Minnetonka, MN Landscape Services - Urban Tree and Landscape

Having tree care will promote healthier limbs and structure. Homeowners want their trees to be healthy, so they should always make sure to call a dependable tree service. MN homeowners know that if their trees are not healthy, then it could affect the health of their other landscaping features along with being a danger to their home and family. We supply the best tree care Minnetonka homeowners can find. We thrive on premium tree health. Our employees are trained and qualified, so your landscaping gets excellent care and maintenance.

Tree Services and Tree CareOffered

We are the preferred tree company in the area. Our services include:

  • Custom garden design
  • Tree Trimming
  • Stump Removal
  • Stump Grinding
  • Tree Pruning
  • Emergency Services
  • Shrub Removal
  • Tree removal
  • Tree care

Urban Tree and Landscape can offer a complete custom garden design, patio or sidewalk. You bring us your design dream, and we will turn it into a reality for you. We offer affordable and competitive prices for everyone.

Minnetonka, MNVisitors to the Carlson Towers can recognize quality Minnetonka tree service which is why they always call Urban Tree & Landscape

Minnetonka, Minnesota has a population of nearly 50,000, and was founded in the early 1850’s. The name means “great water”, and comes from the Dakota Indians. Outdoor activities is an attraction for visitors. The Shady Oak Beach is a spring-fed lake that offers swimming, fishing and fun in the sun. Downtown is excellent to get that small, hometown atmosphere. You can shop, eat or just admire the history that can be found here.

This city has a rich history. The Charles Burwell House has been restored and available for tours. One thing visitors must do is take a ride through ‘old’ Minnetonka. The homes are from the early 1900’s and the landscaping will leave you speechless. The homeowners have went all out on providing beautiful landscaping for their homes. It is something that everyone should see and admire.

Urban Tree and Landscape has assisted many homeowners in Minnetonka with their beautiful landscaping. For over two decades, we have been the landscaping provider that homeowners have depended on. If you want your landscaping to be beautiful and healthy, then give us a call today!

Why Winter is the Best Time for Many Types of Tree Care

With the fresh blanket of snow much of Minnesota just received, it’s likely that the last thing on your mind is tree care. But winter is actually the best time for many types of tree care, including disease control and pruning. Here’s Urban Tree & Landscape’s guide to winter tree care.
Oak and Elm Tree Disease Control in Winter

Winter is the best time to prune oak and elm trees. The insects and fungi that cause oak wilt and Dutch elm disease are dormant. If you have any oak or elm trees that need pruning, now is the time. Warmer weather just around the corner, reawakening insects and fungi. If you wait too long, you’ll be stuck waiting until fall of 2018.

Tree Pruning and Removal in Winter

Winter is a great time to prune or remove trees that are in sensitive landscapes, such as turf grass. In the summer, we need to lay down plywood to prevent our equipment from damaging your yard. When the ground is frozen, we can access your tree without damaging your lawn. We don’t need to put down plywood, skipping a step and saving you money.

Pruning Lakeshore Trees in Winter

Sometimes trees located along a lake must come down. If there is enough ice to let us use the lake as a work zone, the savings to you the client can be substantial. This window of opportunity doesn’t always exist, and when it does, it is very short. However, when the ice is thicker than 16 inches, we are able to fell trees onto frozen lakes and use Bobcats and small trucks on the ice to remove the tree debris.
Urban Tree and Landscape is family-owned and operated by Gabe Tschida. Gabe’s core values of honesty, integrity, and reliability guide every interaction you have with Urban Tree. Spring is just around the corner. Don’t miss your chance to prevent tree disease and save money on tree pruning this winter. contact Urban Tree & Landscape today at 612-532-9996 or www.utrees.com.

How to prepare your trees for spring

Urban Tree and Landscape does Tree Service in MinneapolisAfter a long Minnesota winter, it seems that spring is in the air. The days are longer, the sun feels stronger and the calendar says so. With the temps rising and the snow melting, now is a great time to think about preparing your trees for spring.

