Thursday, January 31, 2013

The most common reasons trees die

Trees should live long and prosperous lives. However, we at Trees "R" Us, Inc. are overwhelmed with the number or tree removal calls we get for removal of dead trees. Although we love the business, we sure would love to see those trees live!

For this reason, I've compiled
this list of the most common reasons trees die.

1. Accidents
Automobiles, storms and even lawnmowers can cause bark damage and wounds on trees. One can avoid tree wounding by planting them in sheltered locations or by providing some sort of barrier. Be very careful while using lawnmowers and weed trimmers, as careless use can damage the roots and bark of even larger trees. Check for any damage incurred during heavy storms, and treat it properly. Remember, the integrity and stability of a tree changes over time.
2. Too Much Herbicide
When used properly, chemicals can benefit trees and their growth. Improperly used, herbicides can interact with the roots and damage the tree’s health. Make sure the instructions for application are carefully followed. Seek professional help whenever you are not sure. Trees "R" Us, Inc. has a plant health care division that can help you determine when to fertilize and how much to use.
3. Soil Compaction
This is a slow tree damage process, often with few or no other signs of the cause. In compacted soil, pore space has been reduced and roots do not get enough oxygen. Often, the tree slowly declines and dies. Soil compaction can be avoided by aerating the soil, by mulching and by preventing soil disruption around trees on construction sites.
4. Bad Planting
Planting is one of the most important processes to ensure the tree’s health and longevity. Make sure the planting hole is two to three times wider but no deeper than the tree’s root ball. Plant trees promptly and make sure they get adequate water so that roots do not dry. Be on the safe side, let us plant that tree for you.  Call Trees "R" Us, Inc. for your next planting.
5. Watering
Both over- and under-watering can be harmful for trees. Watering is critical for all trees in dry spells as well as young or newly-transplanted trees. Monitoring the soil moisture is one of the best ways of making sure that adequate water is provided.
6. Location, Location, Location
Trees need proper sunlight and should be appropriate for the climactic conditions, or plant hardiness zone, of the area. Visualize the actual height the tree could reach and make sure that there are no power lines in its path and that the tree is a good distance from the house, other structures and other plants.
7. Painting Tree Wounds and Filling Cavities with Concrete
Paint on tree wounds will actually trap moisture in the wood, increasing the chances of decay. If you want to paint a wound for cosmetic reasons, use a very thin coating of wound dressing. Trunk cavities filled with cement make the tree unusually rigid, which can restrict the tree’s movement in high winds and leave the upper portion of the canopy to bear the brunt of the force.
8. Improper Pruning
Pruning should follow standards established in ANSIA300, published by the American National Standards Institute. Proper pruning is a tree health treatment, but one of the most neglected tree care practices.
Have Trees "R" Us, Inc. evaluate your trees. This will help you determine potential weaknesses and dangers. We will look for stress cracks, weak branches and other subtle indicators of potential hazards. We will also check the tree for dead or partially attached limbs hung up in higher branches that could fall and cause damage or injury during a storm.
Trees "R" Us, Inc.  The right equipment, the right experience, the right choice.  

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

What your winter tree care should consist of

Although it is winter and you may think that there's nothing to do for your trees, there's actually quite a few steps you can and should be taking to ensure your trees are kept in tip top shape for the upcoming spring. 
One of our most majestic trees is the maple.  It would be a shame if winter's toll did any damage to the maples in your yard. Maple trees are beautiful and are usually green, yellow, orange or red. However to keep them looking beautiful you will need to prune them! 
Believe it or not, February is a great time for pruning your maple trees to keep them healthy, reduce the chance of disease and bug infestation. Contact Trees "R" Us, Inc. to assess and trim your trees!
Just for fun, here's some trivia about maples that will make you want to keep them as healthy as possible!
1. There are at least 100 species of maple trees in the world.
2. 14 of those species are indigenous to the United States.
3. Maple trees produce enough oxygen to keep 80 people breathing each year.
4. The first Japanese maple to arrive in the U.S. went to Long Island, New York in 1862.
5. It takes 50 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup.
6. Maple syrup is composed of balanced sugars, minerals, vitamins and amino acids which makes it unique from other sweeteners.
-Vitamins: PP (Niacin), B5 (Pantothenic Acid), B2 (Riboflavin), Folic Acid, B6 (Pyridoxine),Biotin, and Vitamin A.
-MINERALS: potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and iron
7. Red maples are fast-growing and can reach 40 feet to 90 feet tall and can reach 150 years of age.
8. The helicopters seeds that fall out of the tree are actually the fruit of the maple tree.
9. The sugar maple tree has hard, beautiful wood and often has patterns like birds eye. This wood is often used for fine furniture.
10. Because of weather, the best maple syrup will come from Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, Pennsylvania and Maine.
Hope you enjoyed this read.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Minimize winter storm damage to your trees

