Sunday, November 22, 2020

Little Known Facts About Trees

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Trees have been a staple of the earth for more than 300 million years. They’ve served as food sources and housing for countless creatures throughout time. Trees have been shown to make us calmer, happier, and more creative. Of course, a healthy tree is likely to give a nice boost to our home’s value when it’s time to sell. But what about all the little-known facts about trees?

Interesting Facts About Trees

Trees are not only beautiful to look at; they are essential to the existence of life. Trees produce oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide, provide a home for teeming communities of wildlife, give us timber for making an infinite number of products and are in general, pretty incredible.

Here are some interesting things you may not know about trees.

  • Trees are the longest living species on earth – the oldest tree on the planet is thought to be over 5000 years old.
  • Trees help improve water quality by filtering rainfall.
  • There are over 60,000 known tree species on the planet.
  • Two mature trees can provide enough oxygen for a family of four.
  • Trees help to reduce noise, air and water pollution.
  • In a forest, trees can communicate through an underground mycorrhizal fungi network.
  • A large oak tree can drink over 350 litres of water a day.
  • Trees make us feel good. Studies indicate that being surrounded by trees can decrease your blood pressure, slow your heart rate and reduce stress levels.
  • Trees can help prevent soil erosion and flooding.
  • Mature trees are highly desirable and can significantly increase the value of your property.
  • Areas that have a high number of trees are thought to have less crime overall than those that are devoid of green spaces.
  • Dating a tree by studying its rings is called Dendrochronology. Interestingly, a tree’s rings don’t only reveal its age – they can also indicate the occurrence of natural disasters such as a volcanic eruption or a drought event.
  • The largest surviving tree in the world is said to be a giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) called ‘General Sherman’ found in California, which has a Biomass of approximately 1487 cubic metres in volume.
  • The tallest trees in the world are the coastal redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) – one particular tree called Hyperion in California is said to be over 115 metres tall!
  • Hospital patients with views of trees are reported to heal faster and spend less time in the hospital than those without.
  • The saying “knock on wood” comes from ancient pagan rituals where it was believed that good spirits lived inside trees.
  • Strategic planting of just four trees on your property can significantly reduce your energy bills – some say by up to as much as 50%!
  • Trees are cool man. An area that is shaded by a tree can be much cooler than an area that is not shaded.

So, now you know how amazing trees are – why not plant one today?

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Everything to Know About Pruning Your Tree

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Have you ever pruned your trees? Maybe you saw that the branches were becoming overgrown and thought it would be good to handle the matter yourself. As explained in this piece from the University of Minnesota Extension, “pruning is a horticultural practice that alters the form and growth of a plant.” Pruning can also be considered a strategy for preventive maintenance. Keep in mind that many problems can be prevented by correct pruning techniques during formative years for a tree or shrub. Keep reading as we dive deeper into tree pruning.

What is Pruning? The Importance, Benefits and Methods of Pruning

In the forest, trees are free to play by their own rules. They can spread their limbs out, stretch their branches up as high as they’ll grow, and send old, weak limbs down to the forest floor in a freefall.

The trees in our backyards and along our streets don’t have quite as much freedom–and for good reason. Of course, we want our trees to look natural while also ensuring they grow strong and don’t become a safety risk.

…and that’s where pruning comes in! While you may have heard the term and know it has something to do with trimming your trees, read on to learn exactly what pruning is, why we do it and how it’s done.

What You Need to Know About Different Types of Pruning

What is the definition of tree pruning?

Pruning is when you selectively remove branches from a tree. The goal is to remove unwanted branches, improve the tree’s structure, and direct new, healthy growth.

What are the benefits of pruning?

Pruning is one of best things you can do for your trees. A proper prune is both an investment in the long-term health of your plants and in the overall look and safety of your property.

When you trim your trees, you get all these benefits!

  • Say farewell to dead, broken or damaged branches.
  • Save your property from potential damage from fallen branches.
  • When you remove old branches, you give trees the green light to put out healthy, new growth.
  • Train trees to grow on your terms so that branches won’t hang over the roof or stretch into power lines.
  • Give trees a clean, polished look that elevates your whole landscape.
  • Set the tree up with a good foundation for long-term health.

What are the different types or methods of pruning?

Different tree goals call for different tree trimming methods.

Here’s a breakdown of the most common types:

  • Reducing density removes limbs all the way back to their branch of origin. It’s a method used to free up a full canopy so that more sunlight can come through.
  • Maintaining health is like fine-tuning a tree. Simple cuts are used to clear out dead, diseased, and damaged limbs to give the tree a polished look.
  • Size management cuts reduce a tree’s height or width. This method typically shortens branches that are inching into utility lines or reduces a wide-spread tree.
  • Structural (subordination) cuts could involve one or more of the above methods to improve a plant’s structure and long-term health.

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Tips for Building a Treehouse

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Did you ever have a treehouse as a kid? If so, then you had the freedom to immerse yourself in a completely different world. Maybe you remember the summer days in your treehouse, playing cards, reading books, and watching clouds. Recently, though, your child asked what it would take to build a treehouse. So you think to yourself, “Is it even possible?” The short answer is yes. The right tools coupled with a can-do attitude is all you need to build the treehouse of your child’s dreams.

5 Things you Need to Know Before Building a Treehouse

Do you sometimes get bored of living in your conventional family home? You may like the idea of building a small treehouse in your backyard to escape the normal life. Moreover, the idea will make your kids’ childhood memorable and fun-filled. Well, having a treehouse is no more a dream for your kids, as you can build one by yourself, keeping a few things in mind.

You don’t have to worry if you don’t have a sturdy tree in your garden, you can still construct a treehouse of your dreams using wooden panels for support. However, there are a lot of things one should learn before building a treehouse. This guide will tell you everything you need to know before making a safe, long-lasting treehouse in your backyard.

