Scientifically referred to as Acer Rubrum, the red maple is a popular ornamental tree in Bloomington. It is often planted for its visual interest and the beauty it adds to a landscape. What is especially alluring about the red maple is that the tree features different visual qualities each season. It displays some colorful buds in winter, outstanding flowers in spring, colorful foliage in autumn and leafstalks in summer.
Its red foliage serves as an early indicator of spring season. In autumn, its leaf colors many range from bright red to yellow or greenish yellow. The decorative blooms of the tree really stand out as it blooms way before the other trees and it’ll display its colorful red leafs long before fall. The aesthetic standards of red maple make it a favorite tree for Bloomington homeowners.
The appeal of the red maple isn’t limited to its beauty. It is a fast growing and highly adaptable tree which tolerates a wide range of growing conditions. It’ll thrive in extreme temperature fluctuations, wet soils, and neutral to acidic soils and can be easily planted on any landscape.
It’s hearty. It’s beautiful. And as home owners in Bloomington can attest, it offers excellent shade. Nothing feels better than relaxing under a cool shade in your yard while waiting for the BBQ to heat up. The red maple will definitely offer you this pleasure.
Once planted, the tree grows fast, into a 40-70 foot specimen. Its canopy can go as far as 40 feet wide. In less than five years, the red maple trees can reach a height of 12 feet. Due to its fast growing characteristics, red maples are often the tree of choice in new housing developments.
The red maple is a good investment, not only for its quick growth, but also for its longevity. The tree can live for up to 200 years, so even if you plan to live in your house for more than the standard 5-7 years, you’ll still get a great return on your tree investment because even 20 years down the road, the red maple will be healthy (given you take the proper care along the way.) If you don’t want the task of pruning and caring for the tree, give us a call. We’ll be happy to do the job for you. Because the last call we ever want to get from you is that you need tree removal services. Of course, if that’s what you need, we’ll do it. But let’s work together to keep your red maples healthy.
There is one down side to the red maple. It’s a deciduous tree, meaning it sheds it leaves every year. So, of course, this means raking leaves. Short of that, we have nothing negative to say about what we consider to be the best tree to plant in Bloomington; the red maple. Oh, unless you have or live near horses. Red maple leaves are extremely toxic for horses!
The Balsam fir is one of the most remarkable trees for landscaping a home in Bloomington. It is often a small to medium sized tree that grows to about 45-65 feet tall. However, just like people the Balsam Fir can be found in a variety of heights; some up to 100 feet tall! This evergreen tree is also characterized by a narrow conical crown. Young trees have smooth barks with resin blister and as the tree grows, the bark turns rough and scaly. It has flat needle-like leaves and its seeds are formed in a cone. With time the cones disintegrate to release winged seeds. The tree is highly adaptable and grows in a wide range of climates and temperatures, making it a good choice for our wide-range of temps throughout the year.
You may know the Balsam fir best as a Christmas tree. Its symmetrical shape, dark green color and spicy scent have made it a big seller for Christmas. Another reason it is a favorite for Christmas is that it is easy to decorate and attach decorative ornaments. Upon being cut, the spiky leaves hold onto the branches for long without falling off. Its glamour will remain intact throughout the festive season. If you’ve ever thought of growing your own Christmas tree or if you love Christmas so much you want a “Christmas tree” in your yard year-round, the Balsam fir is the tree for you.
The Balsam fir is also a favorite among people who prefer all-natural ingredients in their healthcare products. The resin of the Balsam fir is reported to cure headaches when inhaled. The paste from its bark can be used to clean stained teeth. Cream and lotion prepared from the tree offers remedy for numerous skin problems. Balsam fir resin can be applied on wounds, cuts and burns to offer instant relief. Oil made from the tree helps offer relief from muscle pain and rheumatic pain. The tree has edible components that may be used in preparation of herbal tea and the herbal tea from the Balsam Fir comes in handy in treating constipation and respiratory disorders such as asthma and bronchitis.