Did you check in yesterday and read about how a good build up of snow on your trees branches can really stress out your trees? Damage from a heavy snow fall is inevitable.  However, there area a few things you can do to make life easier for your trees. 

Here are a few tips to help you minimize storm damage to your trees:
  • When planting trees, give them enough room to grow fully and balanced. Avoid planting near utility wires, too close to buildings or on steep banks. Make sure the tree has good structure (not lopsided or with weak multiple trunks) and is not planted too deeply. The ground line should be a little below where the trunk begins to flair above the roots. A tree service, like Trees "R" Us, Inc. can show you the proper depth.

  • To encourage strong, healthy trees, be sure to mulch and fertilize. Spread a layer of mulch, available from Organic Solutions, Inc.  (847-366-8869) from the trunk out at least three feet but better yet as far as the branches reach. Don't make it any deeper than four inches, otherwise you may hinder root growth. Consult an arborist from Trees "R" Us, Inc. for fertilizing recommendations.

  • When the ground is not frozen, trees need at least an inch of water a week. If Mother Nature doesn't supply it, provide supplemental water, especially for the first year or two following planting.

  • Prune out dead limbs and ones that grow improperly, like crossing other branches. Dense trees can be pruned to reduce wind resistance and thus their likelihood to be blown over. Tree pruning, especially large trees, is dangerous and best left to experts with the proper equipment and know-how. Please contact Trees "R" Us, Inc. for projects of this nature.

  • Avoid damaging or cutting roots when digging around trees. Healthy roots ensure a stronger tree.

  • Done by an arborist, cabling and bracing techniques can be effective ways to extend the life of a tree and can reduce the risk of it failing.

  • Large trees near structures, where cars park or where people gather should have a risk assessment by an arborist. They may be of a type that has shallow roots and thus more likely to topple, or internal cavities undetectable without special equipment.

  • Install lightning protection systems on high-value trees. These systems dissipate the electrical charge from the lightning into the ground, protecting the tree. If a tree is damaged by lightning, most insurers require homeowners to have the damaged tree appraised.
 Hope you found that helpful.  Please contact Trees "R" Us, Inc. for an estimate on any of these services or with any tree care questions you may have. 847-913-9069

Let is snow!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Snow damage to trees

The snow is finally here in Chicagoland.  It is beautiful.  But as you take a look around your yard you notice that your beautiful tree, the one you love to watch bloom in the spring, become vibrant in the summer and radiant in the fall, is slumped over in your yard or laying on the ground.  It's a sad situation, but perhaps not unfixable, depending on the extent of the damage.   

Snow is light and fluffy in the air, but can add significant amounts of stress to the structure of trees and shrubs when snow and ice accumulate.  When a branch can no longer sustain the added pressure, they can crack or break in half.  In the worst case scenario, the tree could even collapse.  And if that happens you can only hope that the tree doesn't fall on your house or your car causing major damage.  If it does, call a tree care company that has a 24 hour tree care emergency line for tree care issues. Trees "R" Us, Inc. is the perfect choice for those situations if you are local to the Chicagoland area.