Choose the treehouse design before cutting wood

Before felling wood, it is important to think about the features you and your children would like to have in your treehouse. Be clear, if you just want to make it a playhouse for your kids or a rest house for your guest with all important amenities to spend a night in. You should plan and design the space you need in your treehouse, considering the size and strength of the trees you have in your backyard.

Tips for Building a Treehouse

Involve a professional in planning 

It is important to involve a professional from the very beginning in your planning so that he can map if supporting branches and ground base is suitable to carry the weight of your treehouse. Also, decide on the space you need in your treehouse, as fitting the floor or platform into a tree is the most difficult part of treehouse building. He will also tell you about the material and tools you require to deck up the structure the way you want.

Tips for Building a Treehouse

Choosing an ideal sight and sturdy tree

The most important thing about building a treehouse is choosing an ideal sight and a tree on which you want to construct it. Forget about the ground for a while, the tree you are picking should be sturdy enough to carry the weight of the entire dwelling. Well, it is not that your ground does not play any role, as building a treehouse requires a solid foundation. The ground should not be moist or uneven, and it should be strong enough to bear the weight of the construction. Make sure the tree you choose does not sway when it’s windy; this step will ensure your treehouse stays firm in bad weather conditions.

Tips for Building a Treehouse

Consider a suitable method to support the treehouse

It is also important to be aware of the different methods for supporting a treehouse. Go with the one that can carry the weight of treehouse for a longer time. There are mainly two types of treehouse supporting methods, one is a rigid framework, and the other is floating framework (floats slightly). Remember if your tree is not sturdy enough, you will have to ensure there is proper support for dwelling by attaching additional wood pallets or poles from the ground up.

Tips for Building a Treehouse

Bolting structure to the tree

Finally, you must consider how you are going to join your house together with the tree. Remember, trees are not happy with nails and screws, and nailing a tree will only decrease its life. Instead of using nails and screws use bolts and ropes to attach treehouse with the tree. Make sure you are not placing bolts too close together (less than 12 inch), as space in between two bolts can reduce strength dangerously due to corrosion. Try to use the minimum number of joints to hold the structure.

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Do Treehouses Damage Trees?

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Today, we’re going to be looking at the impact treehouses can have on trees, as well as the methods by which we can reduce this impact.

Put simply, a treehouse will inevitably cause a certain amount of stress to a tree, and attempting to design a treehouse without sufficient understanding of tree anatomy can lead to problems. However, as living organisms, trees have ways of protecting themselves and recovering from damage. By understanding the mechanisms that a tree uses to protect itself, we at Blue Forest keep the impact on the tree to an absolute minimum, and cause little to no lasting damage.

Does Building a Treehouse Damage the Tree?

In our most recent blog post, we provided some tips for building a treehouse. Let’s consider a different treehouse topic now. Does building one do any sort of damage to the tree?

Keep reading to learn more.


Here’s the thing: bacteria and fungi can have a negative impact on a tree. Over time, infections may cause rot and even death. Keep in mind that a tree’s bark works to protect the living layers underneath from such exposure.

If the bark is damaged in any way, the tree becomes compromised. Basically, the living tissue is exposed which increases the chances of infection.

How does this play into building a treehouse? Well, avoid damaging the bark as much as possible. This might seem like a small thing, but trust us when we say it allows your tree to maintain good health.

Cutting the trunk or branches

It might seem like a good idea to cut pieces out of the trunk so that supports fit better. However, this exposes a significant amount of living tissue. Not ideal, right?

If you need to remove branches before the treehouse construction, we recommend contacting a professional. Again, the last thing you want is to put your tree in a lose-lose situation just to make the treehouse work.


Without question, bolts can wreak havoc on a tree’s well-being. When it comes to fixing support, it makes sense to fit a single, large bolt into a cleanly drilled pilot hole.

This decreases the number of puncture points to a particular area and eliminates what tree experts call compartmentalization. Maybe you’re thinking, “What the heck is compartmentalization?” The short definition is when a tree becomes damaged, it tries to reduce the spread of disease and rot by isolating that particular section. Once a barrier layer grows around the damage, nutrients no longer flower to the area (known as a compartment).  

Nails and screws

Trying to figure out how to fix the supports? By no means should you turn to nails and screws. These should be reserved for the flooring, framing, and wall panels only.

Slings, ropes, and cables

Have you ever seen anything tied around the trunk or branches of a tree? Unfortunately, these constricting objects will damage a large area of bark as the tree moves.

Granted, some trees have the ability to grow over obstacles. But you’re taking a major risk when using slings, ropes, and cables when building a treehouse.

What’s an effective alternative? We advise using webbing straps or slings because they put much less pressure on the bark.

A Tree Service You Can Trust

Now that you understand the kind of damage a treehouse can do to a tree, what’s your next step? Frankly, your best bet is to contact a local tree service. They will likely have their own tips for constructing a treehouse without compromising the tree’s health.

Pro Tree Service has been serving Chicago and surrounding suburbs for nearly three decades. If tree trimming is on your to-do list ahead of this project, we have you covered.

Here are a few reasons why you might want to look into our tree trimming service:

  • Significantly dead, damaged, or diseased branches
  • Safety concerns (overgrown trees that may be encroaching on nearby properties, public-use spaces, and/or utility lines
  • Aesthetic concerns

There’s no question that tree pruning requires utmost precision. Believe it or not, one innocent cut could leave your tree in dire straits. That’s why it’s imperative to leave tree care in the hands of the experts.

Pro Tree Service has been there and done that. In this industry, new businesses seem to pop up out of nowhere on a regular basis. What many homeowners don’t realize, though, is that few of these businesses are properly licensed, insured, and bonded.

At Pro Tree, we take pride in ensuring a hassle-free experience for the customer. For one thing, there are no hidden fees or gimmicks with our pricing. Plus, our operations are open year-round.

