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Cook County, IL Tree Care
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TREE REMOVAL

Although we prefer to save trees, sometimes tree removal is necessary. Tree removal may be needed for several reasons including, to make room for home or business construction, to remove a dead tree, to remove a hazardous tree, or before a landscaping project can be completed. Our tree climbing arborists are professionals at removing trees safely and efficiently. When we give the price to remove a tree we will include cost for tree removal, tree branch removal, wood removal and stump grinding.

STUMP GRINDING / STUMP REMOVAL

Most home and business owners ask us to grind out stumps after we take down a tree on their property. This not only removes the unsightly stump, but sometimes it’s possible to replant a tree in or near the same location after the stump grinding is done. Stump grinding also allows you to reseed or resod the area so you won’t have to mow around the tree stump.

TREE TRIMMING / TREE PRUNING

Tree trimming is one of our most commonly requested services and is an important tree maintenance service for a variety of reasons. Tree trimming is needed to remove dead tree branches from mature trees, prune excessive interior tree branches, keep ornamental trees in shape and to clear tree branches from homes, garages, driveways, roads, and signs. Trimming young trees helps the tree develop a strong tree structure for future growth. Periodic tree trimming keeps trees healthy, strong and attractive.

  • Tree trimming
  • Tree removal
  • Lawn fertilization and weed control
  • Custom-blended lawn & tree fertilizers
  • Tree disease control
  • Insect and mite control for trees & shrubs
  • Landscape design-phase tree recommendation/selection
  • Landscape tree and shrub replacement
  • Tree cabling and bracing
  • Tree pruning
  • Stump grinding/stump removal
  • Air excavation to diagnose tree root and root collar disorders
  • Emerald Ash Borer control
  • Granular Lawn Fertilization
  • Grub Control
  • Core aeration
  • Lawn seeding

TREE DISEASE CONTROL

There are a number of tree diseases that infect trees in the Crestwood area. Some of the more prevalent tree diseases our arborists encounter in the Crestwood area include Apple Scab on Crabapple trees, Black Knot on Purpleleaf Plum trees, Dutch Elm Disease on Elm trees, and Sycamore Anthracnose on Sycamore trees. Our arborists can recommend disease control treatments to prevent or at least reduce the damage caused by tree diseases.

INSECT & MITE CONTROL FOR TREES & SHRUBS

There is a wide variety of tree insect and mite pests common to Frankfort, Illinois area. Tree insect pests and mites can weaken your trees and shrubs by feeding on the foliage, sucking plant juices, or causing early leaf drop. Insect and mite pests essentially reduce a plants ability to make food for itself through photosynthesis.

Some insects, such as tree borers, generally target trees that are under stress. One exception to this rule is the Emerald Ash Borer. The Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive insect that was discovered in Cook County in 2006 and attacks all species of Ash trees. Emerald Ash Borer will attack stressed and healthy Ash trees.

Tree Services recommend insect and mite control based on the specific trees and shrubs in your landscape. The number and type of insect or mite control treatments depends on the tree or shrub pest we are trying to control. We are especially happy to be able to offer treatments to control Emerald Ash Borer on Ash trees in and around the Frankfort area. We can treat your tree to control Emerald Ash Borer. If the Emerald Ash Borer damage is too severe we will recommend tree removal and can give you a price to remove an Ash tree.

TREE CABLING AND BRACING

A tree with a poor or weak structure is an accident waiting to happen. Lack of structural integrity can cause the loss of large tree branches or broken tree trunks on multi-stemmed trees. A weak tree structure could result in damage to homes, cars, people or pets. Tree cabling and bracing can extend the useful life of a mature tree in your landscape. Although there is no guarantee tree cabling and bracing will save every tree our arborists can advise you if a tree on your property could benefit from tree cabling and bracing.

LAWN SERVICE

We offer a variety of lawn care services to keep your lawn thick, lush, green, and healthy. Our lawn care services include Granular Lawn Fertilization, Weed Control, Grub Control, Lawn Aeration, and Lawn Seeding. We can offer you a one-time lawn fertilization & weed control treatment or provide you with a lawn fertilization & weed control program for the entire growing season.

LANDSCAPE DESIGN-PHASE TREE RECOMMENDATION/SELECTION

Arborists are often called upon to prune trees that were not planted in the correct location in a landscape. Oftentimes, we are asked to prune tree branches that are too close to a house, driveway, or sidewalk because landscapers planted the trees too close to the house or driveway, or planted trees that quickly outgrew their planting area.

If you are planning a new landscape or updating your existing landscape we can recommend what tree is right, and will have the space to mature, for any location in your landscape. Our arborists are familiar with the tree and shrub species that grow best in the Chicago area. Arborists will let you know if the tree or shrub you want to plant is going to require a lot of trimming or is susceptible to certain insect or disease pests. Our arborists have seen all the mistakes landscapers have made in other landscapes and can help you avoid these mistakes in your landscape.

Keep reading for more tree care information around Cook County, IL and the surrounding Chicago Area

BARRINGTON APPROVES TREE INVENTORY

Barrington, IL





The Village Board has approved a contract with Natural Path Urban Forestry to conduct a tree inventory of all trees on village property. The comprehensive tree inventory will detail items such as tree location, tree species, and tree condition. Most of the funding for the tree inventory was by way of a grant the village received from the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus.

Part of the reason the village decided on having a tree inventory conducted is the recent discovery of Emerald Ash Borer within the village limits. Emerald Ash Borer was identified as the cause of widespread Ash death in the Detroit, Michigan area in 2002 and has now made its way to the Chicago area.

