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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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
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.