Before getting started with your dream treehouse, we invite you to get in touch with Pro Tree Service. We handle everything from land clearing to tree removal.

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3 Land Clearing Tips

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Take a long look at your residential or commercial property. Are you really getting the most out of it? Or are you limited in what you can do?

Here’s the thing: land clearing is the first step in making use of what might be a patch of unusable land at the moment. However, land clearing is usually anything but an easy task.

Land Clearing Tips

If you have a patch of unusable land that you want to make use of, then land clearing is the first step in starting that project.

Whether you want to clear the land for a new house, a shed, hunting trails, or just a yard, land clearing can be a monumental task.

Whether you have trees, brambles, furrows, rocks, or more on your land, we can clear it and make it usable for you.

Here are the top 3 land clearing tips from our professionals

Tip #1: Get Professional Help–Or At Least Equipment

The first thing to realize about land clearing is that it isn’t for the faint of heart.

Even on a small lot, the amount of work required to adequately clear land is enormous.

I can think of lots of do-it-yourself projects, but I have to be honest; land clearing would be either at the bottom of the list or left off on purpose. -excerpt from this article

While we strongly advise you to call a professional, especially for the dangerous portions of the job, there may be cases where a DIY land clearing job isn’t out of the question.

For most jobs, you will need, among other things:

  • Hand tools (shovel, pickaxe, crowbar, etc.)
  • Chain saw
  • Bulldozer / skid steer loader

Depending on the type of brush, trees, or rocks which need to be removed, you can need anything from a couple of hours with a chainsaw to several weeks are hard labor with a mid-sized excavator.


Not only will you need a chainsaw with a sharp chain to fell the trees, but you will also need it to cut the tree into manageable logs to remove from the land you’re clearing. Make sure you have suitable training with cutting down trees, as it can be extremely dangerous. If you are even remotely unsure, call a local tree removal company.

Mid-Sized Excavator

If you’re clearing the land in order to use it, stumps cannot remain in the ground. Stump removal by hand is out of the question, and sometimes you have to clear land quickly, so you can’t use the rotting or burning methods. An excavator will do the trick. If you don’t have experience using heavy machinery, then be sure to call a professional.

Tip #2: Use The Trees, Don’t Just Timber Them

Before you clear your plot of land, be sure to inspect all the trees for their value. If you have rare hardwoods on your property, there are companies that will pay quite a bit of money to get their hands on that wood.

If you have trees such as Eastern Red Cedar, Ash, or Black Walnut on your lot of a merchantable height, then you might want to consider timbering the land and selling the logs for profit to a timbering company. The price you will get for these logs depends on a variety of factors.

For non-valuable wood, there are several options. Some companies will buy it in order to grind it into wood chips to use for mulch or fuel. Additionally, some companies will purchase it to use for fuel in a wood-burning power plant. Or you yourself could use the wood for firewood!

Be mindful, though, that if you hire a company to remove the logs or a timbering company purchases them from you, they will leave the leftover branches for you to deal with yourself.

Tip #3: Get Your Permits

Land clearing is a very disruptive process to the environment, so it is important that it is done safely and responsibly.

In Virginia, if land clearing impacts wetlands or surface water, then a permit is required in order to clear land. Sometimes, an inspector from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will have to come out and approve your project.

Additionally, any land clearing projects which impact more than 2,500 square feet of land require a Land Disturbing Activity (LDA) permit, issued by the Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control Program.


If you think these land clearing tips have shown you that your project needs more than just your set of hands involved, then don’t hesitate to call a professional land clearing expert.

Timber Works Tree Care does it all: tree removal, stump grinding, and land clearing. Contact us with your questions, we will be happy to help you any way we can.

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Why Trees Shed Their Leaves in Autumn

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Autumn is a favorite season for many of us here in Chicago. After all, who doesn’t appreciate the cooler weather, football-filled weekends, and pumpkin-spiced everything? These aren’t the only reasons to appreciate fall, though.

Nothing beats going on a walk and noticing all the fall foliage around the city. But have you ever wondered why trees even shed their leaves in the first place? We answer that question and more in our latest post.

What Causes Plants to Shed Their Leaves in the Fall

What causes plants to shed their leaves in the fall? It is a complex interaction among genetics, light and temperature. Starting in late summer, many species of deciduous plants, including trees and shrubs, turn brilliant colors and shed their leaves. To understand the mystery behind this annual fall show is to uncover the magical factories inside the plant’s leaves.

Factors That Signal to Plants That Fall Is Here

What causes plants to shed their leaves in the fall? The answer lies in the plant’s genetics and reaction to its environment.


Within each cell of a plant’s leaves is a substance called chlorophyll. That’s what gives leaves their green color. The chemical called chlorophyll interacts with water, carbon dioxide and sunlight to create the simple carbohydrates plants need to grow and thrive.

During the spring and summer when sunlight is abundant and temperatures are warm, the plants’ leaves contain plenty of chlorophyll. It masks other colors or pigments found within the leaves. Depending upon the plant, the leaves may contain varying amounts of two other chemical pigments: carotenoids and anthocyanins.


As the summer days wane, the duration of daylight and the angle of the sun’s rays change as the earth moves through space. Plants can sense these minute changes day by day. As the days grow shorter, the lack of sunlight starts to signal a slowdown of food production.


Along with less sunlight, temperatures begin to cool. As the nighttime temperatures grow cooler, this also signals the plants to stop or slow production of food. As chlorophyll production stops altogether, the carotenoids and anthocyanins inside the plant’s leaves become visible.

Falling Leaves

This combination of stopped chlorophyll production, less sunlight, and cool temperatures acts like a switch within the plant’s genetic system. It flips to the “off” position and signals the leaves to stop growing and manufacturing food. First, chlorophyll production stops. The masked anthocyanins and cartenoids are now visible, revealing the leaves’ hidden coats of scarlet, crimson, ochre, and golden yellow. However, as time goes by and no energy is produced in the leaves, the plant releases them and leaves fall to the ground.

