The Cost of Tree and Shrub Care For Your Illinois Commercial Property

Posted by Kim Riebel on Aug 25, 2015 5:00:00 AM

Caring for trees and shrubs is an integral landscape maintenance task that commercial property owners can’t afford to ignore.

Pruning is important for aesthetic and plant health purposes. And, trees and shrubs might need protection to withstand the elements.

Trees and shrubs are a long-term investment you want to preserve by taking care of them—because replacing large specimens, especially, can be costly. Planting a new, larger tree that’s a 2- to 4.5-inch caliper size can cost $450 to $600 (with a warrantee). With regular maintenance, trees and shrubs can last for decades.

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Topics: Tree & Shrub Care

What’s The Best Way to Add Edging Around Mature Trees?

Posted by Kim Riebel on Mar 12, 2015 2:33:15 PM

Edging adds aesthetic value to your landscape, creating crisp and clean lines where turf meets hardscape, pavement or concrete.

Like a trim at the hair salon, edging the landscape keeps the lawn looking neat and healthy. Messy grass that creeps over on to walkways makes a property look unkempt and uncared for.

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Topics: Tree & Shrub Care

How Much Does It Cost To Remove A Tree From My Chicago Property?

Posted by Kim Riebel on Mar 6, 2015 10:52:26 AM

Trees are incredible assets to a landscape, and we grow attached to trees because they add character and even act as landmarks. But when a tree is diseased or dying—or when it stands in a risky position on your Chicago commercial property—the best decision is to remove it. Strong winds and storms can take down trees, cause serious damage to your property and put people at risk.

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Topics: Tree & Shrub Care

4 Reasons Pruning In Winter Is Essential For Commercial Landscapes

Posted by Kim Riebel on Nov 26, 2014 1:26:00 PM

Just like people need haircuts to look neat and tidy, so do the trees and shrubs on a commercial property need regular trimming.

Most landscape trees and shrubs require some form of occasional pruning, whether it’s to preserve a loose, natural form or create a tighter, more compact shape.

There are times of year when it’s important to prune, just as there are times of the year when one should avoid pruning. If you prune some plant species in the summer, for instance, you could limit the plant’s ability to produce an important visual interest for another season, such as berries in the fall.

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Topics: Tree & Shrub Care

8 Tree Varieties To Plant NOW For Future Fall Color

Posted by Kim Riebel on Oct 23, 2014 2:14:09 PM

There’s something magical about the changes all around us during autumn.

Driving down a commercial property lane when the trees are vibrant and green is one thing. The summer sun is shining bright and warm.

But when the temperatures begin to cool and we mourn the passing of summer, there’s a change happening around us that makes us embrace the new season. Colors start to morph from energizing emeralds to royal rubies, glittering golds, amazing auburns and rich russets. The entire scene transforms. The sun hits the leaves and there’s a whole new look to the landscape. It’s as if you planted a whole new batch of trees special for the season.

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Topics: Plants, Tree & Shrub Care

The Right Way To Prune Your Commercial Property’s Trees

Posted by Kim Riebel on Aug 20, 2014 1:59:00 PM

Snip, snip, snip. Getting a haircut is always a great feeling. You start with an overgrown mess of hair with bangs flapping in your eyes, but by the end of the clipping session you look like yourself again with just the right amount of hair removed.

But with sharp scissors and eager scissor fingers, it’s almost too easy to oversnip—removing a bit more off of the left side and then some off of the right side. It takes precision and professional, knowledgeable hands to trim hair just right, especially when it never grows in the same exact way every time.

Just like with a poor haircut, a poorly pruned tree is also very noticeable, with branches sticking out in uneven directions. A badly pruned tree can also look topped off or even completely lopsided.

Pruning is done for many reasons, including enhancing safety, improving tree health and improving tree aesthetics.

And just like a well-done haircut can brighten a person’s face and accent all of the right features — a professional tree pruning job on a commercial property can accent all of the important elements of that space and draw visitors in, offering a positive impression to passersby, employees and clients — and enhancing curb appeal for tenants and residents.

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Topics: Tree & Shrub Care