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Tree Damage in the Twin Cities, MN – How to Fix Your Tree With Severe Storm Damage

April 19th, 2017 · No Comments

You’ve heard the phrase “April showers bring May flowers” before, but along with rain, spring weather can turn hectic with thunder and lightning storms in the Twin Cities, MN.

Unfortunately, trees can become victims of these severe storms. Tree damage from storms can be dealt with, given you know the right strategies to correct the problem.

Even if you don’t have the know-how, you can work with our ISA Certified Arborists® who will be able to give you an exact answer and plan when you need it.

A Note on Preventing Tree Damage Before It Happens

 Tree damage can be inevitable in certain circumstance, but sometimes it can be avoided, given the tree had the proper structure and stability prior to the storm.

How can you help your tree hold up during turbulent times? You can prune your tree to make sure it grows properly. Tree pruning also helps remove weak branches, which are most susceptible during a storm.

How to Deal with Tree Damage After a Storm Hits

The most important step to take when dealing with tree damage is prioritizing safety. If the tree damage causes branches to hang over dangerous areas such as powerlines, the situation must be dealt with, and it should be dealt with by a professional.

There are also various signs of damage you should look for such as:

  • Damaged or broken branches
  • A tree with exposed root systems
  • Damage to the tree canopy
  • Severed or split tree branches
  • Leaning or completely toppled trees

What to Do Next

Often, it’s best to leave tree damage repair in the hands of a professional.

Here are some of the tasks our ISA Certified Arborists can use to fix your damaged tree:

  • Pruning – Light pruning can remove many of the split or damaged branches resulting from severe storms. Once the susceptible branches are removed, your tree will fare better with subsequent storms and have overall improved health and structure
  • Split repair – If the tree damage includes splits in branches or the trunk, each scenario must be handled differently. Sometimes the bark can be smoothed to aid the healing process, but massive splits will require something akin to stiches on a human, which can only be performed properly by a professional
  • Canopy repair – If parts of your tree canopy were damaged and now sit awkwardly in the tree, a certified arborist can remove the comprised parts of the canopy and repair its structure

These are just a few of the tasks our ISA Certified Arborists can perform to fix tree damage. They’ve been trained to deal with essentially every type of tree-related disaster.

We hope your trees don’t suffer from severe storm damage this spring, but if they do, please contact us at (651) 451-8907.

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Consider a Tree Care Consultation in the Twin Cities, MN, Area This Spring

April 12th, 2017 · No Comments

Why do humans go to the doctor for a check-up when they aren’t feeling ill?

They go because they want to make sure they’re in good health, regardless of whether they’re showing signs of illness, because the body does a great job at hiding hidden risk factors.

Your doctor might let you know that your blood pressure is too high and suggest reducing your sodium intake, or they could find something as serious as a tumor.

The reason we’re painting such an extreme picture in terms of your health is to transition to the point that trees are complex and have complex needs just like we do.

Consider a tree care consultation their annual checkup. Today we wanted to share some of the warning signs we may look for and explain the plans we can create to make sure your trees look and feel their best come spring.

  • Tree pest control – Pests affect the appearance and health of your trees. Some pests have a severe and deadly impact, such as the Emerald Ash Borer, which will likely kill an ash tree after infestation. Pests can attack your trees in different ways, such as by chewing through their leaves, feeding on their tissue systems, and sucking out their vital nutrients. A tree care consultation can help develop a proactive strategy, which is important because some pest problems are difficult to impossible to deal with after an infestation.
  • Tree disease control – A tree care consultation can help identify early signs of disease such as leaf spots, galls on branches, leaf discoloration, and cankers. These are just a few of the many signs of tree disease, which means you need the aid of a careful eye. Our ISA-certified arborists are trained to spot the smallest signs of disease, and if caught on time, they can help create a plan to mitigate current damage and prevent future damage.
  • Recommendations for healthy growth – Just like your doctor might advise a new nutrition plan to keep your body in prime shape, our ISA-certified arborists can recommend a tailored strategy to help your tree grow properly this season. Our recommendations can include tasks like fertilization, mulching, and even light pruning if acted on quickly before summer.

