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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

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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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

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

Winter Tree Removal and Pruning

Posted by Amy O

Nov 17, 2011 2:40:00 PM

339a0e1449b6b4062056bc300d87e893_MHave Cut-Rate Tree Service remove or prune your trees this winter, and save!

Winter tree service is a great thing for Arborists. While many home owners are worried about the next big snowfall, Arborists are out servicing trees across the region. With reduced activity in yards, little or no foliage on trees, and hard, frozen ground, Arborists can easily access and service trees that are not easily servicable in the spring, summer, and fall months. Tree removal and pruning in the winter allows Cut-Rate to be more efficient, effectively lower our costs, which in turn lowers our already low prices. We pass on a 10% discount to our customers who do tree pruning and removal work between December 1st and March 31st. The discount, on top of our existing low prices, is really tough to beat.

In addition to being good pricewise for the customer, winter tree service is really great for producing quality results. Decidious trees should be bare of their leaves come December 1st, meaning our Arborists have completely unobstructed views of the trees limbs, leaders, and problem areas. Pruning in the winter is really a great idea because some problem limbs that were covered by foliage in the spring, summer, and fall will now be exposed. Winter tree service ensures the most bang for your buck.

Request a consultation with one of our Certified Arborists to discuss your winter tree service needs.

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Topics: Tree Pruning, Tree Removal, Tree Service

Our Sister Company, Carpenter Costin is Celebrating 65 Years

Posted by Amy O

Oct 12, 2011 12:23:00 PM

Carpenter Costin Landscape Management is celebrating 65 years as a tree service provider on the North Shore.

We've been lucky enough to be part of the Carpenter Costin family for some time now, and would like to wish them a big CONGRATULATIONS on reaching this great milestone. Carpenter Costin is still a tremendous tree service provider, even after 65 years, but they also now offer full service landscape design, construction, and maintenance, as well as plant health care and lawn management services.

Cut-Rate Tree is very thankful to be able to work with Carpenter Costin. Please join us in congratulating them on this great occasion. They are also offering a promotion to help celebrate their 65th, so we advise you check them out! Carpenter Costin Tree Service

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Topics: Tree Care, Tree Service

Warm Weekend Weather is Perfect for Fall Tree Care

Posted by Amy O

Oct 7, 2011 12:05:00 PM

With warm temperatures on the way, be sure to get out this weekend and care for your trees and landscapes.

If the local meteorologists are right, this weekend looks like it is going to be a dandy. Warm temperatures and no forecasted precipitation will create the perfect climate for fall foliage seekers, apple pickers, and yard workers. If you're adventurous, you may even be able to jam all three of those into this weekend.

For those of you looking to get a jump start on your fall clean up, this weekend could be a great opportunity. Raking up, or mulching up, the leaves that have already fallen will not only make the inevitable fall clean up easier, but it will also promote a healthier lawn and soil. A blanket of leaves can block sunlight, and ultimately interrupt the photosynthesis that is happening in your lawn. Keeping your leaves in tact for the remainder of the fall will help your lawn grow and develop strong roots in the final few weeks of the season.

The nice weekend is always a great opportunity to evaluate the trees on your property. Even if you don't have the trained eye of a Certified Arborist it is still easy to spot some weaknesses in your trees. Look for branches and limbs that are sagging or cracked; check the base of the tree for splitting or rotting; and inspect for evidence of pest infestation. Before we know it, winter storms will be pummelling the north east. A weakened tree is very susceptible to wind and snow damage. Taking the time to inspect your trees now can prevent a future catastrophe.

Take advantage of the great weather, and do something out in your yard. If you stumble across any concerns in your trees, please request a consultation and we can have a Certified Arborist out for a free inspection.

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Topics: Tree Care, Tree Service

Are Your Leaves Already Dropping?

Posted by Amy O

Sep 30, 2011 6:17:00 PM

Have you noticed that your leaves have already changed color and dropped to the ground? This could indicate that a tree is stressed.

