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Have Your Trees Inspected for Winter Damage

Posted by Amy O'Hare

Feb 24, 2015 10:19:00 AM

It's been a long, cold winter and it feels a little like there's no end in sight. This is the time to stay positive, enjoy any sunshine we get (even if it's accompanied by bitter cold wind), and hope the thaw comes soon.

This is also the time to have your trees inspected for winter damage. With record-breaking snowfall this year many properties are suffering damage from fallen trees or broken limbs and evergreens have been crushed from the weight of the snow. You may not even realize the severity of some of your tree damage until an expert inspects it.  

Carpenter Costin offers a no obligation tree inspection and property review. Let one of our certfied arborists inspect the condition of your trees. While broken branches must be removed, bent branches can sometimes be saved by cabling. If your tree needs to be removed, we'll take it down carefully and safely. 

Let us evaluate your trees and assess any winter damage. We'll present you with all options available to keep them safe, beautiful and healthy! 

Call 877-308-8733 to schedule a free consultation or click below

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Topics: tree care, tree planting, tree pruning, tree trimming, Winter Tree Service, Tree Cabling, arborist evaluation

Tree Cabling Instead of Tree Removal

Posted by Amy O'Hare

May 5, 2014 9:30:00 AM

We love trees for so many reasons! They provide beauty and shade and they're valued for their unique growing habit, such as an open spreading canopy, or a narrow upright branching in small spaces. Sometimes these growth habits can cause the need for support systems to keep the tree safe and structurally sound. 

Cabling is one of the most common tree support systems. Tree cabling involves the installation of a steel cable in the upper two-thirds of a tree’s canopy to help support an out-stretched limb or a branch hanging dangerously over a house. The cable transfers the load from itself to an adjacent limb (not taking on the full weight) and reduces the risk of breaking away.

Reasons To Cable

The most common reasons for tree cabling are to:

  • Prevent splitting of a healthy tree or limb
  • Restore a damaged tree due to previous breakage
  • Mitigate possible hazards in a public area

An arborist evaluation will identify the potential hazard of the tree and its risk, determine if the tree is able to be saved and if there's enough solid wood to attach a cable. 

There's no guarantee against limb, or tree failure with cabling, but it's the best way to reduce the risk of failure. Cables should be inspected yearly as the tree ages and grows. 

To determine if tree cabling is an option for your tree, request a free consultation with one of our certified arborists.

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Topics: tree care, Tree Cabling, arborist evaluation, Spring

Spring Has Sprung! Assess Winter Damage

Posted by Amy O'Hare

Mar 31, 2014 9:00:00 AM

It's officially Spring, although the temperatures only grazed the 50s this weekend. Still, after a long, snowy and freezing cold winter it feels absolutely wonderful to leave the house in something other than a glorified sleeping bag with arms! Soon we'll be soaking up the warmth of the sun and enjoying the bursts of color and greenery.

Before we celebrate the flowers blooming, though, it's important to remember that this is the time to appraise and repair the damage done to our trees, shrubs and lawn. 

With record snowfall this year many properties suffered damage from fallen trees or broken limbs and evergreens and shrubs have been crushed from the weight of the snow.  

Carpenter Costin offers a no obligation tree inspection and property review. Let one of our certfied arborists inspect the condition of your trees. While broken branches must be removed, bent branches can sometimes be saved by cabling them straight. If your tree or shrub needs to be removed, we will take it down carefully and safely. 

Let us evaluate your trees and shrubs and assess any winter damage. We'll present you with all options available to keep them safe, beautiful and healthy! 

Call 877-308-8733 to schedule a free consultation or click below

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Topics: tree care, tree planting, tree pruning, tree trimming, Tree Cabling, arborist evaluation, Spring

Is Your Tree a Hazardous Tree

Posted by Carpenter Costin

Mar 19, 2013 3:18:00 PM

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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Topics: tree care, Tree Removal, storm clean up, tree pruning, tree trimming, Tre Care, Carpenter Costin, Winter Tree Service, Tree Cabling, storm damage, landscape maintenance, landscape tips, landscape care

Support Your Trees With Tree Cabling

Posted by Carpenter Costin

Feb 25, 2013 10:23:00 AM

 

By: James R. Allen IIII        Arborist cabling tree

Many trees in our managed landscapes are valued for their unique growing habit, such as an open spreading canopy, or a narrow upright branching in small spaces.  Although aesthetically pleasing, these growth habits can have inherent problems that require support systems to keep them, safe and structurally sound.

One of the most common methods used to sure up these problems is tree cabling.  This involves the installation of a steel cable in the upper two-thirds of a tree’s canopy to help support an out-stretched limb, or a leader hanging precariously over a house. The cable transfers the load from itself to an adjacent limb, therefore not taking on the full weight, and reducing the risk of breaking away.