Here are a few things you can do now while the weather is still a bit chilly, as well as some things to think about once spring has indeed sprung:

Tree Pruning

Trees are in a dormant stage throughout the winter, meaning that their growth is temporarily halted. This inactive stage presents a perfect tree-pruning time for a few of reasons. First, by pruning now you won’t limit the trees bloom potential because new growth has not yet begun. In addition, a frozen ground in the winter gives tree trimming companies easy access to the tree with potentially heavy equipment without damaging your yard. And finally, the bare canopy makes the branches easier to see and handle.

The safe time for Pruning Oak and Elm trees is quickly coming to an end. Call now to make sure to get those trees prune now before it’s to late.

Mulching

Once the snow melts, another thing you can do to help you trees this spring is mulch.

Mulching conserves soil moisture, controls weeds and secures the organic matter trees need beneath the soil surface. But, did you know there is a right way and a wrong way to properly mulch your trees?

You don’t want to apply too much mulch and it should never resemble a volcano, as this will harm the tree and provide a breeding ground for pests. Rather, you want to evenly spread the mulch out to the tree’s drip line and make it level using a shovel. This will help ensure your tree reaps all of the benefits mulching provides while preventing the growth of fungus and minimizing rot and decay.

Irrigating

After the ground has completely thawed, you will want to irrigate any trees that are near the sidewalk or other surfaces where de-icing salts were used. This will rinse salt from the soil, which can damage the roots and the overall health of the trees.

As the weather warms and spring is in full force, your trees should start to leaf and flower. What’s more, healthy trees bend gracefully along with the wind, while decayed wood cracks and breaks. If an area on your tree looks sparse, or you see wounds and holes in the bark, something is wrong, and you should call a tree service company.

If they could talk, your trees might say they are just as excited about the warmer weather as you are. Following these steps will ensure your trees remain healthy and strong throughout the springtime and well beyond.

 

Why Winter Is the Best Time for Many Types of Tree Care

With the fresh blanket of snow much of Minnesota just received, it’s likely that the last thing on your mind is tree care. But winter is actually the best time for many types of tree care, including disease control and pruning. Here’s Urban Tree & Landscape’s guide to winter tree care.

Oak and Elm Tree Disease Control in Winter

During the winter months in Minnesota, all our trees and shrubs are dormant. So are the insects and pathogens that cause tree disease. This makes winter the safest season to work on species that are susceptible to certain diseases.
Winter is the best time to prune oak and elm trees. The insects and fungi that cause oak wilt and Dutch elm disease are dormant. If you have any oak or elm trees that need pruning, now is the time. Warmer weather just around the corner, reawakening insects and fungi. If you wait too long, you’ll be stuck waiting until fall of 2018.

Preventing Emerald Ash Borer Damage in Winter

The dreaded emerald ash borer beetle is less likely to spread in the winter. The beetles and their larvae are dormant during the colder months. During warmer months, the insects are active. If you trim and remove a tree during this time, it increases the chance the pests will infect more trees. Sometimes this is necessary, but avoiding moving ash tree debris in the winter is safer for the health of your urban forest, especially for trees that are not already infested.

Tree Pruning and Removal in Winter

Winter is a great time to prune or remove trees that are in sensitive landscapes, such as turf grass. In the summer, we need to lay down plywood to prevent our equipment from damaging your yard. When the ground is frozen, we can access your tree without damaging your lawn. We don’t need to put down plywood, skipping a step and saving you money.
Another benefit of the ground being frozen is that you avoid putting any dents and divots in the lawn from branches coming down. The frozen ground also allows for cranes and other pieces of heavy equipment to go onto your driveway without damaging it. The frozen earth beneath your driveway makes it much stronger than it is in the summer.

Pruning Lakeshore Trees in Winter

Sometimes trees located along a lake must come down. If there is enough ice to let us use the lake as a work zone, the savings to you the client can be substantial. This window of opportunity doesn’t always exist, and when it does, it is very short. However, when the ice is thicker than 16 inches, we are able to fell trees onto frozen lakes and use Bobcats and small trucks on the ice. We can also use Bobcats to transport debris to a landing rather than attempting to move it up hill. The cold winter we are experiencing may be an opportunity to have lakeside trees removed for a discount.
Spring is just around the corner. Don’t miss your chance to prevent tree disease and save money on tree pruning this winter. Contact Urban Tree & Landscape today to book your consultation.

