Do You Have a Maintenance and Care Plan for Your Urban Forest?

It’s finally springtime in Minneapolis, Minnesota. While we may get a few more snow squalls, at Urban Tree & Landscape, our fingers are crossed that the frigid days are behind us. Maple trees are starting to produce sap for maple sugaring, and it’s possible to see the start of buds on the neighborhood trees.

With greener days ahead of us, it’s time to start thinking about your urban forest. Have the trees on your property survived the winter? Bitter cold, ice storms, and very dry air can all wreak havoc on your trees. From cracking branches and trunks to winterburn from dry air, your urban forest may need a little help this spring.

A maintenance and care plan for the trees on your property can help them recover from the winter and encourage healthy growth through the warmer months. Here are the four elements of a tree maintenance plan with Urban Tree & Landscape.

Full Evaluation of Your Trees

Any maintenance and care plan starts with a full evaluation of every tree on your property. We look for diseased and weak branches, unstable growth patterns, and whether the trees allow clearance for walkways, driveways, power lines, and your home’s roof. We’ll also note the various species and estimated ages of your trees to ensure each specimen has the opportunity to grow to its full potential.

Once we’ve completed our full evaluation, we’ll work with you to take care of any urgent pruning or tree removal needs. Then, we’ll put together a maintenance plan that will include pruning, disease control, and fertilization.

Tree Pruning for Urban and Suburban Trees

Most tree maintenance plans include annual or seasonal tree pruning, depending on the species of the trees in your urban forest. Urban Tree & Landscape may also recommend more frequent pruning to correct an unstable growth pattern or overgrown tree canopy, especially for young trees.

Pruning keeps your trees healthy as they grow. Pruning and trimming also helps keep your property safely free of broken branches and other hazards.

Tree Disease and Pest Control

Trees are living organisms that can become diseased or infested with pests. Both can threaten the life of an otherwise healthy tree. Many tree diseases are fungal or bacterial. Insects such as Emerald Ash Borer can also cause severe damage to ash trees.

We often uncover disease and pests during our full evaluations. Our maintenance plan for your urban forest will include steps to remedy any present disease or pests or preventative measures to make sure they don’t show up in the future.

Tree Fertilization

Trees in a natural forest setting thrive on the rich, organic soil their environment provides. Fallen leaves and downed trees are left to break down and enrich the soil. But urban and suburban trees compete for nutrients with lawns and gardens. Most homeowners are unwilling to leave leaves and other decaying plant matter to collect under the trees in their yards.

This is why our maintenance plans include periodic tree fertilization. Adding nutrients back into the soil under your tree will help it stay healthy for years to come.

Ready for spring? Urban Tree & Landscape is, too! Give us a call today to schedule your tree evaluation and get started on your tree maintenance plan.

3 reasons to grind your tree stump after a tree is removed

Stump GrindingsIf you’ve ever had a tree removed in Golden Valley, Minnetonka, St. Louis Park or any other part of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area, you are well aware that despite the tree being gone, the stump is still there.

And that stump is an eye sore.

Have you ever wondered why the stump isn’t removed at the same time as the tree? The simple reason is that stump removal typically involves different tools and is often performed by a different crew than the one who removed the tree.

Another question you might ask yourself is if you have to grind the stump rather than simply have it removed from the ground.

You could have it pulled out, but in these parts, grinding has replaced the practice of removing stumps. The reason is because grinding is easier, quicker and less stressful on the surrounding environment.

And, you should leave the grinding to the professionals like Urban Tree to ensure it’s done correctly and safely.

Grinding the stump also provides you with the following benefits:

  1. Unwanted tree growth – if stumps stick around, they can spawn new trees through its roots. Once those new trees sprout, they can become unruly and difficult to remove.
  2. Mulch – you can use the woodchips from the ground up stump for mulch around other trees and shrubs in your yard.
  3. Safety – tree stumps can be quite hazardous in your yard, especially to kids running around. Remove the stump and remove the hazard.

