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Caring for Crabapple Trees

The colorful pink, red, and white blooming crabapple trees are a welcome sight every spring across the northeast. These beautiful ornamental trees dot our landscape with pops of color and practically scream, “Spring is finally here!” 

After the harsh winters we experience here in Massachusetts, the sight of these flowering trees can’t come soon enough for many of us anxious to get the planting season going. 

4 Seasons of Joy 

If your property happens to be lucky enough to have one of these deciduous trees, you know that they are enjoyable all year long. They begin their spring season with leaves that bud and bloom with fragrant flowers in colors ranging from startling white to soft pinks and deep reds. 

Once the flowers fade during the summer months, the small red and pink fruits that are produced attract birds of many species and squirrels looking to get their fill as well. 

During the fall months, like many other trees in our region, the crabapple tree puts on an equally spectacular show of color as do its cousins the Oak and Maple. 

During the early winter the crabapple tree will still have some bright fruits and they will stand in contrast to the white snow our region often gets, leaving homeowners to be in awe of its beauty year round. 

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Caring for Your Crabapple Trees 

Given that these trees can add so much to your landscaping all year, it is a good idea to make sure that you are caring for the health and safety of your tree. 

Watering

While crabapple trees do not need extra watering and tend to be drought resistant, it is a good idea to water the tree at the base if your area is suffering a prolonged drought. Otherwise they can usually thrive with the regular rainfall in our region. Check out Gardening Know How for specific watering solutions.  

Access to Light 

As with all things living, your trees need access to light to survive. If your crabapple trees are under a canopy of taller trees, you may want to prune and trim those trees to give your crabapple tree adequate access to the light it so needs to thrive. 

Soil: Erosion & Fertilizer

Crabapple trees are pretty low maintenance trees but they do need care when it comes to making sure there is no erosion of the soil around the base of the tree. In addition, you will want to make sure the soil is healthy and has enough nutrients to nourish the tree throughout the year. Soil testing can help with this and fertilizer can also aid with growth. 

Pruning & Disease

Crabapple trees need very little pruning unless you see dead or damaged branches from storms or disease. Apple Scab is one such fungal disease that can negatively impact crabapple trees. 

Proper pruning, raking, and destroying infected leaves can help lessen the disease for the next year’s growth. We also recommend a topical fungicide to prevent spread of the disease. 

Enjoy four seasons of joy with these beautiful trees. Drop us a picture of your crabapple and tell us what you love about them. 

5 Benefits of a Stone Fire Pit Entertaining Space

Outdoor fire pits and fireplaces are quite the trend in the United States today. According to the American Society of Landscape Architect’s Residential Landscape Trends Survey, topping the list of outdoor design features is the stone fireplace and fire pit. 

Why are the fire features so popular currently? To understand the sudden appeal of stone fireplaces and fire pits in the Massachusetts area, one only needs to examine the benefits associated with this type of residential architectural detail. 

Let’s take a look at the 5 benefits that a fire pit could add to your property this year. 

#1 Extended Entertaining Area 

One of the top reasons why homeowners in our region love to add fire pits or outdoor kitchens with a fireplace component is the idea of transforming outdoor spaces into viable entertaining areas that can be used throughout the year. 

Adding a fire pit or fireplace to your backyard is like adding valuable square footage to your home except the room is outdoors and allows multiple gathering spaces as well as cooking options. 

For most homeowners in the northeast, getting outside at night becomes an option when there is a warm cozy (and attractively designed) fire to sit beside. Spring, summer, fall, and even some parts of the winter will allow for fire pit season in our area. 

#2 Functionality 

Not only does a fire pit area allow for more entertaining space to be added to a home, it provides a function as well. Many homeowners use the pits or fireplaces to cook their meals during the hot summer months when they don’t want to heat up their homes. Grilling dogs and burgers becomes less of a hassle when you can do it outdoors while enjoying the peace of your yard and nature. 

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#3 Warmth & Light 

Who doesn’t like to sit by a crackling fire while enjoying the company of friends and a few cocktails? A fire pit can lengthen those late-night get-togethers by providing both warm and light. The party doesn’t need to end when the sun goes down when you have a fire pit to keep everyone cozy and entertained. 

#4 Adds Curb Appeal & Value to Landscaping

The National Association of Realtors explains that, “Outdoor hardscape projects (such as walkways, fire pits, fireplaces and walls) add resale value to a home as well as bring extra enjoyment to homeowners while they are living in the home.”

