For a FREE Estimate Call - (603) 880-3516Here are a few of the important reasons why our customers choose Southern NH Tree Service:Professionalism– Our experienced crew is fully insured. You can count on Southern NH Tree Service to complete the job to your satisfactionTopEquipment – 65 ft. bucket truck, 71 ft. portable NiftyLift, 150 ft. crane service available, log truck, chipper, stump grinders – to do the job right you need the right equipment. Our well maintained trucks and chippers allow us to do the job right and without equipment failure. Our Nifty Lift is also lawn, leach field and driveway friendly!QualityofWork – Many customers come back year after year because we stand behind our workPricing– We know you have alternatives, we work to provide the best service we can at competitive prices
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Did exactly what I wanted and I now have a tree company I will always use.I called for an estimate expecting a message machine or no answer like the other tree service companies I called in the Nashua area.I was wrong.Someone took my call and Keith showed up the very same day. I showed him what I wanted. He gave advice, answered my questions, gave me an estimate and the day they could start. They removed 4 trees, ground 4 stumps, trimmed up two others and were done in less then a day. The man lift they have is a great machine and can go into tight places that a bucket cannot. And, the crew he has is fantastic.Professional, courteous , showed up on time, did exactly what I wanted and I now have a tree company I will always use. Thanks Southern NH Tree Service!Ted L.Merrimack NH
Professionalism at Fair PriceFollowing the Halloween storm a beloved tree needed to come down. Southern NH Tree Service came out, gave a fair and competitive estimate and finished the job quickly and professionally. I was very impressed with their friendly employees!KarenNashua, NH
Helped with Dangerous Tree RemovalIn October 2011 we had a terrific snow storm leaving many of my trees as well as my neighbors trees broken, split, leaning and half taken down. They were a danger to anyone walking or working under them. When the wind blew a few here and there fell down but there were many just dangling in all our yards.I was made aware they had to be removed before falling on someone or thing. I didn’t know what to do. I had hired someone a couple of years ago but my fence got broken, I had holes in my driveway from equipment and there was a mess of limbs and cuttings everywhere, as well as gouges in my yard and big tire tracks everywhere and it took four months for them to get back to me and three more weeks with equipment breaking to take down four trees and another two months to get the large parts of the trees hauled away.I heard someone cutting trees in the neighborhood at in March and had to get someone almost instantly to get the limbs that were broken down from some very tall oak trees up near the tops. I went up the street where Southern NH Tree service was working..asked to speak with the boss..Did speak with him. He listened to my concerns and how worried I was and he told me he would be at my house at 1:00 that day. He was there, his crew was there, I showed him what I needed to be done. The price was so good I had him cut down another tree as well.Everything was finished by the time I got home from work at 4:00. No mess, no cuttings left on the ground, no fences broken, no holes in pavement or my yard. It was wonderful. I won’t hesitate to call again for any outside work. I am grateful for the help and grateful that there is someone like Southern NH Tree service to call when there is an emergency or not.– Mary Parker
Storm Damaged Tree RemovalKeith and his crews have been very helpful to us over the years. We have presented Keith with some delicate situations and are pleased with the professional manner in which they have been handled. The most recent work SNHTREE undertook was after the October 2011 snow storm when Nashua was a disaster area. The crew took care of our needs in a timely manner and our problems were corrected.Thanks to Keith and the crews at SNHTREE.– R & J, Nashua
Nashua Stump Grinding Service – Affordable and ReliableSouthern NH Tree Service ground up 2 tree stumps for me and did a good job at a very reasonable rate. They showed up when they promised and I would call them again if I have any other needs.– Jim Gilhooly, Nashua
Pleased with Storm Damage Tree RemovalMy husband and I were pleased with the clean up done at our home following the October 2011 storm. The work was completed in a timely fashion, which included, disposal of tree limbs and fallen trees, pruning of broken branches hanging, shaping of trees and grinding stumps.Thanks again,– Andy & Priscilla Moreau, Nashua
