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How to Tell When Your Trees Need to Be Trimmed

Category : Tree Care , Tree Trimming

Here in New England, there are trees everywhere, and we are known for it too. Trees are really the backbone of any landscape, they can help line a property, or just as easily be the centerpiece of a yard. Trimming your tree, also known as pruning, is an essential part of maintaining the health of your trees, as well as keeping the rest of your landscape clean. With all the different species of trees out there, we unfortunately can’t provide you with a one size fits all solution for pruning them to keep them healthy. However, there are a few tell-tale signs to keep an eye out for.

Branches Are Getting in The Way of Your Power Lines

This is one of the most immediate concerns for any tree owner. If your tree branches are growing into your power lines, you risk losing power and even causing more serious damage and injury. While your power company is mostly responsible for keeping branches away from their lines, it’s better to be proactive and contact them first. If they aren’t being receptive to your requests then you can call in the help of a professional to ensure you don’t suddenly lose your electricity. Don’t try and get close to your power lines on your own, professionals use special equipment that acts as an insulator against electricity.

Dead Branches

Diseased or dead branches happen all the time. While it usually isn’t a major concern, it’s worth looking at the tree and making sure that it isn’t sick. Usually trimming away the affected branches does the trick and will allow for healthy new growth to take their place. If you aren’t sure how to tell if a tree is sick, call a tree expert and they should be able to help you out.

Storm Damage

Speaking of storm damage, it can leave some branches looking worse for wear. Sometimes a storm can leave some branches so weak that it’s better to trim them away than leaving them hanging.

Unbalanced Growth

It happens all the time, one side of a tree is experiencing tons of new growth, and the other side is staying rather stagnant. While the new growth is a great thing, you want to make sure that the tree is staying balanced and won’t become overly lopsided to one side. Too heavy of a lean to one side can actually make the tree less stable and more susceptible to damage by winds and heavy storms. Trimming back the excess growth will help keep the tree balanced and growing to its full potential. Don’t just start cutting left and right without researching some pruning techniques, if you aren’t sure where to start, contact the experts at Dudley Tree.


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Rhododendron

Best Trees to Plant in New England

Category : Tree Care

Trees, even more so than other types of horticulture, are really the backbone of any landscape. Not only do they act as natural barriers around your property and provide shade for other types of plants, but they also set the tone for your property visually. There are so many types of trees out there, especially in New England that it can be easy to get a little lost and be unsure about which trees you’d really like to have on your property. But have no fear, as tree experts, we know a thing or two about the most popular trees people cultivate, and the hidden gems that fewer are aware of. We will walk you through our tree recommendations so that you can build up your landscape with confidence.

Japanese Maple Trees

If you’re looking for a more spacious single trunk tree to provide shade to a larger area of your property, look no further than the Japanese Maple. This is a more unique choice than your typical maple or sugar maple. What makes the Japanese maple stand out are the bright red leaves in the fall. Make sure your house color won’t clash with this stunning tone beforehand, and also be sure to make sure you have enough to accommodate this New England beauty!

Rhododendrons & Azaleas

While not your typical “tree”, we thought it was important to include rhododendrons as part of our list because they provide many of the same elements to your property as a tree, including structure, shade, and beauty. This flowering wooded brush remains consistent year round and will flower and bloom year after year. They are a great addition to any property regardless of style and are a pleasure to care for and maintain.

Cherry Blossom Trees

Certainly a more seasonal consideration, Cherry Blossoms aren’t for everyone, but it’s hard to deny they are a beautiful option when spring rolls around. We hope you like pink because that’s all you’ll be seeing for March & April. Although cherry Blossoms usually thrive in a slightly warmer climate, Boston is known for its welcoming springs to this species. Although the winters are long, it’ll be well worth the wait when this tree finally blooms!

Contact Dudley Tree

Taking care of these incredible species does take some work on your part as well. Regularly pruning and trimming will ensure optimal growth and longevity for many years to come. For help maintaining the trees on your lawn, or for any further recommendations on the best trees to add to your property this summer, give us a call at (978) 373-1510 or contact us here.


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