While this long cold winter continues to drag on, one thing is certain sunny and warm Spring days are on there way. Spring is a time of growth and renewal, spring bulbs will soon start popping up and tree’s will begin to bud.  However, before we can reach the growth and renewal phase we have to address the repair phase. The harsh elements of winter can leave behind a whirlwind of problems – broken limbs on shrubs and trees, sparse mulch, misplaced bricks from walks and walls, moldy leave piles, squashed grass and lots of debris. It is essential to address these problems before our landscape and gardens can shine this spring. Below are some of our favorite spring clean up tips.

SPRING CLEAN UP TIPS

LAWN
  • Remove any left over fall debris such as fallen limbs and leaves.
  • If any areas of your lawn have been damaged from the winter, prepare these spots for Spring seeding.
  • Begin your fertilization treatment. (Having your lawns ph levels tested first is a great way to know what your lawn is in need of before you begin adding things to it that may be necessary or may cause damage).
TREE & SHRUB
  • Remove any protective covering from trees and shrubs as the weather begins to warm.
  • Prune away any damaged branches to allow for new growth.
GARDEN
  • Clean out any left over fall debris such as leaves and fallen limbs.
  • Cut back perennials as needed and pull up any annuals that are left over from the fall.
  • If you notice bare spots in certain areas, now is a great time to transplanting to fill those in. Try to do transplanting as soon as possible after the plant emerges. Plants will recover much more quickly when started early and the weather is still mild.
  • Being your fertilization, starting now will help strengthen roots and they begin to grow.
  • Mulch & Edge gardens. Fresh mulch adds a much needed protective layer to your garden and also offers a variety of benefits. Edging is the finishing touch and will give your gardens a clean and polished look.

 

Fall Landscape Tips

November is coming to an end and for most of us this will be the last of the outdoor landscaping until next Spring. Here are some end of fall landscape tips to take care of before we encounter our first snowfall.

 

  • Leaf Clean-up: We have told you multiple times before, rake your leaves! Be sure to get up leaves from your lawn, if you haven’t been keeping up on them now would be a great time to get going! Leaving leaves on the ground through out the winter can lead to mold, disease and a damaged lawn next spring!
  • Fruit Tree Clean-up: Don’t forget to clean up under your fruit trees this month! Remember to remove any debris that might be found under and around them. This includes twigs, leaves and any remaining fruit. Failure to remove these items will make an unwelcome winter home for insects and disease, which could promptly attack your tree next spring!
  • Grading: Check the grading around your home to make sure water is running away from your foundation. Be sure to check this throughout the winter as well, rain and snow can cause erosion and built up water against your homes foundation can cause lots of damage.
  • Tree Care – Have a professional arborist take a look at your trees. Winter storms can bring a lot of damage, heavy  ice, strong winds and other issues can create a big mess. A certified arborist can easily detect which limbs should be removed and which should be trimmed or cabled for extra support.

 

 

Michigan Tree Services

The Spring storm seasons has started here in Metro Detroit, high winds and strong rains have been causing damage across Michigan. Storms may cause limbs or entire trees to fall, often landing on homes, cars or other trees leaving homeowners in need of emergency tree care. Dealing with these situations can be dangerous and should be left to trained professionals to remove, to prevent further damage to the surrounding area. Our tree care experts are ready to assist you in an emergency, we can also help by providing tree hazard evaluations.

Tree Hazard Checklist

Michigan Tree Removal Services
Emergency Tree Care Services

Consider the following questions:

  • Have any branches fallen from the tree?
  • Can you see dead branches in your tree?
  • Are there detached branches hanging from the tree, or wedged between other branches?
  • Does the tree have any rotten wood or cavities along the trunk or in major branches?
  • Are there cracks or splits in the trunk or where branches were previously attached?
  • Has the trunk developed a strong lean?
  • Have the roots been broken, damaged or injured in anyway?
  • Have any adjacent trees fallen over or died?
  • Has the area around the tree recently changed in grade or soil level?
  • Has the area around the tree been changed by construction?
  • Are mushrooms present at the base of the tree?
  • Have the leaves prematurely developed an unusual size or color?

If you have answered yes to any of the above questions, than it is highly suggested that your tree should be evaluated by a professional. A certified Arborist can provide treatments that can help not only increase the trees safety, but also increase the trees health and possibly its longevity as well. Our Tree Service team is fully insured and uses modern well kept equipment to ensure our services are preformed with integrity and professionalism. When a Berns Landscaping team member comes to your home, they will share their knowledge with you in explaining what services are required.

