How to Properly Care For Your Tree in the Fall

Fall Tree Care Tips

During October and November what are some things to do to care for the trees on your property, so they’ll be ready for the winter ahead? Typically, trees seem to hibernate during the winter months, but keep in mind that harsh weather conditions can put a lot of stress on them. What are some things… Read more »

Is it Better to Have My Tree Professionally Trimmed or Removed?

Tree Trimming Vs Tree Removals

“Should I have my tree trimmed or removed?” is a question we often hear at Big Foot Tree Service. The average homeowner isn’t quite sure whether to have a tree trimmed, with hopes of it healing and “coming back,” versus having it removed all-together since it’s “for sure dead.” That’s why they call us at… Read more »

What is the Foundation of a Healthy Tree?

What is the foundation of a healthy tree? If you want a tree to have a healthy trunk with strong roots and branches, then the foundation for that is… regular tree pruning by a knowledgeable and experienced tree care provider. Big Foot Tree Service has plenty of tree experts who can prune the trees on… Read more »

Tips for Getting the Most Out of the Trees on Your Property

Trees on Your Property

Have you ever driven past a yard and noticed the trees? In some cases, they look immaculate, as if someone tended to them on a daily basis, ensuring they look pristine. In other cases, they’re a mess, and you (and the rest of the community) wish the homeowners would clean up their act, right? Obviously,… Read more »

Is Tree Trimming the Same as Tree Pruning?

Tree Trimming Vs. Tree Pruning

A lot of people assume pruning and trimming are interchangeable words when it comes to trees. Interestingly, though, they are two different terms with two different meanings. For instance, they have distinct applications and functions. Meanwhile, they require different equipment– and timetables, too. An Overview of Tree Pruning How about pruning? It’s the term used… Read more »

Is My Tree Decaying?

Decaying Trees

Do you have a tree on your property that has seen better days? There’s a good chance that it could be decaying. What’s more, it could potentially put you and your family, your home, and your entire property in danger in the future. It can be tough to tell whether or not a tree is… Read more »

Why Spring is an Ideal Time to Call in a Tree Care Professional

Tree Care Services in Spring

What’s the season after winter and before summer when vegetation begins to appear? If you said spring, you’re right! Spring started on March 20th and runs through Friday, June 21st. This season is the ideal time to call a tree care professional to deal with trees on your New Jersey property. Big Foot Tree Service’s… Read more »

What Happens if a Tree Unexpectedly Falls?

Fallen Trees

Whipping winter winds, ice storms and other weather events can make trees fall down unexpectedly. Here’s a good question: what happens if a tree falls down? Who is responsible for it? When a Tree Falls on Your Property If the tree falls down in your yard you are responsible for it, whether it started on… Read more »

What Can You Expect From a Professional Tree Consultation?

Tree Consultations

Have you ever had a “tree consultation?” If not, you’re probably wondering what one is, right? Well, the trees on your property can be inspected in such a way that you learn a lot more about them and how they’re doing– are they healthy or not? Think of a tree consultation as a doctor check-up…. Read more »

Why Tree Topping is a Bad Idea

Tree Topping

There’s something happening lately that baffles professional tree companies… and that’s the practice of “tree topping.” It’s a damaging tree pruning practice that’s “no bueno.” Yet some companies think it’s fine. They **think** cutting off the tops of trees will help stimulate tree growth, while also managing the size of the tree. While it may… Read more »

Common Tree Trimming Mistakes

Trimming Trees

When people decided to trim trees on their property, they typically make a couple mistakes. While they might have a “do-it-yourself” spirit, they might not have the knowledge or expertise to do the job right. Hence, they end up calling Big Foot Tree Service to come trim their trees “the professional way.” Fair enough. So… Read more »

A Tree Care Checklist for the Fall

Tree Care for Fall

As autumn approaches, you know what that means: temperatures will get colder and leaves will fall off trees. As we move into the winter months, autumn is a good time to pay attention to the trees in your yard and on your property. What are some ways to prep your beloved trees for colder weather… Read more »

Tips for Selecting the Right Tree Removal Company

Tree Removal Company

What are some tips for selecting the right tree removal company? Experience Matters First, you’ll want to look around for the more experienced companies. It’s good to find ones that have been in business for several years and have dealt with all sorts of issues, rather than “newbies.” The Right Qualifications That said, next you’d… Read more »

The Different Ways to Remove a Tree Stump

Grinding Tree Stump

Tree stumps are like pimples– they exist but most people don’t want them! Indeed, stumps can mess up the look of an otherwise pristine yard/landscape. Nine times out of ten, people want their stumps removed, and there are several ways to make this happen. Generally, there are four ways to remove tree stumps: digging them… Read more »

How to Become a Good Tree Pruner

Pruning Trees

If you’re like most people, you don’t have a clue about pruning a tree. You’re likely to take a scissors or shears and “go to town” cutting things off your yard trees haphazardly, never paying much attention to how it’s done. That said, there are some basics to being a good tree pruner. Tips to… Read more »

Should You Fertilize Trees?

