PHC on the Lookout: Beneficial Fall Applications

Are you noticing that your river birch, oak or red maple tree don’t look as lush as they normally do? Are the leaves showing fall colors already and starting to drop? If it were fall, this would be expected. However, since it is still summer, these signs can indicate a larger problem. Many times what  Continue Reading »

International Tree Climbing Championship (ITCC)

Along with KTS, I have been involved in the ITCC for the last 25 years. It has been an incredible journey. The ITCC is hosted by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). The ISA is comprised of 43 individual chapters throughout North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific region. Each chapter has an annual qualifying tree  Continue Reading »

PHC on the Lookout – Why is my Tree Yellow and it’s not the Fall Season?

The Plant Health Care Department has received many calls this spring regarding yellow leaves on trees. This is often determined to be chlorosis, which is when the leaf tissue yellows due to a lack of chlorophyll. There are many factors that contribute to chlorotic symptoms in Chicago area trees. The most common factor is a  Continue Reading »

Tip of the Week – Ticks on the Rise in 2017

Warm weather early this year and a mild winter in North Central Illinois has created the ideal situation for an increase in ticks this year. There has been a rise in sighting reports and there is no sign this will change anytime soon. It’s important to be aware of this when visiting wooded and tall  Continue Reading »

Come Watch The Professionals Climb!

The Illinois Arborist Association is hosting the 2017 Tree Climbing Competition May 20th at Salt Creek Park in Wood Dale. Thirty climbers will compete in five different events that test the climber’s ability to quickly and safely maneuver in a tree while performing tree care tasks. The top climber that wins the Masters’ Challenge will  Continue Reading »

PHC on the Lookout – Boxwood Blight Hits the Area

A devastating fungal disease, boxwood blight has made its way into Illinois. First identified and confirmed in the United States in 2011, boxwood blight remained concentrated in the eastern part of the country for many years. There have now been cases identified in Missouri, Ohio and Illinois. As the name states, boxwood blight affects boxwood  Continue Reading »

Arbor-Culture – All Things New And Shiny

I have been involved in the tree industry as a climbing arborist for more than 25 years. The industry was much different when I started my career. We were taught to free climb without being secured, which was an everyday norm. Work Positioning Lanyards were basically unheard of and often referred to as “sissy straps.”  Continue Reading »

BOMA/Suburban Chicago 2017 EXPO Coming Soon!

The 2017 Office and Commercial Real Estate EXPO is February 23rd at the Drury Lane Conference Center in Oakbrook Terrace.  The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Suburban Chicago, serves real estate professionals in the commercial real estate industry. “Viva Las Vegas!” is the theme for this year’s EXPO and it’s sure to please  Continue Reading »

Come See Us at The Old House New House® Home Show!

Looking for something fun and exciting to do this weekend? The Old House New House® Home Show returns this weekend to the Pheasant Run Resort in Saint Charles. The Home Show runs from February 10-12th and features over 300 exhibitors ready to show you the latest and greatest in home and garden products and services.  Continue Reading »

iLandscape™ Show returns for their 4th Year!

This year’s Show is shaping up to be more exciting than ever, with even more exhibitors, featured displays and thought-provoking speakers. The 4th annual iLandscape™ Show returns to the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center February 1-3rd. Kramer Tree Specialists is looking forward to once again participating in the Show. Come see us in booth 1414! Join  Continue Reading »

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