Spruce Diseases in Illinois

What is going on with Spruce trees??  Colorado Spruce trees are not native to Illinois, and are really having a tough time lately with the changing environment we’ve had over the last decade!  Other varieties of Spruce trees are having a hard time as well. We just received an update from the University of Illinois […]

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Two- Lined Chestnut Borer

  As if Mid-westerners didn’t have enough pests to deal with, we are now experiencing Oak decline due to the lovely Two- Lined Chestnut Borer (Agrilus bilineatus).   What is a Two-Lined Chestnut Borer? The Two-Lined Chestnut Borer is a flat head borer that affects Chestnut trees and Oak trees alike here in the Midwest.  When […]

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Why do I need Plant Health Care?

  Why do I need Plant Health Care? Most homeowners don’t think about their trees until it’s too late.  At this time, they call us out to give them an estimate on removing their tree.  This could have been avoided if action was taken prior to the tree dying or becoming so hazardous that it […]

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Tree Owner’s Manual

The United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, & Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry have put together a tree owner’s manual for homeowners.  Originally published in 2008, it details how a tree functions, how to properly maintain your tree, as well as planting and pruning your tree(s). To download your manual, simply click the link below to […]

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Cytospora Canker on Spruce Trees

Picture courtesy of University of Illinois Extension. We very often get called to a customer’s house because their Spruce trees are dying from the bottom up, and even though they are pruning the dead limbs out, the trees continue to die! Most often, we find that the trees have Cytospora Canker (Sphaeropsi sapineas, or Siroccus conigenus)  […]

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Certified Arborists Code of Ethics! Courtesy of the ISA

If you’ve ever wondered why you would want to hire a Certified Arborist over any other tree company operating without one, read the following Code of Ethics that every Certified Arborist is required to sign before they can be recertified. Although not all companies operate according to these ethics- some companies will have employees become […]

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