The Benefits of Tree Trimming and Pruning

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An attractive tree is a healthy tree. Proper tree care is necessary is to keep that tree looking attractive. It is important to remember that lot maintenance goes beyond mowing the lawn and cleaning up debris. If you have been considering hiring a tree trimming service or tree pruning service, consider these five benefits:

  • Better Health: Pruning or trimming a tree keeps it healthy. Removing diseased, dying, or dead limbs can prevent further loss of limbs. In addition to preventing further dead or diseased limbs, pruning limbs can increase the sun exposure and air circulation to the remaining branches, further improving the health of the tree. Finally, regarding health, pruning can promote new growth of healthy branches and leaves.
  • Better Appearance: Pruning and trimming can improve the appearance of the tree. Overgrown, hanging branches look unappealing and negatively affect a property’s image. Well-maintained trees create a good impression, showing potential clients, or friends and neighbors, that taking care of your property is important to you.
  • Better Sunlight: Tree trimming, and pruning let nearby plants get more sunlight. Overrun limbs block sunlight, making areas under them unsuitable for other plants. Removing some of these branches, allows other plants to thrive.
  • Reduce Risks: Tree pruning, and trimming can decrease accidents and damage. Overgrown, dead, and diseased limbs are a hazard to nearby powerlines, house gutters, and shingles. Removing these branches before a major storm removes them for you is important.
  • Better Shape: Pruning a young tree helps shape it for when it is mature. Pruning is vital for strong branch structure in juvenile trees. When adding young trees, regular pruning is important to train them to grow in the way you want.

There are multiple types of pruning and trimming, and which type is needed depends on the situation.

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  • Fine Pruning is for aesthetic reasons. It is the process of removing smaller limbs for a better appearance.
  • Standard Pruning is for health of the tree. It is done to improve the tree’s branch structure and involves more heavy cutting.
  • Hazard Trimming is needed for dead, diseased, or dying limbs. It is also for larger overgrown branches that may be healthy but are becoming a hazard to nearby powerlines or structures.
  • Crown Reduction Trimming is the removal of major branch structures. Removing too much of a tree’s branch structure can lead to death of the tree, so it should only be down after major storm damage or when a significant portion of the tree has died. When performing crown reduction trimming, you should never remove more than 30% of the crown.

When is the best time to trim or prune your trees?

  • Winter trimming or pruning can lead tosignificant new growth with the coming spring, and is best to promote a fuller, more mature, looking tree. When using this strategy, it is best to wait until the it has started to warm up again, but before spring growth. Late February and early March are safe bets.
  • Summer pruning or trimming is best used to maintain a trees current size. It limits increase in size but can help the overall health due to the increased sunlight and air circulation discussed above, and more “food” going to the roots than new growth.
  • Other times to prune are anytime you see dead or damaged branches.

If you are looking for tree trimming service or tree pruning service from an experience local tree service company, call us today for a free consultation! We serve the entire Brainerd Lakes Area, including Brainerd, Baxter, Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Breezy Point, Crosslake, and beyond.

Stump Grinding Vs Stump Removal

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Once that tree is down, and the branches and trunk removed. It may seem like the job is done, but there is one more thing to contend with: the stump.

You have some options when it comes to those stumps, namely: leave it, remove it, or grind it.

Leave it?

Once the tree it was supporting has been removed, the stump will deteriorate over time. Leaving the stump where it stands is an option. The primary benefits of leaving the stump are the ease of it, nothing else needs to be done, and the cost of it, or lack thereof.

Negative aspects of leaving the stump are safety, and pests. A stump can be a trip hazard for friends and family and can be the perfect home for pests. It can also cause inconveniences, as it will get in the way of the lawn mower and takes up valuable real estate in your yard preventing the planting of new trees. In addition to the safety, convenience, and pest factors, a decaying stump is just plain ugly.

Grind it?

Grinding the stump is less labor intensive and intrusive. It involves using a large grinder to take all the stump structure away. It gets rid of almost all the negative aspects of leaving the stump in place. Because it is less intensive than full removal, it is also cheaper. An additional benefit of grinding is the ship pile that can be used as mulch for other plants.

The major downfall of grinding is the fact that the tree’s root system remains in place. Just like leaving a stump prevents the planting of new trees, the large and unruly root structure of a mature tree can make it difficult to plant in the area surrounding the area from which the tree was removed. It can take years for the root system to completely degrade. That being said, if you are just trying to reclaim some lawn space, grinding may be the way to go.

Remove it?

To really be rid of a tree, you will need full removal of the stump. Full removal is invasive and intensive, as it requires excavating the root system of the tree as well as getting rid of the stump. As you can guess, full removal is the most expensive option. Another downfall of full removal is the fact that the excavation results in a large whole in the yard that will need to be filled.

