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Fall is a Great Time for Tree Care


As Weather Cools Down Trees Still Need Proper Care

fall-leavesUp in the Midwest, most residents often identify the fall season with the changing colors of trees. It’s indeed a beautiful sight to see as trees change from green to various shades of red, yellow, amber and brown.

With all the natural beauty of the fall season, comes the responsibility of cleaning up fallen leaves, which can scatter great distances depending on the wind and weather conditions. As the leaves start to fall and trees become bare, most people assume that trees are shutting down and essentially going to sleep for the winter.

However, trees actually go through a time of growth and vigor during the fall and winter months. Interestingly, trees experience some of their most dramatic growth during the months of September through December as twigs, branches and roots begin collecting and storing the critical food reserves needed for the next season. Although trees may look bare and lifeless, there is still plenty of activity that occurs underneath the ground.

Therefore, the fall season can be a great time to give your trees some extra care in order to help prepare them for the harsh winter months. The brutal midwest winter can be hard on evergreens and deciduous plants. With often dramatic temperature fluctuations, water loss from the cold, drying winds and subzero temperatures, Chicago’s trees face a harsh environment every winter.

As a result, the food reserves stored during the fall season must be carefully conserved for the coming needs of spring, and to help in the regrowth process. So, what can you do to help care for your trees during the fall months to help set them up for health in the winter and growth in the spring? The Hebron Journal-Registerrecommends some Top Fall Tree Care Activities:

  • Identify. Make a list of your trees’ needs and potential health issues. This is a proactive way to approach plant health care before problems arise. It also helps prioritize your efforts.
  • Consult. Know and understand your limits with pruning and tree care. Consult with a certified arborist, such as Ken Brown of Brown Tree Service, who can identify and manage needs for large and mature trees.
  • Mulch. Spread a 4 to 6-inch layer of organic wood chip mulch around the base of trees. Take the mulch to the edge of the dripline on smaller trees or as far as you can for larger trees. A 6 to 8-foot mulched diameter is ideal for most trees. Do not pile mulch against the stem of the tree, which can cause long-term damage and even death.
  • Aerate. Aerate soils if they are compacted or poorly drained. Avoid getting too close to trees and damaging tree roots.
  • Remove. Correct or remove structural faults and any visible dead wood. Focus on making smaller cuts to minimize wounding and exposed heartwood.
  • Prune. Remove damaged and declining twigs and branches with a proper pruning cut to a healthy lateral branch.
  • Protect. Use paper tree wrap on young, recently planted trees that have not developed protective bark. Use tree tubes or tree guards to protect young trees from mechanical and animal damage. Winter damage from deer, rabbits and squirrels can be severe on young trees, so this protection can pay big dividends.
  • Water. Watering may be needed during a dry fall and winter, especially for newly planted or newly established trees.
  • Fertilize. Do not fertilize unless your soils have a known nutrient deficiency. Fertilizing trees unnecessarily can actually harm trees by promoting vegetative growth that attracts insects and by altering the normal growth of the tree canopy.
  • Plant. While fall is a great time to take care of existing trees, it is also a great time to plant new trees and prepare for future generations. Even after the first hard freeze, growing conditions are ideal for newly planted trees and excellent root growth. Trees planted in fall get a jump-start for spring regrowth.
  • Recycle. It’s disheartening to take a fall drive through the neighborhood and see house after house with bagged leaves at the curb ready for pickup. It’s like bagging up money and setting it curbside. Leaves and yard debris are excellent sources of nutrients and a necessary component for healthy, “living” soils. Recycle, reuse and repurpose by using this debris for mulching, double grinding with a mulching mower or filling up the compost pile.

Trees provide enormous social, economic and environmental benefits. For more questions about proper tree care during the fall season, contact the specialists at Brown Tree Service at 847-550-TREE (8733) or emailinfo@browntree.com.

Source: Hebron Journal-Register

More Great Tips to Enhance Tree and Shrub Health


Tree Care Safety Measures Can Help During the Fall

fall-treesOver the past couple of years, Illinois and the large majority of the Midwestern states have experience severe drought conditions. This has greatly affected the agricultural industry, and specifically in the growth and harvesting of corn.