When it comes time to sell your home, a well-manicured and hardscape-designed backyard will be more valuable and create more curb appeal, thus attracting more serious buyers. 

#5 Makes Unusable Space Usable

Many New England homes have sloped or rocky yards that are not great for doing much planting, playing, or entertaining. By adding a tiered fire pit to a yard, areas that were once unusable become highly functional and possibly your favorite aspect of the yard! 

If you're thinking about jumping on the fire pit trend and adding one to your property, let our landscape architects handle the planning and heavy lifting for you. We can design, plan and execute the entertaining area of your dreams. 

 

Keep the Ticks & Mosquitoes Out of Your Backyard in 2021

The summer is finally here and that means it’s time to get outdoors and enjoy the long, sun-filled  days and beautiful summer weather. Unfortunately, living in Massachusetts also means that along with the ocean breezes and fantastic weather comes some pest issues that may be lurking in your own backyard. 

Between the prevalence of Black-legged ticks and those nuisance mosquitoes, enjoying a backyard BBQ with family or evening under the stars with friends can become a worrisome ordeal. Luckily, there are some solutions to these issues that can give homeowners control again over their own yard.


Let’s take a closer look at the hazards that ticks and mosquitoes can pose to you and your family as well as some simple ways to make your backyard safer this pest season. 

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The Dangers of Ticks & Mosquitoes 

Both ticks and mosquitoes can carry diseases that are harmful (and sometimes fatal) to humans. Avoiding tick-borne and mosquito-borne diseases is the best prevention against contracting these diseases. 

Tick-borne Diseases 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “The most common tick-borne diseases in Massachusetts are Lyme Disease, Babesiosis, and Anaplasmosis. Other diseases that are more rare, but still occur, are Tularemia, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Borrelia miyamotoi, and Powassan virus.” 

Mosquito-borne Diseases 

Diseases that can be spread by the bite of a mosquito (or mosquito-borne diseases) include: the Zika Virus, West Nile Virus, Chikungunya Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, Dengue, and Malaria. Thankfully, in New England we mostly need to focus on two diseases: West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE or “Triple E”), according to MassGov.com. 

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Prevention Techniques 

Preventing bites from ticks and mosquitoes is the best way to prevent vector borne diseases. Here are a few steps that you can take to protect your friends and family even when just stepping into your backyard. 

 

  • Wear insect repellent with the ingredient DEET. 
  • Treat your clothing with 0.5% permethrin, which will deter bites from both ticks and mosquitoes. 
  • Wear light clothing that covers as much of your skin as possible. 
  • Avoid heading outdoors during peak times for mosquitoes including dawn and dusk. 
  • Cut back trees and bushes from your backyard. 
  • Remove any standing water that could become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. 
  • Keep your lawn trimmed short. 
  • Shower soon after being outdoors to remove any ticks that have not yet embedded themselves. 
  • Check your children and partner’s skin for ticks. They especially like hidden areas such as armpits, hairlines, groin, and behind the knees. 

How Carpenter Costin Can Help

Taking personal precautions to keep the ticks and mosquitoes at bay is one thing, but Carpenter Costin can also help remove the problem from your backyard with our tick and mosquito treatment options. Talk to our specialists about what type of treatment and timing of treatments for your property would be best for your family. Reduce the worry this summer season about what disease you may be exposed to in your own backyard with our tick and mosquito treatments. 






They're Baaaaack! Brood X Cicadas are Emerging

You’ve probably heard it on the news about the emergence of Brood X Cicadas making their debut. You also might be wondering what the buzz is all about? 

If you’re traveling along the eastern seaboard or the Midwest in the next couple of days and weeks, you will be hard pressed to find a surface that is not covered with millions, if not billions of these humming, buzzing creatures. After 17 years underground, they have begun to emerge enmass across the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, and Southeastern regions of the United States. 

While the New England region is not within the 15 state radius where they are expected to emerge, this phenomenon is still an environmental marvel that we love to examine a bit closer in today’s blog. 

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What is Brood X? 

According to National Geographic, there are approximately 3,000 varieties of Cicadas worldwide. Some varieties emerge every year, mate, and begin the cycle of life going from eggs to nymphs to full grown adults. After taking about 6-10 weeks for the eggs to hatch and develop into nymphs, the Cicada then burrows itself into the ground where it sucks the liquids of plant and tree roots. There the Cicadas remain until they emerge from the ground. 

