Should You Prune Your Trees in the Fall?

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

Should You Prune Your Trees in the Fall?

One of the most common questions we get at Urban Tree & Landscape is if it’s okay to prune trees in the fall. Our answer: it depends! Here’s the advice we give for this perennial inquiry.

When to Prune Healthy Trees

For the health of the trees in question, we usually tell homeowners that the best time to prune their healthy trees is late winter and early spring. Pruning for maintenance is best left for this time of year because the trees are still dormant, and fungi that cause illness in fresh cuts are long gone. Trees that flower in spring can be pruned after their flowers fade.

When to Prune Unhealthy Trees

However, if your tree is damaged or sick, it can pay off to prune the sick or injured branches in late summer or early fall. The weight of the leaves on a dying branch often push these branches down, making them easy to identify and remove.

Why Remove a Tree?

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

Urban Tree and Landscape is family-owned and operated by Gabe Tschida. Gabe’s core values of honesty, integrity, and reliability guide every interaction you have with Urban Tree and Landscape. To schedule a tree removal or create a healthy tree maintenance program, contact us today at 612-532-9996 or www.utrees.com.

Tree Care Case Study: Richfield Public Schools

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When you think of school safety, you probably don’t think of trees. But regular tree maintenance is an important part of the physical safety of everyone who visits a school. Urban Tree and Landscape is proud to partner with the Richfield Public School system to keep their trees pruned, healthy, and safe for students, staff, and visitors. Here’s a look at the work we did for the Richfield school district and how we could help keep your students safe.

Scope of the Tree Maintenance Project

Richfield a first-ring suburb of Minneapolis. It’s a community with an established urban forest. This includes the trees that lend shade, clean air, and beauty to the public schools across the city. The trees on school property are a combination of older trees nearing the end of their life cycles, middle-aged trees with well-developed canopies, and new trees that were just putting down roots.

The school district asked Urban Tree and Landscape to assess the health of their school forests and recommend any needed maintenance. We performed onsite assessments at elementary, middle, and high schools across Richfield.

Our Tree Maintenance and Removal Recommendations

After a comprehensive assessment of each school site, we made several recommendations. Some tree trimming and removal were necessary to protect the safety of students, staff, and visitors. In other cases, we recommended tree removal of hazardous and/or dying trees and trimming to prevent damage to cars in parking lots or bikes on bike racks. Other trees didn’t pose immediate safety threats but required maintenance pruning to maintain the health of the plant.

Urban Tree and Landscape’s Solution for Richfield Public Schools

Over the course of a week, we visited each school site to perform our tree maintenance and removal. Our first step was always to rope off our work area to protect students, staff, and visitors. After performing the needed work, we cleaned up all fallen branches so we didn’t leave a mess behind us. Then, we’d move on to the next school site. When we were done, we had trimmed or removed more than 40 trees.

Urban Tree and Landscape was honored to serve Richfield Public Schools and keep their school grounds safe and beautiful. If you’ve noticed the trees at your school are damaged or looking a little ragged, contact us today. We’d love to learn how we could help.

Should You Prune Your Trees in the Fall?

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One of the most common questions we get at Urban Tree & Landscape is if it’s okay to prune trees in the fall. Our answer: it depends! Here’s the advice we give for this perennial inquiry.

When to Prune Healthy Trees

For the health of the trees in question, we usually tell homeowners that the best time to prune their healthy trees is late winter and early spring while trees are still dormant. Pruning for maintenance is best left for this time of year because the trees are still dormant, and fungi that cause illness in fresh cuts are long gone. Trees that flower in spring can be pruned after their flowers fade.

When to Prune Unhealthy Trees

However, if your tree is damaged or sick, it can pay off to prune the sick or injured branches in late summer or early fall. The weight of the leaves on a dying branch often push these branches down, making them easy to identify and remove.

Light Pruning Is OK in the Fall

While major pruning to alter the structure of your trees should wait until early spring, minor snips and trims to clear out dead branches or young, undesirable shoots can be performed anytime. Feel free to use a clear, crisp fall day to get some light pruning checked off your to-do list.

When to Call in the Pros

Light pruning is fine to tackle on your own. But you should leave major tree trimming and pruning up to Urban Tree & Landscape. We have the equipment, training, and experience to safely prune your trees to promote healthy growth and avoid injuring your urban forest.

For expert help pruning your trees, contact Urban Tree & Landscape today. Our team will visit your property, evaluate the health of your trees, and make recommendations for pruning that will keep them healthy. Depending on your needs, we may recommend thinning the tree’s crown, remove lower branches to raise the tree’s crown up, or clean up dead or dying branches.

Emergency Tree Removal Response for When the Storm Hits

If you’re like us, you’ve been captivated by the images coming back from Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean over the past couple of weeks. Harvey and Irma were both immensely powerful storms. But the response from emergency personnel and citizens was also immense.

