Sunday, October 26, 2014

8 Tips to Get Your Trees Through the Upcoming Winter

Do you want your trees to be to come out of winter healthier than they started? 

To keep your trees happy and healthy all winter you need to give them some extra TLC this fall. Good fall tree care is essential to give your trees the best start to the growing season in the spring. 

Fall is actually a good time to plant new trees and shrubs too. 

These guys especially need to be well taken care of in the fall so that they survive the winter and start the spring energized and ready to grown strong. 

So what so you need to do?

Here's our fall tree care checklist to help you get started on protecting your trees from the upcoming cold, wind, snow and freezing temperatures. 

Fall Tree Care Tips

  1. Mulch. Use mulch to protect your trees and their roots from extreme temperature changes. The mulch will insulate the soil helping keep roots from damage and giving the tree less stress.
  2. Take a close look at your trees and have any deadwood removed. Prune any other unsafe branches. Wind and snow can easily make branches snap and where they fall inevitably is in a most undesirable on your car or on your roof!
  3.  If you have any hazardous trees, have them taken of by a professional tree service or certified arborist. If you don't know if you have a hazardous tree, we have lots of posts on this topic.
  4. Do a fall fertilization. This should be part of  your annual regimen for your trees. Your local tree service can do this one for you too. 
  5. Plant any new trees and shrubs and protect them with a good layer of mulch.
  6.  Rake away any fallen leaves from garden beds, landscaping beds and turf. Leaves decompose really well, so start a compost pile for your leaves. 
  7.  Do one last seasonal inspection of your trees leaves (if any are left) and bark for bugs, insects or infestations of any kind. You'll want to treat the tree if you find any critters feasting on it. A tree service with a plant health care division specializes in these type of treatments, so a call to them is a good idea. 
  8.  Invest in cabling and/or bracing small or weak trees. Mother Nature is harsh. Sometimes your
    trees need a  little extra protection from what She throws at them. Protect the investment you've already made by cabling or bracing your weaker trees. 

Go outside!

The best part of this checklist, is that to complete it, you've got to go outside! What a great time of year to go out and enjoy the brisk fall air and the gorgeous fall colors.  Go for a walk through the yard and through your neighborhood with the family and take in it all in before it is covered with a blanket of white.

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

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Have You Trimmed Your Trees This Fall? 4 Reasons To Do So.

October is a great time for pruning trees. 

If you'r not a professional arborist, we do not recommend taking on tree trimming in October. However, if you are willing to hire a professional tree service for the joe  October is an ideal month to give them a call.

October is the ideal month for tree trimming for several reasons:

  1. During the early autumn, the tree's changing and getting ready for winter. One of the things that happens is when the tree has a wound. like from pruning, it starts to speed up the healing process. These wounds heal quicker and quicker as the season progresses.   In fact, late winter is an even better time to prune because tree wounds
    tend to close very quickly. However, then you are dealing with frozen temperatures and snow. So sticking to fall for pruning is still a great choice.
  2. Prune after the leaves have fallen and the tree has entered dormancy. This is the perfect time to see the tree’s structure and identify diseases or insect problems more easily.
  3. Fall is the perfect time to remove dead, damaged or diseased wood for the reasons mentioned above. It’s best to hire a professional arborist to remove large limbs, out of reach branches or other large jobs that are tough to handle.  Trees "R" Us, Inc. has certified arborists fully trained and ready to help you with your tree care this fall.
  4. Late summer and early fall pruning can help stimulate a tree or shrub’s growth.

I highly recommend hiring a Tree Service that has Certified Arborists to do the Job!  

Here's why:
Tree work of any sort can be dangerous, but especially if your climbing high in the air to cut some deadwood or hazardous branches. Not only is the tree itself a hazard, but you are at risk of severely harming yourself if you make one wrong move. A trained staff of tree climbers and Arborists from your local tree service will get the job done much faster than you can, use the right equipment to do so, and get it done correctly so your tree will survive the winter. The last thing you want is to kill your investment you worked so hard to maintain through the years.
Trees "R" Us, Inc. has provided stellar tree-trimming services for over 20 years. Services include tree trimming, tree and stump removal, tree cabling, tree bracing, fertilization and more.

