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Winter Inspections

November 30, 2022

As Fall continues on and cooler weather approaches, trees will soon be barren of leaves. When this happens, the ISA Certified Arborists at Oak Bros Tree Care & Removal won’t be able to make complete decisions on tree health but they will be able to better assess tree structure. Tree structure has a direct correlation with the likelihood of tree and/or tree part failure. As our weather patterns shift, our area has been experiencing more…

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Tips to Prevent Winter Storm & Ice Damage

January 2, 2023

1. Evaluate Your Trees Evaluating tree structure before severe winter weather can help reduce potential failures before they occur. 2. Determine If There Are Any Broken, Dead or Failing Branches Broken, dead or failing branches have a higher risk of breaking during inclement weather and are commonly the first to fall during snow, ice and wind. 3. Avoid Wires and Utility Lines Make sure your trees have not grown up and into power lines. 4. Ensure…

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Symptoms of Salt Damage

January 3, 2023

Symptoms of salt damage Damage to foliage, primarily on the side facing the road or sidewalk Discoloration of needles beginning at tip Bud damage and/or death Delayed bud break Reduced or distorted leaf growth Wilting and/or discolored foliage Fewer/smaller leaves than normal Early leaf drop and/or premature fall color How to mitigate salt damage Reduce de-icing salt use or use alternatives Irrigate soil with water to wash away salt from the roots…

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What Can Homeowners do to help prevent drought stress

June 26, 2023

Protecting Your Trees From Drought Stress with Oak Bros Tree Care! McLean County is currently in a "severe drought", according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. A severe drought affects many plants trees, specifically, have a significantly harder time recovering from drought injury both during the current growing season and multiple growing seasons after. Subsequent droughts create a cumulative effect that some trees may never recover from.…

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Deep Root Fertilization

March 30, 2023

Are you looking for ways to ensure that your trees are healthy and thriving? Look no further than Oak Bros Tree Care's deep-root fertilization program! You want your tree to be at its best. To grow. To live longer. To thrive. For this to happen, your tree needs care throughout the year. Mulch should be applied underneath the dripline, the root system should be watered during dry spells, and fertilization should take place to combat drought and/or…

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3 Ways to Prepare Your Trees for Spring

March 2, 2023

1. Schedule a Site Visit Schedule a Site Visit with one of our Certified Arborists. The best way to diagnose your tree needs is to have one of our arborists evaluate your property and formulate a treatment plan. 2. Keep an eye out for Apple Scab If you have a Crab Apple tree on your property and it looks sick, it may have Apple Scab. We begin treating this in April, so if you want to get on our treatment plan, please call us by the end of March to…

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Oak Bros Winter Tree Care Guide 2022

December 26, 2022

PRUNING DURING DORMANT SEASON In Illinois winters, trees become dormant where they are no longer putting energy into their canopies. At the same time, insects and diseases are also dormant which greatly reduces the introduction of invasive insects and pathogens. Pruning certain species during the growing season, such as Oak and Elm, may introduce invasive diseases. This is why we here at Oak Bros only perform Oak pruning during the dormant season.…

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New Service: Pruning Recovery

April 20, 2022

In the Tree Tourney … how about giving yours a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Round BYE! Tournament time is here and wouldn’t it feel great to have the ability to actually influence the outcome the way you want. What if you could give your team a BYE for the first few rounds? When your tree suffers a wound, immediately a competition begins between the tree and pests. Can the tree seal over the wound before the pests arrive? Or will the bacteria,…

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Spring Pruning

March 1, 2022

HELP YOUR TREES BEFORE ITS TOO LATE Help your trees beat the bugs this spring! Did you know your trees are itching for spring just as much as you are? Your trees know how to hit the ground running when the weather starts to warm up and will begin their work to heal and recover from the winter. Unfortunately the bugs and fungi that are attracted to fresh cuts on trees are waiting for the warmer weather too. The good news is that your trees wake up…

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Oak Bros Winter Newsletter 2021

December 1, 2021

We here at Oak Bros hope you were able to receive everything you wanted this holiday season. But if you didn’t, hopefully you can sit down, grab some snacks (or leftovers), with an adult beverage (responsibly of course) and enjoy the inaugural Oak Bros Newsletter. (We may or may not be enjoying while writing this). This particular newsletter will focus on Plant Health Care (PHC), and some tips and tricks for the winter season, as well as moving…

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