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Tree Pruning and Removal Service for Golf Courses

Ensure that fairway trees are pruned, and any necessary removals are completed during this off-season.

As any golf superintendent knows, golf course care is not limited to keeping the fairways and greens in tip-top shape; but rather it extends to include the trees that line the fairways, tee boxes, and greens. Keeping the numerous trees throughout the course in a safe and healthy condition will not only improve the quality of the golf experience, but it will also improve the appeal of the course as a whole.

Tree pruning and removal services at golf courses are best completed during the winter months, after the ground has had a chance to freeze. Frozen ground ensures that the heavy equipment necessary for tree service makes minimal impact on the courses’ grounds.

If we have a mild winter, and the ground never freezes, a tree service provider with experienced tree climbers can still service trees without causing damage to the greens and fairways – while leaving the heavy equipment on firm ground. Ensuring the service provider has the capability to do the work without impacting the playing surface must be a priority for the course managers and superintendents.

Planning for tree removal and pruning on golf courses should begin in the fall. As the golfing season winds down, superintendents can walk the course with a Certified Arborist and determine what the tree service needs are, and develop a plan to meet the needs and budget of the course. A comprehensive, multi-year plan can be determined to segment the course, and service sections of trees at a time; which helps manage the budget without sacrificing quality.

Take advantage of the knowledge a Certified Arborist has, and consider a free course walk-thru with a Carpenter Costin pro.

Is it Legal to Trim a Neighbor’s Tree?

The legality of trimming or cutting a neighbor’s tree is a common concern of homeowners.

Homeowners rejoice! It is, in fact, legal to trim those branches from your neighbor’s tree that have grown frighteningly close to your house. However, ensure you abide by the law, and only trim what is on your side of the property line.

The legality of tree cutting has always raised concern for homeowners who need to service tree serviced on property linetrees that lie on or over the property line they share with their neighbors. The concern is for good reason, as some trees can be valued at upwards of $10,000 or more; and you never know what type of emotional attachment your neighbor may have to a tree. Understanding the law when it comes to servicing trees that lie on your neighbor’s property can keep you out of unpleasant situations.

The main area of focus here needs to be the trunk. Where does the trunk sit? If the trunk is entirely on your neighbor’s property, then it is your neighbor’s tree, and it is their responsibility for reasonable inspection and maintenance of the tree. Even if the majority of the tree hangs over your property, it is where the trunk is that dictates “ownership” of the tree. However, you are allowed to trim the branches up to the property line, and it should be your responsibility to ensure your property remains safe from the branches that hang over.

As a landowner with trees on your property, it is your responsibility to make regular, reasonable inspections of the trees to ensure they are safe. If, in fact, a landowner neglects to make reasonable inspections and a tree that is deemed unsafe causes damage to your property – it is the neighboring landowner that is responsible (as long as the tree trunk is wholly on their property).

When a tree trunk lies on more than one property line it is legally referred to as a “boundary tree” and it is the responsibility of all landowners involved to inspect and care for the tree. Should you remove a “boundary tree” without consent from all the landowners involved you may be in for some legal troubles should one of the owners protest.

The most important aspect of dealing with trees across property lines is communication. It is always a good idea to check in with neighbors if you’re going to service a tree that lies on their property. If you don’t have the best relationship with a neighbor, then ask your Arborist to speak with them. It doesn’t hurt to have a trained professional make the “this tree needs some care” case for you. Also, remember that it is your responsibility for safety inspections of the trees on your property.

Of course, you could always have a Carpenter Costin Arborist inspect your trees for you. It only takes 15 minutes.

Trees in Tight Spaces

Trees in Tight Quarters Can be Difficult, but with experienced tree climbing Arborists, the job can be done safely and efficiently!

A lot of the communities that we service up and down the North Shore can be categorized as tightly quartered - whether it is a small coastal community or a bustling urban setting. Though both situations can be very different in nature, these areas share a commonality when it comes to tree care; as the proximity of buildings present various tree pruning and tree removal challenges.

Different Options for Tree Services in Tight Spaces


One option for tree services in tight spaces is a crane. Cranes are effective at plucking large trees from tight spaces and lifting them above obstacles, such as houses. However, cranes need ample space in the driveway or on the street to set up, and there is always risk involved when lifting large trees over building structures.

Tree Climber

Another (more appropriate and affordable) option is to enlist the services of a tree climber. Tree climbing isTree Climber becoming a lost art form since cranes and bucket trucks entered the scene, but in densely populated areas, tree climbing can be a saving grace. An experienced team of tree climbers can scale and service even the largest trees in the tightest spaces, making tree climbing the best bet for tree care in these areas.

Nifty/Tracked Lift

A new efficient and multi-use piece of equipment that we use for tree removals and tree pruning is called a Nifty Lift or a Tracked Lift. The Nifty Lift is a very unique piece of equipment that is able to fit through most tight places.

Don’t let the fact that you live in a densely populated area prohibit you from pruning trees when needed. We’re continuously stressing the importance of pruning, and it’s for good reason. Pruning your trees will ensure that your property (and your neighbors’ properties) remain safe from damage due to broken tree limbs. Pruning will also help increase the sunlight into your property.

Consider having a Certified Arborist out to inspect the trees in your property. It doesn’t matter if you live in a close-quartered coastal community or a fast-paced urban area, servicing your trees will make for a safer and more enjoyable property.


The skill needed to successfully scale a tree and safely remove or prune a tree in tight spaces is nothing to shake a stick at.

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

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.


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.

