Thursday, December 10, 2015

Is Salt Wreaking Havoc on Your Plants?

Salt Can Do More Damage to Trees and Plants Than You Think

Winter in Chicagoland can only mean one thing - Snow! And lots of it. With snow, comes ice and with ice, comes salt. And with salt come....well you get the picture. 

As the plows go buy and spray the roads, little pieces of salt shoot everywhere, including in your yard and on your plants. Even if you don't live on a busy road, your car tracks salt back home with you and that salt can also go anywhere with wind, sleet, rain and snow.  

The Problem with Salt

Salt is a problem when it comes to your plants. While it works wonders at keeping us safe on the reads, salt acts as an herbicide on plants 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.

There are Salt-Tolerable Shrubs

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. 

Here are Trees "R" Us we have Certified Arborists on staff to help you with just these types of issues and questions. We can help you make decisions about your shrub care in the winter and 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

Going out on a limb for you,

Jenni Willis
President and CEO, Trees R Us, Inc

Friday, November 13, 2015

What sets a Tree Service Apart?

The right experience. The right equipment. The right experience.

Equipment is an integral part of a tree service.

Without decent equipment, you can have skilled tree climbers and get the job done, but efficiency lacks. Just because they have the experience under their belt doesn't mean the job will be done in a timely or safe manner. The right experience includes both the right experience and equipment.

When choosing which tree service to hire, one of the questions you need to ask them is what kind of equipment will they use to perform the tree work? They should be bringing out equipment like axes, grinders (for the stump, if needed), chainsaws, safety gear, trucks and so on. Listen for items like that to be listed off when you ask the question. If it sounds like they’re missing paramount equipment, then you should reconsider using their service for your tree removal.

With the aid of best tree care equipment, we are able to fulfill our mission of offering our clients the
best Illinois tree care available. We provide overall tree care preserving and enhancing the natural beauty of your trees and shrubs.

It is hard to do a good job without the proper equipment. It takes more than a chainsaw and pick-up to properly do a job. Trees "R" Us, Inc. tree service owns and operates the best equipment. We have every tool and piece of equipment that is known to the tree service industry. We have cranes, bucket trucks, grapple trucks, loaders, stump grinders and so much more. You can rest assured that we always come prepared. We'll complete your job efficiently, safely and with the utmost care.

We're expanding our fleet! Meet the newest additions to our family.
Posted by Trees R Us, Inc on Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Contact us with confidence for your tree care needs this fall!

Out in a limb for you,

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

Friday, November 6, 2015

November Tree Care Checklist

fall tree planting
Fall is a great time to plant trees, but make sure it
gets proper tree care.

November Tree Care Checklist

November is such a beautiful month and it reminds us of everything we have to be thankful for. Planting trees is a popular choice in November. Many think that planting in November is not a good idea since cold winter weather in imminent, but in actuality, is the perfect time to plant new trees.

Advantages to planting in the fall

There are many advantages to planting trees in the fall, especially for trees like Sugar Maples and even Bloodgood Japanese Maples. The warm soil temperatures coupled with the cooler days and nights, actually promote root growth right through to December and in some cases, depending on where you live, beyond the New Year! Trees planted in fall get off to a great start when given the proper care.
So, what do you need to do to make sure your newly planted tree gets well accustomed to its soil and ready for winter? Here's my fall tree care checklist which holds true for any tree, but especially newly planted ones.

November Tree Care Checklist

~DO continue to plant.

As long as mother nature lets you (meaning you aren't having an unseasonably cold or snowy November), you may continue to plant deciduous trees and shrubs. It is a myth that soil should be amended when planting trees and shrubs. If you miss the opportunity in the fall to plant, be aware that the next best time for planting will be in March. You'll want to get your planting in before the trees leaf out.

~DON'T till the soil

It is a myth that soil should be amended when planting trees and shrubs. The first instinct is to make the soil easier for roots to penetrate. But if you make the soil in the dug hole nice, what’s to encourage the tree roots to expand? You’re left with a tree that can’t support itself, because its roots circle in the hole and don’t reach out into the native soil. Those circling roots cause other problems down the road, like girdling, which chokes the trunk. So don’t add anything else to the original soil, just break the soil surrounding the hole up with a spade. 

~ DON'T relocate established trees and shrubs at this time. 

mulch trees in fall
Add mulch to your trees and shrubs in the fall, but make sure
it does not contact the truck of the tree. 
Possibly late November to January or February is a better choice. Depending on where you live your trees will be in slightly different states, the key here is to relocate when the trees are dormant.

~DO mulch!

Mulch is one of the best things you can do for any plant before the winter strikes, but especially for newly planted trees. Apply 2 to 4 inches of organic mulch, wood chips, shredded bark, leaves, or compost to root zones of newly planted trees and shrubs. Be sure to pull mulch 4 inches away from tree trunks.

~DO water it and water it well.

Continue to water trees and shrubs, especially evergreens, until the ground has frozen completely.
water trees and protect them from critters
Water your trees well in the fall
and add a protective barrier between
the tree and animals that may want
to munch on it over the winter.

~DO put down Protective barriers.

If rabbits, rodents, or deer have been a problem in past winters, take precautions with valuable woody plants now. For new trees, create a physical barrier between the tree and potential enemies. We like physical barriers better than sprays. It's a greener way to protect your trees and usually just a effective. For trees that were gnawed upon in years past, garden netting or snow fencing should work well to keep the tree free and clear from abuse this season. Our favorite method of protecting tree trunks from gnawing rabbits is by setting up 12 to 16 inches of hardware cloth tacked into the soil approximately 3 inches away from the trunk.

~DO wrap the tree.

Another option is to help the tree make it through winter is to wrap the trunk, especially those of young tree. It will protect them from winter winds and may also deter animals from rubbing up against them or munching on them.

