Saturday, December 29, 2012

How to prune tree branches

There's an art to pruning tree branches.  It is not as simple as getting out the pruners and hacking off branches.  Please don't do this!  

One of the most important things you can do is to understand where the trunk and the branch meet.  If you make the cut too close, you will cause wound to the trunk.  Reversely, if you make the cut too far out,  you will leave your tree with a dead stub.

You should make the cut using these three separate steps:
Step one: Undercut the branch at F, like shown in the diagram below.  F is just a short distance away from the trunk, so be careful when trimming. By cutting at the F spot, you will prevent the weight of the branch from tearing along the bottom and damaging trunk tissues.

Step two: Cut the major portion of the branch at G.  Se how close f and G are to  one another, so it is important to be a precise as possible.

Step three: Make the last cut from A to B.  This is the base of the branch tissue.



The swollen area where the branch and trunk meet is called the branch collar. It is easy to cause damage to the branch collar when cuts are not correctly, so please be careful.  Cuts that cause damage to the branch collar will result in differing formations around the pruning wound. Images CE2, CB3 ad AE4 are examples of a collar that has been damaged.  When properly done, a perfectly round doughnut of new wood tissue will form around the wound, as shown at the bottom of the picture marked with AB1. Examining the cut in the following seasons will show you how well you made the cut.  

If you don't want to tackle pruning your trees, talk to your local tree service.  When in doubt, leave it to the pros.  You've invested a lot of time and money in to your trees; keep them healthy.


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

Friday, December 28, 2012

Tree branches are strong, but you still need to protect them

Tree branches are amazingly strong able to withstand piled up ice, snow, high winds, climbing animals, and kids on tire swings!  How is this all possible?

By nature's design, branches are a very unique structure. You'll be surprized to know that you could even say that they are not actually connected to the trunk of the tree! The pith or central column of growth between the two is not connected at all. It is only the trunk and the branch that overlap and create a very strong union that goes unmatched by human engineering. And, for this reason, in nature it is not uncommon to find branches that extend outwards ninety feet more without breaking!



This tree branch diagram shows the typical connection of the branch to the tree. The branch wood is separate from the trunk wood and is attached to the tree very strongly by means of interlocking growth between the two. This overlapping area creates what is called the branch collar. It is important to know what’s underneath the tree's bark.  The tree's health can be severely impaired if you cut too close to the tree as it will be damaging to the tree's trunk.  Trees are intricate creations of nature and we need to take good care of them. Before  you go cutting, pruning, or removing a tree, please make sure to contact your local tree service for some good advice. 



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


Thursday, December 27, 2012

Hollows in trees are something to take note of


This is a tree hollow and this is how hollow happen.



The picture above shows a 'hollow'. A hollow is actually a tree that has been hollowed out so that the middle of the trunk is missing.  This was an apple tree. It has been hollowed out as a result from repeated over-pruning. 


Fruit trees need to be pruned to produce fruit in a way that is easily harvested. Done properly, such pruning does not harm the tree and will actually benefit the tree. However, when the foliage is removed excessively and the result is wounding the tree, you will eventually see the center of the tree to disappear.  The reason for this is the wounded wood is susceptible to fungi and bugs.  When the tree can't combat these buggers any more, it is then consumed by fungi and bugs. 

One major thing not to do is remove all the upright shoots. Do not under any circumstance do this! The tree will need those branches, especially in late summer when they shield other parts of the tree from the sun. 

If you have an old tree with some hollow parts, have it assessed by your arborist; it may still be healthy despite having a missing middle. But the key is to protect it from future damage, so be sure to contact your local tree service or arborist and have that tree checked out so you can keep it healthy for years to come.


For more information on the care of your  trees or other plants contact Trees "R" Us, Inc. at 847-913-0669.

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

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

I'm boasting here about our arborists!

Here at Trees "R" Us, Inc. we only employ certified arborists that are fully trained and strive for nothing but excellence. 