And a little bit of “useless knowledge” that might help you win a game of trivial pursuit: Before the invention of air mattresses and foam rubber, mattresses were made from balsam fir. Its dense foliage arranged on freshly cut trunks formed sweet scented beds, the likes of which you can see at Old Fort Snelling.
As long as it is properly planted and watered, the Balsam fir is easy to take care of and manage. It doesn’t do well during a drought or extremely hot temperature streaks, so if we have an unusually dry spell or prolonged heat wave in Bloomington, be sure to water the tree. It thrives best when the soil is moist.
To keep it growing strong and healthy, give our professional tree removal experts at Bloomington Tree Care a shout and we’ll prune it and remove the dead branches to keep your Balsam fir looking beautiful and healthy.
If you’re looking for the perfect tree to plant in your Bloomington yard, you’ll want to consider the Norway Pine. Given it is the Official Tree of the State of Minnesota it’s not surprising that there are more Norway Pines planted in the state of Minnesota than any other tree. But if you’re new to Minnesota, you may be unfamiliar with the Norway Pine. That’s because everyone else in the United States calls this tree a Red Pine!
What makes it a great tree for your yard…. Besides its beauty.
Most trees require professional pruning at least once a year, but the Norway Pine is a self-pruning tree, meaning that the tree will shed dead branches on its own, saving you time, work and money over the years. Pruning is important, whether self-pruning or human intervention, in order to keep the tree healthy and help heal wounds and prevent diseases. Because the Norway Pine (or Red Pine) is self-pruning, it is more resistant to disease and insects than other types of trees.
According to the University of PA, “Red Pines grow very rapidly for their first 60 or 70 years of life and can live for up to 350 years.” They generally reach heights of 60-80 feet, but 100-foot-tall Norway Pines are not unheard of. If you are planting a young Red Pine, be sure to give it plenty of room. At full growth this majestic tree will have a trunk diameter of 30-40”. It's important to take note of a Norway Pine's height at maturity if you have overhead power lines. Sadly, our tree removal team has had to cut down our fair share of Red Pines because they grew too close to the lines.
The Norway Pine is a very hearty tree. No surprises there given it’s native to our state with temps that can dip quite low! The University of Minnesota lists the Norway Pine on its recommended list of trees to use as a natural windbreak, which supports the winter-heartiness of this tree. If you have a long driveway, a row of Norway Pines creates a beautiful entrance to your home as well as serving as a natural snow fence and wind break to prevent snow from blowing onto your driveway.
One potential “negative” to planting a pine tree though, is that it is difficult to grow turf under a pine tree because, as the U of MN explains, “Pine roots fill a large circle of soil under their foliage, making it difficult to grow turf and other plants underneath these trees.”
If you decide a Norway Pine is the tree for you, be aware that it does need full sun to thrive. Consider this when selecting the location in your yard for your Red/Norway Pine.
If you’re like many home owners who are considering tree removal, you’re likely a little torn. Most of us love our trees and would much rather try to find a way to keep them than remove them. Sometimes, though, the only option is to cut down the tree. Over the years, here are the most common reasons homeowners have hired us for tree removal.
1. Dropping fruit or sap.
The fruit drops from the trees and rots. If it isn’t picked up, man does it STINK!
One homeowner we did work for had a Mulberry tree on either side of her walkway near her front door. When the red fruit fell, it stained her sidewalk and it was a daily chore to clean them up so friends and families didn’t have to walk through the odor of the rotting fruit to come in her home.
Another homeowner had us cut down her plum tree because it hung over her driveway and dropped fruit on the top of one of their cars. They had planted the tree when they first moved in their house, 25 years prior and planted it a little too close to the driveway – not considering how big it would get and, therefore, hang over the driveway.
