Magnolia Trees of the Chicago, IL Area

Posted by on Mar 11, 2021 in News |

We have returned again this month with a new installment of our serious of the native trees of the Chicago area with a closer look at magnolia trees.  Magnolia trees (Magnolia sp.) are flowering trees and plants that are believed to have appeared for the first time as far back as 95 million years ago.  There are just over 200 species of magnolia plants classified within the Magnolia genus, most of which can be found throughout southeast Asia in...

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Eastern Redbud Trees in the Chicago Area

Posted by on Jan 29, 2021 in News |

Our series on the native trees of the Chicago area is back this month with a closer look at the eastern redbud tree.  Eastern redbud trees (Cercis canadensis) are small trees mostly found in the eastern half of the United States from southern Michigan and northern Illinois down to Florida and from Virginia and North Carolina west to Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.  These trees are mostly planted for ornamental purposes as their smaller size and...

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Verticillium Wilt: Identification, Symptoms, and Control

Posted by on Nov 13, 2020 in News, Tree Care Tips |

We are back with our series on the common tree diseases and insect pests in Illinois with a closer look at a dangerous fungal disease, verticillium wilt.  Verticillium wilt is known to affect more than 350 species of flowering plants including shrubs, trees, fruits, and vegetables.  This disease affects the xylem, or tissue responsible for the movement of water within the tree, which makes it difficult for water to get to the branches.  As a...

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Tips to Effectively Water Your Trees

Posted by on Sep 4, 2020 in News, Tree Care Tips |

Just about every living thing on Earth from animals to plants needs water to survive.  When it comes to plants, the water they receive typically comes from rain and humidity.  However, mother nature does not always provide enough water for plants and trees as droughts can leave areas dry for weeks or even months.  If your area does not receive enough rain, especially during the hot months of the summer, you will need to water your plants and...

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Japanese Beetles: Identification, Control, and Prevention

Posted by on Aug 4, 2020 in News, Tree Care Tips |

Today we continue with our series on the common tree diseases and insect pests in the Chicago area to discuss an invasive pest, the Japanese beetle.  Japanese beetles (Popillia japonica) are native to Japan but considered an invasive species in the U.S. as they are known to feed on the leaves of more than 300 species of plants including bushes and trees.  Adult Japanese beetles skeletonize leaves, destroying the foliage of affected plants and...

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How to Make my Chicagoland Backyard a Staycation Oasis

Posted by on Jul 3, 2020 in News, Tree Care Tips |

This summer in the Chicago area is going to be different than previous summers.  Sure, Illinois is in Phase 4 of the re-opening plan, but the threat of COVID-19 is not gone.  This will likely motivate people to continue to stay at home and ride out the pandemic safely.  As you spend more time at home this summer, you can transform your yard into an oasis that makes your time at home more enjoyable.  A great place to start is in your own...

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