The answer to the most important question is: YES … I would hire Southern NH Tree Service again!Southern NH Tree Service did an excellent job for me in summer of 2011. I had worried about overhang from a tall insect-damaged maple. I love having trees and I did not want to take down the entire tree. Keith Fredette took a look and thought about how he might get big enough equipment in the hard to reach yard space. His solution was to rent (I believe for the first time) a Nifty Lift SD64. The fully articulated machine was the right answer to the problem. With a morning of instruction, the operator/saw-man was able to reach the highest points to take down the limbs threatening my roof. Four months later, I was so glad Keith took it on. The infamous October snow storm knocked down some limbs that I told him to leave, but the limbs he took that summer were gone and could do no damage.During the job, Keith was personally directing his guys. The crew was available to briefly talk, as required, about a facet of the job, which is important to the home owner. His crew cleaned up thoroughly and there was no collateral damage to any feature of the house or yard. It looks like Keith invested in a Nifty Lift SD64 so they are ready to take on even difficult urban jobs.– Daniel Richardson, Nashua
Worth every penny of a very fair priceKeith and the entire crew of Southern NH Tree are absolutely awesome! True professionals at what they do. Arrived as scheduled, worked safely, and finished as planned. Respectful of property, courteous to the customer. Worth every penny of a very fair price. These guys work hard and leave the job site clean! Highly recommended. Thank you Southern NH Tree!– Russell, Nashua
Call Southern NH Tree Service FirstSouthern NH Tree service is the best tree service in NH. We had to have a crane for the removable of our trees and Southern NH Tree arranged everything for us. They did an excellent, professional job. I am very happy with price and work that was accomplished. This should be the first company that you should call for tree removable.– Rita Vaughn, Nashua
Best Tree Removal ServiceWe had Southern NH Tree remove a tree in our front yard. They did an excellent, professional job. We were very happy with the price. The tree was done very quickly and they cleaned up beautifully. If not for the missing tree, we wouldn’t have noticed anyone had done any work there.I will recommend them to all my friends.– Lisa & Marc Tremblay, Nashua
Best Tree Service in Southern NH!!Keith and his team have done several jobs for us over the years and we are extremely pleased with the professional thorough service we’ve received. He is very personable, timely, and priced right. Would definitely use again and highly recommend to others.– Melissa
Best Tree Removal Service in Nashua.We are the ones who told Don about our experience with Keith and the Southern NH Tree Service crew. We’ve used other services before we found Southern NH Tree Service and feel that we have found someone we now know, like and trust to do any tree work. Their follow-up and concern for our satisfaction was a pleasant surprise. I will continue to recommend Keith and his crew for any tree related issues.– Dave & Doreen Berthiaume, Nashua
Best Tree Service in Nashua! This past October, my brother had used Southern NH Tree Service for storm damaged trees and one that had to be carefully lifted off the house as it was leaning up against the chimney. I knew I had some trees to take down and when I was finally ready to do it, Southern NH Tree Service was our only choice. There wasn’t much room to work in since the 3 trees I wanted cut were in my side yard and towards the back of the house, between my house and my neighbor’s trees, and on a sloping terrain. Like a surgeon, Jim was up in a bucket, in this incredible piece of gear that they have that (without tearing up the landscaping) can go up 70′ feet and manuever within the tiniest of areas, trimming branches and taking the trees down in a methodical fashion. When he was done, he even took the time to blow out my gutters (front and back) at the downspout with a leaf blower, as he cleaned off the roof of the house. The following day they returned to remove the logs and left the side yard cleaner than when they started. I watched as the last guy to leave had rake in hand and was making sure the lawn looked good as he walked towards the street. Referrals are certainly the best compliment anyone can provide and I would highly recommend Keith Fredette and his crew for any tree removal services.-Don & Karen Berthiaume, Nashua
A Positive ExperienceHiring Southern NH Tree Service was absolutely a positive experience. After having a tree fall on the neighbors house we had a few estimates done, awarding Southern NH Tree Service the contract. They came in the same day and removed the most hazardous section of the tree, which made us and our neighbor quite pleased with the professionalism and agility of the work done with little damage to their beautiful landscaping.Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Gagnon – Nashua, NH
Tree Removal Service ExpertsWe operate with two fully equipped crews for your tree removal service and needs. We also have a 65 ft. bucket truck and 150 ft. crane service also available.In addition, our newest piece of equipment includes a 71 ft. portable Nifty Liftfor those hard to reach spots. The Nifty Liftis designed to be used on lawns with no damage.For more information on the Nifty Lift click hereCertificates of insurance are available for every job and remember, our office is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day for your everyday and emergency needs.