Often times we are called to remove a tree that produces tree pollen that someone in the house is allergic to. This happens when someone purchases a home with a tree they haven’t been exposed to before or didn’t know they were allergic to, but more often when couples have children and as the children grow, they discover the kids are allergic to the tree pollen. There are Minnesota trees that often set off the allergies:
3. Dead or Dying Tree
Two of the worst diseases trees in the Twin Cities die from are Oak Wilt and Dutch Elm, but we also have some non-native insects that destroy our trees. Gypsy Moths, Eurasian Earthworms and Emerald Ash Borers are the top culprits when it comes to killing our trees. Sadly that’s when our team of tree removal team is called in to cut down the tree and grind the tree stump.
4. Shading the grass too much so the grass doesn’t grow
As much as we love our trees, there’s nothing more beautiful than a lush green lawn… which means green grass. Unfortunately the trees and the grass are fighting for the same water source AND if the trees have a dense canopy they are robbing the grass of its needed sunlight. Before you have our tree removal team out for this reason, let’s take a look at your trees and see if we can prune them enough to provide the needed sunlight for your grass. If not, then we can remove the tree for you.
5. Lifting foundation/driveway/sidewalk
Willow, Maple, Oak and Ash trees, commonly planted in Bloomington MN yards, all have very shallow root systems. If they are planted too close to sidewalks or driveways, homeowners run the risk of the root system growing under the sidewalk/driveway as the tree grows and the root system spreads. According to Iowa State University, “Roots may occupy an area four to seven times the surface area occupied by the crown of the tree.” Another way to determine how far away to plant a tree is to consider the diameter of the tree’s trunk at maturity. A common guideline used by arborists is one foot for every one inch of trunk diameter. As an example, a fully grown burr oak tree may have a trunk that is 24-36 inches in diameter so that means it would need to be 24-36 feet away from a driveway or sidewalk.
6. Overgrown/overcrowding landscape
Planting trees too closely together will, generally, result in one of the interior trees dying or being dwarfed by the other trees. Let’s try pruning the trees first to see if this allows sunshine to reach the middle tree(s) thereby solving the problem. Whatever you do, do not “top” the trees. If tree removal is necessary, we’ll take care of that for you.
7. Blocking a view
This is the saddest reason we think to remove a tree. But sometimes it is necessary for the safety of the homeowner. If a large tree provides cover to potential home burglars or if it prevents the homeowner from being able to see when someone is in their driveway or in front of their home, then it may be necessary to remove the tree.
There are certainly other reasons that homeowners have trees removed, but these are the most common reasons we have experienced over the past 30+ years. If you need a tree removed or pruned, give us a call for a competitive quote.
Tree removal services are not just about removing or cutting the trees; it is about the complete elimination of the trees. This means, once the trees have been eliminated, the tree specialists should ensure the roots and stumps are removed properly as well. Uncut roots and uneven stumps can cause different issues that decrease the worth of the investment made to get the unwanted or unhealthy and dying trees removed.
All things considered, you should not attempt to remove trees from your yard yourself. Instead, call a tree removal specialists. We offer complete root and stump removal services to ensure that no unwanted trees develop from the roots that are left uncut. We can also remove the stumps so they don't spoil the beauty of your yard. Grinding a tree stump also removes the chance of accidents caused by stumbling over a uncut stump.
Tree services are fundamental for maintaining your trees and helping them thrive for years. Uncared for trees are attractive to diseases and bugs, which debilitates the trees. Such trees can fall anytime, causing accidents or damages to your property. It’s important to remove the dying tree before that happens! Hiring tree specialists will ensure that your tree is removed as safely as possible, avoiding any damage to your property. Plus, in the very unlikely event that the tree does fall before we complete the removal, our insurance has you (and us) covered!
Cutting down old or damaged trees, safely cutting, grinding and removing the heavy tree trunk, branches and so an arduous task best left to specialists who have years of involvement in taking care of such undertakings. We have all the equipment, the know-how and the experience required to safely and precisely do any tree removal. We’ll ensure the whole job is done in the best possible way, giving you the maximum return on your investment whether we just cut down your tree or remove the tree and grind the stump down for you.
