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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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3 Key Aspects of Commercial Lawn Care in the Twin Cities, MN

July 27th, 2017 · No Comments

Trees and lawns are our specialty. Regardless of the type of property you own, we can provide the tree care and landscaping services it needs.

That being said, different types of properties require different care. Today we’re going to talk about commercial lawn care and its key differences from taking care of a residential lawn in the Twin Cities, MN.

If you’re a commercial property owner in the Twin Cities, MN, consider learning more about the expert care provided by S&S Tree and Horticultural Specialists.

The Need for a Team

 You can provide DIY lawn care at your Twin Cities, MN home because its simpler to manage. Although we believe professional lawn care makes a big difference, you can still maintain a residential lawn without a ton of difficulty.

A large commercial property, however, requires a different approach.

Your property might have a large turf area, plants, gardens, a wide variety of trees, and landscaping installations that need tending to. A team of experts can help organize the required maintenance aspects, keep track of the health of the various elements of your property, and create a customized plan to meet their needs.

When we say we have an expert team, we mean it. From ISA Certified Arborists® to landscape designers and plant care professionals, we have the staff to handle each and every unique need when it comes to commercial lawn care.

Multiple Properties

 Most people only own one home. When it comes to commercial properties, many business owners own multiple. If you have multiple commercial properties in the Twin Cities, our commercial lawn care team can help you maintain the health and uniform appearance of all your business properties.

As a business owner, you know dealing with multiple contractors and parties can be a hassle. Consider S&S Tree as your multi-property commercial lawn care team!

The Importance of Investment

While lawn care is important for residential properties, the appearance of a commercial property can affect your bottom line.

If that sounds like a stretch, consider the fact that a first impression doesn’t start when a potential client or customer enters your building – it starts the second they see your property.

Business is competitive, and you want to make sure you have every edge possible to win more of it. Commercial lawn care is an investment in not only your property, but your business as a whole.

To learn more about the benefits of commercial lawn care, or to schedule an appointment, please give us a call today at (651) 451-8907.

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Why Professional Tree and Lawn Care Makes a Difference for Twin Cities, MN Homeowners

July 24th, 2017 · No Comments

If you’re a Twin Cities, MN homeowner, you’re an investor. You made the safe investment in a home, which appreciates in value and helps you build equity.

Perhaps you have a savings account and a retirement fund you invest in to provide income in the future. As an investor, you know it’s important to continue investing over time little by little, because it all adds up to a greater reward in the future.

Have you ever considered investing in professional tree and lawn care?

The Difference Between Professional and DIY Tree and Lawn Care

 Many Twin Cities, MN homeowners enjoy taking care of their trees and landscaping. You might tend to your own garden, keep a manicured yard, and try different techniques to boost your curb appeal.

You can continue to do all the above and work with our ISA Certified Arborists® and lawn care experts to take the health and appeal of your trees and landscaping to the next level.

Why rely on the help of a professional when you can do it yourself? Because a professional has knowledge you don’t have access to that could benefit your situation.

You know to mow and water your lawn regularly, but do you know the exact blend of nutrients your soil needs? We do.

 Can you spot a potential insect infestation or disease before it spreads? We can. 

From tree pruning for different tree types and ages to disease control techniques for various pests and soil testing for lawns, our professional tree and lawn care services provide a custom plan for your trees and landscaping.

Work With S&S Tree for Professional Tree and Lawn Care

The benefits of professional tree and lawn care are numerous:

  • Home value – As we talked about earlier, your home value increases over time. Having your trees and landscaping professionally cared for makes your home even more valuable. Your trees and landscaping are part of the property, and they’re the first thing people see before they even enter your home
  • Avoidance of future costs – Tree pruning can save you from an accident caused by an overgrown tree and make it less susceptible to storm damage. Treating your ash tree with preventative measures against emerald ash borer keeps you from having to spend money to remove an infested tree. In many ways, professional tree and lawn care can be an investment and money saver
  • Specialized knowledge – If you work with an ISA Certified Arborist or lawn care expert, you can talk to them and ask questions that’ll increase your own knowledge of tree and lawn care, making your DIY approaches more effective

Are you ready to make a smart investment in your trees and landscaping? If so, please give us a call today at (651) 451-8907.

