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The Quick 10: 10 Trees that Changed the World

June 5th, 2012

Obviously we love trees here at iTrees.com, and we take every opportunity to promote their value & importance to our communities.  We recently ran across an interesting article brought to us by the Alliance for Community Trees.  It is titled “The Quick 10: 10 Trees that Changed the World.”

Here’s the list at a glance:

  • Walt Disney’s Dreaming Tree
  • Anne Franks’s Horsechestnut Tree
  • Isaac Newton’s Apple Tree
  • Wall Street Buttonwood Tree
  • Revolutionary War Mercer Oak
  • Geneseo Big Tree - Treaty of Big Tree
  • Royal Oak
  • Queen Elizabeth Oak
  • Tree of Hippocrates

Take a look at the article link below - it’s pretty cool…

The Quick 10: 10 Trees that Changed the World

Get Ready for Spring Planting Season

February 10th, 2012

Spring is a great time to plant trees, and at iTrees.com you can plant your way to a colorful spring display! The spring season is a perfect time to plant trees: the weather is mild, and the trees respond well to transplanting this time of year. When trees are planted in the spring, they can start growing right away and recieve nourishing spring rains. This helps them establish well before the following summer season. Experts agree that spring planting is an excellent option for tree planting.

Spring is best known for colorful blooms in the landscape, and at iTrees.com we have a spectacular array of trees to choose from! If you are looking for more color in your yard this spring, then click on our Flowering Trees category at www.iTrees.com for an assortment of fantastic spring choices. Our selection of locally grown trees is sure to have the spring colors you are looking for. Join us this spring & plant a tree and watch your yard transform into a beautiful explosion of color!

Trees Grow Dollar Signs

August 9th, 2011

Growers must convey the value of trees.

KELLI RODDA June 23, 2011

It’s time for trees to be the powerhouse of the industry. Sales have been minimal while nursery burn and compost piles have been excessive. It’s been a frightening and maddening situation.

As the downturn slowly rights itself, albeit painfully slowly, tree growers need to push the message of the value of trees to anyone with a pulse. Trees are a necessity, not a luxury.

Study after study points to the millions of dollars trees provide in benefits to cities.

  • The New York City Parks Department determined the nearly 600,000 street trees in its five boroughs provide an annual benefit of $122 million—more than five times the cost of maintaining them.
  • Studies by Geoffrey Donovan, an economist and research forester at the Pacific Northwest Research Station, and David Butry, an economist with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, found that Portland’s street trees have a capital value of $1.1 billion, which translates to $45 million in benefits annually.
  • The Ohio State University Extension’s Why Trees Matter Signature Program discovered Toledo’s street trees provide $15.1 million in annual benefits, including energy benefits (electricity and natural gas savings) and stormwater remediation.
  • In Minneapolis, street trees resulted in savings of $6.8 million in energy costs and $9.1 million in stormwater treatment. The trees also increased property values by $7.1 million.
  • Shade trees in Washington, D.C. provide more than $10 million in annual carbon, air quality, stormwater, energy and property value benefits.

Although these amounts are impressive, let’s take it down to the homeowner level. Tell the buyer how trees put money back in their accounts.

Homes shaded by trees have 10-30 percent savings in air conditioning costs compared to homes without shade. And homes with trees sell for an average of 10-20 percent more.

The city of Portland wants to plant 33,000 yard trees and 50,000 street trees by July 2013 as part of its five-year, $50 million Grey to Green initiative. The city’s Treebate program offers a utility-bill credit to homeowners who plant trees in their yards. And it’s still funded for this year. Applications will be available in September.

These are quantitative dollar amounts that consumers can grasp.

Bailey Nurseries in St. Paul, Minn., created a tag and point-of-purchase program called Trees are Cool. The program informs customers that a healthy tree cools the air equivalent to 10 room-sized air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.

Urban trees also provide natural resource management jobs including tree inventory, inspection and care, landscape maintenance, and environmental impact field work and planning.

Street trees benefit business. Studies show that consumers are willing to spend 12 percent more in stores with trees in front of them than without.

