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17 Jun 2016

Almost Summer

Well what a spring we have had! The wintermoth caterpillar has come and gone, and in some areas left quite a wake of destruction. Areas that were hit hard included Boxford, Lynnfield, Topsfield, Saugus, Manchester, and others. I have seen many properties with 60 foot tall red oaks without a leaf on them. Complete defoliation. Red oak seemed to take the hardest hit this spring, while sugar maple and cherry also seemed to be preferred. Norway maples seemed to suffer less damage this year than in the past, although I’m not sure why this is. Anyone that had significant damage to their trees this spring from wintermoth caterpillar should get onto a treatment program for next year, as the pest will likely be back in higher numbers next spring. For now, the caterpillr has dropped to the ground to begin its pupation, until it emerges as an adult moth this fall.

So what do you do now? If your tree did suffer damage by the caterpillars, now is the time to consider some remedial action. The trees that were heavily damaged will need to refoliate. This causes a large drain of energy reserves from the tree, which can leave it susceptible to secondary invaders and pathogens. If the tree continues to get defoliated in the next 2-3 years, you may see the tree go into decline. Begin treating the tree(s) with a bio-stimulant now, to strengthen the root system. Water the tree(s) this summer when it gets hot and dry to reduce stress. A fertilization in the fall may be advised if the tree is not too stressed. Consult your certified arborist to inspect and diagnose your trees for a more complete forecast.

On the horizon for insect activity is our typical summer pests, like Japanese beetles, lacebugs, and spidermites. Since temperatures have been cool, these pests have not been very active yet, but keep scouting your shrubs and trees for these guys.

As always, Mayer Tree Service is here for your tree care needs.


17 Jun 2016

After the storm…

Hurricane Irene, also known as tropical storm Irene in these parts, has come and gone. She left behind a sunny day and a bit of tree damage in her wake.

Damage to trees in the north shore was mild to moderate, depending on your location. From my observations, most of the trees and limbs that came down from the high winds were trees and limbs that I would have expected to come down. Some trees we can expect to fail in mild weather conditions, such as white pine, willow, red maple, or black locust, due to their softer wood or inherently poor structure. Other tree failures were caused by structural defects within the tree, such as a heavy lean, included bark, internal decay, or dead limbs.

In the wake of the storm, we have received numerous calls from homeowners that did not suffer any significant tree damage, in addition to those that did. These folks, realizing that they may have some potential tree problems, want us to come out to inspect their trees, and make any necessary recommendations, and deal with any problematic trees before the next big storm. Sometimes it is necessary to remove a healthy looking tree- we must remember that a tree’s health is not a good reflection of it’s structural integrity. A healthy tree can live with severe decay or other predisposed problems, which is why it is important to have a certified arborist periodically inspect your trees. This is important not only to improve the health of your trees, but to maintain the safety of your home and family.

Please contact Mayer Tree Service if you would like to learn more about hazardous trees, or to have a certified arborist meet with you to inspect your landscape for any potential problems.


17 Jun 2016

A Tree Service Company Weighs in on Preventative Vs Reactionary Plant Health Care

Your landscape requires maintenance and organic plant health care plays a key role in that ongoing process.  Mayer Tree knows the difference between preventative and reactionary plant and tree care, and also knows when each should come into play on your property. Find out the difference and discover how to enhance your outdoor maintenance schedule.

What is Preventative Plant Health Care?

Think ahead and take care of your plants and trees with various products and applications that prevent pest infestation, disease and premature decay. Outdoor maintenance tasks that fit under the preventative umbrella include:

  • Fertilizer – one of the easiest methods of preventative plant care, the very best fertilizers include compost, vermiculture and other products that promote organic plant health care. Apply fertilizer in a schedule that suits your climate and the plant/tree type.
  • Soil Aeration – boost the nutrients in the soil and improve moisture levels with simple aeration techniques. Encourage “good” bugs and creatures to thrive in your garden in order to capitalize on natural aeration.
  • Mulching – maintain moisture levels in the soil and avoid erosion by laying mulch down. Organic plant health care calls for biodegradable mulch like wood chips, which will break down and enrich the soil over time.
  • Pruning – this process can be both preventative and reactionary, depending on when you call the tree service company. Preventative pruning allows you to shape the tree and avoid problems with leggy plants or a lack of airflow. Reactionary pruning happens when you detect a problem with your trees or plants, including disease and/or rot, and use pruning to correct the issue. Storm damage is also considered reactionary pruning.