Leaf Differences in Evergreens

Deciduous trees and shrubs lose their leaves in the fall as a protective measure. Their leaves are tender, and cold temperatures would kill them. Water flowing through their tender leaves would freeze, stopping energy production. Evergreen trees and shrubs, or those that retain their green leaves through the winter, maintain a thick, waxy coating on each needle. This waxy coating protects the leaves against cold.

There’s a difference inside the leaves, too. Special chemicals act as a sort of antifreeze within evergreen needles to keep the liquids flowing through the plant from freezing. Thus evergreens can maintain their leaves (needles) throughout the harsh winter months while deciduous trees must shed them.

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The Best and Worst Trees For Your Yard

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There are countless benefits of having a tree in your yard. Not only do trees add a certain aesthetic appeal, but they save water, combat climate change, and even boost property values. But do you really know which one is right for your yard?

In this post, we thought it would be helpful to provide a list of the best and worst trees for your yard.

Let’s start with the ones to avoid:

The Best and Worst Trees to Plant Near a House (By Zone)

Young trees have a way of making our minds wander. One minute you’re looking at a slender stalk with bare twigs, and the next you’re imagining the tall beauty it will soon be.

And that’s a good thing! You want to envision just how big your soon-to-be tree will get and what that means for your home before you plant.

When you choose the right tree, you save yourself the future headache of roots damaging your home’s foundation or fallen leaves constantly at your front door. Make the stress-free choice by learning about the best and worst trees to plant near a house below.

How close can you plant trees to a house, anyway?

This question all comes down to tree size. After all, the wide-root oak tree that’s 70 feet tall needs much more room than the modest Japanese maple.

A good rule of thumb is to start at about 8 to 10 feet away from your home for small trees and scale up to account for the tree’s mature height and spread.

Worst Trees to Plant Near a House

The trees on this short list are deemed the worst because of their widespread, invasive roots. These are just the top offenders, though!

Once you find a tree you like, do a little research to see how fast growing and destructive their roots could be.

  • White ash (Zones 2-9): A fast-growing shade tree with invasive, lateral roots that’s also susceptible to emerald ash borer!
  • Poplar (Zones 3-8): A tall tree with aggressive roots known for causing sewer and foundational damage
  • American elm (Zones 3-9): A full tree that has shallow roots that can disrupt your lawn, sidewalk or driveway
  • Silver maple (Zones 3-9): A tree with gorgeous, shimmery leaves that also has roots that often end up growing above the ground
  • Weeping willow (zones 6-8): A large shade tree that commonly invades sewer lines
  • Oak (Zones 8-10): A fast-growing, beloved tree notorious for causing foundational damage

Best Trees to Plant Near a House

These trees make the list because of their non-invasive roots or low-maintenance cleanup. Plus, it helps that they’re all beautiful trees!

  • Crabapple (Zones 3-8): A short, flowering tree that matures at about 20 feet tall. Be sure to pick a disease-resistant tree to avoid headaches later!
  • American hornbeam (zones 3-9): A slow-growing member of the birch family that’s small in size
  • Cornelian-cherry dogwood (Zones 4-7): An excellent small tree that puts on the best possible show of flowers when planted in front of a dark background
  • Japanese maple (zones 5-8): A popular scarlet-colored tree that’s ideal for planting at a curbside location or near a patio
  • Flowering dogwood (Zones 5-8): A delicate, flowering tree great for planting near walls
  • American holly (zones 5-9): A popular evergreen tree that’s low-maintenance

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Lifecycle of a Tree: How Do Trees Grow

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How does a seed become a tree? It seems like a huge journey so we’ve broken down the different stages in a tree’s life – from seed to snag.

A seed is a design used by trees for millennia to ensure the next generation of trees exists. Seeds have evolved into different sizes and shapes so they can be dispersed by wind, water or animals. Inside each seed is all the resources it needs to survive independently until it reaches a safe place to grow.

The Life Cycle of a Tree

It’s pretty amazing how a tiny seed can eventually become a mature tree. In this post, we thought it would be interesting to look at the different stages of a tree’s life. Keep reading to learn more.

Sprout (Germination)

Every seed needs a safe place to germinate. Basically, the primary root breaks through the seed, securing the seed and providing water to the developing plant. Once this occurs, the next stage in germination takes place.

Keep in mind that the shoot consists of the shoot leaf and the two sections of the shoot located above and below what are called cotyledons. Interestingly, the shoot can choose how it develops. It can either grow from below the shoot leaf, pushing the whole shoot up through the soil, or from above the shoot leaf, pulling just the tip of the shoot up through the soil.


The shoot becomes a seedling once it gets above ground. It’s during this stage when the tree is most susceptible to diseases and damage. Up until the tree reaches three feet tall, it’s considered a seedling.


Curious what differentiates a sapling from a mature tree? Well, let’s start with the fact that a sapling’s trunk tends to be more flexible. Not only that, but a sapling’s bark is often thinner and smoother.

So how long does a tree remain a sapling? Frankly, it all depends on the species. For example, trees with long lifespans such as oaks remain in this stage for much longer than shorter-lived species.

Mature Tree

Once you notice a tree is producing flowers or fruits, it’s entering the next stage of its life. Now, as we’ve mentioned in previous posts, trees are hearty creatures. Let’s take a closer look at just how long trees can live.

Take an English oak tree, which might not produce acorns for 40 years. Fun fact: Oaks can be productive for 300 years and then rest for another 300 years before reaching the next stage in their life cycle.

Ancient Tree

It’s impossible to label ancient trees by their age. So what identifiable characteristics allow you to tell if a tree is beyond maturity? Two giveaways are a small canopy and a wide trunk.

Now, a tree may be called ancient when it’s in its early hundreds like rowan or when it’s thousands of years old like yew. It’s all species-dependent.