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S&S Tree Wants to Help You Boost the Curb Appeal of Your Twin Cities, MN Home

July 18th, 2017 · No Comments

Are you looking for a way to boost the curb appeal of your Twin Cities, MN home this summer?

At S&S Tree and Horticultural Specialists, our number one priority is making sure your trees and lawn have optimal health, but that doesn’t mean we don’t care about appearance!

We know your home is your pride and joy. We also know you wouldn’t mind being the envy of the neighborhood with your eye-catching trees and landscaping.

Today we’re going to discuss some ways to boost your curb appeal. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact us!

Add a Garden

 Have you ever walked past a home with a garden that stopped you dead in your tracks? We’re sure you have. Why not create the same feeling in others when they walk past your home?

Gardens don’t just serve an aesthetic purpose. They can also help the environment and its inhabitants.

Take for example a pollinator garden.

A pollinator garden attracts bees and creates a mutually beneficial relationship. The bees help beautify your plants and keep them healthy while the bees get to feed on nectar and pollen, which is a vital energy source.

You can follow a simple process to create a pollinator garden or you can let us lend a helping hand.

To do it yourself, take the following steps:

  1. Pick a location (preferably not in a windy area)
  2. Choose plants native to the Twin Cities region
  3. Choose a wide array of colors as bees are attracted to them and it makes your garden look beautiful.
  4. Keep a rotation of blooming plants available to ensure there’s always something to attract bees. Also, make sure to keep a wide variety of pollinator-friendly plants available by planting them in clusters

We can help you start a pollinator garden as well as many other types including:

  • Native plant gardens
  • Edible gardens
  • Raised garden beds

Try a Landscape Design Installation

Landscaping designs can take your curb appeal to the next level.

We offer a wide variety of landscape design installation services, and we’ll create a custom design based on consultation.

Some of our popular landscape design installations include:

  • Pavers
  • Retaining walls
  • Driveways

Imagine walking out of your house to get the mail and taking in the view of a koi pond or heading to your backyard to see a custom-made fire pit.

We can take your imagination and bring it to life!

 Give Your Trees and Landscaping a Nutrition Boost

 Health and appearance are intertwined. When your trees and landscaping feel good they’ll look good.

If you schedule a consultation with one of our ISA Certified Arborists or landscaping experts, we can create a plan to boost the curb appeal and health of your trees and landscaping with services such as soil testing, fertilization, tree pruning, and more.

To learn more about our wide range of services or ask questions, call us at (651) 451-8907.

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Lawn Care Techniques in the Twin Cities, MN – How to Deal With Crabgrass Part 2

July 13th, 2017 · No Comments



Not too long ago, we published a lawn care post on preventing crabgrass from popping-up on your Twin Cities, MN lawn, and we discussed the benefits of using a pre-emergent treatment to stave off that unsightly grass.

If you didn’t apply a pre-emergent treatment during spring and crabgrass has appeared on your lawn, don’t worry, it can still be effectively treated.

Today, we’re going to share some tips to help you do just that.

What is Crabgrass and How Does it Affect Your Lawn?

 In simple terms, crabgrass is a weed that looks like a pile of grass clumped together. Crabgrass can also have a yellow hue to it. The reason why crabgrass is bad for your lawn is two-fold. First, it’s unappealing. Second, your grass needs as much nutrients as possible, and crabgrass steals these nutrients away from where they’re needed most.

The bottom line is this: it must be dealt with.

There are two different ways to attack the problem.