I'm sure many of you are rolling your eyes about now thinking 'yeah right, they all say that.'  True.  Most businesses will say that.  But, I mean it.  I am so proud of our staff of arborists and their commitment to quality that I am devoting this entire blog post to it for the world to see.  Comments are welcome as well! Bring it on!

We have amongst our staff a 4 certified Arborists, that are top notch. Not many tree services can boast such claims. Most of the folks who would actually be performing tree work here are ISA Certified Tree Worker/Climber Specialists, another rare qualification in the arboricultural industry. We have several ISA Certified Arborists on staff, the foundation for credentialed tree care individuals. 

So, what does all this mean? Well to us, the term professional means that we know, do, and support arboriculture. On an individual basis, we learn as much as we can and apply that knowledge to the way we treat the trees we encounter; and we try to pass along what we know to other arborists as well as our clients and customers. So check us out! Research these organizations and us and see what we have to offer. You'll be glad you did.

We can be found at Treesrusinc.com or 847-913-9069.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas and holiday tree service coupon

Christmas greetings from Trees "R" Us, Inc.  We wish you all a wonderful holiday season and upcoming New Year. If you've received our holiday postcard with our special tree service offer, please call us to schedule your gift from us. This is a special tree service coupon only available through our holiday postcard or by calling us and mentioning this post. So, if you didn't receive the holiday offer and would like more information please contact us at nick@treesrusinc.com or 847-913-9069.  Thank you and Merry Christmas.

Monday, December 24, 2012

For other tree services - the client vs. customer relationship

Do you have clients or do you have customers?

This has been a topic of discussion at the last several meetings I've been to in the industry.  


It is a rather easy concept, but the words seem to really mess people up!  Let's take this scenario as an example.

Today I met with a client.  He's a guy we've been working with for several years.  He has come to trust us to give him an honest opinion when it comes to his tree care. He hires us for the purpose of advice on his trees. That is he paid me to professionally assess his tree. 

This is a crucial difference between what constitutes a client (or consultant relationship) and that of a customer (or provider transaction). 

When you invite a tree service provider by to provide an estimate for tree work or accept a quote, then you are a customer and they are acting as a salesperson, and hopefully an honest one. The tree service may give you advice that is valuable, or they may not, because any ongoing relationship is dependant on them winning your business. The service needs you, the customer to buy something from them in order to stay in business. Hopefully, they service takes it upon themselves to do the right thing by way of you and your trees, but whether they do so or not at this point will be entirely up to their conscience.

If you decide to hire a consultant like myself with Trees "R" Us, Inc., we know that we are getting paid to be there. Our livelihood is dependant on whether or not the advice we give is valuable, so you as our client, are assured of getting the very best that we have to give. It is the nature of the business and for this reason it is ultra important that you are in contact with reputable, honest business people.  With Trees "R" Us, Inc. we know that our reputation is everything and will do everything to make our customers and clients understand the scope of the tree work needed so that they keep coming back.  We love our loyal customers and hope they know that we appreciate their business as much as they appreciate our honest advice.

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.


With that I would also like to wish all of our customers a glorious Christmas Eve.  Hope Santa is good to all of you!

Thanks for reading,
Nick
nick@treesrusinc.com

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Protect your trees from storms with the help of an arborist

As the winter season deepens, you need to prep your trees to withstand any winter storms we are destined to have. Chicago locals know that it is just a matter of time before we get walloped with snow and ice and become housebound until the plow finds time to come by to bail us out. There's not much we can do for ourselves in order to prepare, but we can prepare our trees and landscaping.  Some basic steps to protect your tree involve tree assessment, adding some mulch, and tree pruning.  Is some cases preemptive tree removal is also recommended. Acting now, before the winter storms hit hard can help preserve both large and small trees, preserve your investment, and preserve the lovely landscaping of your property.