In hurricanes, tornadoes, and other high-wind events, trees that have stood for dozens and even hundreds of years can fall, destroying property and putting lives at risk. We’d like to take a moment to share our emergency response protocols with you so you understand what we can do for you and your community when disaster strikes.

  1. We watch the weather.

Seems obvious, but we do take the forecast seriously (even when others don’t). When the meteorologist predicts severe weather, we keep an eye on the radar to pinpoint areas that may need our assistance once the storm passes. We make sure our fleet and equipment are gassed up and in good working order. And we charge up our phones so we’re ready to take your call.

  1. We’ve invested in the equipment and training to remove your damaged and downed trees safely.

Our tree removal experts are trained to safely and effectively trim and remove damaged and dying trees. They utilize a variety of tools to get the job done right, from trimming equipment to remove branches safely to bucket cranes to reach the tree canopy. We even have stump grinding equipment for fast, complete cleanup. Check out a recent tree removal project in Saint Louis Park where we put our equipment to work.

  1. We won’t leave until your property is safe and clean.

We don’t consider our job done until we’ve inspected every tree on your property for damage and disease. Wind storms tend to hit when trees have their full complement of leaves. This makes it very difficult to see if branches are snapped or otherwise damaged. That’s why we take care to inspect each tree before we leave your property. When we’re done, we’ll clean up any remaining leaves and stray branches from your yard so you can enjoy it safely again. Take a look at the work we did for a Wayzata homeowner after a storm.

When the worst storm hits, you can trust Urban Tree & Landscape to keep your family and your property safe. To learn more about our emergency tree removal services or to schedule a consultation, contact us today.

Required Tree Care for the Western Suburbs of Minneapolis

Did you know that your tree care needs change depending on where you live? How you manage your slice of urban forest in the western suburbs is different from how homeowners manage their trees in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Here are the tree care services we most often recommend to homeowners in Plymouth, Wayzata, Maple Grove, and other cities in the west Twin Cities metro.

Structural Pruning for Young Trees

If you live in a newer subdivision, chances are the trees on your property are fairly young. Maybe they’re even newly planted and still require regular watering. Young trees present an exciting opportunity for you. Through regular professional structural pruning, you can guide the growth of your trees, helping them keep a strong, proportionate branch structure that provides beauty and shade for decades.

Power Line and Structure Clearance

For mature trees in more established neighborhoods, Urban Tree recommends pruning to keep your tree’s branches clear of power lines and adjacent structures. Allowing branches to intertwine with power lines or hang over your home or garage poses safety hazards in the event of strong winds or a severe storm.

Hazard Tree and Limb Assessment

However, branches do not need to be perched precariously over your property to be considered hazards. Dead branches and dying trees are more likely to fall or be uprooted by strong winds. Some species, such as silver maples, are more likely to drop branches or be uprooted than others are. We’re often called out to suburban properties to assess trees for potential hazards.

Pest Treatments

Emerald ash borer beetles, termites, yellow-bellied sapsuckers, and deer can all do damage to your trees. Insects and birds drill into the trunk of your tree, weakening it from the inside out, while deer strip off protective bark. We can recommend steps to deter pests and treatments to help a sick tree recover. In extreme cases, we may recommend pruning or even removal.

Seasonal Pruning and Maintenance

Seasonal maintenance is the key to keeping your urban forest healthy and enjoyable for years to come. Schedule your consultation with Urban Tree to assess the trees on your property. After our first visit, we’ll recommend a seasonal schedule that will help your trees grow strong and maintain their beautiful canopies. Contact Urban Tree today to schedule your consultation.

Customer in Hopkins needed a Stump Removed

Whether you’ve just removed a tree or have had a stump sitting in your front yard for years, stump grinding is an integral part of managing your small slice of the urban forest. Grinding processes the remaining tree trunk into small chips that quickly biodegrade into the soil. This gets rid of habitat for pests like termites and bees while returning the tree’s footprint back to your yard.

You may think you can remove tree and shrub stumps yourself. But grinding stumps is tough work without the heavy-duty tools you need to do the job right. Save yourself time, effort, and frustration and call Urban Tree and Landscape first.

Urban Tree and Landscape is a full-service tree company serving the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. We help property owners manage their urban forests, from tree trimming and pruning to tree and shrub removal and stump grinding.  Our tree care maintenance and disease control program allows your trees to thrive as they mature into a canopy that adds shade and beauty you can enjoy all summer long.

Urban Tree and Landscape is family-owned and operated by Gabe Tschida. Gabe’s core values of honesty, integrity, and reliability guide every interaction you have with Urban Tree. To schedule a stump removal or create a healthy tree maintenance program, contact Urban Tree & Landscape today at 612-532-9996 or www.utrees.com.

 

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