When they emerge depends upon what variety and region. For instance, some Cicadas emerge every year while others, like Brood X, wait 17 years in their cyclical pattern to re-emerge. 

2021 marks the point in Brood X’s cycle where they come out of hiding and begin to look for a mate to start the process all over again. 

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What You Should Know About Brood X Cicadas

Since most of us live in Massachusetts or the New England region, we have little to worry about when it comes to these rather loud, often creepy critters that can damage trees during the egg-laying process. Here are a few facts that may help you as you watch the news or watch with wonder as the Great Eastern Brood (also known as Brood X) emerges. 

  • Cicadas do put stress on trees in a number of ways. First the adults eat the leaves of the trees. Thankfully, this is usually cosmetic in nature and can be remedied with pruning. However, when the females lay their eggs under the bark of a tree, twig, or branch the wood is in danger of splitting, also known as “flagging” in the arborist world. Finally, Cicada larvae tunnels into the ground and sustains itself on the juice of the roots of nearby trees and plants. This feeding process can rob a tree of its nutrients. 
  • Cicada sightings can be tracked on the Cicada Mapping app.
  • In Brood X, only the male Cicadas can sing to attract a mate. While much of their buzzing and calls are a mystery, it is believed that the sound is produced within the membranes called tymbals, and their hollow abdomens amplify the call.  
  • Cicadas wait for the perfect conditions to emerge. They wait for the right conditions for breeding, which are when the ground thaws to 65°F (18°C) in a brood’s designated year. (National Geographic) 
  • Cicadas are referred to as different “Broods” labelled with Roman numerals. They usually emerge in intervals of 13 to 17 years. That means that most years some brood will be emerging. This year (2021) just happens to be a largely anticipated year since this 17 year periodical emergence is expected to be one of the largest in recent history. 

Follow along with the news reports on where the latest Cicadas are emerging and how many they estimate to be buzzing. Just be careful, they can hit over 100 decibels as they make their calls! 





Should I Try Pruning My Own Trees or Call a Professional?

Tree trimming and pruning may not look that difficult, right? A snip here and a snip there and all should be good. Lumberjack equipment, tools (and of course the flannel shirts) may seem pretty fun, but you may want to weigh your options before you pick up your pruning shears, or worse yet, your chainsaw. Take a moment to consider why a professional may be your best option to keep your trees (and yourself) safe, healthy, and growing. 

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What is Tree Pruning? 

Tree pruning is a whole lot more than haphazardly cutting branches off a tree or shrub. In fact, our arborists carefully consider the shape, size, and health of the tree before ever taking a tool to a branch. We look at each part of the tree, determine what is healthy and what is not, examine the ultimate goal of the pruning and take actions to that end. We do this not only for the aesthetic and shape of the tree, but also to encourage healthy growth and to remove any damaged or diseased portions of the tree. 

Pruning during different seasons can bring about different results. For instance, pruning in the spring can help encourage stronger blooms the next year. Pruning during the winter can help remove damaged branches that may have been injured during a snow or wind storm. Our timetable can help you determine when the best time might be to consider pruning the variety of trees in your yard. 

Why You Should Call a Professional Arborist

There are several reasons why calling a professional to trim and prune your trees is a smart idea. From safety for life and limb, to having the right equipment and knowledge for the job at hand, hiring a professional can save you time, effort, and possibly a trip to the hospital. 

Safety First 

As always, we advocate safety first. More often than not, trees need to be trimmed or pruned from a height above your reach. As professionals, we not only have the experience to wield heavy equipment from a height, but also have the proper safety harnesses and tools to reach tree limbs above our reach. 

We take into account how to keep our climbers and our crew on the ground safe, as well as the best way to protect your home and other structures on your property from falling limbs or branches. 

According to the Tree Care Industry Association, “being struck by a falling branch when pruning is a leading cause of death for homeowners who attempt their own tree removal or pruning.”

In addition to having safety training and experience in trees of all shapes, sizes, and heights, our arborists are fully insured. 

Proper Equipment 

Not many homeowners have the right equipment necessary to access all areas of trees for trimming and pruning. Our climbers and crane handlers are experts in their field and know how to accurately and safely use our professional grade equipment and tools to access even the most difficult trees. Tight areas and diseased trees are no match for our crew. 

Expertise & Experience

It takes years to learn to identify all the ways a tree can be damaged or diseased. Our crew has years of experience and specialized training to know exactly how to prune and trim your trees to promote growth and deter disease and damage from harming the overall health of a tree. 

