in personal injury to people and animals. In addition to possible property damage costs, hazardous trees could lead to a lawsuit if anyone is injured while on your property. Having a professional tree services company, like Wauson Tree Service, can give you a tree hazard assessment resulting in peace of mind. We may also help you avoid unseen liability risks.

A tree hazard assessment may reveal the following:
Trees in Poor Form – On occasion, trees will experience unnatural growth conditions or sustain damage resulting from storms or high winds.
Dead Wood – Dead tree branches or limbs pose the threat of breaking at any time and causing serious injury.
Split or Weak Branch Unions – Weak branch unions occur when branches fail to strongly attach to a tree. Poor structural strength is usually the result and creates the potential hazard of a limb or branch breaking free and inflicting injury.
Damaged or Weak Root Problems – Trees are anchored to the soil by their roots, and can easily fall over in a severe windstorm or from the weight of the tree itself.
Cankers – A canker occurs when a patch of bark is missing, which may indicate disease or a serious wound. Left unattended, disease can spread throughout the tree.

Get a tree hazard assessment from the professionals who care. Call Trees "R" Us, Inc. today for a free estimate at 847-913-9069, or email at us at