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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

Request a Free Consultation

 

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

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

Request a Free Consultation

 

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

Preparing for Spring Landscaping

Posted by Carpenter Costin

Mar 3, 2014 10:37:00 AM

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It doens't feel like Spring is around the corner but in reality now is a great time to start planning your Spring landscape. To begin, think about how you want to use your yard this year and consider areas for kids or pets, entertaining or outdoor living. If you're not sure, our landscape architects have great ideas and will help you envision your yard as a perfect place to play and relax. 

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Here are some ideas for Spring Landscaping:

  1. Bring warmth and fun to your backyard with a stone fire pit.
  2. Redefine the entrance to your home with a new walkway.
  3. Add a beautiful flowering tree for an interesting focal point.
  4. Introduce seasonal color to your property by adding flowers that bloom all season.
  5. Add outdoor living space with a new patio.
  6. Remove or transplant overgrown shrubs that detract from curb appeal.
  7. Install a stone wall to delineate a seating area.

Carpenter Costin’s landscape architects will work with you to explore the possibilities of your property and turn your dreams into reality.  Call now for a no obligation consultation on spring landscaping, 877/308-8733.  

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Topics: tree planting, hardscape design, Carpenter Costin, Landscape Design, Landscape Construction, landscape tips, Spring Landscape Care, Spring

Spring Landscaping Ideas

Posted by Carpenter Costin

Mar 12, 2013 10:49:00 AM

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After a long, cold, snowy winter, it’s time to get outside, take a deep breath and start planning how you are going to use your yard this year. As we all seek outlets for stress reduction and restoration, let our landscape architects help you transform your property into an attractive, welcoming and serene place to play and relax. 

Here are some ideas for Spring Landscaping:

  1. Bring the warmth and fun of a campfire to your backyard with a stone fire pit.
  2. Define the entrance to your home with a new walkway.
  3. Add a beautiful flowering tree for an interesting focal point.
  4. Introduce seasonal color to your property by adding flowers that bloom all season
  5. Add outdoor living space with a new patio.
  6. Remove or transplant overgrown shrubs that may be hiding your home.
  7. Install a fence or stone wall to delineate a property line.

 Carpenter Costin’s landscape architects will work with you to explore the possibilities of your property and turn your dreams into reality.  Call now for a no obligation consultation on spring landscaping, 877/308-8733.  Visit our website at www.carpentercostin.net to view our landscape portfolio.

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Topics: tree planting, hardscape design, Carpenter Costin, Landscape Design, Landscape Construction, landscape tips

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

Time for Shrub and Ornamental Tree Pruning

Posted by Carpenter Costin

May 25, 2012 3:10:00 PM

As we inch closer to the official start of summer, it’s time to start thinking about pruning your shrubs and ornamental trees.

Spring is a glorious time to be in the landscape. Shrubs and ornamental trees of all sorts will be flowering at various times throughout the spring, adding tremendous color and appeal to the landscape. Just remember, once the shrubs and ornamentals are done flowering you need to prune them to ensure they retain their desired shape, and remain insect and disease free. Pruning this summer will help promote optimal flowering next spring as well.

Ornamental tree and shrub pruning can be a “do it yourself” project, as long as you know a few things beforehand. First, ensure your pruning shears are sharp. Sharp tools will not only make the job easier for you, but it will be better for the tree or shrub being pruned. Just be careful to avoid injury. Next, be sure you know a little about the tree or shrub being pruned to ensure that the pruning is beneficial and not detrimental. For example, pruning fruit trees usually requires different sprout management than flowering trees.

Once you’ve sharpened your tools and identified any specific pruning needs, you’re ready to get started – just make sure you go slowly, and take the occasional step back to see the entire pruning subject before you snip off too much!

If you’d like to leave your shrub and ornamental tree pruning up to the experts, we’d be happy to help out. Click the button below for your free pruning consultation from a Certified Arborist.

