Spring Tree Pruning in MA

Posted by Amy O

Jun 13, 2014 10:03:19 AM

Tree pruning each spring can help ensure healthy trees and shrubs, prevent insect & disease infestation, and improve curb appeal.

One of the great aspects about spring time in Massachusetts is the revitalization of life in the form of foliage on thetrees that are common across our region. With the growth of new foilage comes the need to prune out the dead wood, increase the air and light flow, and remove any limbs that may be hazardous to property or utility lines.

Pruning should be done to:

  • Improve survival chances at planting time
  • Maintain or reduce plant size and shape
  • Remove dead, diseased, weak or broken branches
  • Stimulate flowering, fruiting or colored twig effect in certain plants

Tree pruning  may require various types of equipment, from chainsaws to hand shears and small hand saws. We recommend consulting with a Certified Arborist before attempting to prune trees because improper tree pruning can seriously damage a tree or lead to the spread of insect and disease infestation. A Certified Arborist will be able to accurately assess a tree's current situation, and implement tactics to help improve the health and appeal of that tree.

Find out more by consulting with a Cut-Rate Certified Arborist, or call 978-223-4268.

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Topics: Tree Pruning

It's Time for Winter Tree Work in MA - Get a 10% Discount

Posted by Amy O

Dec 17, 2013 1:02:56 PM

It's time for tree work in MA!

Winter is a great time for tree service. Trees add so much beauty to our properties and benefits to the environment.   They also require attention and care to keep them healthy and in a safe condition.  If you know what to look for, your trees may have some telltale signs that indicate a potential hazard.  

How to find out if your tree is a Hazardous Tree:

  • Are there large holes in the trunk
  • Have branches fallen from tree
  • Are branches close to a structure or interfering with wires
  • Are there splits or cracks in trunk or branches
  • Are there dead or broken, hanging branches in tree
  • Are there mushrooms at the base of tree
  • Has construction or digging been performed near base of tree

If you notice any of these potentially dangerous conditions, please have your trees inspected and evaluated by a professional arborist.  They are best qualified to advise you on how to keep  your trees in tip top shape and keep them from becoming a hazardous tree.

For more information or to arrange a complimentary arborist inspection of your trees, give us a call at (877) 308-8733.  Please note that we offer a 10% discount on tree work during the winter months.


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Late Summer Tree Care

Posted by Amy O

Aug 14, 2012 3:07:00 PM

2cebfdae7a8ea5d691033c085990a9d4_MInvest in late summer tree care to keep your ornamental and shade trees healthy, safe, and attractive all year long.

August and early September can be a crucial time for tree care. Ensuring you have pruned all ornamental trees and shrubs by this time will make certain they develop buds for next spring. On the shade tree front, it is imperative to inspect your trees for safety as hurricane season is just around the corner.

Inspecting a shade tree for safety requires a Certified Arborist with a trained eye. Some safety hazards, such as hanging branches, are obvious to the homeowner, but often times it takes a Certified Arborist’s eye to pick up on internal structure damage, drought stress, or insect and disease problems.

Do yourself a favor and take a quick stroll around your property to inspect your trees and shrubs. If they’re dropping leaves already, or have an abundance of broken branches around the base of the tree it is likely that the tree has been stressed from unfavorable growing conditions in the hot summer months. Should you see any of these signs of tree damage, you should consult with an Arborist:

  • Early leaf drop
  • Discolored foliage for the season
  • Broken branches and limbs
  • Insect infestation and/or disease infection
  • Rotting, splitting, or leaning


Take advantage of Cut-Rate’s free tree care consultations and meet with one of our Arborists on your property. Click the button below for your free consultation.

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Topics: Tree Care

Double Check Your Property for Tree Damage that Occurred this Winter

Posted by Amy O

Apr 17, 2012 3:03:00 PM

deb9f9efc56ef2a940bdf0d58ccaad5c_MDespite the limited snow, winter can still be damaging to your trees. Ensure your property is safe and your trees are healthy this spring.

A quick walk around your property is all it will take for a Certified Arborist to detect any winter damage that could be hazardous to your property. Even though we had very little snow in our region, it is still very possible to have broken tree limbs and “hangers.” There is even quite a bit of damage out there left over from the snow storm we got in October!

Broken limbs in trees can be an enormous liability and safety hazard. Too often, homeowners ignore “hangers” but ultimately end up paying the price after the broken branch falls on their house, garage, shed, car; or even worse, a person. Most of these mishaps can be avoided just by having a trained eye scout your property each spring.

