Inspect your trees regularly

It is important you monitor the condition of your trees at least once a year to identify changes such as diseases or insects before it becomes too serious. Catching these issues early increase the chances of remedying the problem and preventing costly or fatal damages in the future.  Specific alterations in characteristics can signify the health status of the tree.  The following is a list of tree features to be assessed:

  • ​Is there any crown dieback? This is when there are leafless, dead branches in the crown of the tree or tree top and needs to be addressed by an arborist.
  • ​Has the tree grown and produced new buds and leaves? A reduction in growth or lack of leaf formation is indicative of changes in the health of the tree and an arborist can further investigate the causes behind the decline in health.
  • ​The trunk of the tree should be assessed for any areas with loose or missing bark, growths or mushrooms since all can be symptomatic of seriously compromised tree health and decay.
  • ​The leaves on the tree should be free of spots, holes, discoloration or death.  If any of these are present on the leaves further exploration needs to be done to rule out insect and pest infestations.


Mature tree pruning is performed to prevent tree health complications and to reduce the risk of damage to surrounding structures.  Pruning is recommended when weak, diseased or dead tree limbs are present and need be removed to improve the trees health.  Trees are also pruned to improve light penetration to the area below and to improve shape and form. 

It is extremely important to hire a certified arborist who understands the biology of the many species of trees and plants. Improper pruning can cause serious harm to the tree and potentially lead to death, which is why it is important to have a qualified arborist perform the tree pruning. The arborist can determine the best pruning technique for the tree and location.  Types of pruning include the following:

  • Tree thinning- branch removal in specific locations to improve the structure, strength and promote growth of both the tree and landscape below by increasing light penetration
  • Raising- creates clearance for buildings and other structures by removing the lower branches of the tree
  • Reduction- reduces size of the tree while maintaining the stability of the tree
  • Tree topping- the tops of the tree are removed, or very large leaders and branches are removed leaving only "nubs"; a certified arborist would neverrecommend this as it is the most harmful tree pruning practice known.  

Recognizing Tree Risk 

Trees have many benefits but they can also carry many risks and liabilities, especially when consistent assessments are not done or hazardous trees are not addressed right away. Trees that have been damaged are also more prone to diseases and insect infestation which compromise the stability leading to a greater risk later on.  The following are some objective observations you can make so assess the safety of your tree:

  • Trees or branches that have fallen onto utility lines
  • Broken or partially attached branches
  • Open cavity in trunk or branches
  • ​Dead or day in branches evidenced by fewer leaves and premature fall color change
  • Branches arising from a single point on the trunk
  • Decay or rot present
  • Recent changes in soil or other construction performed near the tree that may have compromised the roots or tree structure

The importance of hiring a Certified Arborist

Certified Arborists have achieved a level of knowledge in the art, biology and anatomy of tree care through experience and by passing a comprehensive examination.  To remain qualified, they must keep their certifications up to day through continuing education on the most recent arboriculture techniques.  A professional arborist will also be working with a trained crew with required safety equipment and carry all necessary liability insurances.  Due to the dangers involved in tree pruning and tree removal it is best to hire a professional arborist.

What you should be doing for your regular tree maintenance:

Proper maintenance and pruning of trees is imperative for a variety of reasons, most importantly to extend the healthy life span of your tree and also to prevent hazardous situations from tree damage.  We offer services to help your trees thrive such as tree pruning and thinning, injections and pesticide applications for trees struggling with early onset of disease or infestation, and tree cabling to help stabilizes some areas which need added support.  Please read below for more information about reasons and benefits of tree pruning, regular maintenance and assessments.

Tree removal is also another service we provide.  Trees may need to be removed for many reasons including advanced disease or infestation, old age, large size, root invasion into important areas such as home foundations, irreparable damage from elements or construction or simply because the property owner would like to make changes to the property which include the tree being removed.

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Tree Service in Massachusetts 

There are many types of tree services proved in Massachusetts, not limited to pruning and removal.  We provide all these services year round.  Most people have their trees serviced in spring and summer and don't realize fall and winter can be the best times of year for tree service.  When the leaves start falling off the trees it means they are going into dormancy- this basically means the trees go into hibernation.  While the trees are in dormancy they are less likely to be shocked from pruning or transplantation.  Additionally, when trees are removed in the winter there can be less mess since there aren't leaves falling everywhere in addition to the saw dust.  Cost is another great benefit of having tree service in the winter.  

What brings down the cost of tree service in Massachusetts during the winter?

First, there are no leaves blocking the arborist's view so the job can move a little quicker.

Second, most people do not think to get tree service in the winter, so it is a relatively slow season reflecting a perfect example of supply and demand; less demand = less cost.  

Lastly, because there are no leaves to clean up with the rest of the tree debris, the clean up takes less time and the quantity of waste being dumped is less- both of which decrease the overhead for the tree company which will then also be reflected in the price.