With over 25 years experience we’ve done our share of dangerous and hazardous tree removal.Whether it’s the result of a high winds, ice or a good old fashioned Nor’easter, you can be sure that we have the expertise and equipment to do the job right.We are fully insured with certificates of insurance available for all jobs. Call us anytime for a free estimate. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Being in New England we have our share of storms – in any season that requires storm damage tree removal.As well as being unsightly, storm damaged trees can also present safety hazards as some might include precariously hanging branches; or broken tops of tall trees.Southern NH Tree Service is fully equipped and available to handle your damaged trees. We can offer expedited and speedy service. Simply call us anytime, 24 hours a day, for these unexpected homeowner issues.
Our tow-behind and gate entrance portable grinders are available for all stump grinding needs.With over 25 years experience, no job is too big or too small.Call our office anytime, 24 hours a day, for an estimate.
A certified arborist is available for your tree trimming and tree pruning needs.All estimates are free so for a professional consultation, give us a call. Our experienced climbers, 65 ft. bucket truck and 71 ft. portable Nifty Lift can get the job done easily.As always, we are readily available for this and all of your tree service needs.
When you’re planting shrubs, it’s important to exercise the same amount of care as with trees. Don’t just dig a hole, toss in a shrub, cover it with soil and hope it survives. It’s not difficult, but you need to know how to plant a shrub properly.Here are some helpful tips for planting shrubs:•Location. Read any planting instructions that accompany a shrub. They should describe the shrub’s requirements for sunlight, soil and water. Pick a location that fulfills those requirements (sunlight is the most important – you can amend the soil and provide supplemental water if necessary). Only consider locations that will be appropriate for the shrub’s size and type as it reaches maturity.•Timing. Although most shrubs can be planted during any season as long as the ground is not frozen, planting shrubs during early fall or late summer is often best. Planting during early spring or very late winter is another good option. It’s best to avoid planting shrubs during the hot summer months if possible.•Prepare the hole. Dig a hole that’s two to three times wider and slightly shallower than the shrub’s root ball. Use your shovel or spade to “roughen” the bottom and sides of the hole. This step encourages root penetration into the soil.•Position the shrub. Gently place the root ball in your hole and cover all exposed roots with soil (amended if necessary). Don’t position the shrub too deeply – plant it at the same depth it’s accustomed to. Tamp the soil down but don’t compress it excessively, then mulch the area if desired. Water thoroughly and monitor carefully.
