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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

Winter Tree Care and a 10% Discount

Posted by Carpenter Costin

Dec 17, 2013 12:48:55 PM

tree_removal_bucket_truckAvoid tree loss and property damage  

Most damage during severe weather events occurs due to falling trees and limbs.  During winter months, storms with high winds can break off branches or cause trees to fall, resulting in property damage, power outages or even personal injury. The weight of ice and snow accumulations can bend and break delicate evergreens.

Now is an important time to have your trees inspected for decay, broken or hazardous branches, and weak branch unions.  There are some basic procedures that can help reduce the risk of tree and property damage.  Carpenter Costin’s certified arborists can inspect for conditions and defects that could predispose your trees to failure. In the winter you want to be sure to:

  • Clear dangerous branches away from your home
  • Remove dangerous and unwanted trees and shrubs
  • Rejuvenate shrubs and hedge to thicken and invigorate
  • Prune disease-prone fruit trees
  • Prune to improve vista

Please give us a call to arrange a complimentary appointment for a Carpenter Costin certified arborist to give your trees a thorough inspection and evaluation before winter hits.  Based on our assessment, Carpenter Costin may recommend treatments, pruning or installation of support cables.  As trees provide great value and beauty to your property, removal should only be considered only where high risk conditions exist. 

We offer a 10% discount on winter tree work between December 1st and March 31, 2013.

Don’t let your trees become casualties.  Call now to arrange a Free Tree Inspection by a certified arborist.  877/308-8733.

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Topics: tree care, Tree Removal, tree pruning, tree trimming, Carpenter Costin, Winter Tree Service, tree service videos

Winter Tree Work in MA - 10% Discount

Posted by Amy O'Hare

Dec 7, 2013 5:11:22 PM

It's time for winter tree work. Have your trees serviced between Dec - Mar and get a 10% discount.

Tree removal and tree pruning in the winter is ideal for a number of reasons. Firm ground, low foliage, and reduced outdoor activity make tree service easier for the Arborist. Carpenter Costin's 10%  winter discount makes tree service much easier for the property owner as well.

Tree service in the winter is also recommended for areas that are constantly used in the growing season, such as golf courses and athletic fields. Servicing trees in these locations during the winter will ensure that there is no damage to the turf.

With clear sight lines, Arborists can easily analyze and prune out dead wood and hanging limbs, and identify any structural weaknesses that can be pruned or cabled to ensure safety.

Consider Carpenter Costin's winter tree services to help improve the appeal and safety of your trees. You'll be glad come spring time.

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Topics: tree care, Tree Removal, tree pruning, tree trimming, Carpenter Costin, Winter Tree Service, tree service videos

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

Tips for Protecting Shrubs in the Winter

Posted by Carpenter Costin

Nov 29, 2012 3:51:00 PM

Keep your shrubs safe from winter elements with these simple winter shrub care tips.

If you ensure your shrubs make it through the winter damage-free, you’ll be preventing many landscape-associated headaches come spring time. The main threats for shrub damage in the winter include wind damage, snow-weight damage, and salt damage. protect shrubs in winter

Wind Damage

The cold winter wind is capable of excessively drying out the shrubs that maintain their foliage in the winter. The drying process occurs through transpiration of the water within the shrub’s foliage, and is also known as desiccation. To protect your shrubs from drying out, you can apply anti-desiccant liquid to all your broadleaf evergreen shrubs.

Wrapping your shrubs in burlap, or creating a burlap screen, will also help protect your shrubs from damaging winds.

Snow Damage

Depending on which New England winter shows up (100” season like 2010 or hardly a dusting like 2011); your shrubs could potentially be damaged by heavy snowfall, and the placement of snow by shovelers, snow blowers, and plows. The weight of heavy snow alone can be enough to damage shrubs. Compounding that weight by clearing snow from your walkways, driveways, decks, and patios onto your shrubs can cause serious harm. If possible, try to limit the amount of snow weight on your shrubs, especially the younger, less established ones.

Salt Damage

The salt that is used to melt snow and ice is another threat to your shrubs in the winter. Salt acts as an herbicide and can seriously damage or kill the shrubs in its path. There is very little you can do for your shrubs that line the streets that are salted by the town or state; however, on your own driveways and walkways, try to limit the amount of salt used near your shrubs, as it will have a negative impact on their health. If you are experiencing salt damage year after year, you should consider planting a salt-tolerable variety of shrub. Burlapping may help protect from salt damage slightly; however, it is very possible that salt will penetrate the burlap.

