In life, a little proactivity can go a long way. Regular maintenance on your car can prevent costly major repairs. Small daily chores prevent having large messes to clean up. Exercise and regular checkups can prevent and detect illnesses before they turn into something bigger. Being proactive can save time, stress, and money.

A similar approach can be taken with the trees on your property. Small pruning cuts early in a tree’s life can create a strong and stable mature tree. Proper planting practices encourages healthy tree establishment and avoids issues like restricted root growth or girdling roots that could lead to tree health decline in the future. Additionally, proactive plant health care strategies can increase a tree’s vigor and vitality and protect it from problematic pests and fungi. At Carr’s Tree Service, our certified Arborists and Plant Health Care Technicians can assist you in evaluating your trees’ needs and coming up with a plan to protect them so they can be enjoyed for years to come.

Lately, when it comes to plant health care, one of the biggest newsmakers is an invasive insect known as Emerald Ash Borer. Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an invasive insect that has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees across the United States. EAB has now been confirmed in 30 counties in the state of Minnesota and unfortunately, it continues to spread. For the most up-to-date map on the spread of EAB visit the Minnesota DNR website. Once infested with EAB, an ash tree can die in as quickly as two years. Once you’ve identified an ash tree in your yard (a simple internet search will show you some definitive characteristics that make identification easy). Luckily, there’s a way to avoid costly tree removals. Carr’s Arborists can evaluate your ash trees, determine a treatment plan, and administer pesticide injections that will protect your tree for the next two years with 99% effectiveness!

There are a number of pests and diseases that can affect your trees at a given time. Many of them are opportunistic, meaning these disorders are looking for unhealthy, weakened trees to invade. In the last couple of years, the majority of the state of Minnesota has experienced some level of drought. This can cause our trees to be depleted from not only a water perspective, but nutritionally as well. In addition to diagnosing problems in trees, a Carr’s Arborist can help you take a proactive approach and come up with a comprehensive strategy that uses a number of tactics to ensure your trees are at their healthiest. From fertilization, root excavation, and various styles of mulching, we have a lot of tools in our belt that allows us to find the best solution for your situation.

When Spring kicks into gear, there’s always the inevitable yard clean up and lawn care. But don’t forget to think about your trees and give Carr’s Tree Service a call. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are happy to assist you. Just remember, if you’re trying to decide whether or not to do something about a sickly or damaged tree, a little proactivity can go a long way.

Carr’s Tree Service Certified Arborist, Jacob Schauf