Tree Care

Tree Care

Benefits of Columnar Oaks

What are the Benefits of Columnar Oaks in Winter?

Usually, it’s evergreen trees that come to mind when thinking about privacy, screening, color, and texture for enjoyment in the landscape during the winter months. While evergreens are a perfectly acceptable option for achieving this feel in your yard, columnar oak trees are a seriously underrated option.

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Fall Oak Tree

Why October is Renamed Oaktober

Oaks are essential to the ecosystem and in Illinois, we celebrate them the entire month of October. It’s a great time of year to plant an oak because fall planting gives the tree an extra growing season before the stress of summer. The combination of cooler temperatures and fall rain allows the newly-planted oak to

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Pruning Evergreens

Pruning Evergreens

Evergreen refers to a group of plants that retain their foliage during winter. Most evergreens have a strong central branch leader, which requires little pruning except to control plant height, increase the density of branching, or to shear into special shapes.

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Too Much Moisture Leads to Tree Problems

Too Much Moisture, More Tree Problems

If you are spending more time out in your backyard this week, you may have noticed some of our central Illinois trees are super ugly this spring. Maple leaves have black splotches, sycamore branches are falling to the ground and ginkgoes leaves are sparse and crinkled. All these symptoms are tree issues that link back to the cool wet spring and late frost.

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