When done properly, trimming or pruning a tree helps it stay strong, healthy and attractive. Most of us have at least one or two trees in our yards, but many homeowners aren’t quite sure how to perform this important task. If you’re looking for guidance, you’ll find nine helpful tips on tree trimming and pruning below.First, though, you might want to know how tree trimming and tree pruning are different.Tree trimming is usually performed to shorten a tree’s overall height. In some ways, it’s similar to the type of haircut that’s called a “trim”). Yes, the overall shape of your hair is tidied up, but the main object of a trim is to make your hair shorter. And so it is with tree trimming.Tree pruning is a little different. It’s usually done for one of three reasons: safety (removing branches that might cause personal injury or property damage if they fall, or removing branches growing into utility lines or interfering with sightlines); health (thinning the crown to increase airflow within the canopy, removing branches that rub against others, or removing diseased, damaged or bug-infested wood); or appearance (removing branches to stimulate flowering or enhance the tree’s natural shape).1.To avoid “shocking” the tree and causing problems, don’t trim or prune too much at a time. If you need to remove a lot of wood, cut back part of it and let the tree heal before cutting more. Also, if your purpose relates to improving the tree’s appearance, you may find out (too late) that taking off too much makes the tree look worse rather than better. All the way around, it’s better to make significant changes in stages.2.Never “top” or “tip” a tree. Topping reduces a tree’s height by cutting off large vertically-growing branches between growth nodes, while tipping reduces a tree’s overall width by cutting lateral (sideways-growing) branches between nodes. Both practices can harm the tree by promoting the development of weakly-attached new growth. Branches cut this way can also die back behind the cut. Eventually the dead portions will rot and further weaken the tree.3.Don’t tear or rip the tree’s bark as you’re cutting. Make clean cuts.4.Don’t make your cut flush against the trunk. This can damage the trunk’s tissues, allow disease to enter and result in deterioration.5.Don’t leave too much of a stub, either. Stub cuts heal slowly and provide entry points for insects and disease.6.Know your tree, and prune or trim at the right time of year for its species.7.Use proper tree pruning tools, the type and size of which should be appropriate for the branches you’re trimming.8.To ensure proper cuts and prevent the spread of disease, make sure your tree pruning tools are sharp and clean.9.If the location makes it possible, apply wound dressing immediately after cutting a branch.Above all else, remember that tree pruning or trimming should never harm the tree.
Tips for Planting Shrubs
Tips For TreeTrimmingandTreePruning
Tree Planting Essentials and TipsTrees are beautiful and provide welcome shade, but they can’t thrive unless they’re planted properly. That makes knowing how to plant a tree essential. It involves more than just digging a hole, placing the tree’s roots inside and then tossing in dirt over the roots. And, to do the job right, you also need to know where to plant a tree: in other words, you need the right type of hole.1.Choose the right time of year for your climate and the tree’s species. Most trees do best when planted in early spring or fall.2.Make sure your hole is the right width. As a general rule, the hole should be two to three times wider than the tree’s root ball or container. The extra loosened soil allows the root structure to establish itself and spread.3.The hole should also be the right depth. The roots should be planted to the same depth as they are in their container. Planting too deeply will prevent the roots from receiving enough oxygen to support healthy growth.4.For the best results, amend the soil you place over the roots. At a minimum, you should fill the hole with good topsoil, but mixing in composted manure and/or peat moss can give your tree extra nutrition for a good start.5.Tamp down the soil over the roots, but not excessively. Overly-compressed soil can deter root expansion and prevent water from seeping down to the roots.
Tree Planting Essentials and Tips
Like other landscaping plants, shrubs can sustain damage during storms. The potential for storm damage makes it important to know how to provide shrub protection.Different types of storms can damage shrubs – torrential rains; the ferocious winds of hurricanes and tornadoes; blizzards with whipping winds and heavy snowfall; and winter storms that drop heavy blankets of ice. It’s difficult to prevent damage from hurricanes and tornadoes, but you can protect shrubs from damage due to imminent winter storms and icy conditions.Here are three tips that can help you provide shrub protection from wintry blasts:1.Spread a thick layer of mulch around the base of your shrubs. The mulch provides insulation for the shrubs’ roots. It’s especially important if your shrubs have only recently been planted, but it can help protect shrubs from damage even when they’re well-established.2.Cover your shrubs with burlap or another breathable fabric. The covering will act as a windbreak, prevent ice or snow from contacting the shrubs, and help regulate their temperature. Burlap works well because the mesh allows air to circulate around the shrubs even though they’re covered. Never use a plastic cover for this purpose – it will do more harm than good.3.If you’re expecting frigid winds, you can protect shrubs from damage by spraying them with an anti-transpirant or anti-desiccant designed for this purpose. Spraying can help prevent the severe dehydration that can be caused by exposure to heavy winds.These three shrub protection tips can help prevent your valuable shrubs from being damaged by winter storms. Following them can help you prevent the need to re-plant in the spring.
