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Tree Care Advice in the Twin Cities, MN – 3 Quick Tips for Your Trees

October 10th, 2017 · No Comments

When it comes to tree care advice, there’s plenty to give. After all, the trees at your Twin Cities, MN home can have as many complex issues as a human body does.

If you read through our archives, you’ll find various pieces of tree care advice to help boost the curb appeal and health of your trees. Today, we’ll share a few more in the hopes it answers burning questions you might have.

Tip # 1 – Stop Tree Roots From Sprouting in Your Lawn

 Nobody wants unsightly tree roots sprouting from their lawn. Sprouting tree roots can also be a sign of a larger health problem. With ash trees, they can be a warning sign of an emerald ash borer (EAB) infestation. In other cases, they’re simply a reaction to either damage or stunted growth, and the tree is simply overcorrecting for these deficiencies.

How do you fix sprouting tree roots? Effective pruning reduces shoots and sprouting tree roots while helping prevent their accelerated growth in the future.

If you do it yourself, make sure to cut at the base as deep as you can. You can usually do it yourself if the sprouting hasn’t gotten out of control. If it has, you should consider working with an ISA Certified Arborist® to handle the task.

Tip # 2 – Fix Yellowing and Brown Leaves

 Yellowing or brown leaves are likely a sign of nutrient deficiency. To get to the root of the problem, you must look to the environment surrounding the roots of your trees.

Dehydrated soil causes leaf discoloration. You can test the soil moisture by using an object to dig into the ground, such as a screwdriver. If you find it difficult to push in, you may be looking at a moisture issue.

As you might suspect, deep watering around the base of the tree can help revitalize it.

Pest infestation or diseases such as chlorosis can be the case. In the event of either one, soil testing and inspection from a certified arborist is your best bet for treatment.

Tip # 3- Identify the Risks of a Leaning Tree

 If you have a tree that’s leaning, you’re likely wondering if it’s a safety risk. Depending on the reason for the leaning, different routes of action can be necessary.

In the case of a tree developing a lean over time, this is perfectly natural. Trees conform to their environment. A tree’s proximity to other trees and its exposure to sunlight are both factors that could influence the direction of its growth. In this case, continue to keep an eye on it to watch for further learning, and you can always schedule a tree consultation to receive tree care advice.

In the case of a leaning tree due to a storm or severe weather, you want to work with an ISA Certified Arborist for tree care advice including a risk assessment and action plan. Often, there can be underlying issues that could lead to further damage.

Trust S&S Tree for Tree Care Advice

 We’re the Twin Cities, MN tree enthusiasts and experts you can rely on. There’s no question we aren’t happy to answer, and no service we’re unwilling to provide.

To learn more or schedule an appointment, please contact us today at (651) 451-8907.

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5 Benefits of Working with Tree Care Experts in the Twin Cities, MN

October 5th, 2017 · No Comments

At S&S Tree and Horticultural Specialists, we consider ourselves tree care experts because every member of our staff has been through rigorous training and has the field experience to handle any tree-related problem.

If you’ve never worked with a professional for tree care before, you might be wondering what type of benefits they provide.

We’ll share a few with you today. If you’re looking for tree care before winter comes around, give us a call to learn more about how we can help. 

  1. Helping the world – Working with tree care experts helps you become an active member in the preservation of our planet. We literally cannot survive without trees. In a way, caring for your trees is a service to humanity.
  2. Curb appeal – Tree care experts help you boost your curb appeal. The benefits of curb appeal are many. You get the satisfaction of having a beautiful home, the value of your property increases, and you improve the appeal of your entire neighborhood.
  3. Preventative measures – Do you have an ash tree? Has it been protected against emerald ash borer? Unfortunately, this insect has caused the death of millions of ash trees. With proper preventative measures these deaths could’ve been avoided. Tree care experts help you solve problems before they turn into catastrophes. All our tree care experts are ISA Certified Arborists®, meaning they have an in-depth knowledge of disease and pest control.
  4. Long term care – Let’s say you’ve just planted a new tree. Do you know how to properly care for it, the right age to prune it, or which areas of your tree become susceptible over time? Tree care experts know all the above and more. If you own a home in the Twin Cities, MN, our guess is you plan on living there for a long time. Over the duration of owning your home, you’ll likely go through rounds of renovation and repair. Make sure to take care of the outside of the home too!
  5. Knowledge for complex projects – Are you working on a new construction job that requires building through complex root systems? Are you a city planner looking to populate a park or neighborhood with trees and shrubs? These types of large jobs have many elements to them, nature being an important one. Our tree care experts provide knowledge in the way of value appraisals, GIS mapping, and tree inventories. Make the ISA Certified Arborists at S&S Tree your partners during your next big project.