The professionals at Urban Tree use special equipment that grinds the stump in a non-invasive and efficient way. We don’t disrupt your landscape or nearby structures.

If you have a stump that you’d like to remove, please give us a call. We’ll get the job done quickly and safely.

 

 

 

 

Why and When to Trim Your Trees in Minneapolis

Minneapolis Tree RemovalYou knew it would happen. Summer turned to autumn, and soon autumn will turn to winter. With the impending cold season on the horizon, you probably have a list of chores to do around the house.

Is trimming your trees on the list?

If not, maybe it should be.

If you have trees in your yard with unruly, exceptionally long branches, and you find yourself regularly picking up sticks and twigs from those trees, something needs to be done.

Why?

Because trimming your tree’s branches is not only healthy for the tree, but also it makes it look much better and increases the safety around the tree.

First, let’s talk about the health of the tree. Removing any dead matter makes room for the tree to grow new, healthy branches and leaves. What’s more, trimming the tree enables it to develop a healthier root system instead of using its resources to combat disease and pests.

A healthy tree is always much better to look at than a sick one.

What’s more, if you have a tree with branches hanging over your home or into the power lines, you should trim those branches for safety reasons.

Many branches can snap and fall due to high winds, and with the winter’s approach, you don’t want to worry about the weight of snow or ice causing those branches to break. A falling branch can injure an unsuspected person or damage your house.

Plus, any tree debris on the ground from the tree can be a hazard to pedestrians, too.

When to trim your trees

It’s always a good idea to leave the tree trimming to the professionals like Urban Tree & Landscape. You can have it done any time of the year, although winter is a great time to trim your trees. With the ground frozen, crews can access your tree without damaging your yard. Plus, there is no need to put down plywood, which saves you money.

If you have a tree or trees in your yard that need trimming, please give us a call a 612-532-9996. We’d love to come out, take a look and give you a free estimate.

How stump grinding helps homeowners in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Tree stumps not only are an eye-sore, they also can attract unwanted pests, creating a nice home for them. So, if you have a stump on your property because you recently removed a large tree, or if the stump’s been there for a while and you are tired of looking at it, consider having it removed with our stump grinding service.

You might ask yourself, “Why grind the stump rather than just pull it out?”

Grinding has replaced the practice of removing stumps in urban areas like Golden Valley, Minneapolis, St. Paul and the rest of the metro area. It’s easier, quicker and less stressful on the surrounding environment. And it is something that should be left for the professionals to do.

In fact, our special equipment grinds the stump in an efficient and non-invasive manner so that we don’t disrupt plants, shrubs or structures nearby.

Our clients experience other benefits from stump grinding:

  1. Mulch for garden and other areas – once the stump is ground out, the remaining woodchips can be used for mulch around your other trees and shrubs. And while the woodchips from the deeper part of the stump are mixed with soil and aren’t very attractive as mulch, they do make excellent compost for use in your garden beds.
  2. No unwanted tree growth – stumps can spawn new trees through its roots, and once those new trees sprout, they can become a nuisance and difficult to remove. Grinding the stump prevents this from happening.
  3. Safety – although they can be big and quite obvious, tree stumps are still a safety hazard in your yard, especially if you have kids running around. The hazard is removed with the stump.

It’s never a bad time to think about grinding an unwanted stump, and scheduling an appointment to do so is easy. Give us a call and we’ll come out to your property and give you a free estimate.

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.

Prepare Your Trees for Winter Ice Storms

Ice Storm Tree Damage

Though we had a very mild fall in Minneapolis, Old Man Winter has finally arrived. Hardy Minnesotans know frigid weather, snow, and ice are realities this time of year. But while we know how to make the most of our winter weather, our trees often suffer through the season.  Your best bet to protect your home and personal safety is to prepare Your Trees for Winter Ice Storms

Ice and Trees Don’t Mix

Heavy ice can wreak havoc on our urban forests. A single ice storm can completely coat every inch of a tree’s branches, large and small. This adds substantial weight to every branch and bough. Ice greatly increases the risk that a branch will snap under this extra weight.