Early foliating and falling could mean that a particular tree has been stressed by unfavorable growing conditions, which can include pest infestation, drought, or structural damage. Although we are approaching the time of year when leaves will begin to fall, most healthy trees will still be full of beautiful fall foliage. Trees that are already bare have most likely been damaged, or have endured stressful growing conditions.

Browse your property and look for trees that stick out as having significantly less foliage. Hawthorns, serviceberries, and birch are all varieties that tend to lose their foliage early when damaged, but it is certainly not limited to these trees. With a little more than one week of fall under our belts, we are seeing an adundance of great foliage throughout our region; however, we are also noticing the occasional tree that is void of foliage. These trees stick out like a sore thumb, and they are likely bare due to a health issue.

Fall is a great time to assess the health of your trees. If you have trees that are already stripped of their leaves then it is likely that the tree is of poor health. It is a good idea to have a Certified Arborist out to inspect any trees in question, especially since stressed trees are more susceptible to high wind and heavy snow damage, which is unfortunately right around the corner. Request your free consultation by clicking the button below or calling 978-223-4268.

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Topics: Tree Care, Tree Service

Surviving Hurricane Season

Posted by Amy O

Sep 6, 2011 5:45:00 PM

f710044bf79a4b1f5d8b085e5e5d9711_MWith one hurricane under our belts, and more on the way, are you doing all you can to prepare your trees and landscape for hurricanes and tropical storms?

Hurricane Irene up-rooted, ripped down, and tore apart many trees, limbs, and branches in our region. Tree service providers, like Cut-Rate Tree, have been working tirelessly to remove storm damaged trees and branches from fences, driveways, porches, and more. We highly recommend strolling through your property and inspecting any trees for potential signs of weakness. Be sure to look for the following signs:

  • Many fallen branches around the base of the tree
  • Defoliation during the growing season
  • Evidence of rotting 
  • Trees that are losing their bark
  • Obvious insect, disease, or fungus infestation

These signs are tell-tale indicators that a tree may be structurally unsafe. Storms with high winds and heavy rains can often present situations that may be hazardous to a property and the people around it. Quickly inspecting your trees for the aforementioned signs will let you know if you need to consult with a Certified Arborist. At Cut-Rate Tree, our Arborists are all extremely well educated and experienced in tree health hazards, and can provide an analysis, with possible solutions. Don't wait until its too late. Hurricane season has really just begun, so please inspect your trees for any of these signs. It could save you from a potential disaster. Have a Certified Arborist out for a free consultation if you are worried about any aspects of your landscape that need to be preparred for the remainder of hurricane season.

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Topics: Tree Care, Tree Service, Storm Damage

Hazardous Trees Along the Street and Sidewalk

Posted by Amy O

Sep 2, 2011 5:41:00 PM

f7a0a54c92471ac4480e727e4ccf93df_MTrees planted incorrectly along streets, sidewalks, and driveways can become a hazard, especially after a storm.

The great debate: is that tree along the sidewalk your responsible, or the town's or municipality's? Often times trees that are growing along a cement or concrete area will become hazardous. The inability of the tree's roots to grow correctly and gain proper rooting will often result in a fallen tree and damaged property. This often occurs during late summer and fall storms, such as the one we just experienced in our region. Heavy winds can be too much for these trees with weak root structure.

Our Certified Arborists are always on the look out for these trees along the sides of roads, as residents usually give the tree the cold shoulder assuming that it is the responsilibity of the town or municipality. We highly recommend checking out the trees around your house that me be growing in such an area. If it looks like the tree may be growing incorrectly, or already starting to lean or up-root, we suggest calling the town office to see what they can do about the tree. If a tree is posing a potential threat to any of your property, and the town owns the tree, they will need to ensure the tree is safe, or have it serviced.

If the tree is not property of the town, but rather belongs to you or your neighbors, you can call Cut-Rate out for a free consultation to inspect and provide solutions. We've seen many trees up-rooted from the recent Hurricane. Don't let this happen to you. Ensure you property is safe, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

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Topics: Tree Care, Tree Service, Storm Damage