Sunday, September 28, 2014

Pruning season is upon us!

Are you thinking of pruning your trees?

There are a few basic pruning practices you should take note of. You should know that routine maintenance pruning of dead wood can be done at any time. However, it is easiest and a best practice to prune live wood when it is dormant. As should flowering trees be pruned after blooming. There are some exception to the rule. so it is best to check with local experts or arborists about exceptions.

When a tree is too big to be pruned from the ground, it is time to call in an Arborist. Hiring an arborist is a decision that should not be taken lightly; tree work should be done only by those trained and equipped to work in trees in a manner that is safe both for them and for the trees. Click here to find out more about how to hire an arborist.

Best Practices for Pruning

There is a proper way to prune trees. Pruning should rid the tree of excess end weight. Pruning is often done to remove dead wood from a tree, to thin the crown for air circulation or to balance weight, and to provide ground clearance. Consult with an arborist on the best plan of action. Each tree grows differently and needs an individual assessment.

If any tree service or arborist recommended tree topping, run the other! Tree topping is an unacceptable practice and actually makes the tree worse.

Bottom line is that if the tree is too big to be pruned from the ground, then you should leave the pruning to your local tree service. Consult with them on a proper pruning plan and keep your trees happy and healthy all year long.

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.

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

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Tree dangers - Remove them before winter

Winter is coming sooner than later. We're bound to get a few doozie-of-a-storms, so let's talk about how to keep your trees safe from damage, and your wallet safe from emergency tree service charges.

The first step to determine if there is tree damage is really simple. You just need to aware. Take a good look at your trees.

Look at the trunk. The entire tree can break or split if there are cavities or cracks in its trunk. However, the presence of a cavity does not necessarily mean the tree needs to be removed. This depends on how extensive the cavity is, where the tree is growing, and the overall state of the tree's health. Look for places on the tree’s trunk where there is no bark. This can indicate a dead section or a fungus attack. Also look for insects. Insects often attack a sick tree’s trunk, leaving very fine sawdust shavings that are clearly visible because they are light in color. Sometimes a tree grows two or more trunks. The points where the multiple trunks connect must be inspected for weakness or past storm damage too.

Another thing to inspect are the branches. One of the most obvious tree dangers is dead wood that can fall. You can spot dead wood easily: dead branches have leaves that are completely brown or there won't be any leaves at all. Look for pockets of decay or rot sometimes exist on the upper side of a branch, where they are invisible to a ground observer.

If any of these conditions are present, call a certified arborist to find out if your tree is stable and healthy.

To protect yourself, your home, and the health of your tree, have weak, broken, or dead branches trimmed or removed!

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

Jenni, President & CEO/ Trees "R" Us, Inc.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

2014 Fall Colors in Illinois - What to Expect

What Colors Will Fall Bring?

Fall is definitely on its way. Little leaves here and there have already started to change colors around us in Northern Illinois. Before you know it, we'll be surrounded by bright yellow, orange, red and purple leaves.

Do you know what makes the leaves change colors? And do you know why each year the same trees'
leaves will show different fall colors? Well, the answer certainly isn't an easy one. We need to consider many factors like chlorophyl, tannins, xanthophylls, artenoids, among a host of other things. Trees are complex living things, so let me see if I can make this as simple as possible.

I can boil this down to 1 thing: weather. In a very abbreviated version, I can tell you that autumn leaf coloration and intensity is different each year because of the weather. The amount and exposure of colored chemicals in leaves depend on the weather. Green chlorophyll disappears fastest during an autumn with bright sunlight and cold days. This disappearance quickly exposes the leaves' orange and yellow pigments to view. Dry weather concentrates sugar in the cell sap, which speeds up the manufacture of red compounds. So the most colorful autumns depend on the weather. Dry, sunny days of an Indian summer that are followed by cool, dry nights will create the best season for the fall leaf show. You can predict good viewing if you analyze the weather conditions. So, bright, sunny, cold days mean orange and yellow leaves. Dry, sunny days and nights equal more reds. And an Indian summer should yield a spectacular color show. Can anyone take a stab at what they think we're going to get this year?

When Is the Peak of the Season?

You'll have to wait a few more weeks to find out for sure. The dates for peak fall foliage for Illinois are: (Northern) Oct. 5-21; (Southern) Oct. 12-28. 
Until then, let's hope for some temperate, dry weather.

Thanks for reading,

Jenni, President and CEO Trees R Us, Inc.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

A Tree Care Checklist Fall

When is comes to tree care, fall is a season that is often overlooked as a great time to give your trees some TLC. Everyone's excited when spring had sprung to get their trees in tip top shape. Summer rolls in and trees seem to still be on the priority list. But when fall rolls in, people seem to think their work is done in terms of tree care. This couldn't be further from the truth! Fall is the perfect time to ensure your trees will survive the winter and start the next growing season with gusto! Here are just a few tips to get you going on your fall tree care regimen.

Fertilize for fall.

Fall is a great time to fertilize. Colder weather lies ahead, but your trees don't have to face the winds, rains and snowfall empty-handed. Consult one of Trees "R" Us, Inc.'s professionally trained arborists to determine ways you can help protect your trees and condition them for a healthy growing season in the future.


Make sure to give your trees a good gulp of water before the winter months are here. Use a soaker hose or a drip irrigation system to really give them a good soak. This will also help them stay well hydrated throughout the winter months.

Plant Now.

Some trees shed their leaves in autumn and sprout new life in the spring, but fall is actually the opportune time to plant new trees. Since temperatures are much cooler and there is much less chance of stress from sun scorch, drought or extremely high temperatures, newly planted trees get the chance to build root mass and prepare for winter dormancy this season.

Cabling is an important step not to be overlooked.

Cabling should be installed now to avoid tree damage in the winter. Snow storms, ice build up on trees, strong winds, and build up of snow can easily cause tree damage to any tree of any size,, shape and age. You should have your trees assessed for potential weak spots that could be damaged by the winter elements. Cabling these trees will keep them healthy and will protect your investment for years to come.

For questions or concerns about your trees, contact Trees "R" Us, Inc. a professional tree service to the Chicago suburban area. Give us a call at 847-913-9069 to discuss your tree care needs. 

Thanks for reading,
Jenni, President and CEO, Trees "R" Us, Inc.