Required Tree Care for the Western Suburbs of Minneapolis

Did you know that your tree care needs change depending on where you live? How you manage your slice of urban forest in the western suburbs is different from how homeowners manage their trees in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Here are the tree care services we most often recommend to homeowners in Plymouth, Wayzata, Maple Grove, and other cities in the west Twin Cities metro.

Structural Pruning for Young Trees

If you live in a newer subdivision, chances are the trees on your property are fairly young. Maybe they’re even newly planted and still require regular watering. Young trees present an exciting opportunity for you. Through regular professional structural pruning, you can guide the growth of your trees, helping them keep a strong, proportionate branch structure that provides beauty and shade for decades.

Power Line and Structure Clearance

For mature trees in more established neighborhoods, Urban Tree recommends pruning to keep your tree’s branches clear of power lines and adjacent structures. Allowing branches to intertwine with power lines or hang over your home or garage poses safety hazards in the event of strong winds or a severe storm.

Hazard Tree and Limb Assessment

However, branches do not need to be perched precariously over your property to be considered hazards. Dead branches and dying trees are more likely to fall or be uprooted by strong winds. Some species, such as silver maples, are more likely to drop branches or be uprooted than others are. We’re often called out to suburban properties to assess trees for potential hazards.

Pest Treatments

Emerald ash borer beetles, termites, yellow-bellied sapsuckers, and deer can all do damage to your trees. Insects and birds drill into the trunk of your tree, weakening it from the inside out, while deer strip off protective bark. We can recommend steps to deter pests and treatments to help a sick tree recover. In extreme cases, we may recommend pruning or even removal.

Seasonal Pruning and Maintenance

Seasonal maintenance is the key to keeping your urban forest healthy and enjoyable for years to come. Schedule your consultation with Urban Tree to assess the trees on your property. After our first visit, we’ll recommend a seasonal schedule that will help your trees grow strong and maintain their beautiful canopies. Contact Urban Tree today to schedule your consultation.

A Tree Falls in St. Louis Park . . . It’s Time to Call Urban Tree and Landscape for Emergency Tree Service

Summer weather has arrived in Minnesota, which means heat, humidity, and severe weather. Strong winds can do major damage to your property’s trees. Fortunately, most homeowners weather these storms with a few downed branches. But for the unlucky few, severe weather causes major damage to their trees and properties.

Assessing the Tree Damage

This was the case for a St. Louis Park homeowner Urban Tree and Landscape helped last summer after a major storm rolled through the Twin Cities metro area. The homeowner’s property was in an older neighborhood with beautiful, mature trees. Before the storm, the homeowner was the proud owner of about a dozen of these trees.

After the storm was a different story.

We came out to evaluate the damage after the homeowner called Urban Tree and Landscape for emergency tree service. It was obvious that there was a lot of work to do to make the property safe again. A large silver maple had large branches hanging precariously about 30 feet above the ground, and an aging crabapple tree had split nearly down the middle. A young tree in the front yard had been bent by the winds into a dangerous position over the sidewalk. Other trees on the property had lost branches, too.

Performing Tree Triage

Our first step was to remove trees and branches that posed an immediate threat. Sadly, we had to remove the crabapple tree. It was never going to recover from the damage the high winds had caused. We used chainsaws to safely remove the larger branches and process them in our chipper. Then, we used chainsaws to safely cut down the tree’s large trunk and our grinder to remove the tree’s stump.

After the crabapple tree was safely removed, we went to work on the various loosely hanging branches in the canopy of the silver maple and other trees on the property. If left as-is, these branches could have fallen and landed on the home or worse, the homeowner and her family.

Saving a Young Tree from the Chipper

Once the trees and branches that posed immediate danger had been removed, Urban Tree and Landscape went to work on the young tree in the front yard that was bent precariously over the sidewalk. We hate to remove healthy trees when we can avoid it, and this tree seemed to be a good candidate for repair, not removal.