Before you crank up your chainsaw, consider the safety, experience, and access to proper equipment that a professional could bring to your pruning project. Call our team today for a free estimate and get started on making your trees safer and healthier. 



Mulching Benefits for Tree and Landscaping Health

What if I told you there was a product you could use in your yard and garden that would make your landscaping look dramatically better, reduce your watering needs, increase airflow and nutrients to the soil and roots, and deter weeds from growing? 

No it’s not some magic product. It’s mulch! 

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Mulch comes in several different colors and a variety of different forms. Most homeowners choose organic mulches that will decompose over the course of a year such as wood chips, shredded bark, or even evergreen needles. These come in colors like red, dark brown, and black to complement the flowers or landscaping in your yard. 

Inorganic mulch, such as rocks, stones, or rubber chips can create a more permanent look as this type of mulch will not decompose, but will still give some of the main benefits that organic mulch does. 

What’s the Purpose of Mulch? 

The last time you took a walk through a forest you probably noticed that the path was strewn with bark, twigs, pine needles, and leaves. These organic pieces of the environment are serving a purpose even in the middle of a wooded forest. It is nature's form of mulching. 

Mulch around your plantings, trees, and gardens in your yard need the same type of protection that mulch can provide. 

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What Are the Benefits of Mulch? 

Mulching your gardens and trees may seem like just one of those chores you complete every spring as the weather gets warmer. What may seem like a chore meant to make your landscaping look amazing, is actually a healthy process for your plantings and trees throughout your yard. 

Aesthetics

Let’s face it, gardens, flower beds, and trees that are lined with mulch just look more attractive and well manicured than those without. Since mulch comes in a wide variety of colors and forms, homeowners have the opportunity to make their flower beds and trees look colorful and beautiful all spring, summer, and into the fall. 

Water Conservation 

Mulch can help hold moisture in the soil. Since summers in Massachusetts often involve some level of drought, this water absorption and lack of evaporation due to mulching can be a real lifesaver for your trees and shrubs. 

Weed Deterrent 

No one wants to spend their weekends weeding their flower beds. Mulch can be a major weed deterrent. While mulch will not stop all weeds, it can prevent many weeds from germinating in the soil. 

Adds Nutrients to the Soil 

Adding organic mulch, like shredded or chipped wood, can help your soil thrive throughout the growing season. As the mulch decomposes the nutrients are added to the soil and can help trees and shrubs get the nutrients they need. 

If your lawn and gardens are not mulched every year, consider this healthy and easy process for your soil, plantings, and trees this year. 

 

Invasive Beetle Alert: Emerald Ash Borer

The small invasive beetle known as the Emerald Ash Borer is devastating Ash tree species across Middlesex, Essex and 9 other Massachusetts counties this spring. Homeowners should be aware of the potential pest and know their options when it comes to treatment or ways to help prevent the spread of this beetle. 

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What Is the Emerald Ash Borer? 

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a small, metallic green beetle that was initially identified in the United States in the area surrounding Detroit, Michigan in the summer of 2002. Since that time it has spread violently across the nation and can be found in 35 states as well as five provinces in Canada. 

Since its discovery, the EAB has killed hundreds and millions of Ash trees across the country. In response, the USDA enforced a quarantine on Ash tree firewood and mulch. The goal of this quarantine (which has been lifted in Massachusetts as of January 2021,) is to slow the spread of this pest and give the Ash trees a fighting chance. 

What’s the Danger of the Emerald Ash Borer? 

How dangerous can a small beetle be, you ask? 

Extremely dangerous, according to the Massachuestts state site dedicated to the identification, prevention, and treatment of the EAB. 

In the course of just a few years (between 3-5 years) an Ash tree can go from showing small signs of an infestation in the form of dieback on the upper canopy of leaves to full mortality with the disruption of the tree’s nutrient movement. 

Invasive species experts explain that the adult beetles do little damage to the Ash foliage, that the real problem occurs during the larvae or immature stage of development. The larvae feed on the inner bark of ash trees, disrupting the tree's ability to transport water and nutrients. (Source: US Dept of Agriculture

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The Emerald Ash Borer is hard to spot with an untrained eye. Sadly, most infestations are several years old by the time they are noticed by homeowners. At that point the life of the tree is in jeopardy. 