Shrub Protection: Three Easy Tips to Prevent Winter Storm Damage
Trees and shrubs require much less care than annual and perennial flowers, especially once they’ve become established. Even so, there are a few things you should do to protect them from winter weather.With the possible exception of pruning, the steps you should take for winter tree protection are easy and straightforward.•Prune any branches that are excessively long or weak. The weight of heavy snow or ice can break them off, potentially causing problems in the spring.•If rainfall is deficient, water adequately but not excessively. This should be part of your shrub and tree maintenance routine anyway, but it’s especially important during winter. Exposure to cold winter winds can cause dehydration (desiccation) in even the hardiest tree or shrub unless it receives adequate water. Making sure your trees and shrubs have adequate water is the easiest and best way to prevent damage caused by winter desiccation, and it’s an essential part of winter tree protection. You can also spray the foliage with an anti-transpirant to limit evaporation.•Cover trees and shrubs with burlap. If the weather will be unusually severe, if you’re expecting an ice storm, or if your trees and shrubs are only marginally hardy in your climate, cover them with burlap for winter tree protection. The burlap will block frigid winds and collect an insulating blanket of snow.•Spread a layer of mulch around the base of your trees and shrubs. In addition to providing insulation for the roots, mulch helps the soil retain water and can help with everyday tree maintenance by deterring the growth of weeds and underbrush.
Shrub and Tree Maintenance: Providing Winter Protection
Lightning Tree Damage - Southern NH Tree Service can helpLike almost everything else, a tree hit by lightning will sustain at least some amount of damage. After all, lightning is one of nature’s most powerful forces, and its effects can be devastating. Trees – especially tall ones – are particularly vulnerable to lightning strikes because they are often the tallest objects in the area.Lightning tree damage often takes the form of peeling, loosened or stripped-off bark. But in addition to this visible damage, internal trunk damage or below-ground root damage may exist. The lightning strike may have been several feet away, or the current may have passed directly through the trunk, using it as a conduit to reach the ground. If this happens, it may well cause invisible but potentially deadly lightning tree damage that’s far more significant than some peeling bark.If a tree hit by lightning sustains only minor damage, there’s a good chance you can save it by removing any loosened bark and pruning any damaged branches. You will, however, need to keep a watchful eye for the appearance of any additional signs of damage. You should also ensure that a tree hit by lightning receives enough water and is fertilized properly.Unfortunately, a tree hit by lightning can die soon after the strike, or it could survive for a while but succumb to the damage years later when it experiences some type of stress – drought conditions, for example. Much will depend on the extent, severity and type of lightning tree damage, but your vigilance will also play a role.If you’re not sure about what to do, feel free to give us a call for a free consultation.
Some people live in climates where trees, shrubs and flowers can be planted throughout the year. New England is different, though. Long and often harsh winters, with frozen ground, plentiful snow cover and occasional ice storms all make winter planting virtually impossible. However, New Englanders still have three seasons during which they can plant, and all three are glorious for landscaping and gardening work. Different plants can be planted at different times of the year.Here are a few seasonal planting tips:•When spring arrives, don’t plant annual flowers or vegetables before the last frost date in your area – no matter how eager you are. The last frost date varies by location, but planting flowers, vegetables and other seasonal plants after Memorial Day is almost always safe. Freezing temperatures can damage or kill newly-planted seasonal plants.•Likewise, it’s best to avoid planting after the first frost date in your area. It doesn’t make sense to plant annual flowers in the fall, because they’ll just be killed by the first freeze. But be careful even if you’re planting trees, shrubs or perennial flowers, because freezing temperatures can damage roots that haven’t had time to become established. Depending on your location, the first frost date could fall sometime between early September and late October.•If you’re planting bulbs as seasonal plants, plant them in the fall while overnight temperatures stay between 40 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure you plant your bulbs about six weeks before the ground freezes in order to give them adequate time to root.You’ll be giving your seasonal plants a good start if you follow these planting tips.