There are basically three main reasons to add tree cabling to your landscape trees.  The first is to prevent splitting of a healthy tree or limb.  The second is to restore a damaged tree due to previous breakage, and the third is to mitigate possible hazards in a public area. 

The first step in tree cabling is to identify the hazard potential of the tree and its risk to nearby people or structures.  This is identified by tree characteristics such as included bark, or defective unions, large multi-stemmed trees, such as Silver Maple and River Birch, or top heavy limbs on a specimen tree.  Next it should be identified if the tree is a candidate for cabling. Is the tree too far gone? Is there enough solid wood to attach a cable?  These are questions that a certified arborist can assist in answering.

Although this is a common practice used in the landscape, there are risks involved. 

For one, tree cabling will cause a small wound in the tree where the lag bolt is installed, but    in most cases the tree will heal around.  Secondly there is not guarantee against limb, or tree failure with cabling, this is simply a best management practice reduce the risk of failure.   Also, be prepared to have the cables inspected yearly to ensure that they are intact or possibly replaced as the tree ages and increases in size.

These are considered acceptable risks when valuable specimen trees are involved, and tree cabling is a better alternative to complete tree removal.

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Topics: tree care, tree pruning, tree trimming, Tre Care, Carpenter Costin, Winter Tree Service, Tree Cabling, landscape tips, landscape care

Storm Clean Up of Local Trees

Posted by Carpenter Costin

Feb 6, 2013 12:10:00 PM

Recent high winds have caused many trees to fall or to be severely damaged in our area.  Carpenter Costin crews have been called on to remove trees from houses, driveways, yards and to evaluate trees with structural damage such as cracked branches and leaders. 

A Certified Arborist is the best person to inspect your trees for hazardous or dangerous branches, or damage caused by wind, freezing and thawing temperatures, structural weakness or snow load.  Certified Arborists can educate and guide you, not just in emergency winter situations, but in the care and maintenance of all of your trees and shrubs throughout all four seasons. 

Massachusetts Certified Arborists and those certified by the International Society of Arboriculture are individuals who have achieved a level of knowledge in the art and science of tree care, through formal education, at least three years of experience and have passed a comprehensive examination. They are also required to continue their education in order to maintain their certification, ensuring their knowledge is updated on the latest arboriculture techniques.

Certified Arborists, years ago called tree surgeons, are trained to ­­­:

  • Recognize safety issues and make recommendations regarding structural problems in trees, such as weak branch unions, dangerous leaders, and other potentially hazardous concerns.
  • Evaluate the overall health of your trees and shrubs
  • Diagnose insect or disease problems and advise on treatment strategies
  • Avoid taking down trees that can be salvaged

Consulting with a Certified Arborist will give you the assurance that your trees are safe and healthy. 

For a complimentary evaluation of your trees and shrubs by a Certified Arborist, please give us a call at (877)308-8733.

Carpenter Costin's 10% Winter Discount on Tree Work continues through

March 30, 2013.

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Topics: tree care, tree planting, Tree Removal, storm clean up, tree pruning, tree trimming, Tre Care, Carpenter Costin, Winter Tree Service, Tree Cabling, shrub pruning, storm damage

Cabling and Bracing to Preserve Trees and Prevent Damage

Posted by Carpenter Costin

Oct 25, 2012 10:42:00 AM

Take advantage of tree cabling and bracing solutions to prevent damage caused by splitting tree limbs and leaders.

Do you have a tree on your property that you absolutely love for one reason or another, but splitting treefear a splitting limb may fall and cause damage – thus persuading you to remove the tree? Before jumping to the removal conclusion, consider cabling and bracing as a way of saving your beloved tree.

Cabling and bracing is a tree care technique that consists of bolting and cabling trees and tree limbs to ensure they do not split and break off. Depending on the caliper of the tree, a large bolt can be installed through a tree, helping to secure and mitigate a split in a tree. By using a complex series of ropes, an Arborist can actually pull the tree together, closing the gap where the tree is splitting, and insert a bolt to hold it there. Over time, the tree will actually grow over the nuts and bolts utilized, effectively hiding any sign of the bolt in the tree, yet still maintaining the bolt’s purpose as a support.

Utilization of bolts is only one form of bracing – the other aspect involves the installation of cables within the crown of the tree to help hold the numerous leaders and limbs together. When installed properly, cables will distribute the weight of the cabled limbs evenly, limiting the stress on the limbs and preventing splitting and damage. Cabling is a great way to prevent storm damage, and is effective on all trees, from small ornamental trees to large shade trees.

Tree cabling and bracing is a great way to preserve a tree you love; however, not all trees can be saved. Be sure to have a Certified Arborist inspect any tree that shows signs of structural weakness. If a tree can be saved with cabling and bracing, a qualified Arborist who cares about trees will certainly recommend it. If you have any questions about your trees, take advantage of a free consultation with a Certified Arborist.

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After closing the splitting gap with a series of ropes, drill through the tree and insert a bolt to keep the gap closed.

