1. 5 Reasons to Plant a Shrub in Your Yard

    We’re willing to bet you have a combination of trees, gardens, and water features in your yard. Even though you can’t quite put your finger on it, something appears to be missing. There’s no question that a shrub can be the final piece to your landscaping puzzle. Here are five reasons why you should plant a shrub in your yard: It creates privacy We’ve all been there before. You head out to…Read More

  2. Top Curb Appeal Tips for Winter

    The holiday season is a popular time of year to buy a house. If you’re selling, chances are you’ll be spending these new few weeks on various home improvement projects. Obviously, you want to get the highest possible offer when the process is all said and done. So what specifically do the experts recommend for winter curb appeal? Here are a few tips from HGTV: A well-maintained lawn Sure, your…Read More

  3. The Health Benefits of Trees

    What does a well-rounded diet, regular exercise, and trees all have in common? Well, the fact is that each helps us feel our best. As you can see from US News, “Planting more trees beautifies urban neighborhoods while helping residents feel better.” Let’s check out some of the health benefits of trees: Trees reduce the risk of heat stroke Heat waves in Chicago are anything but fun. If you’…Read More

  4. The Signs of a Healthy Tree

    You do everything possible to maintain your tree, from watering and fertilizing to occasional pruning. Unfortunately, much like humans, trees can become sick even with the best of care. Take a look at the following signs of a healthy tree: One central leader Most trees should be pruned to have one central leader. Not only does this add stability and strength to the structure, but one leader also e…Read More

  5. 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 occur…Read More

  6. The Best and Worst Trees For Your Yard

    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: Oak This tree…Read More

  7. How Can You Tell If a Tree is Going to Fall?

    The last thing you want is for your tree to come toppling onto your roof or car. Granted, such damage is usually covered by insurance. That said, you would much rather avoid having to file a claim in the first place. So how exactly can you tell that your tree might be at risk of falling? There are a number of signs to look for, with some being more obvious than others. Let’s take a closer look: …Read More

  8. Where to See Fall Colors in Chicago

    Labor Day has officially come and gone, which means trees throughout Chicago will be changing colors before we know it. So where are some of the best spots to enjoy fall foliage?   Here are some suggestions from Time Out Chicago: Chicago Botanic Garden There may not be a better time to check out the Chicago Botanic Garden than during the fall. Your entire group will appreciate the myriad of color…Read More

  9. Top Curb Appeal Tips for Autumn

    It’s no surprise why fall is one of the more popular times to buy a home. New buyers not only have good weather for moving but also have plenty of time to get their dwelling ready for the holiday season. So, as a seller, you want to be sure that your house catches the eyes of prospective buyers. Here are some curb appeal tips for fall to consider, as referenced from HGTV: Plant flowers   Yes, s…Read More

  10. Why Trees Shed Their Leaves in Autumn

    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 ans…Read More