A professional arborist will assess your trees truthfully and based on industry-standard recommendations.  The condition of the tree will be thoroughly inspected without regard to preconceived notions that might cause innapropriate tree care. Beware of arborists who are not certified. Some unqualified arborists will use scare tactics to promote unnecessary tree services including unnecessary tree removal


Trees "R" Us, Inc. assess trees using only the most standard and universal methodology.  Our approach allows us to asses trees in a manner consistent with the best practices used by tree care professionals around the world. Our arborists are all certified and understand how trees grow, live and die, and most importantly how the care of trees changes as your tree goes through 'life'. This is as unbiased an assessment as possible. Mitigation tree care steps can then be taken as necessary, or if none are necessary, then as soon as deemed appropriate for your tree.  There's no pressure, hard sales tactics, or scare tactics. This results in tree owners that are certain they are getting  fair assessment, a fair price, and the best quality care for their trees.


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

Nick

Friday, December 21, 2012

What should be included in your free tree service estimate

You've responded to your local tree service's ad for a free estimate.  There seems to be so much ground to cover when in comes to your trees and their health.  Now, you're wondering, what do you get with a “free” estimate? 

Typically, the person looking at your project is there in the role of tree service sales. I know plenty of good arborists that still try to give you their best advice, but you are relying on an individual arborist having the good will to talk you out of work that is not needed. Let's take tree pruning for example.  A good arborist will be able to write a clear and detailed tree pruning specification based on tree care best practices. Once you have a written specification for tree work, any arborist worth his salt should be able to write a tree care estimate that will be comparable with an estimate from other tree service providers.

There are best practices to be followed for every area of tree care.  These are guidleines that all professional tree services should follow when quoting jobs, recommending tree work and completing tree work.  The written specifications in the quote are the core of executing good tree work. Trees "R" Us, Inc. follows the Best Management Practice so that our clients can make good decisions for their trees and trust that they are getting the best possible advice.  

For example, the best practices model for tree pruning would have a quote include all of the following:

~Clearly state which trees are to be pruned.
~Include a statement that all work shall be performed in accordance with the ANSI A300 pruning standard and the ANSI Z133.1 safety standard.
~Include clearly defined pruning objectives.
~Specify the pruning types to be performed to meet the objectives.
~State the size specifications of the minimum and/or maximum branch size to be removed.
~Specify the maximum amount (expressed as a percentage) of live tissue that can be removed.

This is just one example of a best practice quote.  Make sure your tree service follows the best practices of the industry before you hire them to complete your tree work.

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 all the while following the industry's best practices.

Call us today at 847-913-9069 and get a free quote, or email nick@treesrusinc.com.

Thanks for reading,

Nick
nick@treesrusinc.com

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Arborists' safety is a big deal

At Trees "R" Us, Inc. , we take safety very seriously. 

Often times, our arborists and other staff members are working in situations that would terrify most other people.   Take working 20 stories up dangling from a tree with a chainsaw in hand for example.  Not your typical day at the office. 

Because of this, we make certain that every employee is trained to industry best practices. At Trees "R" Us, Inc. we promote good safety practices in our daily routines at work and emergency responsiveness through our daily, weekly, and monthly safety meetings.  We regularly practice the skills needed to be safe while working with heavy equipment 20 stories up as well as now to quickly and efficiently access an injured coworker, assess their injuries, and bring them safely to the ground should an accident happen.

Our commitment to safety also ensures that we will care properly for your tree, your property and your safety. Because we care about our own safety means that we also will care about yours. 

This is what you get when you call a professional and reputable tree service like Trees "R" Us, Inc.  Don't leave your tree care in the hands of an amateur, it just isn't worth the risk.


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


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Determine if your tree is healthy

Healthy trees are important to all of us.  One of the most common questions we get is about how to tell if a tree is healthy.  Many of our customers often ask us to look at their tree and tell them if it is healthy or not, and what they should do to it. 

The arborists at Trees "R" Us, Inc. are always here to help you answer those types of questions.  However we wouldn't be doing our job if we didn't tell you that the average adult should be able to use some basic common knowledge about trees...and common sense...to evaluate their trees. 