Decaying Tree (Snag)

A tree in the final stages of life is called a snag. Both dead standing trees and dying trees fall into this category. But don’t think that a dead tree has no use to the environment whatsoever.

In fact, dead wood provides homes to insects and a food source for bats, birds, and other small mammals. Of course, such creatures also rely on dead trees for shelter during storms.

The Leaders in Tree Removal

At Pro Tree Service in Chicago, we love trees just as much as you do. Unfortunately, there comes a time when tree removal might be the only option.

Do you notice natural splitting or cracking at critical parts of the tree? Is there damage from wind gusts or lightning strikes? Lastly, has your tree become a safety hazard to you, your family, or your neighbors?

In any of these cases, tree removal makes sense. But with so many local tree companies to choose from, how do you know which is best? Well, you can feel comfortable knowing that Pro Tree Service has been Chicago’s choice for tree removal since 1989.

Whether you need us to remove a few small bushes or an entire tree, you can count on us to get the job done right. Plus, thanks to our Best Price Guarantee, there’s no need to worry about tree removal breaking the bank. Just come to us with any reasonable, written estimate and we will match or beat it by 10 percent.

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Top Qualities of a Tree Services Company

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Tree removal services can ensure the health and safety of your family, as well as your neighbors, by getting rid of sick or dead trees. Therefore, choosing the right company to perform these services is crucial.

Unfortunately, not all tree service companies are the same. As a homeowner, you need to know what to look for in a tree removal company, so that you can get a high-quality service. Here’s what you need to look for.

Qualities of a Reputable Tree Service

Do a quick online search and you’ll see there are a number of tree services in the Chicago area. With so many options to choose from, how do you know which one is right for your project? Let’s dive into some of the qualities of a reputable tree service.


We’ve touched on this in previous posts, but it’s worth mentioning again. There are times when you can maybe get away with hiring someone who doesn’t have much experience. Trust us when we say this is not one of those times.

Tree care requires extensive experience to ensure the health of your trees. Not to mention, you need someone who’s been there and done that to properly use the heavy-duty equipment and precise tools. Don’t make the mistake of hiring an inexperienced tree care specialist — opt for a seasoned professional instead.

This is where Pro Tree Services comes into play. Serving Chicago and surrounding suburbs for four decades, we’ve seen just about everything imaginable with trees and bushes. Let us put our experience to work for you!

Licensed, bonded, and insured  

You’d be surprised by the number of tree maintenance experts who are not properly certified. Even in 2019, when virtually everything about a business can be found online, people are still trying to scam their customers.

Maybe you’re asking yourself, “What difference does it make if a tree service is licensed and insured?” In short, a tree care company that is licensed, bonded, and insured can legally provide the services listed on their website. Of course, there’s also a liability factor involved — if one of the workers is injured on your property, the company is the responsible party and not you.

There’s no need to worry about running into an unexpected licensing or insurance snafu with Pro Tree Service. We are a fully licensed, insured, and bonded company, meaning we can legally perform tree removal, tree trimming, land clearing, and more.    


A tree care professional, similar to home contractors, should go above and beyond to earn your business. This means providing a detailed, written estimate, answering any questions you may have, and cleaning up when the work is done. Why would you give your hard-earned money to a tree service that cuts corners, does the bare minimum, and fails to communicate with you throughout the process?

Here at Pro Tree Service, the customer has been a top priority since we opened our business over 40 years ago. Whereas other tree care companies see their customers as just another number in their queue for the day, we take the time to ensure that every customer feels at ease regarding the entire process. You can expect Pro Tree to treat you like family, regardless of the scope of your project. 


This ties back to the aforementioned point regarding experience. The longer a tree service has been in business, the more knowledgeable they are. With a project as big as tree removal, it’s imperative to hire someone who understands the industry inside and out.

Pro Tree’s knowledge of the industry is evident the first time you contact us. It’s our belief that the more a customer is informed about tree care, the more comfortable they will be working with us. 


A major reason why homeowners put off tree care is that they’re worried about the cost. Here’s the thing: while it might not be cheap to have a tree removed, it shouldn’t break the bank. Yet many local tree maintenance companies gouge their customers with unfair, outrageous prices.

Pro Tree Service, on the other hand, is committed to providing top-notch service at the most affordable rates. With our Best Price Guarantee, we will match or beat any reasonable, written estimate by 10%. You won’t find that kind of offer anywhere else!

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Benefits of Tree Trimming and Pruning

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We love our trees, but sometimes we don’t do enough to show it. The reality is, most people don’t consider professional tree trimming services until overgrown or damaged branches jeopardize the safety of their property. Tree trimming and pruning services aren’t meant to be rescue operations, and they provide many benefits for trees and property owners, alike. In today’s post, we are going to discuss four benefits of tree trimming and pruning. If you are looking for professional tree care, Pro Tree Service is here to help. We offer fully licensed, bonded, and insured tree care services for our residential, commercial, and municipal clients.

The Benefits of Tree Trimming

Why is tree trimming and pruning important? Trees are the ornaments of our yards, and homes for a variety of birds, squirrels and other critters.  Trees embody growth and life, giving us peace, comfort, shade and shelter.  When we take the care of trees seriously, we are preserving their beauty and protecting the creatures that call them “home.”  Trimming may seem like a minor detail in the grand scheme of tree care, but it is more essential than you may think.

Types of Tree Trimming & Pruning

There are four main types of tree trimming:

  1. Fine Pruning:  Removing small limbs to improve the tree’s appearance.
  2. Standard Pruning:  Heavier cutting to enhance the tree’s branch structure.
  3. Hazard Trimming:  For trees that pose safety concerns.  Typically, branches that are two inches or more in diameter are removed.
  4. Crown Reduction Trimming:  Removal of major branches, and should only be done when there is significant storm damage, dieback, or when branches interfere with power lines.  In these cases, no more than one-third of the tree’s crown should be removed.