However, most entomologists know the signs to be aware of to treat and stop the spread of this highly invasive pest. These include: 

 

  • Defoliation in the upper canopy
  • Branch death in the upper canopy
  • Growth of new branches where they can get nutrients such as at the base of the tree (epicormic sprouting) 
  • Signs of woodpecker damage since woodpeckers seek out EAB larvae
  • D-shaped exit holes in the bark may indicate adult EAB 
  • S-shaped galleries in the areas beneath the bark (indicates larvae feeding) 
  • Vertically split bark which can indicate galleries of larvae underneath

What Can Be Done About EAB? 

Homeowners should have regular inspections of the trees in their yard. Most Emerald Ash Borers will not be recognizable without keeping a close eye on the growth of the problem. Often if the problem has gone on too long the tree may be unsalvageable.

Professional arborists are able to use spray and injectable treatments to keep your trees safe but need to do so before the infestation has gotten too far. Once detected, often the goal is to stop the spread to other trees in the area. 

Environmental methods such as using natural enemies of the EAB could help. For instance, woodpeckers and wasps could help along with professional treatments by trained arborists. 

The state of Massachusetts in partnership with the Forest Health Program has implemented a trapping program to continue emerald ash borer detections in the state. The trapping program allows state foresters to find new infestations, map the progression and spread of known populations, and determine sites suitable for biocontrol releases.










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6 Common Signs of Tree Damage

The smell of spring is in the air. The crocuses are poking their heads out of the soil. Daffodils are making an appearance in long dormant flower beds. And trees are showing their buds with the promise of blooming any day now. The signs of spring are all around us!

Unfortunately, along with these hopeful signs come some signs of tree damage suffered through the winter or due to disease or pests. Are your trees sending you a sign they are damaged? 

All is not lost if your tree is showing some signs that it is sick. Our arborists can evaluate your trees and determine if the tree can be saved through pruning, treatment, cabling or bracing. Read on to find out what signs you should be looking for this spring as you start to get outside to enjoy this beautiful weather.  


#1 Dead Branches 

As you are evaluating the trees on your property, you may find that some of them have branches that appear to be dead wood. While many trees have dead branches, especially in the spring, it is important to take care of these since wind storms could cause them to fall and damage homes or property. 

Since fewer branches means less nutrients needed, a tree that is shedding its branches is a survival method. Have an arborist examine your trees that are showing signs of dead branches to evaluate its health and what steps can be taken to maintain healthy growth. 

#2 A Discernible Lean to One Side 

Some trees naturally grow at an angle due to the surrounding environment. Sadly, some trees develop a tilt due to weakness or structural issues with the roots. If you notice a tree in your yard that has a questionable tilt, contact our team to evaluate the health of the tree and determine if it needs removal or some TLC. 

#3 Visible Signs of Pests 

As you evaluate your property this spring, pay close attention to trees that may have an overabundance of beetles or ants that are on the bark or leaves. Pests tend to flock to dead, weakened, or dying wood to set up their colonies or nests. While every tree is bound to have some ants or beetles crawling around, look for damage caused by these pests that could indicate the health of the tree is struggling. 

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#4 Visible Signs of Fungal Growth 

Growth of fungus can look a little different on every tree. Look for discoloration on the leaves, wilting, or scabs on the bark. There could also be mushrooms growing at the base of the tree or even on the tree itself. 

#5 Exposed Roots & Root Damage

Determining root damage is not always an easy task as roots are not often visible. If your tree has a shallow or partially exposed root system, it is possible that it can suffer damage from every day actions such as mowing the grass, lawn care, and even foot traffic. Common signs of root damage include: dead branches, poor yearly growth, and wilting leaves during the growing season. 

#6 Bark Issues 

When a tree is diseased or dying it can show signs that it is vulnerable. Loose bark, missing bark, cracks in the bark, and cankers all signal a problem within the tree. Each of these conditions can weaken a tree and cause a potentially dangerous situation during the next wind storm. 



What’s the Best Time to Prune Flowering Trees & Shrubs?

New England is home to some of the most diverse and naturally beautiful types of trees across our country. From flowering Dogwoods, to towering Maples and blooming Cherry trees, we have quite the spectacular array of trees in our region. The species, size, and care of these trees varies so much that many homeowners are not aware of the best time to prune the trees they have right in their own backyard. 

Our Certified Arborists and Landscape Design Architects can help homeowners not only understand the trees and shrubs they have on their property, but also how and when to properly prune them for the results they desire. 

What is Pruning? 