When is comes to the common question, "Are my trees healthy?", the best advice we can give you is take a close up look at your tree yourself and what do you see. How do the branches look? What about the leaves?  Are they as leaves should be in that season? What about the bark?  Do you see bugs on the tree? Is something amiss? Just by touching your tree, you'll determine a lot.  While you may not be able to determine what exactly is wrong, common sense will tell you is the overall health of your tree seems good or not.  It’s a basic concept we like to spread as it’s easy to forget in this modern world that we can interact with the nature we have in our own yards. Go ahead, hug that tree.


This was brought to you by Trees "R" Us, Inc, a Chicago-based tree service.

Trees "R" Us, Inc. offers plant and tree 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, December 18, 2012

Roses in the Winter


The roses have finally gone to sleep.

In early November, many of the remontant or repeat-blooming roses that bloom twice per year were still going strong. Even that late in the season, the flowers werelush—canes were tall, bloom was heavy, and November’s cold-but-not-freezing nights kept the last of the season’s flowers going through the Thanksgiving season, but that was soon to come to an end as Jack Frost made his first appearance.
Finally, early December brought below-freezing nighttime temperatures.  Did this take you by surprise or did you remember to put the rose beds “to sleep” for the winter. What a difference a month makes.  Just think, we'll be saying that same thing in a few months when spring is knocking at our door.
If you didn't protect your roses or don't know how, here's what you need to know.  There's still time to protect those precious roses, so get on your gloves and get to work!
Step 1: Prune canes.
While early spring is the major pruning season for roses, end-of-the-year pruning protects the plant from winter wind (canes can whip around and scar each other, and stiff winds can pull long-caned plants out of the ground). Prune out thin or crossing canes to open up the plant, and cut back remaining canes by one-third in height.
Step 2: Clean up leaf litter.
This simple step can prevent major problems later, as leaf litter is a prime source of diseases and pest problems. 
Step 3: Mulch.
Mounded up and around each rose plant is a thick layer of mulch (we use well-aged horse manure, but chopped and well-composted leaves work, too). Mulch protects the plants, helps maintain even temperatures, and adds fresh nutrients to the soil. When spring arrives, this extra blanket of mulch will be removed. For top-quality mulch at unbeatable prices, visit www.organicsolutions.net.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

winter tree removal

Trees "R" Us, Inc. can still get your tree work done even in the winter!  Whether your property needs tree maintenance that includes deadwood pruning or house clearance, tree limb removal or removing an entire tree, Trees "R" Us, Inc. has properly trained staff and industry standard equipment to get the job done right.

Many of you refrain from getting tree work done in the winter thinking that it is not good for your tree.  However, this is not the case.  Winter is a great time to have tree work performed on deciduous trees.  While certain types of pruning on evergreens can be harmful this time of year, all deciduous species can be pruned in the fall or winter without exception.

Chicago-area residents suffered through a drought-filled summer.  Although we did have a few storms that packed a punch and were especially windy.  The high winds caused extensive tree damage throughout Chicago and the suburbs.  If you have a tree or multiple trees that suffered storm damage that has not been fixed yet, Trees "R" Us, Inc. can give you a fast and professional quote on tree pruning or tree removal.

There is still time for you to get that tree fixed and there's no better time than the present! 

Trees "R" Us, Inc.  is dedicated to providing you with exceptional service. Our highly trained and certified team will provide you the information you need to make an educated and informed decision.  


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, December 15, 2012

firewood to reduce energy costs



Your energy bills are outrageously high.  Even keeping your house's heat at 65, you don't seem to save much on your heating costs.  It seems like a good idea to fire up the fireplace or wood burning stove.  While firewood is a good thing to supplement the heating of your home if done properly, it is not likely to perform better than oil or gas heat. A fireplace is very useful in a room such as a family room where the family can hang out at night and keep warm, while keeping the rest of the house a little cooler (which is better for sleeping).  However firewood as a fuel is not all that efficient.  Sure, adding glass doors to your fireplace and getting a top notch wood stove helps, but at the end of the day, you're not 
On the flip side it will reduce your energy bill.  A wood burning stove if vented properly can send heat throughout the house.  Adding fans to circulate the air also helps get the heat to far away rooms.  Keeping up with the wood burner can be a full time job.  In the middle of the night, when the firewood is all ashes, you must refill the stove with more wood in order to keep the house heated. You'll need quite a stock pile of wood to get you through a typical winter.