Fertilizing Trees

Have you ever wondered whether you should fertilize the trees on your property? If you haven’t fertilized trees on your property, maybe this will be the year you start. Trees are like people– they get hungry. In some cases, they’re starving. Trees need nutrients and fertilizer helps them get needed nutrients so they can grow… Read more »

How Do Trees and Shrubs Withstand Winter Temperatures?

Frozen Trees and Shrubs

Watching a TV show called “Open House NYC,” one wonders how certain shrubs and trees weather the harsh New York City winters high atop tall buildings where penthouses go for $8 million or more. How does greenery withstand the frigidly cold winter temperatures in New York and New Jersey, anyway? How Plants Survive Frigid Conditions… Read more »

Signs That You Have a Diseased Tree

Diseased Tree

Do you notice any funky-looking growths on your trees? One of the signs you have a diseased tree, for instance, is the appearance of fungi– which can be colorful growths, looking like a mushroom, conk or shelf-life structure. Signs You Have a Diseased Tree Fungi typically appear after a tree has been wounded. How does… Read more »

Landscaping Tips to Keep In Mind This Fall

Fall Landscaping Tips

Besides raking up leaves this fall, here are some ideas to help you take good care of your landscaping (and yard) before winter hits. Fall Landscaping Tips First, you can (and should) cut your grass “one last time” before it snows. Therefore, even if it’s cold outside in October, cutting the grass is a good… Read more »

What Are Tree Cranes?

Tree Cranes

You’ve heard of cranes, but have you heard of tree cranes? Trees grow, and sometimes they grow so big that they can no longer support their own weight. When this happens, they might need a company like Big Foot Tree Service to intervene with a tree crane, providing structural support for big trees. What are… Read more »

Why You Should Avoid Planting Trees in the Summer

Planting Trees in the Summer

In New Jersey, July and August are typically the hottest months of the year. Indeed, summertime is hot! Do most landscaping companies plant trees during the summer months? Nope. They tend to plant trees in spring and fall when the weather is cooler. Trees, like people, don’t love extremely hot temperatures. If and when you… Read more »

How to Make Your Yard Look Great This Summer

Summer Landscaping Tips

How can you make your yard look great this summer? Well, it’s a good idea to do some trimming to tame nature a bit. For instance, if you have trees with dead hanging limbs on them, cut those off. Prune trees and bushes so they’re not out of control. You’ll especially want to pay attention… Read more »

An Interesting Use for Dead Trees

If you think about it, there are millions of dead trees around the world right now. What if those dead trees could be turned into renewable energy to power our homes, communities and more? Interestingly, an energy company in California is doing this– turning dead tree debris into renewable energy. Pacific Gas and Electric Company… Read more »

How to Make Your Lawn Look Nice After Winter

Winter was kind of mild, which is a good thing. That said, there were still times when snow and ice dominated the New Jersey landscape these past few months. And, as usual, many people’s lawns and yards look a little worse for wear because winter is, in general, a rough season. As spring comes along,… Read more »

How Does Freezing Rain Affect Trees?

If you lived in Buffalo, New York in October 2006, you’d have experienced “the October Storm” that saw hail and ice pellets hit trees with the leaves still on them. This early October “surprise” involved numerous downed trees and power lines. 400,000 people were left without power for several days. The National Guard had to… Read more »

Should You Prune Trees in the Winter?

Winter is coming and that means there’ll be ice, snow and slush on the ground. Though most people tend to spend a lot of time indoors each winter, especially in New Jersey when the temperature dips below freezing, some people choose to be outdoors for pursuits like cross-country skiing, sledding, and… pruning trees. Wait a… Read more »

Tips for Preparing Your Landscape for Fall

As the leaves change color on the trees and eventually fall off, it’ll soon be winter. What can you do to prep your landscape for autumn and the season that follows? First, consider aerating compressed soil in your yard. You can use a garden fork or a walk-behind aerator to loosen up the soil. This… Read more »

Do You Need A Permit To Remove A Tree In New Jersey?

If there is a tree on your property that is a nuisance or a threat to safety, there are several options available to remove it; however, you often need to obtain permission to do so due to state regulations. As we all know, trees are vital to our environment and we risk great harm if… Read more »

Why You Should Hire a Professional to Remove a Tree Stump

Tree stumps in our yards can become real eyesores that we want to be removed as soon as possible. You could go out and try to remove it yourself but that can become very time-consuming, especially if you don’t know what you’re doing. That’s why you are better off hiring a professional to remove that… Read more »

Why Tree Stump Removal is the Smart Play

Trees come with many benefits, such as adding aesthetic appeal to a home, providing the comfort of shade and privacy from onlookers. However, there are many instances where trees in the yard are more burden than benefit, especially if all that’s left is a stump. If you have gotten to this point of being tired… Read more »

Caring for a Tree Before and After a Storm

Storms can cause a considerable amount of damage to trees and if they are on your home’s property, they can lead to home damage as well. That’s why as a homeowner it’s imperative to know what do to with a tree before and after a storm. Here are some tips to help. Before It’s a… Read more »

Things to Ask When Hiring a Tree Care Specialist

When we get work done on our home, we want to make sure we are getting the right people for the job. That’s why it’s important to ask the right questions before anything is made official. However, when it comes to tree care service, many of us might not know the right questions to ask…. Read more »

What is an Arborist?

