Tree Tips & Resources
- Choosing a Tree Service Company
- Why Trees Are Important
- Tree Hazards - Know the Signs
- Tree Facts
- Tree Quotes
- Insect Control
- Selecting the Right Tree Variety
- Tree Varieties
- Tree Reflections
- Shrub Identification
Lawn Tips & Resources
“We appreciate the time and attention that your Arbor Patrol team takes to maintain the overall health and appearance of the trees, bushes and general grounds. As they say, you can only have one first impression and the impression the grounds make on both residents and visitors alike is always positive thanks to your caring maintenance. Just as the trees continue to grow and blossom under your care, we hope our relationship with SavATree does the same.”William Toedter
“After four different unsatisfactory visits with so-called arborists, I found SavaTree... I was most impressed with the professionalism of David [my arborists] and his colleagues. They were most knowledgeable, fair with their assessment about what needed to be done, yet very attuned with what my concerns. I highly recommend them without any hesitation. In a field where there is an abundance of folks looking to take advantage of consumers, SavaTree, David and crew strike me as incredibly honest and proud arborists who do a fantastic job.”Debbie Durkin
Silver Spring, MD
“I am a new and highly satisfied customer of SavATree. For 50 years I have lived in the same house in the Greenhaven area, and in that time I have never had a tree company that gave me such fine service.”Joan Kleinbard
“It is always a pleasure working with SavATree as your company provides the best plant, tree and lawn health care that we have experienced at the Ives. Always professional, courteous and responsive to our needs, SavATree’s services have provided our employees and patrons with pleasant outdoor experiences in an insect free environment for several years.”Kathleen G. Gallagher
The Charles Ives Center for the Arts
“For over 14 years, I have entrusted the care of my trees, plants and orchard to SavATree. Their highly qualified arborists have exacting standards and understand how to maintain the health and form of the various species of trees on my property. I admire the artistic skill that goes into the pruning and love the colorful blossoms, fruits and foliage that flourish as a result of their impeccable care.”Martha Stewart
"Efficient, high quality, professional competence — all at a competitive sum. At first [Alison] Pottage won me over by her solid knowledge as an arborist, then the crew did their job to her specifications on our 60 to 70 foot oaks within a remarkable period of time -- and left the grounds quite clean.”
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“You take on a job, call it a problem, gigantic or small, and you go to it. True Professionals. I am at peace for having found SavATree. Sometimes bills are paid grudgingly. I pay with respect to a company whose pride lives up to its logo. It’s love of what you do and I thank you.”Sam Fink
Great Neck, NY
Tree Care Tips
Tree Care Tip #1: Planting New Trees
The best time to plant trees and shrubs is during a dormant period. Schedule your new plantings before buds appear in early spring or after leaves drop in late autumn. Under cool conditions plants have a chance to establish roots before rain and warmer temperatures encourage top growth. Find out the characteristics of the species, and choose a location with the size of the fully grown tree in mind. Consult an arborist beforehand for recommendations and post planting care.
Tree Care Tip #2: Shaping Shrubbery
Shrub pruning is ideally performed between late spring and late summer, but the best time is when they begin to look untidy. Flowering shrubs are the exception. Prune them shortly after blooming, but before buds set. Prune shrubs only where there is a definite reason. Thin out the oldest branches, reduce any tall, leggy stems and remove dead wood. Shear shrubs to create a hedge or sculptured form, but not if you prefer a natural look, because shearing can cause dense branch tip growth.
Tree Care Tip #3: Property Value
Tree care helps protect your home value and maximize the return on investment. A Money Magazine study ranks the 100% to 200% recovery value of landscaping first among home improvements. Regular inspections and consistent maintenance that addresses tree health, safety and curb appeal can increase property value too. Clemson University research found that homes with “excellent” landscapes can expect a 6% to 7% higher sale price. Preventative tree care is also less costly than remedial treatments for fully developed problems.
Tree Care Tip #4: Going Green
Finding the balance between the results you desire and environmental sensibility can be the most difficult aspect of tree and lawn care. Make sure you know the type of materials currently used on your property and how they are applied. Blanket treatments using traditional materials are not nearly as eco-friendly as 100% organic and hybrid services that target specific problems as needed. Ask questions about the availability and effectiveness of green alternatives to find the perfect fit for your preferences.
Tree Care Tip #5: Construction Protection
Early planning is vital to protect feature trees from permanent or fatal construction injuries. Use fencing to prevent equipment from breaking branches, tearing bark, wounding trunks and compacting soil. Ideally, allow one foot of space from the trunk for each inch of its diameter. To preserve root system health and stability, route utilities as far away from trees as possible and air spade under root zones rather than digging across them. Make sure critical roots are identified and not severed during trenching.
Tree Care Tip #6: Fertilizing
Trees, like people, require essential nutrients to survive and function. In suburban landscapes, soil conditions vary greatly and are often compromised by inadequate nutrient supplies, compaction and insufficient room for roots. An arborist or local facility can test your soil for nutrient content to help determine how much, what type and where to best apply fertilizer if necessary. Fertilizing helps replenish nutrients that help trees and shrubs to sustain good health throughout the year.
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