The benefit of full removal is the clean slate you get. No pest, safety, or convenience concerns, and no interference with the planting of new trees.

If you are considering removing a tree and still can’t decide whether to leave it, grind it, or remove it, call us today for a free consultation. We serve the entire Brainerd Lakes Area, including Brainerd, Baxter, Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Breezy Point, Crosslake, and beyond.


The Benefits of Rip Rap in Shoreline Restoration and Erosion Control

A longtime method of controlling shoreline erosion that is once again coming into favor is rip rap. Rip rap is a great option and works much the same way a stone retaining wall does. Rocks large enough to hold back the soil are stacked at the shoreline to prevent the waves from eroding away at the soil.

So what are the benefits of choosing rip rap in your fight against shoreline erosion?

  • Rip rap looks good, if gives a cohesive, finished look to your shoreline. Rip rap contributes to the look of a professionally landscaped property.
  • It has proven to be effective in preventing erosion and loss of property from waves and runoff. Much like a retaining wall, it can stabilize slopes to protect from washing out.
  • Rip rap is a relatively low cost and easy option in comparison to other erosion control methods. After the quicker installation, the maintenance is minimal, allowing you more time to enjoy your property.
  • Rip rap can support better water quality; as it is an effective method for preventing runoff and erosion, there will be less silty soil from the land entering the water directly in front of your property..

Rip rap can really benefit your lakeshore property. If you are considering a rip rap shoreline, or would like to discuss other shoreline restoration options in the Brainerd lakes area, do not hesitate to call us today!

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Retaining Walls

Whether you are a do it yourselfer laying blocks or stones yourself, or you are paying a professional to install one for you, you need to make sure you are using high quality materials. You have many options, both regarding types of stone, and types of block. In this article I will be going over some of the basic info, and pros and cons of each type of wall.

If you have a sloped yard, retaining walls can be a huge benefit. They can provide the structure needed for a patio, garden, a flat space for lawn, all the while helping to control rainwater drainage. All that being said, a retaining walls core purpose is to prevent erosion and hold back soil. As soil is heavy, that fact needs to be considered when choosing a material.

Retaining Wall Blocks

Blocks are by far the most popular material used in retaining wall construction. They come in several different sizes, so be sure to pick the correct one for the size of your wall. The smallest blocks are best use as edging around plant beds or short, low walls. Larger blocks can be used for longer and taller walls. Retaining wall blocks are made of poured concrete, and you have probably seen them everywhere. Blocks may be solid or hollow, for the hollow you will need to fill them with gravel once stacked. The benefit of the hollow blocks is a lighter weight.

There are two primary methods used to get the blocks to stay together, lips and pins.

Lips are the most common. For blocks with lips, the bottom rear has a lip that locks with the block below when it is placed on top of another block. This is a very effective method of connecting the blocks, but results in a sloping wall, as opposed to a vertical wall.

With pins, the blocks have small holes, and pins are used between two blocks to keep them together. Pins are great for the fact that they make vertical walls possible, but because the holes are pre-drilled one must be careful to ensure no debris gets in the holes.

Despite being quite heavy, the built-in connection systems of blocks make them the easier choice to work with.


Pros: Retaining wall blocks are easier to use and cheaper. With a wide variety of color choices, you can likely find the perfect block for you tastes. With a variety of locking systems, there is more choice in slope of wall. If properly installed, they are reliable at their primary purpose of controlling soil.

Cons: Corners, curves, and decorative walls are more difficult to create, as special pieces or cutting is required. Blocks are very heavy and labor intensive. As blocks are most common, they are not the choice for someone looking for something unique.

Natural Stone Retaining Wall

The other primary option is natural stone retaining walls. Just as the name would suggest, these are walls built with natural stone. They could use boulders, a mix of boulders and smaller stones, or cut stone. Boulder walls use landscaping fabric to help hold back the soil. Mixed or “rubble” walls use gravel to fill the gaps between stones. Cut stone walls are created by cutting larger stones into thinner pieces that are then stacked. As each stone is cut slightly differently, cut stone walls can have a unique look.

Due to the weight of the stone, locking systems or mortar are not required, assuming proper attention is given to selecting the correct stone for the correct spot. When building a natural stone wall, you must choose a stone that fits the spot each time you lay a stone. This can be quite labor intensive for walls using boulders.

Natural stone walls take patience and creativity to make sure you are choosing a stone that not only looks good but fits well. Patience is also required due to the weight of the stone; each layer needs to be finished and filled before moving on to the next.

Pros: Natural walls are more unique, and can handle any situation in regard to curves, height, length, without the considerations required with blocks.

Cons: Natural stone is heavier and more expensive. Straight corners or straight vertical walls are out of the questions. Patience and creativity are required to make sure you are using the correct stone for the spot.

