The Importance of Pruning

Trees can sometimes be tricky, however the certified arborists at KMA Tree Service are here to answer all of your foliage questions! The most commonly asked is “should I have the trees in my yard pruned?” After all, trees growing in the forest are not pruned by anyone, and yet, they seem to grow just fine. The answer lies in the fact that trees within an urban landscape are under much different circumstances than trees growing in nature. Landscape trees grow much differently, therefore, tree services in MA are in order that including pruning!

Trees in a urban landscape setting tends to be planted with ample room around them, to then allow them to develop full crowns. Unlike trees in the forest that grow fast and tall to reach the sunlight before neighboring trees cut them out, sunlight is all around them. Therefore, branches grow outwards as well as upwards! Canopies can also become thick with interior branches that causes crossing and rubbing. The crowded interior growth often becomes shaded and dead branches, as a result of a maturing tree. The full sunlight can put different stresses on trees which can cause many types of problems, which then become amplified when they are close to targets like a building, power line, or parking lot.

Proper tree services in MA, like pruning, of commercial landscape trees, starting while they are young will give a tree a strong and attractive structure. Professionally pruned trees can live longer, with less serious insect and disease issues, and are able to cope with punishing winds and the weight of snow and ice.

What types of branches are typically pruned out of a tree to create a healthy structure?

  • Dead branches– these can be a source of insect and disease, as well as safety issues.
  • Rubbing or crossing branches– these types of branches can become weak and break, or become another entry point for disease
  • Interfering branches– branches that may be hanging down too low or getting too close to buildings
  • Large horizontal branches– excessive weight leads these types of branches to break.

For more information about pruning your commercial or residential landscape trees, call KMA Tree Service at (978) 912-7795 today!

Summer Tree Care: KMA Tree Service and Maintenance Tips

This season has been a hot one! The heat and dry weather of the summer months can have a very negative effect on trees and plants. Acquiring tree services in MA during the warm season is extremely important in order to keep them strong, healthy, and looking beautiful throughout the year.

Whether you need tree trimming, limb clearing, pruning or full tree removal, summer is the best time to focus on tree services in MA and care so that you have healthy trees year-round! It is definitely safe to say that KMA Tree Service knows a thing or two about tree maintenance. Here is a list of the best ways to care for your trees this summer:

Inspect your trees and shrubs.

Keeping an eye on your grass and flower beds are the easy part! In fact, this probably happens regularly, but remembering to look up once and a while to check the health of your trees can be easily forgotten. Especially after the harsh New England winter, it is important to check your trees for damage. Also, be sure to check for insect infestations and diseases, wounds, and decay. If there is any sign of concern, KMA Tree Service is here to help!

Prune dead or unsafe branches.

Not only does summer bring the sun, the sand and fun activities, it also brings in those strong summer storms! It is always the perfect time to prepare your trees for any weather that may come. Ridding the tree of unsafe, dead, damaged or diseased branches will help ensure the structure is strong and will also encourage healthy future growth.

Prune large established trees.

When it comes time to prune large trees, it is best to hire a qualified tree care professional who has the proper skill and equipment needed. When pruning your trees try to consider the natural form of the tree whenever possible. However, a professional tree service in MA, like KMA Tree Service, not only has the skill and proper equipment, they are also ISA Certified Arborists and therefore know what is best for your trees!

For more information about tree service in MA or other maintenance tips, contact KMA Tree Service at (978) 373-1779

The Importance of Professional Stump Grinding in MA

During the process of the tree removal most of the focus is on the tree itself. However, the stump that is left behind prevents you from making full use of the space they occupy and take away from the appearance of your property. Stump grinding in MA is crucial to the tree removal development for a number of reasons! Mowing around tree stumps and roots is not only dangerous but can cause damage to your lawnmower and yourself. Also, as the stump dries out over time, it attracts termites, beetles, ants and roaches, which can then cause those pests to move on to other wooden structures, including your home. Stumps that were left behind are also a new home for other unwanted creatures like, raccoons, squirrels or snakes.

Conclusively, it is more cost effective to remove the stump than ridding your property of unwanted insects or animals. There are options when thinking about stump grinding in Ma and removal.