Remove Crabgrass Without Chemicals

 Crabgrass can be removed without chemicals by manual removal. Using this chemical- free process involves pulling each and every weed from the lawn. If you’re having difficulty pulling them from the ground, you can water the lawn to loosen the soil. You want to make sure you remove the roots of the crabgrass as well.

Once you’re done removing the crabgrass, you may be left with some bare patches on your lawn. Simply reseed these spots to grow a desirable type of grass.

Feeding your lawn the right nutrients is vital as well. You’re going to want to water twice a week thoroughly, and leave the grass clippings on your lawn after you mow.

Remove Crabgrass with Chemicals

 In many instances, the chemical option is the better route, particularly if your lawn has been overrun with crabgrass and it’s impractical to try to remove it all by hand.

In this case, a post-emergent treatment can be used.

It’s best to have a trained professional apply a post-emergent treatment. First, certain states don’t allow people without a license to apply a post-emergent treatment. Second, the blend can be potent, and you don’t want to accidently overdo it.

At S&S Tree and Horticultural Specialists, we’re dedicated to making your Twin Cities, MN lawn, landscaping, and trees as beautiful as possible. Why not contact us to learn more about our full line of services? You can schedule a consultation and get a detailed plan to boost your curb appeal and the health of your lawn and trees at the same time.

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


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3 Reasons Why Lawn Care Programs Are Beneficial to Twin Cities, MN Homeowners

July 11th, 2017 · No Comments

When you walk through a neighborhood in the Twin Cities, MN, seeing the various trees and landscapes of each home almost gives you a clue as to what the owners are like.

When you see a meticulously cared for lawn and vibrant looking trees, you can’t help but associate words like smart, savvy, creative, responsible, and dedicated to the people who live in the home.

On the flip side, when you see a lawn with patches of dirt and dead grass, trees that look lackluster with missing leaves, and a general lack of curb appeal, it makes you feel like the owners don’t care much.

Of course, if you’re on this page right now, you do care, because you’re actively searching for information to improve the health and appeal of your trees and landscaping.

Today, we’re going to talk about lawn care programs and provide reasons why you should consider one for your Twin Cities, MN home.

  • Expert service – We know you can do a good job of taking care of your lawn on your own, but working with our lawn care experts can take your lawn to the next level. As a Twin Cities, MN homeowner, you wear many hats, but our team of trained experts has the sole focus of taking care of your lawn. Their attention to detail will make all the difference when it comes to the look and feel of your lawn
  • Long term health – Our lawn care program includes five detailed steps to provide initial care for your lawn and add layers of health benefits to it over time. This helps your lawn improve its overall health year after year
  • Customized care – Do you know the perfect amount of fertilizer to apply based on the contents of your soil? We do. Do you know what blend of ingredients makes the best fertilizer for your lawn? We do. Each lawn has its own unique characteristics and health needs. Custom care means your lawn will get exactly what it needs, not just some of what it needs

Boost Your Curb Appeal With S&S Tree

 What do you want a passerby to think when they walk past your home? Imagine having a lawn thicker, lusher, and greener than it’s ever looked before, with the type of curb appeal that makes people stop and turn their heads!

In addition to our lawn care programs, we offer essentially every service you’ll need to make your trees and landscaping look its best this summer.

From disease control to keep your trees healthy to landscaping design that adds flare to your property, consider us your one-stop-shop and go-to resource for all things tree and lawn related.

Here’s what do to next: pick up the phone and call (651) 451-8907. Talk with our friendly and knowledgeable staff about the benefits of our exceptional lawn care programs. Schedule an appointment. Then, enjoy your summer with a beautiful lawn!

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Insect Control Services in the Twin Cities, MN – 3 Pests to Watch Out For

June 21st, 2017 · No Comments

It’s finally the time of year for your trees to bloom and show off their lush appearance. But what if they’re not looking in tip-top shape?

If you’re noticing any irregularities with your trees’ appearance, it may mean you’re in need of insect control services.