If you are considering a natural stone retaining wall, it is probably best to leave it to the professionals. We can install natural stone retaining walls in the Brainerd lakes area including Brainerd, Baxter, Nisswa, Crosslake, Pequot Lakes, and beyond. Call us today for a consultation!

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The Benefits of Hiring a Tree Service

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When you notice your trees looking a little worse for wear, you have a couple of options. You can tackle the trimming or pruning by yourself, or you can hire a local tree service. It almost all cases you are better off hiring the professionals. The benefits of hiring a tree care service are as follows:


Tree trimming and pruning almost always involves climbing the tree and cutting good size branches away. If you do not have the proper equipment, or the proper experience, the chances of falling are high. In addition, you risk limbs falling on the house, other structures, or nearby power lines.

To ensure safety, it is better to hire the professional. A reputable tree care service company will use harnesses or bucket trucks to limit the risk of falling. In addition, the have the experience to make sure stray branches do not damage surrounding structures. Be sure to hire an insured tree company on the off chance a major limb gets away from them and causes damage.

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Proper maintenance

Tree services have the proper equipment to trim and fell the trees. In addition, they know how to use them. Trimming trees can be a complex task, cut to much and the tree may die, don’t cut enough, and you will not get the desired results. Hiring an experienced tree service ensures the best chances of receiving the desired result.

If you are looking for tree removal, once again, a professional is your best bet. They will have the tools to get the job done quickly and safely. Once the tree is gone, they will also have the tools to remove the trunk, something that most do it yourselfers don’t have the capacity to tackle.

Tips to consider when hiring the company

The good weather in the Brainerd Lakes area is short enough as it is, use the good weather to enjoy your yard instead of cutting up trees. You should always consider the experience of the company, as stated above, tree trimming and removal can be complex, an inexperienced tree removal company will not do the best job. Another factor to consider is whether the company is insured.

For any tree service needs in the Brainerd Lakes Area, including trimming, pruning, removal, stump removal, or emerald ash borer treatment, pleas call us for a free consultation.

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Emerald Ash Borer Treatment

In 2002, the landscape changed for owners of ash trees. It was then that the tiny beetle known as the Emerald Ash Borer was discovered in Michigan.

By 2009, according to the USDA, it is estimated that the Emerald Ash Borer had killed 58,000,000 ash trees across thirteen states.

Like many other ailments that once meant certain death, new treatments mean hope for the owners of trees afflicted by Emerald Ash Borers.

You probably have several questions about Emerald Ash Borer treatment, we hope to address them all below:


For a tree to be a good candidate for EAB treatment, it needs to be free of other pre-existing conditions. Unfortunately for tree owners, if EAB is one of many issues, it is likely the tree cannot be saved.

Once an examination for pre-existing condition is complete, and the tree is otherwise healthy, the tree can be evaluated for EAB treatment.

If everything checks out, the treatment needs to be applied at the proper time, in the proper manner, by an experienced tree service provider.

Assuming the application was done properly, you can expect an 85%-95% effectiveness.

WHAT ARE THE Options for Emerald Ash Borer TREATMENT?

EAB can be treated four different ways: canopy spray, bark spray, trunk injection, and soil injection.

Soil injections and trunk injections are by far the most common treatment options. There involve injecting the treatment directly into the tree. The treatment then works its way through the trees entire internal structure, much like water or fertilizer would. The most destructive phase of the beetle’s life cycle is the larval phase, which is targeted with these injections.

Occasionally extremal sprays are used to prevent the adult insects from laying eggs or feeding. Proper application helps to limit the environmental impact of the treatment.

Can I treat EAB myself with a diy solution?

Several factors need to be considered for an Emerald Ash Borer treatment to be effective. These include dose, timing, product quality, and health of the tree.

Although a homeowner can purchase a high quality product with the same active ingredients as those the pros use, not all contain a high enough concentration of the active ingredient, and a homeowner may not effective consider the other factors required for an effective treatment.

Because Emerald Ash Borers can kill your tree, it is strongly recommended that you hire a professional.


As soon as possible! If you learn Emerald Ash Borer is in the area, do not wait. Your tree’s chances of survival are greatly improved if treated early and properly.

Even if you haven’t seen any signs of this annoying little beetle, get your tree inspected by a professional if you learn of EAB in the area. Emerald Ash Borer has been confirmed in 25 states, including: Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Missouri, Virginia, Minnesota, New York, Kentucky, Iowa, Tennessee, Connecticut, Kansa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Georgia, Colorado, New Jersey, Arkansas and Louisiana. For a current list, visit the USDA.

If you have ash trees in the Brainerd Lakes Area, and are concerned about EAB, call today for a consultation.

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