Benefits of Trimming Trees

Here are 6 benefits of tree trimming and pruning:

  1. Proper trimming improves tree health by eliminating dead or dying branches.  These branches are often somewhat dangerous, so removing them reduces the risk of harm to your family and damage to your property.  It also prevents further decay.
  2. Trimming improves the overall appearance and structure of the tree, which prevents the development of broad or weak branches.  It also keeps limbs from growing with weak crotches, or even crossing each other and competing for space in the crown.
  3. Tree trimming increases sun exposure and air circulation throughout the tree and underlying landscape, which improves the tree’s overall health.  (There is a condition known as sun-scald that affects leafless deciduous trees in the winter.)
  4. The pruning of fruit trees improves the size and quantity of the crop.  Fruit trees should be pruned in later winter for shape and to expose the center of the tree to sunlight. 
  5. Newly planted trees should be pruned to compensate for root loss and to begin training the tree for shape.
  6. Tree trimming and pruning can also open up your property and improve your view.
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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

How to Prevent Tree Roots From Growing Above Ground

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Whether it’s a hardwood or softwood, all trees have roots. Roots are designed to collect nutrients and water from the surrounding soil while also stabilizing trees.

As a result, most trees have a subterranean root system that grows underground. There are times, however, when a tree’s roots may grow above ground.

Removing Tree Roots Above Ground: Will It Harm or Kill the Tree?

Roots stretch far and wide to give our trees a stable foundation. But what happens if they grow a little further than we’d like?

One of our readers, Paul, recently asked, “How can I get rid of the roots from my tree that have grown into my front yard and are killing the grass?”

Dealing with roots can be tricky—an improper cut could affect the tree’s water flow or cause it to fall in a storm. That’s why it’s important to take a safe approach.

Read on to learn if you can prune above-ground tree roots, how many tree roots you can cut at once and how to safely prune tree roots at the best time.  

Cutting Tree Roots Above Ground – Everything You Need to Know

If I cut a root, will the tree die?

It all depends on the size and location of the tree root.

As a guideline, avoid pruning roots more than 2 inches wide. Removing large tree roots can make the tree unstable or unhealthy later on. If large roots are removed, the tree may not be able to get enough nutrients and water. Also, don’t remove roots close or fused to the trunk since these are critical to the tree’s structure.

What’s the best time of year to cut tree roots?

If you choose to cut or remove tree roots, winter and early spring are the best time of year to do so.

How many tree roots can I cut?

Never remove more than 20 percent of above-ground tree roots at once. Then, wait two to three years to make sure your tree fully recovers. Only then can you safely consider cutting more tree roots.

How can I cut tree roots without killing the tree?

Again, if you cut tree roots, there is never a guarantee that it won’t hurt or eventually kill the tree. We only recommend removing tree roots when they are damaging or infringing on a nearby structure – not for aesthetic reasons.

For the best chance of your tree surviving, consult with your local arborist before removing tree roots. Or see if your arborist can prune the roots for you.

For DIY root cutting, use this step-by-step guide.

  1. Find the root posing an issue and trace it back to the base of your tree. If it turns out to be part of a large root, ask your arborist before pruning or cutting. For a smaller root, move to step 2.

  2. Measure the diameter of your tree. Wrap a measuring tape around the tree, four feet from the tree’s base. Then, divide that number by 3.14. Generally, you can safely prune roots that are 3-5 times the diameter away from your tree. So, if your tree has a diameter of 3 feet, only cut tree roots 9-15 feet away from the tree.

  3. Mark the area you’ll cut, and dig a hole all the way around the root until it is completely exposed.

  4. Use a root saw to prune the tree. Carefully pull the root up and away from the tree until it comes out. Be sure to refill the hole with soil from the same area afterward.

  5. Keep an eye on your tree for a few weeks after pruning. Signs of decline like yellow leaves or branch death call for an arborist’s immediate attention.

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How to Control Tree Suckers in Your Landscape

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Tree suckers are a nuisance for many homeowners and green thumbs. Also known as basal shoots, they consist of new shoots that emerge from the base of a tree’s trunk.

They are called “tree suckers” because they literally suck and consume valuable water and nutrients, restricting the main tree’s growth.

Once tree suckers begin growing, the tree will receive less water and fewer nutrients, resulting in increased stress and potentially death.

Tree Sucker Management on Landscape Trees 

If you have noticed weak, shrubby growth around the base of a tree in your yard, these stems aren’t the result of germinating seeds or weeds – they are suckers. Suckers are small twigs or stems that grow up from a tree’s roots, often near the trunk. Suckers can pose issues to your tree, so control of them is often necessary. 

Sucker Basics

Suckers can grow in at time, but spring and early summer are typically when you will notice the most heavy sucker growth simply because the entire tree is in its main growth cycle. 

Damage and Concerns

Suckers aren’t just harmless twigs – their quick growth siphons away energy, nutrients, and water from the canopy overhead. This in turn can weaken a tree. Further, increased sucker production can indicate that a tree is under stress and trying to quickly produce new growth to account for the stresses in the canopy. Common causes of tree stress include pest pressures, disease, and cultural issues like drought or nutrient deficiency. 

Susceptible Trees

Some types of trees are more susceptible to sucker growth than others. Grafted trees, for example, often produce suckers from the original root stock to compete with the graft. Other popular landscapes with tendencies to sucker include locusts, beeches, forsythia, and some maple varieties. If you have susceptible trees on your property, sucker management may be an annual necessity. 

Sucker Removal

Suckers can, fortunately, be removed without any damage or stress to the tree. 

Pruning Methods

The simplest way to manage suckers is to cut them off as soon as you notice one emerging. The goal is to remove the suckers when they are still young and easy to cut, before they develop woody bark. You can use a clean, sharp knife or pruning shears to cut the suckers off just below the soil surface. The closer that you can cut to the base of the sucker, the less likely it is to regrow. 