If it is not an emergency, but there is still significant damage, you need a certified arborist to come look at your trees.  Arborists are trained to evaluate the extent of the damage and the possibility of saving the tree or not.  

You might be asking yourself, how can I avoid this in the future? Check in tomorrow for those details!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Tree removal tips

Removing a structurally unsound or unsightly tree yourself can prove to be a bigger risk than you might expect. The risk is simply not worth the reward of saving a few dollars if you become liable for damages, or fines and other penalties—especially if such a removal is performed without a permit. There can be many unforeseen obstacles, or persons harmed when untrained individuals attempt to remove a tree, which is why you should always seek a professional tree removal service.

We are experts in removing trees, and our tree removal equipment and 20 years of experience will protect you and your property from these unforeseen risks. This is why we carry insurance to protect ourselves and our customers from even the worst case scenarios—such as damage to your home or neighbors property—or an uninsured serviceman injuring themselves and holding you responsible.

The larger the tree, the more difficult and risky it becomes to remove that tree, which is why we use specialized machinery to assist us. If the trunk or a large branch topples in the wrong place—or even worse on someone—you are liable to pay a lot more than if you had simply used a professional removal service in the first place. Disposing of the debris is another matter—most places in the Chicago area will not allow you to leave dead trees at the curb for trash pickup—this is the responsibility of the homeowner, and something that we will take care of for you as part of our service.

Once the tree is cut down, you are still left with the firmly attached stump and roots of that tree. Stump grinding is usually the best option with larger trees as it is very quick and only minimally damages the surrounding area. The thing with mature root systems is that they like to spread out over a wide area—sometimes in very inopportune places such as beneath the foundations of your home. Using a professional tree removal service will ensure the minimum of fuss and damage to the surrounding area.

If you need an insured and hassle-free tree removal service to take care of your tree removal needs. Call Trees "R" Us, Inc. now for a free estimate at 847-913-9069. We service all areas of the Chicago metropolitan area including Wilmette, Winnetka, Glencoe, Highland Park and Lake Forest.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Stressed and damages trees

Our majestic trees rank among the most useful and salient of living organisms on our Earth. However, often times owners do not realize that their tree is damaged or stressed—calling in the professionals only when it is far too late. Knowing when to call an arborist or tree removal service can save you a lot of money and stress in the long run, and it is as easy as picking up the phone.

Regular inspection and assessment by a professional tree service goes a long way in preventing future heart-ache and massive dents to the checkbook. A hazard check could be a simple visual inspection or instruments may be used to check for things like decay. If a hazard is found, this sometimes can be reduced or even eliminated—for example by removing an unsafe limb, pruning, or adding structural supports.

Recent construction or environmental changes around your tree are typical culprits in tree damage and stress. There could be physical injuries to the trunk and crown of the tree, or living branches are broken or split by carelessness. Disturbing the root zone is another common factor in tree damage—for example compacting soil, excavating or paving over areas too close to the root zone.

Some initial signs of problems are cracks and splits in trees—typically occurring where a branch joins the trunk—these are structural defects that will only get worse as the tree ages. If the tree has been physically damaged in any way, whether from the lawnmower or a pruning cut, you should monitor that damage to check for signs of healing—if the wound heals completely you should be fine, but if the wound fails to heal this may be a sign the tree is starting to rot from the inside.

The biggest hazards tend to occur with hollow trees, which are sometimes difficult to spot since hollow trees can live for decades, then come crashing down without warning. If you see holes or hollows in the tree trunk, this could mean that you have a hollow tree. If your tree is tilting—especially if the roots are rising on the opposite side—then you should call a tree removal service immediately.

