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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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!