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Early Bloomers: Trees and Shrubs to Appreciate This Spring

Warming temperatures and spring rains (or occasional snow) means the return of beautiful flowers to our urban landscapes in Illinois. Warming temperatures and longer days ...
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Surviving Chicagoland’s Spring Whiplash: Plant Care Tips

Here in the Chicagoland area, we seem to experience the same pattern every year: an early warm-up to spring temperatures in February, followed by a ...
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Grow Bags: The Root Revolution in Tree Transplanting

In the last blog post, we discussed the method of ball and burlap transplanting of trees. The ball and burlap method has advantages and disadvantages. ...
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Traditional Tree Planting: Ball and Burlap

Traditional methods for tree planting have been in practice for decades. Historically, tree planting has been done with ball and burlap-wrapped trees. A tree would ...
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Groundhog Day in the Tree Realm

As the winter chill lingers in the Chicagoland area, residents eagerly await the arrival of February 2nd, also known as Groundhog Day. This quirky tradition ...
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Insect Adaptations for Extreme Temperatures

Last week we covered tree adaptations for extreme winter cold survival, so this week let’s explore how the insect pests that feed on our trees ...
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