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28877 Nagel Ct
Lake Bluff, IL 60044

Kinnucan Company to Sponsor Intern

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Kinnucan will be participating this summer as one of the sponsors for the Lake Forest Open Lands’ Restoration Ecology Intern Program in Lake Forest, Illinois. This program embodies the organization’s commitment to training the next generation of conservation leaders. Since 1998 this program has a proven record of providing college students with an educational hands-on restoration and land stewardship experience to supplement their school training. Many intern graduates go on to pursue a career in conservation environmental studies.

The Kinnucan Company and LandServe, LLC Announce Collaborative Agreement to Offer Landscape Design Services

The Kinnucan Company, the well-respected Tree Care and Landscape Company in Lake Bluff, is announcing a rare and exciting opportunity for their clients; they are now offering the professional Landscape Architectural and Consulting services of John Mariani, award-winning landscape architect and founder of LandServe, LLC - “Landscapes for Life”.

LandServe offers more options for landscape development through its unique, visionary approach, designing in all manner of landscape style from traditional and formal to contemporary and natural as necessary, while utilizing native plants and locally-sourced materials. Clients are presented with a landscape that is both complementary of place and beneficial to the environment.

Together, The Kinnucan Company and LandServe, LLC offer clients a complete landscape development solution. A landscape design by John Mariani, implemented by Kinnucan’s landscape construction team will transform the exterior of your home into an extension of your home – a true outdoor living space.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please contact The Kinnucan Company at 847.234.5327.

Kinnucan Appoints General Manager, T.J. Blockhus

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T.J. Blockhus was recently promoted to General Manager of Operations at Kinnucan. In his new role he will oversee the Tree, Plant Health Care, Landscape Construction/Maintenance, Snow Removal, Holiday Décor, and Pest Control Divisions.

T.J. began with Kinnucan in 2001 as one of our Plant Health Care Technicians. Over the years he has worn many hats: Plant Health Care Manager, Tree Department Sales, and Snow and Ice Management Manager. In addition, he is a certified arborist. T.J. graduated from Hawkeye College in Iowa with a degree in Horticulture. T.J. lives in Wauconda with his wife and 2 small children. When he gets a chance, he enjoys golf, boating, volleyball, as well as volunteering at PADS.

Lake Forest – Lake Bluff Rotary Club 2018 Economic Breakfast

January 10, 2018 – Rotary members met to hear an economic update from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles L. Evans.  Kinnucan supported this well attended yearly event as a Bronze Sponsor.  LF-LB Rotary Club is dedicated to philanthropy in our community and the world.  Made up of civic, business, and professional leaders dedicated to service, the LF-LB chapter has provided over $1 million to improving the lives of others.


New Landscape Manager

We are very pleased to announce our new landscape manager, John Palenske. John has several decades of landscape experience in both maintenance and construction. He has managed an amazing variety of projects during his career from rooftop gardens in the city of Chicago, major lake front landscape projects, to native property restoration projects. He is an avid naturalist who possesses a passion for improving the environment. We are certain you, our clients will find him a pleasure to work with. Thank you all for your support being our great clientele.

Kinnucan Instructed an Arborist Rescue Clinic

Arborist rescue clinic hosted by Kinnucan.

On May 9th and 10th, Norm Hall, our Tree Care Operations Supervisor helped instruct fire & rescue personnel in arborist rescue.  When a fire/rescue team is dispatched to rescue an injured climber aloft, and the fire/rescue team can’t get to the injured climber using their ladder truck, it takes an average of 2.5 to 3 hours to get the climber to the ground.  The reason why is because they can’t access the arborist in the tree, using the equipment issued to them.  A very high percentage of their rescues are from the top, where they can tie off to an anchor and lower the rescuer to the patient.  This training familiarized the fire/rescue personnel with arborist throwline and a throw weight to set a rope into the tree, to facilitate a rescue.  A trained arborist can get the climber to the ground in 15-20 minutes.

Arborist rescue methods clinic by Kinnucan.

Fire Service Personnel Trained in Tree Rescue, by Norm Hall

Village of Lake Bluff Lighting Ceremony

Holiday Tree Lighting in Lake Bluff

Kinnucan Tree Experts Landscape Company once again donated the lighting of the Gazebo on December 3, 2016. In addition, Kinnucan was responsible for hanging 30 of these beautiful 4-foot wide green and blue LED spheres. Each sphere holds approximately 1,000 lights! (credit for building the spheres goes to Mr. George Russell)

Kinnucan Stays Ahead of West Nile Virus


Kinnucan recently mailed 25,000 postcards out to neighboring suburbs for their mosquito and tick control programs. These programs are completely safe for children and pets, and are immediately effective. In response to a recent human case of West Nile confirmed in Lake County, Illinois, Kinnucan is trying to stay well ahead of the problem by offering the most affordable and effective applications to its current and potential clientele.

Norm Hall Attends Illinois Arborist Association’s 2016 Summer Conference


Norm Hall, Tree Care Operations supervisor, Certified Arborist and Tree Worker, recently returned from the IAA’s 2016 Summer Conference, held June 23rd – June 24th in Monticello, IL. Norm lead a demonstration “Crane Removals and Comparisons.” This demonstration highlighted the benefits of using a truck-mounted crane to assist in removing trees. There was a “stick boom” crane and a “knuckle boom” crane on site to show the advantages and limitations of each unit. Each crane demonstrated removing both branch and log sections of trees. Cranes can be a great value for removing trees in confined spaces, behind residences, resting on structures (storm damage), or to cut larger sections and land the pieces near the chipper. Using a crane for EAB ash removals will save time, labor and back injuries.