Friday, June 26, 2015

It's not for the faint of heart & it's more dangerous than you think!

What scares you most? Falling from heights? Electrical getting electrocuted? Wounds from chain saws? Contact with poisonous plants? These are just some of the hazards that tree workers face on a daily basis. Tree trimming especially is a hazardous you can see from the video!

Tree trimming can be a dangerous job. We are fully equipped to handle hazardous tree removals and large tree trimming...
Posted by Trees R Us, Inc on Thursday, June 11, 2015

It is important that a tree service provide it's worker with a safe and healthful workplace. Any tree service needs to enforce safety standards outlined by OSHA; providing training, outreach, and education; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health. This is important for you to know because it is equally important that you choose to hire or work with a tree service that has adopted and enforces a strict safety regiment. In addition, it is important the the tree service in licensed, bonded and insured. Why? Because accidents do happen regardless of how careful we try to be. A tree service that is not insured to a liability to you as a homeowner or municipality official. Even more of a liability to you is a tree service that practices unsafe techniques. Depending on the type of work you need from your tree service, here is a list of hazards that the tree workers can face at your property or in your village.

  • Falls from heights 
  • Use of aerial lifts and other heavy equipment operation 
  • Work zone safety Contact with downed lines and live electrical equipment and other utilities (e.g., gas, water) 
  • Chain saws 
  • Impact from tree debris and felled trees 
  • Wood chippers 
  • Power and hand tool use 
  • Noise 
  • Improper ladder use 
  • Contact with poisonous plants 
  • Discovery of unknown chemicals 
  • Other potential hazards
When you hire a tree service, check their credentials. Do they have insurance? Are they practicing safely? One way to check into their safety is to see them in action. Are the workers wearing hard hats? Do they have protective eye and ear gear? Do they wear or use harnesses, lanyards, lifelines, connectors, anchorages, and anchor points? If not, walk away and choose another tree service. They are not in compliance with safety rules and regulations which makes an already hazardous profession even more hazardous...for the workers and the homeowner, village or commercial building. 

Going out on a limb,

Jenni Willis
Trees "R" Us, Inc.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Tree Damage from Summer Storms

Whether your trees are healthy or unhealthy is irrelevant when it comes to summer storms that hit the trees with high winds, lightning strikes and flooding.

While keeping your trees healthy is always recommended and they will withstand severe weather better, there's not much you can do when really severe weather strikes.

The community of Braidwood, Illinois, knows all too well just what we're talking about. We are spending some time in Braidwood this week after storms barreled through here making quite a mess to clean up.  

Storms were fierce Monday. We're helping those in Braidwood, Illinois with storm clean up.
Posted by Trees R Us, Inc on Tuesday, June 23, 2015
If your property, residence, village or commercial business has trees that have suffered tree damage or are in need of tree care, then give Trees "R" Us, Inc. a call or ask for a quote directly from our website at

Going out on a limb,

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

Thursday, June 11, 2015

They Caught Us!

Caught again! Every now and again the press catches us doing what we do best: taking care of the area's trees. Check us out in Quincy, Illinois.  The city hired us to treat their city's tree-lined streets for Emerald Ash Borer, (EAB). Thanks to Quincy's proactive approach to EAB, their trees can still be saved.
Nick Willis, left, and Phil Lobojko, of Trees "R" Us, Inc., of Wauconda, Ill., treat an ash tree along 12th Street in Quincy, Tuesday morning, with an injectable insecticide to protect it against emerald ash borer beetles. | H-W Photo/Steve Bohnstedt

EAB is a non-native insect pest that infests and kills all species of ash trees. Ash is commonly planted along streets, as landscape trees in yards, and in parks. EAB first infest the top of the tree’s crown, which makes spotting adult beetles or exit holes nearly impossible from the ground. Woodpecker activity and damage on live trees is often an initial sign of an EAB infestation. As EAB populations increase, crown dieback, epicormic branching, bark splits, and exit holes lower on the bole become more prevalent. Trees will only live an average of 3-4 years after infestation.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Video: EAB Tree Removal IN ACTION! Ban those bugs!

Check out EAB trees removals in action! Trees "R" Us, Inc. is the preferred provider of tree care for many municipalities, commercial businesses and residences through out Cook, Lake, Kane and McHenry counties in Illinois. We even do business in Southern Wisconsin and Indiana. This time of year tree removals are a popular service. Unfortunately, as people realize there is significant canopy die out in their trees, they call us for an assessment. More often than not, it is an ash tree infested with Emerald Ash Borer. We need to stop these bugs in their tracks and when they've infected the tree the only solution is tree removal. For our municipalities that have streets lined with ash trees, many times it is every single ash tree that is beyond repair and needs to be removed.

Check us out in action. Tree removals by a professional tree service should be safe, well planned out and ALWAYS be handled by a reputable tree removal business that is licensed and fully insured. Give us a call.

Posted by Trees R Us, Inc on Sunday, May 24, 2015

Through our tree removal process as you can see from the video, we can remove upwards of 300 trees in a single day. It's sad to see all these trees go in one fell swoop, but this is the reality of EAB: Which is exactly why it is so important to try to prevent them from the get go. Preventative tree maintenance is key. Choose a tree service with a Plant Health Care (PHC) division that has the knowledge and licensure to provide your trees with the protection that they need. Trees "R" Us, Inc. not only has a PHC division, but also has certified Arborists on staff to help answer your tree questions and provide your trees with the best possible care. Got a concern about your trees? Give us a call, 847-913-9069 or visit our website at

Check us out in action. Tree removals by a professional tree service should be safe, well planned out and ALWAYS be...

Posted by Trees R Us, Inc on Sunday, May 24, 2015

Going out on a limb,

Jenni Willis


Trees "R" Us, Inc.