The growing season isn’t just the growing season for trees. The change in weather gives rise to all of the dormant insect species whose population explodes in parallel to the growth of foliage.

If you spot signs of insect infestation early, plans can be made to correct the situation.

Today we’re going to look at a few different types of insects, signs of their presence, and remedies to deal with them.


You can think of aphids as “lice” for a tree. These tiny bugs dine on the leaves and stems of your tree, which can negatively affect nutrient absorption and decrease their ability to benefit from sunlight.

If you notice curling of leaves, twig dieback, or a sugary-like substance (honeydew), your tree may be at risk.

The remedy to rid your trees of aphids involves using an appropriate blend of horticultural soap or insecticide, which is best applied by an ISA Certified Arborist.


 Your leaves should look full and luscious in late spring to early summer, if you notice a number of holes in your leaves, they could be affected by cankerworms.

Cankerworms leave these holes by eating the leaves of your trees. Having holes in your leaves certainly reduce the aesthetic appeal of your trees, but it’s also a health issue that needs to be addressed. The last thing you want is leaf loss during a period where your tree is supposed to be growing.

The best method for dealing with cankerworms is getting ahead of the problem before it starts. In fall, you can use techniques such as tree banding to mitigate the damage.

Cankerworms can be dealt with during spring, however, with the proper application of insecticide, which again yields best results when done by a professional.

Japanese Beetles

Japanese Beetles take their feeding habits to another level. The aforementioned insects may leave your leafs (no pun intended) looking a bit lackluster or even damaged.

Japanese Beetles, however, can feed to the point where nothing is left of your tree’s leaves but their skeletons. Obviously, this is something you’d like to prevent. No need to worry, S&S Tree has considerable experience dealing with Japanese Beetles in the Twin Cities, MN area. If you notice your tree beginning to look like it’s skeletonizing, please contact us immediately.

 Use Insect Control Services to Protect Your Trees During Growing Season

 When it comes to insect control, putting your trust in the hands of insect control experts makes the most sense. The application of insecticides needs to be done carefully. When your tree is in need of care during duress, the carefully trained eye of an ISA Certified Arborist is just what it needs.

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

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Tree Fertilization Tips for Twin Cities, MN, Homeowners

June 16th, 2017 · No Comments

The season is in full swing. Winter in the Twin Cities, MN, has (finally) become a distant memory, and now is the time to make your tree and lawn care efforts count.

As always, we love providing tips and specifics to help you boost your curb appeal, maintain or improve the health of your trees, and help them in times of need such as dealing with pest or disease.

Today is no different. In this weekly dose of tree care advice, we’re going to focus on tree fertilization tips.

Why Tree Fertilization is Important

 Mother Nature is the best nurturer of our environment. Generally, many areas don’t need human intervention to thrive. Forests, for example, provide plenty of nutrients to help trees grow healthy because of the lack of human intervention.

The debris, branches, and falling bark in the forest act as a recyclable material that trees can use to get the nutrients they need. But in places such as your Twin Cities, MN home, you might need to go the extra mile to ensure your tree gets fed what it needs to not only survive but to also thrive.

Now that you know the why behind us giving these tree fertilization tips, let’s discuss signs your tree needs a boost.

Signs Tree Fertilization is Necessary

 Our best tree fertilization tip is to act when you’re on the fence. The sooner tree fertilization occurs, the better.

But if you’re looking for some clear-cut signs your tree needs some extra love, here they are:

  • Undersized twigs – If you’re noticing the growth rate of your tree’s twigs has diminished over time, they may be lacking necessary nutrients.
  • Undersized leaves – This follows the same logic as the point above.
  • Dead branches and branch tips – If you notice these, you might consider some light tree pruning and tree fertilization.

We’ve covered the why and what, now let’s get to the how.

Tree Fertilization Tips

 There’s never a bad time to fertilize your tree. If you use the right kind of fertilizer, it’ll be released in a way that benefits your tree in the long term.