We could list out benefits for days. Okay, maybe not days, but we believe in what we can do and how we can help!

If you’re here reading this post, you must have some questions or concerns about your trees. Let us help! To learn more or schedule an appointment, please contact us at (651) 451-8907 today.

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Fall Tree Care and Landscaping Tips in the Twin Cities, MN – Be Prepared Now

September 27th, 2017 · No Comments

Labor Day has passed, which marks the unofficial ending of summer. The kids are back to school, everyone is back from their vacations, and we’re all getting back into the swing of our normal routines.

Summer doesn’t officially end until September 22nd, but as you know, Twin Cities, MN, weather has a way of changing quickly. Would you be shocked if it snowed tomorrow? Maybe surprised, but not shocked.

With fall rapidly approaching, what steps should you take to ensure your trees and landscaping are properly taken care of? Here are a few fall tree care and landscaping tips to consider:

  • Overseed your lawn – Now’s the perfect window of opportunity for overseeding areas of your lawn that need a little extra tender love and care. Your lawn has been subjected to damaging heat over the summer and it needs repair and rejuvenation with fall around the corner. Overseeding will thicken your lawn to give it that lush look you desire, and the benefits will carry into next year
  • Keep an eye out for fall insects – Webworms, bagworms, and oak mites are just a few of the pests looking to do damage to your trees this fall. If you’re looking to take preventative fall tree care measures, give us a call and schedule an appointment with one of our ISA Certified Arborists® for a consultation
  • Aerate and Fertilizer – We mention these two quite a bit, but fall is truly the best time to perform both of these services because the ground is in prime condition to regain its strength

We have one final tip that applies to every changing season – work with an expert. S&S Tree and Horticultural Specialists has a team of ISA Certified Arborists and lawn care experts ready to meet your needs.

To learn more about how we can help with fall tree care and landscaping at your Twin Cities, MN, property, please contact us today at (651) 451-8907.

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Tree Consulting Services in Twin Cities, MN – Why Working With a Professional Is the Smart Move

September 18th, 2017 · No Comments

Tree consulting services can take the health and appearance of your trees to the next level. As you’ve experienced in other areas of your life, working with a professional who’s dedicated to providing a specific service usually yields great benefits.

It’s up to you to make smart decisions regarding when it’s best to work with a professional.

Take your own health for example. Perhaps you could get by in your exercise routine without the help of a personal trainer, but working with someone who knows exactly how to get you in shape will speed up the process.

In the case of caring for your trees, the results, working with a professional, and the consequences of not doing so are even higher.

Today we’re going to discuss different aspects of our tree consulting services plus offer a few reasons why working with us is a smart decision.

Comprehensive Tree Care Plans

Each tree has specific needs and each Twin Cities, MN home has its own specific set of circumstances including things like soil quality, sun exposure, tree proximity to the property, unique insect population, tree branch structure, and more.

Tree consulting services provide a detailed road map of the steps needed to increase the health of your trees and boost their curb appeal.