There are many professions that work with trees, including loggers and foresters. However, not many people know of the profession, nor what it is they do. An arborist is someone who practices arboriculture, which is the cultivation, management, and study of individual trees, shrubs, and other perennial woody plants. So where some professions might just… Read more »

How Often Should You Have A Tree Trimmed?

One component of landscaping that sometimes goes left untouched is tree trimming. Trimming trees not only keeps your yard looking great, it also preserves the health and longevity of the tree. Tree overgrowth and branches that hang loosely around a tree’s trunk pose a safety concern, especially for the little people in your home who… Read more »

Common Mistake People Make When Landscaping Their Lawn

Landscaping seems to be both an art and a science, doesn’t it? For most of us, we’re kind of lost when it comes to landscaping. We can choose to hire a professional landscaper or do it ourselves. There are common landscaping mistakes that do-it-yourselfers often make. First, people tend to have good intentions but they… Read more »

Things That Could Go Wrong When Cutting Down Your Own Trees

Cutting down your own trees is something you could do, but do you really want to do it yourself? First of all, most of us do not have the time, tools or knowledge necessary to cut down trees on our property. What if some high-up branches need to be removed first? How are you going… Read more »

Make the Safe Decision When Debating Tree Removal

We humans certainly get attached to things, including trees. There’s something about trees that make them feel like part of the family. Sure, they don’t talk, walk or think, but they’re there for us, silently living nearby, giving us shade from the sun, protection from the wind, and, of course, a view of natural beauty… Read more »

Signs Your Tree has Expired

How do you know if your tree is dead? One way to check is to scratch the bark on the shoots of your tree using your thumbnail or a knife. Stems with green under the bark are still alive, while those with brown under the bark are dead. Other telltale signs of dead trees can… Read more »

An Interesting Tree Stump Vantage Point

As we recently celebrated Earth Day (April 22nd), it got us thinking about tree stumps. Did you know there’s a photographer named Joe Freeman who did a project called “Clearcut” showcasing aging tree stumps at the historical Snoqualmie Pass in Washington State? Why would a photographer want to take pictures of old stumps? Freeman discovered… Read more »

Will Tree Stumps Grow Back?

Oftentimes you’ll have that one tree or bush in the yard that annoys you. So, you cut it down as best as you can, to the bottom leaving just a stump. You think you’ve conquered it. However, stumps can and do “grow back.” Yikes! It’s NOT common for evergreen coniferous shrubs and trees to grow… Read more »

Tips for Getting Your Property Ready for Spring

Springtime is a time of new beginnings. Leaves sprout on formerly dormant trees. Flowers pop up out of the ground. Birds can be heard chirping among the trees and bushes in your neighborhood. After a dark and cold winter, Spring brings with it warmer weather, sunshine, and new life. If you’re like most people, you… Read more »

How to Get Your Property Ready For Spring

Springtime is a time of new beginnings. Leaves sprout on formerly dormant trees. Flowers pop up out of the ground. Birds can be heard chirping among the trees and bushes in your neighborhood. After a dark and cold winter, Spring brings with it warmer weather, sunshine, and new life. If you’re like most people, you… Read more »

How Long Do Trees Usually Live For?

Where would we be without trees? They add value to our homes and neighborhoods, they break the cold New Jersey winter winds to help lower our heating costs, and they provide food and shelter for wildlife. Most trees will outlive us; indeed, some trees have been alive on this planet in their spots for hundreds… Read more »

Why Do Trees Fall Over During Severe Storms?

When there are big storms, there is always a lot of wreckage. Houses can be torn apart, cars moved and sometimes thrown from their original location, and trees fall onto properties. When Hurricane Sandy came through, it knocked over 8,497 trees in New York City alone. However, a storm isn’t always required for a tree… Read more »

Don’t Let Tree Stumps Become an Unnecessary Issue

 If you plan on having a tree removed from your yard, you may be wondering whether or not it is really necessary to get rid of the sump. While it may seem like no big deal, we’re here to tell you why there are actually quite a few reasons you should have tree stumps removed…. Read more »

The Evolution of Tree Stump Removal Equipment

Tree stump removal equipment has come a long way. Back in the 1800s, trees were chopped down by hand using double-bit and grub axes. Pioneers sweated their way westward, chopping down trees from Ohio to California as America grew and new areas were settled. In the old days, trees were generally cut in the winter… Read more »

Checklist for Fall Landscaping

Before winter, there are some fall landscaping tasks you or a professional can do to prepare your yard for the cold season and next spring. Fall landscaping typically involves raking tree leaves onto a plastic tarp and then making a mulch pile and/or disposing of the leaves in the garbage if that’s possible where you… Read more »