With the homeowner’s blessing, we started the gradual process of pulling the tree back to level. We used ropes and anchors to gently encourage the tree back into place over the next few months. This process is similar to using braces to correct the alignment of your child’s crooked smile. Over time, the tree fully recovered. When we came out to inspect it this spring, it was vertical, healthy, and starting to bud.

Cleaning Up the Property

With the major tree damage mitigated, Urban Tree and Landscape started work on cleaning up the fallen branches on the ground on the homeowner’s property. We removed large debris by hand and raked up the remaining small branches and twigs and processed it all in the chipper.

The emergency tree cleanup in St. Louis Park after a major summer storm was a full day of work for the Urban Tree and Landscape team, but it was absolutely necessary to remove the tree damage quickly so it didn’t do further harm to the homeowner’s property. When the next storm hits the Twin Cities metro area and causes tree damage on your property, contact Urban Tree and Landscape to request emergency tree service.

Urban Tree and Landscaping – Minneapolis Tree Removal by Crane

Urban Tree & Landscape is a full-service tree company based in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. It is family owned and operated by Gabe Tschida who is guided by his core values of honesty, integrity and reliability.  We deliver superior services for homeowners and commercial customers at highly competitive rates.

We have professionally trained tree workers and certified arborists on staff to assist you and your home or business. Our state-of-the-art equipment allows us to provide top quality services on every job we do for our customers. We offer a wide range of tree services including hazardous tree removal, natural disaster recovery, proper pruning and tree maintenance.

Urban Tree can care for trees of all sizes in any location and tackle jobs of any scope. Whether you are a homeowner, a commercial business, a contractor, or a government or educational agency, Urban Tree & Landscape has the experience, staff, equipment, and expertise to take care of all your tree service needs.  Free estimates are always available.

Tree Removal – As simple as it sounds, not all tree removal experts are created equally. Urban Tree and Landscape will take care of your tree problem safely and efficiently. What sets us apart is our communication, reliability, and our commitment to your satisfaction. Our services will keep your trees healthy and vibrant for all to enjoy.

So, Give Urban Tree and Landscape a call for your tree care services at 612-532-9996 or visit on the web at www.utrees.com

Why removing trees by yourself could result in death or serious injury

Tree RemovalTree removal is a challenging task that requires expertise, caution and calculated moves. It may seem a simple task to some but you cannot appreciate its magnitude of the task until you are attempting it, and by then it may be too late, the unfortunate would already have happened and sadly, you may be seriously injured. To avoid injuries when removing a tree in your yard, you need to take some precautions, such as wearing safety equipment, knowing the best time to cut it or to avoid all these troubles hire a tree removal professional. Someone might tell you that removing it on your own will save some costs, but you may end up running into serious losses if it hits your house, car or other valuables. Hiring a professional in Minneapolis or Bloomington or the Twin Cities will ensure that the tree is removed carefully eliminating the dangers of hitting the house or car.

Handling tree removal tools is a challenge that people sometimes encounter. There are tools such as wood chippers, chainsaws, and ropes among other power and hand tools. All these can be dangerous when handled poorly. For example, a chain saw requires total concentration; a slight distraction can lead to cutting the tree at the wrong point or inflicting damage on yourself within a fraction of a second. When these tools are used by somebody who is not familiar with them, distractions easily happen. A slight distraction in the use of a chainsaw, as we have seen above, can cause great damage, and some of these are irreversible, you can have your whole leg or hand cut off. You can cut the tree at the wrong point making it move in an unintended direction. Given that the tree might be huge and heavy, turning it in the required direction might not be possible. This calls for professionals, people who have done this and knows the dangers of distraction and how to avoid it or if you have the courage to do it use safety protection clothes. Although we insist on the use of safety clothes, it’s important to know how to use them as this may make a difference between life and death.

Apart from the tools, the tree itself presents a real danger; because of the risk of falling in the wrong direction, poor climbing, poor support systems, or the possibility of electric lines near the spot among others. Poor handling may lead to a tree falling in the wrong direction hitting a house, car, electric poles or even a passerby. It’s important to ensure that the tree is supported well and at the same time ensure that there are no distractions when using the power or chain saw. Always consider the size of the tree, for the small ones, while using the necessary safety equipment and the right skills, you can probably handle it. For the huge one or those which are near electricity poles, houses or a road, engage a professional as the dangers are real and only an experienced person may handle it well.

