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

Source: Forest Lake Times