As a Twin Cities, MN, homeowner, you feel invested in your home. The reality is that you are literally invested in it. Why not go the extra mile this year and fully invest in your tree care? To schedule an appointment for a tree care consultation, please contact us at (651) 451-8907.

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Spring Lawn Care in the Twin Cities, MN – How to Keep Crabgrass From Popping up on Your Lawn

April 5th, 2017 · No Comments

We’ve officially entered springtime in the Twin Cities, MN.

Whether the weather reflects the season permanently is yet to be seen, but it’s safe to say the time for spring lawn care is right around the corner.

For many Twin Cities, MN, homeowners, their lawn is their pride and joy. It adds curb appeal and speaks to the level of care they invest in their home.

If you’re one of those dedicated homeowners, make sure to take advantage of spring lawn care tips that will make your lawn look its best all season.

Dealing with crabgrass is an important spring lawn care strategy. Crabgrass often pops up in the beginning of spring right along with the new grass that emerges once winter fully subsides.

If crabgrass goes unchecked, it can quickly take over your beautiful lawn and spread its yellow-green ugliness around.

If you handle crabgrass early, however, you can keep it from coming back for good.

 How to Rid Your Lawn of Crabgrass

 A pre-emergent treatment can effectively mitigate and eliminate crabgrass. The key is to apply the treatment the right way at the right time.

If you want to be certain the treatment is performed correctly, you can put your lawn in the hands of our lawn care experts.

If you’re interested in trying to do it yourself, the guidelines for applying pre-emergent treatment are as follows:

  • Pre-emergent treatment needs to be applied before crabgrass appears on your lawn. Post emergent treatment can be used to deal with crabgrass that has already appeared on your lawn
  • Pre-emergent treatment works best when the soil has reached a temperature of at least 50 degrees for a few days in a row
  • To increase the effectiveness of pre-emergent treatment, take great care of your lawn by mowing regularly at a 3-inch-tall level, and make sure to water it weekly. As an added benefit, leave the grass clippings to provide extra nutrients.

Spring lawn care requires a watchful eye and a proactive attitude towards maintaining a beautiful and lush lawn.

Smart Twin Cities, MN, homeowners like you understand the importance of aesthetic appeal, and we hope to work with you this spring to make your trees and landscaping stand out in the neighborhood.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us at (651) 451-8907.

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Tree Care Techniques in the Twin Cities, MN – 3 Reasons Why Your Evergreens Turn Brown

March 30th, 2017 · No Comments

Evergreens get their name for an obvious reason—they stay green all year round.

What if, however, they don’t stay green all year round and turn brown in wintertime?

Your once beautiful green tree no longer looks so beautiful, and there must be some sort of health issue involved if it isn’t maintaining its lush, green appearance.

So, what should you do?

First, it’s important to get to the root of the problem and diagnose it to create an action plan.

Second, preferably with the help of one of our ISA Certified Arborists®, you should follow through with the proper tree care technique to help revitalize your tree.

Here are some common reasons your evergreens turn brown plus a few tree care techniques you can use to combat the problem:

  • Harsh weather – Winter weather, including harsh winds and freezing temperatures, can have an adverse effect on evergreen trees and cause them to turn brown. There are sprays that can prevent the damage done to evergreen trees, like anti-desiccant spray, that can help mitigate the damage caused by winter weather
  • Pests – White Pine weevils and bark beetles are among the pests that can wreak havoc on your evergreens. White Pine weevils cause damage from their eggs hatching and offspring feeding on your tree, while bark beetles leave a nasty residue that can cause your tree to turn brown. There are many effective ways to deal with pests, and our ISA Certified Arborists can conduct a consultation to uncover the best pest control strategy for the evergreens at your Twin Cities, MN, home or property
  • Sun Exposure – Increased exposure to sun rays dehydrates your evergreens, which can lead to sunscald and cause them to turn brown. This is another instance where a treatment on anti-desiccant spray can combat the negative effects of weather on your evergreens

Tree Care Techniques for Every Tree Type in the Twin Cities, MN 

Regardless of the type of tree or the season of the year, tree care techniques are needed all year round. Fortunately, there’s a dedicated staff of tree care experts in the Twin Cities, MN, to handle their unique needs.