It is not uncommon for healthy trees to have a broken branch here and there, especially after a storm, but if there are trees that are constantly shedding broken branches then there may be internal damage to the tree. A knowledgeable Arborist will be able to detect structural damage easily and recommend strategies to mitigate risks of fallen branches and help return a tree to a healthy state if possible.

Take advantage of this beautiful weather and take a walk around your property to look for broken branches. If you see anything alarming, or would like some expert advice, consider a free consultation with a Cut-Rate Arborist.


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Topics: Tree Pruning, Tree Care, Tree Service

Watering Your Trees This Spring

Posted by Amy O

Apr 6, 2012 3:01:00 PM

Your trees are thirsty after that dry winter - be sure they're getting enough water!

It is the beginning of April and we've been treated to some pleasant weather over the last few weeks; however, it has been relatively dry and we're now bordering on drought conditions in Massachusetts. We are in a period of time that is usually very wet, but this spring has been different - with very little precipitation falling. The lack of precipitation can have a negative effect on your trees and shrubs this time of year and can create a very stressful environment for your entire landscape. Making sure your plants are getting water through this dry spell can help ensure their long-term livelihood.

If it isn't raining - it isn't raining; but that doesn't mean your landscape needs to suffer. A properly installed and managed irrigation system can keep your landscape healthy through dry periods, and various other landscape features, such as swales, can aid in the watering of your shrubs and trees. Rain collectors are also great for keeping your plants watered, but don't let the water sit too long because it will become a major mosquito producer as the temperatures heat up.

The general rule of thumb for watering is certainly in effect in a dry spring - you should ensure your plants get about an inch of water each week. Usually a New England spring will present us with an inch or more of rain each week, but 2012 has been different and you shouldn't rely on Mother Nature to water your landscape for you.

If you have any questions about the landscape on your property we recommend consulting with an Arborist. Our Arborists are well versed in all forms of tree, shrub, and plant health care, and can get your property in exceptional shape. Click the button below to request a free consultation.


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Topics: Tree Care

Late Winter Tree Care Tips

Posted by Amy O

Feb 22, 2012 2:58:00 PM

Ensure your landscape and trees are ready for spring by taking the appropriate care steps now.

We’ve been experiencing a mild winter on the North Shore this year, and I for one am ecstatic. We have a few avid skiers and snow boarders at Cut-Rate that are pretty bummed about it, but it seems the general consensus is pretty positive regarding the warm winter.

Warm winters provide a very unique landscape scenario. Usually, February and March bring snow accumulation and frozen ground to the North Shore; however, with warm temperatures, and unfrozen ground, there is still a need to ensure your trees are getting the proper amount of water. That’s right – watering trees in the winter.

Carpenter Costin wrote this great article about watering evergreen trees in winter a few months ago and it certainly holds true now. With temperatures nearing 60 degrees this week, it may be necessary to irrigate your trees to ensure they’re staying healthy through the winter.

Late winter and early spring are critical times in tree and landscape care. With especially mild winters, such as the ones we are having now, ensuring ample watering of your evergreens is key. Watch the weather and beware of warm dry spells.

Remember, winter is an excellent time for tree pruning. Even if the ground is not frozen, skilled arborists can still climb the tree and prune it.

To learn more about winter tree care, call us at 978-223-4268 or click the button below for a free consultation.


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Topics: Tree Care, Tree Service

How to Do Winter Tree Work Without Frozen Ground

Posted by Amy O

Feb 3, 2012 2:55:00 PM

be28adfff47893c4519c1307dc6b8866_MGet the benefits of winter tree work even if the ground isn't frozen yet!

In our last few posts we've been preaching the benefits of winter tree work, one of which is the ease of access due to firm, frozen ground. Well, this winter hasn't exactly been cold enough to ensure the ground has frozen, making many home owners and commercial property managers hesitant to call a tree company in for winter work. One way around the frozen ground dilemma is to utilize an experienced tree climbing crew to service your trees.

Although a tree climbing crew often takes longer than a skyworker or crane crew, a climbing crew can access and service a tree without putting your lawn or flower beds in danger of damage. With skilled climbers and ground men, a climbing crew can service a tree just as well, if not better than the more modern equipment, plus you don't need to worry about lawn damage since the ground may not be frozen. The crew can service the tree and carry the brush and logs out to firm ground where the chipper will rest.

Take advantage of the Cut-Rate winter discount and let our climbing crews service your trees this winter. Even if the ground does not freeze, our skilled climbers can prune and remove trees without impacting your lawn or flower beds with heavy equipment. Meet with a Cut-Rate Arborist to see how we can service your trees this winter.


