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.

Ice, Snow and Your Tree’s Health

Ice Damaged TreeWe usually talk about – and experience – snowstorms as opposed to ice storms in these parts, but that’s not to say we haven’t seen our fair share of ice storms in St. Paul, Mendota Heights, Eagan and the like. And as beautiful as an ice storm might look from the comfort of your home, the ice not only wreaks havoc on the roads, but potentially, also, on your trees.

Ice buildup on trees can increase the weight of a tree’s branches by 30 times. That’s a lot of weight, to be sure, which can cause a lot of damage.

Ice can cause branches to snap and break, or even cause a tree to topple over altogether, which can, in turn, damage your home, your deck or even injure someone in its path.

What to do if ice or snow builds up on your tree’s branches

If you see a lot snow or ice on the branches of your trees, the best thing to do, as long as the branches are not damaged, is to let them be. As the weather improves, the branches should return to their normal state naturally.

This is true even if the branches are completely drooped over and you have the urge to shake the snow off the tree. Believe it or not, it’s best to leave the tree be unless it’s covered in light, fluffy snow. While you might have the best intentions in mind, shaking any branches coated in ice or snow can cause damage or even breakage. What’s more, knocking the ice off of a tree can cause it to snap back suddenly, potentially damaging the tree’s circulation.

On the other hand, if you have trees with branches that broke or snapped due to snow and ice, you will want to trim those branches leaving a clean cut. If you simply leave it as a break, the tree will not heal naturally and will risk decay.

Of course, if the branches are up too high and out of reach for you to safely trim yourself, please call a professional so you can avoid injury. In fact, winter time is a perfectly safe time to prune trees.

And, to prevent damage before it’s a threat, call a professional tree service company like Urban Tree to prune your trees. We can provide you a free estimate and determine which trees should be pruned now as opposed to waiting.

So here’s to winter, some snow, minimal ice and healthy trees in St. Paul, Minneapolis and the entire metropolitan area.

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.

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.

Tree Pruning Your Trees in the Fall?

At Urban Tree & Landscape, we thrive on providing the Minneapolis/St Paul and surrounding areas with excellent tree pruning and tree removal.

Should You Prune Your Trees in the Fall?

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. 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.

Why Remove a Tree?

Tree removals are performed when a tree is dying or dead, and has become hazardous to the landscaping and homeowner. Sometimes they are removed to ensure remaining plants can receive the light and space they need to thrive and stay healthy. Other times, they need to be removed to allow for new construction, additions, or for safety reasons.

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 and Landscape. To schedule a tree removal or create a healthy tree maintenance program, contact us today at 612-532-9996 or www.utrees.com.

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.

Keepsake Family Tree Preserved Thanks to Tree Pruning in Bloomington MN

Bloomington Landscaping sometimes needs shrub removal and tree pruning to look its best, which is why Blooming calls Urban Tree & Landscaping

Recently, Urban Tree & Landscape received a call from a couple in Bloomington, MN. The Bloomington couple were living in the same house the husband grew up in. They called us because they wanted to preserve a tree they had spent a lot of time under as kids, and wanted to know if we were qualified to perform the tree pruning in Bloomington MN. We let the couple know that we would trim the tree in a way that would promote its health, so the couple could enjoy it for years and years to come.

Tree Pruning

The couple was thrilled to hear this news and asked Urban Tree & Landscape to come out and do the tree pruning. We scheduled the tree pruning for the following week. The Urban Tree & Landscaping crew arrived as scheduled and started trimming the beloved tree. The crew trimmed the tree, then mulched up the limbs and asked the couple if they would like to have the mulch from the tree, which they did. The couple thanked us for mulching up the tree limbs and for doing an amazing job with the tree pruning Bloomington MN homeowners could appreciate. The couple said they were really afraid to trust just anyone with the tree that they had so many fond memories of, but they asked several of their friends and neighbors, and they all said that Urban Tree & Landscape was a highly respectful company that provides amazing tree trimming.

Minneapolis Tree Removal Clears Driver’s View

We received a phone call from a customer for a Minneapolis tree removal. A storm had recently come through, causing the tree in his front yard to bend and obstruct his view when he backed his car out of the driveway. It was not only a nuisance for him, but the branches were drooping down low enough to distract other drivers, as well. He knew a car accident was bound to occur if he didn’t take care of it fast. He did what many of us would do, he went online to search for different tree removal companies in Minneapolis that had good ratings. Urban Tree and Landscape was on his list of companies to call. We told him we could have our tree removal crew at his property that same week at a convenient time that worked for him. We arrived on the scheduled date to remove the tree. We had a climber go up and wield a chainsaw to drop the majority of the branches into our chipper. We take trees down in pieces, so it is safer and easier. We then used a grinder for the remaining tree stump. Before we left, we cleaned up all of the limbs, debris and leaves that fell during the process. We had the homeowner come inspect our work once we were done. He had nothing but positive things to say about the yard! He mentioned how he was relieved that there was now an open space in his yard and his neighbors can pass his property without an issue.

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