It may seem like such a big deal, but corn is a actually vital part of many industries, including chicken, pork, candy and even fuel. The shortage in corn raised concerns that there would be a shortage in chicken wings during the Super Bowl. Some forecasters predict that the price of pork products, and specifically bacon, would rise dramatically due to the impact of corn on the pork industry.

The recent droughts have not only affected agricultural and other industries, it has also impacted residents and homeowners as well. These conditions have left trees and other perennial plants around the Greater Chicago-land area and the Midwest visibly stressed this fall. Some of the symptoms include abundant seed production, leaf scorch, early fall colors, leaf drop, limb die-back and yellowing or browning of leaves and needles.

However, it’s not too late. Below are some great tips that could help enhance tree and shrub health this fall:

  • First, be sure to generously water your trees and shrubs before the soil freezes over. This applies especially to conifer trees (pine, spruce and cedar) and trees planted in the last three years. Mulching newly planted trees also helps conserve moisture and reduce winter root damage.
  • Secondly, use plastic tubes or tree wraps on young maples and thin-barked trees to protect them from sun-scalding. This will also help tree barks from cracking in the winter and spring. Doing this could also help to reduce tree damage caused by winter animals.
  • Lastly, be sure to mow or remove tall grass from your lawn to help reduce tree damage caused by deer, mice, rabbits or other winter rodents. If the bark is removed or severely damaged around the tree, it will die. One suggestion is to apply human hair, soaps, garlic oil, hot sauce and animal repellents to branches and foliage to discourage browsing from animals.

If you’re noticing severe problems in your landscaping or trees, be sure to consult a professional. Ken Brown of Brown Tree Service is a Certified Arborist, who has been serving the Greater Chicago-land area for over 30 years. The team at Brown Tree Service will be able to properly diagnose the situation and provide expert advice and services for all your lawn and tree care needs.

For more questions about tree care, tree removal and tree planting, contact the specialists at Brown Tree Service at 847-550-TREE (8733) or email info@browntree.com.

Source: Forest Lake Times

Brown Tree Service Utilizes Real-Time GPS Tracking


Tree Care Service and GPS Location Sharing

sharespot-browntreeBrown Tree Service has been providing quality tree care, tree renovation, tree planting and tree removal services in the Greater Chicago-land area for 30 years. Ken Brown, a certified ISA arborist, started his business with the goal of providing the best tree care service possible, and his philosophy is the same today: “Treat each tree as if it was your own and each customer as if they were your neighbor.”

One of the tools that Brown Tree utilizes is real-time GPS trackingtechnology for their service and on-sight vehicles. These live GPS tracking devices give Ken Brown and his team the ability to monitor their fleet of work trucks while they’re out on the field.

The SilverCloud® GPS Tracking System gives Ken Brown the ability to view the live location of his vehicles from his internet-enabled computer, laptop or mobile device (smartphone or tablet). The technology helps to ensure that his teams are where they’re suppose to be at the right time. It also helps ensure that the team at Brown Tree is providing the best service possible to their customers.

One of the useful features offered by the GPS tracking system, is the ShareSpot®. This innovative feature allows Brown Tree to share the live GPS location of their vehicles with their customers via a link that can be sent via email or text message. The live tracking window is embedded onto their website.

The ShareSpot® feature allows customers to see precisely where their service vehicle is in proximity to their location. Oftentimes, tree care services give their customers a broad window for their arrival time. However, Brown Tree’s priority is to provide the best overall experience for their customers, and real-time GPS trackers give them the tools to enhance their productivity, efficiency and level of customer service.

For more information about the services that Brown Tree provides, or to request a quote, call 847-550-TREE (8733) or email info@browntree.com.


Tree Trimming and Tree Removal Provides Safety


Last Thursday, millions and children, teens and even adults across the nation dressed up in their favorite costumes to commemorate Halloween, and really to fill their bags with candy and sweets.

