We take trees down – but here are 3 benefits to putting them in

Manning Tree and LandscapeThis may be hard to believe, but New England is now more forested than ever. Today, over 80 percent of New England is covered by thick woods. That’s quite a change from the mid 1800’s when only 30-40 percent of the countryside was forested after losing most of its trees to logging and farming by early settlers as well as firewood-cutting and charcoal-making.

Today, trees are back and are seen as a valuable resource, not only for more environmentally-friendly harvesting, but as much-admired assets on residential properties. Big, beautiful hardwoods are treasured for their lush canopies that shade lawns, decks, and patios while evergreens are used to create privacy and windbreaks. In short, trees add beauty and value to your property.

Of course, trees are living things — all trees eventually reach the end of their lives and need to be taken down. And while we’re best known for professional tree care and removal, we’re also champions for planting them.

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So you think you can do it yourself?

Don’t try this at home!

Every homeowner likes to think he or she is handy in some way – maybe you’ve replaced a faucet, painted a room, even installed a dishwasher, or done myriad other projects around the house. How hard can it be to take down a tree or install a patio?

The short answer is “hard”.

There are countless stories of property owners injuring themselves or others attempting to remove a dead or an unwanted tree. Some people attempt it with inadequate equipment or inexperience in using the right equipment. Not everyone can handle a chainsaw or work safely high up in a tree to dismantle limbs and trunks correctly to avoid dropping them on a house or across power lines.

Safe tree trimming and removal more often than not requires trained, experienced arborists with the right cutting and safety equipment to keep themselves and others out of harm’s way while carefully dropping the tree exactly where it should go or correctly sectioning and lowering it so that it can be properly disposed of without harming people or property.

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Start Your New Year with a New Landscape Design

New Landscape DesignSure, there’s snow on the ground and ice all around, but now’s a great time to begin planning a new landscape design to brighten your yard and enhance your outdoor living come spring.

Just because plants can go dormant in winter doesn’t mean people have to. In fact, certain landscaping projects are actually better suited to the off-months. To begin with, there’s planning. With the perspective that comes from time off from summer lawncare considerations, less outdoor activities, and fewer attention-grabbing maintenance chores, you can revisit existing designs and reconsider plant palettes. And with the bones of the garden exposed, you can easily see what’s out of balance and where you might want to add in structure or visual texture, whether in the form of plants or hardscaping, such as a meandering walkway, a hidden sitting area, a patio or firepit. Winter’s a great time to take a step back, look closely at your current landscaping, and visualize changes that can add more beauty and functionality.

Even though winter is the bleakest time of year, it can help you understand flow and the way your property spaces are laid out and connected. It’s easier to assess which sightlines to keep clear and which to screen out. For example, in one direction, you may want to borrow the view of a neighbor’s 200-year-old stone wall, but in another, there might be a tower or building that should be obscured at all times. With everything exposed, you can plan a more effective screening feature such as evergreens or attractive fencing that will block the view even in barest winter.

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R.O.I. of Landscape Design

R.O.I. of Landscape DesignA well-designed and maintained landscape is not only aesthetically pleasing, it increases the value of your property. However, landscape design is more in depth than just planting trees, shrubs & grass. To create a truly attractive, well-thought-out landscape requires the services of an experienced professional landscape company.

Professional landscape design offers knowledge throughout each phase of the project ranging from planning to the final execution. Professional landscape companies inherently know which species of plants, trees and grasses will thrive best in your yard, which will contribute to the longevity and further enhance your property with mature landscape in the years to come. Furthermore, professionals will come to the table with the understanding of the best combinations of trees, flowers & plants that will compliment one another. A major drawback to consider in attempting to undertake a project of this nature on your own is you run the risk of losing a great deal of money and time if the plant materials chosen are not well suited for the property and a very real potential of them not be planted correctly. There is a very real possibility that an event such as a single rainstorm could wash away weeks of hard work leaving you with a barren aftermath of repair and damages. That is why it’s crucial to hire a professional to handle your landscaping needs.

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Create a Little Lawn Envy

Lawn care in MassachusettsMany homeowners strive for the perfect lawn, but it takes a lot more than just mowing and trimming. Proper lawn care requires a dedicated effort that includes proper lawn installation, fertilization, pest control, and irrigation.

If you’ve just bought or built a new home that needs a lawn, there are several ways to get that grass growing. Of course, you can go the cheapest route and spread some grass seed around, fertilize and water it and hope for the best. The safest and most cost-efficient way to go, though, is to get some professional help.

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