If you can limit the damage that the wind, snow, and salt cause to your shrubs in the winter, you’ll be much happier with your landscape come spring. It is also a wise idea to have an Arborist inspect the shrubs and trees on your property before winter hits to ensure everything is in a safe, healthy condition.

 

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Topics: shrub care, Winter Tree Service, landscape care

Winter-Proofing Shrubs and Plants with Anti-Desiccant

Posted by Carpenter Costin

Nov 19, 2012 3:09:00 PM

Protect evergreen shrubs from harsh winter cold and winds with anti-desiccant applications.

Desiccation is the dehydration of a plant due to water loss in the leaves through transpiration that occurs during the winter, as brutally cold winds rip through our region. Protecting evergreen shrubs, which maintain their foliage through winter, from desiccation will ensure they do not dry out and die during our cold winter months. Applying an anti-desiccant (or anti-transpirant) will help make sure your evergreens stay healthy through the winter.

Anti-desiccant is a foliar, topical application that forms a waxy coating around the leaves of evergreens. This coating protects the leaves from losing water through transpiration caused by winter winds and cold temperatures. By maintaining the moisture in the leaves, broadleaf evergreens will be able to survive the winter, even when frozen ground limits the availability of water.

Although winter can cause damage to all trees and shrubs that maintain their foliage anti-desiccant applicationthroughout the winter, broadleaf evergreens are most susceptible to damage, and are most likely to experience harming long-term health effects from winter damage. Broadleaf evergreens that are prone to winter damage in New England include, but are not limited to, rhododendron, boxwood, and holly.

Anti-desiccant applications must be completed in the late fall and early winter when temperatures are between 50 degrees and 32 degrees. Applying anti-desiccant when temperatures are below freezing can actually do more harm than good for a shrub. It is important to pick a period of time that will be rain and frost-free for at least 24 hours, as both rain and frost can impact the application’s effectiveness. When applying anti-desiccant, be sure to apply it to both the topside and underside of the leaves.

Most garden centers or plant nurseries will sell anti-desiccant, and it may also be available at your local hardware store. If you want to leave the anti-desiccant applications to the professionals, click below for a free consultation. Preserving broadleaf evergreens through the winter will ensure they look great come spring!

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Topics: Winter Tree Service, plant health care

Winter Tree Removal and Pruning Services Across Massachusetts

Posted by Carpenter Costin

Jan 6, 2012 11:32:00 AM

Take advantage of the perks associated with winter tree work and have your trees serviced in the next few months.

Winter tree removal and pruning is great for both the Arborist and the property owner. Firm ground, low foliage, and reduced outdoor activity make tree service easier for the Arborist. Carpenter Costin also offers a 10% discount in the winter - making tree service much easier for the property owner as well.

Tree service in the winter is also recommended for areas that are constantly utilized in the growing season, such as golf courses and athletic fields. Servicing trees in these locations during the winter will ensure that there is no damage to the turf.

With clear sight lines, Arborists can easily analyze and prune out dead wood and hanging limbs, and identify any structural weaknesses that can be pruned or cabled to ensure safety.

Consider Carpenter Costin's winter tree services to help improve the appeal and safety of your trees. You'll be glad come spring time.

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Topics: tree care, Tree Removal, tree pruning, Winter Tree Service

Warm Winter Watering Tips: Evergreen Tree Care

Posted by Carpenter Costin

Dec 30, 2011 10:27:00 AM

Despite the fact that we are crossing into the new year shortly, it might still be necessary to water some of your plants and trees!

As shocking as it sounds, you may still need to water your evergreens. During mild periods in the winter, there is a good chance that the ground around your trees will not freeze. If it has froze, then you don't need to worry about watering, but if temperatures are mild and the ground still soft, you must ensure your trees, specifically evergreens, are getting enough water this winter. winter evergreen watering

The general rule of plant watering that you adhere to in spring and summer applies to the winter as well. Assuming the ground does not freeze, you should aim for 1" of water per week. Usually during the fall and winter you can get away with less water per week, but if we are experiencing mild temperatures with very little moisture it is wise to provide your trees and plants with some water.

Without enough water, your evergreens (arborvitaes especially), can dry out during mild winter weather. Be sure to check your evergreen trees for moisture and see if the ground is dry, and not yet frozen. If the ground is frozen the water will run off, but if not it will be absorbed into the soil and ensure the health of your tree this winter. A water-starved evergreen can dry out in the winter, making it very difficult to recover in the spring. A simple moisture check can help save your evergreens during mild winters.

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Topics: Winter Tree Service, plant health care, landscape tips