~DO create windbreaks.

If necessary, construct burlap windbreaks 12 inches away from any newly planted, sensitive shrubs. The screens will buffer damaging effects of bitter, northwest winter winds.
Antidessicant sprays are not recommended for routine use on broadleafed evergreens. Some gardeners have used these products on rhododendron, azalea, boxwood, or holly to protect foliage from the drying effects of wind. Research indicates, however, that the waxy coating these products create can interfere with normal transpiration in the plants' foliage.

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.

Out on a limb for you,

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

Friday, October 30, 2015

9 Tree Care Tips for the Fall

Fall is a time for tree care

Time to ramp up your gardening and tree care regimen

Hello fall! What a wonderful time of year. It's not time to shut down the gardening and tree care duties just because days are shorter and the weather is cooler. On the contrary, it is time to ramp up your gardening duties and your tree care regimen

What's on my fall tree care regimen?

With fall comes a list of tasks that all homeowners should complete before winter sets in. Now is the right time to do a variety of tree services too, like planting new trees and shrubs, removing unhealthy or hazardous trees that could pose a threat over the winter, adding fertilizer and completing your tasks prep to do and we will walk you through it.
Fall is a great time to prune trees. 
with a 2-3 inch layer of mulch. There's lots to

Fall tree care checklist

1. Remove trees that pose a hazard.

How do you know? Talk to a Certified Arborist or better yet a professional tree service with Certified Arborists on staff. Remember that some trees pose a real hazard and may cause damage to property or people. Winter can be brutal and can exasperate the situation. Ice and snow pile up on tree branches and high winds can pose a definite threat. If a tree is hazardous and you don't do something about it now, you could be looking at an emergency tree removal as a result. These jobs are often performed on a rush basis and are more expensive than a routine tree removal; not to mention the damage that may have occurred in the process.

2. Fertilize trees and shrubs.

This should be part of your annual program, but doing this in the fall as opposed to other seasons is beneficial. Having a hot summer and cold winter means trees can lose vital nutrients in the soil. To help make sure your trees regain the nutrients lost from the summer and continue to feed during winter, we recommend that application of a slow-release fertilizer. This type of fertilizer will replace nutrients and improve resistance to damage from disease, insects and stressful weather. Remember that the fertilizers available to the average consumer at the big box stores are less concentrated than those a professional tree service will use. In many cases, a tree service needs a special license to apply professional-grade fertilizers. If you want to ensure you are giving your trees the right mix and strength, ask your local tree service to fertilize for you.

3. Hydrate.

Quench their thirst! Fall is the time to give your trees a good drink of water. Do this before the winter hits to make sure they stay hydrated until spring. Make sure you are giving them enough water to get to the trees' roots. Depending on the type of tree you have and it's age, you make need a injection
tree injection probe for watering tree roots trees r us
Watering trees sufficiently so that
their roots become saturated is
important in the fall. Sometimes a
tree injection probe is needed to
accomplish this. 
probe in order to get water down to the tree's root system. This will make your trees happy during a long cold winter!

4. Prune dead, diseased or unsafe branches. 

This is a great time to do that now that some of the leaves are starting to fall and the trees structure can be seen more easily.

5. Inspect trees and shrubs.

You are looking for insects and diseases. Depending on what you find, now is also the time to treat any infestations or diseases. Not sure what to look for or how to treat your trees. This is one of the most common reasons people use a tree service. Contact your local tree service and lean upon them for this. They are highly trained in this area and will serve your tree much better than you can just because they have hands-on experience in dealing with tree diseases and infestations many, many times a year.

6. Cable or brace weak limbs in preparation for severe weather

Do this now to avoid an emergency later. Winter is not nice to trees and shrubs. Extreme weather conditions are bound to happen so be proactive in preventing damage or loss. Cabling and bracing before the snow and ice hit will help your tree especially if it has weakened, broken or rotting branches. The added weight of a heavy snowfall or ice storm could be cause for emergency tree removal. You want to avoid that at all costs.

7. Remove leaf piles from beds and turf

Remove the leaf piles and turf and till the soil a bit. Apply a good amount of water to soak the roots of your plants and trees. You'll follow this up with a layer of mulch. 

8. Plant any new trees or shrubs

Even though you make think that since most trees sprout new life in spring and let their leaves fall in autumn that spring is the time to plant trees. In actuality, this is very counterintuitive because it is autumn that is the most opportune time to plant. There are several reasons for this. By planting in the fall, trees get the time to build and grow roots in effort to prepare for winter dormancy. In addition, the cooler temperatures and less sunlight yield a lesser chance of scorch from the sun, drought and stress from high summer temperatures.

9. Mulch trees and shrubs as appropriate.

Your finishing touch is mulch. A fresh 2-3 inch layer of mulch will protect your trees and shrubs from
Contact Organic Solutions, Inc. for hardwood mulch.
Adding mulch in the fall is good idea to protect trees and shrubs
from the harsh winter elements. 
the cold winter elements. It will preserve your last good watering and will provide the soil a host of nutrients that the trees can then feed upon.

There's no doubt that this fall checklist will improve the overall health and appeal of your landscape. For more information, or for a consultation with a Trees "R" Us, Inc. contact us through our website, by phone at 847-913-9069, or by email.

Out on a limb for you,

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

Friday, October 23, 2015

Fall is a great time to plant! Find out why.

It's a great time for tree work! 

Tree trimming, tree removal, planting, and health care are in full swing this fall.

