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17 Jun 2016

Four Steps Your Arborist May Suggest Prior to Hazardous Tree Removal

Removing a tree on your property is a major decision. Homeowners consider the environmental cost, financial cost and effects on the overall landscape. Although hazardous tree removal is necessary in many cases, an arborist will often suggest four steps to take before removing that tree.

Limit the Hazard by Moving At-Risk Items

While moving buildings or other permanent structures is not feasible, your arborist may suggest parking the car away from a potentially hazardous tree or moving lawn furniture and portable items. Heed this advice, even if you plan to hire a tree expert for hazardous tree removal. A small move could result in much less damage.

Improve Tree Health for Strength and Stability

Some trees become hazardous due to health issues. An arborist may suggest enhancing tree health through various techniques in order to boost tree strength. Sometimes improving the soil structure also results in greater stability for mature trees.

Tree Pruning to Limit Potential Weak Points

Pruning diseased or broken branches helps to limit damage during a storm. When done by a professional, pruning also relieves stress on the tree and helps to improve overall health. A healthy, well-pruned tree has a greater chance to remain standing in nasty weather.

Install Cables or Bracing to Provide Support

Often recommended as a last resort, installing cables or bracing often disrupts the landscape but stabilizes a risky tree. Cabling must be done by a professional tree services company and the lifespan and maintenance of that cable should be clearly laid out to the homeowner. In many cases, bracing is a temporary measure until hazardous tree removal can be scheduled.

When faced with a downed tree or broken branches, call a tree services expert for hazardous tree removal. But consider these four options prior to that tree falling and you may avoid the hassle and expense of tree damage.

17 Jun 2016

Tree Pruning Basics from the Tree Service Experts

Knowing when and how to prune your existing trees can be challenging, and wise Massachusetts property owners consult the tree service experts for tree pruning basics. Think about these facts when planning for tree care this coming season.

Training a Tree is Essential to Overall Health

Pruning wounds, but trees heal naturally by closing or growing over that wound. Although it may seem  better to wait for maturity and inflict fewer wounds on your tree, it actually makes more sense to plan for many smaller pruning cuts. Trees grow over small cuts quickly and with less negative effects on overall health.

Training starts on young trees, resulting in small wounds and better growth over the tree’s life. Depending on the type of tree and growth habit, most pruning plans include establishing a strong leader branch and a group of good structural branches. Ask your tree service expert when to start pruning and try to stick to a regular schedule.

Location and Intention Matter

Experienced arborists and tree service companies know where to prune, often depending on the type of tree and its intended use. For example, cuts are often made near the branch collar and permanent branches are pruned back to the buds or a lateral branch in order to avoid suckering.

Also, trees that line your street or driveway are likely pruned in a different manner than those planted for landscaping purposes. Consider what you expect from your trees and explain those intentions to your contractor before pruning begins, especially when first planning a pruning schedule for young trees.

Remember that although pruning is essential to tree health, it must be done correctly for optimum  results. Consider your goals and the age of your trees, contact local tree services experts and get a tree pruning plan in place to enhance your beautiful landscape for years to come.

Establishing a tree pruning plan helps to enhance your property and avoid many problems. Find out the basics and discover why tree service experts are the best pruners around.

17 Jun 2016

How to Plant a New Tree After Stump Removal

Stump removal services leave your property clear and tidy, often solving a lingering problem and improving the space. But taking out an old stump also provides an opportunity to create something new in your lawn or garden. How do you plant a new tree after stump removal and what type of conditions should you try to avoid? Help to make your yard look even better with these tips.

Clean Up Well

Stump grinding equipment creates a fair amount of sawdust and wood chips. Although this organic material will break down over time and add important nutrients to the soil, removing some of it and balancing the mixture with new soil helps to provide optimum growing conditions for your new tree. Consider using the ground wood as mulch in other areas of your property. And remember to mound the new soil mixture before planting, as the dirt and chips will settle over time.

Remember Your Roots

Roots remain even after the grinder has reduced the stump to a pile of sawdust. This can present a serious obstruction to growth for any new trees. Some horticultural experts suggest planting new trees no sooner than one year after removing an established tree. On the other hand, some energetic property owners might want to sift through the surrounding soil to remove a majority of the roots. Dig up around the planting area and assess conditions. If roots take up more room than healthy soil, wait a year or so for decomposition. If you feel like the new tree’s roots have the room to grow, get planting.

Consider Size

Shop for trees significantly smaller than the removed stump in order to provide plenty of room for growth. This provides some greenery and beauty now without sacrificing tree health and allowing for a lush landscape in the future. Talk to your local plant or tree specialist about species that will thrive in your yard and ask about younger trees available.

With a little bit of planning and shopping around you can enjoy planting a new tree after stump removal.

17 Jun 2016

End of Summer Tree Heal Care Tips

This is the best time of year to have your trees inspected by an arborist. As all New England natives know, summer storms can be just as damaging as winter storms.

Arborists will check trees for early signs of damage. Wilted trees, or those lacking leaves, are a sign of drought. Trees must be watered to supplement the lack of rain during dry spells. Set up a sprinkler to water the full root area at least once a week. Early morning is the best time to water trees for a few hours. Do not water during the hottest hours of the day. A tree is properly watered if the surrounding soil is damp up to 8 inches deep. This can be checked by poking a hole in the soil.

Trees suffering from a drought can be easily infested by insects and disease. An arborist will decide if any diseased or infested branches need to be removed. Removing these branches helps to keep the tree healthy and safe through future storms.

Summer growth adds a lot of weight to tree branches and the overall tree. The healthy foliage collects water making the branches heavy. An arborist will secure or remove any weak limbs to prevent future damage. This can be done using rope, wooden braces, or wiring to stabilize the tree.

Taking the time to make sure your trees are healthy will save you a significant amount of money in the future.

17 Jun 2016

Leaf Peeping Season

Leaf Peepers are widely known as those who travel north to witness the colorful New England fall foliage.  Leaf peeping is best done at peak foliage season which varies by state.  The timing for peak foliage depends on elevation, the amount of rain in recent months, air temperature, and sunlight.  Peak foliage begins in northern Maine then slowly travels south through New Hampshire and Massachusetts.  The end of September through the middle of October is generally the best time to plan any leaf peeping road trips.

Fall foliage maps are available in each state, as well as online, to help plan a successful trip.  Keep in mind that trees near populated areas will change color differently than trees in rural areas.  Explore the best foliage by walking or hiking in the woods.  Most people combine leaf peeping with apple picking, pumpkin picking, and enjoying various fairs.  The beautiful fall foliage and all New England has to offer are big tourist attractions.

 

09 Feb 2016

Prosperous year for acorns

acornIt’s that time of year again where New England’s most recognized nut, the acorn, takes over.  Driving down tree lined streets, walking through the woods; no matter where you are most likely you have been dodging those oak tree nuts.  While we humans are busy covering our heads and protecting our automobiles from falling acorns, squirrels and other wildlife are busy storing these nuts for winter. 

There are over sixty types of oak trees in New England and all produce edible acorns.  A packed combination of protein, carbohydrates, and fat, the acorn is one of the oldest foods of mankind.

2015 is considered a “mast year” because of the large amount of acorns being produced.  A “mast year” only happens every 2-5 years and scientists still do not know what attributes to the over production of acorns.  A single oak tree can drop roughly 10,000 acorns in a prosperous year, making it impossible for the animals to eat all of the nuts.  The more acorns left behind leaves more potential for future oak trees to grow.