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Tree Service & Lawn Care in North Oaks, MN

Jon Lee, ISA Certified Arborist
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Territory:

Jon operates out of SavATree’s Afton, Minnesota branch. He provides comprehensive tree, shrub, lawn, tick and deer services to North Oaks, Shoreview, Arden Hills, Roseville, Maplewood, Little Canada, New Brighton, Vadnais Heights, N. St. Paul, Lino Lakes, Circle Pines, St. Paul, Hugo, Falcon Heights, Centerville and Forest Lake, MN. Some popular services provided by Jon and the team to clients in North Oaks and Shoreview, MN include tree removal, tree pruning, tree and lawn disease management, tree and lawn fertilization, organic lawn care, weed control, lawn seeding, lawn aeration, pest and insect control including mosquito and tick treatments, shrub and hedge trimming, shrub fertilization and disease management and deer repellents. If you are in need of these or any other services to keep your property healthy and thriving, don’t hesitate to reach out to Jon and the team today. At SavATree, not only do we care deeply about the health and beauty of your trees, shrubs and lawn, we also put a strong emphasis on providing exceptional customer service to every client we work with. If you would like an ISA Certified Arborist to come out to your property for a free assessment, don’t hesitate to reach out to Jon today!

Email: jlee@savatree.com
Phone: (651) 357-4711

Education:

Jon has a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture with an emphasis in Turf Management from South Dakota State University.

Qualifications:

Jon has been working in the Green Industry for over 15 years with experience ranging from Golf Course Management, Landscape Development and Management. He has been a practicing ISA Certified Arborist for the last 5 years.

Industry Involvement/Awards/Certifications:

  • ISA Certified Arborist

Personal:

Jon married his wife, Jennie, in 2010. Together, they have tree children – a girl named Madelyn and two boys named Joshua and Ryan. When Jon isn’t at work, his children keep him busy. Being a rural South Dakotan, he enjoys the outdoors in all aspects be it helping on his in-laws’ dairy farm in Wisconsin, hunting, fishing, camping or golfing.

Why He Became an Arborist:

“I have always been enamored with the care of trees, turf and plants in general. I credit my college Arboriculture professor, John Ball, for showing me the passion for sound tree care and safe practices to both protect the plants as well as the environment we live in.

Customer Service Philosophy:

“I am a very hands-on person who enjoys helping throughout the whole client experience from initial meeting to successfully integrating a plan to manage their situation with their desires in the forefront, but also ensure that standards and BPM’s are followed.”

Community Involvement:

Lawn Update: Fall Preparations

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August 21, 2019 – It is so hard to comprehend that we are slowly approaching my favorite season, Fall. As we enter the last leg of summer, this is THE time to look at renovating challenging areas where turf has succumbed to summer stressors or simply looking to bolster the turf stand around your home. One of the best ways to improve turf density is a combined effort of core aeration and overseeding with our custom made seed blends in accordance to exposure, be it full sun or a shady environment. Core aeration is a cultural practice where we use lawn equipment, both walk behind and stand-on, to physically pull “cores” of soil, thatch and organic material from the ground. This practice has a multitude of benefits to improve turf performance but the main objective is to relieve compaction for improved root development which results in providing an overall healthier turf plant. As the weather moderates in September, it is opportune timing for seed development and a byproduct of core aeration is that it creates additional surface area for seed to attach, germinate and establish. Core aeration paired with overseeding is a perfect combination for any lawn this time of year so please contact us for a consultation!

Lumberjack Days in Stillwater, MN

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Jon, along with several members of the SavATree team including arborists, office staff and their families. They had a blast thanking the community for their support. There was no shortage of candy and beach balls for the children and all the young at heart!

Observations in the Field:

It’s That Time of Year…

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August 12, 2019 – Well, unfortunately, it is that of time year where a major disease really starts showing up in our urban forests. This disease is responsible for countless oak tree failures every year and continues to show up every summer. The oak (Quercus) genera has two groups, red and white where the red oak group typically have pointed lobes on the leaves and where the white oak group have rounded lobes on their leaves. Oak Wilt will affect all oak species, but is most prominent in the red oak group because the vascular system has a larger porosity than the white group, which is why the disease can cause tree failure in a matter of weeks. Conversely, it can take multiple seasons for white oak group trees to decline and fail. Oak Wilt is caused by a fungal pathogen and spreads by way of insect vector and also underground to nearby root grafted trees. Infected red oaks produce a spore “mat” which attract the beetles due to a fruity aroma. When the beetles traverse through the spore mats, spores cling to their bodies and as the beetles visit other trees, spores attach to those trees and proliferate to cause infection. The beetles are attracted to fresh wounds from broken limbs or pruning cuts. That is why we ONLY prune oak trees in the dormant season as the beetles are not active. It is crucial to identify a wilt situation early, which is usually drooping leaves/petioles and progressive browning of the leaves. Management strategies need to be employed immediately to help reduce exposure to nearby trees. In the above photo, the oak on the right has a significant wilt infection which occurred in a matter of weeks. I have already incorporated countermeasures to protect nearby trees. Please contact us to help if you suspect Oak Wilt at your home or property.

Safety Training

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August 3, 2019 – Every week our field operations leader, Trevor Novacek leads discussion to cover different situations that can and/or will be experienced in our multi-hazard profession to ensure a safe execution of projects. Group discussion carries on to review past projects so we can improve our processes by hearing from our talented staff sharing their successes to learning experiences. SavATree is always striving to raise the bar and set the industry benchmark for a safe and successful workplace for our staff and clients!

What About Bob?

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July 31, 2019 – As much as I would like to talk about the comedic classic comedy movie, “What About Bob?” with Richard Dreyfus and Bill Murray, unfortunately, I have to push the pause button and talk about a destructive disease that occurs on our native bur oaks called “Bur Oak Blight” or commonly referred to as “BOB”. This affliction originated here in the Mid-West in the 1990’s and is slowly becoming a substantial issue with our bur oaks and, in some rare occurrences, swamp white oaks. BOB is caused by a fungal pathogen and signs include necrotic/dead tissue on leaves, which leads to premature defoliation. This loss of photosynthesis potential slowly deprives the tree of much needed energy in order to sustain itself year to year. If left to its own devices, BOB can slowly degrade the health of the tree where secondary pests such as the two-lined chestnut borer can and will invade the tree and further the decline leading to failure. Although this takes time, it is crucial to address BOB through disease management with technical materials and also supplementing lost nutrients with a fall season fertilization. If you think BOB is visiting oak trees at your home, please contact your area ISA Certified Arborist here at SavATree to arrange a consultation. The earlier it is addressed, the better for your trees and the overall integrity of your property!

Where Are Your Roots?

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July 29, 2019 – Girdling roots can be an issue with any tree species. However, some of the most common are linden (basswood) and maple trees. The condition usually develops early in t  he plant’s life, but girdling roots can be a concern throughout the entire lifespan of a tree. This issue typically starts at the nursery where soil or other organic materials accumulate against the base of the trees. As the years pass with that material on the trunk, adventitious roots develop and encircle the main stem. When a tree is installed at your home, it is imperative to gently remove the piled up soil in order to expose the main root flare. If that soil remains, the condition worsens and the tree’s conductive tissues become restricted as both the tree and root(s) grow into one another. In many cases, our SavATree team can intervene by performing Root Collar Excavation via Air-Spade and follow up with providing supplemental treatments and soil amendments to improve root development and provide a healthier tree long-term. The first photo shows a visual of canopy decline due to girdling roots and, at that point, the tree cannot be salvaged. The second photo shows a tree that a storm simply blew over! Please contact our team if you believe your tree is at risk and have one of our certified arborists consult with you to see what options you may have!

Lawn Update

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July 28, 2019 – A turf insect that can wreak havoc has been identified in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. It was once thought that Chinch bugs were not a problem this far north, but now these destructive insects are starting to make an appearance. The customer mentioned their lawn has had many issues in years prior to our team beginning services this year and now we know why. Chinch bugs can be quite the challenge to manage and lawns with a history of Chinch bug issues need to be closely monitored so management strategies can be developed. Please contact us if your lawn looks to have “dry looking” areas but no improvement when watered and also those areas are progressively spreading. These insects are tough to manage effectively but we are up to the challenge! Contact us today for free lawn consultation!

Territory List:

Anoka County
Circle Pines
Columbus
Lexington
Lino Lakes

Ramsey County 
Arden Hills
Falcon Heights
Lauderdale
Little Canada
Maplewood
Mounds View
New Brighton
North Saint Paul
North Oaks
Roseville
Saint Paul
Shoreview
Vadnais Heights
White Bear Lake

Washington County
Centerville
Forest Lake
Hugo
Lino Lakes

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