If there is any doubt about the structural integrity of your tree—it is time to call a professional tree removal service. Call Trees "R" Us, Inc. now for a free estimate at 847-913-9069. We service all areas of Chicago including the North Shore communities of Wilmette, Winnetka, Glencoe, Highland Park and Lake Forest.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Valuable trees means valuable property

Consider the following: Your trees are valuable assets. First, trees increase your property value by as much as 20%. Second, trees provide a number of important benefits. Reducing energy bills by providing shade, absorbing pollutants in the air, soil, and water, cleaning carbon dioxide from the air,  and lessening noise pollution are just some of the benefits trees generously give us.
Whether you are looking to add value to your existing property, sell your property for a higher price, or command higher rent rates from tenants, your trees should be an important consideration.
Many tree service companies are able to fell trees, trim trees, and remove stumps, but they do not have the expertise with which to identify, diagnose, and solve tree disorders. As such, they are unable to recommend solutions that heal and preserve trees.
To offer tree care services requires a great deal of knowledge about tree physiology, diseases, root systems, pests, abiotic factors, as well as the surrounding environment. But this expertise does not translate into offering services that are more expensive. As a matter of fact, tree care services are generally cheaper than tree removal services.
According to various surveys and cost analyses performed by USDA Forest Services, municipalities, and the private sector, it is estimated that the average cost to remove a tree is somewhere around $500-$700.  In contrast, tree care services (fertilization, pest control, etc.) generally range from $50 to $200 per tree. Not only that, but tree care involves less risk to workers and property. Best of all, by caring for your trees you have maintained and enhanced these assets rather than removing them.
The end result of tree care? You have saved money and increased your property value. Contact Trees "R" Us, Inc. today for all your tree care needs.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Tree Root Care

Trees 'R' Us. Inc. is always in the process of learning something new, staying on top of trends, keeping current with best practices of tree care and offering new tree care services. We spend a lot of time and effort reading, studying, earning certifications, and attending classes in order to learn the skills and information necessary to stay current.

Today I'd like to showcase a service: tree root care. Roots are vitally important to the health and longevity of a tree. While most tree services focus on the canopy of a tree, many overlook its underground component – the root system. Yet when a tree displays problems such as disease, pest infestation, dead branches, or overall decline, these can often be traced back to issues within the roots. Once the root system is damaged, the tree will begin declining in health, to the point where it could die.

Tree Root Care it is essential to understand aeration and de-compaction of the soil around your trees.   Badly compacted soil is detrimental to tree roots. When compaction occurs above the key structural roots of a tree, it diminishes the available soil pores (air spaces) that hold oxygen. This limits the oxygen diffusion rate in the soil and results in root suffocation. But a tree’s roots must have oxygen in order to grow. As such, compaction can severely harm a tree. 

Aerating and de-compacting the soil in the critical root zone will fix the problem. Using an Air Spade is a great tool for this type of job. This tool blasts out air at over 1200 MPH. This is powerful enough to break up the soil, but does not harm the roots. Once the aeration is done, we cover the area with mulch. The mulch helps trap moisture, regulate temperature, and keep weeds and grass from growing.

Choosing a great tree service to do the tree work for you is going to be your best bet in getting this right.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Tree trimming precautions

One of our clients in the Chicago suburbs recently asked us to trim some dead and dying limbs from a pine tree. This tree was located next to his fence and back patio, so the dead limbs were not only an eye sore, but also a hazard and really needed to be removed. A trimming project, seemingly simple, actually is rather complex. As you will see, trimming is by no means an easy task. The climber must have proper training, a great deal of physical ability, and safety awareness.

Tree trimming. For a trimming project, it is important not to use spikes when ascending the tree. Spiking a live tree leaves small wounds along the trunk. These open wounds could lead to health problems in the future. It is important to take care when climbing the tree and to also take care of the spike wounds along the trunk. This should be left to a professional tree service who is well trained on how to care for a tree that is need of such trimming.

Pruning. Tree Pruning. Pruning cuts must be made at the branch collar. If pruning cuts are made too close to the trunk (this is called a “flush cut”) the tree is not able to properly heal over the cut. Flush cuts leave a tree more susceptible to future rot, infections, and pest infestations. 

Rigging. Tree rigging. It is often necessary to lower limbs down using a rope. This is called rigging. This prevents the branches from causing damage to property below.