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Installing a cable in the tree. Notice the red rope that has been used to pull the leaders together before installing the cable.

tree cabling and bracing before and after

Before and after shot of the bracing process. Notice the gap is significantly smaller, and the bolt is preventing it from splitting any more.

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Topics: tree care, Tree Cabling, storm damage

Don’t Be Beat by Summer Storms; Ensure Your Trees are Safe

Posted by Carpenter Costin

Jun 25, 2012 3:39:00 PM

Strong winds, driving rains, and lightning are all potential dangers to your trees when summer storms come rolling in. Make sure your trees are safe this summer.

Summer storms have a knack of packing a quick and powerful punch, with the capacity to cause severe damage to your trees; which poses a threat to the people and structures surrounding the trees. The trio of wind, water, and lightning has been famous for damaging trees during summer storms in our area, but if you take a proactive approach you may be able to mitigate some risk.

The easiest step to proactively preventing storm damage is to get out and look for “hangers” or “widow-makers” in your trees. Hangers are limbs that have broken, but remain tangled up in a tree. Often, hangers are difficult to see due to the foliage, so ensure you take a good look at all your trees. Every summer storm we have could potentially make more hangers, so make sure you’re regularly checking your trees. If you identify any hangers in your trees, please consult with a Certified Arborist for your own safety.

Aside from identifying hangers, there is very little that an untrained person can do to prevent storm damage; however, a Certified Arborist will be able to identify structural weaknesses and root issues that can help mitigate fall downs and uprooting caused by brutally strong winds. Uprooting is common when soil is extremely moist from excessive rain, so be extra cautious if you have trees in very wet areas in your yard. Removing or cabling of trees in question maylightning strike tree be necessary to ensure your property remains safe the next time a storm rolls through.

The wild card of storm damage is the lightning strike – and if one of your trees is hit by lightning you’ll know it, as the bark will likely be stripped off. Lightning will cause severe internal damage to a tree, and removal is usually always necessary. Unfortunately you can’t prevent lightning from striking, but taking immediate action after a lightning strike will prevent any further damage.

Do your part to mitigate summer storm damage and you’ll be glad you did. Consult with a Certified Arborist to get a professional evaluation of the trees on your property to help ensure your property is as safe as can be before the first major summer storm.

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storm damage uprooting

Uprooting can occur when excessive moisture in the soil weakens the roots grasps, allowing a tree tro succumb to high winds.

fallen tree damage

Full foliage makes trees susceptible to falling down in heavy winds. Pruning can increase air flow and help mitigate risks of fall downs.

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Topics: tree care, Tree Removal, Tree Cabling

Consider Tree Cabling and Bracing to Keep Your Trees Safe

Posted by Carpenter Costin

Feb 21, 2012 9:51:00 AM

Are your trees supported? Adding cables and braces can help save the trees you love and ensure they're safe for years to come!

This article was written by Jim Allen, Certified Arborist at Carpenter Costin.

Many trees in our managed landscapes are valued for their unique growing habit, such as an open spreading canopy, or a narrow upright branching in small spaces. Although aesthetically pleasing, these growth habits can have inherent problems that require support systems to keep them safe and structurally sound.

One of the most common methods used to sure up these problems is tree cabling. This involves the installation of a steel cable in the upper two-thirds of a tree’s canopy to help support an out-stretched limb or a leader hanging precariously over a house. The cable transfers the load from itself to an adjacent limb; therefore, not taking on the full weight and reducing the risk of breaking away.

There are three main reasons to add cables to your trees:

  • Prevent splitting of a healthy tree or limb
  • Restore damaged tree due to previous breakage
  • Mitigate potential tree hazards, especially in public areas

The first step in cabling is to identify the hazard potential of the tree and its risk to nearby people or structures. This is identified by tree characteristics such as; included bark, defective unions, large multi-stemmed trees (such as Silver Maple and River Birch), or top heavy limbs on a specimen tree. Next it should be identified if the tree is a candidate for cabling. Question to ask now include: Is the tree too far gone? Is there enough solid wood to attach a cable? These are questions that a Certified Arborist can assist in answering.

Although this is a common practice used in the landscape, there are risks involved. First, cabling will cause a small wound in the tree where the lag bolt is installed, but in most cases the tree will heal around. Secondly, there is no guarantee against limb or tree failure with cabling, rather this is simply a best management practice to reduce the risk of failure. Also, be prepared to have the cables inspected yearly to ensure that they are intact or possibly replaced as the tree ages and increases in size. However, these are considered acceptable risks when valuable specimen trees are involved, and is a better alternative to complete tree removal.

If you think you may need tree cabling services we encourage having a Certified Arborist out to inspect your tree soon. It is especially useful for the Arborist if there is low foliage on the trees (winter months), that way they can ensure proper inspection and cabling of the tree. Click the button below or call 877-308-8733 for your free cabling consultation.

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