Another, often unthought of reason to hire us instead of doing the work yourself is the cleanup after the fact. We’ll haul away the debris caused by the tree removal and/or stump grinding; saving you time and back-breaking work.
Whether you need to remove a tree because it’s dying, you simply don’t like it or you’re planning an addition to your home where the tree currently stands, call us at Bloomington Tree Care. We’ll consult with you regarding your options for your desired outcome.
It’s spring! The birds are chirping, the grass is starting to grow, and it’s time to start considering what you need to do in your yard for proper spring tree care. Whether it’s pruning, protecting newly planted trees, tree removal, or tree stump grinding, proper tree care can make your yard the envy of your Bloomington neighborhood.
Fertilize Your Trees
You probably fertilize your lawn, but when is the last time you fertilized your trees? Applying fertilizer to the base of your trees can help them remain healthy and strong. The best time to do this is in late April or early May, and the recommended application is about three pounds for every 1000 square feet of ground surface below your trees.
Don’t Forget to Mulch
According to the National Arbor Day Foundation, mulch is the best friend for newly planted or young trees. Here’s why:
· It helps to insulate the soil and protect the tree from extreme temperatures.
· It keeps water in the root system.
· It keeps weeds from growing and competing for resources.
· It keeps the soil from compacting.
· It protects you from damaging your lawn mower.
So what are the steps to properly adding mulch around your trees?
1. Start by removing all the grass and weeds within a three to ten foot radius from the base of the tree (depending on tree size).
2. Use natural wood chips or pieces of bark and spread them two to four inches deep around the tree.
3. Always make sure that none of the mulch is touching the tree trunk.
Proper Tree Pruning Tips
After a long winter, you might look at some of your trees and notice that you’ve been neglecting them. When you decide to start pruning your trees, follow these simple steps.
1. Do not remove more than one-quarter of the crown of the tree.
2. Be sure to keep your pruning tools as sharp as possible.
3. For branches that are out of reach, use a saw extending tool. If that doesn’t get it done, it’s probably time to hire a professional.
4. For bigger branches, cut outside the bark and swollen collar area. Never leave a protruding stub behind. If the limb is too small to have formed a collar, then cut close.
5. All cuts should be clean. Make sure they are at a bit of an angle, and are about one-quarter of an inch beyond the bud.
Complete tree removal and stump grinding, when needed, is best left to the professionals. Give us a call at Bloomington Tree Care and we'll take care of your tree needs in a safe and timely manner.
Now is the time to start your spring tree care routine. With these tips, you’ll have the healthiest trees on the block!
If you haven't heard the term before, tree topping is the act of cutting off the top central stem of a tree, and the upper main branches. In most cases, both the stem and upper branches are sheared off at uniform heights. This results in a tree with thin upright branches at the top. Topping trees seriously affect their health, value and the landscape. It leaves the tree susceptible to diseases, insects, and decay. It also reduces the property value by up to 20%. The level of the environmental hazard created by topped trees is increased since the branch stubs decay and may fall. Even the water sprouts growing at the top have weak, shallow anchors that can break off during a storm.
How Topping Hurt Trees
Topping Invites Disease
Trees are equipped to close their wounds when they are pruned at the branch attachment point. The large cut at the stem does not close. The large wounds take longer to heal and serves as an entry point for disease organisms and insects. It allows sunlight to enter the central parts of the tree resulting in sunscald, peeling bark and cracks on the stem.
Topping Stresses Trees
Topping a tree removes almost 100% of its leaf surface. Tree topping damages trees since it removes much of the leaf surface so the tree cannot produce the needed food for survival and storage. This temporary absence of leaves will starve the tree, therefore, stressing it. The tree will then react by rapidly developing multiple shoots from the buds below the cut stem. This is a survival mechanism to bring up new leaves so the tree can continue making food. If the tree has inadequate food reserve, it will wither and die prematurely.