There's lots to consider before you take the pruners to a tree. Consult with your local tree service before you just start cutting without a plan.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Salt Problems for Trees

The salt we use to melt snow and ice can also take a toll on trees and shrubs. When the roots absorb salt, the next season’s leaves may look burned around the edges and change color or drop prematurely. One of the easiest ways to prevent salt damage is to use other melting materials, such as sand. You can also plant salt-resistant varieties. Pyracantha, black cherry, black locust, red cedar, oak, and birch all tolerate salt without any adverse effects.
Let’s face it…winter can be tough on everyone, even trees and shrubs! But if you act now, you can help yours through another season. Give Trees "R" Us, Inc. a call at 847-913-9069 to see what we can do for you.  We've got the right equipment, the right experience and we are the right choice for a tree service who can handle all your tree care needs, summer  or winter!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Snow and Wind

You can protect trees from snow and wind damage simply by planting them in sheltered areas. If that’s not possible, create a temporary shelter with a burlap snow fence, which will block some snow and wind but let the sunshine in.

Build your fence along the north side of a tree or shrub. Before the ground freezes, plunge a couple of wooden stakes into the soil, and stretch a length of burlap between the stakes. Pull it taut, and staple it securely to the stakes.

Throughout the winter, keep your trees and shrubs clear of snow. Knock the snow off with a broom before it freezes and becomes heavy enough to damage the branches. To give evergreen shrubs even more protection, wrap their branches with twine to streamline their shape and keep the  snow from building up.

Of course if you don't want to deal with this project, we are here to help.  Trees "R" Us, Inc. has the staff and equipment to get your plants, trees and shrubs ready for winter, even if it already winter! We are a full service tree service and encourage you to check us out at or call us at 847-913-9069.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Prevent winter damage to your trees

Wrapping the trunks of your trees and shrubs is just another way to prevent winter damage. Young, soft-barked trees are susceptible to frost damage, and any tree can fall prey to the destructive nibbling of deer, rabbits and other hungry animals.
You can protect the bark from cracking by wrapping the trunk with burlap strips. Wind them diagonally around the trunk, and secure the strips with twine. To prevent animal damage, surround the trunk with a cylinder of chicken wire about two feet above the average snowline.  Tree care is just as important during the winter as it is in the summer, so don't let your trees suffer.

If this all sounds like too much for you to tackle on your own, give Trees "R" Us, Inc. a call and we'll take care of all the work for you. Give a look at and call us at 847-913-9069.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Winter time mulching

Not surprisingly, nature has its own way of protecting trees and shrubs. If you walk through any wooded area at this time of year, you’ll notice that leaves, snow, fallen branches and other rubble have collected around the bases of trees and shrubs to form a natural mulch. This protective covering not only keeps the ground at a constant temperature and prevents the roots from heaving through the soil, but it also keeps moisture from evaporating from the soil. In addition, the biodegradable materials in the mulch eventually break down to enrich the soil around the plant.

To create your own mulch, cover the bases of your trees and shrubs with a layer of dry leaves about three or four inches deep. You may need to cover the mulch with fallen branches or chicken wire to keep it from blowing away. Try to leave a few inches between the mulch and the trunk so burrowing rodents won’t be tempted to chew on the tree bark.

If this is too much for you, contact our subsidiary, Organic Solutions, Inc. We specialize in premium mulch and offer it with local delivery at very affordable prices.  Give us a look at or contact us at 847-366-8869.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

water your trees in the winter

I've been writing about how to protect your trees and shrubs from the harsh winter conditions.  Yesterday I discussed how well-drained soil helps your tree in the winter.  If you didn't read that post you can find it here.

Today, let's discuss water. You still need to water your trees in the winter.  During winter, the drying winds and lack of running water can create drought-like conditions. Broadleaf evergreens, such as hollies and azaleas, are especially susceptible to dehydration.  These trees lose moisture through the pores in the undersides of their leaves. Once the ground freezes, the roots can’t absorb any more water to replace that moisture.