Other benefits
Spring Grove Nursery in Mazon, Ill., touts the benefits of its trees to current and future customers. Owners Becky and Jamie Thomas spend a lot of time at schools teaching children how trees clean air pollution, provide oxygen and offer a home for wildlife. The Thomases also teach the school-agers how to plant and care for trees in the landscape.
“Being involved in the community and making sure our trees are part of the community is important to our business,” Becky said in between sessions at the ANLA Management Clinic this year.

Treed neighborhoods reduce crime compared to those without trees. Research also shows that trees reduce stress in the homes, schools and even behind the wheel.

The message must be simple. Use a couple of talking points that speak to the customer’s wallet and their conscience. There’s no need to use scientific terms such as amelioration or transpiration.

Possible partnerships
The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) was created to promote sustainable land development and management practices that can apply to sites with and without buildings including. And trees are an integral part of these projects, such as local, state and national parks; conservation easements and buffer zones; transportation rights-of-way; industrial, retail and office parks; military complexes; airports; and public and private campuses.

SITES will provide tools for those who influence land development and management practices and can address increasingly urgent global concerns such as climate change, loss of biodiversity and resource depletion. They can be used by those who design, construct, operate and maintain landscapes, including but not limited to planners, landscape architects, engineers, developers, builders, maintenance crews, horticulturists, governments, land stewards and organizations offering building standards.

This effort began as separate projects of the Sustainable Design and Development Professional Practice Network of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. In 2005, the two groups joined forces to hold a Sustainable Sites Summit in Austin, Texas.

In 2006, the United States Botanical Garden (USBG) joined as a major partner in the Initiative. A Steering Committee representing 11 stakeholder groups was selected to guide the Initiative.

There are more than 150 projects participating in the SITES two-year Pilot Program through June 2012. These projects represent a diverse cross-section of project types, sizes and geographic locations in various stages of development from design to construction and maintenance.

One of the SITES pilot projects is Casey Trees’ offices in Washington, D.C. The Casey Trees Brookland headquarters design uses trees to maximize canopy cover and manage stormwater. The site design showcases trees in various applications including infiltration planters for trees along 90 linear feet of sidewalk, two rain gardens with a diverse planting of trees and soil cells that create large soil volume for tree growth under the sidewalk. At maturity, the tree canopy will increase by 25 percent. The goal of the project is to demonstrate what is possible when public and non-profit institutions work together.

Get ready for Fall Planting Season!

August 9th, 2011

Fall is a great time to plant trees, and at iTrees.com you can plant your way to a colorful fall display!  The fall season is a perfect time to plant trees: the weather is mild, and the trees respond well to transplanting this time of year.  When trees are planted in the fall, they get a jump start on all of the early spring rain the following season. This helps them establish well before the following summer season.  Experts agree that fall planting is an excellent option for tree planting.

Fall is best known for brilliant colors in the landscape, and at iTrees.com we have a spectacular array of trees to choose from! If you are looking for more color in your yard this fall, then click on our Fall Color Trees category at www.iTrees.com for an assortment of fantastic fall color choices.  Our selection of locally grown trees is sure to have the fall colors you are looking for.  Join us this fall & plant a tree and watch your yard transform into a beautiful explosion of color!

Is It Really Cooler in the Shade?

March 22nd, 2011

Here is a link to a great story about how much cooler it is under the shade of a tree. The report was generated by Trees Forever based in Iowa, and it was recently published on the Alliance for Community Trees website.  Both of these great organizations we are proud to support!

If you click on this link http://actrees.org/site/news/newsroom/it_really_is_cooler_in_the_shade.php?tag=news you can read about this interesting study. They used the 4-H youth to test temperature differences around the community in the summer & found temperature differences of up to 55 degrees coller in the shade!

Basically this supports what we already knew - TREES ARE COOL!!!

Social, Economic, & Environmental Benefits of Trees

March 22nd, 2011

Here are a few facts about trees that all tree lovers should know:

· 1 Tree reduces stormwater runoff by over 4,000 gls per year.

· 100 trees remove 5 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere per year.

· “The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners

· operating 20 hours a day.”—U.S. Department of Agriculture

· “Landscaping can reduce air conditioning costs by up to 50 percent, by shading the windows

· and walls of a home.” — American Public Power Association

· Healthy trees can increase property values by an average of 10%. Trees provide habitat for

· birds, mammals, & insects.