Root Removal

Sometimes suckers come up from trees you have already had removed or from roots growing a fair distance from the parent tree. If you have suckers coming up from an old stump or the remains of a removed tree’s root system, you may need to have the old stump or root ball removed to stop sucker growth. 

If suckers are repeatedly coming up from a root far from the tree, a tree service can sometimes remove the problem root without compromising the health of the main tree. 

Sucker Prevention

Suckers can sometimes be prevented or at least their growth can be lessened, which is helpful if you have a tree that is a prolific sucker producer. 

Mulch Application

Mulch can sometimes suppress sucker growth, particularly with suckers that grow from far flung roots as opposed to right against the tree trunk. Start by removing any suckers that are currently present and then lay down a layer of plastic or fabric mulch. Then, cover the plastic or fabric with layer, a few inches deep, of wood chip mulch. Make sure none of the mulch actually touches the trunk. 

Chemical Controls

Growth inhibitors are another option for minimizing sucker growth, but they must be used cautiously. These inhibitors can stop sucker growth for up to three months, but the most effective varieties can only be purchased and applied by a professional tree service. These products are sprayed on the cutting wound that is made when the suckers are pruned off. The inhibitor will soak into the remaining sucker bud and prevent it from regrowing. 

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The Truth About Tree Topping – Why It’s A Bad Idea

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If your landscape is being overrun with tall, fast-growing trees, you may feel compelled to cut off the top.

Known as tree topping, it’s become a common solution for homeowners and business owners struggling to control their landscape.

While tree topping may sound effective, you should think twice before proceeding with it. Tree Topping vs Pruning: What’s the Difference?

Upon reading the definition of tree topping, many people assume that tree topping is the same as pruning. After all, both tree topping and pruning involve cutting trees to remove some of their branches.

Why Topping Trees is a Bad Idea


Topping trees is a widespread practice that appears to offer a short term solution to a perceived problem. In reality, it is detrimental to the health of the tree and creates problems in the long term. The following explains why topping trees is a bad idea.

What is Topping?

Topping is ‘the indiscriminate cutting back of tree branches to stubs or lateral branches that are not large enough to assume the lead role’ (International Society of Arboriculture).

The most common reasons given for topping are:

  • to reduce the size of a tree
  • to allow more light into a property
  • to reduce the number of leaves that fall in autumn

Homeowners sometimes feel that their trees have become too big and worry that they may pose a risk.

The irony is that topping is carried out with the intention of reducing the tree’s height in order to either make it safer or permit more light into the property, but it will in fact have the opposite effect and both increase the likelihood of failure and obscure more light.

How Topping Creates Hazards

After topping, multiple shoots develop within the end 20-25cm of the remaining branches.

Normal branches develop in a ‘socket’ of overlapping wood tissues but these new shoots are only anchored in the surface layers of their new parent branches. These new shoots grow very rapidly as the tree attempts to restore the balance between the root system and the crown.

The end result is that, in just a few years, the tree is back to the size it was, before it was topped; only it will have an increased crown density and the new shoots will be prone to failing in strong winds.

Why Topping Creates Physiological Stress

Removing the trees branches removes the trees leaves and removing the trees leaves removes the trees ability to produce food. Removing the ability to produce food places the tree under severe physiological stress.

  • A tree under stress is more vulnerable to attack by pests and diseases. Pests by themselves are seldom responsible for the death of a tree; however, in a weakened condition the tree may fail as a consequence.
  • Large, open pruning wounds expose the wood to decay and the tree may lack sufficient resources to chemically “defend” the wounds against invasion by fungi.

Topping Causes Decay

The preferred location to make a pruning cut is just beyond the branch collar at the branch’s point of attachment; please see ‘Natural Target Pruning – How and Where to Remove a Branch’. The tree is biologically equipped to close such a wound provided the tree is healthy enough and the wound is not too large.

Cuts made along a limb, between lateral branches, create stubs with wounds that the tree may not be able to close. The exposed wood tissues begin to decay.

Normally a tree will “wall off” or compartmentalise the decaying tissues. But few trees can defend the multiple severe wounds caused by topping. The decay organisms are given a free path to move down through the branches.

The Cost of Topping

The initial cost of topping a tree is the sum of money paid to the contractor for doing the work. The subsequent costs may include:

  • If the tree survives, it will either need to be reduced again in a few years time or resulting storm damage from shoot failure will have to be cleaned up.
  • If the tree dies it will have to be removed.
  • Topped trees are prone to breaking and can be Topping is not considered to be an acceptable pruning practice therefore any damage caused by branch failure, from a topped tree, may lead to a finding of negligence in a court of law.
  • Healthy, well maintained trees can add 5 -18% to the value of a Damaged and possibly diseased trees are a financial liability.

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How to Deal With Water Sprouts on Trees

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Have you discovered water sprouts growing on one or more trees in your landscape?

With their erratic growth patterns, water sprouts aren’t particularly attractive. They tend to grow outward in a variety of directions, resulting in a messy and unkempt appearance.

To make matters worse, water sprouts are highly susceptible to disease and pests.

The thin shoots originating from a tree’s trunk attract disease-causing microbes as well as wood-devouring pests.

For an attractive and healthy landscape, you should remove the water sprouts while also taking preventative measures to keep them from reappearing.

Recognizing and Controlling Watersprouts in Trees and Shrubs

When a landscape tree or large shrub begins to send out strange, out-of-character growth shoots from the trunk or from older established limbs, you are likely dealing with a growth phenomenon known as watersprouts. They tend to grow with uncanny speed, sometimes in clusters from a single point. Most homeowners have an instinctive wish to prune away these strange, disfiguring growths, which is precisely the right impulse to follow. In practical terms, watersprouts can be considered the above-ground version of the suckering shoots that sometimes pop up around the base of trees and shrubs. And like those in-ground suckers, watersprouts should be pruned away—unless you want to try your hand as using them in grafting.