Fall Is A Great Time For Planting Trees & Shrubs

If you are an avid gardener, you may be sad thinking that fall is here and your work in nearly done in the garden. But really, there is no off season when it comes to gardening and the same holds true to tree care...maybe even mores for tree care!
Fall is a busy time of year for us at
Trees "R" Us. Inc. It's a great time for all types of tree work!
Fall is the perfect season for planting trees, shrubs and other various plants and for all types of tree care services. The key to perfectly timing your tree services is to do so when you'll be encouraging good root growth. A good tree service will know when to plan certain services and they choose to do these things when root growth will be optimum. Planting trees and shrubs in fall enables the root systems to grow before the hot summer returns.

Get a head start on growth

Planting in the fall means come winter your smaller plants will be given the chance to get established before the real rough weather sets in. It also means that come spring, you new fall plantings will have a nice head start over other plants that just got planted that spring. The general rule of thumb for trees and larger plants is one year per inch of trunk diameter. So, those trees and larger plants that you've planted in the fall will also get a head start on growth.

Tree planting, tree trimming and tree removals
are all very popular tree services in the fall. 
The ideal time to begin planting trees and shrubs is six weeks before the first sign of hard frost. September through November for us in Northern Illinois is the ideal time for tree planting because it allows the roots to become established before the ground freezes and winter sets in. Be careful thought with your timing. We caution you to no plant too late into the fall because this can have a negative effect on plant health.

With fall comes cooler, wetter weather which plants and trees love! It really is the perfect time for tree planting. There's generally an increase in rainfall and cooler temperatures in the fall. This means less watering is required. Trees are smart and grown with the seasons. So u fall, tree shoot growth halts and subsequently the trees require less water because the fall days are cooler and shorter and the rate of photosynthesis decreases.
The stable air temperatures also promote rapid root development. Soils stay warm well after the air temperature cools, also encouraging root growth. During shoot dormancy, trees grow to establish roots in new locations before warm weather stimulates top growth.

Benefits to planting in the fall

There are several benefits to fall planting. Generally, trees planted in the fall are better equipped to deal with heat and drought in the following season. Another great reason to plant your shrubs in the fall is because you can pick your trees and shrubs by the fall color they produce. Avoid planting broad leaved evergreens in the fall such as rhododendrons, azaleas, boxwoods and hollies. If planted, provide them with protection from winter winds and have them treated with an anti desiccant. Some tree species that are recommended for fall planting include the maple, buckeye, horse chestnut, alder, catalpa, hackberry, hawthorn, ash, honey locust, crabapple, amur corktree, spruce, pine, sycamore, linden and elm.

We fill up fast, so contact us today for your fall tree care.

It's a great time for tree work. Tree trimming, tree removal, planting, and health care are in full swing this fall. We fill up fast, so contact us today for your fall tree care.
Posted by Trees R Us, Inc on Thursday, October 22, 2015
Out on a limb for you,
Jenni Willis
Trees "R" Us, Inc.
President and CEO

Friday, October 16, 2015

Tree clearing is not what you think

What is Tree Clearing?

With winter on its way, you want to ensure your trees, especially young ones, will stay strong during the cold months and have a great growing season in the spring.

Tree clearing tips for young trees 

We've offered other tree care tips like this, but this blog post will focus on young trees. It is really important that young trees get off to the right start to ensure a healthy start to a long life. To find out more about young tree care, check out out other posts found herehere and here and here!
Although the tree care tips we post are for anyone to follow, we encourage you to call upon your local
Tree Care by Trees R Us
Tree Care by Trees "R" Us, Inc.
tree service for guidance with your overall or general tree care. Many tree services are best left to professionals. While it is great to try these tree care tips yourself, use your common sense and best judgement! Don't climb that tree without the proper safety gear! The last thing you want is to jeopardize your health and safety, the health of your tree or waste the dollars already invested in the tree by making rookie mistakes!

Tree clearing in the fall and winter

When we speak of clearing many of us will think of removing numerous trees from a specific area. While that is one definition of tree clearing, that is not they type of clearing we are going to focus on in this post. Clearing, when it comes to the tree care of young trees, is simply being mindful to pull up any grass and weeds for a radius of at least 2 feet around the tree - or clear the area so that the tree and roots can get the sunlight, water and nutrients they need. 

Tree tools

If you are going to try this yourself, you'll need a spade shovel to cut straight down into the grass. And if you have a flat shovel handy, that will be good for cutting under the roots of the grass to keep the sod in big pieces. I'll caution you to take extra care to avoid damage to the tree’s roots. Major tree roots often grow within a few inches of the soil surface. Some species, such as maples, grow roots particularly close to the surface. 

Mulch is important

You'll also want to have mulch on hand. You should mulch the area under the tree with compost and/or wood chips. These materials are porous enough to allow sufficient oxygen supply to the soil
organic solutions mulch
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and may actually encourage fine root growth. Acting as an insulator, the mulch will minimize frost-heaving and erosion.

Why mulch

Mulch is such an integral part of keeping trees healthy and it is so often overlooked. Mulch will keep weeds away and by default eliminate competition for water. In addition, much water that otherwise would be evaporated by the sun can soak down through a 2" layer of mulch to the soil around tree roots. Mulching trees also helps keep their roots cooler in hot weather and warmer in cold weather. It will act as a blanket for those roots.

If you have questions about your tree's care, contact your local tree service. This is meant as a rough tutorial on how to do some basic tree clearing. A professional tree service will service your trees in a much more in depth manner with professional grade tools and fertilizers if need be. We've been doing this type of tree work for more than 20 years. As a Chicago tree service, we are well versed in all areas of tree care and how important the seasons are to how we maintain our trees. Those of you that are local to the Chicago area, Trees "R" Us, Inc. will help you with the care of your trees. In addition, our plant health care division has several Chicago certified arborists that are highly trained in caring for plants and trees.
For more information on tree clearing and young tree care, click here

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Trees "R" Us, Inc.
President and CEO

Friday, October 9, 2015

October Tree Care in Northern Illinois

Fall is underway, winter is on its way. This can only mean that pruning season is upon us. 