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Topics: tree care, tree planting, shrub care, shrub pruning

Tree Planting and Transplanting Solutions

Posted by Carpenter Costin

Dec 13, 2011 1:17:00 PM

Out with the old; in with the new. Planting or transplanting mature trees can be tricky; but with the right equipment and personnel, it can be done effectively.

Planting and transplanting medium to large trees is extremely difficult, and near impossible to do without the proper equipment. This task becomes even more challenging when obstacles come into play. Utilizing a professional company with the proper equipment is the only way to proceed with planting and transplanting maturing trees.

In a recent project, we removed a dead Hemlock and replaced it with a large, maturing tree. In addition to the large size of the tree (estimated at around 800lbs), there was a 12 to 15 foot wall that needed to be cleared. This required a piece of equipment that we call a "log loader" that has a large grapple and hydraulic lifting arm that could raise the heavy tree above the wall.

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Moving a mature tree is not an easy feat, but it is certainly possible with the right equipment and manpower. Don't hesitate to contact a Certified Arborist or Landscape Architect if you would like to add a large tree to your landscape, or replace a stressed, dead, or dying tree with a new one.

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There is still time this year to plant large trees, but the window is shrinking dramatically each day, and depending on the type of tree you want to plant, it may be best to wait until next spring. Your Arborist will be able to make recommendations for you.

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Out with the old: in with the new! Replace a dead tree with a new one!

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Save Money and Ensure Plant Health with November Plantings

Posted by Carpenter Costin

Nov 9, 2011 3:31:00 PM

Experience great results and cost savings by adding new plants in the 11th month!

Planting in the fall ensures optimal root development. Although many home owners have an urge to plant in the spring time, and are more focused on getting the snow blower running in November, it is actually better to add new plants in October, November, and even into December than it is in the spring. Much of a plant's spring time energy is spent on flower and bud production; however, during the fall months, a plant will focus all of its energy on root development. Fall planting ensures strong root development, and allows for a much better bloom come spring.

Another benefit of fall planting is that there is a actually a costs savings to be had. Local nurseries will lower their prices in an attempt to sell their inventory before winter. This allows Carpenter Costin to save even more on our already discounted prices and then pass those cost savings on to our customers.

Planting in November is both great for your landscape and great for your wallet. Plus you'll be able to enjoy your new plants early next spring. Don't wait too long though. Request your free consultation now.

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Topics: shrub planting, tree planting, Fall Landscape Care, landscape tips

Fall Tree and Lawn Care Services

Posted by Carpenter Costin

Aug 18, 2011 9:45:00 AM

Improve your landscape this fall with timely lawn and tree treatments.

Fall is a great time to improve your lawn, trees, and landscape. Warm sunny days and cool moist nights create prime conditions for root development, seed germination, and plant growth.

Our lawn care experts highly recommend certain cultural practices each fall to help create a healthy lawn through the fall and winter, which makes spring lawn care a breeze. These cultural practices include:

  • Core Aeration

  • Over Seeding

  • Top Dressing

  • Lime Application

These lawn care services increase the nutrient, water, and air flow in your soil; improve seed germination for a thick, healthy lawn; and create the desired ph level in your soil.

In addition to key lawn care practices, the fall is also a great time to plant trees and shrubs. In the spring, trees and shrubs focus most of their energy on producing visible growth, like leaves and flowers. In the fall, however, plants place all their effort on developing strong root systems. This helps ensure that trees and shrubs have a solid root system to survive the winter, and also allows them to start producing flowers and foliage immediately in the spring. Our Landscape Architects and Certified Arborists highly recommend planting trees in the fall, as opposed to spring or summer.

Fall lawn and tree care is ignored by too many people, simply because they feel the season is winding down, and their lawns and trees will soon be browning as winter nears. We can assure you that this is not the case, as investing in fall landscape services truly pays dividends year round.

Click here to request a free consultation with one of our Lawn Care experts.

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Looking to add new trees, shrubs, or plants to your landscape? Fall is the right time to do so. Click the button below for a free consultation with one of our Landscape Designers.

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Topics: tree care, shrub planting, tree planting, landscape tips, Lawn Care