Trees "R" Us, Inc. in addition to providing seasoned firewood, offers excellent tree services.
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 nick@treesrusinc.com.
Thanks for reading,
Nick

Friday, December 14, 2012

firewood measurements


Who would have ever thought that buying firewood could be so complicated?  Do you know the difference between a cord or half cord, face corn or quarter cord?  Do you know if you need palletized firewood?  Do you know how much firewood you need?
Let me clear some of this up.  For starters, let's begin with the basic units of measurement that is used when speaking about firewood; that is the cord. It is also important to know that the standard log length is 16”.
TerminologyMeasurement when stackedCubic Feet
Cord4'x4'x8'128 Cubic Feet
Half Cord4'x4'x4'64 Cubic Feet
Face Cord (1/3 cord)4'x8'x16" (Log length)42.6 Cubic Feet
Quarter Cord (1/4 cord)4'x6'x16" (Log length)32 Cubic Feet
Palletized
Cord2 Pallets stacked 4'x4'x4'128 Cubic Feet
Half Cord1 Pallet stacked 4'x4'x4'64 Cubic Feet
Quarter Cord1 Pallet stacked 4'x4'x2'32 Cubic Feet
Gas Station/SuperMarket Bundle
Bundlen/a.75 Cubic Feet
Bushel Baskets
2 Bushelsn/a6.4 Cubic Feet
4 Bushelsn/a12.8 Cubic Feet
6 Bushelsn/a19.2 Cubic Feet

Cord Diagram: 


As you can see, there are many ways  you can go about requesting your firewood.  Now that you know how to order your firewood, do you know how much you need? If you are buying firewood to use in your fireplace, a cord might be too much.  Most people who use their fireplace a few times a week will probably be better suited with a face cord or a quarter cord.  Our two most popular quantities are the 1/4 cord and 1/2 cord. It really depends on how cold it is, and how often you like to sit by the fire!
If you are using a wood stove or even a heating your home with a firewood furnace than you could use at least a cord, if not several cords.

Not sure where to begin when ordering firewood? Contact the professionals at Trees "R" Us, Inc. for a free firewood estimate:847-913-9069 or nick@treesrusinc.com.
We also deliver!
Thanks for reading,
Nick

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

firewood facts and terms

When dealing with the purchase of firewood it is really important to know the terminology associated with it.  The way firewood is marketed and advertised is very confusing.  You can buy a cord or a face cord, quarter cord, or wood that is Kiln dried, seasoned, green, barkless, or thermawood and don't eve get me started about log length!  It can all be a little overwhelming.  Let's clear up some common misconceptions about firewood.  Here you'll find out everything you need to know to be an educated firewood consumer!
I'll focus on just some of the major terms and continue tomorrow with additional information that will make you an educated consumer.
The terms can be descried as follows:

  • Green - Cut and split, but this firewood that has not been seasoned or kiln dried.  This type of wood is not ready to burn immediately and would result in a smoky fire, and a lot of hissing.
  • Seasoned - Cut and split firewood that has been left out in the elements for about 9 months.  Should have <20% moisture content, and the pieces should be fairly lightweight. 
  • Kiln Dried - Cut and split firewood that has been baked in a kiln to reduce moisture content.  This wood is 100% bug free as the wood is brought to over 200 degrees for several days being coming to you.  Usually cleaner than seasoned wood.  A premium product.
  • Debarked/Barkless - Cut and split firewood that has no bark on it.  This is typically very clean wood, and it drys faster without the bark.  Usually contains ash, beech, birch, and other woods with a thin bark (not usually oak).
  • Compressed Firelog - Sawdust that is compressed into a "log" and held together with a type of resin.  This is not "real firewood" per sae.  Characterized by its packaging, this product can absolutely not get wet or it will fall apart.  These logs give off more heat than typical firewood, but not many of the other "cozy" characteristics.  This type of wood is very expensive.
Stay tuned to tomorrow's post as I will touch on length as well as some other hot firewood topics.