 

Benefits of Trees

Trimming healthy trees or removing dying ones can be an intimidating task, that is best left to the professionals. Here at Berns Landscaping we have licensed ISA certified arborist who can evaluate your trees and let you know all of your options. Tree’s add beauty to any yard and it is important to keep up on their maintenance with proper tree care.

Benefits Of Proper Tree Care

  • Shade to provide comfort and protection from summer sun.
  • Seasonal beauty for your enjoyment throughout the year.
  • Privacy from unwanted signs and sounds.
  • Safeguards against storm damage and the danger of falling limbs.
  • Increased value of your property and outdoor pleasure.

Why hire a professional Arborist? Professional Arborist are trained in the care and maintenance that is specific to each tree. Trained professionals can easily determine the necessary cuts required for future growth and the health of individual trees, both young and old. By hiring a professional Arborist you are ensuring the proper equipment and practices are used to maintain the integrity of your trees.

Berns Landscaping offers tree care services too residential homes and commercial businesses in Michigan. In need of professional tree services, that are done by professionally trained Michigan Arborist? Call the experts at Berns Landscaping Services, Inc. today (586.756.1145 East / 248.835.3000 West) for a free estimate or fill out our free estimate form online.

Tree pruning is an essential aspect of proper tree maintenance. Here at Berns Landscaping Services, we staff professional full time arborist and climbers to ensure our clients receive the best tree care available.

 Why Hire an Arborist?

Trees, especially mature trees add thousands of dollar of value to a property. A professional arborist can maintain the beauty and the value of the tree for the property owner.

 Why Prune?

Pruning can preserve the health of a tree by eliminating diseases before they have a chance to spread. Pruning preserves the best shape and can promote optimal growth. It can also reduce the potential for damage due to high winds through the proper thinning of a tree’s canopy.

Pruning Young Trees

Pruning young trees insures that they reach the desired shape in maturity. Whether a multi-stem or single stem tree, promoting the proper growth through pruning is essential.

Pruning Mature Trees

The best protection against summer storm damage comes from keeping a tree’s canopy property pruned. This allows strong winds to pass through a canopy rather than pushing the tree similar to a heavy wind hitting a sail on a sail boat forcing the boat to keel over. Pruning mature trees can also increase light penetration to the ground which benefits lawns and gardens growing near or  underneath mature trees.

 

Call the experts at Berns Landscaping today to find out more about our tree trimming services. No time to call and chat? Fill out our online request form and one of our experts will call you back at your convenience.

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Michigan Winter Tree Services

The winter months are when most people tend to forget about their trees and landscaping. This is a big mistake, the correct timing of pruning can be very important for certain species of tree’s and for some tree’s that is during the dormant season.

Winter dormant pruning which is done prior to spring growth, leaves fresh wounds exposed for a short period of time before the wound healing process begins.

Advantages of Winter Dormant Pruning

  • For some species pruning during the dormant season is the best time for the tree.
  • Thinning the canopy and removing dead wood reduces storm damage potential.
  • Deciduous plants are leaf free, allowing for more accurate pruning and reduced cleanup times.
  • Insects and disease spores are inactive during the winter, reducing the chance for infestation.
  • Rejuvenation and clearance pruning can be preformed with minimal risk of promoting sucker growth.

Emergency tree services are also a much needed service during the cold months of winter. Heavy snow and damaging winds can cause devastating effects to trees. Winter dormant pruning can also help prevent storm damage.

Winter Tree Services

Our certified ISA Arborist are ready to help you with your winter tree services. Call today to schedule your winter tree services and discuss if winter dormant pruning would be best for your trees. When you call the experts at Berns Landscaping, you can be sure that a professional Michigan Arborist will arrive to do the job. Unable to call? Fill out our online request form and we will get back to you at your convenience.

 

 

Pruning is the most important maintenance aspect of tree care. The late dormant season is the best time for most pruning. Winter dormant pruning which is done shortly before spring growth, leaves fresh wounds exposed for only a short time period before the wound healing process begins.

Winter dormant pruning of trees and shrubs offers several advantages over pruning during the growing season.

Winter Dormant Pruning Michigan
Winter dormant pruning offers many benefits compared to pruning done during the growing season.

Advantages of Winter Dormant Pruning

  • Deciduous plants are leaf free, allowing for more accurate pruning and reduced cleanup times.
  • Thinning the canopy and removing dead wood reduces storm damage potential.
  • Insects and disease spores are inactive during the winter, reducing the chance for infestation.
  • Rejuvenation and clearance pruning can be preformed with minimal risk of promoting sucker growth.

Call today to schedule your winter dormant pruning.  When you call the experts at Berns Landscaping, you can be sure that a professional Michigan Arborist will arrive to do the job. Unable to call? Fill out our online request form and we will get back to you at your convenience.

 

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