Why Watersprouts Appear

Watersprouts are the growth shoots originating from growth nodes either on the surface or buried in the old wood of a plant. The new growth is very thin relative to the parent branch and the joint between the sprout and branch is quite weak. Like a sucker, the watersprout wood is juvenile and fast-growing, fed on the water and nutrients provided by the established parent wood.

Though they happen naturally, and rather frequently in some species, watersprouts are generally regarded as something gone wrong. Waterstprouts originate from old buds often invisible buried in the old wood. In nature, suckers and watershoots perhaps offer a means by which a badly damaged plant can survive, but in landscape use, watersprouts are considered a waste of energy that diverts growth from the main plant.

Because watersprouts are tender, young growth shoots, some people believe them to be a vulnerable access point for pathogen attacks. In a commercial orchard, watersprouts are an unwelcome nuisance, since they break the good architecture of the tree with weak wood that doesn’t bear any fruit. In a residential landscape, watersprouts disfigure the classic look and shape of a tree or shrub. For the most part, watersprouts don’t cause harm but are an aesthetic problem. We usually remove them just because they seem ugly and out of place.

Recognizing a Watersprout

Thin growth, especially clusters of thin growth, that originate from spots where there does not seem to be a node or bud are known as suckers. Suckers generally don’t occur on younger wood, where the buds are at the surface and under control of hormones dictating healthy growing patterns. The term sucker is usually reserved for the type of shoots that grow up through the ground from roots.

When these new shoots erupt from older above-ground wood—the trunk or older branches—they are known as watersprouts. Watersprouts, like suckers, often bolt for the sun. When protruding from the top of a branch, they are strangely upright, fast-lengthening stems that break the architecture of a good scaffold branch. When they come from the trunk or a vertical branch, they will sometimes curl upright rather than stretch out.

Preventing Watersprouts

Although there are some plant species that are natural producers of suckers and watersprouts, most plants are more likely to produce them if they are under stress or badly pruned. To reduce the likelihood of watersprouts, maintain the good pruning practices recommended for your tree or shrub. Factors that can cause watersprouts include: 

  • A heading cut on a large branch, where a short stump is left remaining rather than cutting it flush to the trunk, is almost guaranteed to produce watersprouts near its tip. Cutting a major branch back to its base may still cause some sprouting around the wound.
  • Excessive pruning that exceeds the 1/3 rule (pruning away more than one-third of a plant’s branches) makes watersprouts more likely.
  • Major die-back, of any kind, such as the type created by extended drought or winter kill, can cause a plant to erupt with watersprouts.
  • A wound to the trunk may cause sprouting around the wound. For example, a boulevard tree struck by a car may soon develop waterspouts near the torn bark.

How to Prune Watersprouts

Most of the time, you’ll be removing watersprouts as waste wood. There is no skill to it; just cut them off any convenient way. For first-year sprouts, it is not important to make a clean cut at the base because the wounds from removing these are minor and will heal quickly. If you catch the shoots very early, you can even rub them off with a thumb. They are weak and easily detach.

Sprouts that have hardened (older than a year) do need to be trimmed at the base off with the cutting tools appropriate for their thicknesses—pruners, lopping shears, or saw. When the watersprouts are high in the tree, this can be a difficult task best left to professionals.

Using Watersprouts in Grafting

While they are a detriment to mature, established plants where you want fast growth to occur only at the tips, watersprouts provide the shoots to use as scions in grafting procedures. By using watersprouts, it is possible to get young cuttings from a tree without going high into the crown. One-year-old wood is typically the ideal material for scions. The wood found suckers and watersprouts is juvenile wood and is thus fast-healing and fast-growing. It is also thin and flexible, ideal for many types of grafts.

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5 Benefits of Growing Trees in Your Landscape

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When designing your home’s landscape, you should consider adding trees.

Some homeowners assume trees should be excluded from their landscape, believing they consume valuable space while offering little or no benefits in the process.

While trees certainly require space to grow, however, it’s a small price to pay. With trees growing in your landscape, you’ll experience the five following benefits.

Benefits of Planting Trees in Your Yard

While you probably think about planting trees for Arbor Day, you may not know just how much of an impact tree planting can have on your lawn and energy consumption as well as the environment.

Trees can provide shade for your home and lawn as well as a barrier against cold winter winds. They also filter water and air to reduce soil erosion and greenhouse gases. But can all these benefits of planting trees actually be seen in your yard?

Energy-saving benefits of planting trees

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a young, healthy tree can provide a net cooling effect equivalent to ten room-sized air conditioners operating for 20 hours a day! While it will take a few years for a newly planted sapling to reach the point where it can cast shade on your home, it’s a relatively low-cost investment, and you’ll find it’s worth the wait.

Benefit of trees on the environment

While planting trees can certainly have a positive impact on your energy bill, sustainable gardening can also positively impact the environment.Trees absorb greenhouse gases like nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, ozone, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. They also convert carbon dioxide to oxygen through photosynthesis. Wondering how that relates to you? Just one tree can clean about 330 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air each year, according to the U.S. Forest Service, which provides enough oxygen for a family of four!

Maintaining your trees and lawn

Trees are beneficial to the aesthetics of your lawn, your home’s energy bill, and your family’s overall health. For all these reasons, it’s important to properly maintain your trees and the soil they grow in. You don’t want to over-shape new trees or prune too much when you first plant them, but you will have a much healthier tree if you trim back dead branches over the years. That’s when you call us!!

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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Tree Care & Shrub Care

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What Can Wood Chips be Used for?

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How to Handle Fallen Trees After a Hurricane

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The Real Dangers of Hiring Unlicensed Tree Professionals

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When & Why Trees Need Winter Pruning

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