The best time to consider new tree care techniques is now. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, please contact us at (651) 451-8907.

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Consider Springtime Tree and Lawn Care Before the Season is in Full Swing in the Twin Cities, MN

March 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

It’s hard to trust Mother Nature in the Twin Cities, MN.

Technically, spring begins on march 20th, but when it comes to Minnesota weather, hard and fast guidelines don’t apply whatsoever.

This is the time of year when you can begin to think about all the springtime tree and lawn care decisions you can make.

Soon, your lawn will be fully exposed and you’ll be looking to boost your curb appeal as soon as possible.

Today we want to give you some early tips, some ideas to think about, and a few tree and lawn care strategies you can implement as soon as spring is in full swing.

Plant a tree

 Spring creates optimal conditions for planting a tree. You obviously can’t plant one during winter, and the summer months are often too harsh an environment to plant one.

Trees are the lifeblood of the world. They’re also beautiful and provide an added touch to your Twin Cities, MN, home. Consider working with an ISA-certified arborist to add a new addition to your home come springtime

Mulch during the tail end of winter

Budding too early creates health problems for trees during the transition from winter to spring. When the weather reaches higher temperatures too early, buds can begin to form, and if the temperature falls too low again it can stress your trees out.

This irregular growing pattern can affect the way your trees appear once spring is in full swing. You can use mulch to insulate your trees and keep their growth steady.

Tree and lawn care during the transition between seasons is tricky, but it can be dealt with effectively.

Create a lawn maintenance strategy now

If you create a tree and lawn care plan before you need one, you’ll be ahead of the game when springtime comes.

For your lawn, you can begin to use techniques such as fertilization and aeration early in spring to help it grow full and lush. You can also stay on top of weed control from the very beginning if you have the necessary supplies ready before spring.

Plan for a consultation this year

Have you considered using a detailed tree and lawn care strategy, but never actually gotten around to doing it?

Make this year different by working with our ISA-certified arborists and lawn care professionals this spring. We can review your Twin Cities, MN, property, survey the health of your trees and landscaping, and come up with a tailored plan to meet your needs.

For more information on tree and lawn care, please contact us at (651) 451-8907.

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3 Winter Pest Control Strategies for Twin Cities, MN, Homeowners

March 15th, 2017 · No Comments

Here at S&S Tree and Horticultural Specialists, we love all things related to nature.

Our business was built on the understanding that every component of nature deserves equal care, including humans, animals, and plants.

Just because these three components coexist with one another doesn’t mean they always get along.

When it comes to your trees, there are certain pests that like to take advantage of them during wintertime. It’s not their fault. They’re just doing what they’re wired to do. That doesn’t mean you can’t take measures to keep them from harming your trees.

Here are some winter pest control tips you can use to protect your trees for the remainder of winter:

  • Border your trees – Pests such as voles, which are small rodents that resemble moles, will eat away at the bark of your trees when food is scare. They attack most often after a snow melt. If you create a border around your tree with wire mesh that goes a few inches into the ground, it can protect your trees from these small yet damage-inducing creatures.
  • Use deer repellent – As you know, deer have a way of making it into all sorts of different areas, like your backyard in the Twin Cities, MN, area. Deer also have a habit of feasting on bark, and this can cause severe damage to trees. Deer repellent can be effective for up to 3 months, making it a winter pest control technique that could last until springtime.
  • Mulch – Using a mulch border around your trees can also be an effective measure against attacks by hungry voles, rabbits, and other rodents. An application of mulch at least two inches deep should suffice.

Although winter pest control defends against less of a variety of animals than pest control during other seasons, it’s still an important measure of an overall tree care strategy to be considered.