According to tradition and history, Halloween, or “All Hallow’s Eve,” was meant to a day set aside to honor and remember the dead and departed. However, today it’s become a fun and festive event, especially for young children, who get the opportunity to dress up in their superhero or princess costumes and go out in public. However, for Chicago resident Rubi Roman, it wasn’t such an enjoyable evening.

Of all the horrors, Roman feared that the branches dangling precariously from the tree in front of her Albany Park neighborhood house would come crashing down on an innocent passer-by. She called the city on December of 2011 and asked that the tree be trimmed since it was sitting on a city-owned parkway. No one came, and a over a year later, a few of the branches fell.

Earlier this year, Roman’s 4-year-old daughter was playing near the tree when a large branch fell, just missing her an inch. “I’d been patient, except when that happened,” she said. “If the branch had hit my daughter on the head, most likely she would have had to go to the hospital and then it would have been a greater problem.”

Roman contacted the city multiple times to trim the tree, only to be told that she was on the list. Not wanting to wait any longer, she decided to contact a tree service to have the branches trimmed, however, they could not provide the service since the tree was on city property.

After numerous complaints and some complications, the city finally trimmed the tree. Roman is relieved that her year-long wait is finally over. “I don’t have to worry about anybody getting hurt,” she said. “I’m very, very happy.”

Tree trimming and removal can potentially help protect others from falling branches. It’s vitally important for home-owners to identify hanging branches on their property, especially if they’re near sidewalks or public roadways. Should a large branch fall and cause damage, or worse, injure another person, it could result in unnecessary problems and potential legal ramifications for residents.

Brown Tree Service has been providing tree trimming and tree removal services in the Greater Chicago-land area for the past 30 years. Their certified, expert staff will be able to provide the best approach to safely trimming and removing trees while providing the utmost customer service.

Contact Brown Tree today at 847-550-TREE (8733) or email info@browntree.com.

Source: Chicago Tribune

Proposed Tree Trimming Ordinance Rejected


A powerful storm blew through the Midwest over the weekend, wreaking havoc across 12 states: Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and western New York.

One tornado that blew through Illinois’ Washington County, near Peoria, left a path of destruction more than three miles long, according to a preliminary survey by the National Weather Service. Homes were completely demolished, trees were uprooted and cars were flipped over in its devastating wake.

Many residents were surprised by the storms, since they occurred during the middle of November. This is the time of the year when most Midwesterners prepare themselves for snow, not tornadoes.

According to recent, at least eight were reported dead, and hundreds of thousands were left without power on Monday as the region began the daunting task of recovering from powerful storm system. Gov. Pay Quinn of Illinois declared seven counties as disaster areas.

Other states were hit hard, and some were left homeless as the storms ripped through the region. Thousands of residents came out to find broken tree branches scattered across their yards, and in some cases they found trees completely uprooted from the ground.

On Monday night, the Bowling Green, Ohio, City Council unanimously rejected a tree trimming ordinance that would give City Arborist Dave Bienemann authority on the removal of dead or dying trees on private properties. The council was in agreement that residents typically do enough in resolving their own trees care needs after hearing from Bienemann.

Although the issue of dead trees has not caused a great deal of conflict thus far, the city noted the dangers they pose after Sunday’s powerful storm. Five dead trees fell in the city during the storm, according to Municipal Administrator John Fawcett. “Mother nature took care of [those] for us,” he said.

Mother nature can be unpredictable and it’s important for homeowners and residents to ensure that their trees are safe from strong winds. Falling branches and trees can cause severe damage to property and people. Heavy snow can cause tree limbs to snap, and potentially fall on people’s heads. This is why it’s important for homeowners to maintain and trim their trees before the winter season.

It is equally important to contact a professional, who will be able to properly examine and diagnose the right tree care needs. Ken Brown of Brown Tree Service is a Certified Arborist with over 30 years of experience in tree removal and tree trimming services. The Fall season is a great time to have Brown Tree come out and examine your tree care needs before the winter season comes.

For more information about Brown Tree and the services they provide contact them at 847-550-TREE (8733) or email info@browntree.com.

Source: The BG News