Tree Pruning is a Dangerous Job that Should
be Left to a Professional Tree Service
Whether its just a few trees that you have or a forest full of them, a little pruning will go a long way. By regular pruning of your trees, they will be healthier and look better for it.

Why prune?

If your trees don't appear to have a dominant, central leader, a main stem growing straight up to define the vertical structure, then it is definitely time to consult with a tree service. And on the flip
Tree Pruning by Trees "R" Us, Inc.
side, if you see that main stem, then it's time to keep the integrity of that by properly pruning. All this will result in a stronger tree. For shrubs it's a little different. You want to create a more pleasing shape and/or to spread the branches out to create a better air flow for the plant. Pruning is extremely important to the health of the tree.

When to prune?

For trees, winter and late fall are the best time to trim. The reason is that you don't want to prune when insects are active and you don't want to create wounds on the tree that will attract harmful bugs.

When you contact Trees "R" Us, Inc. for a pruning, we'll first make sure to cut away any dead or damaged branches. Then thin out congested areas. We will then look at branches that are competing with that central leader. For a shrub, we'll take out crossing branches and do some shaping for symmetry.

A little is more than enough 

While a shrub sends up shoots from the ground all the time, trees are more permanent. If you botch the job and make a bad cut at that central leader, the tree will look like … well, like you botched the job. We are very careful and have years of experience pruning. You can rest assured that you'll get a professional job when you hire Trees "R" Us, Inc. and it will show! We know where to cut, how to cut and when.

How often should you prune?

You should have your trees assessed every year by a professional tree service that has a Certified Arborist you can consult with. They will guide you on what the best plans for your trees are. Generally, trees need pruning every 1-3 years.  Young trees get a lighter trim, and no tree should have more than 20 percent of its live branches trimmed in a year. For shrubs, you can be more aggressive though.

Pruning know-how

This is where having a tree service do your pruning is extremely beneficial. Safety measures and proper sanitation principles (such as keeping the tools clean to prevent introducing disease or infection to the plants) are an essential part of tree pruning and this is the step that most novice homeowners miss when trying to do tree pruning themselves. We encourage you to leave tree pruning to a professional tree service. It can be a dangerous job and if not done correctly, you will do more harm than good to your trees. 

Out on a limb for you,

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

Friday, October 2, 2015

Congratulations to Phil Lobojko, Our Newest Certified Arborist!

Congratulations to Phil Lobojko, Trees "R" Us, Inc.'s
Newest ISA Certified Arborist

Phil Lobojko, Our Newest Certified Arborist

We are proud to announce that our long-time, dedicated employee, Phillip Lobojko has recently completed all requirements by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and has passed his exam to be a Certified Arborist. Phillip is now Trees "R" Us, Inc.'s 5th Certified Arborist. Please join us in congratulating our newest Certified Arborist! Congratulations to Phillip Lobojko for completing his arborist test.

What is a Certified Arborist?

A Certified Arborist is an important part of any tree service. Certified Arborists have an important role and perform certain jobs that other tree crew members can not. Certified Arborists are individuals who have decided to go through extensive training to achieve a level of knowledge in the art and science of tree care. Before finishing the program, individuals must complete hands-on hours  and also pass a comprehensive examination developed by some of the nation’s leading experts on tree care. Once you have successfully completed these requirements, you're not done! The International Society of Arboriculture demands that to keep your certification, you must also continue your education and adhere to a Code of Ethics. Therefore, Certified Arborists are more likely to be up-to-date on the latest techniques in arboriculture.

Who is The International Society of Arboriculture?

The International Society of Arboriculture certification is not a government-sponsored or government-endorsed program. Rather it is administered by the International Society of Arboriculture as a way for tree care professionals to demonstrate their commitment to the profession and the industry. As a result, The International Society of Arboriculture certification is not a measure of standards of practice; it is much more than that since they are able to create their own standards. You can rest assured that when a tree service sends a Certified Arborist to work with you and your trees 
that it is a testament to their knowledge of trees and tree care.

Hiring a Tree Service?

When hiring a tree service, one of the best questions you can ask them is if you will be working with a Certified Arborist. Their knowledge about the needs of trees and equipped to provide proper care far exceeds that uncertified tree crew members. His job is to lead his tree crew team into providing you with the best tree care available. Hiring an arborist is a decision that should not be taken lightly.

Trees are an Investment

We know first-hand how important proper tree care is. It is an investment that can lead to substantial returns and we see that day in and day out in our business. Well-cared-for trees are attractive and can add considerable value to your property. Poorly maintained trees can be a significant liability. A Certified Arborist will know how to give your trees a long, healthy life while keeping the structure of the tree safe. Pruning or removing trees, especially large trees, can be dangerous work. Tree work should be done only by those trained and equipped to work safely in trees.

Congratulations, Phil!

We congratulate Phil Lobojko on a job well done! Welcome to the Trees "R" Us, Inc. team of Certified Arborists! We are proud to have you on board!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Are Fall Fertilizations Good for Your Trees?

Fall fertilizations by Trees "R" Us, Inc. 

When to Fertilize Your Trees

With a hot summer and cold winter, trees are bound to lose vital nutrients in the soil. To help make sure your trees gain nutrients lost this summer and continue to feed over the winter, now it s great time to have us come out for fall fertilizations. Fertilizer will help replace nutrients and improve resistance to damage from disease, insects and stressful weather.

Fall Fertilization - Yay or Nay?

It was once thought that fall was NOT the right time for tree fertilizations. But what we now know is that trees, shrubs an plants use nutrients throughout the year in different ways. Now, well trained and schooled Arborists know that late fall, or about a month after the first killing frost, is the ideal time for applying fertilizers.