When to Plant
Springtime Planting - New England AstorIs there anything more glorious than springtime in New England? Once the snow melts and the buds start appearing on trees and shrubs, many of us feel the inspiration to start planting some New England plants.First, you need to decide whether you want to plant trees, shrubs, flowers, bulbs or foliage plants. That decision will affect several others. For example, if you’re planting trees, do you want them to be evergreen or deciduous? If you’re planting bulbs, do you want spring-blooming or autumn-blooming varieties? Will you plant annual flowers or perennials?Consider planting native New England plants. New England winters are harsh, but native New England plants are adapted to the climate and give you the added benefit of fairly low maintenance requirements. By planting native New England plants you’ll give yourself the best chance of success while helping to preserve New England’s heritage.For example, a few winter-hardy, native flowering plants to consider for springtime planting in New England include wild red columbine, butterfly weed (no, it’s not a weed), cardinal flower, and the beautiful, fall-blooming New England aster or Virginia creeper. Although you can find many of these plants in the wild, buy yours from a nursery – they’ll be healthier and you won’t be harming New England’s beautiful natural environment.We hope you use some of these ideas for springtime planting in New England. The region’s winters are harsh, but there’s nothing more beautiful than spring, especially when you’re putting in some beautiful New England plants.
What gardener doesn’t look forward to planting time? We all love the beautiful splashes of color that annual flowers provide throughout late spring, summer and fall. But before you can start planting flower beds, you need to know how to prepare them.Most bedding plants prefer soil that drains well. Raised beds can improve the soil’s drainage and give your landscaping an attractive, “finished” look. They’re easy to make, too. Here are some quick tips to help you create great flower beds.•Outline the size and shape of your new bed (you can use a long string).•Remove any grass growing inside the outline by digging it up or using an herbicide.•Dig a six-inch deep trench around the bed’s border. Place the soil you remove from the trench into a wheelbarrow (or the middle of the bed if you don’t have one).•Amend the soil you removed from the trench by mixing in equal parts of a good quality planting mix and composted cow manure or mushroom compost. Adding some vermiculite will improve drainage.•Place the amended soil in the center of the bed and spread it out to form a layer that’s six inches above “ground level” in the center but tapers down to the borders of the bed.That’s all there is to preparing flower beds. Now you’re ready for planting flower beds that will produce magnificent blooms with vibrant colors. If you’re really serious about your gardening, you can have your soil tested to ensure it’s the proper pH. Testing can also identify whether you need to make any further soil amendments as you’re planting flower beds.
Mulching is important for beautiful landscaping and gardening. A layer of mulch can suppress weed growth in your flower beds and beneath trees and shrubs. It also retains moisture so you don’t have to water as often. Mulch provides protection for roots during harsh winters and keeps the soil cooler during torrid summers. Some mulches (the organic types) add nutrients to the soil.So, there’s no question that mulching has many benefits. But what types of mulch are available, and how do they differ? Which types are best?Mulching Tips: The DifferencesMulch can be broken down into two main categories: organic (natural materials like bark, pine needles, leaves, wood chips and so forth) and inorganic (gravel or river rock, plastic nuggets and even ground-up recycled tires). Both types have their pros and cons, but most people use some type of organic mulch. It’s readily available and usually costs less than inorganic mulch. Some types of organic mulch, like leaves, grass clippings and pine needles, may already be in your yard, and they’re free. Organic mulch also adds nutrients to the soil as it decomposes.Pine mulch and cedar mulch are two extremely popular types of organic mulch. A layer of either cedar mulch or pine mulch that’s two or three inches thick will provide good weed control and can be very attractive. Pine mulch and cedar mulch are both available as shredded bark or as “nuggets” – larger pieces of bark. One disadvantage of pine mulch is its tendency to attract termites and other bugs. Cedar mulch tends to be more insect-resistant. Both are inexpensive and easy to find, but cedar mulch is sometimes priced slightly higher than pine mulch.