Spring is just weeks away, and there’ll be a whole new set of tree care measures to take. Now’s a good time to meet with one of our ISA Certified Arborists® to discuss winter pest control for the present, and come up with a long-term plan for your Twin Cities, MN, home at the same time.

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

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Consider Landscape Design for Your Twin Cities, MN, Home When Spring Arrives

March 8th, 2017 · No Comments

Landscape design is one of those tasks that’s usually mentioned in the same breath as one of the following sentences:

That’d be nice.

I’ll have that done…eventually.

 I was going to get it done last year, but I didn’t have enough time to fit it in.

 Why not make this year the year it happens?

Spring will be in full bloom before you know it, so today we want to “plant the seeds” in your mind to get you thinking about landscape design and installation when the time comes.

All of our landscape designs are created custom to suit your needs.

If you’ve been thinking of making additions to your home, here are some neat designs to consider:

  • Fire elements – We can create beautiful fire pits or fireplaces for your Twin Cities, MN, home. Your uniquely designed fireplace will be great for time spent with family or friends on spring and summer evenings. It will boost your curb appeal and make your home the one to visit in your neighborhood.
  • Water elements – The flow of water has a calming and soothing feel. Add some Zen and tranquility to your home with a landscape design involving water such as a waterfall, pond, or fountain.
  • Pavers and retaining walls – Adding pavers to your Twin Cities, MN, home or business will definitely improve its aesthetic appeal. We can custom design a paver with intricate patterns that will be eye catching to every visitor. Installing pavers requires detail and care. It also requires decision-making. We can help you choose a design from the nearly endless options available. A retaining wall is another brick-inspired piece of art you can add to your landscape. Like paver installation, it requires a professional landscape design company with the knowhow to match your tastes with technical expertise. We’re confident that we can make the installation process as smooth and seamless as possible.

Understanding the Landscape Design Process

 Here’s how the process works: First we’ll meet with you to learn more about your needs, wants, hopes, and dreams when it comes to your landscape design. After we come to a solution that fits your tastes and your budget, we’ll develop a design for you to view before it’s installed. These designs will be carefully reviewed and approved before the installation begins.

Next, we’ll install your design. After the installation is complete, we’ll develop a plan to help you care for and maintain the design.

Throughout the process, we’ll work with you every step of the way to make sure that you’re nothing short of thrilled with the result.

Give us a call at (651) 451-8907 to learn more about landscape design, tree care services, or anything else you’re interested in!

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4 Ways to Recycle Wood With Tub Grinding in the Twin Cities, MN

March 3rd, 2017 · No Comments

Trees provide for our world in many unique ways. They give beauty and ambiance to neighborhoods, parks, and homes in the Twin Cities, MN. They literally provide life with their oxygen, and their wood supplies the materials needed for an endless list of items we use.

At S&S Tree and Horticultural Specialists, we want to make sure your trees are healthy and beautiful. We also want to make sure that none of the wood they provide goes to waste. That’s where tub grinding comes in.

As you know, mulch provides numerous benefits for your trees. With tub grinding, we take the wood that might otherwise be discarded and use it to help other trees grow properly.

There are several situations where we can put wood from trees to good use:

  • Storms – After a severe storm hits in the Twin Cities, MN, large amounts of wood debris can accumulate. With tub grinding, we’re able to put that debris to use
  • Removed trees – Whether it’s an unfortunate infestation of emerald ash borer (which can be avoided with preventative care) or a tree that becomes too large for the area it resides in, removed trees can be a source of nutrients for other trees with tub grinding
  • Tree pruning – Tree pruning is one of the most beneficial tree care techniques you can use for long term care and growth. There will be debris from cut branches, which is yet another source of wood to reuse
  • Logging – Trees already support our lifestyle as humans, so we should take full advantage of what they provide. Logging operations produce large amounts of tree waste that can and should be reused with tub grinding

These are just a few of many situations where tub grinding can help recycle useful wood. Tub grinding is one of many tree care techniques Twin Cities, MN, home and property owners can utilize to make their tree situation better and promote environmental health at the same time.