The reason some Arborists do not want to use fertilizers in the fall is that there is a chance that plants and trees might put on new growth if there are unseasonably warm temperatures. This is not something that is desired because since cold temperatures are certainly coming soon this could easily result in the tree being burned or damaged.

It's All in the Timing

It's actually all in the timing. You have to understand the difference between early fall and late fall fertilizations. If you fertilize in late summer or early fall, when temperatures are still warm and plants are still actively growing, it is likely new growth could occur and damage to tender new foliage could be the likely result.

You have to understand the rationale behind fall fertilizations and then it all makes sense. In late fall, deciduous trees and shrubs have lost their foliage for the year and active growth of plants and trees has slowed. Rather than put on new foliage growth, the roots of established trees or shrubs take the nutrients from the soil and apply them to important health-promoting functions, such as disease resistance and root development. The miracle in all this is that the excess nutrients are stored in the roots and become immediately available when needed for new growth in spring.

Are Your Trees Candidates for Fall Fertilization?

Let a Certified Arborist Help You Decide Whether or Not
Your Trees Need a Fall Fertilization. Not all Trees Will.
It is true though that not all established plants and trees are candidates for a regular fertilization program. That is something professionals should address. Trust your Arborist to know what can be fertilized and what should wait.

An Arborist will also know what amount of fertilizer to be given to your trees. A common mistake, and not just with trees and shrubs, is to assume fertilizer can and should always be added, and if a little is good, more is better. This is not true and can actually cause harm to the tree. Excess nutrients are wasted and can end up contaminating the soil, and the environment.

Nature has Made Trees and Plants to Withstand the Test of Time

Plants and trees are smart. They are wired that way. It is interesting to see how well trees adapt and to learn that that their internal structures are far more sophisticated than we give them credit. It's really as if deep within the tree is a built in clock, timer, calendar and monitoring systems that don’t require our meddling nearly as much as we think. They are like well running machines. They need support and maintenance, but not a major overhaul. 

Out on a limb for you,

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

Friday, September 18, 2015

Giving back to community we serve

We are Philanthropic

Giving back to the community is something we don't take lightly. We pride ourselves on being a 'green' company ~ recycling and up-cycling whenever possible. But, that is just one way in which we are a responsible, ethical, and caring business. Donating time, funds and resources to not-for-profits and giving back to the community round out some of our philanthropic efforts.

How We Give Back

Charitable efforts and giving back should be a part of every business' yearly plan. It is an important part of our mission at Trees "R" Us, Inc.

Whether it be being a part of Relay for Life and donating money to cancer research or finding time to talk with area seniors about tree care, philanthropy is an important part of our business.

Hawthorn Woods Senior Citizens and Trees "R" Us, Inc.

Recently, we carved out a bit of time to speak with some area senior citizens in Hawthorn Woods, Illinois.

We taught them the importance of tree care and how important trees are for our well being. Plant health care is a vital part to maintaining a tree's health, yet nearly any of them had ever heard of the term! We also showed them the steps of tree removal all the way to the milling process. We even brought in a milled furniture display. Our milled furniture is totally custom and really beautiful. They loved it and we loved sharing our knowledge and connecting with them.

We Care

It's these types of experiences that make our day! It's great to be in the field, connecting with customers and providing quality tree care, but it's even better knowing that we can connect with and help others in the community just because we care. There's no sales pitch involved. There are no quotes. Just fun times with our area seniors. Love it!
Trees "R" Us, Inc. Certified Arborist, Nick Willis, speaking with
Hawthorn Woods senior citizens about
plant health care, tree removal and custom millwork.
Out on a limb for you,

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

Saturday, September 12, 2015

The best compliment a business could ask for

trees r us review testimonial
Testimonial letter to Trees "R" Us, Inc.
for a rush order of tree removals

The best compliment a business could ask for

Testimonials are the best compliment.

A heartfelt testimonial is one of the best compliments any business can get.

We'd like to take the time to thank Trish and Rod Shoemaker for their letter to us. We removed some trees for them on a tight timeline, a rush order in any other business. They were having some work done on their lawn and it was imperative that these trees not only be removed, but the yard also be cleaned up in time for their landscape service to come in and do their job.

We Cater to Helping Our Customers 

It was a tight timeframe, but with a little effort we were able to fit them in to our schedule, get the work done and cleaned up with time to spare.
We often have to work with the schedules of other contractors and we are happy to try to accommodate your requests.
Our main goal is to make you happy and do a quality job in the process. If we get a good review or a testimonial as a result, then that's even better! We never solicit reviews or testimonials, so you know when you see a review or testimonial for Trees "R" Us, Inc., it is genuine.
A big thank you to all our customers that have supported us through the years. Happy customers are like morning coffee. It's what keeps us going!

A testimonial in the mail is the best type of mail to get. Happy customers make our day and when great customer service meets quality tree removal you are guaranteed success! Have a good one peeps!
Posted by Trees R Us, Inc on Thursday, September 3, 2015

Out on a limb for you,
Jenni Willis
Trees "R" Us, Inc.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Tree Structure is Everything

As the Seasons Change So Do Your Trees

Tree removal season is upon us.

There are many times that it is OK to remove trees, but autumn happens to be a really good time for tree removal. It is also a great time to check your trees for hazardous limbs. As leaves fall and the tree
tree removal by trees r us
We remove trees, large and small.  
structure can be seen more readily, it becomes easy to the trained eye to determine which branches need to go and which can stay.