The problem occurs when the tree or shrub hasn’t stored enough water to last through winter.  This will result in the tree drying out.  It can dry out so much that it drops its leaves or in the worst case scenario it even dies. To prevent this from happening, keep watering your trees and shrubs right up until the ground freezes. That way, they can absorb enough water to last all winter.

Another option is an antidessicant.  To give your evergreens even more protection, you can spray them with an antidessicant. This gives the trees a waxy coating that covers the pores on the leaves and thereby sealing in the moisture. Two applications should be all that is necessary.  I suggest one application in late fall and another in early February.  This should provide enough protection for your plants so that the drying winds from winter won't even faze your trees.

Tomorrow we'll discuss the benefits of mulch during the winter.  

Thanks for reading,

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Well drained soil is key

Winter is in full swing and you should have already taken measures to protect your trees. If you didn't, do so now!  Better late than never.

Winter is a stressful time for trees.  The fluctuating temperatures, drying winds, shortage of water and other factors stress out your trees and shrubs.  This is especially true is the trees are not native to the climate they’re planted in.  For this reason it is important to help these trees out as much as possible.  A few preventive measures are all it takes to help them get through the winter without too much damage.
I'm going to give you a list of things to do to ensure your tree is well protected during the winter months.

The first item we will focus on is drainage.

Good drainage is one of the easiest ways to protect trees and shrubs. During winter, the soil will expand and contract as the weather causes freezing and thawing.  Sometimes this will even heave the tree's roots right out of the soil. Wet, poorly drained soil will have the most stress on trees. But well-drained soil keeps roots in place and also protects them from these harsh winter conditions..

The best way to create a soil that will protect your trees year round is by improving the soil when you plant them. Mix sand and compost into the soil you remove from the planting hole. This will encourage better drainage. Then use the improved soil to fill in the rest of the hole.  If you know your tree was not planted in this manner, don't fret.  There are a host of other things you can do to protect your tree from the harsh winter conditions.  Please check back tomorrow and later during the week as each day I will cover a new way to protect your trees from winter's fury.

Thanks for reading, 

Friday, January 11, 2013

The best tree service in the Chicago area

Who's got the best tree service company in the Chicago area?  Well, there are many factors to consider before we make that decision.  

When it comes to the common tree services that homeowners and businesses ask for, most tree services would provide you with a similarly good job for the basic tree services like tree pruning, tree removal and stump grinding, as long as the recommended scope of work is the average request. Most tree services will go to the job site, do the work adequately and leave.  A good or even great tree service will provide advice, take the time to consult with the homeowners and give them details as to why the work that is being done is needed.  This is one of the things that really sets Trees "R" Us, Inc. apart from the competition. So, what is the best tree service in the Chicago area?  We'd like to say the Trees "R" Us, Inc. is and our track record proves it.

Trees are an important part of our lives.  As a responsible citizen you need to do your best to keep your trees healthy. We can help.  Trees "R" Us, Inc. doesn't specialize in “beautification”.  Rather we specialize in tree health care management. Beauty comes naturally as long as the tree is healthy.

The main services we offer that our competition really can’t compare to are our tree care programs. We offer programmed packages of a few timely treatments and tree inspections that are geared toward reviving sick trees and keeping healthy trees healthy.

What else sets us apart is something many times overlooked by those trying to choose a tree service.  It's insurance. Most tree services don’t carry workers comp. A tree service needs to have two insurance policies to be properly covered: a general liability to cover your property and workers comp to protect the workers. Be sure to ask for documents and make a phone call to their agent to ensure it’s not a phony document.

You can trust your trees to Trees "R" Us, Inc.  

Thanks for reading,

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Mulch Calculator

Did you know that we have a mulch calculator on our website? You can find our calculator here or at

Our mulch calculator is a great tool that will help you determine how much mulch you need for a specific area.  Generally, mulch is sold by the yard, so our online calculator is programmed to convert your measurements into yards so that ordering mulch is made very easy.

Organic Solutions, Inc. was developed as an environmentally friendly means of recycling the trees we are asked to remove so regularly.  It is a subsidiary of Trees "R" Us, Inc., so you can expect the same level of quality and service as you normally receive from us.