The tree inventory will take place in June and July, after the trees have leafed out. This timing will allow the condition of the trees to be properly assessed. A review of the inventory will allow village officials to determine a course of action to take regarding Emerald Ash Borer. The village will consider the cost of treating Ash trees for Emerald Ash Borer versus the cost of removing Ash trees and replacing them with a different tree species.

Homeowners can contact a local tree service to have an arborist assess Ash trees on their property to detemine if Emerald Ash Borer treatments are appropriate. If the Ash tree has recently been infested the tree service can offer a number of options to control Emerald Ash Borer. The green metallic beetle usually requires two to four years to completely kill an Ash tree.

EMERALD ASH BORER MEANS ASH TREE REMOVAL IN FRANKLIN PARK

Franklin Park, IL






The invasion of Emerald Ash Borer will likely lead to the demise of most, if not all, of the Ash trees in Franklin Park. Most of the 1,000 plus Ash trees are already in poor health, which makes the tree a more attractive target for the Emerald Ash Borer. The village is planning to remove Ash trees as time and funds permit and replace them with a different tree species.

The Emerald Ash Borer damages Ash trees by feeding in the cambium layer of the tree. The feeding disrupts the normal flow of water and nutrients in the tree and can kill an Ash tree in two to four years. Woodpeckers, which feed on the Emerald Ash Borer larvae, cause additional damage to Ash trees by peeling off the tree bark in search of a meal.

Homeowners wishing to save their Ash tree from the Emerald Ash Borer should contact a local tree service. Treatments to control Emerald Ash Borer include tree spraying, tree truck injections or soil drenches. An arborist should inspect the Ash tree to determine if the control treatments will be effective.

CONTROLLING INSECTS & MITES ON TREES AND SHRUBS

There are several species of insects and mites that can cause significant damage to trees and shrubs in the Chicago area. Not all insect damage to trees and shrubs can be prevented, even under the care of a professional tree service. The goal of an insect or mite control program should be to limit the plant damage to a level that will not threaten the health of the tree or shrub. Most Chicago tree services that offer Plant Health Care programs use Integrated Pest Management to minimize damage to trees and shrubs used for landscape plantings. This type of insect or mite control program may incorporate tree spraying, soil injections, tree trunk injections, soil drenches, or even tree or shrub pruning to minimize the level of damage to trees or shrubs in the landscape. The treatment used depends on the insect pest or mite that needs to be controlled, the location of the plant to be treated, and the time of the year the treatment is to be performed.

If the tree service utilizes a Plant Health Care program the arborist that comes to your property will inspect the trees and shrubs before spraying any trees or shrubs. The arborist will know which insect or mite pests are active in the Chicago area and on which plants they are likely to be feeding on. Insect or mite control treatments are often used to reduce existing pest populations, but in some cases may be applied as a preventative treatment.

If a homeowner has contracted with a tree service to provide an insect or mite control program it’s helpful to let the tree service know if any insect or mite activity is seen between scheduled visits. Even though all insects or mites in the landscape are not harmful to plants, and some are beneficial, any change in the appearance of the plant should be immediately reported to the tree service so they can investigate your concern
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PARK RIDGE TO REMOVE ASH TREES

Park Ridge, IL





The city plans to begin Ash tree removals due to infestation of Emerald Ash Borer in the Ash trees. First discovered in Michigan in 2002, the Emerald Ash Borer was found in Park Ridge in 2009. According to city forester Tony Gliot the Ash tree removals will change the character of some Park Ridge neighborhoods. Gliot said there are more than 2000 Ash trees in Park Ridge.

Emerald Ash Borer kills Ash trees by feeding on the cambium layer in the tree. This disrupts the flow of water and nutrients within the Ash tree. Arborists can prevent or reduce damage from Emerald Ash Borer with tree spraying, tree trunk injections or soil injection treatments if they are started before the damage to the Ash tree is too severe. Symptoms of Emerald Ash Borer infestation are a thinning of the tree canopy, woodpecker activity on the tree, bark splitting where the borer is feeding, and epicormic sprouting on the lower tree trunk.

Park Ridge has received a $20,000 federal grant to pay for tree replacement, but must absorb the cost of the Ash tree removals. The time and effort put in to Ash tree removals will mean less time for city tree crews to work on other tree pruning work.

Park Ridge residents that want to save an Ash tree on their property should contact a local tree service. An arborist from the tree service can inspect the Ash tree and determine if control treatments for Emerald Ash Borer would save the Ash tree.

EMERALD ASH BORER DETECTED IN RIVERSIDE, IL

Riverside, IL


The Riverside Village forester announced in January that an Emerald Ash Borer adult insect was found in December 2011 in a trap placed by the Illinois Department of Agriculture. The discovery has prompted the Riverside Village Board to implement a policy for dealing with Ash trees infested with Emerald Ash Borer.

The Village does not plan to treat any Ash trees to control Emerald Ash Borer. Riverside residents will have three options when it comes to trees attacked by the Emerald Ash Borer:

  1. Wait until the Ash tree is infested and the Village will remove the tree.
  2. The homeowner can ask the Village to remove the Ash tree.
  3. The homeowner can, at their expense, treat an Ash tree to control the Emerald Ash Borer.


Emerald Ash Borer control products are available to homeowners at garden stores, but will need to be applied annually. Some tree services offer tree trunk injections that provide two years of control with a high level of effectiveness against the Emerald Ash Borer.

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