Tree Care

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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10 Tips Before You Prune

10 Tips Before You Prune

Winter is a great time to see the architecture of trees and bushes without the leaves. When temps are above freezing as the ice and snow melts, look for crossing branches and dead, diseased, or damaged wood.

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How to plant a tree

How to Plant a Tree

There’s an old gardening piece of advice that says “the key to growing a great plant is to put a 50-cent specimen in a $5 hole.” This is no myth! Get your money’s worth by planting a tree correctly and caring for it while it grows.

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Big Trees in the Landscape

Advantages of Big Trees in the Landscape

As kids, many of us made lots of great memories thanks to the towering trees around us. We remember the tire swing in the backyard of our childhood home, the trees we’d climb while camping at the lake, or the family picnics in the shade of a giant oak. As we grow older, trees start to become the quiet backdrops of our lives.

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