Quick Tips for Preparing Flower Beds
Mulching Tips: Types of Mulch and Their Differences
Here are 3 Important Landscaping Tips for Beginners
Landscaping can mean different things to different people, but basic landscaping generally involves planting trees, shrubs and/or plants in a way that’s intended to beautify and improve the value of your home. With these landscaping tips, even a beginner can accomplish these goals.Here are three important landscaping tips for beginners who need some landscaping help:•Ask your utility companies to mark the locations of any underground power, cable TV or telephones lines, along with any gas, water or sewer pipesScrupulously avoid digging in all marked areas. In addition to ensuring your safety as you’re digging, this step will prevent service interruptions caused by a severed or damaged underground utility line or pipe.•Begin small, but plan bigDon’t do anything until you sketch a plan for the entire area. This is your long-term landscaping “blueprint.” It includes your landscaping ideas and plots the final look you want to achieve.Begin your actual landscaping by working on some small aspect of your overall plan. Beginning small will give you a feel for your abilities and give you a quick sense of accomplishment. A small initial project also makes it easy to correct mistakes if something should go amiss.•Purchase your landscaping plants locallyThis simple step ensures that your landscaping plants are suited to your climate.Once you get the basics down, you can incorporate more ambitious landscaping ideas into your projects. For example, advanced landscaping projects may include the installation of stone walls or walkways, fencing, ponds or even small waterfalls.
Tree FertilizationTrees need water, and you’ll need to do some watering if it doesn’t rain enough. But it’s not so cut and dried with tree fertilization.For example, fertilizing when trees are planted is almost always unnecessary. Tree fertilization used to be a standard part of the process for planting trees, but not anymore. Research proved that fertilizing newly-planted trees did very little good and just made things more expensive. The soil already contains nutrients, so when you fertilize trees you’re usually adding nutrients to soil which has more than enough already. It’s just not necessary.More isn’t necessarily better when it comes to tree fertilization. Although ensuring that your trees have the proper soil nutrients can help them stay healthy, applying too much fertilizer can actually lead to diseased or even dead trees. And runoff of excess fertilizer can contribute to the pollution of our river and lake system.Instead of making tree fertilization an annual event, you should only fertilize trees when necessary. Test your soil, and evaluate how well your trees are growing. Look at their foliage. Rain and snowfall amounts can influence how often you should fertilize trees. For example, you may need to fertilize more often if you’re having a particularly wet season. Conversely, reduced tree fertilization will be appropriate during droughts or excessively dry periods.It’s important to remember that fertilizing isn’t a “magic pill” if your trees seem unhealthy. Instead, identify and correct the problem, wait a while, and then fertilize to get your trees back on track.
Don’t waste time and money by choosing nursery trees that don’t have the opportunity to thrive. Not every nursery tree is equal in quality or health, so careful tree selection is important.When you’re choosing nursery trees, you’ll want to thoroughly evaluate the trees you’re considering. The health and quality of the above-ground portions of a tree are fairly easy to determine, but don’t forget the most fundamental aspect of any tree – its root system. Without healthy roots no tree can thrive.Trunk, Branches and FoliageWhen you’re choosing a nursery tree, it’s important to examine the trunks, branches and foliage. As a general rule, larger trees are more established and likely to be healthier than smaller specimens. Try to find trees with the right height-to-width ratio for their species. During your tree selection process, don’t buy overly-spindly trees. They’re apt to be weak and may not even survive being transplanted.Choose trees with well-spaced branches. This promotes the development of a strong branch structure at maturity. The foliage should be the right color and density for the species and have a healthy overall appearance.Look carefully for signs of damage, infestation or disease. Avoid a tree with torn or split bark, as this will make the tree more vulnerable to insects and disease. Likewise, avoid any trees with visible insect infestations.The Root SystemA tree’s survival depends on the quality of its root system. Look for a network of fine, feeder roots near the tree’s base. If all you see are large support roots, the tree will not be able to take up water and nutrients adequately. Likewise, if the root system is undersized or damaged, the tree will be weak and may not survive.
