Friday, February 28, 2014

Yet another polar vortex! Have you run out of firewood yet?

Brutal. That's the one word that describes this winter. Chicago has rarely seen a winter with as many frigidly cold days as this year's winter. We've been coined "Chiberia" for a very good reason. It was colder in Chicago than it was in Sochi for the winter olympics. Perhaps we should host the next winter olympics.

This is the time of year that our firewood sales go up as our customers start to run out for the season. We are expecting our firewood to be in high demand this year due these cold temps and the seeming no end in sight. Firewood is a great supplement to your heating during these cold snaps when the furnace has to work overtime. If it is firewood you need, you've come to the right place.

Trees "R" Us, Inc. offers a variety of seasoned firewood. Ordering it can be difficult for some if they don't quite understand the industry lingo or know what to ask for. So here's a little cheat sheet for you. 
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. These are standard dimensions for the industry, no matter where you are from.
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. For more firewood measurements, click here.
4. Purchase firewood from sources you trust.
Always buy your firewood from a dependable dealer who’s in the business of supplying quality firewood, like Trees "R" Us, Inc. Construction wood scraps 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, produce 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.
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, the Vice President and Certified Arborist at
Thanks for reading,

Monday, February 17, 2014

We're tree pruning all around the suburbs. Have you seen us?

Although it is cold and (very) snowy outside, this is actually the best time of year to prune many of your deciduous trees. Did you know that 90 percent of deciduous pruning can be done in the winter.

Rule of thumb is when trees and shrubs go into dormancy, they can safely be pruned. Pruning can continue until you see buds start to round out and plump up. For Chicagoans, this usually means that pruning can safely happen between mid-November to mid-March. The only exception to this is evergreen trees. These trees really should be pruned during their growing season. Evergreens never become fully dormant and because of this they can suffer tip burn if pruned in the winter.

Why prune? So, now, why would one want to prune is some of the coldest, most brutal months of the year?

1. Trees without leaves are much easier to prune because you can easily see the branch structure.

2. You minimize the risk of transmitting diseases from one plant to another.

3. You also minimize the risk of attracting insects to the fresh pruning wounds on the trees.

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We've been very busy pruning. We're pruning for Des Plaines, Glen Ellyn, Glenview, Hinsdale, Libertyville and Wilmette and Wheeling. We are happy to prune for municipalities, commercial business and residences. Pruning in the winter can be a tricky task. 

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Managing tree pruning while battling snow and wind can be dangerous and really should be left to professionals who have experience in pruning and safety.

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Call Trees "R" Us, Inc. to get on our pruning schedule today! We're here to help you get your trees ready and healthy for spring!

President and CEO of Trees "R" Us, Inc.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Strong Like Bull…no, Strong Like Tree Branch

What has the strength of a bull, but seems as delicate as a butterfly? Your tree's branches! That's right, even though some branches look thin and weak, many or most of them are stronger that you would ever think.  Most tree branches are amazingly strong. They area able to withstand piled up ice, snow, high winds, climbing animals, and even kids on tire swings! How did nature make this all happen?

Mother Nature did not miss a step when the tree was designed. A tree's branches are a very unique structure. Not only are they of unique structure, but also they are a structure all on their own - they are actually an entirely separate structure from tree - they are actually not even connected to the trunk of the tree. There is a central column that runs between the trunk and branches that is not connected to the trunk at all. Only the You'll be surprized to know that you could even say that they are not actually connected to 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. This overlap creates an incredibly strong union. Human engineers try to match this union in their plans, but no one and nothing can match the strength of the union between a tree's trunk and its branches. We've all see the older trees with branches that extend straight out 90 feet. This would never be possible without that union.

Typically, branch wood is separate from the trunk wood and is attached to the tree very strongly by an intricate system of interlocking growth between the two. This overlapping area creates what is called the branch collar. 

It is important to realize that underneath the tree's bark is an area that if bothered through pruning, you could damage the tree. A 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. If you are local to Chicago, Trees "R" Us, Inc. can help determine if your trees are ready for maintenance of it they

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 or at 847-913-9069.

Thanks for reading,

President and CEO of Trees "R" Us, Inc.