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Best Trees to Plant in Massachusetts Climate

Are you already planning for springtime? Sometimes thinking of getting ready for the warmer weather gets you through the winter! If you are looking to plant some trees in your yard this spring, you should see what is best compatible with the New England climate. Here are some trees we recommend planting in your yard:

Northern Red Oak

Northern Red Oak trees are a perfect addition to your yard. They can provide a lot of shade on sunny days and become an excellent red color during the fall season. It is a tree known for growing fast, so it’s a great tree to plant on your property. It can easily manage pollution and compacted soil, so it is known as a “street tree”. Northern Red Oaks can grow to be between 60-75′ and spread about 45′.

Kousa Dogwood

Kousa Dogwoods are also known as Japanese Dogwood trees. It is a visually appealing tree that will give your yard a beautiful look year-round. The flowers on the dogwoods bloom later than typical trees, letting you enjoy the beauty late into the spring. The leaves are typically a purple shade in the fall, which allows for some unique coloring to appear in your yard. The white flowers smell amazing and can be seen in the late spring into the summer. They typically grow to be between 15-25′ and spread 25′.

Eastern Redbud

Eastern redbud trees have pink blossoms, and they turn into a heart shape. These trees look great in any yard and can add a unique touch! The trunk typically divides near the ground, so it makes a statement in your yard. These trees don’t give off a lot of shade. Instead, they are mostly there to provide aesthetics. Eastern redbuds grow to be between 20-30′ and spread between 25-35′.

Prairifire Flowering Crabapple

If you want a tree that will add a wildlife look and feel to your yard, the Prairifire Flowering Crabapple is a great option to plant. It has red flowers that will brighten up your space and provide a pop of color. It grows and produces crab apples, which end up falling off as the season goes on. The leaves are dark red and become green as the fall season rolls in. Whatever trees you want to plant in your yard for this spring, Dudley Tree can help you with tree care tips and make sure your trees are as healthy as can be!

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The tree experts at Dudley Tree are here to help you with tree removal, tree care, pruning, and more! Contact us if you are interested in learning more about our services or want to schedule an estimate. Call us today or send us a message through our contact form!


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Trimming Your Trees in The Winter

Taking care of your trees year-round is vital for their health. When the harsh cold weather and snow hit New England, it can be damaging to your yard and plantings. Take the proper precautions to keep your trees happy and healthy! Here are some reasons you should trim your trees in the winter:

Trees Are Dormant

In the colder months, trees tend not to grow as they do in the spring in summer. Trimming your trees in the colder months will have your trees better equipped to handle the stress of being cut at. Trimming them in the cold will also help them grow better when the warm weather comes back around.

No Need to Worry About Foliage

When you trim trees in the winter, you won’t need to worry about foliage getting in the way. You are able to see the branches clearly and get a good view of what the tree looks like trimmed. You’ll be less likely to make a mistake cutting the branches when there are no obstructions!

Preventing Falling Tree Limbs

Snow can easily cause branches and limbs to sag and break off the tree. This is why early winter, such as late November to December, is the prime time to get some winter pruning done. When you have dead limbs or diseased branches, trimming them away before heavy snow weighs them down will save you some time in the future. Falling tree limbs can damage other parts of your tree, so it’s important to eliminate any problem branches while you can. 

Cold Weather Protects Trees

After trimming and pruning your tree in the winter, your tree will be better protected than it would be in the spring or summer. Trimming a tree gives it an open wound where pests can get in and destroy your tree. In the winter, most of these pests are dormant like your tree. You will be less likely to have them making their way to your trees.

Make Sure You Trim The Right Trees

Although trimming many trees in the winter can be beneficial, some trees are not meant to be trimmed around this time. Trees that flower in the spring should not be messed with during the winter months. It can cause the flowers to reduce their bloom size or not bloom at all. Be aware of which trees you are trimming in your yard!

Contact Dudley Tree

Are you looking for any tree trimming or pruning this winter? The tree experts at Dudley Tree are here to assist you with any tree needs! Contact us to learn more about our services or to schedule an estimate. Give us a call today or fill out our online contact form to get in touch!


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