Mayer Tree Service Company is knowledgeable and experienced, with years of tree and garden care under their belt. In many cases, preventative care helps to cut down on the overall cost of outdoor maintenance and reduces the risk of serious damage to your home and landscape. Reactionary plant care may be necessary, but when you trust your tree service professional to take care of preventative and organic plant health care, it becomes less frequent.

17 Jun 2016

Clearing Your Landscape? Five Ways to Repurpose Trees That You Need To Remove

Homeowners have many aspects to consider when planning a tree removal project. Along with the cost, scheduling and speed of a tree services expert homeowners also need to think about the waste factor. Look for a reputable tree services company that offers tree repurposing and cut back on the amount of tree waste and debris shipped to your local landfill.

Here are five ways trees can be repurposed after removal:

Mulch – This process makes sense. Chopping old stumps, limbs and wood chips into mulch used in both residential and commercial applications cuts back on unnecessary waste and helps to enhance soil condition over time.

Electricity Generation – Just as stumps, wood clippings and tree removal waste can be chipped down to mulch, the same material can also be converted to biofuel for use in electricity generation. Your local tree removal expert will direct the wood to the appropriate company. Some tree species are in higher demand as biofuel.

Firewood – Besides being turned into biofuel used in modern processes of electricity generation a downed tree may also be cut into firewood. Many homes across the continent continue to rely on firewood for heat, making this repurposing option desirable in various locations.

Building Materials – Larger logs and branches resulting from tree removal projects can be shipped to mills and transformed into building materials, such as dimensional lumber and plywood. Success depends on the size, condition and species of the tree being removed, but in many cases this method of tree repurposing offers a simple, cost-effective solution.

Loam Additive – Stumps ground out of your property offer several distinct benefits to loam mixtures. Soil caught up in the stump waste is separated and combined with high quality compost to create a superior loam mixture.

In addition to reducing the load on landfills and offering a more environmentally friendly alternative, tree repurposing also helps to cut costs. The above processes provide several options to help make the tree removal industry more efficient from all avenues.

17 Jun 2016

Top 3 Things to Look for When Hiring a Stump Grinding Contractor

Homeowners have two major options to consider when dealing with an unwanted stump. Whether they are trying to avoid attracting pests and fungus with rotting wood or removing an unsightly stump from their landscape, property owners choose between stump pulling and stump grinding.

Stump grinding presents the cheaper and less intrusive option. Instead of ripping a stump from the ground with force, a stump grinding contractor uses special equipment and skills to remove the visible portion of the stump. Get the job done right by hiring a stump grinding company with these characteristics:


Skilled contractors make short work of even the most challenging projects. Hire an established stump grinding contractor that has worked in your area. Ask neighbors for recommendations and keep an eye out for signs and trucks nearby. Look for an established company with a long list of satisfied customers. Online reviews and consumer advocate organisations provide reliable insight into a contractor’s track record.


Most urban and suburban rear yards have limited access through a narrow gate or walkway. Stump grinders come in different shapes and sizes. Make sure that your preferred contractor uses appropriately sized grinders, large enough to do the job and small enough to deal with any access issues on your property. Even if access does not present a problem on your property, consider the damage commonly done by larger, heavier grinders and trailers.


Although it’s important to obtain a good price from your contractor, cheaper costs often result in poor workmanship. Think about the value offered by an experienced stump grinding company. They have the skills and equipment to get the job done right and on time, whereas a cheaper, less experienced contractor may be difficult to work with and leave you unsatisfied in the end. Choose a company that offers superior overall value, as opposed to the lowest price.

Need to remove a stump in your yard? Hiring the right stump grinding contractor deals with this problem effectively and efficiently.