We offer many different types of mulch from single ground arborist chips to triple ground organic varieties. If you are local to the Chicago area, give us a call at 847-366-8869 for more information or to schedule your delivery today!

Thanks for reading,

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Call before you cut

Don't cut down that tree! Well, unless it is absolutely necessary and unless you've hired a professional tree service to make sure the tree needs to go.  

While there are many good reasons to remove a tree from your property, many of us remove trees unnecessarily and this can actually have adverse consequences. Trees should not be removed if:

~The tree can be saved

If the tree has a treatable disease or pest issue, don't automatically consider tree removal as the only option.

This is a prime example of why you need to consult with a tree service about the tree(s) ub question.  Make sure the tree service you look to for advice has a certified arborist on staff as they can help you assess your tree’s overall health and also provide possible treatments that can save the tree from being removed.

~ The tree itself lowers your energy bills or provides windbreak

For example; If the tree is near the house and provides a significant amount of shade, it can lower your air conditioning bill. Or, in the winter this tree can provide windbreak.

~is improves curb appeal and the value of your property

If your tree improves the look of your home – and its value – think twice before removing it.  what you may not realize it that it is well manicured trees and healthy-looking trees that capture people's attention and give your home curb appeal. In addition, a well designed landscape with appropriate trees will always draw a higher selling price than a lot with no trees or ill-chosen trees. I would suggest that if the tree you have enhances what your existing landscape, then, of course,  do not remove the tree!”

This consideration is especially important for older, larger trees.  A large tree takes 4 to 5 decades or more to grow. It is not worth it to cut it down.
~it will create a loss of privacy

Trees also provide privacy, particulary for homes on smaller lots. Don't give up your privacy unless you absolutely have to!

~you just plain don't like the tree

You certainly don't have to like every tree on your lot.  But, just because you don't doesn't mean you should remove it. A tree is more than just a plant. It provides us with many, many benefits and cutting a tree for the wrong purpose is plain foolish.  

Thanks for reading this excerpt on tree removal.  I hope you found this helpful and it taught you a thing or two about the proper reasons to remove a tree.

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.

Thanks for reading,

Friday, January 4, 2013

A few tips to keep your trees healthy this winter

It's winter and we bundle up before we go outside to protect ourselves from the cold.  Just as we try to protect ourselves, so do our trees.  The problem is they don't have the option to put on another layer to shield them from the cold, so we have to give them some extra TLC.

Although your trees seem to be in a state of hibernation, exposure to wintery elements can cause major stress. We need to try to minimize the stress through helping your trees survive the cold months. If you take care of your trees in the winter, you'll be rewarded in the spring.  Here's what you need to do to relieve your stressed trees:

Mulch it!  Place organic mulch under your tree in the fall or early winter to help retain water and reduce temperature extremes. A thin layer of mulch will act like a their winter coat giving the tree's roots a little extra winter protection.

Water it! Give your trees a drink of water. Winter droughts require watering as much as summer droughts. If temperatures permit, an occasional watering during the winter on young trees can be a life saver. But be sure to water only when soil and trees are cool but not frozen.

Prune it! Without their leaves, the trees are in prime pruning condition.  Winter is actually one of the best times to prune since the trees have no leaves. Just make sure to limit pruning to deadwood and poorly placed branches.  This way, you'll save as many living branches as possible.

Wrap it!  Wrap the base of the trees with burlap or a hard, plastic guard or a metal hardware cloth.  This will guard the trees against extreme temperatures drops, mechanical injuries from plows or snow blowers and shovels, and even from animals or critters chewing and rubbing on the base of the tree.  Just remember to remove the wraps and guards in the spring to prevent damage when the tree begins to grow.

