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Tree Care Alerts - 2/18

Inspect your Sycamore trees. The extreme cold weather this winter has caused many of our Sycamore trees here in Illinois to split right down the main trunk. Some of these trees have become hazards and need to be removed or monitored closely.


What a winter! Stay tuned to see how this difficult and record breaking winter may affect our trees. Watch for a winter kill for Red Bud trees, and our poor evergreens may have a rough time come this spring. More later...

 

Tree Care Alerts - 9/12

Fall is a great time for root feeding your trees. You can replenish the nutrients your trees have expended during this past season. We can help craft a custom fertilization plan for your trees.

Water your evergreen trees throughout the fall. Keep in mind that evergreens transpire year round and use water from the soil all the way up to when the ground freezes. One last deep watering around Thanksgiving, can help to prevent winter burn like we saw last year. Leaf shield (anti-dessicant) sprays are also strongly recommended. Let us know if you would like to protect your evergreen trees and shrubs to prevent winter kill.

   

Tree Care Alerts - 12/10

Winter is the time for tree pruning. Ornamental and shade trees benefit from structural pruning that is much easier to be done in the winter.

 

If you noticed frost cracks in your young Maples, or other small trees, consider wrapping them with tree wrap this winter. Make sure you keep the wrap on through the spring, but remove before next growing season.

   

Tree Care Alerts - 02/15

Spring Root Feeding! Has it been awhile since you have given your trees the nutrients they need? Trees would be getting so much more nourishment in their native habitat, where they are designed to grow. Trees in the urban landscape have less organic material decomposing from leaf litter, and other organic material breaking down and becoming plant food. We break the chain of nutrient recycling by raking up all the leaves and picking up small fallen branches.

Solution: Spring Fertilization. Keep your trees the best they can be.

 

If you noticed frost cracks in your young Maples, or other small trees, consider wrapping them with tree wrap throughout the late winter months. Make sure you keep the wrap on through the spring, but remove before next growing season.

   

Tree Care Alerts - 08/15

SCALE – This year we have seen an unprecedented amount of Scale in trees. Scale is an insect that feeds on the sugars produced by the leaf during photosynthesis. The Scale is intercepting the sugar before it moves down to the tree where it is stored in the root system. We have noticed many Honey Locust, Hackberry, and Oak trees in distress and looking very thin due this devastating insect. We can treat these trees to control the feeding and stop the Scale from doing long-term damage. Read more...

 

ROOT FEEDING  Has it been awhile since you have given your trees the nutrients they need? Trees would be getting so much more nourishment in their native habitat, where they are designed to grow. Trees in the urban landscape have less organic material decomposing from leaf litter, and other organic material breaking down and becoming plant food. We break the chain of nutrient recycling by raking up all the leaves and picking up small fallen branches.
Solution: Tree Fertilization.
Keep your trees the best they can be.

 

WATER MANAGEMENT – Up until this point in the year, water management has not been an issue. Needless to say, the months of April through July yielded more than adequate rainfall, but if the weather gets hot and dry in August, make sure you water your trees at least once a week.

   

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GRAF TREE CARE MOVES INTO NEW FACILITY
Last year, we purchased an empty 5,200 square foot building in Batavia, IL. After the design phase and architectural drawings were completed for our custom buildout, the interior construction began. We decided to use this opportunity to showcase urban wood utilization. Recycled wood planks were used to create our desks, cabinets, shelves, window sills, and a conference room table; all from trees that were removed by our crews and milled right here is Batavia. Click here to read full article.

ZAC KING – ISA BOARD CERTIFIED MASTER ARBORIST
In November, our Plant Health Care Coordinator, Zac King, reached the highest professional level of Certification the International Society of Arboriculture has. This certification is based on years of practical work experience, along with intense independent study. Zac has worked hard in the field in our daily operations, attended conferences and seminars, and studied on his own in order to attain this prestigious certification. Congratulations Zac!.

EVENTS AND PUBLIC APPEARANCES
Here are a few places you can come to see us over the next few winter months:

  • January 19-20: State Park District Conference -Downtown at the Hilton, Chicago, IL. Phil Graf and Steve Lane will be presenting groundbreaking 3D Tree Mapping and Canopy Analysis.
  • January 24-26: Indiana Arborist Association Annual Conference - Indianapolis, IN. This time Municipal Consulting Forester Jim Semelka will be with Phil and Steve set up in the exhibit hall to showcase more urban forestry services and technologies.
  • February 28-29: Great Lakes Park Training at Pokagon State Park – Angola, IN. Phil will be in attendance to network and talk to fellow trainees about urban forestry.
  • March 14-15: Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course - Bethel University, Arden Hills, MN. Steve will be presenting on using GIS for Reforestation Planning after the Emerald Ash Borer.
 
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