Our comprehensive services cover items such as, but not limited to:

  • Tree preservation plans – Beautiful trees are a staple of any neighborhood, home, or commercial property in Twin Cities, MN. To keep them intact, they must fit within the surrounding area and have room for proper growth. This means making sure their root systems aren’t compromised, their branches aren’t over extended into the wrong areas, and their structure is growing properly. The goal of tree preservation plans is in the name; keep your trees around for years to come.
  • Insect and disease control – Depending on the type of trees you have, they may be susceptible to certain types of insects. Can you spot the signs of Emerald Ash Borer, Oak Wilt, Japanese Beetles, or fungal diseases? There are many. Our ISA certified arborists can identify problems while they occur or before they get out of hand.
  • Tree value appraisals – When it comes to selling your home or commercial property, the trees and landscaping become factors in their value. Our tree value appraisals give you detailed knowledge the worth of your trees and landscaping.

Why Choose S&S Tee for Tree Consulting Services?

 As a home and business owner in Twin Cities, MN, you want a quality life, but you also have a limited amount of time to juggle everything on your plate.

Working with professionals saves you time and gives you the quality you’re looking for.

We’re sure you’d love to improve your trees and landscaping, but you don’t have the time to roll up your sleeves and do it yourself.

That’s where we come in. If you’re looking for a team to meet your tree care needs, pick up the phone and call us at (651) 451-8907.

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Quick Late Summers Tips to Care for Trees and Landscaping in Twin Cities, MN

September 12th, 2017 · No Comments

Caring for your trees and landscaping is a constantly changing process for Twin Cities, MN residents. Unlike areas such as California, the weather not only fluctuates from season to season but also can fluctuate within the season itself.

If you’ve lived here long enough, you’ve experienced snow in months it shouldn’t have snowed, the weather doing a 180-degree turn over night, or periods of unexpected heat.

Regardless of the conditions, S&S tree has you covered.

Today, we’re going to discuss some tricks to keep your trees and landscaping looking their best as summer nears its end.

Water in the Morning

 Your plants need water during the summer heat, but it’s best if done in the morning for various reasons:

  • Watering during the morning allows your plants to experience hydration throughout the entire day
  • Your plants will experience less sun damage due to being soaked in water throughout the day
  • You want your plants to have ample drying time because a moist lawn can become a breeding ground for fungus

Test Your Soil

If you notice any discoloration in your trees and landscaping, it’s likely due to issues with soil such as:

  • Dry soil – The most obvious reason for discoloration of leaves and brown patches on your lawn is a lack of water, which can be remedied with over watering
  • Lack of nutrients – Have you applied fertilizer to the soil surrounding your trees and landscaping? If not, adding the right blend can revitalize your root system and give your trees and landscaping a much needed boost
  • Compacted soil – Your soil needs room to allow nutrients to soak into your root system. Aeration can solve issues with compacted soil by opening the area underneath your trees and lawn

Try Preventative Pruning 

Tree pruning is best when done during the dormant season, but light pruning does have benefits. Pruning some of the weak, dead, or diseased branches from your trees can help prevent extreme damage due to severe storms.

During severe storms, having these compromised branches can compound the damage done to your trees, so removing them is a proactive measure you can take.

Work With a Professional

To put your mind at ease, work with S&S Tree for a consultation to see exactly how our services can benefit from your trees and landscaping.

With a wide variety of services ranging from insect and disease control, soil testing, fertilizing, aeration, mulching, and more, we can create a custom plan to fit your needs.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment for your Twin Cities, MN, home, please contact us at (651) 451-8907.

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Lawn Care Advice in the Twin Cities, MN – How to Fix Brown Patches on Your Lawn

August 30th, 2017 · No Comments

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What’s on the inside matters most.

But, when it comes to the health of your trees and lawn, you should judge their appearance because appearance and health are related.

If you have unsightly brown leaves on your tree, they should be addressed. If you notice odd-looking spots on them, it could be a sign of a disease or an infestation.

In terms of your lawn, anything less than a lush, green, and full lawn is a sign that it needs attention.

For today’s post on lawn care advice, we’re going to discuss fixing brown spots on your lawn.

Common Causes of Brown Patches on Your Lawn

 If you notice brown patches on your lawn, it can be due to the weather itself or your treatment of the lawn itself.

