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




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