Pruning a tree or shrub is the selective and careful removal of certain parts of a tree, plant, or shrub. Often when one thinks about pruning they think about removal of branches, roots, or even the buds. 

The whole purpose of this action is to help improve the health of the tree and encourage growth that may have been harmed by dead, infected, or storm-damaged branches. In general, pruning is meant to improve the aesthetic of the tree as well as the overall aesthetic of the landscaping. 

Pruning is slightly different from trimming in that pruning is done for the health of the tree or shrub, while trimming tends to be completed in order to shape and determine the size of a planting. 

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Pruning Timetable

The timing and frequency of pruning differs according to the plant, tree species, and your intended result. For instance, do you want to remove dead, diseased or damaged branches? Do you want to encourage growth? Or conversely, do you hope to dwarf the growth? 

All of these things must be taken into consideration when determining a pruning timetable. Check out our article regarding pruning for shade trees, ornamental trees, and shrubs

Spring pruning is aimed at improving flowering trees and shrubs. Spring is also a good time to remove any branches that may have been damaged during fall or winter storms. It’s a great time for an arborist to examine the tree for any decay or potential pest issues. 

Our arborists suggest that an ideal time to prune spring blooming trees is right after the bloom or show. This way gardeners or homeowners can visually enjoy the early blooms and then take care of the pruning. This particular timing gives the tree a chance to initiate new buds for the next season. 

Some examples of spring blooming trees and shrubs include: Dogwood trees, Forsythia bushes, Rhododendron, Maple trees, Cherry trees, and Lilacs. All beautiful additions to any landscaping, but all need annual care. Regular pruning can not only help the health of these trees and shrubs, but also improve their shape for the growing season. 

The amount of pruning needed is determined by the current condition of the tree or shrub. For instance, if the planting is fairly overgrown or has lost its shape, more serious pruning may need to take place in order to rejuvenate the tree. 

A Final Word

Spring is the busy season for pruning flowering trees and shrubs. While pruning can, and does, take place throughout the year on many different species of trees, this is the best time to get started reclaiming the health and overall aesthetic of the trees and shrubs in your yard. 

 

 

 

Increase Your Property Value With Landscaping

Improving your existing landscape or creating a whole new landscape will not only enhance the look of a property but also add value when refinancing or selling a home.

If you are looking to improve your landscape there are some key takeaways and benefits you should definitely consider to help make the decision a no-brainer.

Lets go through some of the benefits of investing in landscape design projects for your property and home.

The benefits of properly executed landscaping plans are:

  • Economic benefits

  • Environmental

  • Personal health

  • Socialization

  • Outdoor living space

Economic Benefits From Landscaping

Landscaping your property can increase the resale value of a property by as much as 15%. 

A significant landscape project that can bring close to 12% increase in property value is the construction of a patio. Patios bring an aesthetic appeal along with a purpose. 

Environmental Benefits Landscaping

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It is a known fact that trees clean the air of pollutants which improves the quality of our air we breathe. Trees have many environmental benefits which we go into more detail in our blog posts "Importance and Value of Trees"

When planting trees, there are a select few that if properly and strategically planted can significantly absorb sounds waves and reduces noise pollution.

Improve Your Personal Health With Landscaping

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Some studies have shown that when people are surrounded by nature like trees and flowers they significantly suffered less job stress and ended up feeling more satisfaction from their job.

To get more specific many people reported having fewer headaches and ailments than people that did not have a view of natural surroundings like trees and flowers. 

Overall by being surrounded by trees and plants it caused an increase in positive feelings while feelings of fear and anger were reduced.

Create Outdoor Living Spaces

People enjoy being outside in the sunlight and enjoying time with family and friends. A landscaped patio can raise the value of a home by as much as 12.4%. 

Outdoor Living Spaces

Landscape designs for your yard can encourage and provide much more opportunities for social interactions and family time. Picture a backyard patio where you can have an outdoor fireplace where your family and friends can sit around, roast marshmallows.

A key feature in a backyard landscape is a water feature. This does NOT mean a pool. Anything from a fountain to a small pond or even a hot tub would be more than enough. The reason being that you are creating an area in your backyard that is a comfortable place to sit, relax and take in the fresh air.

The benefits of landscaping can be maximized when you have a certified professional involved in all aspects of the landscape including the design, site prep, plant selection, and installation. This is where a Landscape Master Plan is highly recommended.

 

If you have any questions or interested in any of our services please reach out to us at 877-308-8773 or click on the link below for a free consultation!

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