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Best Trees for Massachusetts Climate

While winter is around the corner, it is never too early to start planning for next spring. When spring rolls around it is time for some tree service in Merrimac Valley and we will be ready to go for all of your needs coming out of whatever this winter will bring. One thing that you should start thinking about is if you want to plant a tree in your yard next year, especially if you found a spot this year that you think will benefit from some extra shade.

When you look for a tree to grow in your yard they usually come with a list of zones that they will grow well in. These zones range from zone 3-9 in the United States. The map can change because the zones are typically stated based on weather patterns and the average low of the temperatures in the area. Take a look at the map from the Arbor Day foundation for a better idea. Typically, Massachusetts can grow trees good for zones 6/7 or so as this can vary.

Kousa Dogwood

One of the many species of dogwood trees that are available, the Kousa Dogwood is also know as the Japanese Dogwood (cornus kousa). This tree will provide you yard with year round beauty due to its unique late-blooming flowers. The purple and scarlet fall leaves will allow you to have beauty in the later months, then the white flowers will allow some fragrant lovely ambiance. Being naturally deer resistant, they are a hardy tree.

Zone: 5-8

Height: 15-25’

Spread: 25’

Northern Red Oak

A taller tree, the Northern Red Oak (Quercus Rubra) will provide you with plenty of shade this summer. Having a beautiful red color in the fall, this fast growing tree will last years in your year. Giving the right amount of height and spread this tree is a good “street” tree as it handles compacted soil and pollution quite nicely.

Zones: 3-8

Height: 60-75’

Spread: 45’

Eastern Redbud

The Eastern Redbud (cercis Canadensis) is a beautiful tree that has delicate pink blossoms and buds turning into heart-shaped leaves that will add a dramatic feel to any home. The trunk typically divides close to the ground allowing the tree to make a statement with many “trunks” and branch patterns where no tree is the same. Usually with a flat-topped crown the tree is not the largest tree so it will not provide much shade, but it will add some beauty to your home.

Zones: 4-9

Height: 20-30’

Spread: 25-35’

Prairifire Flowering Crabapple

The Prairifire Flowering Crabapple (Malus ‘prairifire’) tree is a good tree if you would like to bring more wildlife into your yard. With bright red flowers, it is a hardy tree that can handle many different conditions that can be thrown at it. Producing crab apples, the tree will surely bring in some wildlife for you and your family to enjoy. The dark red-maroon leaves will turn to a dark green color as the fall continues.

Zones: 6-8

Height: 15-0’

Spread: 15’

With plenty more trees to choose from, these four trees are just a taste of what you can plant in Massachusetts. Do some research, there are plenty of trees for shade, floral or even fruit that you can decide which one would do best for your yard and your family.

If you have any more questions about tree service in Merrimac Valley call KMA Tree Services today at 978-373-1779 for an estimate on any work you need done.

An ISA Arborist

When you are considering tree removal in MA, there are many options and qualifications to look at. At KMA Tree Service we pride ourselves at being a ISA certified Arborist. This is a special level of competency for anyone who services your trees in your home. When you go through a tree service you want to make sure that they are an ISA certified Arborist. But why?

You most likely have two questions. What does ISA certified imply? Then what is an arborist? For those who don’t know or just want a refresher her is some good information for you to know!

ISA Certified

When you are ISA certified it means that you are certified by one of the largest consortiums of Arboriculture that is around. ISA stands for the International Society of Arboriculture.

The definition of Arboriculture according to the Encyclopaedia Britannica is the “cultivation of trees, shrubs, and woody plants for shading and decorating.” Arboriculture is the basis of the ISA. The mission of the ISA is “through research, technology, and education, the International Society of Arboriculture promotes the professional practice of arboriculture and fosters a greater worldwide awareness of the benefits of trees.” Started 90 years ago the ISA has continued to work to certify individuals in the proper way to groom and remove trees while respecting their importance to the environment.

Though being certified is optional, the certification allows you to prove that you have gone above and beyond the requirements of your job. The certification shows that you have a high degree of knowledge and skills about maintaining, caring for and working with trees to make the best decisions.

When you work with an ISA certified arborist you are working with the best.

So an arborist is….

An arborist according to is a “specialist who focus’ on the planting, care and maintenance of individual trees in order to improve tree health, growth, and aesthetics.” By this definition any individual who works and has knowledge about the pruning, removal and overall care of the tree can be considered an arborist. Arbor is an old word for trees, as many cities honor arbor day by planting many trees.

When you consider getting tree work on you tree it is best to call the neighborhood arborist. As they are trained to notice the signs of a dying and decaying tree they are the only ones who could tell you the best method in saving your tree. However, at KMA Tree Service we recommend finding an arborist who is also ISA certified. This will ensure that the individual is trained and has the knowledge required for your tree needs. Needing to follow the ISA Certified Arborist Code of Ethics, the arborist is needed follow a guide and various points of reference for their day to day work. This code of ethics “helps maintain consistency around the world and create an even playing field for all ISA Certified Arborists” according to the ISA.

By following these standards KMA Tree Service is able to provide our clients with an experience that will be done right the first time. When it is time for tree removal in MA, give an ISA certified arborist like KMA Tree Service a call at 979-373-1779.

Benefits of Healthy Trees

The benefits of plants are well known when it comes to what they can do for oxygen levels and cleansing the air. This is why many individuals have plants in various locations in their home so that they can bring in the positive energy and create an added oxygen benefits. Trees can offer many of the same benefits to the outside of your home. Healthy trees especially can create an oasis that you can be comfortable in many ways. Tree trimming in Haverhill, MA can help you keep beautiful healthy trees so you can reap the many benefits from cooling down the area to just soothing your mood when you relax outback.

North Carolina State University has covered many benefits of having healthy trees on your property from environmental to community to social and personal. There are many levels in which beautiful healthy trees can help you bloom as a person and feel better with your home, here are a few reasons why keeping your tree healthy is important.


  • Trees create natural shade. They block the sun so they can reduce the temperature by 10 degrees easily by blocking the sun’s rays from heating the surface. This can also help protect against glare from the sun.
  • Trees can become a natural boundary to noise. They not only absorb some of the noise, which is why when you hike among trees you don’t hear the highway. The noise would need to bounce off the trees and get to you, by then the sound waves have dissipated.
  • The most important resource that we get from trees is the creation of oxygen and the removal of carbon dioxide from the air. They also create a natural habitat for many animals who then help us as we benefit from a cycle of prey and predator.


  • With a well-kept lawn in your neighborhood, so long as everyone has good landscaping means that your home value will rise. This will increase the curb appeal and actually get the home sold faster.
  • Many communities tend to be more active when they are able to have access to shade easily. The more trees along main street the more individuals will walk around during the day rather than stay
    inside. This will not only benefit the health of the community but it will benefit the shops as well.


  • The presence of trees and plants naturally help boost your mood. They last a while and if you choose a blooming tree you will have a multi benefit on your property. You will have pleasant fragrance and shade.
  • Using the right trees will actually allow you to have a sense of privacy in your yard. For example, a row of Evergreens will deter people from trying to climb through but also block their view.

When it comes to the benefits of trees there are many more that range from lower electric bills to an increase in the ability to socialize while outside. These few points that we covered are some of the main reasons why many individuals enjoy the presence of trees in their lives. So, we believe that if you have a healthy tree, try to keep it healthy and kicking so you can enjoy the benefits for years to come. Call KMA Tree Service today at 978-373-1779 to learn what you can do to help your tree!