Doesn’t Control Size
The primary reason most people top trees is to control the tree's size. There seems to be logic there, but it's unfounded logic. After a tree is topped, it will rapidly and desperately grow shoots to make food. These new shoots, in some species, can grow up to 20 feet in just one year. This will be much faster than it took the tree to grow to its original height. Tree topping disfigures and damages the tree and in some cases results in its death.
Make New Branches Weaker
As the new shoot grows rapidly from the buds of the parent branch, they rise fast but with inadequate grounding. They have weak attachments on the stem and can easily break off in a storm or when they become big years later.
Topping is Expensive
It is costly to top trees since it will rapidly grow shoots that will need to be topped again leading to a vicious cycle. Each sprout when cut will multiply the number of next generation shoots making it more and more expensive to manage and results in even an uglier tree.
When it is necessary to modify the height of your trees or its spread, give us a call. We will assess the type of pruning your tree needs to be safe, healthy and improve the appearance of the tree.
Renowned for providing beautiful leafy foliage and dominating suburban America, elms are without doubt one of the nation’s favorite and most iconic trees. Yet recent years have seen a rapid decline in the Elm population, owing to the spread of the seemingly untreatable Dutch Elm Disease which causes trees to choke themselves to death.
Dutch Elm Disease is spread by various species of bark beetles, which carry the disease from one tree to another and cause fungus to grow at the base of the trunk. As a self-defense mechanism, the tree shuts itself down which inadvertently causes it to be starved of water and nutrients. Dutch elm disease has been a growing problem for a while, with hundreds of trees falling victim to the disease every day.
In an attempt to save the great American elm, The University of Minnesota has been running tests on a range of elm trees to determine whether any variety is immune to the destructive effects of Dutch Elm Disease. Researchers discovered a large tree in the St Croix River Valley that had withstood the disease, suggesting it had resistant properties. Years of testing have proven the tree to be unaffected by the disease, a discovery that represents more than a glimmer of hope for the future of the elm tree.
The tree first came to the attention of researchers after owner Chris Bliska noticed it on his hobby farm in Afton, MN. Bliska, who was looking to develop an orchard on his land, was intrigued by the tree’s good health when all other elms on the site were infected with Dutch Elm Disease. The tree in question was not only healthy, but also very large – its trunk measured 75 inches in diameter – so Bliska contacted an arborist to assess it.
The arborist realized that Bliska’s tree boasted unique properties that rendered it unaffected by Dutch Elm Disease. He promptly contacted the University of Minnesota to inform them of his suspected findings.
Researchers proceeded to clone seedlings of the elm upon which they conducted a series of tests and experiments. This involved deliberately infusing the saplings with a strain of Dutch Elm fungus to test their durability and resistance. Whilst several of the young trees fell victim to the disease, many more showed no long-term negative side-effects and grew in the fashion that would be expected of a young elm. Researchers declared the experiments a success, and the disease-resistant elm has been officially called the St Croix Elm in homage to its place of discovery.
The fact that the St Croix Elm is resistant to Dutch Elm Disease is making it a popular choice for Twin Cities residents. Other varieties of Elm have shown resistance to Dutch Elm Disease, including the Princeton Elm, but University of Minnesota researchers claim that the St Croix Elm is perfectly suited to Minnesota growing conditions and is proving to be a firm favorite with locals.
Home owners can expect the St Croix Elm to grow at a fast rate and to provide a large amount of shade, rendering them a perfect addition to the back-yard for hot summer days.
If you're fighting Dutch Elm Disease in one of your trees, give us a shout. Our tree removal team will take it down and grind out it's stump so you can replace it with the heartier St. Croix Elm.
When you need to remove one or more trees from your back yard the work does not end just by cutting down the tree and removing it from the site. No matter how hard you try to cut the tree all the way to the ground, there will be a tree stump left. That tree stump can be a hazard to kids, the lawnmower and even the eco-system beneath the grass. The stump has to go!