You want to use a slow-release fertilizer for two reasons:

First, it simply benefits the tree over an extended period of time. You wouldn’t take a month’s worth of vitamins in one day and expect to instantly get healthier, right? You’d wait until your body gets accustomed to them after the long term. The same line of thinking works with fertilizer.

Second, an active ingredient in most fertilizers is nitrogen. When used properly, it benefits your tree. When overused, it can do damage due to fertilizer burn.

If you’re looking to do it yourself, make sure to follow the guidelines above, but why not rely on the help of a professional to make sure the job gets done right?

Let’s get back to our human health analogy. Are you perfectly capable of keeping yourself healthy with the right vitamin regimen and healthy eating habits? Of course you are!

But imagine the results you’d get when working with a nutrient that knows exactly what your body needs including how much of each nutrient it needs and the best way to administer those nutrients? Your health would likely go from good to great.

Likewise, professional tree care helps your trees’ health and curb appeal go from good to great.

If you’re on this page right now, it means you’re a smart, savvy, and conscientious Twin Cities, MN homeowner, because you’re actively searching for helpful information.

Perhaps the best tree fertilization tip—one that shows just how smart and savvy you are—is to let S&S Tree give your tree exactly what it needs.

Give us a call at (651) 451-8907 to learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment.

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Disease Control in the Twin Cities, MN – Diseases to Look Out For & Benefits of Tree Consultations

June 12th, 2017 · No Comments

Are you noticing something off with your trees? Whether its browning leaves, odd shaped holes, stripped bark, or weak looking branches, it’s best to take the safe route and consult with a professional to see if disease control services are necessary.

Disease control services can help prevent a catastrophic situation before it spirals out of control. Today, we’re going to share some of the most rampant tree diseases we deal with and offer some reasons why you should consider a tree care consultation to decide a plan of action.

  • Emerald ash borer – We’ve covered the topic of EAB infestation multiple times before because it’s a serious disease that needs its awareness raised. Once EAB infestation takes place, the result is often the death of the tree within one to two years. If you own an ash tree, contact us immediately, because we can take preventative measures to protect your tree. If you notice any signs of EAB, such as D-shaped holes in the bark, contact us immediately to see what can be done
  • Oak wilt – Oak wilt poses a risk because of the way it spreads. It’s a fungal disease that affects the root system of oak trees. The problem worsens when the root systems of healthy oak trees contract oak wilt via contact with infected root systems. Oak wilt is also a disease we pay careful attention to because – like EAB – it can kill a tree if left unchecked. Oak wilt constricts the roots of oak trees, which causes them to not get enough water. Fortunately, there are ways to mitigate damage done by oak wilt if caught early on
  • Dutch elm disease – Characterized by the yellowing or browning of leaves, Dutch elm disease is the result of a fungal infection caused by elm bark beetles. Fungicides can be used to deal with the disease, but the best remedy is prevention by isolating affected trees and keeping the disease from spreading

If you feel like your trees may need disease control services due to signs of one of the diseases listed above, please contact us as soon as possible.

While these three diseases are among the most rampant, there are many other types of ailments that can affect your tree.

Here are a few reasons to consider a consultation to determine whether disease control services are necessary:

  • Early detection – If you notice a theme with the diseases listed above, it’s that early detection and prevention are your best bets when it comes to proper tree care. Don’t wait until it’s too late to deal with the situation. Consult with us now to potentially stave off harm
  • Safety – Diseased trees can have weak branch systems, which can lead to an accident. For the safety of those around the tree, disease control services may be necessary
  • Is there an investment involved with disease control services? Of course, but it’ll also cost time and money to replace a compromised tree and plant a new one when the whole situation could’ve been avoided in the first place

If you’re at all concerned about the health of your tree in the Twin Cities, MN, please contact us at (651) 451-8907 to learn more about how we can help.

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