17 Jun 2016

How Organic Plant Health Care Can Create a Mosquito-Free Summer

Mosquitoes bother us and put a damper on our outdoor summer fun. They also carry disease and present health risks to both young and old. But how can organic plant health care combat these pesky bugs and what can the average homeowner do to make this summer mosquito-free? Your tree services expert has the answers.

Benefits of Mosquito Spraying

The spread of diseases such as West Nile Virus and EEE (also known as eastern equine encephalitis) has increased across New England and the eastern seaboard. Many Massachusetts property owners are now relying on the expertise of local arborists and tree services experts to create a season-wide plan for mosquito spraying, in order to control the pest population and limit the spread of disease.

Having a mosquito spraying plan in place allows you the freedom to venture outside at any time of the day and in every season. Depending on the treatment type, weather conditions and other specific site factors, each application clears away mosquitoes for two to four weeks. A regular spray application schedule allows you to avoid worrying about the treatment wearing off and maintains consistency in your outdoor living space.

How Does Organic Plant Health Care Come Into Play?

Many people assume that mosquito spraying products are highly toxic or potentially harmful to the environment. Traditional mosquito spray products have been in use for years in both public and private areas with impressive levels of success. Now, thanks to the advance of technology and an eagerness to maintain an organic lifestyle, consumers can opt for the organic mosquito spray treatment package.

Quality tree services companies offer both traditional and organic mosquito spray products, and aim to deliver the right fit for your needs. Coupled with other methods of organic plant health care to keep trees, turf and gardens thriving, a mosquito spray treatment plan allows you to enjoy the best summer possible in your outdoor living space.

17 Jun 2016

Top Three Tips on Mulching Trees

Caring for your trees involves many tasks, including watering, pruning and fertilization. While your tree services company takes care of the complicated maintenance jobs, property owners can take steps to ensure trees last for decades. Properly mulching trees allows for healthier soil conditions and reduces overall maintenance for most tree species. Learn how mulch helps to maintain a beautiful landscape.

Tip # 1 – Apply the Ideal Amount of Mulch

Soil conditions dictate the appropriate amount of mulch for your trees. Inspect the area for drainage, paying attention to soil composition and grading. Plan to apply 2 to 4 inches of mulch to trees planted in average soil conditions (decent drainage and organic mix). Trees planted in clay soil require a thinner layer of mulch, while those in sandy soils benefit from 4 to 5 inches. Applying too much mulch may harm trees, while too little tends to wear away quickly, leaving the soil exposed.

Tip # 2 – Keep Mulch Away From Tree Trunks

Trees require space. Piling mulch up against the tree trunk encourages several unhealthy conditions, including insect infestation and tree disease. Your tree services expert recommends leaving both the trunk and root crown exposed to maintain optimum airflow and drainage. Watch for shifting mulch and pull the pile away from the trunk on a regular basis.

Tip # 3 – Use the Right Mulch

Trees benefit from organic mulch products, such as mulched leaves, wood chips and composted materials. Avoid using fresh wood chips on younger trees, although this type of mulch works well on mature trees and shrubs. Composted wood chips blended with leaves and bark breaks down over time, feeding the soil and allowing for optimum tree health. Buy mulch from a reputable, local producer for consistency and peak results.

Mulching trees should be a regular part of your landscaping schedule. Trust your tree services company to do the task or follow the above tips and do it yourself. Your trees will thrive with the right type and amount of mulch, applied in the best way.


17 Jun 2016

What Type of Soil Benefits from Compost Tea Application?

Property owners trust their tree services expert to care for trees and shrubs. But these professionals also tend to the soil by using trusted methods and products like compost tea. Soil health plays a major role in the health of your trees, turf and plants.

How does compost tea alter the soil on your property and what types of soil realize the greatest benefit?

What Happens to the Soil?

Compost tea application increases the content of microbial life in the soil around your trees and garden. This creates a better balance of healthy soil elements and allows for optimum efficiency in terms of nutrient delivery.