Some common causes are:

  • Pet urine – If your pet urinates in the same area frequently it can lead to brown patches due to the nitrogen content of the urine
  • Periods of drought – If your lawn isn’t watered regularly or experiences severe heat for extended periods of time, it can experience dormancy due to drought conditions
  • Insects – Grubs can feed on your lawn, which will result in brown patches due to a lack of nutrients
  • Human error – Overcutting, under watering, lack of seeding, and other lawn care mistakes can lead to brown patches in your lawn

Our Lawn Care Advice for Fixing Brown Patches

 Fortunately, you can take steps to make your lawn look its best again this fall and the next.

Some quick pieces of lawn care advice are:

  • Increase watering – This is the most obvious piece of lawn care advice but it’s important. Increasing the frequency of watering gives it vital nutrients and fuel for growth. In the case of pet urine, you should water the affected area after your pet is finished.
  • Fertilize – The right fertilizer blend combined with proper application helps your lawn grow more lush and full. If you’re not sure how to do it yourself, you can work with one of our lawn care experts for soil testing and fertilization services.
  • Aerate – Aeration is important because it loosens compacted soil, which is another reason for brown patches.
  • Seeding – Over-seeding brown patches on your lawn revitalizes the affected area by allowing it to form new roots.

If you’re in need of lawn care advice or services in the Twin Cities, MN, please contact us at (651) 451-8907.

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Insect Control in the Twin Cities, MN – Dealing With Japanese Beetles

August 25th, 2017 · No Comments

Insects are a vital part of our ecosystem, but that doesn’t mean we want certain types of insects wreaking havoc at your Twin Cities, MN, home.

Our insect control services are created to rid your tree and landscaping of harmful insects while using the eco-friendliest materials available.

Today we’re going to talk about Japanese beetles (Popillia japonica); a particularly pesky pest that can be found lurking within your trees, lawn, shrubs, and gardens.

Japanese beetles found their way onto American soil more than a century ago. Since then, they’ve spread across the landscape from the East Coast and made their way to Minnesota, where they’ve been a prevalent pest for more than a century.

Japanese beetles present a problem because of the diversity of their feeding habits. Not beholden to one plant type, these critters eat up to 300 different types of plant species.

If that weren’t enough, Japanese beetles also feed on your lawn in all stages of their life cycle. They start as grubs, using your lawn for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Then, when they emerge as actual beetles, they tear through your trees and landscaping.

Here are some telltale signs you have a Japanese beetle problem:

  • “Skeletonized” leaves on your trees
  • Discolored grass
  • Easily uprooted grass due to larvae chewing through roots
  • Increased rodent activity in your yard (these animals feast on grubs)

The best method for mitigating damage caused by Japanese beetles is interrupting their growth cycle at the right time.

When the grubs are near full-growth, during spring, they’re hard to deal with and will likely reach adulthood, which will cause issues for your trees and landscaping.

During their adulthood, they’ll mate and lay more eggs for the next year. In late summer and early fall the grubs are much smaller and easier to deal with. This is when you want to apply treatment to prevent their growth.

Let S&S Tree Provide Insect Control to Keep Your Trees and Landscaping Happy and Healthy

Contact S&S Tree and we’ll provide insect control services to deal with Japanese beetles or any other type of pest. To learn more or schedule an appointment for your Twin Cities, MN, home, please contact us at (651) 451-8907.

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The Benefits of Adding Trees to Your Home Landscaping in Minneapolis, MN

August 17th, 2017 · No Comments

When homeowners look for ways to increase the value of their homes, they may consider a fresh coat of paint on their house, a new roof, or new windows or doors. While all these things are a great way to boost a home’s look and curb appeal, many people overlook one of the most economical, beautiful, energy efficient upgrades they can add to their home landscaping— trees!

It has been proven that mature trees on a lot can increase the value of your home by as much 7-19% in Minneapolis, MN. Buyers and sellers love the look of trees on a lot as opposed to a lot that has no trees. Trees add dimension, shade, and an overall feeling of peace. Trees are a small investment that you can enjoy year after year and will help your home appreciate in value should you decide to sell down the road. We provide tree consultation services to make sure you get the right kind of tree for your lot and your lifestyle, and we also provide tree care, tree fertilization, and tree pruning services.