Reasons to remove the tree stump
In addition to removing the hazard to the kids tripping over the stump or breaking the lawn mower by running into it, you’ll also want to remove the stump to improve your property value. Yep. While trees ADD value to your property, tree stumps LOWER your property value.
Tree stumps are also an invitation to a host of fungi, cankers, beetles, woodlice and carpenter ants. An infestation of beetles or carpenter ants is the last thing you want to have to deal with. Getting rid of your tree stump also gets rid of the insect home.
Besides all of these practical reasons, stumps are just plain ugly to look at.
Methods of tree stump removal
Tree stumps can be removed through various methods. Here are the four most often used methods:
Digging out the stump
We don’t dig out tree stumps so we turned to TreeRemoval.com for step by step instructions for you on digging out a tree stump.
It may also depend on the type of tree stump you’re digging out. Pine trees have wide and flat root systems but Oak trees have deep roots and a tap root that goes straight down.
If you’re up for some back-breaking hard work, this is the method for you.
Burning the stump
Some homeowners report burning the stump has worked for them, but even more have reported that it has not worked for them. HomeAdvisor warns, “One of the most popular and age-old methods of getting rid of a stump is burning the stump out of the ground. In actuality, this method is less than perfect, since stumps set deep in the ground rarely receive enough oxygen to facilitate a fire that actually makes a measurable difference in eliminating the stump from your property. In fact, a low oxygen burn can instead create a charcoal material that is almost impossible to decompose and remove.”
If you decide to burn the tree stump, check your local ordinances before setting fire to it. Many Twin Cities’ suburbs prohibit stump burning in residential areas.
And keep this tip in mind, courtesy of the gardening forum StackExchange, “Obviously there are dangers to lighting fires in your yard so take reasonable precautions. Also don't do this if the stump is above gas mains...”
Use chemicals to remove stump
The ads would have you believe that you buy the chemicals, pour or spray them on the tree stump and all you have to do is stand back and watch the stump disintegrate. That’s not exactly true. What you have to do is drill holes in the stump – many holes actually (do you have a drill?) – at least 10 inches deep. Then you pour the chemicals in the holes. And wait. And wait. And wait. In fact, it may take up to 10 years for your tree stump to disintegrate. This is because the chemicals actually only hasten the degeneration of the stump; they don’t destroy it.
According to GardensAlive.com, “Forget about using any 'stump killer', 'stump remover', 'stump decayer', 'stump dissolver' type products. University of California researchers tested them back in 1994 and found that they simply did not work.”
If you insist on using chemicals, be sure you keep pets and kids away from the stump with the chemicals on/in it. Homeguides.SFGate.com warns, “Some of these chemicals are toxic and may irritate the skin or cause health problems if inhaled or ingested. The label may not advise you to wear protective clothing, but rubber gloves, safety glasses, long sleeves and pants, and a respiratory mask should be worn when handling any type of chemical. Some chemical stump removers, such as those containing potassium nitrate, are combustible and pose a fire hazard.”
Grinding out the tree stump
We, and many tree removal experts, believe this is the best way to remove a tree stump. This is the only way to remove the tree stump completely without having an adverse effect on the environment. You can rent a stump grinder at Home Depot, Loews or many other hardware stores. Bear in mind that, depending on the size of grinder you rent, you may need a vehicle with a hitch and a tow rating over 1000 pounds to tow the machine. Sometimes rental dealers will deliver it to your home for an additional fee.
The way a stump grinder works is that its circular disc with its “teeth” chips away at the stump, grinding the stump into wood chips. It is also powerful enough to cut through the tree roots. Once the stump is ground down (at least 8-10” below grade) you’ll need to gather up the wood chips, which you can dispose of or use as a landscaping tool. Then fill the hole with topsoil and spread grass seed or lay turf.
If you prefer, you can call us at 952-679-7373 and we’ll do it for you. Either way, it’ll cost you about the same amount of money. If you own your own stump grinder, then it’ll be more cost-effective for you to do it yourself. But if you don’t own a stump grinder, you might as well let us take care of it.