Compacted soil and a depleted soil structure require additives. Compost tea provides these healthy elements without risk of tipping the balance and allows the trees and plants to regain their strength.

Main Soil Benefits of Compost Tea

Poor soil hurts your trees, vegetables, flowers and grass. Over-fertilized soil becomes unbalanced and plants are unable to absorb the proper nutrients at an adequate rate. Adding compost tea creates the required balance.

Your tree services experts knows the proper amount of compost tea to apply and follows an application schedule tailored to the soil and plant condition, but over-application of compost tea does not pose any risk to the soil or plants.

Soil that has been heavily compacted, due to traffic, constant working of the area or a high composition of clay, also starves the plant’s roots. Microbes in compost tea break up compaction naturally, working both rapidly and over time. Regular application allows for maximum benefits.

Consider compost tea if you have compacted or over-fertilized soil. If your trees and plants present signs of root stress or plant disease, speak to your tree services expert about the problem and invest in a compost tea application schedule that suits your needs.

17 Jun 2016

How Your Tree Services Experts Helps With Cracked Tree Branches

Strong winds, heavy storms and time all result in cracked tree branches. Your local tree services company provides the expertise required to handle this problem quickly and affordably, allowing for a safer, more attractive landscape on your property.

How does a tree services company deal with cracked branches? It may depend on the circumstances.

Common Problems Caused By Cracked Tree Branches

Property owners need to keep an eye out for cracked branches. Even one broken branch on a medium-sized tree can present serious risks, including:

  • risk of damage to your house from fallen branches
  •  risk of damage to nearby electric wires or cables
  • risk of damage to vehicles and out-buildings, such as sheds or garages
  • risk of injury to your family, neighbors and visitors
  • risk of damage to the tree due to exposure, pest infestation and other unhealthy conditions

What Your Tree Services Company Does to Help

Your tree services expert must assess the problem first. This allows for diagnose of the problem, which could range from storm damage to pollution problems, pest infestations or general weakened tree conditions. The ideal solution depends on what is detected during this assessment.

Common approaches to this problem include:

Pruning – trimming away the broken or cracked branches allows the balance of the tree to thrive
Cabling – this method preserves the tree’s appearance and form
Bracing like cabling, – bracing provides the necessary support and structure to maintain the original tree form
Tree Removal – in severe cases tree removal may be the only option to remove the risks

Contact your local tree services company if weather conditions, tree disease or pests have left you with broken or cracked tree branches. These experts provide specific advice and direction designed to suit your landscape, budget and schedule.

17 Jun 2016

3 Things to Consider When Faced With Emergency Tree Removal

Windstorms, hail and snow storms can cause all sorts of issues on your property and with your landscape. Emergency tree removal may be required after a particularly strong storm knocks down limbs or entire trees. Careful handling of this process helps to minimize costs and get your property back in shape quickly and safely.

Find out what to consider when faced with a downed tree after a storm.

How Did the Tree Fall?

Trees come down in a variety of ways, but consider these two basic categories when forming a plan of attack:

• Trees that come down at the roots – this often results in major damage to the surrounding landscape, as the tree roots are ripped from the ground. Repairs involve digging out the remaining roots, chopping the tree into manageable chunks and filling the hole.
• Trees that break at any point above the ground – this type of tree damage can be handled in a more straightforward manner, with the downed limbs collected and chipped while the remaining tree is either left to recover naturally or removed. Stump removal may be a part of this process.

Is There Access?

Emergency tree removal often requires a certain amount of speed and efficiency in order to remove dangers and make your property safe again. Consider the access to your yard before calling a tree services expert. You will need to provide this information at the initial phone call in order to ensure the proper equipment and personnel are brought out to the jobsite.

Are You Able to Use the Leftover Wood?

Some tree removal companies allow the property owner to keep any useable wood, such as smaller limbs for firewood or chipped trees for mulch. Think about whether you have any need for these products. Keep storage in mind as well.

Cutting back on the contractor’s disposal costs could result in a price reduction for you, but remember that emergency tree removal services are often priced based on the reaction speed and scale of the job. Small changes to the general process may have limited effect on the overall job cost.