A Tree's Structure Dictates What Has to Stay or Go

The end result of NOT having your trees properly maintained can be very undesirable. First hand we've seen trees that have not been maintained that have posed a serious threat to buildings, homes, cars, and worse yet, people! Trees that have a weak structure or weakened branches are prone to breakage and falls.
tree shearing by trees r us for glenview illinois
Trees "R" Us, Inc. performing

tree shearing for the

city of Glenview, Illinois 

When the Snow Flies

As weather worsens and snow and ice begin to fall your tree will suffer. It is very probable that when snow and/or accumulate on branches that the branches can fall and damage property or hurt people. Add wind to the mix and the entire tree could be uprooted. It is always best to err on the side of caution and have your trees assessed by a professional, certified Arborist at least once a year. If you have yet to do that this year, now is the time!

You Need a Certified Arborist

We have several certified Arborists on staff to help you with your tree care needs and answer your questions. Give us a call, fill out our online form or send us and email and we will have someone out to your home, municipality or business as soon as possible.

Fall is a great time for tree removal!

Fall is a great time for tree removal and to make sure your trees don't have any hazardous limbs. Unfortunately we know...
Posted by Trees R Us, Inc on Friday, August 28, 2015

Out on a limb for you,

Jenni Willis

President & CEO

Trees "R" Us, Inc.


Friday, August 28, 2015

August is Tree Check Month. Do You Know What to Check For?

August is Tree Check month.

As the month draws to a close, we want to make sure you've taken the appropriate measures to make sure your trees are healthy, free from life-threatening bugs and also won't pose a hazard during the coming months.

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and Asian Longhorn Beetle (ALB)

EAB and ALB are 2 very real and invasive species that will kill your tree is left untreated.

Emerald Ash Borer

An Adult Emerald Ash Borer 
Emerald Ash Borer was discovered here in 2002. Scientists have been researching EAB for 15 years and have learned that there are ways to protect trees from EAB. We've taken this research and learned along side scientists so we know how to effectively deal with EAB. We are here to answer your questions and to provide you with the most current information on insecticide options for controlling EAB. Need a tree inspection or a treatment plan? We are the right choice for your EAB needs. If you are local to Chicagoland, contact Trees "R" Us, Inc. via our website or phone at 847-913-9069.

Asian Longhorn Beetle

Another real threat to your trees is Asian Longhorn Beetle.

An Asian Longhorn Beetle
ALB came to us from China where these pests were known to kill hardwood trees in their plantations. Coming to us through trade at ports, ALB is a force to reckoned with throughout the United States now. These beetles tunnel through the tree until eventually the tree's stems and branches are girdled by the beetle's movement. Eventually attacks by ALB will lead to crown dieback and over time, the death of the tree. ALB attacks maple trees, birch trees, Ohio Buckeyes, Elm trees and Horse Chestnut trees. This is the perfect time to make sure your trees aren't suffering from an infestation of Asian Longhorn Beetles or other pests. ALB is an especially deadly pest to our trees, so be on the look-out!

Here in Illinois, they love our maple trees.
Think you have an ALB problem? Give us a call!

Does your tree need Cabling or Bracing?

Another important inspection for your tree has nothing to do with pests and disease, but its structure instead.

A tree's structure is very important to health and safety of the tree. Have you had regular maintenance on your trees and shrubs? If not, it is likely that there are limbs that need to trimmed or other shrubs that need to be pruned. Many times, what we find is that the tree has not had proper maintenance and as a result have limbs that are weakened, or the growth pattern is not strong, or the entire tree is leaning. Many times, trimming the tree is not the answer. Cabling or bracing

the tree is the only thing that will help it restore normal growing patterns. Without cabling or bracing, this type of tree is considered a hazard as storms can rip off limbs and branches easily in addition to making the tree fall.

If the tree is aging, it is even more important to have it inspected. Aging trees and trees that are susceptible to breaks or failure can be preserved and strengthened through proper tree cabling and bracing. Cabling and bracing can and also prevent an emergency tree removal from a powerful storm. Our cabling and bracing is overseen by one of our Certified Arborists to ensure you get the most professional service possible.

Tree Removal

In some cases, due to EAB, ALB or improper tree care, there is no choice other than tree removal.

Fall is a great time for tree removal and to make sure your trees don't have any hazardous limbs or bug infestations. You definitely want to make sure you've taken the measure to, at the very least, get your trees inspected for hazards and infestations now before the winter months hit. Unfortunately we know what lies ahead...snow and ice. When these pile up on weak limbs it could mean disaster. Prevention is the best medicine here. Get your trees assessed by Trees "R" Us, Inc. and rest assured you and your trees will be ready for whatever Mother Nature has in store for us!

Out on a limb for you,

Jenni Willis

President and CEO




Friday, August 21, 2015

Storms that cause tree damage need tree inspections


We've had our fair share of them this summer. We are still getting calls for tree removals from the last round of storms from Late July/Early August.

Are you also in need of tree removal?

Or maybe just a tree inspection to see if your tree can withstand the next round of storms? 

If it has already been damaged or weakened in any way, it should be inspected by a certified Arborist to ensure it doesn't pose a hazard to you, those around you or your property.

We are on the scene doing tornado clean up in Grayslake. 
We always respond to emergency tree care calls especially after storms. 
Don't try this work on your own. 
It's dangerous and we have the right training, 
tools and equipment that makes 
the job safer and easier.

In most cases trees are considered hazardous when limbs are weakened either through previous damage, most likely from storms or pests. 

Most damage to a property during severe weather occurs when limbs or entire trees fall. It in not uncommon for summer storms to bring with them lots of rain and strong winds. These two conditions combined can be detrimental to trees, High winds and saturated soils can cause tree roots to fail and branches to weaken. Although your trees grow and become stronger in the summer, they are also very much at risk. Winter is no different. During winter, the weight of ice and snow accumulation can be equally damaging, resulting in failure of branches and/or entire trees.