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, January 3, 2013

Plant a tree - combat global warming

I'm sure we all have different views on global warming.  But, one thing that is undeniable is that our seasons are changing.  I remember growing up as a kid, winters would be harsh.  Lots of snow fall.  Lots of snow days.  Although we have a decent winter, it's veracity sure has changed over the years; Less snow fall, a shorter winter season and one that is more mild.  We have global warming to thank for this.  While shorter, milder winters sure are nice, the overall effects of global warming are not good.  I won't go into how global warming is going to destroy the earth in this post, but I will tell you how you can do your part to help keep it at bay! 

Global warming is in large part due to carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas emitted by the cars we drive and the power plants around our nation. Trees are a very important tool to reverse the effects of global warming because they absorb the store carbon dioxide before it has the chance to reach the upper atmosphere where it traps heat around the earth.

Woody plants are three times more effective at capturing solar energy than annual plants. This “photosynthetic efficiency” means woody plants used on a large scale could reverse global warming.

All plants absorb carbon dioxide as part of photosynthesis, but trees process significantly more than smaller plants due to their large size and extensive root structures. As kings of the plant world, trees, have much more “woody biomass” to store carbon dioxide than smaller plants, and as a result are considered nature’s most efficient “carbon sinks.”
Here is a list of trees that are especially good at storing and absorbing carbon dioxide: Common Horse-chestnut, 
Black Walnut, 
American Sweetgum, 
Ponderosa Pine, 
Red Pine, 
White Pine, 
London Plane, 
Hispaniolan Pine, 
Douglas Fir, 
Scarlet Oak, 
Red Oak, 
Virginia Live Oak and 
Bald Cypress

In reality, all trees, not just the trees from this list help absorb carbon dioxide. Most scientists will agree that the least expensive and perhaps the easiest way for individuals to help offset the carbon dioxide that is generates through everyday life is to plant a tree.  Any tree.  Just make sure it is appropriate for the given region and climate.
Those who wish to help larger tree planting efforts can donate money or time to the National Arbor Day Foundation or American Forests in the U.S., or to the Tree Canada Foundation in Canada.

Trees "R " Us, Inc. is proud to educate our communities on proper tree care and maintenance.
It is through education that we really save trees and help the environment. We hope you found this post informative and educational.
Trees "R" Us, Inc. is a professional tree service for the Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest suburbs. Tree trimming, tree removal, stump grinding, fertilizations, tree disease treatments and prevention as well as plant health care are just a few of our high quality, professional services. Contact us today for a free analysis or quote at or at 847-913-9069.
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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Get 10 Free trees!

You love trees.  Who doesn't, right?  You'd love more tress in your yard.  After all, the benefits they provide us in terms of cleaning our air, saving on our energy bills and raising property values, who would say no to more trees.  Trees are expensive and that may be what is keeping you from planting more trees. Well, if that is the case, then do I have the deal of the year for you!

One step.  Here's the link.
That's right. Just by becoming a member of the Arbor Day Foundation you'll get 10 free trees!

There's more information on the membership here:

Basically, sign up as a member and pick 10 trees that will grow well in your area and the Arbor Day Foundation will send them to you.  You'll also get a bunch of other useful membership benefits, like discounts and books/newsletters. What an easy way to add some shade to your yard while adding beauty and value to your landscaping and property.

If you need a tree service to plant your trees, you know who to call if you are local to the Chicago suburbs.  Trees "R" Us, Inc, is the right choice with the right equipment and the right experience.  See you in the spring to plant your trees!  Call us soon to reserve your spot in our spring line up! 847-913-9069.  Or, visit us at  You can take advantage of our on-line form to contact us to plant your trees this spring.

Trees "R " Us, Inc. is proud to educate our communities on proper tree care and maintenance.
It is through education that we really save trees and help the environment. We hope you found this post informative and educational.
Trees "R" Us, Inc. is a professional tree service for the Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest suburbs. Tree planting, 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 or at 847-913-9069.
Thanks for reading,

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year and special offer

Happy New Year from Trees "R" Us, Inc!  We wish you all a  happy and healthy 2013. 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 New Year's post. So, if you didn't receive the holiday offer postcard and would like more information please contact us at or 847-913-9069.  Thank you and have a wonderful New Year 2013!