Don’t trust your tree-pruning 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

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

4 Easy-Care Fall Plants

Looking for some easy-to-grow fall plants? 

These 4 plants require little-to-no maintenance and are perfect for fall.

Fanny’s Aster

Aster oblongifolius, ‘Fanny’ grows into a dense mound about 3 feet tall and wide. Hundreds of rich purple, daisy-shaped blooms smother this tough perennial in October and November. Give it sun and well-drained soil. Crushed leaves emit a lemony scent and butterflies love the flowers. We love this flower for fall. It is easy to take care of and looks great for the majority of the season. 


Lots of goldenrods are native to the South, but there are several varieties that grow in the Northwest too. In fact, there are many varieties of this plant and all are showy, flowery fall beauties. Some are invasive, so watch out, they'll spread like wildfire. You'll enjoys sprays of bright-yellow blooms in late summer and fall, attracting butterflies from all over. Combine it with blue and purple flowers, like Fanny’s aster and wild ageratum for a real show stopper. Give it sun and well-drained soil. 

On a side note, there's a misconception that Goldenrod causes hay fever  This is not true  Ragweed is the one that causes hay fever. 


There's nothing easier to grow than sedum. One time I broke off a sedum stem from a plant and literally stuck it in the ground. It grew! It grew into a nicely-sized sedum plant. 
Like with many perennials, there are many varieties to choose from. 

Funny thing about sedum is that is has  neon variety. Some say you should wear protective eyewear when ‘Neon’ showy sedum blooms!

The unearthly bubblegum-pink glow from the blooms atop this succulent perennial in late summer and fall will burn right through your eyelids.

Whatever variety you choose, you'll enjoy clumps plump, gray-green leaves about 18 inches tall and wide and almost cauliflower-like blooms that come in an array of colors. Do butterflies like it too? You bet. It’s great for containers or the front of a mixed border. Give  sedum lots of sun and well-drained soil. Forget about ever watering. It doesn’t need it. 

Chinese Elm

My favorite medium-size shade & street tree.
Most shade trees that grow fast are horrible candidates for the average home garden. (Think silver maple, willows, mulberry, mimosa, sycamore, and poplars.) They’re messy, buggy, weedy, weak-wooded, and have shallow roots that invade water lines and lift up pavement. Not Chinese elm (Ulmus parviflora), especially a superior selection named ‘Allee’ (pronounced al-lay).

Trees "R" Us, Inc. offers plant 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 or by phone at 847-913-9069.

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

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Fertilize Your Trees to Help Them Get Through the Winter

Want to give your trees a great start to the spring?

Fertilization is a good choice when prepping your tree for a potentially harsh winter. When trying to keep your trees healthy, fertilization is another good choice.  The application of moderate rates of slow-release nitrogen fertilizer materials to the soil over the root zone of young to mature trees is beneficial to their growth and survival.   Excessive rates should be avoided and trees past maturity or in senescence should not be fertilized.

Fertilization can be difficult to master, so consult with a tree service or arborist for advice.  There are different mixes for different trees, when to apply, how to apply and what type to apply can be a difficult concept to master.  But getting it right is crucial to a successful fertilization plan. I highly recommend seeking the assistance of a professional tree service, like Trees "R" Us, Inc. when it comes to fertilization.  Most high quality tree care companies have several certified arborists who will take all the guess work our of fertilizing. 

Trees "R" Us, Inc. has 4 certified arborists on staff who can answer all your questions about plant and tree fertilization.  In addition, a tree service's plant health care division, if they have one, is exactly what you need.  The plant health care division provides arborist services, fertilizations, and general health care for all your plants and trees.  Trees "R" Us, Inc. offers plant health care and much more. If you are local to the Chicagoland area, please give us a call to find out more about how we can help you keep your trees 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

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