It is important that you take the time to contact a profession tree service with certified Arborists on staff to identify potentially hazardous conditions and to help reduce the risk of damage BEFORE harsh weather occurs.

Why do you need a professional tree service to inspect your trees?

Tree Inspections

Even if damage is not apparent in your trees, they should be carefully inspected by an ISA Certified Arborist for subtle defects such as cracked branches, splits in stems and shifting of the root plate. Tree hazards are not always obvious to the untrained eye. Not to mention that correcting them can be a dangerous job. These defects can lead to branch or even whole tree failures in the future. Truth be told, it is next to impossible to completely protect your trees and property from severe storms, however, by taking the proper steps to ensure your trees are safe, you've eliminated much of the risk. Certified arborists are trained to do just this: they inspect for issues that can predispose trees to failure. Many times the Arborist will climb the tree to get a closer look and that is certainly a job that should only be left to someone with the proper training in safety as well as tree care. A Certified Arborist can also assess severely storm-damaged trees and develop recommendations for remedial treatments or advise as to the need for removal.
A thank you to Heather Ridge Golf Course in Gurnee
for hiring us to take care of
their storm clean up after Sunday's tornado.

Based on what the Arborist finds through his assessment, he or she will recommend a plant health care plan that will help your trees and shrubs stay strong and healthy, as well as endure whatever Mother Nature has in store for us.

What is Plant Health Care?

Plant Health Care Before and After Storms

Plants and trees weakened by storms may have already been under stress from various environmental factors over the last few years. Wounds created by the storm add stress to plants and they are more readily invaded by insect borers and disease-causing organisms. Plants should be inspected through the growing season for evidence of these “secondary invaders” and treatments applies as necessary to reduce damage. Fertilization and other amendments, applied based on soil analysis, will aid recovery. Irrigation and proper mulching of storm-damaged trees are important when dry weather returns.

Some of the treatments an Arborist may recommend after an assessment are installing cables or braces, pruning lightning protection, or even tree sprays in bugs are present as they can easily weaken the structure of your trees.

Leaning Trees

Trees less than 20 feet in height that now lean may require staking or guying. Larger trees usually can not and should not be guyed. These trees should be inspected by a Certified Arborist to determine if the root plate may have shifted. Trees with guys or stakes should be inspected periodically during the year to ensure that wires, ropes or cables used to support the tree do not girdle the stem. Guys and stakes usually are removed after one growing season, but may need to remain longer in some cases.

Structural Support Cables

Trees that were damaged in a storm may develop structural weaknesses that will predispose them to future storm damage. Crown reduction or thinning may be needed to reduce the potential for future damage. Steel support cables and brace rods also can be installed in branches to reduce the risk of failure.


Broken, hanging branches and branch stubs, resulting from breakage, require removal. Proper pruning techniques are critical to avoid insect and disease infestations later in the growing season. Trees and shrubs that have lost significant portions of their crown in the storm may require crown renovation. This form of pruning can begin now, but must be continued over a period of years to restructure a desirable, healthy crown.

Storms from the last few days were quick but left their mark. 
When you have tree damage from storms, 
Trees "R" Us, Inc. will get the job done right for you 
safely and quickly.
Unfortunately in our industry, there are quite a few tree services that do not have the right experience. They should not be handing out advice about tree care. Period. Here are a few 'red flags' when it comes to hiring a tree service to do the job.

Tree Service Advice NOT to take

Do not top your trees! Ever.

If the tree service you've hired to inspect your trees comes back to you with the recommendation to top your trees, fire them. Seriously. This is not a solution to anything. Tree topping leads to problems later in the life of the tree and is prohibited by industry standards. Tree topping should never be used to prevent storm damage.

Additionally, we recommend you are home during the tree inspection and watch the crew or Arborist in action. If you notice that anyone is using climbing spikes, do not hire them for any tree work. Using climbing spikes create wounds in trees that open the tree up to insect and disease infestations. It's a bad practice and a professional tree service will know that.

Also be caution of an Arborist or tree service that jumps to tree removal as the only solution. In some cases, yes, tree removal is the only solution, but many times there are other options that will save the tree. However, these options take training to perform. Professionals in the industry will know how to do them, unqualified tree services will take the easy way out and just remove the tree. It's a quick and easy solution for them, but for you that means you'll not only be losing a tree, but also losing property value, shade, curb appeal, etc. Tree removal should only be an option when high-risk conditions exist that cannot be effectively mitigated.

If your trees were damaged from the storm, we can help.
We are experts at emergency tree removal and storm clean up.
Keep you, your family and property safe by making sure your trees are not a hazard.
Even if you routinely care for your trees, when a severe storm hits, be sure to have an arborist review your property for any issues resulting from the weather.

Hope you all have been safe out there. Lots of tornado damage in our area. We've been called to help clean up the...
Posted by Trees R Us, Inc on Monday, August 3, 2015

Out on a Limb for You,
Jenni Willis
President and CEO
Trees "R" Us, Inc.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Privacy settings. And, NO, I'm not talking about Facebook

The Living Fence

Leyland Cypress Trees as a Living Fence
Privacy. Do you have it? Do you want it? I'm not talking about the online type of privacy. The type you need to be concerned about with Facebook and your online banking. I'm talking about real-life privacy in your yard. Tangible types of privacy. Do you have it?

Everybody wants it. Privacy. Privacy fences. Privacy walls. Privacy trees and shrubs. Privacy fences made from nature are becoming more and more popular, but the common question remains; how do I get privacy through nature quickly? I want privacy and I want it now. I don't want to wait 10 years for my trees to grow 10 feet. Understandable. Well, there's good news. You CAN have a natural privacy fence and you won't have to wait years and years for it to actually provide you with what you wanted in the first place...privacy. 

I encourage you to plant living fences!