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, December 11, 2012

Salt damage to shrubs and plants


Salt Damage
It's winter and athough the snow has not yet begun to pile up, you know it is coming.  Snow, ice, slush.  It is what winter in Chicago is all about.  While it does look pretty and a little snow every now and then is a nice change, the cold, wind, snow and salt do a number on our plants and shrubs.  Check back on the last two posts to see how winds and heavy snows can harm your shrubs and how you can protect them.  Today, however I'll focus on salt damage to shrubs.  
The salt that is used to melt snow and ice is yet another threat to your plants in the winter - it's a miracle that in spring our plants come back! Salt acts as an herbicide and can seriously damage or kill the shrubs in its path. There is very little you can do for your shrubs that line the streets that are salted by the town or state; however, on your own driveways and walkways, try to limit the amount of salt used near your shrubs, as it will have a negative impact on their health. 

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

If you can limit the damage that the wind, snow, and salt cause to your shrubs in the winter, you’ll be much happier with your landscape come spring. It is also a wise idea to have an Arborist inspect the shrubs and trees on your property before winter hits to ensure everything is in a safe, healthy condition. Where can you find an Arborist?  Your local tree service, if it is a good one, should have Arborists on staff and ready to help you.  Locals to Chicago can rely on the Arborists at Trees "R" Us, Inc. to help you make decisions about your shrub care in the winter and they can even help you pick out varieties of shrubs that will be more resistant to the harsh winter conditions, including salt damage.


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

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

Thanks for reading, 
Nick



Monday, December 10, 2012

Snow weight damage to shrubs

As promised, today I'll touch on the damage a heavy winter snow fall can do to your shrubs and how to prevent it, if that is at all possible!

Depending on which Chicago winter Mother Nature presents us with - 100” season like 2010 or hardly a dusting like 2011 - your shrubs could potentially be damaged by heavy snowfall, and the tossing of the snow by shoveling, snow blowers, and plowing. The weight of heavy snow alone can be enough to damage shrubs. Compounding that weight by clearing snow from your walkways, driveways, decks, and patios onto your shrubs can cause serious harm. If possible, try to limit the amount of snow weight on your shrubs, especially the younger, less established ones.

Some of the most susceptible plants are boxwood, arborvitae, and yews.  Branches of smaller trees and shrubs can be loosely wrapped with soft cords, old nylon stockings tied together, or twine.  Strings of holiday lights are also helpful in keeping branches together and preventing snow or ice from bending the branches downward. These wrappings should be removed in early spring.
Try to resist the temptation to remove snow or ice by shaking branches.  This can cause breakage of limbs and tender plant tissue, especially when branches are frozen.  Normal amounts of snowfall usually melt or dry naturally, even during cold weather.  Take great care when emoving large amounts of snow from branches so as not to break limbs, especially terminal growth on trees or shrubs which can permanently disfigure the plant.  Never attempt to remove frozen ice on branches or loosen branches frozen to the ground.
Proper pruning to remove multiple leaders or weak branches will reduce chances of snow load damage. Examine your shrubs in mid- to late winter to determine the need for pruning.  Trees "R" Us, Inc. will get the job done for you!

Stay tuned as tomorrow I'l discuss how salt can damage your plants and shrubs.



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 nick@treesrusinc.com.
Thanks for reading,
Nick

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Shrub care for the harsh winter months

Winter, at least in Chicago, is harsh.  It is hard on us humans; constantly bundling up, fighting colds and flus, and dealing with snow and ice.  But it is also hard on the other living things in our environment.  Trees and shrubs especially take a beating during the winter months.  Today I'm just going to focus on the care of your shrubs during the winter months.  There are several things you can do to keep your shrubs safe from winter elements.  These tips are simple yet effective, so take note!

To ensure your shrubs make it through the winter damage-free, there are several things you'll have to do and in the process you’ll be preventing many landscape-associated headaches come spring time. There are three main threats to shrubs in the winter months and those are wind damage, snow-weight damage, and salt damage.  I'll start with wind damage.  Please check back tomorrow for information on snow-weight damage and salt damage.  