If you’re interested in tub grinding services, want to learn more about our services, or schedule a tree care consultation, please contact us at (651) 451-8907.

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3 Underlying Principles of Tree Care Techniques Twin Cities, MN, Residents Can Follow Year Round

February 21st, 2017 · No Comments

If you’re a Twin Cities, MN, resident, you know to never trust the present weather as an indicator of the future. One day it can be 50 degrees without a flake of snow on the ground. The next it can be negative five degrees with what seems like an avalanche of snow covering everything.

When spring arrives, it doesn’t arrive fully for a while. You’ll have glimpses of beautiful weather and days where temperatures fall back to a near winter level.

The fluctuation in weather and the changing seasons puts stress on your trees. Regardless of the season, tree care techniques are important.

If you embrace certain principles when it comes to tree care techniques, you’ll know the best decisions to make for your trees. Trees face different challenges with different types of weather, but the underlying principles for keeping them healthy are similar.

No matter the weather, remember the principles behind all tree care techniques:

  • The action is below the surface – The root systems of your trees are their life blood. When applicable, you should fertilize to keep them healthy. It’s important to check for signs of damage by spotting stem girdling roots during the spring and summer. During construction, root systems should be mapped out carefully and dealt with accordingly.
  • Invest now, reap rewards later – Tree pruning during the dormant season will help your tree grow properly in the future. You won’t see the results right away, but you will when you see your tree hasn’t grown misshapen due to codominant leaders and weak branches. Ash trees can be protected with preventative measures against emerald ash borer. All actions protecting your tree in the future should be taken.
  • When in doubt, use an expert – Tree care techniques range from things you do easily yourself and tasks that only a certified arborist should perform. If you’re on the fence about a route of action, contact us to learn more about how we can help or set up an appointment for a tree care consultation.

The Twin Cities, MN, is beautiful in its own way year-round. The collective efforts of its residents increase the appeal of the neighborhood and provides a better environment.

Dedicate yourself to using proper tree care techniques this year and call us at (651) 451-8907 whenever you need a helping hand.

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Tree Removal in the Twin Cities, MN – 3 Telltale Signs Your Tree is at Risk

February 15th, 2017 · No Comments

Tree removal is necessary from time to time.

Unfortunately, no matter how well a tree is cared for, it can die. There are a few telltale signs your tree is in trouble, but they’re hard to see unless you have a trained eye.

During the winter months and dormant season, your trees will look anything but alive. They’re bare and don’t have their lush canopy of leaves. How can you be sure your trees are simply dormant and not suffering from something worse?

Our ISA Certified Arborists® can visit your Twin Cities, MN, home to consult with you and determine if tree removal is necessary, but first check to see if your tree has any of these 3 telltale signs of deterioration:

  • Leaf buds – Contrary to popular belief, healthy trees aren’t completely leaf free. During winter, healthy trees have small leaf buds protruding from their branches. These buds will grow into full form once springtime comes. If you can’t see any leaf buds, your tree might be in trouble and tree removal may be necessary.
  • Trunk bark – Tree bark on a healthy tree grows new layers of healthy bark in a cyclical pattern. During this time a year, you should be seeing new bark on the tree trunk. If there are cracks in the trunk, or your tree looks like it shed bark and hasn’t grown any new bark, it could be at risk. If you spot these signs please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Test with a scratch – What lies underneath the bark of your trees is another key indicator of their health. If you scratch the surface of a tree twig with a knife, you’ll see one of two results. Either the bark will show a bright green color, signaling health and vitality, or it will appear brown and dry. If you see the latter sign on multiple branches, your tree may be dying.

Each of theses tests are helpful in and of themselves, but a true test and inspection of the health of a tree can only be done by a certified arborist who knows exactly what to look for. Tree removal may be necessary, but there may also be other options.

If you spot any of these signs, please contact us at (651) 451-8907. Each tree is different, and we’ll come to your Twin Cities, MN, home or property to figure out exactly what to do for your specific situation.

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