· The roots of trees help reduce soil erosion by holding soil in place.

· “If you plant a tree today on the west side of your home, in 5 years your energy bills should

· be 3% less. In 15 years the savings will be nearly 12%.” —Dr. E. Greg McPherson, Center for

· Urban Forest Research

· “Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30 percent and

· can save 20 - 50 percent in energy used for heating.”—USDA Forest Service

· Through photosynthesis, in 1 day an average tree can provide enough oxygen for a family of 4

· for that day.

· Trees planted along highways & city streets have been shown to help reduce drivers’ stress &

· reduce speeds.

· Mature trees in business districts have been shown to positively affect shoppers’ behaviors.

· Neighborhoods with more trees have been shown to have a lower crime rate.

· Trees help people feel better – both mentally & physically.

· Trees help reduce flooding by helping to reduce runoff.

· “One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen. This is

· enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people.”—U.S. Department of Agriculture

· “There are about 60-to 200- million spaces along our city streets where trees could be planted.

· This translates to the potential to absorb 33 million more tons of CO2 every year, and saving

$4 billion in energy costs.”—National Wildlife Federation

iTrees.com now offering trees delivered to your door!

March 22nd, 2011

New for the 2011 season, iTrees.com is unveiling even more options for Illinois customers looking for quality trees. In the past, iTrees.com only planted trees for its customers. New this season iTrees.com will offer a delivery only option for homeowners wanting to get their hands dirty & plant their trees themselves. Of course for those tree lovers that still prefer the full service option, iTrees.com will continue to deliver & plant as well.

In addition to more delivery & planting options, iTrees.com has revised the Green Rewards Program. With our new green rewards program you are in charge of your discount destiny! Your volume discount will be a percentage off your total tree purchase that is equal to the amount of trees you are ordering. The volume discount will be applied on orders from 3 to 15 trees. If you are ordering more than 15 trees, please call or email us for a personalized quote. For example if you order 3 trees you will receive a 3% discount, if you order 7 trees you will receive a 7% discount, if you order 11 trees you will receive 11% off - the savings go on & on!

But let’s talk about new trees! The 2011 Collection this season is outstanding – some of the best selections available for Illinois landscapes! Browse our extensive list of species to see all the new varieties ready to deliver right to your door. We look forward to serving all our Illinois customers this spring!

National Arbor Day in Illinois April 29, 2011

March 22nd, 2011

Help us celebrate Arbor Day this spring & plant a tree! Across the globe, millions will be joining together to plant trees in communities & back yards. Keep your eye on our website for special Arbor Day Sales in April – you won’t want to miss out! For more on the National Arbor Day Foundation click here.

A Sweet Deal when you Buy Mature Trees: How to Turn Maples into Syrup

December 4th, 2009

It’s always exciting to have your trees produce for you, and with a couple of maples in the yard, your pancakes can be complemented with some homemade syrup. It might sound difficult, to buy mature trees then actually use them to produce syrup, but it’s far easier than it sounds.

Maple syrup is a classic favorite at breakfast tables everywhere. English chemist Robert Boyle said it best in 1663 when he wrote “There is in some parts of New England a kind of tree whose juice that weeps out its incision, if it is permitted slowly to exhale away the superfluous moisture, doth congeal into a sweet and saccharin substance and the like was confirmed to me by the agent of the great and populace colony of Massachusetts.”

Well, move over New England. It’s time for Chicago to make some syrup! Read more »

Illinois Landscaping: Create A Winter Wonderland In Your Yard

November 24th, 2009

More and more homeowners are seeing their Illinois landscaping not only as a warm-months investment, but also as an opportunity for their very own winter wonderland.

As the days become shorter and the sky becomes grayer, it’s no wonder that people often want to buy mature trees to enliven their Illinois landscaping even when it is covered with a blanket of white. Read more »

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  • "iTrees.com was one of the few places I could find that sold large trees. When I needed privacy from the street at my new home, buying trees online and them having them delivered and planted for me was the perfect quick fix."

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