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A small conifer tree and small spade sitting in dirt, ready for planting.

May 18 2021

Plant a Tree the Right Way

Many newly planted trees die within the first few years because they were planted incorrectly. Learn the simple steps to properly plant a new tree, including planting depth, backfilling, staking, watering, and mulching.
The American Climbers team removes a tree from a residential property in Massachusetts.

Apr 19 2021

Tree Removal Preparation: What To Do Before Cutting Down A Tree

When you decide it’s time to cut down a tree, there are some things you’ll need to do before tree removal starts, even if you’re cutting it down yourself. Learn how to prepare for tree removal work, when it should be done, and why proper preparation is critical for safely taking down a tree.
An American Climbers employee removes a dead tree using equipment such as a crane

Mar 29 2021

Should You Remove a Dead Tree?

Learn when (and why) you should cut down a dead or dying tree, what to consider before starting, and why some dead tree removals are never a DIY job.
Close up of a frost crack on a horse chestnut tree in Massachusetts

Feb 19 2021

Frost Cracks: FAQs About These Vertical Cracks in Trees

Answers to all of your questions about winter frost cracks in trees: why it happens, if it's harmful, what to do, which trees get it, and more.
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.