Better than a traditional white picket fence, or standard wood plank fence, a line of evergreen trees or shrubs can provide year-round seclusion even better! Generally, as an added bonus there are no municipal restrictions on how high they can grow whereas most towns usually require permits for a fence over 6 feet tall. And if anyone out there has ever delt with the permit department of their village, well, then you know how great it is to never have to ask for a permit!
Thuja Green Giant used as a Privacy Fence

Things to consider before you plant your living fence: 

Power lines. 

Are there power lines above where you are going to plant? You don't want trees so big that they'll grow into the wires. 

Planting space. 

Also pay attention to the width at maturity of the trees you'll be planting. The spacing between trunks when you plant should equal mature width. While the ideal growing conditions vary by species, one thing all these evergreens have in common is a love of the sun. Give them at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day and their foliage will remain full and keep your privacy intact. 

Privacy fences, hedges, trees or shrubs not only keep eyeballs of your property, but because everybody wants one, they'll quickly add value to your property. By adding a living privacy fence you'll be adding even more value to your property. Why? Because living privacy fences also block
Quick Growing Evergreens Make
the Perfect Privacy Barrier
 lights from street lamps and traffic. They reduce noise pollution. They also act as a wind barrier and protect your home and other plants against the high winds that come with many summer and winter storms. Speaking of winter storms, living privacy barriers act as snow fences and reduce the amount of snow from blowing winds. Not to mention that these fences will also keep the neighbor's junk out of sight! So you can live in your own peaceful sanctuary even when a few yards away is a unkempt mess! Out of sight...out of mind!

So, what is the best tree to plant in order to get privacy quickly? 


Many grow quickly, many grow very tall, and many can acclimate to many different soil conditions and climates. 
Evergreens are also great for reducing noise, reducing snow, and screening all year long. And remember, plant an evergreen screen on the north side of your house to block winter winds. On the other hand, deciduous trees, although they offer a wider variety of landscaping elements including spring flowers or fall colors, they do not provide a year round screen and therefore are not your best bet for privacy.

Our favorite choices for fast growing evergreens are the Leyland Cypress or a Thuja Green Giant. Both grow quickly and are huge privacy trees often used as fences. Leylands will work best in hotter climates and coastal areas and Thujas can tolerate the snow of the colder climates.

Other popular evergreen choices that will work well as privacy fences include:

American Arborvitae which is a popular tree hedge that can grow 40' to 60' tall!
Green Giant Arborvitae is another popular fast growing hedge that can grow up to 60' tall! Arborvitae 'Green Giant' can climb 3 feet in one year.

Some popular evergreen shrub hedges include the:

Emerald Arborvitae that can grow to 10' to 15', but can easily be trimmed shorter.
Nigra Arborvitae is another popular choice which can grow to 20' to 30', but takes pruning well so it
A Lilac Hedge is a Popular Privacy Choice, but it won't
Provide Privacy in Winter Months
can be trimmed shorter.

And finally some popular deciduous shrubs choices are:

The Rose of Sharon which is a great flowing hedge, but it is seasonal and won't provide winter privacy.
North Privet is another that is a fast growing shrub that is suitable for many yards.

The fall planting season is around the corner. Which one will you pick?

Remember, Trees "R" Us, Inc. can help you pick the right tree and plant it in the right location. Our Plant Health Care Department can help you keep your trees healthy for years to come.

Out on a Limb for You,

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

Friday, August 7, 2015

Tornado Damage is No Match for Trees "R" Us, Inc.

It's hard to believe that an actual tornado that touched down in Northern Illinois went under the radar, not being noticed until it was on the ground! 

It's true! Read the article here: Lake County Tornado Is Missed On Radar

Did you notice that Trees "R" Us, Inc. is featured in the article? 

They caught us on the scene in Grayslake. Make sure you scroll through the pictures of the storm damage to see us in action. This is our very own dedicated Marshall and his crew hard at work.

Apparently low lying clouds are to blame for the lack of notice. In fact, reports say that the tornado was on the ground ripping though neighborhoods before any tornado sirens were being heard. Not even doppler radar showed the twister. It was reports from 911 calls about an apparent tornado that alerted the National Weather Service that something was amiss. It's been a crazy few days here in Illinois with lots of strong storms. We hope you all are safe.

Our area in Northern Illinois has seen lots of tornado damage. 

One of the places we've been called to help clean up is the Heather Ridge Golf Course in Gurnee after a tornado swept through and caused trees and large limbs to fall.

Need Help with Storm Clean Up or Emergency Tree Removal. Give Trees "R" Us, Inc. a call for fast, reliable and honest service. Trees "R" Us, Inc. Tree Service for the Chicagoland Area.

It seems that Round Lake, Gurney and Grayslake were hit the hardest and we are were on the scene in all those communities picking up tree debris and fixing emergency situations.

Responding to emergency tree care calls in a timely manner is essential in our industry. 

We always respond immediately to emergency tree care calls especially after storms. Don't try this work on your own. It's dangerous and we have the right training, tools and equipment that makes the job safer and easier.

A thank you goes out to all those who used our tree services during this last round of bad weather. 

Your trust in us means the world to us. We take pride in building relationships with municipalities, residential homeowners and commercial building owners that are based on trust and honesty. A special thank you to Heather Ridge Golf Course in Gurnee for hiring us to take care of their storm clean up after Sunday's tornado and to the village of Grayslake for contracting with us for their storm clean up as well. 

When the next storm hits, whether it be with winds and rain, or snow and ice, remember you can trust your trees to Trees "R" Us, Inc. We work year round and round the clock if needed. Contact us at or by phone at 847-913-9069.

Hope you all have been safe out there. Lots of tornado damage in our area. We've been called to help clean up the...
Posted by Trees R Us, Inc on Monday, August 3, 2015