How to Choose a Nursery Tree
Transplant a Tree | Nashua Tree ServiceAre you trying to learn how to transplant a tree? It’s actually quite easy. It’s important to do it correctly, though – transplanting stresses a tree, and doing it improperly often causes problems. Follow these guidelines to transplant your tree successfully.Tips to Successfully Transplant a Tree•Choose a tree that’s likely to handle it well. Healthy, young nursery-grown trees usually give you the best odds for success. Choose the species wisely, too. Some species stand up to the transplant process better than others. For example, shallow-rooted trees often do better than deep-rooted varieties. Also, pick a species known to thrive in your climate and soil conditions.•Transplant your tree during the season that’s appropriate for its species. Transplanting a tree in the spring (after the ground thaws but before leaf buds appear) is usually safe. Fall (well before the ground freezes) is another good option. Transplant a deciduous tree shortly after it drops its leaves. Transplanting in late summer or early fall is best for an evergreen tree. If possible, avoid transplanting a tree during late spring or early summer.•Select the right location. All trees need sunlight and water to survive, but the amount they require will differ by species. Soil pH requirements are different, too. The location must also give your tree enough room to grow and spread its roots properly.•Plant in the right type of hole. The hole should be two to three times wider than the tree’s root ball. Amend the soil if necessary. Plant your tree at the same depth it’s been growing in. Tamp down the soil, but don’t overly compress it. Water immediately – thoroughly but not excessively. Monitor the soil’s moisture content regularly, and water as needed.After reading these guidelines, you should know how to transplant a tree successfully.
Transplant a Tree Successfully
A tree can shade your home in the summer, act as a windbreak during cold winters, and provide food and shelter for neighborhood birds. Planting trees can even raise your property value. You won’t want to plant any old tree, though. Instead, you need to select the right tree.Planting TreesConsider the following matters while you’re deciding which tree to plant. Some of these considerations are critically important when you want to select the right tree, but others are personal preference.•For the best chance of long-term success, choose a tree that’s native to your area. At the least, the tree should be able to thrive in your climate and soil conditions if watered properly. Drought tolerance is important if your area experiences long dry spells, while cold-weather hardiness is essential if you have severe winters.•Knowing which tree to plant also involves knowing how much sunlight the location receives and how much sunlight a particular tree requires. Some trees (many evergreens, for example) prefer partial sun and thrive when planted on the home’s northern side. Many deciduous trees do better when planted on the sunnier east, south or west side.•The tree’s estimated size at maturity (height and crown width) should be appropriate for its location. For example, you’ll want to make sure your tree’s branches won’t be able to grow into overhead utility lines.•You’ll also need to know which tree to plant if your goals include sheltering your home from sun or wind. Choose one that can serve your desired purpose once it reaches maturity.•No one wants to plant a tree that dies, becomes diseased or deteriorates within a few years. When you’re deciding which tree to plant, avoid trees that are unusually vulnerable to insects and bacterial, viral or fungal infections. If your winters are severe, avoid trees that are likely to sustain significant damage during ice storms.•Decide whether you prefer a deciduous tree or an evergreen. Deciduous trees drop their leaves in fall or winter, but they provide excellent shade the rest of the year. Evergreen trees retain their leaves year-round, so they excel at providing privacy and acting as winter windbreaks.•What shape do you prefer (or would serve your purpose best)? Trees can be columnar (tall and narrow), have spreading crowns, or mature into several other shapes. Columnar trees require less space, but trees with spreading crowns provide more shade.•Is the prospect of a flowering tree appealing? In addition to being beautiful, a flowering tree can attract birds and butterflies. Several flowering trees also provide fruit. Avoid those if you don’t want the potential messiness.•Likewise, would you like seeing beautiful fall colors outside your window? The leaves of many (but not all) deciduous trees turn yellow, red or orange as the temperatures cool and the days grow shorter. You can select the right tree to give you your favorite seasonal color because the leaves of each species turn a specific color.There are many advantages to having at least one tree in your yard. You just need to select the right tree.
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