Violently losing branches is not healthy for your trees. Some trees never recover from losing a major branch to ice. Unfortunately, tree health is the least of our concerns when an ice storm hits. Falling branches can do major damage to your property if they land on your vehicle, shed, or home. Worse still is the threat falling branches pose to people. A falling branch can severely injure or even kill loved ones.

Trimming Can Help Your Trees Weather Ice Storms

While we can’t control the weather, Urban Tree & Landscape can help you prepare your trees for ice storms. Late fall is a good time to check your trees for unhealthy branches that may be susceptible to breaking under extra weight.

During your consultation, we’ll walk your property with you to assess every tree in your urban forest. We’ll point out branches that may not be strong enough to withstand winter weather. Then, we’ll schedule an appointment to come out and trim your trees to safely remove unhealthy branches. After we’ve finished trimming your trees, we’ll pick up your yard so no stray branches are left on your property.

While snow on the boughs of evergreens looks beautiful and helps us welcome in the season, extra weight from snow and ice can damage your urban forest. To keep your trees healthy and thriving this winter, contact Urban Tree & Landscape for a consultation today.

 

Should You Prune Your Trees in the Fall?

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One of the most common questions we get at Urban Tree & Landscape is if it’s okay to prune trees in the fall. Our answer: it depends! Here’s the advice we give for this perennial inquiry.

When to Prune Healthy Trees

For the health of the trees in question, we usually tell homeowners that the best time to prune their healthy trees is late winter and early spring while trees are still dormant. Pruning for maintenance is best left for this time of year because the trees are still dormant, and fungi that cause illness in fresh cuts are long gone. Trees that flower in spring can be pruned after their flowers fade.

When to Prune Unhealthy Trees

However, if your tree is damaged or sick, it can pay off to prune the sick or injured branches in late summer or early fall. The weight of the leaves on a dying branch often push these branches down, making them easy to identify and remove.

Light Pruning Is OK in the Fall

While major pruning to alter the structure of your trees should wait until early spring, minor snips and trims to clear out dead branches or young, undesirable shoots can be performed anytime. Feel free to use a clear, crisp fall day to get some light pruning checked off your to-do list.

When to Call in the Pros

Light pruning is fine to tackle on your own. But you should leave major tree trimming and pruning up to Urban Tree & Landscape. We have the equipment, training, and experience to safely prune your trees to promote healthy growth and avoid injuring your urban forest.

For expert help pruning your trees, contact Urban Tree & Landscape today. Our team will visit your property, evaluate the health of your trees, and make recommendations for pruning that will keep them healthy. Depending on your needs, we may recommend thinning the tree’s crown, remove lower branches to raise the tree’s crown up, or clean up dead or dying branches.

Customer in Hopkins needed a Stump Removed

Whether you’ve just removed a tree or have had a stump sitting in your front yard for years, stump grinding is an integral part of managing your small slice of the urban forest. Grinding processes the remaining tree trunk into small chips that quickly biodegrade into the soil. This gets rid of habitat for pests like termites and bees while returning the tree’s footprint back to your yard.

You may think you can remove tree and shrub stumps yourself. But grinding stumps is tough work without the heavy-duty tools you need to do the job right. Save yourself time, effort, and frustration and call Urban Tree and Landscape first.

Urban Tree and Landscape is a full-service tree company serving the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. We help property owners manage their urban forests, from tree trimming and pruning to tree and shrub removal and stump grinding.  Our tree care maintenance and disease control program allows your trees to thrive as they mature into a canopy that adds shade and beauty you can enjoy all summer long.

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. To schedule a stump removal or create a healthy tree maintenance program, contact Urban Tree & Landscape today at 612-532-9996 or www.utrees.com.

 

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