• General Tree Care

    • Why do tree trunks split?

      Tree trunks split due to environmental stress, mechanical damage, or internal issues like decay. Proper care and prompt attention can help prevent splitting. It is best to have a certified arborist inspect your tree and create a management plan to best preserve the tree, if possible, and protect your property.

    • Can a tree survive a split trunk?

      Survival depends on the severity of the split. Our certified arborists can help you determine the extent of damage and the best management practice to care for your tree and property.

    • What causes a tree trunk to split vertically?

      Vertical trunk splitting can result from various factors, including rapid temperature changes, frost cracks, or internal decay. Our certified arborists can help you determine the extent of damage and the best management practice to care for your tree and property.

    • What is stump removal, and when is it necessary?

      Stump removal involves extracting the entire stump and root system from the ground. It's necessary when replanting or to eliminate the potential for regrowth. At BTSE, we utilize stump grinders that will grind 6-8 inches below grade. We are trained in maneuvering and working safely in tight urban environments.

    • How does stump grinding work, and when is it preferred over other methods?

      Stump grinding mechanically removes the stump by grinding it into small wood chips. We grind stumps approximately 6-8 inches below grade. This method removes the stump from view while allowing it to naturally decay underground.

    • What is tree cabling, and when is it necessary?

      Tree cabling involves installing cables to support weak or structurally compromised branches. Our certified arborists will examine for signs of weak branch unions and history of stress to determine if cabling is recommended for your tree.

    • When is the best time to prune trees?

      Depending on the species, late winter or early spring can be the optimal time for pruning, as the trees are dormant, reducing stress and minimizing the risk of disease transmission. However, with the changing climate and unpredictable winters, our general tree care team works year-round to provide tree pruning when you need it most.

    • What is tree pruning, and why is it necessary?

      Tree pruning is the selective removal of branches to improve structure, health, and aesthetics. It's necessary to maintain proper shape, remove deadwood, and enhance overall tree vitality. At BTSE, we often will prescribe tree pruning for reasons such as house & roof clearance, weight reduction, increased airflow and structural improvement.

  • Plant Health Care

    • What is Beech Leaf Disease and do you treat for it?

      Beech Leaf Disease is actually a pest, not a disease. It's caused by a roundworm, or nematode, that lives in the buds and leaves of Beech Trees. It's a relatively new problem in our landscape. The recommended treatment is rapidly evolving as new science and data is being discovered and tested. We are in constant communication with the plant pathology department at UMass, MDAR, and other industry experts to treat your prized Beech tree with the most up-to-date, state-approved program. At BTSE, we offer custom Beech Programs that include soil tests, pest and disease control, and soil amendments.

    • Can Plant Health Care services help prevent tree hazards?

      Absolutely. Plant Health Care services contribute to overall tree stability, reducing the risk of hazards by identifying and addressing potential issues before they escalate. Active monitoring is your best way to mitigate risk. The overall goal of Plant Health Care is to promote tree vitality and longevity.

    • How does soil quality impact tree health, and what can be done to improve it?

      Soil quality affects water and nutrient availability, as well as, root health. Our certified arborist can coordinate soil testing and based on the results can prescribe necessary amendments. Mulch and compost can also help maintain optimal conditions for tree growth.

    • What are some common pests that can affect tree health, and how can they be managed?

      Pests like aphids, scales, lacebugs and boring beetles can be managed through insecticides and sometimes with organic options. Active monitoring by a certified arborist helps catch issues early.

    • How can I prevent tree diseases from spreading to other trees in my landscape?

      Practicing good hygiene, like sterilizing pruning tools, pruning to increase airflow and promoting overall tree health through proper care are effective measures to prevent disease spread. While we certainly advocate leaving your leaves in the fall, sometimes it is necessary to remove diseased foliage from your landscape to prevent further infection.

    • What are some common tree diseases and how can they be treated?

      Common tree diseases include anthracnose, rust, leaf spot and needle cast. Treatment may include foliar, bark or soil applications. Our certified arborists will help you determine the best treatment plan for your landscape. It's important to know that waiting until your tree looks "sick" may be too late. Active monitoring is your best defense against disease. Most tree diseases will require proactive management before the symptoms occur.

    • How often should I schedule Plant Health Care services for my trees?

      Frequency varies based on tree species, landscape and weather conditions, and past health issues. A customized plan, typically scheduled annually, ensures optimal care. When you schedule services with BTSE, we make a point of personally visiting your property every year to reassess the health and needs of your landscape to make sure we are adapting your program to your ever-changing landscape.

    • What types of services are included in Plant Health Care?

      Treatments may include soil testing, foliar sprays, bark or soil applications. Sometimes the best treatment can be as simple as creating a healthy soil environment using an organic bio-stimulant soil amendment. After meeting with one of our certified arborists, we will determine which treatments best serve your landscape and create a program tailored to your landscape needs addressing any issues effecting vitality and overall health.

    • How do I know if my tree needs Plant Health Care services?

      Signs like leaf discoloration, pest infestations, or unusual growth patterns may indicate the need for Plant Health Care. It's always a good idea to record any changes in your landscape and reach out to us with your concerns.

    • What is Plant Health Care, and why is it important for trees?

      Plant Health Care is a holistic approach to maintaining tree health through preventive measures, regular monitoring, and targeted treatments. We like to think that our programs put your trees in the best fighting shape for unpredictable weather and other stressors, like pests and diseases.

  • Lawn Care

    • How do you control invasive species on my lawn?

      Invasive species control involves a combination of herbicide applications and preventive measures such as establishing a healthy dense lawn with a certified seed blend suitable to your property. Regular monitoring is crucial to catch issues early on. Our Lawn Care technicians are trained to spot invasives and treat them effectively according to your program.

    • What is slice-seeding, and when is it recommended?

      Slice-seeding is a technique that involves creating shallow furrows and depositing seeds directly into the soil. It's recommended for rejuvenating thin or damaged lawns. We generally recommend slice-seeding in the fall, as it gives the seeds more time to establish before the hot and dry summer months.

    • What is overseeding, and how does it benefit my lawn?

      Overseeding involves spreading grass seed over existing turf after aeration. It helps improve thickness and density, filling in bare patches and enhancing the overall health and appearance of your lawn. At BTSE, we use certified custom climate-adapted seed blends that is better suited to New England’s now warmer and wetter summers.

    • What is aeration, and why is it important?
      Aeration is the process of removing cores of the soil allowing air, water, and nutrients better target the grass roots. It helps alleviate soil compaction and promotes a healthier deeper rooting lawn. Our team will assess the need for aeration when visiting your property. Newly-sodded, neglected, and heavily trafficked lawns are typically great candidates for aeration.
    • How often should I schedule lawn care services?
      The frequency of lawn care depends on many factors, like weeds, pests, and diseases, as well as, density and overall health. Typically, scheduling services seasonally, six times a year, is a good starting point. Additional visits may be necessary to manage certain pests and diseases or for services like seeding and aeration.
    • What is the difference between lawn care and lawn maintenance?
      Lawn care involves proactive measures to promote the health and beauty of your grass, such as fertilization, pest control, seeding and aeration. On the other hand, lawn maintenance focuses on routine tasks like mowing and watering to keep your lawn tidy. After meeting with one of our certified arborists, our team will create a lawn care program suited to your landscape needs. We offer an all-organic program, in addition to our base and signature programs. At BTSE, we use a combination of organic and traditional fertilizers dependent on your program and certified custom climate-adapted seed blends.