As said before, tree removal in Minneapolis may seem an easy task, but the monumental task ahead could be a surprise. A professional tree remover first studies the site and the tree itself, then decides on the strategies to use to fell the tree. He will know the types of tools to use as well as the safety precautions which will be employed. You should always hire a professional, as this will ensure that the job is done well as avoid the possibilities of injuries. Get a professional in Minneapolis, Golden Valley or the twin Cities and eliminate some of the dangers that may come with felling a tree.

Minnetonka Stump Removal Finishes the Job for Industrious Retiree

Urban Tree & Landscape was called by a recently retired schoolteacher looking for a company to help with a Minnetonka stump removal. The resident explained that the tree had been small enough for him to cut down himself (although we wouldn’t recommend that), but the resident needed us to grind and remove the stump. We were more than happy to oblige. We met with the resident at his Minnetonka home and he showed us the stump. We let him know that we had a special stump grinder that we used that would remove the entire stump successfully.

The homeowner was happy with this news and asked when we could start on the project. We let him know we could start in just a few hours. We returned with our stump grinder and started removing the unwanted stump. Our professional crew members had the stump removed and grinded in a day. The customer watched as we worked and when we were done he remarked that he was impressed with our equipment. He said there is no way he would have ever gotten that stump removed and is very happy that is gone. Finally, He told us that Urban Tree & Landscape is the professional stump removal experts Minnetonka residents can truly appreciate. The customer said he has a large tree that he needs to be removed soon, because he noticed that it is starting to lean towards his home and he would be contacting Urban Tree & Landscape, because we did an outstanding job!

Minnetonka Tree Trimming Leads to Removal

One of our customers scheduled a tree trimming in Minnetonka that ended up requiring tree removal service for a tree that was beginning to lean towards her home. At first she was hoping for a tree trimming because the branches had started to grow too close to the electrical wires, but the the tree also started to lean towards the home. This can be dangerous in cases of accidental felling, which could cause damage to the home. We evaluated the tree and found that it was rotting from the inside out, and just couldn’t be saved. Our workers came out and carefully began removing the branches from the electrical wires, then the tree itself.  They worked patiently until it had been completely removed and the area was clear. Our customer stopped by a few times throughout the service to check on us and when we were done she said, “you all did a great job! I was concerned about the wires, but it was no problem for your team!” She told us her brother had recommended she hire us for this project because he had always been happy with our services.

We often get referrals like these, and it’s always great to have both great feedback and good word of mouth. Of course, none of that matters if we can’t follow through and do a great job. Consistent delivery of quality services is never a problem for Urban Tree and Landscape. Call us today for your next project, and we won’t let you down!

 

 

Tree Removal in Minnetonka Prevents Car Accident

We worked on a tree removal for one of our long-time customers in Minnetonka. He told us it had become a nuisance for cars driving in front of the home, because it was leaning into the road, obstructing views. The Urban Tree specialists first evaluated the tree to see if there was a way to trim back the branches, but the tree had been left uncared for, and needed to be removed. We arrived with our crane equipment, along with our stump grinder and started the Minnetonka tree removal. Once the majority was gone, we used our grinder to completely remove the stump, so the area was clear. We let our customer know when we were finishing up, so he could come take a look at what we did. He told us it looked great and that our team was very efficient.

He said that he saw our crew working at his neighbor’s home a week ago, and we did a good job for them so he called us for his service. He generously sent us a letter a couple weeks later. It read, “I want to thank your company for doing a good job removing my tree. The employees were very courteous and professional. The price was the icing on the cake, as it was very affordable.”

We’re always proud of a job well done, and it definitely enhances the personal satisfaction we receive from our work when we know that we’ve made another customer happy (or safer!). Not only did we receive great feedback here, but we have a feeling we’ve got another loyal customer on our hands. If you’d like any more information on the tree services we offer in Minnetonka, give us a call today!