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Topics: Tree Pruning, Tree Removal, Tree Service

Commercial Tree Services This Winter

Posted by Amy O

Jan 22, 2012 2:51:00 PM

9415f9bcd76598f9c08127db1641b596_MConsider tree removal and pruning services this winter for your commercial properties.

Cut-Rate Tree Service recommends tree removal and tree pruning this winter for commercial properties such as condominiums, golf courses, office parks, and retail areas. During the winter, these commercial properties usually see decreased traffic, making tree service with large equipment more appropriate and more tolerable for those in the immediate area. Servicing trees in the winter usually means the ground is frozen, which reduces the impact of the heavy equipment, and improves the arborists' access to tree.

The benefits of winter tree care are too great to ignore if you're a property manager, service manager, or business owner. In addition to the improved access and visibility, winter tree work also has an added bonus in the form of discount. Cut-Rate Tree offers discounted work in the winter since it is easier for our equipment and arborists to access and provide service. This keeps our costs down - and then we pass the cost savings on to the customer in ture Cut-Rate fashion. Winter tree work is usually 10% cheaper than work done in the spring, summer, and fall.

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Tips for Winter Tree Care

Posted by Amy O

Dec 28, 2011 2:46:00 PM

00d9b1e39f02d57be65ad2a9a6eaa3b8_MFollow these winter tree care tips to ensure your trees stay healthy through the winter, and strive next spring!

Usually by the last week of the year we've already been in snow up to our ankles or knees. This year, however, has been different, with only one real storm that came before Halloween. In addition to limiting our back-breaking snow shoveling, this warm weather has extended the window to care for your trees and shrubs.

Lets start with shrub care - One of the easiest, yet most effective means of maintaining shrubs in the winter is by burlapping. Burlapping consists of wrapping shrubs in burlap, or creating a burlap screen to shield shrubs from harsh winter elements. The burlap protects shrubs from cold wind which can dry out the shrubs over the course of winter. However, when done properly, the burlap remains breathable, allowing enough air to access the shrub, maintaining health and preventing pest infestation. Wrapping in burlap requires a length of burlap to wrap around the shrubs, which is then to be secured with twine. Creating a burlap screen can be achieved by arranging stakes around a shrub or set of shrubs and stapling or nailing the burlap to the stakes.

Moving on to tree care - The most common form of winter tree care has to be tree pruning. When the foliage is shed and the ground becomes firm, Arborists can service trees with greater efficiency. Firm ground improves the access of equipment, such as bucket trucks, chippers, and cranes; while limited foliage increases sight lines and uncovers any structural weakness that can't be seen during the growing season. Utilize the winter to remove any dangerous dead wood and hanging limbs, or improve the health and appeal of your trees with routine maintenance pruning every few winters. The most important factor to consider with winter tree care is the cost - DO NOT PAY FULL PRICE FOR WINTER TREE WORK. Servicing trees in the winter is easier for a tree company, which effectively lowers costs. Cut-Rate Tree passes these cost savings on to the customer and provides a 10% discount during the winter months - on top of our already low costs.

Utilize these winter tree and shrub tips to maintain your landscape this winter. These tips will help improve the health and appeal of your trees and shrubs this winter and have them in prime shape come spring. Take advantage of our winter discount and meet with a Cut-Rate Arborist this winter!


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Topics: Tree Care, Tree Service

Watch out for Winter Moths

Posted by Amy O

Dec 6, 2011 2:44:00 PM

Do you have an abundance of winter moths flying around your yard?? This could be an indicator of future winter moth damage.

In moth form, the pesky winter moth isn't of much danger to your landscape. Though they may fly around your exterior lights, and occasionally make their way through an open door, the winter moth (as a moth) is nothing more than an annoyance. However, in the larval stage the winter moth, or winter worm, is truly a pest.

As a worm, these small pests can decimate and defoliate the decidious trees on your property at a surprisingly rapid pace. This defoliation occurs in the spring time after the winter moth eggs hatch and the larvae spread throughout the tree, eating all the leaves along the way. For a few months in the spring the larvae will feast on the foliage before burrying themselves in the soil for the summer months. After summer, the male winter worms arise from the soil as moths and fly around. Unlike the males, the females cannot fly; rather they crawl up the trees to lay their eggs in the bark crevices and begin the cycle again.

If you're noticing a substantial amount of winter moths around your house, it may be a good idea to use winter moth prevention practices come spring time. Our sister company, Carpenter Costin, offers winter moth prevention treatments that will cure any problem you may with these pests. Or, if you've been severely affected by winter moths in the past, your tree may need to be removed. (In that case, call us, not Carpenter Costin!!)

Keep an eye out for these moths now. If you're noticing unusual amounts, consider treating this spring.

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Topics: Tree Care, Winter Moths