DIY (Do-It-Yourself)

Sure it may save you a little money to try to do it yourself, but the process can be overwhelming, time consuming and perhaps dangerous. One way is by exposing as much of the stumps roots as you can by chopping through the stump and roots with an axe and loosening the soil as you swing away. After removing some of the root system you can continue to chop the side of the stump, however, expect to repeat these steps until you can push the stump over and then haul it away.

You could use chemicals to rot tree stumps, but that method takes a serious amount of time and can be harmful to your environment and the people around the area. The same goes for burning the stump.

Stump grinding is the most effective method for removing tree stumps from your property, however unless you personally own a stump grinder you would need to rent one. Expect a large piece of machinery! A rental company would need to deliver the grinder to you, adding an extra cost to this process. Finally, make sure you know exactly how to use the stump grinder by reading the instructions and asking the rental company to explain the use of the machine. A stump grinder can be dangerous if you do not use them correctly.

Hiring a Professional Tree Service

It is always best to hire a licensed, certified and experienced stump grinding and removal specialist to ensure that quality work is achieved in a safe manner. A professional company that specializes in tree services can remove stumps out without damaging structures in the area or harming your landscape. Experienced arborists use professional-grade, high tech machines that efficiently remove stumps below ground level by burrowing as they grind. They can quickly grinding stumps into wood mulch that you can use as a natural fertilizer for your garden, helping control weeds and keeping the soil moist.

Grinding stumps in MA can prevent roots and prepare your property for planting new grass, bushes, flowers or another tree! A nice, well kept yard increases property value and displays a healthy aesthetic..

For more information on stump grinding or other tree services call KMA Tree Service at 978-373-1779

What is a Certified Arborist?

When you are looking for a professional to handle your tree trimming in NH or MA, there is one major aspect that helps set KMA apart from the rest. Owner, Kevin Amero holds the title as a certified arborist, and is a leading expert when it comes to proper tree care. What exactly is a certified arborist? Let’s explore more as to what the title entails, and why you should consider hiring one for all of your tree service needs.

Administered by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), the arborist certification involves extensive education, knowledge, and experience in the art and science of trees. This includes aspects such as planting, caring for, and maintain a tree’s health throughout its entire life cycle. A certified arborist is highly knowledgeable about the needs of a tree, and is trained to provide the proper care for its specific condition or circumstance. Not only does one have to pass a comprehensive exam to become a certified arborist, but they are also required to stay up to date with best practices and studies with continuous education in the area of tree care.

While becoming a certified arborist is not a requirement for tree trimming in NH or MA, this voluntary process helps to provide the best services and care to customers and their trees. KMA is proud to have this certification behind its name, and sets the company apart from others in the tree service industry. Whether it is stump grinding, tree removal, or tree trimming in NH or MA, the team at KMA can guarantee the job is done properly every time.

For more information, contact KMA Tree Service at 978-373-1779.

Spring Cleaning Your Landscape? Don’t Forget Tree Trimming!

It’s that time of year again! Now that the snow and ice have subsided, getting the yard back in shape in time for the warmer weather and backyard BBQs is a top priority for many. While laying down fresh mulch, or planting some new shrubs may seem like all you need to do for spring sprucing, your trees need some attention as well. Whether it’s entire removal or tree trimming in MA, KMA Tree Service is ready to bring your tree landscape back to life.

This past winter has taken its toll on landscapes, especially when it comes to trees. Many yards around New England are littered with heavy, broken and fallen branches, and even entire trees damaged by the heavy snow and ice. Not only can the task of trimming and removal be difficult, but it can also be extremely dangerous if it is not handled by a professional. Tree limbs can easily break and fall, putting anything in close proximity at risk for costly damage or injury. As a certified arborist, KMA owner Kevin Amero has both the knowledge and experience to make sure each job is handled with the specific care and attention needed for the job at hand.

Damaged or dangerous tree branches are not the only things that need some care and attention this spring, but ornamental trees as well. Tree pruning is another one of the many services that KMA offers in the realm of tree trimming in MA. There are many specific cuts and branches that need pruning in order for ornamental trees to grow and thrive. If an incorrect cut is made, it could lead to not only stunted growth, but even premature tree death. The team at KMA is equipped with the understanding of the needs of each individual tree variety, and can keep your landscape growing and thriving throughout the year.

For more information about tree trimming in MA, contact KMA Tree Service at 978-373-1779.

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