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American Climbers works on a residential property in Massachusetts during the winter.

Jan 26 2021

Can You Do Tree Work in Winter?

Even in Massachusetts, winter is a great time for tree work! Learn the many benefits of winter tree work for both you and your trees - and the things you should avoid.
Icicles form as rain turns to ice on a tree branch in Massachusetts during the winter

Dec 7 2020

Snow- and Ice-Damaged Trees: What To Do After a Winter Storm

Learn how to prevent tree damage from snow and ice storms, what to do (and not do!) after a storm, how to assess the severity of any damage to your trees, and whether or not your trees will recover.
branches of a mostly dead tree against a blue sky

Nov 24 2020

The Real Cost of Poor Tree Care

Cheaper tree care isn't a "better deal" when it results in worse outcomes for your trees and higher ongoing costs for you. Here are the "red flags" to look out for that show you're getting poor tree care.
Spring flowering tree in need of pruning after it stops blooming.

Oct 22 2020

When to Prune Your Trees & Shrubs

The right time to prune trees and shrubs varies depending on the species, age, and condition of the plant. Learn what to prune each season - and what not to prune.
Close-up of a hand using a pruning saw on a tree branch

Sep 29 2020

DIY Tree Work: Should You Do It Yourself?

If you're considering DIY tree work, learn what you can reasonably do yourself and which activities you should never do without hiring a tree service professional.
Girdled tree roots covered in green moss

Aug 17 2020

Girdling Roots: The Strangler That Can Kill Your Trees

Learn what girdling roots are, how they form, why they're dangerous, and what you can do to prevent or correct them to save your trees.
A tree with a branch that was poorly trimmed to a stub

Jul 17 2020

Pruning Mistakes to Avoid [Poor Pruning Can Kill Your Trees]

To help you avoid the after-effects of bad tree trimming, here’s a lineup of the common pruning mistakes we see made by homeowners and untrained pruners. We can fix some of these mistakes afterward, but many of them are irreversible so it's best to do it right the first time.
A stump grinder cuts through a tree stump

Jun 22 2020

Stump Grinding FAQs: What You Need To Know About Stump Removal

Should you opt for stump grinding? How long will it take? What are the benefits of removing a stump? Is it a DIY job you can do yourself? We answer all of those questions about stump grinding - and more - in this article.
Construction equipment on the lawn of a homeowner with torn up dirt, grass, and bushes

May 15 2020

How to Prevent Tree Damage from Construction & Landscaping Projects

Landscaping and construction projects can easily break tree branches, injure tree trunks, and damage roots, leaving trees stressed, susceptible to insect and disease problems, or unstable after the work has been completed.
a tree fell from winds or a storm and was uprooted

Apr 21 2020

Did You Know? Proper Tree Pruning Can Prevent Storm Damage

Nor'easters in Massachusetts uproot trees, break branches, and topple trees onto homes. But by taking these preventive measures now, you can minimize the risk of storm damage caused by trees.
Yellow caution tape in front of green grass and trees

Mar 27 2020

Protect Yourself – Insist on Proper Tree Service Insurance Coverage

Insurance coverage for tree work done on your property probably isn’t the first thing you think about when hiring someone to prune, remove, treat, or maintain your trees. But it’s arguably the most important consideration.
lightning hitting a tree

Feb 28 2020

What Happens When Lightning Hits a Tree?

Lightning storms are common in Massachusetts. Here's how being hit by lightning affects trees, what to do about it, and how to prevent trees from being hit.