Here are some other benefits to planting trees:

Reduce Energy Consumption

Adding trees to your yard means that there will naturally be more shade around your home, which can translate to lower energy bills in the summer. And since trees remove pollution from the air, you can relax outdoors under your shady arbor knowing that you are helping reduce your carbon footprint

Improve Drainage

If your yard is prone to flooding and holding areas of water after rain, trees can help with drainage and can be a much less expensive alternative to grading. Improper landscaping is one of the biggest causes of floods in residential homes. You might be amazed at what a difference a few trees make. Not only are they beautiful, they just might save your foundation or basement from water damage.

Adds Beauty and Invites Wildlife

For the nature lover, there’s just something peaceful, and soul-fulfilling about watching birds in trees; they help preserve our native bird population. Beyond that, trees provide insects a safe place to make their homes, keeping them out of your home.

When considering adding trees to your yard in Minneapolis, MN, contact S&S Tree and Horticultural Services at (651) 451-8907 for more information. Our ISA Certified Arborists® are happy to schedule a consultation with you to make sure you have the right trees for your property so you can enjoy them for many years to come.

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Love the outdoors? Join our tree crew!

August 15th, 2017 · No Comments

S&S Tree and Horticultural Specialists, a Davey company, is hiring driven and responsible workers to join our Tree Care Crew. As a tree crew member, you will gain opportunities to learn new skills, meet personal and professional goals, and impact the urban forest. Tree care is about problem solving, protecting trees, and working in a challenging environment.

Arboriculture is a growing industry that is accessible to workers of all skill levels and training needs. An average work day for a tree crew team member is an impressive feat to our clients, even down to the cleanup at the end of the day.

Why S&S?

  • Year-round work
  • Continued training and education
  • Positive, professional work environment
  • Health, dental, vision, and life benefits
  • Paid time off
  • 401k
  • Employee-owned stock options
  • Advancement opportunities

Who You Are:

  • Love the outdoors
  • Enjoy being part of a team
  • Have a valid drivers license
  • Looking for a career and advancement
  • Want to make a positive impact on our urban environment
  • Have a great attitude and passion for what you do
  • Possess high integrity
  • Want to further your green industry training and knowledge

Our crew members take pride in their jobs and work together to complete each task confidently, productively, and efficiently.

We hire people from diverse backgrounds with a desire for honest work. We encourage employees to share their experience so that our crews can be successful. S&S would like to help you to grow your future! Apply online today!

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It’s Not Too Late to Enjoy Outdoor Living Landscapes and Gardening Design

August 9th, 2017 · No Comments

If there’s one thing we love to do in the summer here in St. Paul, MN, it’s to get outside as much as possible. Our summers are short but glorious, and making every moment count is important! From grilling outside with friends to just enjoying a book in the backyard, wouldn’t you love to have a beautifully landscaped yard and garden to enjoy?

Our talented S&S designers will come to you and begin a plan to transform your space. We’ll work with you to create a plan and help you achieve your vision, no matter how big or small your yard is! From the first time we meet through the planning process, you can be assured we’ll pay careful attention to your vision and budget, and you’ll be delighted with the results.

We’ll help you transform your yard into a showpiece and add curb appeal to your home. Depending on your needs and scheduling, it may be possible to start your landscaping project later this summer or in the fall. Wouldn’t it be nice to know that you could plan for mid-summer garden parties next year right now? What a great way to get through the doldrums of the winter months!

We can provide:

  • Planting beds
  • Patio paving
  • Fire pits
  • Retaining walls
  • Tree services
  • Water features
  • Outdoor grilling and kitchen areas

Once your landscaping and garden are complete, we don’t stop there. We can provide ongoing care for your garden, trees, and plantings. We can also care for your lawn and all the needs of your trees and shrubs, leaving you to maximize your time outdoors with relaxation instead of yard work!

At S&S Tree and Horticultural Specialists, our primary goal is your satisfaction. Contact us today at (651) 451-8907 to discuss how we can help you make the rest of the most beautiful yet with our landscaping and garden services!

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