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Why Prune Trees?

park-423125__180-150x116-1The benefits of trimming trees are a no-brainer, but setting aside time and motivating ourselves to get out there and trim the trees can be difficult. While pruning trees can be done by yourself at home, professional tree pruningoffers a much more thorough clean-out of your trees to keep them healthier for longer.

Most trees grow at a constant rate year round, despite the temperatures or weather conditions. This means your trees are constantly filling out and becoming bushier, even if it is at a slow pace. Professional tree pruning will eliminate the excess bulk that comes with constant growth, which reduces the weight bearing down on the tree to alleviate strain and keep your tree standing tall. Professional pruning alsoeliminates dangerous branches that may damage cars, homes, and roofs in the even that they broke off. Tree pruning will also allow for increased air flow through the branches, and will increase the amount of light that reaches the areas around and below the trees.

Professional Tree Trimming

Leaving the pruning to the experts is safer for you and also beneficial to your trees and the surrounding property! Call our team at 630-469-2877 for expert tree pruning in Chicago.

 

Planting a tree? Dos and don’ts for soil

lotclearing2-624x415-1-600x399If you’re getting ready to plant a new tree, there are a few soil-related rules to keep in mind to ensure that it will grow and thrive for years to come. The soil provides nourishment for the roots, so it’s a vital part of the process.

According to the Tree Care Industry Association, the following Dos and Dont’s should be adhered to:

DO:

  • Test your pH levels before you start planting. This is crucial to determine if you need to make any adjustments.
  • Select and apply the right fertilizer. The results of your soil test will let you know what type you should buy. The fertilizer should be applied before you plant, for best results.
  • Create a shallow ring of mulch as wide as the tree’s canopy.  This will help your tree retain water and will lessen the soil’s compaction, which can stifle the roots. It will also go a long way toward regulating your soil’s temperature. You should spread the mulch out evenly — and keep it at least 6 inches away from the trunk.
  • If possible, get a laboratory analysis. It’s not a mandatory step, but it does help to make informed decisions about your tree. A professional arborist will be able to tell you what the results mean.

DON’T:

  • Over-fertilize the soil. It may seem like a good idea to just pile it on as much as possible, but it isn’t. Over-fertilization can disrupt the pH balance of the soil and will damage the tree’s growth.
  • Change the soil level around the tree. Even adding a few inches will possibly smother your roots and cause rotting of the trunk.
  • Pile mulch near the tree. This could lead to disaster. Water will accumulate too much around the trunk, leading to rotting and other issues.
 

Stump Grinding: How It Works

So, you’ve finally cut down that tree with dangerous branches hanging over your house. You feel a little safer, but that tree stump sure sticks out like a sore thumb! What do you do in this situation? Simple, give 1-800 TREE GUY a call for professional stump grinding services. Don’t know about this service? We go over how it works here.

Why You Need It:

tree-stump-150x150-1Did you know that it takes about 10 years for a big tree stump to decompose enough to remove it?Nobody wants to wait that long. Also, in the meantime, insects will make the stump their home and you’ll have a huge pest problem on your hands. While, technically, you could pay to have it removed completely, doing so requires a lot of unnecessary cost and energy. Instead, you can give us a call. We’ll come by and grind your stump into wood chips all the way down to 5 inches below ground level. Afterwards, we fill up the space with the wood chips, and you have an area perfect for planting grass. 

 

Do you have a stump that needs taken care of? If so, give 1-800 TREE GUY a call for professional stump grinding service. You can reach us at, of course, 1-800 TREE GUY or (630) 469-2877.

 

Transplanting Trees

gardening-331986_1280-150x150-1Moving a tree can be a delicate process that requires planning and proper execution to ensure that your tree will not only survive but will also flourish. For instance, every tree will eventually need to be placed in a hole in the ground. However, you cannot simply dig just any hole for your tree. The tips below can help even the most inexperienced landscapers successfully transplant their trees.

Digging A Hole

The first step towards properly transplanting trees is to dig an appropriately sized hole. One of the most common mistakes made when homeowners transplant trees is digging a hole that is too deep, too narrow or both. Holes that are dug too deep don’t allow tree roots to access oxygen and other nutrients and holes that are too narrow don’t allow root systems to expand and stabilize the tree.

Trees should always be transplanted in a hole as deep as the soil in which it was initially planted. The diameter of the hole should be three times the size of the root ball, root container or spread of the roots.

A common issue that can occur when planting a tree is the development of a glaze in clay soil that blocks water from permeating the soil and providing nutrients to your tree’s root system. Using a fork to aerate the soil in the hole you have dug for your tree can prevent a glaze from developing.

Balled and Burlapped Trees Roots

Make sure to always lift a tree with balled and burlapped roots by the ball. Cut away all of the burlap from the roots and add backfill soil until it reaches the height of the root ball.

Container Tree Roots

First, completely remove the container that is holding your tree’s roots. If the roots appear to be matted together and tightly compressed, gently use your finger or blunt instrument to tease the roots away from the tangled mass. Failing to spread your root system can mean a short life for your transplanted tree. Then, place the tree in your hole and fill with soil until the root structure is covered.

Bare-Rooted Trees

When planting a tree without soil surrounding its roots, you will need to maintain moist roots, and you should plant the tree as quickly as possible. Build a soil cone in the middle of the hole you plan to plant your tree in. The crown of the tree roots should be exposed about two inches above where the soil and roots meet to provide adequate space for settling.

 

When Your Trees Drop Their Leaves

fall-foliage-111315_640-150x150-1Fall leaves are much more fun to look at than they are to clean up. Here we walk through a few tips on how to pick up after your trees when they drop their leaves, and where to turn if you discover trees need maintenance.

Work with the wind. Choose a calm day to clean up leaves or the wind will blow your raked leaves around and cancel out your work. Or, rake in the direction the wind is blowing, and let the wind carry the leaves to one side so you can pile them up from there.
Rake leaves when they’re dry. Wet leaves are much heavier than dry leaves. Raking dry leaves will keep you from shoveling heavier loads and dragging heavier bags.
Consider using motorized clean up options. Leaf blowers and mulchers make leaf clean up much easier and quicker: but manually cleaning leaves by hand is a great fall work out.
Be patient before you start cleaning. As hard as it is to see your yard become covered with leaves, try to wait until they have all fallen before you begin cleaning them up.Cleaning leaves all at once instead of many times in smaller amounts will save you hours of time.
After The Leaves Fall

Once your trees have shed their leaves, be sure to inspect them for any signs of potential damage. West Chicago’s top certified arborist can help your trees look better than ever! Call today at 630-469-2877.