10 Ways to Show Your Trees Love

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10 Ways to Show Your Trees Love- A Valentine’s Day Tribute   Valentine’s Day is always a wonderful day to think of loved ones (of course, every day is a good day for that!)  But how about thinking about what else brings us joy and comfort around our homes?  In particular, how about showing our […]

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Effects of Drought on Your Trees

Here in Northern Illinois, we have been experiencing crazy weather over the last decade.  Between having little rain one year to an abundance the next year, then having extreme winters of heavy snow or subfreezing temperatures, it is a wonder our trees are still standing! The reason for speaking about the topic of drought is because […]

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Best Trees and Shrubs for Wildlife

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      Is there anything more relaxing than sitting outside listening to birds sing, watching butterflies as they float from one flower to the next gathering nectar, or seeing squirrels and chipmunks chase one another through your landscaping?  This is one of the joys we experience here at the Nelson abode, and our goal is […]

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Firewood Rating Table

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The Utah State University extension has listed a table online with firewood ratings and wood quality that is helpful in determining the value of wood that you burn. Below is the table from their website: Species Weight (lbs./Cord) Heat per Cord (Million BTUs) % of Green Ash Ease of Splitting Smoke Sparks Coals Fragrance Overall Quality […]

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Proper Use of your Fireplace

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While it’s a little late in the season to properly prepare your fireplace before initial use, it’s never too late to learn how to properly care for your fireplace! Properly maintained fireplaces are safer, more efficient, and can add to the beauty of your fire. Click the following link to visit the University of Illinois’ site […]

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Poison Hemlock

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  Among Northeastern Illinois’ weed list is a very dangerous plant called ‘Poison Hemlock’  (Conium maculatum) and should be removed very carefully from your landscaping promptly! (Image from www.illinoiswildflowers.org.) On this plant of the carrot family, you will notice that the flowers have 5 petals on each set.  The typical cluster is roughly 2-2.5″ across distinguishing […]

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The Things We Encounter!

  Today was supposed to be a routine tree removal for us. Unfortunately, during the course of the removal we came upon a raccoon’s nest that had babies in it! YIKES! Can you say Angry Mother Raccoon? So what do we do when we encounter a tree with a Squirrel’s Nest or Raccoon’s Nest in […]

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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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Hardiness Zones for Spring Planting

The time will soon be upon us to start Spring Planting! With that in mind, it helps to know what zone we live in to help make an informed decision on what types of plants, shrubs and trees to install. To see what zone you live in, check out the detailed  Zone Map from The Arbor […]

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Hydrangea Care in Spring

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If you have Hydrangeas in your yard, and are not sure what to do with them in the Spring- particularly if they seem like they may not have made it through Winter- check out this video from the University of Illinois Extension showing you how to prune your Hydrangeas in the Spring to avoid damaging […]

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