What you need to know about wind damage:

The cold winter wind is capable of excessively drying out the shrubs that maintain their foliage in the winter. This is called desiccation.  During desiccation, the drying process is caused by transpiration of the water within the shrub’s foliage. 

There are a few measures you can take to protect your shrubs from desiccation or drying out.   One of the easiest and most popular things you can do is apply an anti-desiccant liquid to all your broadleaf evergreen shrubs. This will help your shrubs maintain their moisture through harsh winter conditions.  Your local tree service may have a Plant Health Care Division (PHC).  A good tree service will offer PHC and can do this for you.

Another easy remedy is to wrap your shrubs in burlap, or creating a burlap screen for your shrubs to shelter them from the wind.  Damaging winds will be blocked by the burlap therefore protecting your tress from additional water loss and drying.  Burlap application is another service that your local tree care company should be able to offer you if you don't want to tackle this yourself.  

With these 2 easy solutions, your shrubs should stay free from wind damage and healthy for the upcoming spring.

Stay tuned as for tomorrow I'll be blogging about how to protect your shrubs from snow-weight damage and salt damage.


This was brought to you by Trees "R" Us, Inc, a Chicago-based tree service.

Trees "R" Us, Inc. offers plant and tree 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

Saturday, December 8, 2012

How to recycle your Christmas tree


You've had so much fun picking out your Christmas tree, trimming the tree and enjoying it filled with lights and ornaments.  It's sad to see the holidays come and go once again but hopefully some good holiday memories were made and you're ready to start fresh for a New Year.
Now that the holidays are over, you're tree too has to go.  You've removed the lights and ornaments and your tree's ready for the recycle bin.  That's right...the recycle bin...not the TRASH CAN!
Please don’t think the only way to dispose of your tree is to throw your tree in the trash or set it on the curb for waste management to pick up on your next garbage day.  Real trees, Christmas or not, are biodegradable, which means they can be easily reused or recycled. Recycled into what?  Mulch or compost!  That's right, return your tree back to the environment by turning it to mulch or compost for gardens and landscaping.  Many cities will collect trees during their regular pick up schedules on the two weeks following Christmas and take care of the mulching or composting process for you.  I urge you to check with your township to see if they offer such services.  If not, contact your local tree service.  They may also offer a similar service. You can also take you tree to a Christmas tree drop off recycling center. Again, check with your local township to see if they offer such service.  
Whatever you decide to do, please do your research before you just throw your lovely tree in to the garbage.  There are better alternatives and the environment will thank you.  After all, a New Year is beginning and it is time to start things out right...for you AND the environment.

This was brought to you by Trees "R" Us, Inc, a Chicago-based tree service.

Trees "R" Us, Inc. offers plant and tree 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, December 7, 2012

How to pick the best cut Fraser Fir Christmas tree

You're at the Christmas tree farm or tree lot and you're looking at hundreds of Christmans trees that look exactly the same with the exception that some are taller than others.  While the size of the tree is always a consideration as you need it to fit into your room, there are other factors that should go into making your Christmas tree choice.  

First off, ask where the Fraser Fir tree are located.  This is one of the best choices in Christmas trees.  Its size is slender so that it is likely to fit rooms both large and small, its needles are spread out and strong so that ornaments and lights can easily be used to decorate the tree, it has an aromatic smell and it lasts a long time when taken care of.  
On the tree farm or lot, inspect the needles of the tree.  Needles on a fresh fir tree will break crisply when bent sharply by your fingers. Trees that have lost a significant amount of moisture are more pliable and tend to bend without breaking. If you've read my post from yesterday, you'll know how important it is to water your cut tree and how much water they need a day.  If the tree has at on the lot with out the proper care, it is likely that the needles will show the stress of not having water first.  Be aware also that the needles on fresh pines do not break due to their fibrous nature unless they are very dry.
Stay tuned for tomorrow's post on how to properly dispose of your tree after the holidays are over.

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Don’t trust your tree care 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