Winter Tree Removal and Pruning Services Across Massachusetts

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.

Benefits of Winter Tree Removal and Pruning

Take advantage of the perks associated with winter tree work and save 10% on your next pruning or removal service.

Throughout the winter, trees and shrubs are the last thought on many people's minds as they fill the shopping malls across the North Shore and Greater Boston Area, and browse the webwinter tree work arborists for the best deals possible. One of the best deals around; however, can't be found in the Sunday paper or on Groupon, rather it is Carpenter Costin's 10% discount on winter tree services.

Tree removal and pruning service in the months of December, January, February, and March is easier for our Arborists; therefore, we make it easier on your wallet with our 10% discount. Benefits of winter tree work for the Arborists include:

  • Improved sight lines due to limited foliage
  • Hard ground makes for better equipment access
  • Reduced outdoor activity presents less obstacles

These benefits make it easier to provide exceptional tree services. Couple these benefits with our winter 10% discount and you'll find a value that is tough to beat. Take advantage of winter tree work and you'll realize:

  • Winter pruned trees will be healthier come spring
  • Dangerous hanging limbs from past storms can be safely removed
  • Work can be done without impacting your lawn or gardens

If these perks aren't enough to convince you of the importance of winter tree service, then we encourage you to talk to one of our Certified Arborists in a free consultation. If you have any remaining damage from past storms, we recommend you take advantage of our winter discount and get it cleaned up.

Tell Tale Signs that a Tree Should Be Removed

Trees provide many aesthetical and environmental benefits to our landscapes; however, there comes a time when a tree can actually become a hazard and needs to be removed.

Be on the look out for the following tell tale signs that a tree needs to be removed or pruned. Ask yourself these questions when inspecting trees on your property:

  • Are there holes or cracks in the tree's trunk
  • Have many branches fallen from the tree
  • Are the tree's limbs near any wires or structures
  • Is the tree leaning or are the roots obstructed
  • Is there evidence of pest, fungus, or disease infestation
  • Is the tree void of foliage in the growing season

The aforementioned signs are indicators of structural damage within a tree. The causes of this damage can vary from insect or disease infestation to lightning strikes, age, and more.

Removing a tree can be a hard decision, especially if there is an emotional attachment to it. However, in order to keep your property safe and your landscape thriving, it is sometimes necessary to remove a tree. Our Certified Arborists can inspect any trees in questions and provide solutions to help restore, revitalize, or remove a problem tree.

hazardous tree signsTop Left: Dead tree, Top Right: Leaning, up-rooting tree, Bottom Left: Damaged trunk, Bottom Right: Fungus disease infestation

New Tree Removal and Pruning Service Videos

Carpenter Costin will be ramping up our video section. In addition to general service videos, we'll be adding how-to's, before and after footage, and instructional videos. For now. Have a peek at two of our new videos and let us know what you think.

Summer Storm Damaged Trees and Shrubs

Inspect your trees and shrubs after high winds and storms to ensure they were not damaged.

Along with the insects & diseases that attempt to infest your trees, Mother Nature does her best to damage the trees and shrubs that provide your yard with appeal, shade, and privacy. Even though we don’t need to worry about snow and ice damage for a few more months, tree damage is still possible as summer storms bring some very high winds, and even the possibility of tornados, like we saw yesterday across Massachusetts.

Beware of your old trees that may have suffered internal structure damage due to the heavy snow accumulation this past winter. Since the trees are now full of leaves they are more susceptible to wind damage because the foliage acts like a sail and catches the wind; whereas a leafless tree is more wind-resistant and less prone to damage.

We encourage a quick inspection of your trees, especially your older broadleaf trees, to ensure that they are structurally sound, and are not susceptible to damage during the frequent high winds. If you are unsure, it is best to consult with a Certified Arborist. Simply walking around your property and inspecting your trees closely can make the difference between a safe yard, or potential property damage or injury.

Cleaning Up After Winter: Take Care of Your Trees

This past winter was one of the worst in recent memory. Severe storms dumped multiple feet of snow and brought heavy winds across New England, with the Merrimack Valley and North Shore of Massachusetts being two of the hardest hit areas in the region. Due to all the wind and snow accumulation, tree and shrub damage is inevitable.

Some of you may have been lucky enough to survive the winter without any fallen trees or property damage; however, you may still be in harm’s way, as a severe winter can often cause serious stress damage to your trees and shrubs, including trunk cracks, branch union weaknesses, and damaged root systems. Here is a quick checklist for inspecting your trees for damage:

  • Is there damage at the trunk or base of the tree?
    • Trunk cracks and up-rooting are common winter damages and cannot be ignored.
  • Is there evidence of weak branch joints or an abundance of fallen branches?
    • Winter snow and winds can be a burden on branches - inspect to ensure they were not injured.
  • Are the branches hanging lower than normal?
    • Excessive snow accumulation can cause structural damage to a tree. Low hanging branches indicate damage and can present a hazard to homeowners.

Our professionals can inspect your trees and advise you on tree removal or tree pruning best practices. It is imperative to inspect your trees as soon as possible in the early spring, as a leaf-less tree is easier to inspect. Also, once leaves and buds develop, your trees will become less wind resistant and more susceptible to damage during a storm.

In order to prevent future property damage, it is recommended that you have a Certified Arborist inspect your trees and ensure that they are in safe condition. Consulting with an arborist is free, and can help prevent property damage, injury, or legal issues associated with fallen trees and branches.

Get out there and inspect your trees or request a consultation with a Certified Arborist.

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